Modern Piecing for a Cause

Good morning!  It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio.

I recently joined the Central Ohio Modern Quilt Guild and have met some incredibly talented quilters.  This is a very active guild and the monthly meetings are full of inspiration.

Each year the guild chooses a community charity project, and for 2018, the Meals on Wheels program was adopted.  Guild members make quilted placemats that are distributed to Meals on Wheels clients.  These placemats are are great way to use miscellaneous scraps and left over quilt blocks to create small, modern quilt designs.

Below is the label each quilter/creator sews on the back of each placemat:

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I was looking through a large bag of colorful scraps from my dear friend, MJ, AND wondered how I could put them to work.  Then I started thinking about some of the leftover blocks I have from previous quilts.  Hmmmm…the lightbulb in my head turned on.

Left over pieced blocks + lovely scraps = bright, bold placemats!

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I need to practice my machine quilting skills and these placemats are the perfect size to machine quilt.  I’ll add them to my  “must finish” list for October.

I have plenty of leftover blocks to incorporate into some type of placemat design.  Below are just a few random blocks…wouldn’t that cute fox face brighten someone’s day?

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I hope you are still enjoying the sights and sounds of fall!  Here’s another photo I snapped while walking in the park with Norma and Sadie.

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Halloween Re-cap: Free Quilt Patterns!

Hello from Ohio!  Sandy is extremely busy this week with lots of family fun.

Speaking of family fun, you’ve still got time to make some Halloween cuteness for family or friends!  Sandy created a series of pieced Halloween quilt patterns that are perfect for quilters of all skill levels.

So Glad to Meet Vlad!

He’s cute AND he’s charming.  Let’s talk about how irresistible Vlad is with red fangs…dental work to follow on November 1st!

You can download Vlad by clicking on this link:  September 21, 2017

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Your Friend, Frank N. Stein

I think Frank could use a friend, don’t you?  He’s looking for his mouth and he can’t find it…maybe you can help him out?

Download Frank by clicking on this link:  Frank N. Stein Sept 2017

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I Love My Mummy!

Talk about a fast and easy pattern…this comes together in no time flat!  Mummy will bring a smile to everyone, including your very own mummy.

Get to know mummy by clicking on this link:  Mummy Mug Rug Pattern 08 23 18

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Sugar Skull Eye Candy

Need a quick wall hanging to use up your scraps?  Sandy designed a sugar skull to help you out!

You can download the pattern by clicking on this link:  sugar_skull_gbd v2

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What has Norma been up to?

I know you’ve been wondering what Norma has been up to.  Well, she’s been a good girl and keeping me company while enjoying our walks and the changes in nature that fall brings.

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While Norma was chasing a stick, I snapped this amazing picture of a Monarch Butterfly

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Let’s all savor amazing moments like this!

 

 

Introducing Garret X. Gobble jr.

Although I’ve lived in my current home for about 5 years, there is still a lot of decorating to do in it. For some reason, the idea of ‘all at once’ decorating has never appealed to me. I’d rather live with bare walls and spaces while I look for just the right piece of art or furniture that speaks to me. I know I need to work on this more diligently, because my son often reports back about “cozy homes” when he visits his friends — gulp.

My formal living room has been the most barren room since we moved in, but recently I’ve created a cozy reading nook in a corner of it by pulling together a soft stuffed rocker, an antique chestnut game table that was stashed in my basement and a wool accent rug that I found at an estate sale. The chestnut table seriously needs refinishing but the wood still requires protection from damp liquids <wine? milk? cider? water–water –ha– who am I kidding!?!>.

Clearly this cozy corner requires a table topper. So I pulled together scraps of fall-inspired fabrics and cut out (36) 5.5″ squares. I focused on browns, purples, golds, greens and dusky reds. When I was visiting Cindy this summer she gifted me with a bag of scraps that included some wonderful shirting fabrics that helped me stay with the theme while providing a bit of brightness to the proceedings.

While I was cutting the squares, I spied my Creative Grids Dresden ruler and started thinking — how could I use that ruler in a different way?   Behold, Garret X. Gobble Jr.:

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To create Garret, I used the ruler to I cut out six (6) 3″ half blades in bright colors. I sewed them together to make the tail feathers and rounded the unit out a bit. Next, I found a hexagon template by Darlene Zimmerman and cut out Garret’s fat body and then quickly cut one more brown blade for his head. I used my scissors to shape his head a bit.  I found a scrap of red for his wattle and cut it free-hand style.

When I assembled Garret, I realized that bottom of the feathers created too much bulk under the body, so I traced a chalk line from where the body and the feathers met and trimmed them off and attached them with a pin until I was ready to begin the applique. I placed Garret on-point so that he would be the centerpiece of the topper as it drapes over the table. The shirting scrap was a bit too flimsy for applique, so I layered it with a 5.5″ square of muslin to give it a little more body while I hand-stitched Junior in place.

Using my applique needle and pearl cotton thread (size 8) I created a beak, legs and an eye. Shout out to my quilting mentor and her mother and the Girl Scouts –which is where I learned to embroider many, many years ago! My skills are very rusty, but somehow, amazingly, the process is still stored in the back of my brain.

After Garret was complete, it was simple to assemble the rest of the squares. For quilting, I decided on a simple grid in chocolate brown using Gutermann thread and my Bernina walking foot.

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The last piece of the cozy corner was a lamp I found at an estate sale at this adorable doll house where, it turns out, a quilter once lived.

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Besides the lamp, I also found some quilting supplies and rulers at the sale that I am going to gift to a friend who wants to learn to quilt. I hope the previous owner would be pleased that her tools will help inspire a new enthusiast.

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Let’s all ignore the boring paint color behind my cozy corner and the grievous lack of any wall art, but I am very excited about my cozy corner just in time for the fall holidays.

You can download the pattern for Garret X. Gobble Jr. table topper by clicking on the link below:

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We’ll also be posting this pattern to FaveQuilts website.  Be sure to stop by this site for lots of fall and Thanksgiving inspiration.  There are literally hundreds of FREE patterns posted as well as videos, tutorials, helpful tips…everything you need for quilting inspiration!

Apples and Cider and Quilts, Oh my!

So, the local, rustic, real-deal, cider and donuts mill is finally, finally open <insert Hallelujah chorus>! My son and I rushed up there on Saturday morning on opening day, but apparently we were not the only ones thirsting for that tangy, sweet beverage! The demand was so strong that we waited in line for 30 minutes, and then had to leave before our turn — a wrenching experience to be sure — you will have to believe me when I say that  Lain’s Cider Mill donuts are life-affirming.

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Cindy was in town unexpectedly and she snagged some excellent fresh apples. She cans the most delicious apple sauce and apple butter each year.

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I don’t know what is happening atmospherically, but there have been some stunning sunrises and sunsets on the farm. This is Tuesday’s sunrise.

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I’m almost through with my Thanksgiving themed-table topper. I had one more row to quilt and I ran out of thread #wouldntyourknowit. It’s off to Joann on Saturday morning for some matching Gutterman chocolate colored thread.

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I’ve also been having fun experimenting with my Creative Grids Dresden Ruler. I can’t wait to show you the results on Monday!IMG_4350[1]