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Handmade Christmas: Vintage Holiday

April 12th 2014

I am so excited that I finally finished this quilt, a little early, a little late, whatever! I made a pledge okay?

I pledge to make handmade_edited-1

It’s my Vintage Holiday quilt, pattern by Thimble Blossoms. Fabric Vintage Modern by Bonnie and Camille.


This is also my feature project for the Handmade Christmas challenge hosted by SewCalGal.


If you’ll recall, I had started piecing this last December in a frenzy and all I have to do is set a date to have everything else I can’t control, wreck my timetable.

vintage holiday tops and block pieces

Nevertheless, I was able to put it together before 2014 but not before last Christmas. Being that I always over-think how I lay out quilt blocks, my daughter (11) was helping me out with that, rearranging repeating patterns and colors. Because I was working with a jelly roll and charms pack, I had to “re-design” some of the blocks like those below.


I added a little Rick Rack detail on this one.


And made a box design here.


The backing is flowers, perfect for Spring if I wanted to flip it over!


I did all the quilting after the New Year (except for one block) and bound it just this week.  I feel so accomplised because not only is this the largest quilt I have made to date, but it was completely hassle free!


Yep! This one is a keeper!

Christmas Once a Month

October 15th 2013

 I am so glad that Julie is doing this great Christmas Once a Month blog-along!

Christmas Once a Month at The Crafty Quilter

I have been hearing Christmas music for several days now, since the weather has been so pleasant and thoroughly enjoying it!  The last few Christmases it’s been really hot and muggy (Miami, FL) so I’ll take this “in the 70’s” winterish weather and pretend it’s Christmas already!  I only wish there were more hours in the day and less obligations to do Christmas Crafts all day long!

Today I made the smallest quilt ever!!

teeny mini quilt

It’s 2″ x 6″ and doubles as an ornament or hang it on a knob.

Here’s how to do it:

Cut 3- 2 1/2 inch squares (front) sew together.

Cut 3- 3 1/2 inch squares (back) sew together.

Out of scraps cut 2 inch letters and use webbing to iron one letter on each square.

Make a (finger) sandwich and quilt as desired, no basting necessary!

Trim excess batting and backing.

Bind.  (Mine was original 2 1/2 inch binding, but it was too large, so you can trim yours.)

When attaching binding to sandwich, also include ribbon for hanging and it’ll fold over when you do the final stitching. See below.

tiny quilt

I think I’m going to make a collection of quilted ornaments this year!

Christmas Once a Month Project #5

May 11th 2013
First, I must beg your pardon as I overlooked the date (15th) for the Christmas Once a Month posts as outlined here at Julie’s blog. I don’t know now if I’m ahead or behind?

Christmas Once a Month at The Crafty Quilter

In any case, I do hope this project will make up for my oversight. I have had this pattern on my mind since I first worked with half square triangles on this project.  I am happy to say this is one of my own inventions, as I did not use any pattern. Yay! I started with a clear idea and made the rest up as I went along!

Some people collect scraps for a giant scrappy quilt, I prefer more immediate gratification by making something more compact in a fraction of the time! Truthfully, finishing something (like a quilt) gives me great satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment I don’t get doing other things;  I’m addicted!
One perk was that I did it entirely with leftovers: Squares, 5 inch charms and smaller 2 1/2 inch squares, various strips and yardage I had from another project.

I cut the small squares in half after stitching them together with white counterparts. These will be the “bows.”
The charms I just cut down the middle, then cut another charm square in equal strips.  Which will serve as the “ribbon” around each present.

The plus side is the “ribbons”  all match and there was no waste. The down side is that they came out to a 3/4 inch wide which made piecing the top strip nightmare-ish because doing math with half of a fraction is just way too challenging! TIP: Use whole and half numbers. : )

A quick way of putting it together was this easy “sew to a strip” technique I learned on Craftsy which was fast and fun. Connecting the top strip was the one little glitch that gave me the perfect opportunity to try out a “partial seam” technique I also learned in the same Craftsy class, the BOM 2013 with Laura Nownes.  Let’s keep learning!

See, I attached the “bows” first then the rest of the top strip incrementally.
See, not too shabby or difficult.

I was running a little short of the recommended amount for backing fabric guidelines (3-4 inches on each side.) But I just had to take the chance because it was the perfect complement to the front and it was a scrap piece.
Prepare for quilting: I really wanted to stay with a linear pattern for the quilting, following the “bow” lines seemed logical. Confession: I eyed it, okay?

For the binding, I really wanted some green but I stuck to my guns about using scraps….

It’s a simple tiny  runner of Pretty Presents, can you tell? ; )  About 10 x 26 inches.

and even though it’s not Christmas fabric,

it’s got the “feel.”

And it’s fresh and modern!

It also made a perfect Teacher Appreciation gift in the middle of May!
Thanks Mrs. Urgelles!