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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 – #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,

Once a month the quilting group I belong to does a “meet and eat” with a crafty gift exchange.

My partner this month is new to the area and is also an East Coast transplant like myself. She loves Fig Tree fabrics and pears are her favorite fruit.

I had some Somerset scraps, an older Fig Tree collection from an earlier project so I made a few potholders and small runner for her.

I exceeded the gift exchange requirement so I’ll give her the runner after lunch. 🙂

quilted table runner
Somerset Pears

Happy Easter!

Halloween Finally…

Happy Tuesday!

My guests have left and my small dinner party was a success! Now that I have time and a smaller house I truly enjoy decorating with quilty goodies 🙂

Today I’d like to share the last of my 2018 Halloween projects.

I did all the cooking and baking so I had to have new kitchen towels and potholders – right?!!!

Halloween 2018 Kitchen Towel Applique

Halloween 2018 Jack O Lantern Applique

Going back and forth between the stove and sink I needed a rug….

Halloween 2018 Kitchen Rug String Finished

Halloween 2018 QAYG Kitchen Rug String Finished

My guests enjoyed spending time in my sewing room – so I made a mini quilt to hang over one of my machines…..

halloween 2018 mini house quilt

Halloween 2018 mini house quilt


We had to eat…dinner was the reason for the gathering!  New topper and napkins….

Halloween 2018 Homespun TT

Halloween 2018 Homespun TT

Finally gifts for my guests….

halloween 2018 kitchen gift set

Halloween 2018 kitchen gift set

Hope you have a wonderful Halloween!

Linking with Freemotion by the River.

Until next time happy sewing!

Friday Finishes

Happy Friday!

The last couple of day I’ve been  able to finish up a few small projects. The free motion quilting instructors from my Craftsy classes all stress the importance of practicing.

I love making mug rugs and mini quilts, these were great for practicing scale with my FMQ designs. I even tried adding a few loopy designs. These mug rugs measure 7 x 9 inches. I did invest in a Supreme Slider and noticed a big difference in my stitch consistency. The slider definitely helped move the quilt sandwich easily. The applique designs were purchased from Embroidery Library.

Caroline with Sew Can She is hosting a series of monthly mini quilts.  January’s mini was a friendship star.  I used scraps from Minnick & Simpson’s Grant Park line. My mini finished at 10 x 10 inches.


friendship star Jan 2017 mini

I also finished a couple small projects for Abigail Dolinger’s  Pre-Cut Challenge. Every now and then my neighbor’s son spends a couple of hours with me when his parents schedules overlap. Usually he just wants to play video games. I had fabric scattered on the floor and asked him if he wanted to help me build a snowman.

Please meet Patrick’s Snowman — he is so cute!


Jan 17 Pre-Cut Challenge – FQ

I used fat quarters, the wall hanging measures 12 x 24.  I have enough squares remaining to piece another one since Patrick took this one home with him!

I used V & Co Color Theory mini charm pack to make this 12 x 24 topper for my laundry room.


pre-cut challenge january


color theory topper


I’m trying to get a head start on Christmas gifts. Not sure who will be the recipient but one down… I am a sucker for potholders!


penguin gift set


Linking up with Lindsey and Fabric Frenzy Friday!

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