Some Assembly Required!

Good morning!  It’s Cindy reporting in.

Yesterday was a rainy day in Ohio…here’s an outside view from my sewing room…(Oops, photo includes window screen!)

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On a day like this, what choice did I have but sew for hours on end?  Here’s an inside view from my sewing room…Sadie and Norma were on hand to keep me company.

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In last Thursday’s blog, I mentioned Sandy sent a quilt to me so I could help her overcome creative block.

Did I mention there was some assembly required??!!

Her block design features 4 inch (finished) half square triangles.  Not a favorite piecing technique for me but I just so happened to have 4 inch Thangles on hand!  I had perfect half square triangles in no time flat!

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Thangles get all the credit for these beautiful, perfect points!

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I also assembled a few piles of squares and rectangles.  Needless to say, my rotary cutter got a major workout…yikes!  My blade needs to be changed after all this cutting!

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I’ve got the basic piecing completed, now I’m ready to assemble the blocks.  Once I have the blocks pieced together, I can get creative on the quilt design.  Stay tuned for another update!

Snowflake Mini Quilt Pattern

Cindy here!  It’s January and very snowy in Ohio.  I decided to design a Snowflake Mini Quilt just for fun.  What do you think?

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I used two metallic prints from Hoffman Fabrics Sparkle and Fade Line.  These fabrics have shimmery metallic details and reminded me of how fresh snow glistens on a sunny day.

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I used two different shades of gray paint to stencil the word “SNOW”.  Then I machine quilted around each letter.

When I added the circles to the block, I used a few dots of fabric glue to tack them down, but fusible web or hand applique would work too!  The circles were a challenge to quilt because I had to keep lifting my presser foot and rotating every few stitches.

I am still practicing machine quilting with my walking foot and straight lines.  I decided to use Lori Kennedy’s advice about alternating areas of dense stitching with areas of minimal stitching.  I like the contrast — especially for smaller projects like this.

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