Teal Holly Leaves Runner

The quilt guild annual retreat was coming up and I needed a quick  – and easy – Christmas gift idea for my guild advent gift. I found a free table runner pattern online at Carol’s Quilts. Not only do I like the “nontraditional” look; I was able to incorporate teal scraps from an ovarian cancer quilt fundraiser (Go Teal it on the Mountain) block sponsored by Kate from Tall Tales From Chiconia‘s. 

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I used the teal scraps for the holly leaves, low volume squares for the background and added red jumbo rickrack and berry fabric. I adhered and quickly sewed around each raw edge applique several times using black thread and free-quilted down each side edge in cream thread. Honestly, I’m not sure if I like the back or front more? teal-christmas-runner-1.jpg

Regardless, I hope my Advent Partner likes it. 🙂

Have a good week!! – – Joanne

 

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Scrap Happy Hometown Block 2

It’s mid-month and time for the ScrapHappy Project hosted by Kate and Gun.  I’ve completed my state/hometown blocks for the swap initiated by two friends. Paper piecing has really intrigued me. Participating in Scrap Happy has done what I’d hope: encourage me to learn more about quilting. So, now I am on the search for a local quilt paper piecing class. 

OCTOBER SCRAPPY PROJECT CHOICE

I was determined to include fields, forests, waterways — all the way to the coastline of Virginia Beach.  Last SH post, I’d figured out the Blue Ridge Mountain Range.  I added prints and solids for the Piedmont’s rolling hills and sandy coastline.  I thought the batiks worked rather well for the waterways. Eh. That pesky top, left corner, again…

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Scrap Happy Hometown Block

It’s mid-month and time for the ScrapHappy Project hosted by Kate and Gun.  I’m posting a wee bit early as we may lose electric power due to outlying effects of Hurricane Florence. One of my quilty friends came up with the idea of a “state/home town” quilt block swap. While I admire appliqué and paper piecing; I am not in the least bit comfortable with my own lack of expertise. So I put it off. For two years. 😛 The other day I got to thinking…what a great way to use up scraps and participate in ScrapHappy! 

SEPTEMBER SCRAPPY PROJECT CHOICE

Virginia, one of the original thirteen colonies, has it all: The Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, the Piedmont, Blue Ridge Mountain Range, and loads of history. My hometown is in Virginia Beach.

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I have a vague idea for my design, I’m starting with the Blue Ridge Mountain Range and working my way toward the coast.

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The Wanderer

My dear friend celebrated a birthday and I gifted her with a quilt that I started for her two years ago. Finally.  I rarely name quilts, but this one I titled: “Wanderer.” (She’ll get it). 

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It’s not the best image (too sunny and hot to fiddle with a camera). But, I’m happy with how it turned out. My very first ‘original design.’ Well, go me. 😀 I guess I could have also titled this quilt: “At Last!” Regardless, Happy Birthday DiHi!

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Scrap Happy Pillow

Unlike the local public school system, that wisely starts back AFTER Labor Day, I start back to my school on Monday.  It doesn’t help that my school is located one block from the oceanfront, either. (Cue: Little ones sighing as they watch beach goers, surfers, and generally everyone else walking or biking towards the beach).  LOL. 😀

It’s mid-month and time for the ScrapHappy Project hosted by Kate and Gun.  There are many ideas percolating in my head, but in getting ready for school to open I’ve only completed a tiny scrappy project. 

AUGUST SCRAPPY PROJECT CHOICE

I just loved the colors and prints of of Micheal Miller’s Flower Shop collection.  For August’s project I sewed a pillow case using scraps from a quilt I sewed for my 86-year old mom. 

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Star Hope Quilt

I sat on this post . . . Waiting . . . I’m relieved and confident enough now to share. This quilt was/is a comfort quilt for a dear friend who recently underwent a double mastectomy. I don’t necessarily bestow names upon my quilts. An exception was made, this one is titled Star Hope.

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I made a conscious decision to sew a quilt made of scraps from previous projects. I can’t explain it actually, but in my mind it was a way to bundle all the previous love and effort that transpired before, into one quilt. Silly. Superstitious.

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