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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

One In A Minion Quilt - Exploding Heart QAL Finish

The colors are much more vibrant - they seemed to fade in the sunlight!

I started this quilt in January for the Exploding Heart quilt-along, hosted by pattern author Laura Piland of Slice of Pi Quilts. It seemed an appropriate time to make a Valentine's Day quilt but I wanted different colors than red or pink.


This pattern is made up of six different blocks using quarter square triangles, and I chose the scrappy version. I cut 328 squares from my selected fabrics, and those were sewn into HSTs to make the quarter square triangles.


At this point I was crossing my fingers the kitties wouldn't start pawing!

Quilt assembly was the most intricate part, and thank goodness Laura provided very precise layout instructions. It took some time, but it was fun to see the pattern come together. I can't imagine trying to figure out this arrangement on my own!

It qualifies for a Mullet Quilt - sophisticated in the front, party in the back!

I am a traditional quilt girl, but I am often attracted to modern quilts. This one was irresistible, and I love how it turned out. My husband claimed it early on, which really surprised me, so I wanted the backing to be something uniquely "him". He has been a "Minions" fan since 2015, so I had purchased a Minions panel with the intention of making him a Minions quilt. Well that never happened, so I used it to complete a pieced back. 

This guy is my "one in a Minion" 😍



I really, really enjoyed quilting it on the Simply Sixteen. It seemed to take a long time, mainly because shifting the quilt around on the frame and aligning the quilt with the carriage and the rails is all new to me. It's a learning experience that is very satisfying.

On the floor

Colors and fabrics closeup

Binding closeup

Quilt Details
Pattern by Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts 
Finished size: 72" x 72" 
Laundered size: 68" x 68"

Front Fabrics
Dancing Fortunella from Floralish by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery
Botanica Sunburst Chartreuse by QT Fabrics
Grunge in Metallic Lead, Key Lime, and Seeing Spots in Sunflower by Basic Grey
Blue Plaid Elements by P&B Textiles
Elizabeth's Dowry Blue Dots on Cream by Marcus Fabrics
Newspaper Butterflies on Yellow by Carrie Bloomston for Windham Fabrics
Background - Decostitch Cloud by Art Gallery

Backing
One In A Minion fabric panel
Minions blue fabric
Light mottled gray from JoAnn's

Binding
Navy with yellow dots from JoAnn's

Quilting
FMQ Meander on HQ Simply Sixteen

Laundered, crinkly, and cuddly and waiting for cold weather!

Thanks for putting up with this long post! You can see other versions of this pattern on Instagram using hashtag #explodingheartqal or click right here.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

To Do Tuesday 10-19-21


Here we are again at To Do Tuesday - how did you fare last week? Today we share our creative mojo and draw inspiration from other bloggers! If you are unfamiliar with To Do Tuesday, just click on the logo above to read more about it and consider joining us each week! Linkup is at the bottom of this post.


In my sidebar is a "button" that excites me every time I see it. It is the Autumn Jubilee hosted by Carole at From My Carolina Home, and it has leaves and pumpkins and soup and pumpkin bread in the logo! I saw it mentioned by Diann at Little Penguin Quilts and since I love EVERYTHING autumn related, I decided to join in. Carole has everything from recipes to quilt-alongs to tablescapes to purses to wool applique, so there is something for everyone. I hope to start on the QAL this week. The scrappy leaf pattern is so cute!

Here were my plans for last week:
✅1. Quilt Exploding Heart - Quilted and bound! I'll have a post up in a day or two.
2. Sandwich DashAlong and SAHRR - Nothing
✅3. Start a crocheted neck scarf - Progress - started and a few inches so far
4. Do a bit of slow stitch at night. - Nothing

Goals for this coming week:
1. DashAlong and SAHRR
2. Continue crocheted scarf
3. Embroidery and big stitch at night
4. Catch up on Santa Fe Trail blocks
5. Start Autumn Jubilee QAL
6. Indian Corn quilt

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Exploding Heart Status


Just a quick check-in to say Longmire and I are FINALLY quilting Exploding Heart! I lamented to Chris of Chris Knits that I hadn't been able to decide on a quilting pattern yet, and she suggested I look for finished Exploding Heart quilts for quilting ideas. I looked at the #explodingheartqal hashtag on Instagram and found one that was quilted with the look I wanted - cozy and casual. It is a simple "meander", which I have done before with Janice Janome, but the stitches look much better with the longarm. So thanks for the suggestion Chris!


Longmire and me and my OU Sooners shirt!

"Longmire" is a Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen that we recently purchased and is a dream to use. With the quilting frame being only 5 feet long, I have to shift the quilt on the frame quite a few times to get it all quilted, but I am getting the hang of where to place the quilt on the frame and how far I can quilt each section.

We are gearing up for NCAA football day and the OU Sooners game against TCU later tonight. I hope you are having a great weekend!
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

To Do Tuesday 10-12-21


Yes it is already Tuesday again! It's time to take stock of accomplishments, gridlocks, changes of direction, squirrels, fun times, experiences with the seam ripper, or anything noteworthy during your past week and let us know what you have planned for next week! Come on and join in the fun and let us get to know one another a little better. The linkup is at the end of this post.


Exploding Heart is sandwiched and ready to quilt!

Here were my ambitious plans for last week:
✅1. Hand stitching at night
2. Santa Fe Trail blocks - nothing
3. Indian Corn blocks - nothing
✅4. Quilt Exploding Heart, DashAlong, and SAHRR - Progress - Exploding Heart sandwiched.

Much of my week was spent texting with our daughter, who is in the early stages of divorce. We are so glad that she has good friends and a caring church family and that we live close enough to provide the extra support she needs during this tough time. She is showing amazing strength and determination in the midst of despair, and we are very proud of her!

What I hope to accomplish this coming week:
1. Quilt Exploding Heart
2. Sandwich DashAlong and SAHRR
3. Start a crocheted neck scarf
4. Do a bit of slow stitch at night.

Now it's time for  you to add your link below and to see what others have been doing and making!

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

To Do Tuesday 10-5-21


Welcome to To Do Tuesday, where we pat each other on the back and encourage one another. October has finally arrived, and I fell into Fall immediately. I wish that scene above was the road to my house! 


This is a pattern I recently purchased called Gemstones by QuiltFOX Design

I continue to purchase patterns as if I don't already have a million in my closet. The one above was on sale at a quilt shop, so I actually bought a paper pattern instead of my usual PDF. I think it's beautiful and hope to make it soon, but it may wait till next year.


Pieces of The Santa Fe Trail blocks

Last week was up and down both physically (a brief stomach virus) and emotionally (stressful family situation) so my concentration was off; but working on projects always provides a soothing rhythm in my life.

Here were my goals for last week:
✅1. Piece and sandwich Exploding Heart and DashAlong - Progress - I pieced the backing for Exploding Heart and will do DashAlong today
2. Piece backing for SAHRR Christmas quilt - I plan to do this today
✅3. Big stitch, embroidery, and cross stitch at night - Progress on big stitch
✅4. Catch up on Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail blocks - Progress - I have completed five blocks and have four more to do to catch up with the SAL

Here is what I hope to accomplish this coming week:
1. Hand stitching at night
2. Santa Fe Trail blocks
3. Indian Corn blocks
4. Quilt Exploding Heart, DashAlong, and SAHRR

So now it's your turn! Tell us what you've been up to and go for a visit or two to give someone a pat on the back.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

September Color Challenge - Pineapple


This block is for Jen's 2021 Monthly Color Challenge. This year the colors are from fruits and vegetables, and you can read all about it on Jen's blog, PBJ Patterns by Jen right here. The color challenge this month drew inspiration from pineapple, and that is a mouth-watering challenge if there ever was one.


My "yellow" is really more of a yellow-ish cream that doesn't show as warm in the photos.


Here are all the blocks I have so far in this challenge - some are the 6-inch size, and I do need some more of those. (I have to fix the embarrassing cat pulls in my design board!)

Each month Jen provides a pattern for the challenge, and it is free for the month. Be sure to check out the pattern for next month - the color is pink grapefruit! You can find other participants' versions of her block at the linkup right here.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

To Do Tuesday 9-28-21



Welcome to To Do Tuesday! It's the last week of September - how did that happen? It's time to discuss the status quo of our projects and make plans for the coming week. If you're in a hurry, head on to the bottom of this post and add your link!



If you haven't participated in To Do Tuesday before, join the fun! Feel free to post about any kind of project(s) you are working on or even one you are contemplating. You don't have to be a quilter! You can be a knitter or crafter or photographer or crocheter or anything that brings you joy and feeds your soul. As Tangina said in Poltergeist  "All are welcome. All welcome."


Lonely spot waiting for Janice Janome to come home

Last week I took my Janome in for service and decided it would be a good time to get some quilts sandwiched and start quilting. Well wouldn't you know, I forgot to piece the backings! So I ended up doing other things in my room. "Janice" should be ready today, so tomorrow I hope to be back in business!

Here were my goals last week:
1. Sandwich Exploding Heart - Nope
2. Sandwich DashAlong - Nope
✅3. Slow stitching - Welcome Autumn, RBD quilt, and Christmas project Progress - I stitched on RBD


Please ignore gaping holes in the design board, compliments of sweet little Rosie pulling the batting!

Remember the Stay At Home Round Robin (SAHRR) in the early part of this year? I found a panel (see above photo) in my stash and will piece it with another fabric I chose for the backing for my flimsy. I love that panel and had forgotten all about it. I am ready to get finish so I can use the quilt during Christmas season!

I also played with fabric pulls and cut out a few pieces for various projects, so all in all it was "kind of" a productive week. I am hoping for more activity when Janice Janome comes home. With that in mind here are my goals for next week:

1. Piece and sandwich Exploding Heart and DashAlong
2. Piece backing for SAHRR Christmas quilt
3. Big stitch, embroidery, and cross stitch at night
4. Catch up on Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail blocks

Now it's time to see what you have been up to! Linkup is below:

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Quilt Inspiration - Tips And Tutorials


Each month Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing hosts a Tips and Tutorials linky party. In her monthly post she includes links to some great tutorials and invites us to link up any that we have found to be helpful. You can check out all her tutorial posts right here!

Last week I read Sherrie's post about how she had her adorable Salt and Sand quilt in the hoop for tying. Sherrie blogs at Food For Thought, and I asked her if she had any tips for tying. Well she wrote up a tutorial! It's the best tutorial ever for tying a quilt, and she has great photos to click on to see exactly what she is describing. Go read about How To Tie A Quilt right here!

40 year old "quilt" for my husband

Back in the 1980s I made my husband a "quilt" with cheater fabric and a flannel backing - that's it pictured above. Look how long and narrow it is - lol! Since I didn't know how to quilt, I tied it with yarn. After many washings and LOTS of use, most of those ties have disappeared. My son and daughter have always loved that quilt, and it was their standard for a "quilt". So for Christmas in 2018 I made them each a quilt and hand-tied those quilts so they would be "just like Dad's". You can read the details of those quilts right here on my old blog.


Hand-tied quilts for my son and daughter

After I read Sherrie's tutorial I realized I had left out an essential step in order to keep those ties strong throughout the life of the quilt! It involves the use of a second piece of yarn for each tie. I highly recommend you read her post "How To Tie A Quilt" right here.

Thanks to Sherrie for the excellent tutorial and thanks to Kathleen for hosting this event each month! I'm linking this post to Kathleen's link party.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

To Do Tuesday 9-21-21


It's To Do Tuesday - time to share the status of your goals and make a list for the coming week. The linkup is below, so join in the fun!



Our area is due a fairly strong cold front today and lower temperatures tomorrow will coincide with the Autumn Equinox. That really puts me in the mood for fall! My autumn fabric love got the best of me when another Squirrel-spiration fought for dominance in my sewing room last week (see photo above). And it won! You can read all about it here.


The "chains" and nine-patches are ready to pair with the solids

Let's see how I did on my goals from last week:
1. Sandwich Exploding Heart - Nope
2. Sandwich DashAlong quilt - Nope
✅3. Slow stitching at night - Welcome Autumn, RBD quilt, and Christmas project - Progress on RBD big stitching
✅4. Indian Corn blocks - Finished sewing all the components, now to put the blocks together
✅5. Catch up on Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail blocks - Progress. I have three blocks and I need eight.

I took my Janome in for service yesterday, and it won't be ready until next Tuesday. That should give me plenty of time to do my goals for the coming week:
1. Sandwich Exploding Heart
2. Sandwich DashAlong
3. Slow stitching - Welcome Autumn, RBD quilt, and Christmas project

I can't wait to see what you're up to this week! Please add your link below.

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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Pumpkin Patch Mini Quilt

Pumpkin Patch mini (metal pumpkin purchased at Hobby Lobby last year)

Squirrel-spiration this week came in the form of an ad by the Missouri Quilt Co for their Pumpkin Patch Espresso Ornament Kit. I kept looking at the photo and thinking what a cute mini quilt it would make. With a real "cold" front (50s at night) due here next week, I was perfectly happy to welcome another squirrel invasion, especially since autumn officially starts on Wednesday!


Missouri Quilt Company Ornament Kit

The above photo is Missouri Quilt Co's kit, which is for a 5 inch tall ornament. I wanted a mini that would fit on our bar table, so the easiest conversion for me was to use 2-1/2 inch squares and HSTs. As usual, the most time I spent on this project was choosing scraps!



I wanted to feature a darker leaf against the pumpkin, just like the kit. I used one of my favorite dark brown fabrics for this  - one that I cannot find any more! For the "stem", I found a piece that looked stem-ish.


The backing is a metallic blend, perfect for the metallic thread

For quilting, my first inclination was to use big stitch. But then I found a spool of Superior Metallic in Variegated Gold on my shelf that was perfect. There was a bit of breakage at first, but then I used Superior's suggestion to lower the tension on my Janome to "1" and to use a 90/14 needle, and it sewed flawlessly.


I love this "edible gourd" fussy cut from Carrie Bloomston's Dreamer collection

This table serves as our bar, and the end is the perfect spot for a seasonal mini quilt!


I hope you are doing something fun this weekend!