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.

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

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

Sewing up a Kitchen – Part 3: Mixer Cover

This week-end I made a cover for the Kitchen-Aid mixer.  I used some of the leftover material from my valances and a green print remnant I had on hand.  I didn’t have a pattern, so I just did what I do best – wing it!  I measured the mixers height, width and length.  I cut a rectangle that was a little wider than my measurement and a little long then the mixer was from one side to the other, because quilting the pieces will shrink up the pieces somewhat.  I also cut 2 more rectangles that were a little bigger than the width and height of the mixer.  I sandwiched my rectangles with a piece of white flannel as the batting and some muslin for the lining, as the inside won’t be shown anyway and then I quilted the pieces with a diagonal cross hatch.  I curved the top of the two rectangles for the front and back of the cover and then I used my sewing machine to serge (or rather overcast, as my machine is not a serger) around all of the pieces.  I love the overcast foot that I got with my new Janome Horizon 7700.  It really does look like I used a real serger.

After a trip to JoAnn’s for some cord to use as piping around, I cut 2 pieces of dark brown to encase the piping in.  One of the ladies at my LQS said she uses a zipper foot to do her piping, but a have a piping foot, so why not use it!  I did and it worked like a charm.  I encased the cord in the brown material, basted it along the edge of my large rectangle, then sewed all layers together.  I used the dark brown material for the binding. This was my first attempt at doing any type of piping and I can’t be prouder of my finished project.  If I had it to do over I think I could have made it a little bit smaller, but I’d rather have it a little large than not big enough.  I will definitely try piping again.  Next time on a pillow.  Happy Sewing!  Kathryn

Sewing Up a Kitchen – Part 2

Table Runner




Hot Pad

A couple of weeks ago I shared with you about how I wanted to make over my kitchen as simply and inexpensively as I could.  I started with making a valance over the kitchen window.  I then decided, being I had enough material leftover, to make a valance over the doorwall.  The rod was already up from the curtains that hung there when we bought the house.  The rod is wide, so I had to go at making this valance a little differently than the one over the kitchen window. 

I Wanted the valance to be 18″ long.  3 1/2″ is for the rod.  I cut 4 – 25″ lengths of material, matched the pattern, made french seams, and sewed the side seams by folding 1/4″ and then 1/2″.  For the top, I folded it down 1/4″ and then folded it down 4″ for the rod.  I hemmed it up and I was done.  It is exactly 2x’s the window size and fits perfectly!  Sorry I couldn’t show you a picture.  The sun kept shinning through and the picture wouldn’t show the valance.  I used 2.77 yards of fabric.  The total for both the kitchen window and the doorwall was 4.86 yards of fabric.  I had enough left over for hot pads, napkins, table runner and other little extras. My kitchen now looks a little brighter.  Happy sewing!  Kathryn

Note:  Sorry about the photos.  I couldn’t get them into the post the way I wanted them.  Not sure why.