Wednesday, September 11, 2019

My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop!

It's such fun to join a blog hop with fellow quilters! 
Today is the third day of the hop.
Over the course of 5 days, the hop will feature 38 creative quilters who are anxious to show you their favorite blocks!
Many thanks to Carla, our hostess, at Create In The Sticks for making this blog hop possible!

Today, my favorite quilt block is the Half Log Cabin. 
I've been hooked on this block for a few weeks after seeing a quilt on Pinterest (what a rabbit hole to fall into!).
I didn't follow a pattern for it, but just figured it out to work for me. 

I made this table runner for my best friend for what I thought was her 60th birthday.
Turned out, she was only 59! 
Oh well, she'll have something special to remember her 59th year around the sun! 

She loooooves color, so working from my batik basket was a given!

I started with a 3" square and worked around 2 sides, alternating widths as I went. Keeping it rather wonky, I'd sew on strips til the block was at least 10" square, then I'd trim them all to be the same size. 

Here they are laid out ready for stitching together and auditioning
 for a white background. 

Quilting was fun using a leaf-type design on the batik blocks and 
straight line on the white. 
I'm getting better with my FMQ. Still makes me nervous. 

I added a sweet label to the back corner. 
Don't ask my why I threw grass clippings on there. 
I even made her a birthday card using batik strips!

This is the runner in her new home! 
She is adorned with a lovely vase and garden flowers!

Since then, I've made another smaller table topper using all scraps,
 not just batiks. 

Of course, before I could finish it, I had to make a few more smaller blocks.
This time, I thought I'd keep the outer strip in a solid color. 
Not sure what this will be yet!

My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop Schedule
Monday, September 9th

Tuesday, September 10th

Wednesday, September 11th

Thursday, September 12th

Friday, September 13th

Whew! You made it this far!
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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Pixel Play: Project Quilting 10.4

Oh, how I love a challenge! 
I am  not competitive in any way, but give me an idea to be creative and I'm all in!

This week's theme for Project Quilting at Persimon Dreams was Pixel Play. 

I searched the internet for a pixel image to work with and found a perler bead butterfly. 

In my stash for a very long time, I've had a baggie of 2" blocks of purple fabric. 

As I laid out the squares, I realized that this was going to be a big project! 
BIG=lots of time!

Good thing we had 3 school cancellations this past week. 
School cancellation=time to sew!

Lots and lots of chain sewing...along with always counting.

That's 529 two inch blocks total! 

I added a few 9-patch blocks to add more area and interest. 

Then came the quilting. Simple straight-line quilting down the middle of each block. 
Twist clock-wise and stich again!

Next came the binding. 

Both the backing and binding fabric are from my full-time teaching days when I covered my bulletin boards in fabric. Somebody apparently likes purple, huh?
Every piece of this project came from my stash, which makes me (and hubby) happy!

A couple of pups were happy with this quilt too!

I wish they had emails so they could each vote! 

This quilt...perfect for a baby measures 36"x 36".
Made in my home in Dubuque, Iowa.

Please stop by Persimon Dreams this week and vote 
for your favorite 10 Pixel Play projects!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Red White & Blue: Project Quilting Challenge 10.2

Red, white and January? 
Well, that's the theme for this week's Project Quilting.

It's been so cold here in Iowa this past week that school was held only 1/2 of ONE day! 
Early dismissals and late arrivals, plus 2 cancellations due to snow and wind chills. 
Now more snow is on the way.

With no school, I had time to play with my red, white and blue scraps!

Surely, I could come up with some idea to put these to use!

I started with creating a feather.

But I didn't like it.


I played with some scrappy triangles.


But once I started just sewing strips around a hexagon, I was a happy girl!

I went on to make 2 more square blocks.

I added Insulbrite as the middle layer so I could use them as pot holders.

Even if it is -5 degrees outside as I write this, 
I'm already looking forward to July when I can put these to good use! 

Such scrappy, patriotic fun.

Made in my home in Dubuque, Iowa.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Hope Springs Eternal: PQ Challenge 10.1

Hopeful Table Mat

I've been inspired and involved in Persimon Dreams Project Quilting 
for the past few years. 
I love being able to create a project with one single idea!

This first challenge idea is 'Hope Springs Eternal'.

I had a very busy week with school and didn't think I could
 get involved in this week's project. 

Until, I looked through my want-to-make list and found a block I have long admired from 
Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage book. 

I had HOPED to make this into a table mat 
someday for our sitting room. 

I could get this done, right?

My HOPES to use up the extra HST pieces did not work out. 
Maybe another project will come along. 

The fading sun coming in my sewing room was not providing a lot of
 HOPE as I auditioned binding choices. 
*I went with the lower left fabric in black and gold. 

Simple quilting in the ditch and spaced along the seams, 
along with programmed stitches along the side panels
 increased my HOPE for getting this done!

HOPE truly does spring eternal! 
I finished my table mat and two matching coasters for my little side table just in time!

I HOPE you like it as much as I do!

Please stop by Persimon Dreams to vote for your favorite projects this week!

Project completed in my home in Dubuque, Iowa.
Dimensions: 16" x 12"
Pieced fabrics and consisting of 3 layers.