Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

No tricks just treats today! Happy Halloween!


My son did an awesome carving job on this guy - can't wait to light him up!

And we were inspired to have some fun and decorated the house -


look closely cause there's also an eyeball peering out the door!

Inside, I've got the Pumpkat Patch table runner,


pumpkins on one wall,


and Seed Mix on another.


Lots of festive orange in the house! Have a safe and fun Halloween!



Friday, October 28, 2016

Saw Tooth Flowers

Still having a blast with applique, this time with flowers!

Saw Tooth Flowers Quilt



Originally jewel shapes, leftover from Jeweled Flower Garden, they could have easily made flowers.



But no, I decided to cut the tips off, making hexagons, and adding yellow centers, just like the two almost complete flowers. As for the green for the leaves, too bright. Fortunately, stored with the flower pieces were triangles of another green for the leaves. Though I had plenty of those, I wanted to be different and went with one leaf, not two. Therefore, Saw Tooth Flowers.



Stitching these to interfacing for applique was easy, 



as  I left 1/4" open at seams between the petals (hexagons), where the leaf joins. Keeping the fabric out of the way, 


and clipping the interfacing,


made for nice inside points. The flower below just got fused, and the one to the left is still free.








I also got lucky that there were seven flowers, which made for a nice arrangement on the batik background.
The flowers are lined up in an orderly fashion, though I didn't get the measuring tape out for preciseness. Just eyeballed it.



Quilting is full of freehand leaves, in a medium green thread.







And the flowers all have purple veining and centers.















A fun, different project and so happy to use up flower parts and some yardage. As for the triangles I cut off the jewels - a project for next month!

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Midweek Makers #43

Welcome to another edition of Midweek Makers, the place to show your sewing creations!



Did everyone see the adorable Tic Tac baby quilts designed by Joanne at Canuck Quilter

                                               Tic Tac Who? quilts by Canuck Quilter Designs

What baby wouldn't adore one of these? Well done Joanne - be sure to grab a 'Featured' button!


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As for me, I'm making progress on my sawtooth flowers quilt, as it's on the frame for quilting.



I thinking outline stitching, then freehand leaves in the background. Nothing too complicated.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Testing another Applique Project

Yep, another interfacing applique project in the works.


This time it's hexie flowers, which were pieces leftover from last year's Jeweled Flower Garden quilt.

Jeweled Flower Garden quilt



I found the pieces while looking for purple backing fabric for the Unlimited quilt, thrilled there was enough to make another top. 



But this time, I thought I'd try the interfacing applique technique, with the pattern Blooming Hexagons from the Flip & Fuse Quilts book as my inspiration.


Ah, but of course, I have to be different! If you noticed in the first picture, I'm going with a saw tooth looking flower, with just one leaf on the edge.


Don't ask why. Maybe it would look more interesting than the standard hexie shape?

Still have to test it to make sure it turns okay. Once that's a go, I'll sew the other flowers together, and ready them for applique. Oh, and choose a background. So much yet to do! More to follow on Wednesday.

Have a great day quilting!


Friday, October 21, 2016

The Hoppy Quilts

Two more finishes this week, the very cute Hoppy quilts! One in green for a boy,

Hoppy quilt in green
























and one in pink for a girl.

Hoppy quilt in pink
It  looks like these frogs just jumped onto the quilts - they are so darned cute!

Hoppy pink quilt closeup


Hoppy green quilt closeup

 Using the fusible applique method, their little bodies aren't stuck to the quilt top, giving them a bit of dimension. If I had had the forethought, I would have put a little extra batting inside them to really puff them up, though they look great the way they are.

I liked the quilting that was used on Hoppy in the Flip & Fuse Quilts book,


and figured out how to quilt a continuous line with minimal backtracking. 

Hoppy green quilt quilting

Just love the look it gives to these blocks!

And can't forget the backs. Many thanks to my neighbor who was selling off her stash - I've put the frogs to good use.

Hoppy green quilt back

Hoppy pink quilt back

I have really been enjoying the interfacing applique technique, can't you tell? So far, four quilts. Seed Mix, Unlimited, and these two. And there's another project lined up, and a couple more in my head. I'll give some progress reports in a few days.

Have a great day quilting!






Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Midweek Makers #42

Fall is in the air, and projects with my favorite color scheme popped up on Midweek Makers last week. 



Take a look at these -

adorable coasters from Emese at Pale Blue Corner

                                                      

this fantastic leaf runner by Wendy at Pieceful Thoughts

                                         img_7570


and this fun quilt by Soma at Whims and Fancies.

                                                  Halloween Quilt Patterns | Whims And Fancies

Those, along with my Seed Mix quilt, 



are really putting me in the fall mood. Ladies, be sure to grab a 'Featured' button!

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I've made progress on the Hoppy quilts, which are at the quilting stage.






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Monday, October 17, 2016

Hoppy - A Work in Progress

It feels really good when quilt ideas finally come to reality - Seed Mix and Unlimited can be checked off my list. And I'm still fascinated with applique. Yep, you guessed it, a couple more quilts are in the works.










At  first, because I had the other two quilts to experiment with regarding interfacing applique, I thought I wouldn't make any of the quilts in the Flip & Fuse Quilts book. After taking another look, I decided on the challenge of appliqueing frogs. Crazy huh?

Modifying the Hoppy pattern to a smaller size, fabrics were pulled for both a boy version and a girl version. With a smaller sized quilt, I could also use just one frog per top, instead of three, cutting down on the time spent turning frog legs.


After a Sunday sewing (it was raining - hallelujah!), this is the stage the Hoppy quilts are at. Isn't that frog adorable?? Though his legs look narrow, he wasn't that hard to turn. Just a bit time consuming, but a great project to work on while watching TV.

Still a long way to go, though they should be finished this week. Hmm, what else can I applique?