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

Spring Basket Quilt Top

I am finally quilting my Spring Basket Quilt top!  I’ve had the top sewn, pieced and ready to sandwich since July, but I’ve just been busy doing other sewing.  I guess you could say I’ve been procrastinating.  I love sewing and creating, and I love quilting small projects.  It’s just the big ones overwhelm me.  I can see why some of us have many quilt tops done and ready to finish, but just don’t seem to get to them.  This is a gift, so I have to finish it.

This week-end I put 4 large tables together, that we borrowed for a fall get-together we recently had, in the garage.  It was a perfect fall day and being we just had the gathering, the garage was nice and clean.  We will have to have a get-together next time I want to sandwich a quilt.  Anyway, I enlisted the help of my family to finally get the quilt top sandwiched.  It is my first attempt at using spray glue to hold the layers together.  I am sold on this method!  It worked great. I used Warm & White cotton batting.  I made sure my layers were smooth and wrinkle free before I started to sew.  Now I am not getting picked with pins.  I think it may take me a while to get it finished, but I’ve got time.  Happy Quilting!  Kathryn

The quilt top is about 100″ x 130″ and is so heavy!  I wanted to do some fancy stitching, but I’m not sure I will be able to.  I love using my new machine (Janome Horizon 7700) for quilting.  The large throat space is so nice.

Extra Large Quilted Tote Bag

What do you think?  I decided to make a large tote bag to carry my quilting supplies in when I go to class.  My family thinks it looks like a beach bag.  O.K. – maybe I could use it for that too.  It took a while to make, as I didn’t have a pattern (go figure, why would I?).  I just had an idea – that’s all any project really needs to get started. 

This is how I did it.  I cut 2 1/2″ strips of 7 different fabrics – 11 for the front, 11 for the back, and 4 for each side.  The bottom is 8″ x 22″.  I cut 2 – 5″ x 21″ for the handles.  I also cut 2 1/2″ strips to make my bias tape for the top.  The front pockets are a  7″ x 22″ piece of material with a medium weight stabilizer as the batting and stitched to match the tote.  The inside pockets are 8″ H.  I used some leftover polyester batting and some remnants for the lining. 

The front, sides, back and bottom were each sandwiched and quilted separately 1/2″ apart vertically.  I then did my machines version of serging, using the M foot (overcast foot) on each piece all the way around.  I added a piece of batting in the handle to make it padded.  The finished tote measures 21″L x6″D x 17″H. 

I love my fabric choices and I wish I had some leftovers so I could make another one, only smaller.  I haven’t used it yet for class.  Right now it is holding a quilt top, finished and needing to be sandwiched.  I guess I best get busy!  Happy Sewing and Quilting.  Kathryn

A Drunkard’s Path

I just finished another great book!  As a knitter, sewer, quilter, etc. I love good books that are centered around my crafts.  This series is a quilter’s mystery and drunkard’s path is a quilt pattern with lots of curves.  I’d say it is a pretty good name for a book with many twists and turns of it’s own. 

 A Drunkard’s Path is the 2nd book by author Clare O’Donohue in the Someday Quilts Mystery series featuring Nell Fitzgerald.  Nell is a 20 something young woman who, after having her heart-broken, has moved to a small town and lives with her Grandmother.  Her Grandmother owns a quilt shop.  The quilting circle that meets every Friday night in the quilt shop consists of women of all ages, from 20’s to 70’s.  Nell has become a part of their circle and has enlisted these women to help her solve the mystery of the death of a woman whose body was found nearby.  This is against police chief Jess Dewalt’s wishes.  He as told her numberous times to stay out of police business.  But, Nell has a very inquisitive nature and just can’t leave it alone. 

I really am enjoying this series and have started book #3 in the series, The Double Cross.  More later!  Happy Reading!  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

Fall Table Runner


I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had made a table runner to go with my wall hanging and I neglected to post a picture of it.  Sorry about that.  I really am pleased with how well they turned out.  I used a pattern for the center panel of the table runner from a book called The Quilter’s Home Fall by Lois Krushina Fletcher.  I got the book a few years ago at my LQS.  I used some of the same material that I used in the wall hanging.  The border for the table runner I did to match the wall hanging.  It was so much fun to make.  Don’t forget, as usual you can click on a photo to get a better look at the details.  I am working on the placemats now and will have some to show you soon.  Happy sewing!  Kathryn