Thursday, March 31, 2022

RSC March: Yellow and Table Scraps Challenge


Just in the nick of time, I'm jumping on the caboose to get this posted! 
It's been a busy month and many apologies to those who commented on my last post as I haven't responded to any of your sweet words. 

Just to let you know... Mary loved, loved, loved her new table runner! She has it spread out on her kitchen island as her table has an Easter tablecloth
 on it and the colors clash when set together. 

This month the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC) color was yellow. 
My scrap bucket/basket/pile was not abundant with yellow, 
so I added part of a charm pack to make the above table topper. 

A few years back, I won a set of Twister templates from Twisted Sisters Designs.
The template I used in this project was the Lil' Twister and it has us use 5" squares.

Here, I've got my basic 6 x 4 patch laid out and ready to sew.

Now, it's sewn together with an added 3" border.

Now comes the fun part!

Cutting it up!
(Yes, it does seem to create a lot of waste, 
but that just means I have more scraps to make something else!)

And here are the squares sewn back together.
See all the pretty pinwheels?
It was a learning lesson for me, as I realized that light background fabrics
should be surrounded by darker ones to make them pop.
Next time.

I added a dark blue polka dot border and FMQd away!

A light blue binding was added and just like that, I had a new table topper!

The Twister template was super easy to use and was really fun! 
I look forward to using the other sizes I have too and make some holiday projects. 

Wondering what I did with some of those yellow bits and bobs?
I made a batch of IFAQH hearts!

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Saturday, March 19, 2022

Project Quilting 13.6: Flying Geese


Oh what a fun ride this season of Project Quilting has been! 
I participated in each of the 6 challenges and loved each one.

Thank you to Kim Lapacek at Persimon Dreams for hosting this 
inspiring challenge for us each year. 

This final theme we were to incorporate at least 5 Flying Geese blocks into a finished project.

I've had a table runner in mind for quite a while that fits this "goose" bill. 
Switchback Trail is a free pattern from Sharon Holland Designs.

One of the elderly ladies I care for is having a birthday this coming week, so I kept her in mind as I chose fabrics. 
I also kept her in mind with prayers and loving thoughts as I stitched!
I'm hoping Mary will love her new table runner!

Most of my fabric stash is bright, colorful and on the modern side.
I had this one FQ bundle that is more subdued, so I chose 6 fabrics from it. 

Sewing the Flying Geese blocks using Sharon Holland's tutorial was fun and easy.
Trimming them is always a pain in the arse.

Making blocks with 2 Flying Geese snuggled up together.

Getting the blocks lined up just right and ready to sew together.

Sharon's instructions uses all of these blocks to make a 72" runner.
I know Mary's table isn't that long, so I used only half of the blocks.
The other half now is at the top of my WIP/UFO pile. 

Simple quilting in the ditch.

Decisions, decisions on binding fabrics!

Measuring 18" x 36" and complete with 24 Flying Geese blocks.
Absolutely "Handmade with love".

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Saturday, March 5, 2022

Project Quilting 13.5: Rhythm & Repetition


The PQ challenge this week was to incorporate a sense of rhythm and repetition into a project. It took a few days to let this idea simmer in me. 
I ended up going down the inspirational rabbit hole called Pinterest.

I had pinned a table runner from Bear Creek Quilting called Spring Table Runner 
that would do the trick. It uses all HST blocks and are paired with a dark/light combination.
Once the blocks are arranged, the colors line up diagonally.
The only change I made to the pattern was to cut my 
HST blocks to 3" rather than the called for 2.5".

I chose a fat eighth bundle I've had in my stash forever, 
called Grand Canal by Kate Spain.

Making the blocks was fun and easy!

Getting them sewn together was fun too! 
Not a single corner was cut off. 
For once.

Can you see the rhythm and repetition? 

Choosing a border is never easy. Love that peach color?
Yeah, me too. But I didn't have enough for the length.
Pea Green won out!

Simple straight line quilting in-the-ditch along all seams 
supplied just the right look.

Getting that binding on just right.

I added a small enamel label that says "handmade" to the corner. 

It fits perfectly on our bedroom dresser at 12" x 33.5".

I just love it! This pattern was so easy and fun to make, I know I'll be using it again. 
Thank you, Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams for creating these challenges!

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