On the Sewing Table: Birthday Quilt/Play Mat

My oldest is going to be 4 next week! It’s so much fun seeing him grow up before our eyes.

With his birthday coming up, I’ve been setting aside presents for him. We, as a general rule of thumb, don’t go super extravagant for birthdays in our house whether it be gifts or party decor. We keep it pretty low key- as in family comes over and we have a good time with a few presents for the birthday boy.

So when I went to a local quilt show and stumbled on a road map panel for a bargain price ($4 for 2 yards!, yeah!), I instantly thought that it would be great for L’s birthday. Here’s a sneak peak at how I put it together:

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I marked this quilt with a piece of a regular soap bar which works great! I measured every 6 inches and drew a grid over the entire quilt.

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I trimmed the edges when everything was marked and pin basted.
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Here’s a closeup of the backing- just a big enough piece of fabric from my stash.
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This is how I stitch my quilts together on my regular sewing machine. Lap and twin sized quilts are my preferred size for this method although I have finished a queen sized quilt like this as well.

Just thought I would give you a quick look into my sewing for the week! When it’s completed, I hope to get a quick picture of it with the birthday boy which I’ll show to you in a later post.

Hope you’re having a good sewing week as well!

Until next time,

Rachel

Scrappy Saturday Sewing: Quilted Hotpads

I had scheduled this post for last week Saturday…and it didn’t publish..so better late than never 🙂 !

So…with three little ones running around my house not much is decor magazine quality in my house. My furniture takes a good beating from time to time because they’re used by all the members of the household…including our sons. Don’t get me wrong, my husband and I aim to teach our boys to respect other people’s property, including our own. But, until they’ve completely learned that lesson, our home is a battlefield and our furniture ends up losing from time to time!

Our living room table is a good indication of what I am talking about. It has numerous scrapes and scratches, but, to be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way because every scratch on that table I count as a badge of honour. Our children are growing up right before our eyes and the furniture shows the wear and tear of three little boys…OUR three little boys.

Anyways…after that ramble, for those who would like to preserve their living room table to not look like three little boys have played hard on it, this next project is for you! And, although my table looks well loved, I still like to have something pretty to put on it from time to time when guests come over for tea or coffee!

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This is a great project for some of the little scraps of fabric you have lying around that most people would have thrown out. But…not you (or me for that matter) because you never know what you can make from that pile of fabric goodness.

I had some spare half square triangles lying around from another project which I wanted to use. They measured 1 7/8 inches when they were trimmed up. So I grabbed some other coordinating fabrics and cut a few 1 7/8 squares to give me this block.

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After the block was assembled, I added a border around it to get a 6 inch square.

I cut a 6 inch square of backing fabric and batting and 2 1/2 inch strips for the binding.

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And after straight line quilting the block and binding the edges…you are left with a nice mug rug or coaster or mini quilt.

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So satisfying to know that these were just made from scraps!

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Star Table Topper

Happy belated Mother’s Day! My day was filled with so much love from my three little boys and husband. Since our boys are still too young to understand the concept of Mother’s Day (our oldest is going to be 4 in June), my husband went out of his way to make it extra special for me. We spent the day like we do every Sunday…going to church and spending time with family…but it still felt like a day filled with love and dedicated to Mom. I have so much love for my boys and truly feel so blessed to be called their mother!

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We, as a family, are also so blessed to have such wonderful Moms that support us. My Mom and Mother-in-law are always ready to watch the boys at the drop of a hat and since they both live so close, it happens quite regularly!

Since I had made a king sized quilt for my Mom and Dad’s bed already, I made a simple table topper for their living room table instead of a full sized quilt like the one I made for my Mother-in-law.

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I used all the leftover charm squares from my Mother-in-law’s quilt for this table topper. I really love when I can use up what I have and still end up with something pretty substantial. I forgot to get the finished dimensions of it but it’s approximately 25 inches square. The actual star came from this idea here and I liked it so much I might try making a quilt with different fabric sometime later on down the road.

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The quilting was really fun to do on this table topper as well. I stitched Maple leaves on the corners  and simple vine-like leaves along the outside border. In the center of the star, I stitched another Maple leaf as well just for added interest.

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And because I couldn’t resist showing you what it really is like when Mom wants to get the sewing done…here’s a peak into my sewing space/dining room table.

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The Gift of Fall…in Spring

There’s something about fall colours. They’re so warm and inviting…just what I want the quilts that I sew to be. So when I saw this line called Maple Island by Holly Taylor, I saw a cozy quilt. And…since the colours worked in both my mother in law’s and my mom’s home…a mother’s day gift it was!

Here’s the quilt that I sewed for my mother in law. I thought it would be a nice quilt to cozy up by their wood stove either at home or at the cottage. My inspiration came from here although I made a few tweaks here and there to make it my own.
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I had to laugh when taking these pictures because I have beautiful spring blossoms everywhere in my flower bed that didn’t seem to go with the warm tones of an autumn quilt.

Here’s a close up of the quilting…I went with straight line quilting for the majority of the quilt and I pulled out a leaf stencil for the top and bottom of the quilt.

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I traced and sewed a maple leaf onto a scrap of batting before appliqueing it to the actual quilt. I love how they stand out more because of the extra layer of batting and give it a little more dimension.

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