Inmod Pineapple Pillow - a Mini Finish

Well, goodness - I really wasn’t kidding about only making pillows for a while! To be fair, I’m working on a large project - seven quilts for a town’s royal court - so my “day job” is pretty full. But I’m trying to set aside an hour at night to work on my stuff as part of the 100 Days hashtag on Instagram. Usually between 7-8 pm, I’m reminding a kid to get in and out of the shower, finish homework, make lunches, do bedtime reading, etc. It’s a wasted hour and I usually end up yelling at them from the couch. Instead, I’ve gone to the sewing room, and when I get up to iron, I walked to the bathroom, or the kitchen, or pause to read story. And I’ve gotten things done!

Pineapple Quilt Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

First up is this lovely pillow! The InMod Quilt Guild made a pineapple quilt for our raffle in 2017-2018. We had some leftover block kits, so I bought one just before we moved to Oklahoma. And there it sat for 18+ months. So when the 100 Days started last week, it was the first thing I pulled out! A quick and fast finish is always a good way to start a long-term project.

Pineapple Quilt Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

The back is a fat quarter I won during my Oklahoma guild’s Christmas party this year, so I have no idea on the source. And I have no idea what the solids are. But they work together - mostly kinda sorta - and it was big enough and easy enough to make an envelope style back!

Pineapple Quilt Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

The only downside is that the pillow is only 12” finished, so it doesn’t help with my quest to freshen up the couch pillows. Because clearly they need a bit of love. But - that’s for another evening. Right now, I’m actually working on my guild challenge quilt a whole month before it’s due! All for the sake of a hashtag.

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Small Gang Pillow - a Mini Finish!

So back in January, I went to Phoenix to run a half marathon with my best bud from Spokane. It was an amazing kids-free weekend - I fell asleep by the pool. Numerous times! And no one drowned!

Small Gang Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

While we were out browsing shops, as one can do without kids and husbands along, she spotted this tea towel (Primitives by Kathy) and we both quite enjoyed the sentiment. So I bought it, interfaced it, put a border on it, and voila! An 18” couch pillow to go with her Best of the PacNW quilt.

Small Gang Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

The quilting is just straight line diamond cross hatching on my regular machine - I didn’t have a big enough bit of backing to get it on the longarm. And more straight lines in the border.

Small Gang Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

The border and backing are leftover from her quilt, with the selvage cut off back then. And envelope style, because I’m still afraid of zippers. But the back is so busy you can’t tell!

Small Gang Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

And now it rests on the couch with the other member of my Mom Gang!

Small Gang Pillow by Katie Mae Quilts

Floral Vase - a Finished Mini Quilt!

Whew! After a couple months of “secret sewing,” all the events I was waiting for happened in one week! I showed off my Text It pillow on Tuesday (the blog hop is still going strong with lots of giveaways!) And the symposium for my mother-in-law’s Master Gardener organization was last Saturday, so I can finally show off the mini quilt I made for that!

Floral Vase Mini Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

My MIL bought this panel as a double set, with loads of coordinating fabrics, and added a bunch of batiks to the stack to match. She’s a good fabric picker, I’m a good fabric sewer. It’s a good relationship.

Floral Vase Mini Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

We debated making a full size quilt for the auction, but ultimately decided it would be way too much border (the panel is only about 18x22” as I recall) So I fussy cut the little flower and bird cornerstones out of one of the coordinating prints, and whipped two borders around it.

I also added a bit of the stripe fabric to the right/left sides to make the center panel square, and…I don’t like it. When I go back and do the second panel for my MIL’s quilt, I plan on cutting off the stripe entirely and using it somewhere else in the quilt. Which works because she wants hers more rectangular.

Floral Vase Mini Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

For the backing, I used a chunk of leftover wide backing. It actually bled very badly on the quilt it backed, but this mini quilt shouldn’t be washed, so it seemed like a safe place to use it up a bit. And the aqua totally works! The binding was a bit of berry dot I had in my stash, that just looked perfect against the other colors.

I quilted it with floral echos in the borders, and outline stitching and some stipple in the center. The vase and the flowers puff out a bit since they’re not quilted.

Floral Vase Mini Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

It has hanger corners (corner hangers?) in the same fabric as the backing, and oh - there it is again! My new labels from Dutch Label Shop!

Floral Vase Mini Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

My MIL said it was very well received and was a highlight of the auction. Yay!

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Also, just wait until you see the final secret sewing next week! My sister finally had the baby I’ve been waiting for since 2011!

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Ballerina - A Mini Quilt Finish

Yet another sweet little finish - the second piece from my longarm lesson leftovers!

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This was the second pantograph that I practiced, after the stars. I didn't even know they made pantographs like these - and I can't imagine actually using one. But I can see why we practiced it - it took a steady hand and lots of concentration to make sure we were going in the right direction.

I wasn't sure what to do with this one, since neither of my nieces dance any more. It's rather large to make into a slipper bag, and really a bit too wobbly to sell. 

Then my friend from a previous assignment mentioned that her husband is leaving for a year deployment...right before their daughters' dance recital. So I whipped some binding on it (Bonnie and Camille Scrumptious) and sent it on its way to cheer up a trio of little dancers.

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And that's all I can salvage from the longarm practice piece, but I think I did well! On to bigger finishes next week - it's graduation and retirement season, so I have a slew of secret sewing to finally start sharing.

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An Apple A Day - A Mini Quilt Finish

And the second of my teacher gifts! Simple and sweet - I used the test block from my Apple A Day tutorial. Since I changed the size, it won't fit in my final quilt, so it makes the perfect teacher mini!

apple mini quilt

I quilted it up quickly with echo-cross-hatching, stitched on the binding, and voila! Teacher gift! I guess sometimes it pays off to have random apple blocks hanging out in the sewing room.

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The back is a piece of blue Kona. The binding is the same as the sewing machine cover - I made the binding for a different project and changed my mind. So now it's getting used up wherever red works.

And both gifts were finished off with gift cards to the local coffee shop!

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