These pot holders stated when I noticed a category in the fall fair list for two hot mats. I dug though my orphan block box and found the red stripped fabric. Then I looked in my scrap bin and found a small piece of the rose fabric. I fussy cut the roses and cut the strips into sections that could be partial pieced around the roses. At about 8 inches square, they make a nice sized hot mat. I doubled the thickness of the batting to give extra protection to a table, then quilted them in a nice crosshatch flower design. If I were to make them over, I would quilt them less densely as they tend to get stiff with the double batting and the dense quilting. However they will work well as hot mats. We tend to use a lot of hot mats and it is nice to have fresh ones every once in a while.
This little wall hanging is the result of a Modern Quilt Guild challenge to use Circles and Sticks in a composition. I enjoyed playing around with the design of this quilt. I started out piecing the sticks and then switched to fusible applique with a buttonhole edge machine finish. This was fun!
The quilting is an edge to edge design called Spark by Ann Bright, which I feel goes with the happy feel of the dancing sticks.
This butterfly topper started with a leftover block that was not quite accurate at the center meeting points. I decided that a central applique would hide the mismatched points. The butterfly was fussy cut from a remnant in my scrap bin, fused to the centre and then secured with a narrow zig-zag stitch. I then added two borders that echoed the colours of the star block. The quilting is a an allover butterfly design. If I were to do it over, I would choose a different thread colour, as I feel this medium blue thread does not enhance the piecing. This topper will be a donation to my fall fair silent auction table.
These placemats began when I found four small panel prints in the scrap bank at my quilt guild. The bins are wonderful. We can drop in our own scraps and take someone else’s scraps. This is a wonderful resource when you are trying to make a colour controlled scrap quilt.
I liked the colours of these panels and pulled from my stash an orange stripe for the inner border and an olive green for the outer border of the panel. The quilting is a double crosshatch that I created as a digital file executed with a gold thread that gives a nice texture to the placemats. They were then bound with a coordinating olive fabric with hand stitching to the back.
This table runner was made from a kit purchased from a local quilt store. I assume the pieces came from a coordinating line of fabrics since they all go together quite well. The advantage of using a kit is that the fabrics are all selected and in this case, precut. One of the disadvantages of using a kit is having to work with the fabric as it is cut. I admit to feeling disappointment that the border strips, cut width of fabric were not cut accurately on grain. Even though the two borders are both small all-over prints, my picky eye can see that the design does not run true on either border. Likely nobody but me will ever notice, but it does reinforce for me the importance of accurate cutting to the success of a project.
The kit was designed to be made and birthed envelope style. It would have been quite simple to make it that way. However, I prefer the look of free motion quilting, so I made up the top, layered it and quilted it as one piece. The center was quilted with a stipple meander, the first border with a continuous swirl and the outside border was quilted with an echoed half feather border design. The binding was machine applied to the front and hand stitched to the back. The binding was not included in the kit, so I pulled a rust/metallic gold print from my stash that blended well with the borders. The double-fold binding, my preferred style, was attached by machine to the front of the runner and hand stitched to the back.
The runner finished at 15.5 inches by 42 inches. It will go into my stash of finished quilts where it will wait to be given as a gift. I expect it will be given as a shower gift to a niece who loves these colors.
It feels nice to get some of my small projects done. Sometimes a pile of unfinished flimsies can feel heavy on the mind and shoulders. That makes two finished today. I feel lighter already!
This table topper was made from some paper-pieced 5.5 inch blocks in my orphan block shoe box. These blocks were made with Pointillist Palette fabric – so I am sure you can guess how long they have been hanging around. Even though the fabric is an older print, I still love the gradations in the color. I paired the blocks with a navy and tiny gold star print for both sashing and borders.
The topper was quilted in a star meander with a gold metallic thread which carries out the star theme and adds a bit of festive sparkle to the table runner. The binding was applied to the front and hand stitched to the back. The topper finished at 17 inches square. It will go into my stash of finished small items to be given as a gift to someone someday. I like having extra finished item to pull from when I need a gift for someone who knows and appreciates the amount of work that goes into a handmade gift!
I applied the binding to three more small projects today and I’m hoping to get one more hand stitched before my head touches the pillow tonight. I love the look of hand stitched binding, but wish it was quicker to do. If I could find a way to achieve the hand stitched look by machine, I would do it in a heart beat!
Borders were added to this pre-printed tractor panel and then the pillow top was quilted densely on my longarm. I’m not a tractor aficionado, but I do live in an agricultural area and am married to the son of a farmer. I made this pillow simply so that I would have an entry for the pillow category for the local fall fair.
The pillow backing is fabric that resembles a field of straw, quilted with a scratchy stitch to emulate a field of straw. This pillow won a first place ribbon at the fall fair. I overheard several people exclaiming delightedly over the pillow, but wistfully saying too bad the tractor wasn’t green. Apparently this is John Deere country where farmers are passionate about their tractor brand!