Black Cat Crossing Blog Hop

 

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I have lots of fall decorations–quilts, wall hangings, table runners and such, but hardly anything for Halloween.  The Black Cat Crossing line of fabric by Maywood selected for this blog hop was perfect for a couple of fun Halloween projects.  I love working with Maywood Fabrics—such great quality!

Black Cat fabric

I LOVE curved piecing and have been wanting to make a quilt from the pattern Sweet Mint by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.

Sweet Mint

There is an optional template set to cut the blades and outer quadrants of the square which I purchased with the pattern. Whenever I use templates like this for the first time I  make a few sample blocks to test how it works.  Sometimes there is a learning curve and I like to work out all the kinks before starting on a big project.  Sometimes, too, I decide I don’t like the process and can save a lot of time and frustration by simply moving on to another project.  This one worked out well, though and I was happy with the results. My three sample blocks became this table runner.

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It turned out to be the perfect size for my coffee table.

BC Runner-2

The second project is the little wine glass lamp shades.  My friend Gill showed these at our small sewing group last week and everyone loved them.  They are just too cute and so simple to make with the Quiltsmart fusible interfacing panels.  You can place e a little flameless tealight “candle” in the bottom and use this for a nightlight or soft accent lighting.  If you want to some of these for yourself  just check with your local quilt shop to see if they carry this interfacing.

Wine Glass Shade

Thanks so much to Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt  for coordinating the hop and to Wicked Wendy at Why Knot Quilt for scheduling and cheerleading! To see other Wicked projects made from the Black Cat Crossing fabric, just click on the links below.  Today is the first day of the hop and it runs through the 31st so be sure to visit each blog on the appropriate day for lots of Halloween inspiration!

Monday, October 20
Why Knot Kwilt?
Lixie Makes It
Miss Priss Quilts
The Slow Quilter
Patchwork Sampler-you are here

Tuesday, October 21
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Coeur d’Alene Gifts
It Seams To Be Sew…
A Geeky Crafty Place

Wednesday, October 22

Creatin’ in the Sticks
Living With Purpose
Moose Stash Quilting
The Quilted Cat
Caryn S. @ Why Knot Kwilt?

Thursday, October 23
VroomansQuilts
Lovelli Quilts
Pampered Pettit
TeaTimeCreations

Friday, October 24
Just Let Me Quilt
Buzzing and Bumbling
Thimblemouse & Spouse
krislovesfabric
Quilt Doodle Doodles

Monday, October 27
Ridge Top Quilts
Dancing Moon
Kwilt Krazy
Lydsfire Sewing
Grandmama’s Stories

Tuesday, October 28
Selina Quilts
Jane’s Quilting
Quilted Delights
Words & Stitches
Seams To Be Sew

Wednesday, October 29
That’s Sew  Julie
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Quilting Queen Online
Sew Peace To Peace
A Stitch in Time

Thursday, October 30
On the Banks of Frog Creek
How Art You?
Cucki Stitching Cove
Dancing Moon Farmstead
Life in the Scrapatch

Friday, October 31
From My Carolina Home
Mammy Stitches
Bumbleberry Cottage
Just Because Quilts
Sew We Quilt

Little Logs Finished

On the recent See You In September Blog Hop I saw a little quilt top that was left unquilted and mounted on a canvas.  I really liked that idea and when I found the mini log cabin kit I knew it would be perfect project to make my own.  It is so easy and looks great hanging on the wall.

little logs frame

I have so many of the little quilt and block patterns from Lori at From my heart to your hands and think it would look great to have a little gallery wall of these mounted on canvas.

Head over to Patchwork Times to see other design wall projects.

Another Little Project

There was a kit for this log cabin project in the scrap box I sorted earlier in the week.  I’m sure it ended up in there because the blocks are paper pieced.  I loathe paper piecing but have a plan for this quilt so I forced myself to do it.  It took four hours to make four little four-inch blocks!  I’m pretty sure I’ve pieced twin-sized quilts in less time! 

4 little logs

Now the BIG decision will be how to set them together and then add the border.  At least that part won’t take long!

Small Projects

Almost the only thing I ever sew is quilts, and most of my quilts are lap size or larger.  I have friends who do teeny, tiny things and I always admire them but think “I could make a full-size quilt in the time it would take me to make that putzy little table runner.”  Plus, I need to use stash—lots of stash, not little 1/2 yard amounts!!

However, when I was going through that box of scraps recently, I came across a couple of little kits.  My friend, Gill, is Queen of Little Projects and she runs retreats where she give participants fun little kits.  In my box I found the kit for this cute little pincushion.

ruler pincushion

It took maybe five minutes to make it and it’s the perfect shape to go over the arm of the chair when I’m sewing bindings.

pincushion stage

The kit for this little Dresden table mat was also in the box.

dresden

I probably finished it in less than an hour and it is ideal for this candle.  I’m glad I found it (and made it!) in the fall so I could use it right away.

dresden stage

These were both fun and easy to do so I may have to make a little project every now and then.

Check out the links at Patchwork Times to see lots of great projects, big and small!

DWM: Little Trips from the Scrap Bag

One thing is for sure; once you start digging through the scrap bag, it’s hard to stop.  The Little Trips pattern from Glad Creations is perfect for 2” strips. 

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I love their designs and patterns.  The quilts always look more complicated than they really are and most of them have a pieced border.  The patterns are well written and include pressing directions so all the seams nest.  In this particular pattern, the blocks are strip pieced.  Since I’m using lots of scraps, I’m piecing the blocks one by one.  I thought it would take longer but once I got started the blocks went together pretty quickly.  The hardest part is selecting four matching fabrics that have enough contrast to see the “little trips.”  After working with so many 2-1/2” strips, the 2” strips look so small!  I love how the smaller pieces look though.  So far, I’ve made two blocks but have enough strips cut to make 200! 

Little Trips blocks

Be sure to check out other inspiring Design Wall projects at Patchwork Times.

More Blocks from the Scrap Bag

Today I spent a little more time cutting scraps and ended up with so many 2-1/2” squares that I decided to start another nine patch quilt.  Here is an EQ7 drawing of the one I like to make.  It is a simple nine patch set on point and finishes about 61” x 87” so it’s a good donation size for the local emergency shelter.  They like twin-sized quilts since all the beds at the shelter are twins.

9 Patch on Point

To make the quilt it takes 270 assorted dark 2-1/2” squares and 216 light 2-1/2” squares for the nine patch blocks. You need 54 nine patch blocks.  I’m using a single light background on this particular quilt and it takes one yard of fabric to cut all the required squares.   The alternate squares (light brown in the diagram) are cut 6-1/2” and you need 40.  I’ll pick several fat quarters from my stash and cut the 6-1/2” squares from them so they will be scrappy too.  If you want to use all one fabric for these squares it will take about 1-1/2 yards.  For the side and corner triangles you need 3/4 yard of fabric.  From that cut seven 9-3/4” squares then cut each square on the diagonal twice (like an X). Then cut two 5-1/8” squares for the corner triangles.  Cut each square on the diagonal once. I cut the outer border 5-1/2” wide.  You’ll need 1-1/4 yards if you piece the border or 2-1/4 if you want to cut them lengthwise.

Whenever possible I like to cut my borders on the lengthwise grain for three main reasons:
1.  I don’t like piecing them and deciding whether to sew the seam straight or on the diagonal.
2.  If the border is a print, I don’t like to see the print broken up by a seam.
3.  Most importantly, the lengthwise grain is much more stable and there’s less chance of wavy borders.

Even though on first glance it looks like it takes a lot more fabric to cut on the lengthwise grain, I generally use the same fabric for my binding. In this case, I’ll cut four 5-1/2” border strips and still have plenty of fabric to cut my four 2-1/4” binding strips.  The other little bonus is fewer seams on the binding, too since you’re sewing together four longer strips instead of eight shorter ones.  In this case, it really only takes an extra 1/3 yard of fabric.  Well worth it in my opinion!

When I make one of these quilts I work on it as a secondary project so it takes awhile to finish it.  It’s so easy though that simply by working an hour or so a day, the top should be finished in about a week. 

Today’s progress was 18 nine patch blocks so I managed to complete a third of them.  Not a bad start!

9patches

From the Scrap Bag

My scrap bins are overflowing so I decided to start cutting them in useful sizes.  Scraps that are 11” long or longer I cut into strips. I have drawers for 5”, 3-1/2”, 2-1/2”, 2” and 1-1/2” strips. Smaller scraps are cut into squares and I have boxes for squares in the same sizes as the strips.  The box of scraps I was going through this morning has several stacks of rectangles, including these:

scrumptious scraps

At one time I didn’t save small scraps, but now I save everything–these are only 1-1/2” x 2-1/2”.  I hated to cut them into 1-1/2” squares so I devised a plan to just use them up and be finished with them.  This is the result.

scrumptious runner

It took 48 rectangles which happened to be exactly how many I had!  How nice was that?  I sewed eight rows of six rectangles each, then sewed the rows together in pairs.  There is a 3” (cut 3-1/2”) strip between each set of rows and on each end.  I just quilted straight lines and added binding.  It took less than two hours for everything but hand sewing the binding and I did that in the first quarter of the Badger game.

It’s the perfect size for a teapot!

scrumptious runner-2

With that success under my belt, I’m ready to tackle this pile of scraps!  They are a little bigger so I have a different idea for them.

s gervais scraps

Back to Piecing

After my quilting marathon to finish the See You In September Blog Hop quilts I was itching to start a new project and this jelly roll of Miss Kate fabric was calling my name.

JR

All of the Bonnie and Camille fabrics are gorgeous but I really like this line with the aqua, lime and navy. It is so pretty!

I’ve been toying around with a design idea and this jelly roll will be perfect.  It starts out with a few Sister’s Choice blocks.

Sisters Choice

This isn’t much of a start but my day was frittered away with a bunch of piddly stuff that needed to be done and it didn’t leave much time for sewing.  Isn’t that how it always goes?

On the Blog Hop post I promised a give-away so I fired up the Random Number Generator to pick a winner and it chose #9.

Capture

Congratulations to Julie A. who had the ninth comment.  She wins the Modern Neutrals Layer Cake.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by on the hop.  I hope you had a chance to take a look at all the blogs.  There were some great projects and amazing creativity.  It was a lot of fun and I can’t wait for the Black Cat Crossing Blog Hop in October.

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