Friday, March 16, 2018

Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop!


I'm so happy to be participating in another one of Marian's (Seams To Be Sew) great blog hops!

Here's a list of today's participants:

Friday, March 16, 2018
FunThreads DesignsElizabeth Coughlin Designs (me) |
Quilting with Vanda |
| Life in the ScrapatchThrift Shop Commando |

The theme for this hop is UFOs, or Unfinished Objects. However, I didn't have any UFOs. I have this thing about unfinished, well, anything! Once I start something, I really like to complete it as quickly as possible and then move onto something new. It might be a result of my being a Virgo, or I'm just weird lol.

So, I decided to use the theme of UUOs instead, meaning, Unused Objects! This idea was prompted by this hexagon template set I purchased over a year ago:
I had never used it, until now. I gave myself the challenge of creating something with hexagons, and the other UUO we all have, unused fabric. I had so much fun with the templates I ended up with three projects for the hop!

The first project is a mug rug measuring approximately 10" square:




Here's a quick run-down on how I made it:
  1. I used the hexagon template marked 1" to make card stock templates for the flower and cut the fabric, (the template allows you to do both).
  2. Using English Paper Piecing (EPP), I made the hexagons and sewed them together. 
  3. I hand-appliqued the flower onto my center panel and then layered the panel with batting and backing fabric. 
  4. I did a small amount of hand quilting with embroidery floss, just outlining the hexagon flower in the center. 
  5. I trimmed the center panel and added binding.
  6. I then made yo-yos with my small Clover Yo-Yo maker and sewed them to each other and to the edge of my bound panel.
If you'd like to make one, here is a diagram that shows all the components. I'm assuming you know how to EPP the hexagons, as well as binding and quilting the center block. And I'm assuming you know how to (or can figure out how to) make yo-yos with a small Clover Yo-Yo maker!


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I made the second project with more fabric and batting from my stash, and I added insulated batting (which I also had on hand) to create a hot pad measuring approximately 11" tall by 15" wide:



Here's a quick run-down on how I made it:
  1. I used the hexagon template marked 1.5" to make card stock templates and to cut out my fabric. 
  2. After creating and joining the hexagons (EPP again), I layered the top with insulating and regular batting and backing fabric. 
  3. I quilted in the ditch on this one, trimmed the pad, and then did the binding. 
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For my third project, I dug into my huge stash of WoolFelt to create a table mat measuring approximately 17.5":


Here's a quick run-down on how I made it:
  1. I used the largest hexagon template (marked 3") to cut out the background hexagons. 
  2. I appliqued flowers and centers on each hexagon.
  3. I backed each appliqued hexagon with another plain hexagon and blanket stitched around the perimeter of each. 
  4. Finally, I whip stitched the hexagons together on the back.
This project is a great way to use up scraps of WoolFelt. If you'd like to make one, here are the complete instructions:


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Be sure to leave a comment and enter today's giveaways. The Fat Quarter Shop giveaway is ongoing, the Aurifil giveaway runs through the weekend. I won't be able to respond to every comment, but if you have a question or something that needs a response, I will!


And finally, here's the complete list of the all the blog hop participants:

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Tea Towels for Sale in My Etsy Shop

Four of my tea towels designs are now available, fully hemmed with mitered corners, for purchase in my Etsy Shop.  Whereas the tea towels in my Spoonflower Shop are DIY (hem-them-yourself), these are ready to use.

Each design features colorful gingham and a ric-rac-bordered motif at the bottom. The tea towels measure 16" x 25" and are fully hemmed, with a cotton twill tape hanger on the back in one upper corner. There are four different motifs available:

Birdhouses Tea Towel


Tulips Tea Towel

Lemon Lime Tea Towel

Preserves Tea Towel