Monday, August 20, 2018

More leaf runners and a winning!

After Wendy made up my Falling For You leaf table runner pattern in cotton prints I was curious to make more too!  So last week I looked in my stash and found a leaf print for the borders and pulled scraps for the leaves and got right to work.

Since I was using regular quilting cottons this time I used fusible on the back of the leaves and satin stitched them down. And as usual for me, I appliqued the leaves after quilting. 

I loved how it turned out, so right back to the stash I went and grabbed another leaf print and some scraps.  This time in more subdued coloring.  Gotta have that variety for the customers!  You can find the finished runners in my Etsy shop or the pattern to make your own in my Craftsy shop.  Links on the right side bar.

Last month when Jamie  particapated in Sarah's 12 Days of Christmas blog hop, Jamie had a tutorial and giveaway for her barn quilt...and I was the lucky winner!!!!!!!!!!!    OMG it was like it was made just for me as it fits my wall where I always change out seasonal quilts that hang above my treadle machine.  

  And Jamie quilted it with the hook swirl which is my favorite design to quilt:0   Thank you Jamie, I will treasure it.

Here is to hoping we all have a productive week at reducing our stash!!  I am hoping to be working on more pineapple snowman blocks on Tuesday when a friend comes over to help me.  

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Fireworks and Quilting

All of last week was spent camping in Iowa so we could attend PGI.  PGI is Pyrotechnic Guild International-think huge fireworks displays and classes to make fireworks. Every August there is a big convention.  We love seeing the nightly displays, three nights are open to the public for viewing pleasure.  Hubby signed us up to be members so that he could attend classes. While he was enjoying himself learning to make some, I was able to stay at the camper and be happily sewing away.  But at night we both went to see the big firework shows.

Here is some of what I worked on, piecing of snowman runners, it was so hot and humid but my AC was keeping me cool.  These six are now ready for their quilting and the finishing applique after.

 After getting all the snowman runners pieced that I brought along, I started a new quilt!  Some improvising was done as I needed a design wall.  Looking around the camper, I decided that the big window in the back of the camper was the right size and I could pin right into the cornice of it.

With all the modern technology with phones now it was funny to see this old phone booth right outside the camper!  It was not useable since the phone wasn't there anymore.  But the pole beside it was like our own personal WiFi tower!  It was the best connection in a campground we have ever had.  

At the PGI displays they set off these big fireballs-wow did it ever get hot!   For this one we were about 300 feet away. 

During the big shows at night there were mulitple shells being shot off at once.  You were looking up, down, left, right, round and round!  So glorious.  It was like gold dripping from the sky, along with diamonds, ruby, sapphire, and emeralds

Just one of the prettiest blue shells that went off.   It is just hard to capture good firework pictures so I took very few, instead I just wanted to live in the moment;)  Usually the conference is over our Anniversary but this year it was a week early.  Today is our 36th Wedding Anniversary!

I just want to let you know that the big Island Batik blog hop is going on right now.  You can get the links to the Ambassador blogs on the Island Batik blog.  There are some wonderful giveaways too!!  I will be sharing my project on Aug. 28th.  Here is a sneak peek of the fabrics I am working with.  Remember that these are the fabrics released at Spring Market a few months ago.  Ask for them in your quilt shop!!

Linking with Connie and Susan

Friday, August 10, 2018

Pattern Release-Falling For You

Falling For You is my newest pattern release on Craftsy.  I loved how this design worked up and blog friend Wendy offered to test it for me should I decide to write it up.  Decision made:)  I wrote it up last week, she tested it over the weekend.  And it is now in my Craftsy shop.

Here are my 2 versions, both in Batiks.  But you could use any fabrics of course.  I really want to make one with regular cotton quilting fabric soon.

So many of us like the fall season for various reasons, cooler weather, kids are going back to school. Or we love the sight of leaves falling to the ground in gorgeous oranges, golds and browns.  These can be made in so many color schemes, in batiks or not.   This is a quick easy pattern to whip up if you need something ready for fall which is only a month away!!  It measures 16" x 43".

Use up some scraps for your leaves!  My leaves are raw edge appliqued on after all the quilting is done. However you decide to applique it you will enjoy having this on your table for the entire fall season!

And here is Wendy's version-thanks,Wendy, for testing.  It came out fabulous!!  Love that main fabric choice.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

60 degree triangle runners

Fellow blogging friend Ramona recently made these 60 degree triangle table runners in a patriotic theme.  I was intrigued by her lay out.  In the past I did a different layout.  So I quickly whipped out some fall fabrics that went together nicely, cut and sewed strip sets.  Then comes the fun part of cutting the triangles and laying them out.  Yep I liked the results.  Thanks Ramona for the inspiration!

 Before long they were ready to quilt.  Straight lines and wishbones to the rescue!  

 I love how the lines formed this design!

 I found a fall vegie fabric in my stash that worked great for the backings.

Linking with Sarah and Myra

Monday, July 30, 2018

Working vacay

The hubby signed us up to go to Oshkosh WI to the EAA Airventure and camp on site at Camp Scholler.  He loves airplanes and flying, me not so much.  I do love watching some of the air shows but I am not into walking through all the planes, exhibits and vendors.  He loves it all . So I stayed in the camper sewing happily away while he was enjoying himself. Then later in the day we would go to the air show or the evening one.  Those big planes are pretty impressive and the maneuvers they can do, wow!  At night the planes are all lit up and even have fireworks shooting from the planes.  And there was also ground fireworks after the show.

A working vacation is pretty much what I had this past week from Wednesday until Sunday anyway.
This was my work station in the camper.  I have a pretty decent set up with things at my finger tips that I need.

I use my smaller Janome in the camper.  Walmart had this little fold up portable table that doubles as my ironing surface or just project holding table;)  I have a portable rolled up ironing mat and a little steam fast iron. I love that little iron!  It was a trooper even for pressing long strip sets!
I have lots of good storage for projects in the drawer under the couch and the sewing machine fits in the cabinet under the TV. A couple of my rulers even fit in the seat cushion compartment.  Yes the chair seat cushion lifts up and there is secret compartment!

First I sewed 2 sets of strip sets to make pieced borders, then I assembled 4 of these leaf table runners, not bad for 3 mornings of work!  I did have all the leaf blocks pieced before leaving home.

DH got up early each morning to go watch the Ultra light planes and powered parachutes and gliders fly.  I slept in a little then got up and sewed:)

The fun thing was that a lot of the airplanes flew directly over the camper or over the campground so I could watch a lot of them while sewing!  The little specks in the sky are powered gliders and I think one powered parachute.  This was looking out my camper door at 8am.

OMG the campground was crazy!!!!  I think everyone in the USA that owned a camper was there, LOL  The grounds opened the Sunday before we got there, and we arrived on Wednesday afternoon.  When you check in they tell you to find a spot and park your camper-WHAT?  There are no designated spots, just squeeze in where your unit fits!  It was slim pickings for spots we could fit in.  The next day there were several campers that left and we could have had a better spot. But we didn't want to go to the work of tearing down and setting back up. We filled our water tank and it lasted the 4 days, we had bought a pair of generators before we went and they powered the AC, my sewing machine, iron, and microwave.  It worked out really good.  The only thing I missed was not having good WiFi.  We had to hop a bus to a hot spot within the campground or on the grounds of the Air show.  So I didn't get to check in or respond to many of your comments on the past 2 posts until I got home.  

So this week I am going to try to quilt up a storm!  Hope you all do too:)

Linking with Connie  this week.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Secondary pattern-Island Batik challenge for July

There are so many possibilities to get a secondary design in your quilt.  You can use just one block, if it is the right one and get a secondary pattern happening after putting several of them together.  Or you can use 2 different blocks alternating throughout your quilt.

The Island Batik July challenge is creating a secondary pattern in a quilt 36" or larger.  I had been considering several different ideas but when I saw Sarah's quilt she designed for the quilt along to go with the 12 days of Christmas blog hop she was hosting I knew that was the one I wanted to do.  I chose to make mine smaller for a wall hanging.   Here are the two blocks that make up this quilt.

 I love the fall colors that Island Batik sent me.  I love working with the darker colors for fall.

Can you spot the two blocks in the quilt?  Sarah designed the border with the center block bleeding out into the outer border.  I love quilts that do that!  I used Hobbs Thermore batting in this wall hanging.  The batting sure has a different feel-stiff like, but it sure leaves a nice flat product in the end.  I will use it again it some table runners that will be in the coming months.

Everything was ruler quilting on my Nolting Funquilter except for the wishbone quilting in the outer border.  Do you like how creative I got with the quilting in corners of the border?  Usually I have a hard time with how to turn the corners while doing the wishbone-in this method there is no problem
It could be done with lots of other types of designs too.

Another monthly fun challenge thanks to Island Batik, Hobbs batting and Aurifil for providing all I needed to make this 44" x 44" wall hanging.  You will see it soon in my Etsy shop. 

Here is a list of my fellow Ambassadors, they would love it if you stop by and give them some comment love too!
Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Mania at Mania for Quilts
Maryellen at Mary Mack Made Mine
Michelle at Creative Blonde
Pamela at PamelaQuilts
Sally at Sally Manke
Sandra at MMM Quilts

Sherry at Powered by Quilting  <--- me="" span="">

Stephanie at Steph Jacobson
Vicki at Vicki's Crafts & Quilting-YOU ARE HERE

Linking with Sarah, BethBeth and Connie

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Christmas in July blog hop

I started following a new blog this year and when Carol asked if anyone wanted to participate in her Christmas in July blog hop I jumped on board!  Christmas decorating comes easy for me...I LOVE snowmen so of course my project is snowmen.

These little guys are scrappy white to cream pineapple blocks made using the Creative Grids pineapple ruler.  So fun to make.  A couple months ago I had one day with nothing on my schedule so I thought I would just make one snowman to see how he went together.  And well he was so stinkin' cute I had to make 4 more!!!  Yes I was able to make them all that day.

After I quilted this wall hanging I added button eyes, and used an elongated triangle fancy stitch on my Janome 7700 for his nose.  The ties on his scarf are appliqued on at this point also.

Here they are hanging out on our red door.

I used a pattern from  Cottage Rose to make this cutie! 

Thank you Carol for hosting and for letting me join in the fun!

If you are looking for even more snowmen ideas I have these patterns in my Craftsy shop.

I hope you are hopping along and getting all the cute Christmas ideas, here is the list of other bloggers. 

July 23 

July 24

July 25

July 26

July 27

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Pixie Squares

Finally my Pixie Squares quilt is finished!  OK I didn't start it that long ago, but still I am glad I have a finish.  It all started when I won a jelly roll of RJR's Pie Making Day.

I love this line and it patiently waited while I looked at pattern after pattern trying to find just the right one to make.  In May I was browsing online and found Pixie Squares by Whistlepig Creek Designs.  It's modern and will fit the pattern wonderfully.  It is an instant download so I got right to work!   Did you notice RJR's jelly roll are actually called Pixie Strips and I used it to make Pixie Squares!

Before long I had this much done, and then I stalled on it to do other projects.  However I needed my design wall, so finishing the piecing of the top became my June OMG goal.

And by the end of June the top was finished.  And I had met my OMG goal.

But the neat part was I won this bundle of Puzzle Pieces Fat Eighths from the OMG and Green Fairy!!  Now what will I make with this-at this time I have no idea, but not to worry I will get around to it:)

Then July OMG rolls around and I decided I needed to get the quilting done this month so it doesn't get to be a UFO.  But wouldn't cha know I forgot to get a post up for the OMG.  But it still got done!

A freehand allover feather done on my Funquilter was the perfect element to get it done and give it texture and movement.  My quilt measures 53" x 53".

I love the polka dot lime green that I picked up at SR Harris on my way home from the MN quilt show in June.  This was also used as the binding. 

Don't forget tomorrow starts Christmas in July there is quite a line up of blogs.   Wednesday is my day...

Friday, July 20, 2018

Leaf table runner and QAL

One day I was playing around in EQ8 and came up with this table runner.  It sat on my computer and on my brain for a few weeks before I got around to stitching it.

I quilted it and then raw edge appliqued the leaves on.  Since they are batiks I am not worrying about if they ravel so I straight stitched them on.

 I like it so much I made another!  What do you think should I write up a pattern for it?

I am working along with Sarah's 12 days of Christmas QAL, I am doing mine smaller. This will also be my July challenge for Island Batik fabrics.  I hope you will come back next week to see my finish.  Here are my first blocks all pieced.

Look who I found sneaking up to eat my spirea!! 

 Linking with Foto Fun, Friday Finished or Not, and TGIFF