I used to be a morning person …but now I have kids. It seems that the earlier I get up – the earlier my kids get up – leading me to accomplishing nothing. Now, I stay up late to get anything finished which means my 6am wake ups require coffee.
So – I made this fun little scrappy mug rug. I chose orange scraps because it reminds me of the sunrise.
I bound in a fun lime green and I just couldn’t resist adding a few strips of purple because I like how it contrasted with the orange.
For picture purposes I just had to make a cup of coffee to put on my new mug rug.
And since it’s almost 6pm it may just be Irish decaf coffee. (gorgeous coffee mug made by NStarStudio)
December’s Project QUILTING challenge will go up sometime tomorrow along with an announcement about the upcoming Project QUILTING retreat so stay tuned!
I’m not really a ‘pastel’ person and knew that I could add other Michael Miller couture solids into the quilt so I did a little shopping and found these …
I had enough fabric (barely) to make four ‘nine patch log cabin blocks’. Even though I’m not a traditional quilter I like to incorporate tradition into my quilts. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but the center of each log cabin block is red.
Now that I had my four blocks together – it was time to decide on the orientation.
The pinwheel orientation had been in my head from the beginning …
I also thought this hour glass was pretty interesting.
A more traditional layout.
And probably my second favorite layout – I really like how the darker colors frame the lighter. BUT this was just too traditional for what I was going for.
I decided to stick with my initial inspiration and use the pinwheel layout.
I even pieced a back for this quilt! I had to use Michael Miller fabrics and since there is so much pastel on the front I didn’t want to use anything too dark or too patterned so it would show through to the front.
Luckily – my aunt and quilter – Barb Raisbeck of Quilts by Barb – was able to squeeze me in for quilting so I could still meet the QuiltCon deadline of November 30th.
She did a really cool center pattern with swirls that radiate out from the center! Absolutely perfect for this piece!
I bound the quilt in the darker taupe. On two sides though I did add a thin red lip of fabric. I really like how it creates a bit of a shadow box effect. And now - let’s see the FINISHED quilt –
I had a lot of fun *sarcasm* photographing this quilt in the 13-degree weather and snow! Do you see the frost still on the fence!? I took these at 3 in the afternoon!
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It’s been a crazy couple of days! I only have myself to blame though for getting behind. We had a winter weather advisory on Monday so Pip and I decided to lay around, snuggle, watch Frozen and start a huge puzzle. It was so worth it though! Sometimes you just need a day like that! Today’s block is to help you celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow! I hope you enjoy my turkey with BIG feathers!
Turkey Leaf Block Tutorial for
52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along
Finished Block Size – 12” x 12”
A traditional maple leaf twisted into a turkey with BIG feathers!
Supplies and Cutting Instructions
2 – 5” squares
2 – 4.5” squares
2 – 5” squares
3 – 4.5” squares (same or different
1 – 5” x 3.5” rectangle
1 – 2.5” square
1 – 2” x 2.5” rectangle
Fusible Web – Brand of Your Choice
1 – 7” x 4” rectangle
Black fabric marker
Wash away fabric marker
Half Square Triangles
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of both of your background fabrics. Place it right sides together with each 5” square of feather fabric.
Sew a ¼” seam on both sides of the line you drew.
Cut along the line.
Press towards the feather fabric. Square block to 4.5”.
You now have nine 4.5” blocks. Lay them on your design wall in the orientation shown above.
Rotate block so it’s on point. Now let’s make this leaf into a turkey!
I want everyone’s turkey to be unique so I’m going to show you how to draw up your own appliqué pattern. First – I drew a 4” block on point. This is the finished size of the center square and that’s what I’ll be suing for reference.
I decided that I want my turkey to have BIG feathers so – my turkey head is going to fit inside the center block. I drew a sort of kidney bean shape.
Next, I drew a triangle for the beak.
And a skinnier kidney bean for the turkey’s wattle.
I like my sketch so I traced over it with a thicker black marker to make it easier to trace onto the fusible.
Trace onto fusible.
Rough cut out the shapes and fuse them to the appropriate colored pieces of fabric. Now cut out shapes along the lines you drew.
Play around a little with placement before your final fuse.
To save time – I just drew on my turkey’s legs. In the end I’ll probably go back and add an embroidery stitch. This is completely up to you!
And with that…your ‘Turkey Leaf’ block is finished!
Get your FREE printable PDF of this block by heading to my craftsy store. Don’t wait too long…after a month (12/26/14), the PDF will be $1.
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I can’t wait to see what all your blocks look like! Be sure to share you blocks and any projects you make using your blocks onto our flickr group: 52 Blocks Quilt Along
Stop back next Wednesday for another twisted traditional block tutorial!
I’m finally sharing the final day of adventures before I arrived home from the bus trip to Houston.
Our final fabric store was Jackman’s in St. Louis. This was one of my favorite shops on the trip. The selection of fabrics was HUGE! And seriously – who doesn’t love a good sales rack? Well – Jackman’s had two! I would say it’s safe to say a few of us ladies on the bus came out of there with some great new fabrics for our stash!
At the last stop I had all the folks on the bus do a #usie with me. What a fun group and what great memories!
And of course – I attempted one last critters shot with the three adorable girls who gave them to me for traveling! It was good to be home.
This past weekend was the big holiday show that I hold at my orchard each year. It’s always the weekend before Thanksgiving and it is always our last weekend open at the orchard. Once again – the sale was a success with lots of shoppers and lots of hand crafted items going home with various people. I had plans to make more than I did for the show – but a broken arm (Cedi’s) distracted all my last minute creating plans. Oh well! Here are a few things I DID get made …
And of course – lots of new jewelry!