Friday, November 19, 2021

Grandmother's Fan with Crafter's Edge


Finally, my November Crafter's Edge project!
I had the blocks done before the first of November, but could I get the rest of it done that soon--not a chance!
I'm pleased to finally have finished it this very morning!
This uses the Grandmother's Fan die set from Crafter's Edge.
There are 2 sizes in the set, and I decided to use both.

Here is one block:

I originally thought I would make the larger fan only, but the negative space on the opposite corner seemed to be begging to be filled, so I put the smaller one there. I was surprised to need so many blades on the smaller one, but they are a lot skinnier than the bigger blades, so...duh!
The fabric I used was Snow Much Fun by Deb Strain for Moda. It's several years old, and I had used much of the fat quarter bundle for a quilt. I thought I'd use leftovers for this table runner.
Since I was using scraps, I didn't have enough green for an inner border, so I made a flange instead. Below is how NOT to put a flange on with the outer border.

Jack the Ripper and I took out those stitches, and I redid the flange:

That's better.
Oh, yes, and I had to use a sort of scrappy outer border since I didn't have enough of any one fabric...
Next was quilting the thing:

Here's a closeup of the quilting, although it's still not very visible:

The border is a loop to loop design (one of my favorite border designs), and when I decided how to top stitch the binding, I didn't realize that my chosen decorative stitch matched the quilting until I was about 2/3 around the binding. Serendipity!
You can see the binding is very scrappy--less and less of these fabrics to be found!

Here it is on my ironing board. It's kind of big: about 17 x 58".

The Crossover II made cutting the fan blades and quarter circles very easy.

Thanks, Crafter's Edge for the opportunity to be on the Design Team!!
I recommend this die cutting machine and all the dies to everyone. They are very helpful!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

No Ring--My Turn


This is my day to share on the No Rings hop hosted by Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks.
We've seen some fantastic mug rugs!! I've certainly enjoyed--and been awed by--all that I have seen.

I took the easy way out this time. 😀
I had used part of a panel for another project and had several small parts left. 
"What perfect mug rugs these will make!" I said to myself. (I hope others of you talk to yourself while sewing--don't make me feel all alone in this!)
Sew, gathering some scraps from other projects for the borders, I put together these 3 mug rugs.

I love fall colors and these look great (if I do say so myself) on my oak table and/or anywhere else during this fall season.

For those who like to see FMQ, I used a variegated Madiera Aeroquilt thread that I have used for several years, color 9600, 40 wt. The colors in it are perfect for fall.
I did a leaf and loop FMQ for the pumpkin.

The acorns and leaf were loops.

The berry bunches are meandered.

Those are my projects. It's amazing what we quilters can think of for our scraps and leftovers.
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Monday, October 25, 2021

Show and Tell

I'm pretty sure I have never put this finished quilt on here...
It's my Alaska quilt with Row by Rows from Alaska (naturally).
From top down:
Fairbanks--Northern Threads
Juneau--Changing Tides
Denali--Northern Heart Originals
Anchorage--Quilted Raven
Juneau--Raintree Quilts
Fairbanks--Northern Threads
On the left is Juneau (Changing Tides) and on the right is a separate laser cut piece I got in Fairbanks.
Great shops, all of them!
Even though you can't see it, the border is quilted rising or setting suns (Lori Kennedy design) which I thought was perfect for the Land of the Midnight Sun. I made a facing for the quilt instead of binding it so as not to detract from the quilt itself.

Below is my new "barn" quilt--on our unattached garage. The company calls it Mexican Tile, but it looks a lot like the Idaho Beauty block featured in the latest Quiltfolk magazine.

This is a runner I just finished. 
It's called "Curvacious" by Gudrun Erla.
My SIL Denise and I bought the pattern and fabrics for it at Fiberworks in Waverly, IA.
It's long--54" and about 12.5" wide.

Now I'm busy on other projects, such as my November Crafter's Edge project and a baby quilt for my granddaughter-to-be who will be born sometime around the end of the year. Time to get going on it, eh?


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

My Turn


I'm tickled to be a part of the Ghastly Ghouls hop, hosted by the fabulous Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.
I have been industriously working to get these projects done and I even impressed myself when I finished all three. 😁
My first project is this cat pillow from Riley Blake's monthly pillow kits. I changed the border, though, so I could use my Crafter's Edge Drunkard's Path dies.

I used the smaller of the 2 die sets, and these made the 3.5" squares called for in the pattern.
However, the fabric included in the kit did not allow me to make the cornerstones in the Drunkard's Path, so I used some of the black fabric left over from the cat.
Below are the dies and some of the blocks, right side up and wrong side up.

This is the Crossover II machine used with the dies and fabric.
I've enjoyed being on the Crafter's Edge Design Team this year and using these products to make so many things. There are many dies and the machine is easy to work. I predict that I'll be using it for a long time.

After a visit to my local quilt shop, Stewart's Sewing in Mt. Zion, IL, and seeing that in their sample pillow they had zigzagged around the cat, I did that as well. Maybe you can see this--makes the cat look a little furry around the edges.
I'm waiting for November's pumpkin pillow to come in so I can make it too.

Next up is my finished Hagatha's House quilt! This was a BOM from Carol of Just Let Me Quilt and Joan of Moosestash Quilting. Their Halloween-crazy group is Cackling Stitches. The quilt was a lot of fun! I did not add part of the border that would have made it longer, so my quilt is square.
I also made it as Quilt-as-you-go. The black "sashing" is actually the joining strips. 

Not sure if you can see the pumpkin quilting on the border--I got the idea from someone in the Fall blog hop, and I can't remember who that was, so thank you!!

Here's a right-side-up photo.

The quilt with the cat pillow.

I said 3 projects, and here is the last:

This is my Shabby Fabrics Word of the month, done just in time for Halloween. These kits are SEW cute! I have one for Thanksgiving to do for November.

Thanks again to Carol for hosting this hop!

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Recent work and Ghastly Ghouls update

Here's my most recent finish--I know, the photo isn't good, but I've hung it on my loft and don't want to take it down to get a better photo. (Call me lazy...or too busy...)
The panel is Fall Festival by Jennifer Brinley for Studio E.
I added the 2 borders. I wish you could see the pumpkins I quilted around the outer border, but, alas, not in this picture. I kind of copied the design from someone in the Fall bloghop, but now I can't remember who. My apologies for not being able to give credit, but thank you for the idea!

Below is a One Block Wonder in progress. 
I taught this to our Cerro Gordo Quilters group, am teaching it this weekend to Kim, and will do a class at Stewart's Sewing in Mt. Zion on November 18.
This one is much busier than I prefer, but it's interesting, and I was fascinated by the original fabric (should have had a photo of that). It's called Contempo's Anything Goes by Ann Lauer for Benartex.
This picture is before I started sewing rows together, but now it is as together as it's going to get before the November class, so students can see how to progress.

The Ghastly Ghouls blog hop, hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt, starts October 18. Get ready for some awesome show and tell by all the bloggers!
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