Poppies Table Runner

IMG_20170124_132340_hdrOh, that Missouri Quilt Co. They know just how to tempt me by offering specials on all sorts of quilting goodness that I can’t resist.

Case in point: not long ago, they emailed me with a special on a charm pack from a line called Poppies by Rachel Shelburne. What’s not to like about this line? So cute!

In keeping with my plan to use a new-to-me pattern on each project, I decided a tumbler pattern would work well. Being too cheap to buy a tumbler template, I instead watched this video by the Gourmet Quilter.

And here it is, my new tumbler table runner:

IMG_20170124_132449_hdrFor the backing, I used a piece of fabric from my stash that I just love:

IMG_20170124_132518_hdrI’ve made quilts from two or three charm packs, but table runners seem perfectly suited when I have just one charm pack.

Sunny Days Quilt and Pillow

img_20160928_1600282_rewindI didn’t make the Sunny Days quilt for any specific purpose; I saw a jelly roll of this line by Benartex in my daily email from Missouri Quilt Co. and decided I had to have it. Flipping through my quilting books, I found a pattern for jelly rolls that seemed like a good fit.

img_20160928_1603074_rewindI backed the quilt with a lovely bright green fabric from my stash, which could probably be considered vintage since it’s at least 20 years old.

I ended up with two spare blocks, hence the pillow. Now that I have granddaughters, perhaps one of them will enjoy this quilt at some point 🙂

img_20160928_1600370_rewindThis quilt was pieced and free-motion quilted on my supermachine, which I am enjoying immensely, and highly recommend!

Tidal Quilt

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I’ve been busy making quilts but have had trouble getting photos of them on this blog. Now I finally have some photos to share.

I made this particular quilt last fall for someone who suffered a tragedy in her life a year ago. I used batiks to represent the colors of the ocean as she mentioned that she had decorated her bedroom with a beach theme. In the border I quilted one of my favorite Bible verses, one that greatly helped me during a traumatic time in my life many years ago. The backing is sand-colored Kona cotton.

The pattern is the “Double Slice Layer Cake” pattern from Missouri Quilt Co., which I’ve used before. The batiks are from Connecting Threads and I quilted this in a stipple/meander pattern using Aurifil thread, to which I have become addicted.

Jelly Roll Race Quilt and Ripple Effect Table Runner

A while back, I emailed a friend a link to this video, saying “This looks like fun!” And the next time I saw her, she had already made the quilt! So of course I had to try it, and discovered that you really can make a quilt top in a little over an hour, and have fun doing so. Here’s my version post-quilting:

Another project I made was a Secret Santa gift for someone at church. This name of this table runner is “Ripple Effect,” and it comes from Gudrun Erla’s book, “Fast and Furious Family.” It was easy and fun to make, and now I want to make one for myself!

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My First Double-Slice Layer Cake Quilt

Yes, the name makes me hungry, but since I gave up white flour three years ago, I don’t eat cake, so I’ll content myself with making a layer cake quilt.

Layer cakes are packages of coordinating fabrics cut in 10-inch squares. I used squares from Connecting Threads and an instructional video from the Missouri Quilt Co. to make this quilt:

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It was fun to make, and quick! If I hadn’t been fighting illness this past month, it would have been done weeks ago. The backing fabric came from a thrift store, where I found a set of homemade curtains in fabric I adored. I ripped out the seams and sewed the two panels together, and for a few bucks I had my backing:

Here’s the video I used, in case you want to try your hand at this (warning, it’s addictive! I’m planning to make another one soon.)