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Pouf!

Photo credit to Meredith Corp.

It’s always so fun to stumble across a project of mine featured again in a new article.  Today my Pouf, which was originally made for an article in Make It Yourself Magazine including up-cycled sweaters, is in the daily Better Homes and Gardens mail!

It was a fun project, colorful and functional.  The body of the pouf is made from a cardigan, you can see I left it buttoned up!  The top and bottom turquoise section was from a dyed leather coat.  I loved the color then, and I still do.  I’ve saved the remains of that coat, and have used it for other projects as well. Check it out!  What do you think?

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Hopping Blogs!

I’m excited to do some Blog Hop Show and Tell today!  It’s finally my turn to reveal the project I made using Happy Hour Stitches Lindsay Mayland’s free Charming Mini Pattern!  As you can see, I made a little doll quilt for Stella, (a charming mini herself) and she is delighted!  Didn’t that work out well? 🙂

I used a couple bundles of Moda Mini Charms; Lydia Nelson’s “Darling little Dickens” which has sweet little animal faces and characters, and Sherri & Chelsi’s “Bright Sun” for added contrast.  I also wanted to make the quilt just a little wider, adding a half-drop block to alternating ends of each row.  This also staggered the seam allowances, so there were no seams to match as I was sewing the rows together.  BONUS!!

14 1/2″ x 15 1/2″

The half-drop blocks were the perfect size to show off these bunnies from Elizabeth Hartman’s “Paintbox Basics” in a few different color-ways.

Every garden needs a couple bunnies!

Obviously this is a very versatile pattern, and I know you will want to check out the other participant’s projects:

Dec.5  Happy Hour Stitches  Lindsay Mayland

Dec.6  Riceford Streams  Tracie Henkel

Dec.7  Punkin Patterns  Vanessa Lynch

Dec.8  String and Story  HollyAnne Knight

Dec.9  License To Quilt  Sheila Sinclair Snyder  (me)!

Dec.10  Pat Sloan

And now, it’s YOUR turn!  Let me know what you come up with!

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Love making Table runners!

Black Eyed Batik

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I’m just like a lot of you, I love a quick project now and them sprinkled in with the more complex quilts I work on.  Table runners are one of my go-to projects, when I just want to FINISH SOMETHING…….., ANYTHING!  These pics are of table runners, and one horizontal wall hanging that have helped me keep my sanity that way!  I love rich saturated colors, and making a small piece gives me a chance to work with different fabrics and colors I might not automatically choose otherwise.  I can see how they work together, and that will give me confidence to use them in a larger piece as well.  All of these runners were designed in collaboration with Lisa Bee-Wilson over at Towerhouse Quilts, so be sure to check her site to get a look at her versions.   Click here to download the FREE patterns for each of them! The wall hanging, Waves of Hospitality is an art piece I did a few years back, and of course I teach classes in this technique, and have added my signature pieced borders to this one.  Hope you enjoy seeing them!

For previous posts about these runners:

One Hour Table RunnerBarber Pole Table RunnerPiano Key Table Runner Summer Star Table Runner.

The featured image at the top of this post is a table runner from “Perfect-Fit Pieced Borders” called “Black Eyed Batik”, another colorful favorite!  That book is out of print, but I have copies available on my shop page.

 

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Guardian Stars , free pattern

Ever wonder what happens when you decide to make a quilt the second time? I’ve done just that with a couple of my favorites lately! The Guardian Stars Quilt looks amazingly different in these two fabric collections. It was designed originally for the Harrington Collection from P&B Textiles. You can download the free pattern here.
Then, as I was teaching the class at the Emerald Valley Quilters in Eugene, OR, I needed to have a sample. So, I made it up with fabrics from my stash. What fun to see how fast it went together! I love both quilts, and I’m so glad I made this pattern again.  I love the diamond shape that surrounds the center medallion.

So, best of all, it’s not too late to enter this quilt into the Blogger’s Quilt Festival!  Amy, of Amy’s Creative side organizes these which I’ve always enjoyed, but this is the first time I’ve entered a quilt! Here goes; Let’s enter Guardian Stars into the Original Design category!

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Free Patterns Available through P&B

So, as I’ve been mentioning, there have been some new patterns in the works.  They are inspired by new fabric collections coming out from P&B Textiles!  Well, they are available now on their web site, and I’m happy to introduce them to you!

Three of a Kind table runner is made from the Silvia’s Sonnet Collection.  It’s a quick little project of three repeated blocks using fused applique.  The picture shown here uses just one block for a pillow.

Fun With Fizz is another modern quilt that features the whole line of the Fizz Collection.  Simple cutting and piecing, you’ll have this one finished in no time!

#Zig #Zag is modern quilt that will help to debut the Moderne Collection!  Following the pattern is the only way to keep things organized to make the colors flow across the quilt.  Remember it’s FREE, so don’t miss out!

Guardian Stars, made using the Harrington Collection is a quilt that I’ll be teaching this coming weekend for the Emerald Valley Quilters Guild in Eugene, Oregon!  It is a fun quilt to put together, and I’ve made it in other fabrics as well.  I think it would be a great Quilt of Valor!

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Cozy Flannel Quilts!

wintergreen quiltJust noticed that All People Quilt was featuring some cozy flannel quilts on their weekly newsletter today! I thought I should check it out, and what did I find but MY QUILT Wintergreen featured on the first page! What fun to see it again in a wonderful setting. This quilt is on my guest bed right now, awaiting our company for Christmas. It is made of flannel, and homespun, both plaids and prints, and even a stripe thrown in for good measure! I used a shot cotton backing as I wanted to keep it light, but I used a wool batting for the warmth. The quilting is pure fun: a large paisley in the plain blocks with contrasting thread so it would show against the print, and horizontal zig-zags in the background. My good friends helped me meet the deadline: Wendy Fast pieced the quilt top and Lisa Bee Wilson of Towerhouse Quilts did the quilting on this one. It’s fairly loosely quilted so the loft of the wool is maintained, and believe me, this is a cozy one. All People Quilt is offering it as a free download now, but originally it was published in “Quilts and More“.
I hope you will send me a pic when you finish yours!

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Deviating from the norm! Sewing vs. Quilting

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I just can’t decide!  What do I like best, sewing or quilting??  It depends on my mood, how much time I have available, and what project strikes my interest at the time.  I started out doing a LOT of garment sewing over the years and then got seriously into quilting.  Now, I like to do some of each!  The FREE project for this month is a fun Picnic Napkin Pattern!  You know, the kind you take with you to a pot-luck or picnic, where you’re supposed to take your own table service.  This is so fast and easy to make, and what I love best about any project–it is functional!  Hop on over to Lisa Bee Wilson’s blog to see her versions.  We’d love to see yours too, and let us know what events you’re taking them to!

Find some spunky fabric–you know it has to suit your personality–or make a statement!  You’ll have it done and ready in no time.  I’ll be using mine for the first time this Saturday at my quilt group.  When I come home, all I have to do is put the silverware in the dishwasher, and throw the napkin in the laundry!  Make a bunch of these, enough for the whole family, and then start planning your next picnic!