Prepared: National Quilting Day

Today is National Quilting Day.  While there are many things on my To-Do List besides quilting, I am very hopeful that some quilting will happen.  That is why I am prepared.

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This is going to be a baby quilt. Hopefully it will be most of a top by the end of the day.

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This is still going to be Miss Jenna’s quilt. Hopefully it will be basted and partially quilted by the end of the day.

But, it will all depend on errands and gardening, which must be done first.  Wish me luck!

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Poinsettia Block

I continue to enjoy the Have A Jolly Little Christmas Quilt Along.

Sew Fresh Quilts

My latest effort is the Poinsettia Block.  I modified it a little, changing the large, green corner squares to smaller ones and adding gold.  The long term plan is to use this as an alternating block in the quilt.

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I plan to make it a 5×5 with 13 of these blocks and 12 of the other pieced blocks.  We’ll see if I make it that far, but I think I probably will because I am having so much fun!

 

Leftovers Are Now A Finished Quilt

The Calico Rose leftovers  are now a finished quilt.  I really do need a better name for it than “Leftovers” but it is all I have for the moment.

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Tara did a great job with the quilting.  We settled on a simple overall pattern that picked up the leaves and vines in the setting blocks.  I am very pleased.

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I made a small pillow to go along with it, since it is somewhere between a large throw and a small twin.

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No pattern, per se, for this one.  It is just leftovers made into something useful.  That is not a bad thing.

Status Report

It isn’t that I haven’t been sewing at all, but I have only been sewing a little and not finishing any one thing.

This one only needs binding…

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This one only needs quilting…

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This one is really for basting…

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Still piecing on this one…

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and this one…

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and this one…

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Yes, that is a lot of projects (and a lot of ellipses), but it is representative of my life right now:  Many things going on; many things unfinished.

Busy beats being bored by a mile!

 

Butterfly Stars

Another baby quilt complete!

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This one started as a small pile of 6″ squares that arrived in a scrap bag.   Too pretty to cut, but not enough to make a quilt either…or was it?

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There were 10 squares, but nine were enough.  Using my own My Size Stars tutorial, the butterfly fabric became the centers.  Each star finishes at 10-1/2″, so just a little 1-1/2″ sashing was all that was needed to complete the project.

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There is a bag of bonus triangles that will become a different project soon.  Probably a mug-rug or doll quilt.

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If you have just a little of a very pretty fabric, consider My Size Stars.  They go together quickly and take advantage of prints you want to highlight.

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This quilt is intended for the baby of one of my colleagues.  His wife is due in March–he is a science teacher.  Butterflies and stars–it seems perfect.

Another Little One

Thanks to a terrific scrap bag, here is another baby quilt finish for the year.  There were a lot of Half-Square Triangles in a recent donation.  Some were already paired into squares and some were loose.  But they were fairly large and I could see a possibility.

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I needed to add, I think, 10 squares, but, really, it was a mostly finished project.

Even though the front has a nautical feel, the back is cowboys, because that is what I had.  Sometimes that is the way it is, and the colors do work.

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I did the quilting on my grandmother’s Pfaff 130.  It is simple and echoes the asymmetrical layout.

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The little quilt finishes at about 35″ square.  You can create something similar by starting with 25 6″ colored and 25 6″ background squares.  Create HST.  Square up to 5-1/2″.  Lay out in an asymmetrical pattern.  Stitch together.  Just that simple!

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Mary built THREE–two for twin great granddaughter’s, and a dolly version for big sister!

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…your beautiful creation HERE!

TUTORIAL: Lucky Star Pincushion

Here is a quiltalong bonus:  Lucky Star Pincushion.  Instead of being a very large star, like the Super Stars Quilt, it is a very small star.  But, lucky you, it isn’t hard to put together.   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow described stars as the “forget-me-nots of the angels.”  Let an angel in your life know you haven’t forgotten them.  Make them a little star-shaped remembrance giftie today.

As a double bonus, this tutorial makes two pincushions, so you will have a matched set:  one to keep and one to give away.

LUCKY STAR PINCUSHION

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Finished Size:  4-inches square

1/4″  quilters seam allowance throughout

MATERIALS

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8 pairs of colored 2″ squares (16 pieces in all)

8 background 2″ squares

8 background 1-1/2″ squares

2 4-1/2″ squares (back of pincushion)

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4 small buttons

CONSTRUCTION

1. Sort your squares.  One pile should have one each of the colored squares.  One pile should have one each of the colored squares and the 2″ background squares.  One pile should be the 1-1/2″ background squares.

2. Create half-square triangles out of the 2″ squares.  From pile one, you want to match two colored squares together.  You will have four pairs.  Consider a little which colors will be next to each other, but don’t worry too much.  On this one, I paired warmer colors to cooler colors.  From pile two, pair each colored square to a background square. You will have eight pairs.  The third pile should just wait for now. 

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If you don’t have a favorite method for half-square triangles, consider this tutorial.

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3. Square up.  It is no one’s favorite thing to do, but it really makes a difference.  Each half-square triangle unit should measure 1-1/2″ when you are done.

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4. Lay out two faux-lemoyne star patterns.  They don’t have to be the same, but will be similar.

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5. Assemble.  Make sure to iron your seam allowances either open or nesting, as you prefer.  I use nesting.

6.  Match each finished star to a 4-1/2″ backing square, right sides together.  Sew around, leaving a small opening on one side.  I made the opening just smaller than where the points of the stars touch the edge.  It seemed to make it a bit less prone to pull apart during the turning.

7. Turn, pressing corners out.  I like to iron down at this phase.

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8.  Stuff or fill the pincushion with your favorite substance.  I used polylfil for these.  Crushed walnut shells work well also.  Stitch the opening using a ladder or other invisible stitch.

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9. Notice, my points are not perfect.  Yours very well may be.  Good for you!  But, since mine aren’t, and I like tufted pincushions anyway, I put a small button front and back to cover those less-than-perfect spots, and to give the pincushion some dimension.

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10.  Ta-dah!  Finished pincushion.  Really, finished pincushionS.  How nice to get two for just about the same work as one.  Who are you going to give your second one to?

NOTE:  In retrospect, I might modify this pattern somewhat to  include a 1″ sashing around the front block.  That way the star points wouldn’t get lost in the curve of the filled pincushion.  If you do that, your sashing would need to be 2 pieces 4-1/2″ x 1″ and two pieces 5-1/2″ x 1″. Your backing squares would be 5-1/2″.  As soon as I have one finished that looks like this, I will put it up to share.  Enjoy!