Friday, November 29, 2019

McKenzie Quilt

That new project I just started? Finished.

McKenzie quilt by QuiltFabrication

Yes, it was that fast. Diagonally cut 10" squares can grow a quilt quickly, and bust through some stash. And with no seams to match, construction is easy.

I've given this quilt the name McKenzie, because I was thinking of a friend whom I've lost touch with. She named her daughter McKenzie, and I've always thought that was a cool name. So, McKenzie this is!

Something I like about this quilt is the design of offset squares on the diagonal. And with the bits of teal for a fun color pop, it almost has a smocking look. 

McKenzie quilt full on by QuiltFabrication

But I'm not sure I like the size of the red bands. In red, they're borderline overpowering, but the size helps bring the quilt to 55.5" x 76", which is an extra-long lap size. I don't know about you, but I like long lap quilts cause I want the quilt to tuck under my feet!

There was a sneak peek of the quilting on Wednesday, with Glide Khaki thread and the Paperchase panto, giving it quilting without overpowering.

Paperchase panto quilting on McKenzie quilt

And the back is pieced from yardage in the stash, which in this picture looks grey, but is really olive green.

McKenzie backside

Overall, I'm 50-50 on this quilt, as I think my design still needs a bit of work in regards to proportion and overall size. I may try a baby size with a few changes to see how that works. 
(Update: the baby size is a finish - McKenzie Baby- check it out!).
Any suggestions? Should I pursue this further??

For now, this one graces my living room sofa for snuggling under, and works well with the color scheme in the room. All's well that ends well!

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Midweek Makers #203

Welcome to the Midweek Makers linky party, and

I've got a couple updates, the first being a quilting pic.

McKenzie quilting

Yes, my newest creation is on the frame as it's been a fast quilt to put together. I'm hoping to have it done before all the Thanksgiving festivities get into full swing.

The other update is that now my doc thinks I have a sinus infection, placing me on antibotics for that and my eyes. After three weeks, I'm hoping this will finally go away.

Now on to last week's pretties! How about this by Jayne at Twiggy and Opal

Now she's been challenged to go even smaller!

Or how about Mardi's awesome Mayan mask, over at Quilting Solutions?


Or Marney's turkey, from Made by Marney?


Everything is full of color!

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Monday, November 25, 2019

New Project in the Works

I've been doing a bit of cleaning in the studio recently in preparation for a room update happening over Thanksgiving. And I came across a bunch of paint color palettes I pulled from Home Depot a few years ago, 

paint palette inspiration

and thought, hmm, I should use one of these as the inspiration for my next project. 

Though I've made two Christmas-y items recently, I still can't let go of fall colors, which is why I chose the palette above. Full of olive greens, rich golds, and a smattering of a reddish brown, this just says Fall.

Wanting this project to be quick, easy, and a fabric hog, I'm shooting for a large lap size. As for the quick and easy, I'm working with 10" squares, because that's the size of squares in a layer cake. And who doesn't like cake??? No pumpkin pie here!

Anyway, I've set about cutting squares, then cutting them on the diagonal, to come up with this as a layout:

quilt layout

so far, so good. Like it?

Now to find the reddish browns in the stash, and I'll see where this goes. If I'm lucky, maybe I'll get it done before Thanksgiving, just before all the Christmas decorations come out. I'll have more to show on Wednesday.

Also, as part of my studio clean out, today thru Dec 3, take 40% off all quilts in my Etsy shop - free shipping included!

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Winter Forest

I have just fallen in love with trees! Here's my second tree project,

Winter Forest table topper by QuiltFabrication

the absolutely enchanting Winter Forest table topper!

Based on the same trees as those used in the Christmas Tree wall hanging,

Christmas Trees wall hanging by QuiltFabrication

these Winter Forest trees are loaded with snow!

Winter Forest tree table topper by QuiltFabrication

Six curvy white trees circle around a single snowflake, creating a striking pattern, don't you think? I'm not sure which tree pattern I love more - the Christmas Trees or the Winter Forest. Fortunately, one can be displayed during December for Christmas, and the other in January for some winter cheer.

And just like the Christmas Trees wall hanging pattern, Winter Forest is also suitable for the confident beginner quilter. The pattern walks through cutting the wedges, placing the fusible trees and snowflake, and even how to do the binding on the those 120 degree angles - nothing is left out!

Since I'm in love with the Winter Forest table topper, I'm going share that love for the next few days. The pattern is available in my Etsy shop for half price until the evening of November 25. That date also kicks off a 9-day Etsy sale event, with 40% off on all QuiltFabrication quilts listed, which includes free shipping. If there's a quilt that speaks to you, grab it during the sale!

Last, but not least, the quilting on Winter Forest. I was originally thinking of stippling, as the background is not the feature of this piece. But it just wasn't quite right. Instead, I opted for a snowdrift look of rolling lines from the border up to the snowflake. 

Winter Forest table topper quilting by QuiltFabrication

And I even added in a few snowflakes here and there.

Winter Forest table topper quilting detail by QuiltFabrication

A couple of simple snowdrift lines finish off the border.

Winter Forest table topper border quilting by QuiltFabrication

Now I'm set for decorating in January: Winter Forest for the table, and Winter Feed for the wall.

Winter Feed wall hanging by QuiltFabrication

Can't wait!!

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Midweek Makers #202

Welcome to the Midweek Makers linky party! Time to announce the winners of last week's Christmas Trees wall hanging pattern giveaway:

Christmas Trees wall hanging by QuiltFabrication

per the random choice of Rafflecopter, say a big congrats to 
Nancy L and Carol A! 
Both have been sent their patterns via email, and I hope to see pictures of their Christmas Trees in the future!

With my cold continuing to linger, especially in my eyes (yes, your eyes can be infected with a cold virus), progress on my next tree creation is slow. Below, I'm using clear monofilament and a small zigzag to finish off the applique.

Christmas Trees by QuiltFabrication

Hoping for the big reveal on Friday!

While we're still on the subject of trees, awhile ago I received an email from Ellen, who made several items using the pumpkin applique blocks.

pumpkin applique block by QuiltFabrication

She asked if I had anything like this for Christmas, and after thinking about it and tinkering with a rough sketch, the applique Christmas Trees were born - thank you, Ellen, for the suggestion! And here is Ellen's version of the Christmas Trees applique:

Ellen's Christmas Trees runner

I love that she used a dotted fabric - it makes the trees look like they have lights! Well done, Ellen!

Now on to this week's Midweek Makers. Continuing in the Stitch It and Gift It Blog Hop theme, there were a couple more quick gift ideas at last week's party that were not on the hop. 
Take a look at these:

these simple eyeglass cases from EspiritPatch,


always needed hair scrunchies from Simply Crafting,

and my favorite idea, cup sleeves from Quilting and Learning!

Goodness! One could really go wild with fabric choices on all of these projects!

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Monday, November 18, 2019

FREE Christmas Tree Patterns

Since I'm having fun working with trees right now, how about some FREE Christmas tree patterns from around the web?

There's a lot of patterns out there, and all appear pretty easy.
Enjoy the following list of 10 FREE Christmas tree patterns!

A quilt full of Evergreen trees from Cluck Cluck Sew,

           Evergreen Tree Quilt Tutorial

the Patchwork Forest quilt from Diary of a Quilter,

                                             Patchwork Christmas Tree Quilt Block Tutorial featured by top US quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter

the Little Trees quilt from Sew Can She,


a Christmas Bauble quilt from the Moda Bake Shop,


a striking Holiday Wall Hanging by Studio E Fabrics


something a bit different with Figgy Pudding from Moda,

or a visit to Windham Fabrics Christmas Tree Farm,


a fun little tree block from Sewing Under the Rainbow,


a quilted tree skirt, featuring trees, from Sew Mama Sew,

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and last but not least, a Christmas tree block from The Spuce Crafts to create your own quilt.

                          Christmas Tree Quilt Block Pattern

Enjoy all of the inspiration as there's still time to work a small project - Happy Quilting!

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Taking It Easy but Still Working Away

Yup, my cold is still hanging around, though at least I can now taste food. I do wish my eyes would improve - they weep and sting. Ugh. But that hasn't held me back from getting some things done.

First up was quilting another one of Helen's Halloween quilts, though this one is a panel and has fleece for a backing.

Helen's Halloween panel quilt

I tried to keep the quilting more open with light custom work in the panel, and the same spider webs I used in Fright Night in the borders. Though a bit past the season, this quilt is now ready to snuggle under!

When that was done, I started playing with the white cut out pieces from the Christmas Trees wall hanging. Ah, but I had cut them out of the tree outline with no fusible on the back. No worries - an easy fix! I just traced the pieces onto the fusible, making them a wee bit bigger. The help of my Teflon pressing sheet (affiliate link)

took care of any fusible residue. The pieces just needed a clean up trimming around the fabric as a final touch. Did I think to take a picture of this? Nope - sorry.

And then I made some more pieces, the proper way, because the project I'm dreaming up needs more than the three I had. The pieces are now placed and ready for the final fuse, as shown below.

snow capped trees project by QuiltFabrication

Now I'm off to do some serious edge stitching - hope I can see what I'm doing. More to show next week!

Have a great weekend quilting!

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