Fall Appliqued Placemats

I finished my fall placemats and it’s still fall!  I wanted placemats that went with my wall hanging and table runner, but I also wanted them to be a little different.  The patterns are from all over.  The flowers and the squirrel are from the same book I used for the table runner, The Quilter’s Home Fall by Lois Krushina Fletcher.  I drew the pumpkins freehand and found the birds, cat and scarecrow online.  For the tree and leaves I used a design by Heather Hale.  I guess I just did a little of this and a little of that – just doin’ my own thing, as usual.   The finished placemats measure 15″ x 21″.  

I would love to start on a winter set; wall hanging, table runner, and placemats, but I’m not sure I will have time.  I’ve got to get busy on making my Christmas gifts.  Happy Sewing & Quilting.  Kathryn


Pop Flower Coasters

Pop Flower Coasters

During the summer I was looking for a cute, easy coaster pattern to make and I found the Pop Flower Coasters on Chasing Cottons blog.  She gives a very nice tutorial on how to make them. I just love these adorable flower coasters.  They were a quick fun project that brightened up my living room for the summer. 

To make them, I cut 5″ squares of unbleached muslin and used up scraps of various pieces of material.  I love how they turned out and think I might make some next spring for gifts.  If you are looking for a bazaar item or cute simple gift, this is it.  Happy Sewing!  Kathryn

Stitcher’s Garden-Month 4-Block 5

Stitcher's Garden Quilt - Month 4 - Block 5 - Groups


Stitcher's Garden Quilt - Month 4 - Block 5 - Mine


I thought I’d share another block in my Stitcher’s Garden BOM Quilt that I am happily creating.  As you know, I am making two quilts at once.  One quilt is the group quilt.  For that quilt our instructor is selecting the material for each of our blocks.  My other quilt is being created with fabrics of my choosing.  For month 4 we received two blocks.  The first block  for month 4 I shared with you last week.  This week I want to show you the 2nd blocks I made for month 4.

These blocks were a lot like block 4.  In the center of these flowers I made yo-yo’s to sew in later.  I also attached cording around the frame of the block using a beading foot.  This process is called “couching”.  I used Elmer’s washable school glue to set the cording in place, then using the beading foot, I attached the cording to the block with a zig-zag stitch.  I sure am learning many different techniques while making this quilt.  It is so much fun!  Happy sewing!  Kathryn

Stitcher’s Garden – Month 4 – Block 4

Stitcher's Garden Quilt Block 4 - Mine

Stitcher's Garden Quilt Block 4 - Groups

These are my Stitcher’s Garden quilt blocks for month 4 – block 4.  We were given two blocks for month 4, but I am only showing you one of the blocks today.  The blocks are getting more involved and interesting to do.  For this block I learned how to couch.  I know, what a funny sewing term!  I had no idea what they were talking about.  Couching is a sewing term where you attach a rope or yarn or string onto your material that is too big to thread through the machine.  Lot’s of fun and looks great!  I have a special foot for my machine that helps keep your cord in line as you do a zig-zag stitch over the cord.  You can see how it looks on my block 4.  On the block I did with the groups material I do not have the couching done, as I did not find the right color of  crochet cotton for that block at the time I took the photo.  (Don’t forget, you can click on the picture to get a closer look at the stitching).

The other new technique we did for this block was make a yo-yo for the center of the flower.  For the yo-yo’s there is a kit you buy to make them.  They come in different sizes.  I made my yo-yo’s, but I have not sewn mine down.  I might wait until the quilt is completed to add the buttons and yo-yo’s.  I am really enjoying making this quilt.  Happy sewing and quilting!  Kathryn

Stitcher’s Garden – Block 3

Stitcher's Garden Quilt Block #3 - Groups

Stitcher’s Garden Quilt Block #3 – Mine

This is the third block in my Stitcher’s Garden Quilt.  Each block, so far, has a different technique on it to do.  On this block I used a circular attachment to make the corner pieces.  The pattern also has you put a button in the center of the flower, which I have not done yet.  I just haven’t found the right button and I’m not really sure I want a button on my quilt.  I’m still undecided about it.  Another reason not to put a button on it yet is that it might get in the way when piecing the blocks together and quilting it.

In case you aren’t familiar with this quilt, it is a BOM (Block of the Month) quilt that you can only get the pattern through your LQS.  I believe it was first released in 2009.  The reason I decided to start this quilt was because I really liked it and it is such a great way to get to use all the different features on my new Janome Horizon 7700.  Happy Sewing!  Kathryn

All for Fall Wall Hanging

The weather here has been cold, wet, and gloomy for about a week now.  It is finally starting to clear up.  On the plus side – the grass is green and I don’t feel guilty about being indoors sewing instead of getting outdoor work done.  With the colder weather and football season starting, I have been busy sewing fall items for the home.  I seem to be always creating things for everyone else and neglecting my own home.  This year it is my turn.  I decided I needed something new  for us.  The plan:  a fall wall hanging, table runner and placemats.  I’ve got the wall hanging and table runner completed.  I just need to work on the placemats.  I also need to make a mixer cover.  So many ideas . . . . never enough time!

I got the idea for the wall hanging from the BH&G American Patchwork & Quilting October 2011 magazine, page 28.  It wasn’t my idea really.  I was walking around my LQS looking for inspiration when I noticed a couple of ladies looking at a magazine and deciding on fabric.  Nosy me had to ask what they were making.  When I saw the wall hanging, I knew I needed to make it also!  Thanks ladies for the great idea.  It is now finished and I absolutely love it!!  It was so much fun to make.  It is called “All for Fall” and is designed by Tonee White.  I didn’t totally follow her directions.  I made mine using the reverse applique method.  I went to Michael’s for a fall pick and ribbon to hang it with.  The rod is a tension rod!  (Don’t tell anyone.)  Thanks for visiting and Happy Sewing!  Kathryn

Stitcher’s Garden – Month 1

Stitcher's Garden block 1 - mine

Stitcher’s Garden block 1 – group


 As I mentioned before, I am working on a BOM (block of the month) quilt through my LQS called the Stitcher’s Garden. It is an applique quilt using many different techniques, which is why I was interested in this particular quilt.  To join the group there was the initial fee for this class which included 5 yards of fabric to use as the background on most of the blocks. We then pay a small fee each month for that months directions and material to complete the block.

 I decided to make two quilts at the same time. One quilt is using the instructors choice of fabric and for the other quilt, I am deciding on what fabric to use.  The group quilt is using a beige fabric with a small design in it for the background material.  For my 5 yards of fabric, I purchased a bright white with a small design in it.  I wanted something that was very different from the other quilt. 

For these blocks  we cut the background fabric and batting 14 1/2″.  Then we quilted it per the directions and squared it up to 12 1/2″.  The applique was worked on top of the pre-quilted block. The borders were added at the end.    

I really like how the blocks turned out.  I used a number of the decorative stitches on my machine.  If you click on the pictures it will enlarge them enough for you to see some of the stitching.    This really is a fun project.  Happy stitching.  Kathryn