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To Do Tuesday – #5

To Do Tuesday is a linky party hosted by fellow blogger and quilting friends Roseanne & Sue at Home Sewn By Us. It’s a great way to document projects you are working on, stay focused and be inspired by what others are making!

To-Do for the week of April 21st through April 27th:

  1. Blanket Stitch Orange Peels – √ done
  2. Finish Baby Elephant Quilt Applique – √ done
  3. Start piecing Flag Tumbler quilt  – √ done
  4. Spinning Star Paper Pieced Pillow – √ done
  5. Start Wonky Fireworks Wall Hanging– √ done

To-Do #1Blanket Stitch Orange Peels

I was able to get all of the applique stitching done. Each block is 10 inches unfinished and I made 16 blocks. I still have time before this quilt is due, I’ll need to get it laid out and decide if I want to add a border.

orange peel baby quilt wip

To-Do #2 – Finish Elephant Baby Quilt Applique

I did the applique stitching and added a butterfly to the layout. The backing fabric arrived last week so hopefully I can get quilted this weekend. Again I have time before this one is due.

elephant baby quilt applique

To-Do #3 – Piece Flag Tumbler

I’ve had making a flag tumbler quilt on my “someday” list for awhile.

flag tumbler quilt wip

To-Do #4 – Spinning Star Paper Pieced Pillow

I’m really obsessed with paper piecing! I used the scraps from my RWB log cabin quilt to make this pillow. I need to quilt it, add backing and binding.

spinning star paper pieced pillow wip

To-Do #5 – Start Piecing Wonky Fireworks Quilt

I’ve got all the pieces made for the Wonky Fireworks Wall Hanging. Plan to get it finished this week.

wonky fireworks quilt wip

To-Do for the week of April 28th through May 4th:

  1. Quilt and Bind Flag Tumbler Quilt
  2. Quilt and Bind Spinning Star Table Runner
  3. Qult and Bind Spinning Star Pillow
  4. Quilt and Bind Wonky Fireworks wall hanging
  5. Quilt and Bind Baby Elephant Quilt

Be sure to stop by to see the lovely creations of those who joined this weeks To Do list linky party with Roseanne at Home Sewn By Us.

Happy Sewing and stay safe!

Friday Finishes

Happy Friday!

I took a break from sewing this week and did other crafting projects.

I purchased a Cricut Maker and Cricut Easy Press this past Christmas but haven’t really taken the time to learn how to use them other than a couple of Valentine T shirts for friends.

I looked on You Tube for inspiration and found a few projects that I could make with items I already had on hand.

Kitchen Towels– The Cricut software has lots of free fonts so I created a few designs to test and used a couple off free ones I found on Jennifer Makers site. If you have a Cricut and need help or inspiration she is a wonderful teacher. You can find her here.

Cricut Craft Project
kitchen towels

Wall Art using Canvas and Foil Vinyl— This technique is called Reverse Canvas. Underneath the canvas is a wood frame. I painted the frames, added the vinyl design onto the canvas. The designs I used are free if you join Cricut Access community. Using a staple gun I applied the canvas to the back of the painted wood frames. Lastly added a saw-tooth hook for hanging.

I made this frame for my desk. I spray painted the frame using a metallic paint. Covered the cardboard in the frame with scrap book paper that had metallic looking lines splashed on the background with the vinyl word art applied to it.

Cricut Craft Project

Wall Art using Scrap booking paper and frames— The black frames were cheap ones I had for my kids art work 30 years ago! ( I did keep their art work) 🙂 Using a glue stick I adhered the floral scrap book paper onto the cardboard and applied the vinyl design on to the decorative paper.

T-shirt for my neighbor — We love to drink wine while discussing our daily lives ♥♥

Cricut craft project
wine t shirt

This last project involved a little sewing. I started with these 3 fabrics

I cut them into 2 inch strips and braided them…

Joined the braids using a zig zag stitch on my sewing machine — I didn’t have enough of the burgundy fabric to complete the final round…which was OK…

Rag Braiding
Rag Braiding

The goal was to use the braided rug as a toilet topper in one of our guest bathrooms. I had an old galvanized tin in the garage — First I washed it, then using a glue gun covered it with twine and added nautical rope for handles. Added a vinyl word art…

Voila….I’m so pleased with the results

cricut craft project
toilet cover

Keeping the farmhouse theme going I used the Cricut to make labels for two Mason Jars.

Cricut craft project

As much as I love sewing it was great venturing into other creative outlets. The Cricut can be used in many ways and I’m looking forward to trying as many as I can!

During this time of quarantine I find I need to be productive so I’ll stay away from watching the news on TV.

How about you, have you tried any new ideas or ways to be creative?

Hope you have a great weekend and stay safe!

To Do Tuesday – #4

To Do Tuesday is a linky party hosted by fellow blogger and quilting friends Roseanne & Sue at Home Sewn By Us. It’s a great way to document projects you are working on, stay focused and be inspired by what others are making!

To-Do for the week of April 14th through April 20th:

  1. Candy Corn Table Runner – √ done
  2. Quilt Hexi Bloom Wall Hanging – √ done
  3. Start piecing Baby Boy – Patchwork Elephant Quilt  – √ done
  4. Finish Piecing Winged Migration Quilt – √ done
  5. Fabric pull for RWB table runner– √ done

To-Do #1

After creating a pseudo kaleidoscope quilt block I thought I would try making a real one using Halloween themed fabrics in white, yellow and orange to give it a candy corn look.

It such a great feeling when your points line up! The orange fabric has spiders and the black background fabric has cat faces! The orange and yellow wedges form windmills that really pop against the black fabric.

To-Do #2

I finally finished my Hexie Blossom wall hanging! YAY 🙂

To-Do #3

I was able to get the elephant baby quilted pieced. I still need to do the blanket stitching and other details. Haven’t decided if I will add baby’s name or some other embroidery design.

elephant baby quilt wip
elephant baby quilt wip

To-Do #4

Winged Migration is quilt I started last year. Finally got the quilt top pieced and ordered the backing for it.

hst quilt wip
winged migration wip

To-Do #4

I’ve been a bit obsessed with paper piecing lately. I really enjoy it and it’s something I can do while watching/listening to TV.

wonky log cabin patriotic quilted placemats
wonky log cabin placemats wip

I used half rectangle triangles to create the spinning star.

half rectangle triangle spinning stars
HRT spinning stars wip

To-Do for the week of April 21st through April 27th:

  1. Blanket stitch orange peels
  2. Finish Elephant Quilt
  3. Piece flag tumbler table runner
  4. RWB paper pieced pillow
  5. Layout Wonky Fireworks wall hanging

Be sure to stop by to see the lovely creations of those who joined this weeks To Do list linky party with Roseanne at Home Sewn By Us.

Happy Sewing and stay safe!

Friday Finishes

Happy Friday!

Two weeks ago I showed you this fabric pull for a weekend sewing project.

weekend project

Instead of working on new quilty kitchen items I started making masks for family and friends.

This week I was finally had time to work with the Farm Fresh bundle by Gingiber for Moda. I love making new potholders to spruce up my kitchen while practicing or learning new techniques.

Have you tried Lori Holt’s Crazy Quilt Paper? It’s a unique way for piecing 10 inch fabric squares. When the block is assembled it resembles a crazy patch quilt block.

Lori Holt Crazy Paper

The paper itself resembles freezer paper. One side is waxy and you iron on to a 10 inch square.

Next step is to cut on the lines, which are labeled for you. I ironed one of the crazy patch sheets to one 10 inch square of print fabric then stacked 4 additional 10 inch squares (a total of 5) before cutting so that I would have one fabric unique to each position.

Leave stack one as is — in stack #2 move the first piece to the bottom, stack #3 move first and second pieces to bottom…continue until you have 5 unique fabrics on top.

CP Step 3

Sew the pieces together — the instructions are on the back of the pad.

CP Step 4

Square the block to 8.5 inches.

CP Step 5

I sewed four of my five blocks together, added batting, Insulbrite and backing to quilt. At this point the quilt was 8.5 x 32.5 inches, to use as the foundation for a double pocket oven mitt.

I basted on the two pockets, rounded the edges, being me I had to add a little machine embroidery! Final step was adding bias binding.

Voila — double oven mitt — completed 🙂

With the remaining crazy patch block I made a potholder and used a few of the decorative stitches on my machine to give it the crazy patch look and added a monogram. I also made a second potholder using this tutorial for the chicken.

Farm Fresh Potholders

I like to keep a hot pad on my counter to place hot dishes from the oven. I used the last of the farm fresh fabric to make this 12 x 18 hot pad. I added an applique design so I could practice doing a blanket stitch before I start working on the orange peel baby quilt.

Isn’t she cute…I sew love how it turned out ♥♥

farm fresh hot pad

This weekend I plan to finish up a UFO. I participated in the Jelly Cabin Fever QAL with the Fat Quarter Shop last year. I’m using a QAYG technique to finish it, hopefully it works out!

What are your sewing plans for this weekend?

Happy Sewing and be safe!!

To Do Tuesday – #3

To Do Tuesday is a linky party hosted by fellow blogger and quilting friends Roseanne & Sue at Home Sewn By Us. It’s a great way to document projects you are working on, stay focused and be inspired by what others are making!

To-Do for the week of April 7th through April 13th:

  1. Avant Garde Quilt & Pillow – √ done
  2. Quilt Hexi Bloom Wall Hanging – not done
  3. Start piecing Baby Girl Quilt  – √ done
  4. T Shirt Quilt Plan – √ done

To-Do #1

I did a search on Google to see how others had used the Avant Garde fabric by Katarina Roccella. I fell in love with the Twinkle Twinkle quilt made by Erica Jackman from Kitchen Table Quilting .

Her design spoke to me and I knew I had to make something similar for myself!

I was heartbroken when I clicked to her shop and no pattern for this quilt was available. Turns out she created the quilt design in EQ7 for the Avante Garde fabric blog hop she was participating in.

Next I had to put on my thinking cap — Only two quilt blocks were used and one was easily identified — the snowball quilt block. The second block was something similar to a kaleidoscope block. She’d given the quilt stats so I knew each block finished at 9 inches square.

My next obstacle was not having enough fabric on hand….Avant Garde is an older collection, hard to find and I didn’t want to spend any money. At this point I was really bummed.

A few days passed by and one night while dreaming I had an aha moment — I realized the shape was a kite — so I got out of bed and went thru my box of templates and found my Missouri Star Quilt company periwinkle tool and did my happy dance!! All of a sudden I had plan — did a quick sketch, did some quilt math. In all honesty it wasn’t quick, nonetheless it was a doable plan.

I cut the bright colored fat quarters into 8- 5inch squares. Using the periwinkle tool I cut out the kite shaped from the 5 inch squares, then appliqued 4 onto the corners of a 9.5 inch square of background fabric. Giving me the pseudo look of a kaleidoscope block.

Later I realized I could have used the Wanta Fanta Quilting Bees Block by Blossom Hearts to achieve the same design which includes paper piecing that I LOVE — guess I wasn’t a genius after all 😦

Despite my temporary meltdown I’m happy with the results! I love the circular secondary pattern created from the corners of the snowball quilt block.

The quilt measures 45 x 56 inches, I plan to use it as a throw in my office.

Avante garde Quilt, snowball kaleidoscope
avantegarde finished

I used some of the scraps for a small pillow. I used Jenny Doan’s jelly roll star pattern and added my own spin to it.

To-Do #2

Didn’t get the hexie bloom wall hanging quilted, I did get it basted. Hopefully I will get it quilted this week.

To-Do #3

Originally I had planned to make a baby girl pinwheel quilt. After looking at the fabric I decided a orange peel quilt would be better suited with the vintage 30’s Chloe’s closet prints.  

charm pack quilt, chloe's closet, orange peel baby quilt
orange peel wip

To-Do #4

T-Shirt Quilt – shirts washed and trimmed :).

To-Do for the week of April 14th through April 20th:

  1. Candy Corn Table Runner
  2. Quilt Hexie Blooms Quilt
  3. Start piecing Baby Boy – Patchwork Elephant Quilt
  4. Finish Piecing Winged Migration Quilt
  5. Fabric pull for RWB table runner

Be sure to stop by to see the lovely creations of those who joined this weeks To Do list linky party with Roseanne at Home Sewn By Us.

Happy Sewing and stay safe!

To Do Tuesday – #2

I know it’s not Tuesday….I didn’t realize I hadn’t hit the “publish” button yesterday. 😦

To Do Tuesday is a linky party hosted by fellow blogger and quilting friends Roseanne & Sue at Home Sewn By Us. It’s a great way to document projects you are working on, stay focused and be inspired by what others are making!

To-Do for the week of March 31st through April 6th:

  1. Meals on Wheels Placemat – √ done
  2. Potholder & Extra Large trivet – √ done
  3. Come Sail with Me Baby Quilt  – √ done
  4. T Shirt Quilt Plan – X not done

To-Do #1

Carole with From My Carolina Home wrote a great post titled “Staying Busy in Challenging Times”. At the end of her post she put a challenge to her readers to create a placemat showing how you spent your time during “Cornacation”.

The placemats can be used as a donation to your local Meals on Wheels or mail to her. I decided to do both, I have plenty of orphan blocks that need attention. These were paper pieced, AQS (American Quilting Society) offers lots of free patterns and quilt a longs. My placements were two patterns, Colorado and Iowa from the State Block Quilt Along. I was just learning paper piecing — they’re not perfect but I learned lots and developed a love and appreciation for paper piecing.

paper pieced Colorado block
paper pieced Iowa Star

To-Do #2

We’ve had friends from Wisconsin visiting since February 1. I wanted to give them a handmade gift for their RV to thank them for spending time with us.  I noticed she could use some new potholders and was a fan of bright colors.

wonky log cabin quilted potholder trivet
scrappy kitchen gift

To-Do #3

Another baby quilt finish for my shop. The pattern is Come Sail With Me designed by Chris Malone for Annie’s. I love applique and was excited to make this quilt.  I used an Island batik FQ bundle and an aqua cuddle fabric for the back, the quilt measures 40 x 48 inches. 

It was fun to make! Sorry for the bad picture it was raining outside and dark inside.

come sail with me quilted baby quilt

To-Do #4

T-Shirt – unfortunately no progress here! Instead I made masks for the family ♥

To-Do for the week of April 7th through 13th:

  1. Avantegarde Quilt & Pillow
  2. Quilt Hexie Blooms Quilt
  3. Baby Girl – Tri Recs Pinwheel Quilt – create design & layout
  4. T Shirt Quilt — starting cutting the shirts

Happy Sewing and stay safe!

Friday Finishes

Happy Friday!

Another productive sewing week for me — I’m trying to stay focused and energized before staying home drives me crazy 🙂

First up is a UFO finish — a paper pieced mini quilt to use as a dust cover for one of my sewing machines. I used left over Cotton and Steel 5 inch squares for the star points.

The rest of the week was spent making zipper pouches and toddler activity totes. They are all different sizes. Not sure what I will do with them, just trying to reduce my scrap stash with things that I can use as gift items or sell in my shop.

Pencil Case: I’m using this one to store my Frixion pens.

pencil case disney novelty fabric toddler gift

Cosmetic Bags:

quilted cosmetic bags

Boxy Zipper Pouches:

Personalized Boxy Pouches for a friend:

Toddler Activity Totes:

This weekend I plan on making more masks for my neighbors and something for my kitchen.

This is my fabric pull for the kitchen project. Most of the fabric is from the Farm Fresh Collection by Gingiber for Moda. I believe most of the fat quarters was from my monthly subscription to Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club collection. The subscription does include a pattern – I don’t think I’ll be using their pattern.

Do you have a special project for this weekend?

weekend project

Hope you have a happy and safe weekend!

To Do Tuesday – #1

To Do Tuesday is a linky party hosted by fellow blogger and quilting friends Roseanne & Sue at Home Sewn By Us.

Normally my projects are picked on a whim but I find myself at a point where I have a few quilting deadlines and figured joining their linky party would be a great way to stay focused and find inspiration from seeing what others are making.

With my fabric pull from last Friday I pieced this quilt on Saturday. I really had fun putting this quilt together. I saw something online I liked and decided to sketch something similar and add my own spin.

Hexie flower garden quilt wall hanging
hexie flower garden

I used some of the scraps to make a matching mini quilt. Butterflies do love flowers! The mini was paper pieced using a free pattern from Caroline with Sew Can She. You can find the free pattern here.

paper piecing, butterfly, scrap mini quilt
butterfly scrap mini quilt

My hubby really liked the hexagon shape so on Sunday I made him a pillow featuring a hexagon star. He is a retired engineer who loves math, solving illusion type puzzles, softball and golf. Because times are crazy right now he’s spending more time inside laying on the couch watching TV.

I need him to lay his head on something other than the couch pillows!

Again no pattern, I used a yard stick to determine when I reached the width necessary for a 20 inch pillow form.

hexie star layout

I won’t lie this was a little harder for me to make. My seam ripper got a good work out! I used a hera marker to create the quilting lines. This picture you can see the geometric illusion — in the center is a diamond shape — to the left and right of the diamond forms 4 isosceles triangles and two 120 degree triangles — needless to say he got a good laugh!

hera marker quilting lines
hera marker quilt lines

I used scraps from Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric line. A lot of the prints in that line represented places we’ve traveled to or symbols of things we love. All in all it was a great choice.

My To Do List for this week:

  • Meals on wheels placemats – finish at least one
  • Custom order – potholder and XL trivet
  • Finish Come Sail With Me baby quilt
  • Create plan for custom t-shirt quilt

Happy Sewing and stay safe!

Friday Finishes

Happy Friday!

I’ve gotten a lot accomplished this week, being asked to stay home really hasn’t been that bad and I have to admit getting things checked off my “to do list” has been gratifying.

I finished two UFO’s from last year.

A churn dash baby quilt. I’ll be donating this quilt to a local charity. The quilt measures 36 x 36 inches. I used a pattern from Camille Roskelley’s book Simply Retro.

baby quilt churn dash
churn dash baby quilt

2. My RWB scrappy log cabin picnic quilt. Our city has a lovely water show and fireworks display for July 4th celebrations. This quilt measuring 56 x 70 inches will be perfect for hubby and I to sit or lay on while we enjoy the show.

patriotic log cabin throw, creative grids trim tool
patriotic log cabin throw

My new projects completed this week:

Aqua-Red Star Baby Quilt. This quilt will also be donated to the same local charity. I was actually able to make 2 identical quilts. The fabric used was from an old Riley Blake line by Mind’s Eye. Hopefully, I will get the second quilt finished next week.

  • Using twelve (12) 10 x 10 inch squares of fabric- one print and one background fabric
  • I created 24 half square triangles – squared to 9.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Arrange 12 of the triangles into a star pattern as shown below
  • Lastly I added 4 – 9.5 x 9.5 corner squares of background fabric
layer cake baby quilt in aqua red
aqua red star baby quilt

Floating Stars Baby Quilt: My last finish for the week was a custom ordered baby quilt. I used left over layer cake squares from an older Cotton and Steel collection to create the floating star layout. I didn’t have a pattern, she requested stars so I sketched out something that would work with the amount of fabric I had on hand and just winged it.

The quilt measures 36 x 48 inches. My customer also wants me to make a couple of burp cloths to match – I should be able to finish those today and mail in the morning.

layer cake baby quilt floating stars cotton steel fabric
floating stars baby quilt

I’ve already pulled my fabric out for my weekend project!

vintage blossom quilt fabric pull
fabric pull

Enjoy your weekend and stay safe!

Hello Spring – Part 2

Happy Tuesday!

I hope everyone is enjoying staying at home and spending more time sewing!

My second favorite place to decorate is our coffee tables — all of them both inside and outside have glass tops. I think I secretly choose glass tops so that I have a reason to sew. Making table runners and coasters keep me from dusting on a daily basis 🙂

Keeping the tulip theme going, I modified MSQC Totally Tulips tutorial to use as a table runner. I used scrap batiks to make the 22 x 43 inches table runner.

quilted spring table runner, totally tulips, spring home decor
Totally tulips table runner

You can watch the video explaining how to make Jenny’s totally tulip quilt block here.

Also, because of the glass tops I tend to make lots of coasters. This is the set I made to match the totally tulips table runner.

I purchased the spring tulip design from Embroidery Library. You can find it here. I used the smaller size — perfect for a 4 x 4 embroidery hoop.

Below you will find the steps I use to make coasters and a coaster cozy. Sometime I use embroidery most times I use scraps. This is definitely a great way to use up smaller scraps or charm packs.

The coaster and cozy make great gifts!

This tutorial will make four coasters and one coaster cozy. I hope you enjoy your set as much as I enjoy mine ♥


  •  Four (4) Embroidered designs trimmed to a 5 x 5 inch square per coaster
  • Or four(4) 5 x 5 inch of fabric to use as the front of each coaster
  • 1 fat quarter for backing fabric or fabric scraps at least 5 x 5 inches square
  • Scrap batting at least 5 x 5 inches per coaster

Step 1 – Embroider your design and trim down to 5 x 5 inch square.  If not using embroidery use fabric you selected to be the front of your coasters.

I usually hoop the fabric and batting — no stabilizer.

Step 2 – From your fat quarter or scraps, cut four 5 inch squares to use as the coaster backing.

quilted coaster tutorial
step 2

Step 3 – From your scrap batting, cut four 5 inch squares- only if not using embroidery.

Step 4 – Layer the coaster top fabric on the back fabric, right sides (pretty side) facing. Place the batting on top. Make sure all edges are aligned, use pins or wonder clips to keep everything in place.

Step 5 – Sew a ¼” seam around the outside of the coaster leaving at least a two inch opening along one side for turning inside out. Make sure to back-stitch at the beginning and end.

Step 6 – Using scissors or rotary cutter, trim the excess fabric at a diagonal from the corners.

quilted coaster tutorial

Step 7 – Through the 2” opening, turn inside out so that the batting is sandwiched in between the coaster top and backing fabric. To close the opening from step 5, fold the opening inward ¼”, press with an iron, and then top stitch 1/8’ around the entire coaster.

quilted coaster tutorial

Step 8 – To make the coaster cozy, sew enough fabric scraps together so that you can cut two 6.5” squares. From your scrap batting, cut one 6.5” square. Follow Steps 4 through 6 (above), but using these 6.5” squares.

After turning inside out I quilt straight lines forming an “X” corner to corner to stabilize the unit. Sorry for the bad photo — it was night time and I used matching thread.

quilted coaster tutorial

Step 9 – As shown below, pinch each corner so that a  wall forms on each side. Clip or pin the corners to keep them in place. Place at least one of your coaster in the center of the pinched cozy to make sure they will fit after stitching.

quilted coaster tutorial

Step 10 – Stitch the pinched edges.

machine embroidered spring coasters,tulips
spring tulip coaster and cozy

Voila – enjoy your new coasters and cozy!

Feel free to ask any questions — I realize it’s not a detailed tutorial but hopefully it’s enough information to get you started!

♥♥ Enjoy your day and stay safe ♥♥

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