Return to Ohio!

Dear Sandy,

I am just so sneaky!  When you left Ohio in August after our whirlwind week of sewing, I secretly kept a vintage block leftover from your “Christmas in Ohio” table runner.

For anyone reading this,  you can download Sandy’s amazing table runner pattern by clicking on this link:  Christmas in Ohio Nov 2018

So, what was I suppose to do with one leftover vintage Ohio Star block?  Well, I made a cute little mini quilt for you!  It was suppose to be a surprise but I just couldn’t help myself and have to share it with everyone.

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I hand quilted this block to try and keep that vintage vibe you like so much.  It didn’t take me too long because it’s only 11 inches square.  Here’s a close up preview for you.

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I’ll be popping this in the mail for you today.  I am thinking you might want to hang it in your office during the Christmas season.  I hope you’re not too mad at me for sneaking a block from your stash!  Please Return to Ohio so I can sneak more of your fabric into my stash!

Hugs to you and my adorable nephew (who has grown up way too fast)!

Love always, Cindy

P.S.  If you would like to make an Ohio Star Mini Quilt, click on the link below to download the pattern:

Ohio Star Mini Quilt GBD 11 15 18

 

 

 

 

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!

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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Gasp…my thread broke!

Cindy here, reporting in from New York.   The big GRAY BARN is in view through a misty rain.  Mom, dad and I are just relaxing and hoping the sun will shine sometime today.  Good thing I brought a few quilting projects with me!

A few months ago, Sandy scored big at an antique store…10 antique red and white Ohio Star blocks.  These unfinished blocks measure 11 x 11 inches square.

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I like how the blocks were pieced by hand, very special!

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Sandy and I have created three different projects from these 10 blocks.  You’ll see our feature project and pattern soon…Sandy is putting the finishing touches on it as we speak!

Meanwhile, since the blocks were pieced by hand, I thought I would hand quilt one block.  I found a spool of red quilting cotton and a spool of cream quilting cotton in my vast thread stash and started quilting.

GASP…my thread broke over and over again!

Okay, so it took me awhile to admit my thread was the problem.  Once I realized this…quilting thread stash went into the trash!

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Question for our readers: 

What is your favorite brand of hand quilting thread?

There are so many different threads to choose from, I definitely need some advice!