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Wonky Herringbone Placemats

I started some wonky herringbone placemats over the weekend. They are moving along nicely and are basted and ready for quilting.
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If you are interested in the paper piecing pattern I use for the chevron/herringbone design, you can find it here. Some instructions:

  • Print at 71% or fit to page (is approx. 6 1/2 x 10 3/4″)
  • Cut the block out along the edge
  • Cut down the middle so you have two pieces
  • Once you finish paper piecing; make sure you measure the 1/4 inch seam allowance from the edge of the paper.
  • The final place mats above are 18 x 14″.

That is what I am working on this week + my blocks for Scrap-bee-licious Bee and Stash Bee.

Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on the right).

Christmas’y WiP Wednesday {18.12.2013}

Almost the end of the year!! Why is it always so chaotic??

I had planned my week of posts and unfortunately have not been able to stay to plan. Mostly, this is due to the fact, I am getting home after dark (~6pm), and I just can’t take great photos.  Winter and its short days are not my friend :-(.

So excuse the photo quality, but I really wanted to post about my current WiPs I have going this week.

  1. Zakka Circle Pot holders – these are for a friend for Christmas. Tops are sewn, just need to quilt + shape + bind the pot holders.PotHolders
  2. Made some progress on the X & + quilt, with another two blocks done only 3 1/2 rows to go to make my December goal.X+Blocks

  3. Christmas Stocking – pulled out pattern and fabrics, I have an idea about the design. I am thinking a 23/24 Dec finish.ChristmasStockingFabric

  4. I am hoping to finish off these place mats I started a month or so back. ChristmasPlacemats_Red
  5. Lastly, Framed Quilt Blocks – these two need to be completed by Friday as they are gifts for people at work.
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I am slowly starting to panic as I really need items 1, 3, 4, 5 finished in the next 6 days. I just need more time in the day :-).

I hope your Christmas prep is going well. I am linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Book Review Tuesday {11.12.2013}

Welcome to the first Book Review Tuesday. Just some initial details in case you missed last week’s introduction…

When: Book Review Tuesday will be hosted here every second week (initially for 1 year).
Content of the Post: A book review and a project will be made from the week’s selected book.
Give-away: Each post will include a give-away of that book, winners will be announced the following week ~8pm.

Review

Title: “The Practical Guide to Patchwork” – New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker
Author: Elizabeth Hartman
Publisher: Stash Books
ISBN: 978-1-60705-008-7

This was the first book I purchased, last year, when I first started to be interested in Modern Quilting. I was looking for a good reference book, basics for quilting techniques and really just a place to get started.

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The Practical Guide to Patchwork definitely provided the basic information I was looking  when starting out, such as:

  • How to choose machine needles
  • Basic quilting techniques
  • How to make and sew binding

The book project layout is well done. It starts off with beginner projects, and moves projects for confident beginners to intermediate projects. There are several projects I am interested in making from this book, but not all as quilts; Small Plates, Valentine, Kitchen Window and lastly Sunspot.  My favorite part of each project is the last section, which provides alternate ideas and additional fabric options. It offers just that little more inspiration by saying “Hey, what about this or that” and gets you thinking about the possibilities of the blocks provided.

This book focused mostly on quilt designs, that use a single block repetitively. I would have liked to have one or two of the projects, in the book focus on non-repetitive block quilts. As a beginner, this would have provided more introduction options into modern patchwork.

This book is great book, if you are looking for a good reference book for quilting techniques or looking for easy to medium quilting projects. It would be a great Christmas gift for a new quilter or a great donation to a school/local community library.

My rating out of 5 is:
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Project

The project I chose, from the book, was the Sunspot block. I actually started this project last year. It was my first patchwork block for what I was planning to be, a Christmas table runner. The instructions were easy to follow. I enjoyed the idea of making the angles within the block. I really liked how the block turned out.
Rectangle Christmas Block

For this review, I decided to go with my original plan. I re-purposed that block, and cut it in 1/2 to make Christmas place mats for this year. Here are the completed place mat tops, using that one block.

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Fabric: Dear Mr. Claus, Robert Kaufman’s Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Red/Olive, White Kona Skinny sashing.
Size: 14″ x 18″

Do you have projects made from this book? If you have a project link it up.

Give-away

One brand new copy of this book will be given away next Tuesday. All you need to do is leave a comment on why you would like the book. A second chance to win if you are a follower, just leave a second comment indicating you follow. A winner will be chosen at random and posted next Tuesday around 8 pm.

Next Book Review: “Brave New Quilts”.
Upcoming books will include: 500 quilt blocks, Quilting Happiness, Modern One-Block Quilts, Urban Views, Modern Bee.

A disclaimer, all reviews and opinions of the books reviewed will be mine, unless otherwise stated.

Christmas blocks – Place mats or table runner

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Needing a break from making the coffee cup sleeves, I decided to break out the Dear Mr. Claus jelly roll I had purchased.

For my current work in progress, I am thinking of making place mats or a table runner with them. I started making a rectangle block based on the “Sunspot” Design from book “The Practical Guide to Patchwork”, by Elizabeth Hartman. This is how it looks so far:

Now the decision is just how to use the blocks, if I use them for the place mats I will cut them in 1/2, the table runner I will use the block as is. Decisions, Decisions.

The craft fair stock is also coming along. This is what it looks like so far (coffee sleeves and chair bags).

What did I do !!!???

The company I work for has a Craft fair every Christmas – so today I signed up to have a booth (table) at the fair. This is my first time doing something like this and I was excited about the opportunity.

Now, 3 hours later, I am at home thinking about the severe lack of stock I have for the fair and realizing I have a lot of work ahead of me. The good news it’s not until December 5th – that gives me 25 days!!

The second concern other than time, is what to put in the “Squeek Crafts” table?? I have so many ideas – so far I am thinking (with examples):

  • Patchwork Coffee Cup holders – some with matching coasters (new)
  • Quilted place mats
  • Chair Bags/Chair Pockets
  • Stuffed Monsters
  • Cork Boards

Choices, Choices…let’s see 25 days and counting

Quilted Place Mats

So I don’t have strep throat, yay!!! Its only a flu/cold virus. I should be feeling more myself by Monday.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Over this past weekend, I worked on the placemats that are a Christmas gift. I think they are turning out great. One down, three to go.

Christmas presents underway

I got a new book on quilting the other day “Quilting Modern: Techniques and projects for improvisational quilts”, and there was a cushion design that I decided would work great for place mats. As Christmas is around the corner, I started the place mats today hoping to get them done so I could cross a present off the list.

My fabric choices for the place mats, the purples being the binding and the backing of the place mats.

First pieces sewn together:

  

Finished front piece of place mat:

I will post the completed place mats soon.