25 Feb 2017

Poinsettia

This is the fourth quilt block for the "Have a Jolly Little Christmas" quilt along!

All the details for the "Have a Jolly Little Christmas" quilt along are on this page.







Poinsettia is a 12" quilt block.

Made using traditional piecing methods.




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Finished size of block is 12” x 12”

Fabric Require.
Single Block
White
1/4 yard
Dark Red
1/8 yard
Light Red
1/8 yard
Dark Green
1/8 yard
Medium Green
1/8 yard
Light Green
1/8 yard









Read through entire instructions before beginning.  Press all seams open as you go.



STOP: Stitch, Trim, Open & Press. To perform the STOP method, align a square (A) or rectangle (C) on the corner of the unit (B) with right sides facing together. Draw a diagonal line and sew along this diagonal line. Trim a ¼” seam. Finger press the seam open and then press with a hot iron. Pressing the seams open to reduce bulk is recommended.








Single Block
White
A
16 @ 2” squares
F
1 @ 2” x 15”
G
1 @ 3.5” x 9”
Dark Red
B
4 @ 2” x 5”
Light Red
B
4 @ 2” x 5”
Dark Green
D
1 @ 3.5” square
Medium Green
C
1 @ 2” x 9”
Light Green
E
1 @ 3.5” x 15”


















Step 1:  Use the STOP method to add the White (A) squares to the Dark Red and Light Red (**) rectangles. Sew the two units together. Make 4.





Step 2: Sew the Light Green (E) to the White (F) strip. Crosscut strip set into (4) @ 3.5” wide. Sew the Medium Green (C) to the White (G) strip. Crosscut strip set into (4) @ 2” wide. Arrange the units and sew together as shown.






Step 3: Along with the Dark Green (D) square, arrange and sew the units together to make rows. Sew the rows together to complete the block. Block should measure 12.5” square.







Here is my Poinsettia block.




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Twice a month, instructions for all of the individual blocks will be shared. A continuous never ending linky party will be available to share your Flickr and Instagram photos or your blog posts on the "Have a Jolly Little Christmasquilt along page. You can find it by clicking on the Quilt Alongs page tab found just below the blog header. As each post is published the live links will be added to the schedule.







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24 Feb 2017

Chicken Ranch



What's this? Well.... It's not another Christmas quilt...

This is something that rarely happens. The Chicken Ranch was a finished quilt TOP that I shared back in late August in a Let's Bee Social post here. And then this quilt top hung in my sewing room for 6 months.




That is something unusual for me. I normally finish a top and then get it quilted up right away before starting something new. This is due to a promise that I made myself back when I started quilting. I know how easy it is to get swept away with the adrenalin rush that comes along with the excitement of starting a new project.




However, leaving this quilt top hanging there, unquilted, did give me the opportunity to enter it as an unquilted top in our little local fair this past fall. Only to be told that the seams were pressed "wrong". You see, the judges go through a training process that still stresses some longstanding (dare I say outdated?) views of what is the right way of doing things. And I am a press-all-the-seams-open kinda girl.





I quilted with my usual organic wavy lines, using Omni in grey on top to blend in with the background and a soft green in the bobbin to blend in with the backing.





The backing is a wideback print from the Northcott Fabrics Artisan Spirit collection. After quilting and squaring up the edges, I used the trimmings to make the binding. This is also the same fabric used in the Mama Hens wings.











This long overdue "Chicken Ranch" quilt finished at 55" x 70"
and was the 20th use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.





If you would like to make your own Mama Chicken block,



Or you can purchase the Chicken Ranch pattern here.
The Chicken Ranch pattern includes those adorable baby chicks!






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22 Feb 2017

Let's Bee Social #165

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!

Today I'm going to take you for a trip down memory lane...

I am so excited to share this quilt made by Debby. 



She emailed me.....

Hi Lorna,
I completed Elephant Parade last year, for my grandson Charlie, he was just 2 at the time. He loves the mother and baby elephants and snuggles under the quilt. Even when it's hot, my daughter says he has to pull the quilt up as I have made it and it has cuddles from me in it! Makes my heart sing, yay! So enjoyed 'building' all the animals! Thanks for making your patterns available for so many to use.
You do wonderful quilts and amazing talent!
Thanks again,

Debby.




Awwww! My heart is so warmed by the story of her little grandson. Can't you just picture him getting tucked in at night and wanting to be snuggled up in the quilt his grandmother made just for him?


Thanks so much for sharing your photos and story with us, Debby!!!




It was back in January of 2015 that I wrote about the first Elephant Parade quilt I made. You can read all about the process here in this post.






I did remake the quilt because the first one sold in my Etsy shop.




The Elephant Parade is a free quilt along that you can find here. This has been a very popular quilt along and I have had so much fun seeing so many versions made by those who have quilted along or taken a workshop with me. This pattern is also available as a convenient pdf download for sale in my shop here.








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17 Feb 2017

{Another} Santa Claus Table Runner



You guessed it.... It's another Christmas themed project! This is my second time making the Santa Claus table runner. You can read all about the first one here.




The first one sat in my Etsy shop, for sale, for just over a year. And as soon as it sold.... I had someone making an inquiry as to whether I would be willing to make another. I don't normally like to take on custom orders, but couldn't resist!




I explained that I did not have the exact same fabrics to make this second runner. And chose fabrics from my stash to suit. So while this one is a little different from the original.... It's still just as cute. When it came time for quilting, I quilted with my walking foot in organic wavy lines across the width using Superior Threads' So Fine in grey on top and plain white Guetermann in the bobbin.




This fun little runner was made using Riley Blake's Apple of My Eye Stripe in red for Santa's rosy cheeks. The backing is Winter Garden by Susan Winget for Steele Creek Studio, which I found two years ago at Fabric.com. I fell in love with this print and bought it when it was on sale. I bought A LOT. It may seem like I should be out of this fabric by now... But there's more!






The binding matches the "belt" border. And I love the little yellow belt buckles!



This "Santa Claus" quilted table runner finished at 11" x 38"
and was the 19th use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.








Looking for a quick Christmas gift idea....
You can find the Santa Runner pattern here!





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