Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Little Coffin Making...

Do you ever see something that you know you must make RIGHT NOW? When I saw THIS POST on Jen Baker's blog, In Color Order, that's exactly how I felt.  Actually it took a few days before I could find some sewing time, but soon paper piecing foundations were printed and I sorted out fabric from this box to make a test block.

Well, seriously, isn't this so cute??  Of course I had to make MORE!

Fussy cutting motifs for the coffins was a lot of fun and soon I had more!

  And more!

I decided on this arrangement for my pillow. 

Some Essex linen made a great outer border.  Now it is time to quilt this!

Happy Stitching!

Friday, October 14, 2016

2016 FAL: Fabulous Friday Finish! Sunset Cabin

Sunset Cabin is Finished -- and it's pretty darn special, even if I do say so myself!

Name: Sunset Cabin
Pattern: Traditional Log Cabin Block made with Creative Grids Log Cabin Ruler
Size: 72 x 84
Fabrics: Centers & Binding are Kona Cotton, all other solids are Pure Elements from Art Gallery.  Backing is Doe by Carolyn Frielander.
Quilting: Professionally Long Arm Quilted by Pat Boeck
Started: March 2016
Completed: October 2016

Pat quilted a leaf pattern using similar colors for the strips with contrasting threads used in the centers.  She does free motion quilting with the long arm, no computers at all.  I love the unique organic look her quilting has given this one. 
Here's a closer look at the quilting.

The backing is simple and perfect for this project. I love how much texture the quilting gives the back view.  Think of how fabulously crinkly this will be once it takes a spin in the washer and dryer!

This was my first log cabin quilt, and I am really eager to make another one soon.  Maybe with some of my gazillion scraps??

Happy Finishing!!


This quilt has been part of my 2016 Finish A Long list and now I can cross it off!

FAL 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Boo-tiful Bunting!

Last year I participated in a Halloween Bunting Swap held by the Mini Quilt Trading Swap Group on Flickr.  Each participant made up multiple flags so each member of her group could have one.  I made Mummies!  Many, many Mummies!

My Swap group had several international swappers so I had little flags arriving from Sweden as well as Brazil.  The flag from Sweden spent only 7 days in transit. Sadly, the postal system in many South American countries aren't as efficient as we are used to.  The last of the flags finally arrived around Christmas.  By then Halloween was the last thing on my mind, so all the flags were tucked away and forgotten.

When I pulled out my Halloween decorations I suddenly remembered the Bunting and spent about a half hour searching for the little flags.  Aren't they FUN??  I'm so glad I found them.

Another MQTS member made the cutest bunting with her flags, and I am totally copycatting her idea, as did many group members.  Click HERE for a peek at the cuteness!

Some of the little flags arrived already finished, and others needed some backing.  I used this black mini gingham to finish them off.

I decided that I'd like some curl to my ribbon streamers, so I used slightly diluted liquid starch, soaked the ribbon and wound it on spoon handles.  After it dried over night Voila! Curls!

I cut some spooky fabric circles and used my Clover yo-yo maker.  Turns out yo-yo's are a surprisingly good car project.

Now that I had all the pieces, it was time to put it all together!

Here's it added to the mantle!  Boo-tiful!

Here's a peek at Spidey's spot on the corner of the sofa!

Happy Haunting, quilty friends!