October 26, 2016

Spooky Delight Table Topper

Hello, Friends!
Halloween is coming up soon.
I'm all set, now that I've finished making my
Spooky Delight table topper!

{See the pillow back there on the couch?}

I got a lot of mileage out of just that one Spooky Delight charm pack!
There are even a few squares left...
I decided not to use the purple and green ones.

For the pillow,
 I had used some of the low volume squares
from the charm pack for the "background," 
supplemented with "Porcelain" Bella Solid fabric.

I went a different direction for the table topper,
choosing "Steel" gray Bella Solid
for the background.

For the backing, I used the same gray solid.
I added a strip of extra HST's for interest.

True Confession:
There is a little PUCKER on the back. 
There was a big FROWN on my face when I saw it.
I just left it there.

{The PUCKER - not the frown. I'm over it.}

I just adore the vintage vibe from this fabric line,
by Bunny Hill for Moda.

I wanted a bright skinny orange border 
for the table topper.
I turned to another wonderful fabric line...
for Connecting Threads.

I know now why it's named Good Neighbors...
these fabrics mix very well with other lines.
I used some of the gray stripe from Good Neighbors for the binding.
I think it's just right...on both sides.

I'm all set for trick-or-treaters now.
We'll keep the lights low to make the house more spooky.

Come back soon to see some more decorations
for fall and Thanksgiving at my house!
Here's a sneak peek...

Happy Halloween!

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October 2, 2016

Spooky Delights Halloween Pillow

Hello, Friends!
October is here, and while I was decorating my home,
I decided to whip up a new Halloween pillow.

I used my charm pack of Spooky Delights
by Bunny Hill for Moda.
There are so many sweet prints...
I think I love this Raven Damask the most.

Can you see the tiny black birds?

The text print was another deal-breaker for me.
Mix in a few black cats, pumpkins and mischievous mice,
and you've got a fun focal print.

Of course, there are lots of pretty polka dots
to coordinate...making this line a hit with me.

I've been practing my half-square triangle (HST)
technique, so in nearly no time,
I had whipped up the 16 HST's I needed for the pillow top.

I love that HST's can be arranged in countless ways,
to create stunning designs.
This is the layout I chose, with a diamond pattern
of low volumes around a dark center.

My finished top was about 16 1/2" square...
my pillow form was 16" on the top, but it's rather deep.
I decided to use a Bella Solid
to add a narrow coordinating border.

Often I use a covered zipper backing, but this time
I took a practical shortcut in the zipper installation.
I placed the zipper in the bottom seam of the pillow.

It doesn't show, and it will be so easy to swap out
the pillow cover for other seasons.

I chose the text print in Vanilla for the pillow backing.

The quilting on this pillow was nice and easy...
I used a grid of straight diagonal lines.

For areas that weren't "in the ditch",
I marked my lines with a Frixion pen.
You would never know, even on the white triangles...
a hot iron removed the lines after stitching.

I'm so pleased with my Halloween pillow...
and there are enough charm squares left for another
Halloween project or two!

Are you getting ready for Halloween, too?
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September 30, 2016

Saltwater Mini Quilt

Hello, Friends!
I've been back at the sewing machine,
and I've got lots of new things to show you.
 Today I'm sharing my Saltwater Mini Quilt,
made from the pattern by Thimbleblossoms.

I was craving a mini quilt, 
and this design looked like such fun to make.
I was not disappointed when I made it
from a few fat quarters of Hello Darling
by Bonnie and Camille.

I made this block first, and I was hooked.
The apple green looks so sweet with the
pink strawberry print.

Hmmm...I wasn't sure I liked the "busy" blocks...
but they've grown on me.

They're just little blocks, so they have to grab attention.

This one is actually my favorite, with the dots.

I put them all into place, with some bright white sashing.

For the quilting, I used some wavy lines.

This type of quilting is my new method of choice.

I think I like the lines going horizontal on this project.

This mini quilt would make a cute topper for a small table.
It would fit in with modern Christmas decor,
but it's just right for any season.

Have you made any mini quilts lately?
I can't wait to make some more!

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September 17, 2016

Little Ruby Table Topper

Hello, Friends!
I have a little table topper to share today.
I made it from a Mini Charm pack of Little Ruby
by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.

I didn't have a pattern for this table topper,
but I was definitely inspired by Sherri from A Quilting Life.
showing a sweet way to lay out the squares on point.

I had just received my mini charm pack,
and I just "needed" to make something with it.
I cut some a whole bunch of 2 1/2" white squares,
and in almost no time I had the quilt center finished.

I really LOVE the way that many designers
use a color palette that blends one fabric collection
with other lines that they've produced.
It makes it so easy to finish precut projects,
even when you don't have yardage from the same line.
I used a fat quarter from Hello Darling
to create a mitered border.

There were only a few squares left over
from the mini charm pack.
I used those to make a pieced backing.
I chose a piece of blue scallop fabric from
the original Ruby line, for the rest of the backing.

For the binding, I chose a bias stripe
from a fat quarter of Hello Darling.

I think this topper looks pretty on the front...

and on the back, too!

{I really love pieced backings...don't you?}

Sometimes you just feel the need to create.
Those mini charms will burn a hole in my sewing stash,
if I don't make something with them soon.

This project was so enjoyable that 
would not mind stitching up a bunch of them
into table toppers like this.

What do you like to make with your mini charms???

Linking up with Fabric Frenzy Friday!

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