Logo Pin Hoop - a Mini Finish!

Round one of my teacher gifts! For my kindergartner's main teacher, I got a gingham apple pin from Maker Valley, and decided to make a little pin display to go with it.

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Amy from Diary of a Quilter designed the pin, and came up with a great tutorial to make a hoop display.

The only thing I changed was the fabric - I went to the local shop that does all the school printing, and asked if they had a flawed t-shirt. Once the shoplady understood what I was asking for, she came up with the perfect shirt - small logo, nice thick fabric (it was a polo shirt) but damaged so they couldn't sell it.

I used a 7" embroidery hoop, backed the shirt with a heavy fusible interfacing, and...that's it!

One cute little hometown pin display!

See also: Finish It Up FridayWhoop WhoopTGIFFNeedle & Thread ThursdayFinished or Not FridayShow Off SaturdayOne Monthly GoalFinish Along {list}

Strawberry Fields Forever - a Fruit Salad Block

I thought the strawberry would be my hardest block - not because it's difficult to design, but there's so many versions out there, it would be hard to make mine unique and not step on any other designers' toes. Turns out, the banana I had scheduled for this month was much harder, so here's my version of a strawberry instead!

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I knew I wanted leaves that went down, but I struggled with the leaves up for a while, and almost considered leaving them off. I'm glad I didn't - they ended up perfect! It adds a few more cut sizes, but we can handle that, right?

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SUPPLIES

  • RED - (24) 2.5" squares; (5) 3" squares
  • GREEN - (2) 2.5" squares; (2) 3" squares; (1) 4" square
  • NEUTRAL - (6) 2.5" squares; (3) 3" squares; (1) 4" square; (2) 1.5x3.5" rectangles

Note: I am using the same neutral (Kona White) in all my blocks

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HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES

  • Draw a line on the 3" red squares. Pair two with the 3" green squares and three with the 3" neutral squares.

  • Draw a line on the 4" neutral square. Pair with the 4" green square.

  • Stitch 1/4" on each side of the line. Cut on the line.

  • Trim the red/green and red/neutral HSTs to 2.5" square (I use the Quilt in a Day triangle ruler, so I trim before pressing.) Trim the green/neutral HSTs to 3.5".

  • Press seams open.

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Layout the block as shown. Stitch together the berry section by row, pressing each row in opposite directions. Stitch the top section as columns, pressing each seam open. Press the final seams open.

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Strawberry Fields Forever - 12.5x16.5"

If you’re joining me in these blocks, please use #fruitsaladquilt on Instagram or comment here so I can find your blog!

See also: Let’s Bee SocialWiP on WednesdaysMidweek MakersOh Scrap!

BOMs Away - RSC/PBJ May

Woo-freaking-hoo! Finally, all of the Main Street Rainbow blocks are finished!

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First, I made the fourteen remaining color blocks.

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Then I sewed them into the bigger blocks. And just like that, all 36 blocks are done! And some even got sashed before I stopped for the day!

I've already decided on an on-point layout and cut the pieces for all the sashing, so it's just a matter of laying it out and sewing it together. Well, next month.

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...because I did have to take a moment and redo one of my Pieceful Swappettes blocks from last week. No biggie. I chose a lighter center and I think it makes the other colors stand out better.

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

Sewing Machine Dust Cover - a Mini Quilt Finish

A few weeks ago, I took a class on using my longarm - we had to bring a quilt sandwich and practiced pantographs, ruler work, and general machine maintenance.

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I was left with a big hunk of fabric with various designs on it. Rather than waste all of it, I decided to cut off the star pantograph portion and bind it. I thought it would be a nice Memorial Day/Fourth of July wall hanging or table topper or something...

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...until I remembered that because I use huge cones of thread to piece, I have to use a cone holder. And the cat is an idiot and always tries to eat the thread where it dangles, so I tuck it into the top of my machine when I'm done for the day. But she's an even bigger idiot and has started trying to pull the thread out of there to eat it.

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Which makes this the perfect little solution. It's just the right size to drape over the machine and tuck around so the idiot can't get to the thread. And the added bonus of being a dust cover! And pretty! And not a waste of a perfectly good piece of quilting!

So that was a rather nice little finish. There's one other motif on the piece that I want to use, so stay tuned for that!

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See also: Finish It Up FridayWhoop WhoopTGIFFNeedle & Thread ThursdayFinished or Not FridayShow Off SaturdayOne Monthly GoalFinish Along {list}

BOMs Away - Pieceful Swappettes May

Ooh, May's blocks are something I have had pinned foreeeeeever and never got around to making myself. And now I know why.

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Two blocks took almost three hours to make. And I think in trying to make them scrappy, I went too light on the color scheme. (It's supposed to be the pink and purple of Rapunzel's dress.)

And I seriously hate making chevron block parts instead of HSTs - sure, there's no seam in the center of the block but there's a pile of leftover triangles! Grumble grumble.

I guess we'll see what the queen bee thinks of the colors, or if I'll be attempting this again next weekend.

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Link up here or at What a Hoot!