Applique Tuesday

I finished my six mug rugs. Again I had to take
a photo at night and I didn't compensate for the conditions, so what should be green shows as blue in this photo.  Maybe tomorrow morning I'll try to take a better photo.  However Alan is here for the day and we're going to get the car lubed.

These leaves were made using the freezer paper and starch method.  I removed the freezer paper once the starch was dry, so I didn't have to cut the background fabric away.  I used a varigated thread in fall colors to machine applique them to the background using a zig-zag stitch. Then I stitched around the shapes and stitched leaf lines up the spine and out to the areas to make them look more like leaves all with my walking foot. It was easier than I thought.  The front is 5 1/2" square and the background was is a 7 1/2" square.  I brought the background fabric to the front to make the binding.  These were quick and easy doing by assembly line.

What are you up to?  I'd love to see your eye candy.  Leave me a comment and I'll come over and see what you've been working on.


Design Wall/Floor Monday

Back from the retreat - what a great time we had - again!  This time we didn't have a mystery quilt, but lots of make and takes.  I chose not to do all of them and instead concentrated on working on some UFOs I brought along to finish or get further along with. The first project consisted of my leaf mug rugs - I'll show those tomorrow in Applique Tuesday.  I then did:
 This was a panel I was given at the last St. Anne's meeting.  I just needed to bind it.  Er, that's what I thought as it was pre-quilted. But!  The panel sides had to be evened up.  You can see how that went. I'm sure baby won't mind.  Then I had to make the binding from assorted reds. Had just enough. Used a new method to attach the binding using an s-curve stitch.  It went great.  I'll demo that in another post. Then after a good look at the quilting, discovered that it's coming undone at two ends so that needed to be fixed, too.
 Next UFO was an 8 year old one for which my niece chose the fabric, laid out the order of the blocks, then left for me to put together.  Well, it is now done.  I call it Medallion Cherries.
 I then tackled the hardest - yes, the hardest UFO.  This was a bag of blocks, fabric and batting and backing squares from an estate sale.  The project dates from the 50s. At least that's what I think because of all the polyester and cotton fabrics and the prints. The quilter had made 6 blocks plus the makings for 4 more plus a ton of cut strips for many more.  I measured and they ranged from 14.5 to 13".  Of course I cut them down to 13.  She had made the blocks for a QAYG quilt.  This would usually be easy peasy for me, BUT she use a very high loft polyester batting - typical of the 50s.  After making 3 more blocks, I started to put them together.   Ugh, first  attempt using the no front sashing method did not work. The seam was a mess because of the batting and trying to sew through so many layers.  After some thought, I decided to use the sashing on both sides method and baste the individual parts together - ie sashing strip and left block, then sashing back strip and next block.  Then I sewed the blocks together with a larger stitch - 3 instead of my normal 2.2   You can see the first row at the top of the photo.  Will be 39" square when done.
 I did make this Make and Take.  Just couldn't resist.  Went together so neatly and I love my little box.  This starts as two 8 1/2" squares of fabric.  The ladies were told to use 10" squares, but I only had enough to make the smaller one.
As I make the other Make and Takes I'll share them with you.  Even though this was only my second one, my conclusion:  I love going on retreats!

I'm linking to Judy's Patchwork Times and Lyn's BOMs Away as I did deal with blocks.
Blessings as you start this new week.


Hexie Weekend

The kids are here for an overnight. I'll be taking them to school next AM. So I'm posting early as I'm going to a quilt retreat at 10AM tomorrow. Here's an awesome quilt I found while surfing the Net.
Photo by ACC Fibers Dept
Click on the caption to read all about it.

And here is another way to put those hexagons together.  Go Here. All new to me.

What are you working on?  I'd love to see your eye candy, hexie or otherwise - new post or old.  Linky button below. Ends Monday, midnight.

I'm linking to Amanda Jean's Finish it up Fridays and Sarah's Can I get a Whoop, Whoop? because I did finish two charity tops.  The focus fabric was given to me in pieces and this is what I came up with.  I call these finishes even though they are only flimsies because different members of the St. Anne's Sewdality group will finish them as they pray while they work on them. My part is done.

Off to find some projects to work on at the retreat. Bye for now!


Applique Tuesday

A little bit of applique to show this time.  Not the projects I hope to get back to, but made by me with the freezer paper and starch method.
One done - 5 more to go.  These will be prizes for our Friends of the Library meeting at the end of the month. I found the template at Craftsy free from Buttons and Butterflies.  It's really for potholders, but I'm making 5" mug rugs by reducing the template size to 8o%. Check it out!

What are you doing?  Would love to come and see your eye candy.  Leave me a comment and I'll come on by.

Off to wake up Alan from his nap.