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Patriotic Table Topper Part 2

I have not accomplished a lot since my last post about the progress of this table topper.

Courthouse Table Topper

I have add sashing between the blocks.

Courthouse Table Topper

And I have added a border.

Courthouse Table Topper
Courthouse Table Topper

I want to add one more border. Who knows how to pull more time from a hat?

Quilt On!

Patriotic Table Topper

One of my Focus goals this year was to make table runners. I have made one. Maybe I can get two made before the end of the year!

With that goal in mind, I have chosen a patriotic pattern by Bonnie Hunter, called the Courthouse Square. She also has a similar pattern called Irish Courthouse that you might be interested in. I like both of them!

I ‘shopped’ my own stash, and cut out all of the parts. Then I layered nine blocks so that I could piece them all together rather than piecing one block at a time.

Courthouse Table Topper
Courthouse Table Topper

I pieced the blocks from the center to the outside.

Courthouse Table Topper
Courthouse Table Topper

A close up look at one of the completed blocks:

Courthouse Table Topper

All nine completed blocks:

Courthouse Table Topper

And that is where they sit (or hang, actually…on the design wall); waiting for me to decide if I want to set them the same as in the pattern, or do something else. I need to decide the size that I want.

Quilt On!

RSC18 July

So Scrappy and The Academic Quilter announced the Rainbow Scrap colors for the month of July as maroon and red.

I am making three blocks a month, and I’ve chosen the 5 inch size to use for the Squared Away Sampler project.

If you would like to participate in the RSC18 Squared Away Sampler project click on the link to read all about it.  You can also visit The Academic Quilter for great tutorials on making the blocks.  There is a chart of various sizes so you can choose what size blocks that you would like to make.  

I am following two self-imposed rules. 

I am using scraps only; I don’t want to cut into yardage for these blocks. 

I am also using a dark, medium and light version of the color of the month.  This is so I can play with value.  This gives me the opportunity to see how the blocks differ depending upon where the value is placed.  Hopefully, I am learning how to look at a block in different ways.

RSC18 July

I like how moving the value brought out a ‘circle’ in the block.  This would be a fun block to play with if I wanted to create a quilt with it. 

Here are all of my blocks so far:

RSC18 July

That red in the lower right corner really stands out! I might have to design the layout around it.  

I will be linking up with So Scrappy.  Check out the link and see what others have done with maroon and red this month!

Be Mine – Finished

YES!

I stayed the course; I stayed focused and it is finished!

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This was a very good project for me to sew to learn how to use the new sewing machine.  I only had one temper tantrum.

I wanted to stitch the binding on completely by machine (a first for me…I always hand stitch it to the back), and I was looking for the mirror image of a blind hem stitch, or something similar.

I had trouble mirror imaging any stitch, let alone a blind hem stitch (which cannot be done on this machine).  Thus…major meltdown.  Ha, ha!

But I persevered and I know this machine much better now.  Our relationship is improving…so much so, that I just may give her a name soon.  My beloved Bernina’s name is Bertha (for those inquiring minds).

Thank you to the Janome Yahoo Group and their files!

Also, for those inquiring minds, this wall hanging was sewn, and quilted, with Wonderfil Invisifil and Aurifil 50 weight.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
 
 Update:  Pattern designed by Cynthia Tomaszewski and published in ‘Tea in the Garden – Quilts for a Summer Afternoon’ by Martingale.

Be Mine – Part 4

WoooHoooo!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m building my quilt sandwich! 

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Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
 
For my method of machine quilting preparation, click here and here.