Yellow and Grey Improv Complete

This little lovely is the 2016 Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Block of the Month! Yep, 2016. It took me four years to finish it for some reason… No idea why… It wasn’t hard.

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Each month there was a different block or ‘slab’ as the designer, Matt, described it. Each month he’d give us a type of block. Since it’s improv, there weren’t many directions rather a type of block.

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One reason it probably took me longer was that I did it as QAYG (quilt as you go). Which in theory, should make it go faster, but it didn’t seem to be that way for me. When I do these as QAYG, I do it slightly differently than a traditional QAYG. I start the blocks with quilting the middle blocks on the batting. Then I combine the blocks with a 3/4″ seam allowance. then once two blocks are combined, I continue to quilt the blocks, sewing over the seam allowance. At the end I add the quilt back and sew it on by adding more quilting, including some stitch in the ditch.

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I even took my friend, Debbie’s improv class to get some blocks done. And this was back in July of 2017. I got to hang out with her, learn some improv tricks and also get some more blocks done!

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I think that center block is my favorite block in the whole quilt! I could make a couple of quilts from that layout! Right now I’m thinking Christmas placemat and a whole quilt.

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Second favorites are probably all the triangle blocks!

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And the back is made up of all the scraps, extra blocks and extra fabric left over from the front.

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One thing I’ve done this year is finish my stack of SMQG BOM quilts! I need to share the others soon!

Bama Banner

It’s Football Season!

So why not make a quilted banner? I made this one for my Dad, who is a super fan of SEC football and more specifically, Bama football…

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This was supposed to be a Christmas gift for last Christmas, but my To Do List was a little longer than I could possibly get through. It became a Father’s Day present. Which was also late! ha! But none of that matters because it made it there BEFORE football season. Yep!

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For the letters I used the paper piecing, Geometric Alphabet pattern from Quiet Play. The pattern I purchased is just capitol letters, but she has the lowercase letters as well. I made a mistake with my letters… Can you find it? I made each letter, looked at it over and over. Laid it all out. Pieced the letters together. Quilted and put on the binding. And I took pictures of it. But I didn’t notice it until I went to edit the pictures…

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Then for the elephant I altered another paper piecing pattern from Joe June and Mae. She has a ton of great animal patterns and a few elephants. This is the Standing Elephant Pattern. This one is actually has the rest of the elephant body, but I only wanted the head. And of course I had to make a few small changes. I narrowed up his trunk a little and also changed his ears a tiny bit. I think he turned out quite nice.

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For the back I used the rest of my elephant fabric stash! This was left over from the kiddo’s quilt. I also put on a little sleeve on the back using the tutorial from the Tallgrass Prairie Studio website.

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I’m loving the banner idea for mini quilts. It’s only adding a pointy end to a mini quilt, but I love it! Have you made a quilted banner?

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And how cute is this little cabin??? We stayed here this summer at Custer State Park and had an awesome time!

Cross Stitch Keychain

I do love a fun little cross stitch project, do you? I mentioned before that I have a little addiction to quilting and cross stitch magazines. I get these and always find a project in them that I want to make for someone else. So I am always thinking of a way to turn cross stitch projects into something usable.

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When I saw this cute little golf design in Cross Stitch Crazy Issue 243, I knew I wanted to make it for my Dad. But what would he do with it? I decided to make it into a key chain. He could use it on his keys or attach it to his golf bag.

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Super easy! I made the little key fob bit, then layered it with the front and back of the key chain, right sides together. Sew around the edges, leaving a small hole to pull it all through. Pull it through so the right sides are facing out, trim the corners and iron. Lastly top stitch around the edges to close the hole.

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This is a great little gift idea for a small cross stitch design. If the design is really small, it could even be made for a zipper pull on a purse or large pouch!

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What do you like to do with little projects like these? Any other gift suggestions?