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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!

After reading/seeing Wendy’s post about the beautiful reversible placemats she made I knew it was time for me to pull out a similar UFO to get them finished so we can use them this summer!

I purchased a small fat quarter bundle of Katarina Roccella Avant Garde fabric a couple of years ago. I loved the bright colors and the modern prints. The Avant Garde fabric collection is poplin, a 100% cotton that feels like silk but is still strong. The poplin was great to work with — except it wasn’t frixion pen friendly!

I cut the fat quarters into 5 inch charm squares and sewed them into a nine patch arrangement to make the placemats.

quilted round placemats
quilted round placemats

I also made a small quilt also using the 5 inch squares.

beach ball quilt
beach ball quilt

Using the scraps from the quilt and placemats I did some crumb sewing to make mug rugs and a trivet.

scrap fabric 1
scrap fabric 1

Step 2 – quilted the crumbs

scrap fabric 2
scrap fabric 2

Step 3 – cut the crumbs into circles

scrap fabric 3
scrap fabric 3

Step 4 – bind and finish!

scrap mug rugs
scrap mug rugs

Hope you have a wonderful weekend that includes some quilty fun!

Happy Pineapple Day

Happy Thursday!

It’s been a long time since I posted something to my journal. We’ve spent the past couple of months traveling…spending time with family and friends. It was a lot of fun but I’m happy to be home sleeping in my own bed again 🙂

Our club members decided to make table runners using the pineapple quilt blocks for June. I was super happy with this choice, the pineapple block is one I’ve never made before and I was gifted the Creative Grids pineapple trim tool a few years ago and finally had an opportunity to use it.

I used Missouri Star Quilt Company Pineapple Table Runner pattern from the early winter 2017 edition of their Block magazine along with Jenny’s video tutorial using the trim tool to make my runner. You can watch the video here. The trim tool is fantastic —

Pineapple Quilted Table Runner
Pineapple Quilted Table Runner

I used Kona solids and Zen Chic modern background paper for the pineapple blocks. The border is a Kaufman digital floral print. All scraps from my stash- YAY !! Table runner measures 16 x 36 inches.

Our club focuses primarily on projects using machine embroidery. I designed a machine appliqued pineapple design for the group. I made two placemats measuring 12 x 16 inches to showcase the design.

Pineapple Machine Applique Placemats
Pineapple Quilted Placemats

The body of the pineapple is a friendship braid – also made with my embroidery machine. I included quilting lines for the pineapple body and leaf top. I used a zig zag stitch for the applique finish. I’m really pleased with the design and can’t wait to see how the other ladies use their pineapple design!

Happy Sewing & Quilting!

Scrappy Wonky Star Placemat – Tutorial

Welcome and Happy Friday!

Today I’d like to share how to make a 12 x 18 inch wonky star scrappy patchwork placemat.  They make great gifts for you or someone special.


Wonky Star Placemat Single

Materials: (for one placemat)

  • 23 – 3 ½ x 3 ½ inch squares for patchwork
  • 1 – 3 ½ x 3 ½ inch square for star center
  • 4 – 3 x 3 inch squares for star points – cut once on the diagonal
  • 1 – 14 x 20 inches batting
  • 1 – 14 x 20 inches backing fabric
  • 66 inches of 2 ½ inch wide binding

You only need 9 squares to make the wonky star, to make the placemat we will start with 16 (3 ½ x 3 ½ inch) patchwork squares to vary where the center of the star will be. Arrange 16 patchwork squares in a pleasing 4 x 4 layout.

step 01

Placemat – Step 01


Once you decide the star center replace that spot with the 3 ½ x 3 ½ square star center fabric.

step 02

wonky star step 02


Lay your star point triangles over the squares surrounding the star center.


step 03

wonky star 03


Finger crease a center point in your star point patchwork square.


wonky star step 04


Place one triangle on a patchwork square, right sides facing. Tilting your star point and slanting it in various direction will add the “wonk” to your wonky star. I try to place one end of the triangle near the crease mark.

step 05

wonky star step 05


Stitch the star point to the patchwork square fabric using a ¼” seam allowance.

step 06

wonky star step 06


Flip the star point along the stitching line – finger press. Be sure that when folded open after sewing the star fabric will cover all the background area to the edge of the block.

step 07

wonky star 07


Once the first star point is done, sew the second one in the same way. I use the Clover Roll Press to use for “finger pressing”.  Best tool I own!

Flip your block over so it is face down. Use your patchwork square as a guide to trim up the star fabric so its even with the patchwork square. Once you have trimmed the star fabric you can trim away the fabric underneath to reduce bulk.  *** BE CAREFUL ***


Continue to make the 3 other star point blocks. Lay your block like this.

Sew your blocks into rows, and press your seams in opposite directions or open depending on your preference.

step 10

wonky star step 10


Create your left and right side borders – 1 x 4 arrangement as shown below.

Sew and press borders to your wonky star unit.

step 11

wonky star step 11


Make quilt sandwich: pin or spray baste

  • Backing right side down
  • Batting
  • Placemat right side up

Quilt – I did simple echo stitching along the seams.  This would be a great opportunity to practice FMQ. Trim excess batting and backing.

step 12

wonky star step 12


Bind and admire your wonky star placemat!

wonky star placemat single

Wonky Star Placemat Single


I made a set of 4 to give as a gift.

wonky star placemats finished

wonky star placemats finished

Please let me know if you have any questions!  I would love to see the placemats you make using this tutorial.

Linking with: Finished Or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Linking with : Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She

Until next time Happy Sewing!


Hello everyone!

A few months ago the talented ladies from Gray Barn Designs released a free pattern “Thankful Table Runner”.

It was love at first sight for me and knew it would be the perfect display on our dessert table for Thanksgiving.  The pattern is super easy, and well written.

thankful tr

Thankful table runner


I also made matching courthouse quilt block placemats to use as hot pads.

thankful placemat

Courthouse Quilt Block Placemant


thankful tr placemat

Quilted Thankful Set


I had hoped to make a pumpkin quilt this fall but never found time, instead I made a mini quilt wall hanging.


November 2017 wall hanging

November 2017 wall hanging

My first grandchild was born this week and I am extremely thankful! We are leaving in the morning to meet her and spend time with the family.

I wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving!


Until next time…





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