Wonky Houses & Trees Quilt

I have shared with you before that I am a member of a group with do.Good Stitches that makes charity quilts.  The group that I am a part of donates our quilts to Enchanted Makeovers, a non-profit organization that updates, or makeovers, shelters for abused women and their children.

It’s has taken me a while to get this quilt finished.  Well, that’s somewhat true.  It did take me several months to get it finished, but then it took at least that long to get pictures of it. I didn’t have a good way to take pictures of larger quilts (this one is twin size).  My honeyman was making something for me to hang large quilts from for picture taking, and he took his sweet time.  But we finally finished so I was able to get some pictures and am now able to share this fun quilt with you.

I asked each member of the group to make a wonky house and a wonky tree.  It could be pieced, paper pieced, or applique. There was complete freedom there.  I also didn’t want it to follow a pattern.  I wanted it to be very improv.  So I didn’t provide them with any instruction other than the idea below.  I designed this in excel when I was away from EQ7, so it is very rough.  But it’s gives you a good idea of what I was looking for.  (Bet you never thought of use excel to design quilts!)

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The finished blocks only needed to be within a certain size range.  The idea was to fill in the space between the blocks with scraps of fabric to keep the ‘improv’ look throughout the quilt.  I regretted that decision!  It turned out great!!

Ok, so it did take me a while to fill in all the spaces.  It turned out to be much easier to do on excel, than to actually do it with fabric.  I did a LOT of rearranging of the squares and a LOT of measuring.  Followed by a LOT of praying when cutting into the fabric just hoping it would be the right size.  And then I had to get very acquainted with partial seams.  And sometimes I even had to take out a seam and adjust things.

Here I am in the middle of trying to put it all together.  I have the left half done.  Just have to do the right half.

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Whew!  I finally got it together and quilted.  I love how FUN it turned out to be.

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Here is a close up of some of the blocks.  I quilted it with a meandering loop-d-loop.  And I washed it before taking pictures so it has a wonderful crinkly look and feel.  I could just snuggle up under it.

I also asked each member to make a fun additional block if they felt inclined.  And one member did.  She sent me a really cute dog.  Since I didn’t have others, I found it very challenging to fit it on the front of the quilt, so instead it because the honorary quilt label on the back.

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A special thanks goes to A Stitch in Time quilt shop in Franklin, NC, for providing the fabric for the back and binding.  If you’ve never been to this shop you really should make a special trip.  It’s one of the most beautiful shops I’ve even been in, and the people are just the nicest!

Measures 70″ x 90″.

Linking up with Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and  Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Holiday Mug Rug

I don’t know about you, but I am busy making things for the holidays.  I am working on small gifts for co-workers and friends, craft fair projects, decorations, and of course, gifts for family members.

I always try to get started earlier in the year, but it seems that inspiration doesn’t strike until the last minute and then I try to fit in more in a few weeks than is humanly possible. And…

I LOVE IT! 

I love being creative, and I love making things to bless people.

Yesterday afternoon, I made 36 key fobs for friends at work, at art class, and at bible study.  I love projects like this — this project is quick, easy, and a total scrap buster.  I basically, kinda, sorta followed the directions at the Pellon project site if you want to know how I made them.

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Another scrap buster I recently designed and made was this mug rug.  I thought I would share it with you in case you would like to make one (or a few) for the holidays.

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You need to know how to paper piece simple designs.  I am not covering that here.  But if you would like the pattern,click here for link to the house, and click here for link to the tree.  It finishes at 6″ x 9″.

Here is one I threw together in August for a benefit craft fair. You can see that when I made mine I forgot to print the house pattern as a mirror image, so my house ended up facing the other way (oops!).  Not a big deal if you ask me.  But if you would also like your house facing the other direction, you can find that pattern here.

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(P.S. – the links to the paper pieced patterns are to my google drive.  If for some reason they do not work for you, please let me know and I can send you the pattern by email)