Time to Quilt

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I have entered a phase in life where I look at my quilting projects and think “What can I get done quickly but beautifully?” Oh I know a table runner or mini quilt!!!, On top of that it requires less fabric which is very nice for my budget.

I mostly sew, like most busy people, in the early morning, nap times and many a late nights. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love doing quilts, there is no other feeling than what you get from finishing a nice cuddle up quilt, even though it takes me a while to actually get up the nerve to treat it as a quilt and not some museum artifact. But I love table runners and mini quilts because I can tinker with new techniques without the time it may take to do it as a large quilt. But another bonus that I especially like is that it is so nice on my pocket-book. With just the purchase of a couple of fat quarters or digging in to my scrap stash I can have a project that will keep me busy and help me expand my knowledge. I’ve found so many wonderful patterns on Pinterest that have left my tinkering brain and fingers wanting more. Here are my top 5 table runners and mini quilts I’m ready to dive into…

Love this Contemporary Table Runner pattern with its fabulous half square triangles from The Stitching Scientist. Find her great pattern here.

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This runner is easy and pleasing to the eye pattern. It has interest and simplicity all wrapped into one. “Whip it up” table runner pattern made by Samelia’s Mum find it here.

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Next is a Mini Quilt by Threadbare Creations and I am in love!!! The combinations of the half square triangles and squares is fantastic! Find her free pattern here.

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Tumbling Spools by Hyacinth Quilts is next up and it is divine! it seems complex but is really doable and explained very well. Find the pattern here.

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Last but not least is this bright and cheery Diamond motif runner I found on Fons and Porters Website designed by┬áPam Biswas. It’s lovely and has some very nice free space for quilting. Find the pattern here.

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There you have it my top 5 table runner and mini quilt picks. I hope you find some tinker time to work on your project large or small and find inspiration to keep doing what brings you joy and peace!

Tinker on

~Emily

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Spring Quilt Along: Sea Glass Quilt Tutorial

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Well it’s here…

You’ve picked your fabulous fabric, Pressed it perfectly, and Carefully made your cuts. So the time has come to put needle to thread & foot to petal. Lets get started with the first step in making our Sea Glass Quilt, The Half Square Triangle.

Half square triangle (HST)’s are made from a square that has been cut diagonally in half, Resulting in 2 separate triangles.

The tools I’m using to day:

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To start: Using a non permanent marking pen/marker, draw a line diagonally (corner 2 corner) on the wrong side of your white square.

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Then place the middle of your 1/4 inch seam ruler on that line and draw a line on both sides of ruler. If you are using a regular clear ruler from the drawn line measure 1/4th inch on both side and mark.

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Place a colored fabric square right side up with a white square on top so that your fabric squares are both right sides together.

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Time to sew…Ready? Just remember, that all seams for this quilt are 1/4th inch seams.

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Sew down both outside lines. (I’ve used pink thread to illustrate where I’m sewing, but it is best to use a white or coordinating thread and be sure to use the same thread on top and bottom.)

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Now that your squares are sewn together, using your trusty rotary cutter and ruler, cut up the middle line. Separating the squares.

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Last 2 steps… Press your seam open and trim off the dog ears and square it up.

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Your end result should be a tidy little 4 inch square.

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AWESOME JOB! Now repeat, repeat, repeat. (to make it a little easier I like to do it assembly line style…marking all, sewing all,cutting all ext…)

Can’t wait for the Block party!!!

Till then Best Stitches and Tinker On!

~Emily

Pattern info:

  • Sea Glass Quilt Kit By Pat BravoFeatured In Quilt-It…Today April 2014 Issue