Pillows Galore–OMG Nov ’17

My One Monthly Goal for November ’17 is to finish five pillow covers. The first two are very simple Christmas pillows featuring Michael Miller’s Llama Navidad fabrics:

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Next is a Hazel Hedgehog pillow I will make from the block below and may add some appliquéd glasses.

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For a cat-loving boy in my life, I will turn this paper-pieced stretching cat block made from one of Quilt Art Design’s patterns into a pillow cover:

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The final pillow will be made from the roadrunner block below:

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I will quilt all of these pillows very simply, most likely with organic wavy lines or straight line quilting.

Linking up to  Elm Street Quilts: Nov ’17 OMG.

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Christmas Back and Forth Baby Quilt

When my friend, Sarah Goer, published her Back and Forth Baby Quilt pattern about a week ago, I decided it would make a great little Christmas quilt to use as a bed runner during the holiday season (It was one of those Drop Everything and Make it moments which is a term coined by Sandra of MMM Quilts that many already-too-busy quilters totally understand!) And let’s be honest, my cats think any quilt I make, big or large, is just for them. With that in mind, I knew I had the purrfect feature fabric, Snow Leopard in Red in the Cotton and Steel Noel Collection and decided to use one of the coordinating prints in this collection as well, the Snow Fuzzies in Aqua. I love the popular but less traditional red-aqua-grey palette that is being used in many modern Christmas projects, so I found other fabrics in my stash that would work including a subtle grey and red snowflake fabric. And I used a Cotton and Steel Navy blender that ties in both with the blue in Snow Fuzzies fabric and the dots in most of my fabric choices. This quilt top came together quickly even with the partial seams, and for anyone who is a little fearful of partial seams, I have to say Sarah’s instructions are incredibly clear and super easy to follow.

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I plan to quilt this project myself using organic wavy lines as shown on the cover of the pattern, hopefully by the end of November. Sarah includes a tutorial for bias binding in the pattern which I plan to try, and I also I am going to use her Machine binding tutorial with this project.

Linking up to MMM Quilts DrEAMi Linky #9 and Cooking Up Quilts: Main Crush Monday.

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Oct ’17 One Monthly Goal Finish

My Oct ’17 One Monthly Goal was to finish two quilt tops, and I’m happy to report that I did finish both of them. I actually really like both of them, but my favorite is the Dogs in Sweaters quilt top using Elizabeth Hartman’s pattern that is going to be a Christmas present for my dachshund-loving niece. This was my first time sewing with cotton/linen blends as well as flannel fabrics which made me a little nervous, but they behaved themselves quite nicely! It is currently at ThreadBear waiting to be quilted.

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The other quilt top that I finished earlier this month is my Random Intention Baby Quilt top. (Please click on the link to learn more about this quilt that I designed for the Five Fat Quarter Fun Contest). I’m planning to do the quilting on this baby quilt, probably diagonal quilting.

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Random Intention Baby Quilt

I finished my quilt top yesterday for the Five Fat Quarter Fun Contest. I used five fat quarters from some of the Kona solids that I am using in my Summer Sampler 2017 Quilt: Berry, Cerise, Emerald, Sage, and Aqua with Coal for the background and border fabric. To qualify quilt tops need to measure at least 34″ square, and my baby quilt measures 36″ square. I’m planning to make a scrappy binding with leftover fabric from my fat quarters.

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I’m calling this quilt, Random Intention. I experimented with half-square triangles with corner triangles ensuring that each 4 inch-square finished sub-unit had three different colors along with the coal background, and each diamond formed from four intersecting corner triangles had four different colors. The repeating design had random placement of the colored trapezoids with corner triangles more intentionally selected. I sewed and designed one row at a time, and I found it helpful to use the little triangles cut off when making the corner triangles  to design the next row.

This completed quilt top is part one of my October ’17 One Monthly Goal.

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2017 Qtr 4 Finish-A-Long Goals

I have eight projects that I plan to finish in the last quarter of this year. In no particular order, here they are:

Jingle Hexie Pillow

Because I love the Rainbow Hexie Pillows that I made for my office so much, I decided to make a Christmas hexie pillow for my home using a Kate Spain Jingle charm pack that I cut into 2 1/2″ squares. I will be glue basting these hexies while watching the baseball playoffs that start tomorrow. Below is a pic of some of the squares with three glue-basted hexies.

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Gateway to Paradise Quilt

I agreed to help my best friend (also named Mary!) make two quilts this year, and I’m quite happy with the results of our collaboration. We shared the cutting. I did all the sewing, and she did all the pressing. It was quite the efficient operation! Below is the quilt top for her oldest sister that we just finished on Saturday using Gateway to Paridise pattern by Little Louise Designs:

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Cat Quilt

Our other collaboration this summer was to make a cat quilt for a mutual friend who you guessed it–loves cats! When I saw the Pins and Paws Quilt tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Co, I knew it would be a fun quilt to make. We decided to alternate the cat blocks with HST diamond blocks, and I made the center paper-pieced block using the Silhouette Cat #4 pattern  by Quilt Art Designs. Below is a quick sideways pic I took of the quilt top battling the wind, shadows, and with our local quilt store, ThreadBear, where we were dropping it off, closing in 20 minutes!

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Cat Pillow

I have another person in my life who loves cat, and he is a nine-year-old boy! For Christmas, I’m going to make him a cat pillow using the Silhouette Cat #6 pattern by Quilt Art Designs. I’ve cut a few strips of the grey prism fabric for the cat but am undecided about the background color for the pillow. I’m thinking either Kona Astral or Deep Blue. Which do you like better?

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Hazel Hedgehog Pillow

And for this boy’s mom, I’m going to make her a Hazel Hedgehog Pillow. I’ve just cut the spines so far:

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Bow Tie Quilt

I am rolling over one project from my 2017 Qtr 3 Finish-A-Long Goals which is finishing the Bow Tie Quilt that my mother started over 20 years ago. I have sewn on the asymmetrical grey grunge borders, and the quilt top is at ThreadBear waiting to be quilted.

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Dogs in Sweaters Quilt

Another Christmas gift I am planning to make is the small Dogs in Sweaters quilt that features four dogs. I may try to applique glasses on one dog but that all depends on how I’m doing with time. Below is the fabric I will be using. So far I’ve only cut the pieces for the eyes, nose, ears, and tail.

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Five Fat Quarter Fun Contest Quilt

My last proposed project for the 4th quarter of 2017 is a quilt designed for the Five Fat Quarter Fun Contest sponsored by Amber@ Gigi’s Thimble and Amanda@Jedi Craft Girl. I’m using many of the fabrics that I am using in my Summer Sampler 2017 quilt that I plan to start working on again in January. Below is a pic of the 5″ and 2″ squares I am using for my entry:

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Oct ’17 OMG

My October 2017 One Monthly Goal is to finish two quilt tops. The first is the small Dogs in Sweaters quilt that features four dogs. I may try to applique glasses on one dog but that all depends on how I’m doing with time. Below is the fabric I will be using. So far I’ve only cut the pieces for the eyes, nose, ears, and tail, so you can all picture me spending a lot of quality time at my cutting table in the next week. I hope to start sewing by next weekend.

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The other quilt top is one for the Five Fat Quarter Fun Contest sponsored by Amber@Gigi’s Thimble and Amanda@Jedi Craft Girl. I’m using many of the fabrics that I am using in my Summer Sampler 2017 quilt that I plan to start working on again in January. Below is a pic of the 5″ and 2″ squares I am using for my entry:

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Interesting enough, both of the quilt tops are due by October 25th. The cut-off date at ThreadBear (who will be doing the quilting for my Dogs in Sweaters quilt) for Christmas projects is the 25th, and all entries for the Five Fat Quarter Fun Contest need to be uploaded to Instagram by that date as well.

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Hexie Pillows

 

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My September ’17 One Monthly Goal was to make two pillows for my office. For the last year I’ve been tempted by several different hexie swaps on Instagram, and when I saw there was a rainbow hexie swap open earlier this year, I decided to join the swap in order to make some colorful pillows for my office even though I had never done any English Paper Piecing before. Thank goodness for online tutorials! I chose to thread baste my hexies, and I used an acrylic template to cut hexies with a 3/8″ seam allowance. For the swap, I opted to make two sets of 60 hexies (10 each in purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red in fabrics that read as solids) and in return I received 120 different hexies, 20 of each color.

I would say that about half of the hexies that I received were thread basted, and the other half were glue basted. I found it very simple to removed the paper templates from the thread-basted hexies, but it was more difficult to remove the templates from the glue-basted hexies that had only 1/4″ seam allowance. When they had at least a 3/8″ seam allowance, it was quite easy to remove the paper templates from both the glue-basted and thread-basted hexies which helped them to retain their form.

I used the Hexie Pillow pattern by Nicole of Modern Handcraft modifying it so I could use 16″ pillow forms. I really like how the quilting she suggested complements the hexagons. I love practicing my quilting skills on pillows.

This is my only finish of the goals I set for the 2017 Qtr 3 Finish-A-Long.

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: Sept ’17 Finishes and 2017 Qtr 3 Finish-A-Long Finishes.

 

 

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