Sunday, February 11, 2018

Bold and Brave–Challenge 3 of Project QULITING Season 9



This week's challenge at Persimon Dreams was to take Bold and Brave by the horns and complete a project in a week.
I'm not usually a bold person, but by golly, I sure am a brave one!
I've conquered many fears in my years on this planet and I needed to conquer one more this week!



Enter the Orange Peel Template! I bought this set over a year ago and needed to kick my apprehension aside and dig in!
I also needed to make a Galentine's gift for this coming week,
so I merged the two thoughts and got going!




Several years ago, I made this piece of art that hangs in my sewing room. I found the inspiration for it on pinterest.... a hole that I often get lost in.
Back then, I simply cut the "leaves" from scrapbooking paper by hand without a template and glued them down on a painted canvas. 
Looking more closely this week, those leaves really looked like "orange peel" shapes!

I was cooking with gas now! I brought out the rest of the Riley Blake Raspberry Parlour jelly roll that I used for my Valentine Pillow and chose the lightest strips for the background fabric. Sewing those strips together and then cutting up again to make a patchwork top was easy as pie and a quick sew. (Many apologies for the poor lighting!)




All ready for quilting!
I used a lightweight craft batting which I feel is perfect for table runners. 
Using a soft pink thread, I quilted using straight lines on each side of the seams. 



I failed to take photos of the pile of petals I had cut, but I have lots leftover for another snowy day project.
All petal fabric came from my stash (yeah!) and was backed using
Lara Buccella's Crafted Applique: New Possibilities technique.
(Please come back, Lara...we miss you!)
I love her technique as the edges will not ravel.



I played with the petals FOREVER getting a look I was pleased with. 

Then I sewed them down using my walking foot and a straight stitch
around the inside edge of each petal. 

Notice that one purple petal? 
That's purely intentional. 
It's a sign that I was there!


I used Riley Blake's Lovebug Love Script for the binding. 






Some lucky friend of mine will go home with this table topper this week! 
I ~almost~ hate to part with it!

OK, I'm lying. I want this for  myself. 

Measuring 31" x 18" .
Made in my home in Dubuque, Iowa.
3 layers of material, with applique on top. 

If you like my project, 
please vote for me 

I am #95!


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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Put A Little Love In Your Quilt Blog Hop!

Today, I am among a wonderful group of bloggers who are sharing their projects for the
Put A Little Love In Your Quilt blog hop!
It is hosted by the fabulous Carol S. at Just Let Me Quilt.

The only rules were to sew a project that has a ❤ heart ❤ on it! 
I could do that!



I  have long admired Amy Sinibaldi's Merry and Bright Cushion Cover at Nana Company.
Even though her cushion /pillow is made for the Christmas season, I used the pattern tutorial to make a Valentine's pillow! 

Using a jelly roll from my stash called Raspberry Parlour by Riley Blake, I knew it would be perfect! 


I started by choosing a phrase that I wanted to machine embroider on the ivory colored strips. These strips flank the rows of square patchwork pieces. 
Narrowing down a font and size, along with getting those letters lined up takes me forever! 
I don't have any embroidery software, so I just wing it. 

I embroidered using a dark brown thread rather than black which seemed too  harsh.


I cut 2.5" squares from the jelly roll strips, sewed them together into rows,
then into a rectangle to include my embroidered saying. 




It all looked great, but I knew I still needed a heart somewhere on this pillow,
so I cut a 💗 template and set it in the chosen spot. 



I also machine embroidered a lacey-looking heart in that spot,
then added a bit of scrap batting to make the heart poofy. 


I first stitched the heart applique down giving it a raw-edge, but didn't like it much.
I used some dark brown embroidery thread and started hand-stitching,
adding in some pearl beads every few stitches to give it that extra "pop"!


Using the same embroidery thread, I hand-stitched along the edges of the ivory strips.
I love the sweet touch this adds!


The back of the pillow is a simple folded edge with a pretty fabric strip from the jelly roll.
The 2 pieces overlap.
This makes it easy for me to re-use the pillow form for other pillows
as the seasons and holidays change. 











I made this to honor my wonderful husband of almost 35 years!
I will truly love him "forever and always"!

💜💓💖💗💘💙💚💛💟💓❤💕💜

Be sure to stop by the other bloggers to see their fabulous projects
and find some giveaways along the way!








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Be sure to stop by Needle & Foot and check out the awesome fabrics and
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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Triangulation–Challenge 2 of Project QUILTING Season 9



I've taken part in Kim Lapacek's Project Quilting Challenge for the last few years and have enjoyed it so much! This year, I missed the first challenge, but am taking part in the second one! Challenge #2's theme was "Triangulation". Who doesn't love triangles?

I wanted/needed to use my stash, so I brought out one of the first jelly rolls I ever purchased: Moda's Primitive Gatherings. It's no longer my taste, but some of the colors are right for my home. I pulled what I liked best and also found some Moda "reddish" fabric that matched! Winner!

Looking through pinterest and google images for inspiration, I came up with an idea to make triangles, but didn't quite know what I'd do with them. I just needed to get going...this had to be finished in a week!

I used a diamond template to cut several diamonds from my "reddish" fabric. I then cut these in half to make triangles. Using the selected strips from the jelly roll, I learned through trial and error, the length of each side needed to be:
14"--13"--17" in that order.




Above is the triangle with the measured border. 


Each strip left me with these scraps  after trimming.
Not much!


I played with the triangles trying to get a look that I liked.
Neither of these appealed to my eye. 




But this one did!

I sewed like a MANIAC on Saturday to get this baby finished!Quilting was done in triangular shapes and in "the ditch". 
It was late at night that I finished hand sewing the binding. 

Is it perfect?
Nope.
We won't go there.




This table topper measures 33" x 56".
It is 3 layers with a light polyester batting
and a cotton batting.
Made in my home in Dubuque, Iowa.


I do like the modern feel the triangles give
to these "primitive" fabrics. 

If you like/ love this project, please consider voting for me in the link up! I am #111 in the list.



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