Inside Out Pineapple Bed Runner

And you guessed it, another quilt!

Another one to mark off my Finish Along to do list! This one I am in love with, but for some reason wasn’t able to photograph it as wonderful as it really is!

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My stepmother told me she wanted a quilt made with my Inside Out Pineapple quilt pattern. I love the pattern, of course. You’d hope I would since I made it… But it’s so time consuming! So I was contemplating how long did she really want to wait on this project! And luckily before I asked that question, she clarified that she only wanted a bed runner. Oh, yes! I can do that without taking forever!

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A bed runner… It does look pretty, but I’m still curious about why… You’ll notice I don’t make many mini quilts. A couple of reasons… I don’t have wall space to hang them. And If you aren’t hanging them on the wall, what is the point of them? They don’t really serve a purpose. People make awesome mini’s and I love seeing other peoples minis, but for some reason when I quilt, I think it needs to be able to be used…  I don’t know why I think this way… So I’m still kinda miffed at the bed runner concept. But it turned out great!

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Her other request was for it to coordinate with the cross stitch pillow I made her a couple of Christmas’s ago. So that narrowed down the colors! And you know me and my white backgrounds! I was trying to figure out how to incorporate the white background and still coordinate with the pillow. Then my friend Debbie asked where the white was in the pillow! Ummmm…. there isn’t any. So what was I doing. Then I tried it with the grey background and, OH YES!

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The grey is my favorite staple, Sprinkle by Cotton and Steel! Love it!

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Besides the grey, I used a combination of yellow, green and teal solids and prints. Prints! Another quilting concept that I don’t use much! Yes, it still kinda reads as a solid, but I did branch out and use prints with my solids!

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Throwin’ in my label picture!

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And here it is in it’s new home! It looks quite nice and does coordinate with the pillow. My step mother was very excited and put it on the bed as soon as she got home from visiting us! I’m glad to know it was well received and will be well loved!

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This was a great project to use the Inside Out Pineapple Pattern for! I got really quick at making it, but I also didn’t get burned out with having to make too many!

 

 

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Left and Right Quilt Tutorial

Remember my do Good Stitches Left and Right quilt that I wrote about last month?

Honestly, It’s pretty easy…. I’ll show you how we did it. You’ll need 3 colors of fabric for the flying geese, white and a pile of grey scraps. Unfortunately, I don’t have a quantity of how much of each fabric you’ll need. You’ll need to do the math on that based on how large of a quilt your looking for.

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First, we’re making a big batch HST. Have you tried my friend Debbie’s tutorial for big batch HST’s? It’s awesome! You can find it here.

To make your big batch HST’s you’ll need (1) 9×9 square of white for every color 9×9 square. (1) set of 9×9 squares will give you 18 HSTs.

You’ll also need to cut:

(9) 2.5×3.5 white rectangles- (1) for each set of HST (which will make 1 flying geese).
And grey scraps

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Once you’ve got your HST’s, we need to add the grey bits! Then line up the ruler so that you are cutting off the tip of the colored edge of the HST, 1.25″ away from the center.

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Add small scraps of grey to each corner. I suggest chain piecing at this point. I also didn’t trim the grey scraps. I just made sure they were big enough that once they are folded over, they cover the corner.

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Trim each HST block to 2.5 inch squares.

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Next, let’s make some flying geese! Sew together 2 HST’s to make your flying geese blocks. Chain piece again.

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Sew the 2.5×3.5 rectangles on to the left side of each HST block. Make sure they are all pointing in the right direction.

Then do it again and again and again for each of the three colors.

OK, from here on out, I don’t have very good pictures!

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Sew the blocks together along line 1, shown above, first. Do this with all the flying geese blocks.

Next take the double flying geese blocks and sew them together along line 2, shown above. Be sure to backstitch at the top and bottom of each!

And do that until you get length you want of the each of the rows of each color. Add strips of white between and you’re done!

There are a lot of little blocks, but they go pretty fast, especially if you chain piece them!

What do you think? Will you make it? If you do, please let me know! Can’t wait to see it!

SMQG Block of the Month Quilt

I finally finished!!!

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If you’ve been reading along for anytime within the last year, you know I’ve been participating in the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild BOM for 2015! I was moving right along until I hit the pile of about 130 little half square triangles…. Then it came to a screeching halt!

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I quilted the top as I sent. Each border I’d piece and then quilt the top and the batting. My only downside with this was that I would forget to include a larger seam allowance. The larger seam allowance helps when ironing open the seams. Typically I don’t iron open, but with the QAYG it helps reduce bulk.

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For the back I used a few left over blocks and more of the fabric from the front. Then I mostly quilted in the ditch around each border. But doing that left a nice big square in the center, so I quilted over a few of the circles that I quilted in the center block.

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I’m super glad I took pictures each month as I went along. I love seeing it ‘grow’! The center is my inside out pineapple pattern. And it grew from there! You can find all the block directions here, if you’d like to make your own.

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And I got to use my new labels! I got a 50 pack of labels that are dated 2016, so I have to make 49 more this year! Ha! I got them from Tagtopia and she was great to work with!

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This, unfortunately, was the only quilt on my First Quarter Finish A Long that I actually finished! Not at all what I planned! Good news is that I at least finished something…

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I”m so excited to have this one done! And it’s going to be well loved in my house!

Mighty Lucky Quilting Club- January Bias Tape Challenge

Did you join the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club this year? If you didn’t, you still can. I chose to do the yearly membership and get a challenge each month. Am I behind already? Of course!

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The January Challenge was Bias Tape. I already knew how to do the bias tape from the Technicolor Galaxy Quilt I’m (still) working on, so it wasn’t totally a new thing to me. It took me a while to decide what do to, and then it hit me!

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A tile rep had come into our office and had given us an update on her products and there was this one tile that I loved and of course my first thought was, ‘That would make an awesome quilt!’ But I wasn’t sure how I wanted to get the curves and the thin lines. Then that’s when the bias tape challenge came into play!

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I found this blue in my stash that I have had, but had not had a use for yet. So I made it into bias tape!

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Then I started making my blocks. They went super fast. Mostly scraps from my stash.

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Then I glued on my bias tape. The instructions I’ve always seen say to use this wonder tape stuff. I’ve tried. I can NOT for the life of me get it to work. So I use washable elmer’s glue.

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And this is what I got! If you search the group on IG, most of the projects are probably more free form and seem more sketchy than mine, but I actually really like how this turned out!

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So the plan is to keep making more blocks until I get this! I LOVE it! I can’t wait! I just need 8 more blocks…

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Off to make more!

 

 

 

A Ghostly Pillow and a Giveaway!

I’m so excited about 2 things! One, I made a new Halloween pillow! And two, I got to review a fantastic pillow from Pillowcubes!

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First, What do you think about the ghost? Like I’ve said, I love Halloween. Last year it was bats…This year ghosts… I’m going to tell more about the quilt block this weekend, so stay tuned!

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And now… I’m so spoiled! When I usually buy pillow inserts they are not fancy from a big box store that I won’t name… But I don’t know if I can go back! The pillow that Pillowcubes sent me is the 90/10 Down Feather pillow and it’s AMAZING! So different from those others that I usually get! It’s just soft and cuddly. Perfectly made. And it looks perfect in my pillowcase!

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I recently posted about the American Made Brand and how it’s made in the USA. Well, so are Pillowcubes. They are made by real hands right here in the US in Tennessee! So cool!

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When I first started talking to Pillowcubes, they only shipped by the case. I don’t know about you, but I don’t typically make that many pillows at once. But the super cool thing is that now you don’t have to buy by the case! You can order just one if you want just one! And I recently priced it out to those other big box stores and to order the same pillow online was a couple of dollars less then buying at the store. And to be buying handmade from a real person…. Can you guess where my next pillow form is coming from?

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I always see design shows where they hand chop the pillows. You know what I’m talking about right? With the hand chop? Most of mine don’t really take the hand chop well. But this one does! Oh, yeah!

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Now the fun stuff! You can enter to win your very own pillow from Pillowcubes and feel as spoiled as I do! (the giveaway is for the pillow only, not the pillow cover!) And you can order your own pillows right now with the coupon code FeelinCrafty10 to receive 10% off your purchase! Oh, yeah! That’s for everyone!

Ready to WIN? You have FOUR ways to enter! And come back and leave a separate comment on this post for each entry!

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I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!

The Inside Out Pineapple- Out and About!

Not long ago I was contacted by the Gulf States Quilting Guild contacted me for permission to use my Inside Out Pineapple block to demo paper piecing at one of their meetings! Honored, I, of course, agreed!

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Look how happy she looks with that awesome block!!

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I was so excited to see the pictures from their meeting, that I asked to share them here. I am so happy to see smiling faces with their blocks! But…. I was told that they weren’t all smiling the whole way through! Some had experience with paper piecing, others did not. And paper piecing does take some getting used to! But at least they were happy in the end!

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You know me, I do mostly solids… So it was really cool to see the block all put together with prints. It looks great both ways!

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I had no idea how much response I would get from this block! It’s been crazy! If only I had charged a dollar for the pattern, I’d be rich! Just kidding! kinda…. I love it, but just am floored by how much everyone else does too! You can download the pattern here. I have a quilt coming up using this pattern that I can’t wait to finish and share!

A Heart Tree Pillow

Have you decorated for Valentine’s Day? Sitting here writing this, I realized I didn’t really decorate this year! I made a wreath and a ton of kiddo Valentines and my own quilted postcards, which is all WAY more than I usually do for Valentines Day!

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I usually do a little something, but this year I’m in love with the hearts!

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But this year I was just having so much fun with the postcards, that I decided to make a pillow. But I didn’t really want pink for the house. That’s when the whole tree thing hit me!

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So I ran back to West Seattle Fabric Co and picked up some of the wood grain fabric from the Nutmeg line of Dear Stella! And got to work. Even ‘carving’ our family initials into the tree!

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There’s still time to make yours! It’s really super fast! The pattern is available here. And you can just throw together an envelope pillow and boom! I think I’m going to keep this one out all year!

Valentine’s Day Quilted Postcards- a Tutorial

I’m super excited about this project! Our Seattle Modern Quilt Guild is doing a Valentine Postcard swap. When we first heard about it, I decided I was in, but I wasn’t super excited. Then I started making mine and got hooked!!! Obsessed!

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I came home and started looking around online for instructions and sizes so I could make some and mail them. I couldn’t find a tutorial that didn’t include an applique type edge. I wanted a more quilted look….

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The first one I made was this one. I used a bunch of 1 inch squares, but then couldn’t quite get the back to work. It’s also super thick for mailing with all the seams! So as much as I love this one, it’s not what I wanted for a quilted postcard valentine up taking the plunge into the mailbox!

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So I made some more! But this time I made patterns! More paper piecing for me! I couldn’t decide on just one, so the pattern actually has 3 patterns in it! I have the set of patterns in my Craftsy store, for $5.00. But the tutorial is free! So let’s get to it!

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You’ll need a little bit of fabric, a 4×6 piece of batting, a 4×6 piece of cardstock, patterns and I use basting spray. I used mostly scraps, so needless to say, you don’t need much fabric!

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Print and pick your favorite pattern. Each pattern has two outside lines. One for making a 4.5 x 6.5 inch block. The second is larger for making the postcards.

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Paper piece your hearts! If you’re new to paper piecing, my tutorial on that should help! Sew together and then tear off the paper.

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Center the batting on the quilt block. I use basting spray, but you can pin too. Spray the spray on the batting, not on the quilt block. You’ll have a little more than a half inch on each side.

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Quilt the block and the batting together.

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Iron the edges in half and over again.

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Spray baste the cardstock onto the batting.

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Time to do the ‘binding’! Fold the block over the edge of the card stock and start sewing. The corners are a bit tricky. Especially if you have a bunch of seams like I did in my first postcard. So following the pictures, fold, fold, fold and fold one last time. Then continue sewing!

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And you’re done! Ready for mailing!

 

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And just in case, I mailed one to myself, just to check… I did use a regular letter stamp instead of a postcard stamp. One, because I had it and I didn’t have a postcard stamp. And two, I though they might need extra postage since they are thicker than a plain postcard…..

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These are so fun! Pretty quick, too! Now I have to make more. I need some for the swap and now I want to send them on to family!

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Which one is your favorite!

Inside Out Pineapple Quilt Block- Free Pattern!

I made a new quilt block! Now, I’m not saying I’m the first one ever…. But I will also say I searched and searched to find this block and I couldn’t find it! So I made my own!

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This block is for one of the quilts I’m working on this year! Our quilt guild, The Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, is doing another Block of the Month quilt this year. I’ve never done a medallion quilt. Honestly, it’s never crossed my mind. But my friend Allison, stepped up to organize the BOM this year and the medallion idea was what she came up with and I’m actually excited about it!

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The idea for the center was to use a block from from our 2014 BOM suggestions. Then each month after there will be a new border. I decided to do the pineapple block. I was totally inspired by this Pique Pineapples with a Pinch of Pizzazz quilt by Nancy J. Didonato. But when I really looked at it and all the pineapple blocks out there, the square in the middle is little and the small part of the ‘pineapple’ is in the center. I wanted the block to be just the opposite!

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So I made a pattern! And this one will be listed on my Craftsy site for free! Or you can get it here.

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What would you make with this pattern? Would you make it more scrappy? The quilt I’m making is obviously going to be primarily green and white. I asked my husband what color he wanted. He said blue, but I said no since I’m already making him a blue and white quilt. Then he suggested orange. I thought ok, until I got to my sewing room and I wasn’t really excited about my oranges…. So it’s green and white! I also realized I am very much a solids kinda girl. As much as I love prints… I always seem to end up quilting with mostly solids!

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I also had the center square dark green to start with. Then I had to take two blocks apart and switch out the green for the more yellow green and I think it adds a nice punch for the center of the quilt!

 

 

 

2014 Quilts

Last year I challenged myself to make 14 quilts in 2014. Welllllll….. I didn’t quite make it….

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I got 9 finished. Actually 8, since one was finished last year, but I didn’t show it off until this year…

The top two quilts are two little fleece quilts made from doggy themed fleece. These are both about 3’x3′. Baby quilts for sure! These were made for vicitims of the Oso floods here in Washington.

My family’s most favorite quilt this year is the half square quilt I made last fall for the Nurture group of do Good Stitches. This one ended up being about 5′ x 6′. We really didn’t want to mail this one away!

I also made a quilt top for a friend. It was my first t-shirt quilt! This year I want to make more progress on the kiddo’s t-shirt quilt.

Are you tired of hearing about the ‘Gator quilt? I hope not! I love it! I finished the yellow one just in time for a guild show we had in February! I’m keeping this one!

Then this summer I made the second ‘Gator quilt for our nephew!

The second quilt I headed up for our do.Good Stitches group was my hexagon quilt. I’d like to get this set up as a pattern this year.

And this sneaky Halloween one is the one that I actually made in 2013, but never blogged about until this year! It was my first time to use a panel. I think it came out pretty cool using the panel as a starting point for the spiderweb quilting and my Bat Block!

So I didn’t make my goal, but I’m happy with what I made. I’m shooting more realistically this year. I’m trying for 10 this year. I already have a few that are started and they are going to be finished this year! I don’t want to have any started quilts at the end of the year! That’s my goal! Think I can make it???