Friday, February 25, 2022

Hearts for February

I finished a project for February with heart dies from Crafter's Edge. I saw this project on Accuquilt, but I have the Crafter's Edge Nested Heart die set and wanted to use it. The way I arranged the hearts is rotated from the pattern, and it is several inches larger. I think the hearts are slightly larger too. My final project is about 34 x 34.
The center background piece, I think, was 28" square. Then I added the pink 1.5" inner border, a 2.5" outer border, and pink binding.

I'm not sure if you can see it, but I did straight stitch applique for the hearts and loops and hearts in the background. I also stitched in the ditch on the borders and did a loop to loop on the outer border. All of it was done on my sit down quilting machine, my Juki Miyabi QVP, using a light pink 50 wt thread.

Below are my leftover hearts--2 x 2.5" in size. 

Here is the Nested Hearts die set I used with the larger used ones on the left and the small unused die on the right.

The Crossover II is a great machine for cutting applique shapes, and the dies are easy to use. It sure beats cutting those shapes out by hand!


Thursday, February 24, 2022

Belated Postings

I'm behind in posting some of my finishes.
Below is the Riley Blake pillow of the month for February. This comes in a kit, with everything included except the batting and the pillow form. Sew cute!

I made a purse for my hairdresser--one of my SILs requested a purse too. 
This one is a crossbody bag that I love (I have made 2 for myself). Chris picked out the fabrics. After I made the purse, I thought she needed a Diva wallet too. 😊

My 2nd one block wonder from these floral panels (Tivoli Garden) from Wilmington Prints.
Another SIL loved my first OBW so I bought more panels to make her one. Instead of binding Marcia's, I faced it.

Below is the one I made for myself. I bound mine--wish I had learned about facing then, but I'm not giving away my first one. I love it too much.

Here is the panel I used. (It takes 6 panels.)

I fell in love with Susan K. Cleveland's Disappearing Dresdens a couple of years ago and learned about her Piping Hot Piping from a friend. After buying a bunch of Susan's supplies for each, I made my own Disappearing Dresdens with Piping Hot Piping. I had sew many Dresden blades left, that I made another piece and am almost finished with it. Other than having to hand stitch the binding on the back, I really like Susan's method for putting on the piping and binding. Hand stitching isn't the end of the world for me, but I tend to want to do all my binding by machine.

How about some grandkids' pictures?
Here we are with all 6 of them--last weekend was the first time we've all been together since last July.

Hailey and Connor met Sydney for the first time this past weekend.

The 4 bigger girls are behind a gate to keep the dogs out.

That was a great time! Love being with family!