Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Patriotic Sewing!


June was filled with red, white and blue fabric in my sewing room!

The week before my husband's family reunion, I decided to make hostess gifts. 
2 of the cousins invited the "E" side to their homes for the weekend. 
I had signed up to take baked beans,
 but thought the ladies needed a thank-you gift for their hard work.

I made the pillows from the free Craftsy pattern found here: 
by  Pretty Little Quilts

Both pillows use the same pattern. 
The only difference is that the one on the right did not get the white triangles 
on the corners to make a heart shape. 

I think they turned out spectacular!



I was still in the star-spangled mood when we returned from the reunion
 and since my sewing room was still strewn with the stars and stripes fabrics, I made these:



The mini wall-hanging and small table topper are adapted from the 
free pattern found at Moda Fabrics. 


I hope your home has a bit of red, white and blue in it!
Happy Birthday America!


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

My Day on the Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop!



Who loves flowers? I do, I do! 
I certainly couldn't resist joining in on this blog hop 
hosted by lovely Carla at Creatin' In The Sticks.

The one and only rule was to create a project using some form of flower.
I could do that!
Almost.

Sadly, I did not get my project completely finished in time.
The month of May was crazy busy with school jobs and just when I thought I'd have the last week of school free from subbing, I was called in to sub in an Art class. The teacher had broken her elbow, so rather than sew, I was helping kids create. 

Then, the day after school was out, we went on a week-long vacation to Sedona, Arizona! 
Oh, how we love Sedona...those red rocks! Swoon!

So, now I share what I've got finished so far on my Flower Project.

Hang on til the end of the post for a fun giveaway!!!



I've long admired the Park Bench Posies table runner pattern shown in the 
2004 Martingale book titled Stitch and Split Applique. 
I've had the page tabbed forever and knew this was the time to get 'er done!
 (It WILL get finished!!!)



All fabrics came from my stash. Love that!

Cutting out the shapes was the most time-consuming. 
I'm always so anxious to get sewing!


Then the 3 pieces were sewn onto a background square 
and the inner parts were trimmed out to reduce the layers. 



The squares were cut into quarters and do-si-do we went with new partners!


Choosing a border fabric is soooo difficult!
One by one I eliminated a fabric and settled on the purple. 
I'm not too surprised really. 
Purple is my thang.


The borders and corners are on, the iron-on batting is affixed. 
All is needs is quilting, binding and the time to do it!
(It WILL get done!)

The top portion is the backing fabric (also from my stash) and the leaves need to be sewn on. 
After that, all it needs is quilting, binding and the time to do it!
(It WILL get done!)


Kinda looks like a magic carpet, doesn't it? :)






My finished table runner will measure 31" x 50".



I hope you're having fun following along with Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop!

Be sure to stop at each blog to check out the beautiful creations this week!

Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop Schedule















I did mention a giveaway, didn't I?

I have an "intermediate level" foundation piecing pattern called
Mango Hummingbird
that I'd love to give to a lucky reader!

It's so delicate and pretty!


Because of postage costs, I will mail only to U.S. addresses.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Linking up with Myra at:
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Wish Upon A Star Blog Hop!


Welcome to the opening day of Wish Upon A Star Blog Hop!
Hosted by Carol from Just Let Me Quilt, this hop will showcase beautiful projects featuring "stars" today through May 25th.

pssst....there's a giveaway at the end of this post,
but don't miss the pretty pictures along the way!

My star table topper happened when I had many leftover HSTs from my Easter table runner.
I loved the colors and fabrics and rather than store them into a bag, I used them!
I was inspired by the Lone Star block pattern that is so popular. 


Once the blocks were arranged and sewn together, 
I moved onto the task of adding the side strips. 
I wanted only one star in the center as this was the focus. 


This meant pulling fabrics from my stash. My beloved Joel Dewberry fabrics fit right in!


I free-motion quilted the topper using a clam-shell design.
Nope, it's not perfect. I'm not into that. :)



I also used a pretty fabric piece from my stash for the backing. and a light green for the binding. 

Using this on my dining table following Easter still kept me in the Spring mood and lead us right into Mother's Day. 


I set my Mom's musical teapot and her doily on top to give her a place at the table. 
She's been gone almost 9 years, but still feels so close!



My star table topper measures 22" x 33" and is a perfect size for several spots in my home!

I  hope you've enjoyed your stop here on the blog hop!

Be sure to visit the other creatives this week and see more star projects!

May 21

May 22

May 23

May 24

May 25
Just Let Me Quilt

I am giving away one copy of Martingale's Pincushion Appeal.
It is even autographed by the authors!


I will mail only in the USA due to postage costs. 
Giveaway ends Friday, May 25th and I will contact the winner by email.
If the winner has not responded within 48 hours, I will choose another name. 


Friday, March 30, 2018

Mystery Quilt Along Finish!!








I got a late start on the Mystery Quilt Along hosted by

Fortunately in mid-March, my jobs slowed down enough for me to have a few fun afternoons to spend in my sewing room.
Just in time, too, because this project was due March 31st! 

The challenge started January 1st when the rules were posted. I love simple challenges that don't have a LOT of requirements. This definitely fell into that wonderful category! All that was required was to use a specific fabric using the pattern and project of your choice. 

This is the fabric we needed to use: 


It's called Biscuits and Gravy - You Be You in Fluffer Nutter Blue
and made by Moda.
When I saw it online, I thought it was more of a gray color, but it's really more like a green/blue. Very pretty and as I found out, it coordinates well with many fabrics I had in my stash! 

I settled on a lovely charm pack that I had long admired, but hadn't found the perfect project for....yet!


This is such a pretty collection called High Street by Lily Ashbury for Moda.
It mingled well with Fluffer Nutter!

I searched on Pinterest for blocks using charm packs
and found I had a gazillion choices.

I got started by making a gazillion half-square triangles.
I wanted to play with the blocks before deciding on a pattern. 




So many choices! I loved them all!

This is the layout I loved the most. 
Here is Jax showing his approval. 

Why is it that of all the places a dog can rest,
they always choose to lay on the fabric???



I shared this photo on Instagram (follow me @ _duchick_) and it made me smile.
I was ready to close the sewing room door for the day when I turned around to take a last peek. I was happy. 


Below are photos of the finished runner on my dining room table. It's finished just in time for Easter. 




This table runner measures 19" wide x 50" long.

I kinda love it!

Thanks Tracy and Cindy for hosting this Mystery Quilt Along!

Linking up with:

Inquiring Quilter: Wednesday Wait Loss

Sew Can She