Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Fairy Tales Blog Hop

Once upon a time . . . 

Hello & welcome!  Today is my day to share with you my project for the Fairy Tales Blog Hop, the brain child of Joan at Moosetash Quilting.  When Joan first announced she was going to host a hop with a theme of Fairy Tales, I jumped at the chance to sign up.  I love fairy tales!   

It didn't take me long to decide what I wanted to make.  I have been wanting to create a Mary Poppins quilt for some time but just never had the right incentive.  Joan's blog hop was just the impetus I needed. 

Of course the first step was getting a design on paper.  This is where I always start, usually with a pencil and grid paper and a big eraser.    

Once I had an idea of how many blocks there would be, I drew the images I would cut from fabric and made templates.  

There were 10 blocks in all of various sizes and alternating backgrounds of yellow and aqua.  I used tiny dots of glue to hold my pieces in place.  I used the raw applique method for this project and sewed around my pieces 2-3 times in black thread on the sewing machine.  The quotes are embroidered with 2 strands of black embroidery floss.  

To make the blocks stand out, I added black lattice strips.  The finished quilt is approximately 46" x 68".  

The most challenging block was the word "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."  Trying to get all those 3" letters to fit on a piece of fabric 42" long was difficult.  Another drawback to sewing that block was that the song by the same name got stuck in my head.  LOL 

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my process and my finished Fairy Tale quilt. Thank you so much, Joan, for this fun blog hop.  We can always count on you to think of something special to make us smile!

Be sure to visit all the other Fairy Tale Creations from these talented makers!

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Born to Be Wild Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Born to be Wild Blog Hop hosted by the fabulous Carol of Just Let Me Quilt .  Today is my day to reveal my project, and I am so excited to show you what I have created. 

I took my inspiration from Shabby Fabrics and their treatment of Safari Life by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda.  This is the cutest line.  In addition to its fabrics depicting wildlife, it has 2 panels, one for making stuffed animals and one for making a quiet book.  

In my first quilt, I made a simple 4-patch pattern of 4 1/2" squares with 2 1/2" lattice strips defining each, then made a 3 1/2" border.  Following Shabby Fabrics' example, I used the stuffed animals panel for embellishment.   

The animals are easy to sew together and stitch to the top of the finished quilt.  The ears and manes of the animals are not sewn down, the tails, however, I did sew down at the ends to keep them straight.  This quilt measures approximately 40" x 50" -- perfect for kids or couch potatoes like me. 

All of my grandchildren are too old for a quiet book, so I turned that panel into a little throw quilt.  From the panel, I cut the pages free, then added strips of different widths of coordinating fabric between the pictures.  This little quilt went together very quickly, and measures about 40" square.  

If you would like to take advantage of the free pattern and tutorial at Shabby Fabrics, go to their website at  https://www.shabbyfabrics.com/ and click on Free Downloads at the very bottom of the page.  Scroll down until you find Double Cross Quilt Pattern.  

Thank you, Carol, for hosting such a great blog hop.  Where do you come up with all these ideas???   This has been such great fun!

Look who else is Born to be Wild:

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