BOO Wall Hanging

Halloween is on its way. 
It is our oldest daughter's favorite season. 
And what better gift to give to her as she returns home 
to the West Coast today than a cute wall hanging! 

I sewed it up last evening. It is 8" x 23".
I wanted to use the Deco Foil somewhere, and "BOO" seemed appropriate.
I am getting better each time I try the Deco Foil. 
I finally have the pressing time figured out for the adhesive. 

On the back I sewed corner fast fold triangles for the hanger. This was a trick I learned from Ami Simms (but I can't seem to find it on her website any longer). These were 3" squares, folded diagonally and pressed. I baste them in place before the binding is put on. I then put a small dowel (or in this case, a shortened skewer) in the two corner triangles and am able to hang the piece with one nail in the wall.
I like the fabric on the back.

Do you have a Halloween project in the works? 

A reminder to check out my blog from yesterday listing the last few days of The Road Home Row Along


Fall Table Topper Finished

Two things to share today:
My Island Batik Ambassdaor Project is done.

We were to make a table topper of any size for the Fall season, 
using fabrics from our allotment. 
I chose leftover colors that I associate with Fall in Michigan. 
I had an easy time cutting out the pieces using my Acccuquilt GO! 
Sewing was quick since the pieces aligned accurately. 
The hardest part was deciding how to quilt it. 
I had read a few posts from Christa Watson which gave me a better perspective 
(no pun intended) on how to quilt the foreground and background. 
So here it is on our coffee table and ready for Fall:
 and some close-ups. Please keep in mind, 
I am a confident beginner when quilting on my domestic sewing machine. 

and NEXT 

The Road Home Row Along is nearing its end. 
I want to thank all of the people who stopped by my blog to read about Michigan,
download my pattern 
(which is available until October 31), 
and left such nice comments. 

If you haven't visited all the sites for the free designer patterns, check them out HERE
Below are the links to the final 4 days of free patterns. Make sure to enter the giveaways!

September 27
September 29
October 04
October 06
On October 11, visit Seams To Be Sew to see the Show and Tell of projects
the designers have made by combining many of the rows.

This coming weekend I am going on a quilting retreat at Tustin, MI, again, with The Mitten State Quilters. It is a great group of Michigan quilters and a fun retreat. Looking forward to some Fall weather and many finished projects that I will post when I return. 


My Road Home Quilt Row

I am happy to be able to reveal my row for The Road Home Row Along

What an undertaking! Marian of Seams To Be Sew and Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy worked for many months organizing and scheduling the designers and then gathering sponsors. 40 designers, from all over the world, creating quilt rows representing HOME to each of them. Thanks and more thanks to both of you. And a big thank you to the many sponsors who have supplied the giveaways for the duration of this Row Along. The giveaways can be found below.

The link to my free row pattern is HERE. Read a little more to learn why I choose these representations for my Road Home.  

I have lived in Michigan my entire life. I was born, raised and attended college on the east side of the state, a very large metropolitan area. I moved to a rural area on the west side of Michigan, about 30 miles from the shores of Lake Michigan, when I began teaching. I have traveled throughout Michigan and have enjoyed making memories of the places I have gone. What I have especially appreciated is the flora and fauna that can be seen around the state. I chose to create appliques that represent some (I had to limit what I chose) of the wildlife I have seen as I travel to and from "home."

My row has appliques of a white-tailed deer, a green darner dragonfly, apple blossoms, a robin and dwarf lake iris--these are just some of the "state symbols" for Michigan. We see deer in our own backyard and are watchful when driving as they can run into or across the roads at any time. (Twice in my driving, I have had cars damaged when a deer jumped in front of me.) 

I live near and travel through The Ridge, the area where all kinds of fruits and vegetables are grown, especially apples (my favorite) so, I included the apple blossom, our state flower. 

Our state bird, the robin, migrates north and announces Spring's arrival as they eat and hop on lawns and build nests. I included the green darner dragonfly because they are found along and near much of Michigan's waterways darting about eating insects. 

The official state wildflower is the dwarf lake iris, which I have seen when traveling during the summer in the Upper Peninsula. It is a small, rare flower, that grows in low wet spots near beaches, not on them. It is "found only on the coastlines of northern Lake Michigan and northern and easter Lake Huron, a small site on the southern shore of Lake Superior, and a few isolated islands of the Great Lakes." 

The state motto is: if you are seeking a pleasant peninsula, look around you. The native Ojibwa people called this area mishigamaa  which means, "large water" or "large lake."The French named it MichiganMichigan is surrounded by 4 of the 5 Great Lakes: Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie. Michigan is two peninsulas; one is shaped like a mitten.  In fact, when we show someone where we live, we point to a place on our hand. 

We can also show the upper and lower peninsulas with both our hands. When I was a kid, the car license plates were green and white and said, "Water Winter Wonderland" on them.

I have learned to appreciate all we have in Michigan and try my best to insure these wondeful flora and fauna are here for future generations. 

Thank you for visiting today. I hope you find a way to incorporate these appliques in one of your next quilting projects. I will respond to comments left (if you leave an email address) as soon as I can. I know there can be many.

Below are the Rafflecopter entries for the giveaways. And below those, the links to the other designers posting today and the following weeks. 


Quilt Projects

I have been working on so many things lately, I have had little time to post.

Tomorrow is my reveal day for The Road Home Row Along. I worked on tidying up my free pattern and the post itself. I am ready for tomorrow. I hope you will be, too. There will be other designers with free patterns and giveaways.

I finished the binding on another 1, 2, 3 Sew Easy quilt on Monday evening. Michelle did the longarm quilting in such short order! This was made with some of the Island Batik Coral Reef fabric collection I had in my IB Box. The colors are splendid, although the photo was taken in the evening.

I am working on some items for consignment.

Our oldest daughter is visiting. She wanted to make some pouches to store their playing cards. I helped work out a pattern. This is a photo of the prototype. She wants a button or snap closure.

Quilting is powerful. It relaxes, relieves anxiety and improves creative thinking. That's what I'm going for, what about you? Happy sewing.


Quilt Backing Technique

Oh, what to do when you need to back a quilt and you don't seem to have enough fabric for the backing? I ran into this today. I made a quilt with my 1,2, 3 Sew Easy pattern using Island Batik Coral Reef fabrics.

I had the 43" x 43" top sewn. I looked for a fabric on my shelves that would work with the batiks for a backing. The only one I found was this colorful floral, but it was 44" wide and I had only 2 yds! My longarm quilter would need an extra 4" on all side in order to quilt it. I could have cut and sewn and pieced it to fit, but Yuck! That just looks sloppy to me. 

A few times in the past, I used a technique with a mathematical formula. John Flynn presented it on Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson many years ago. He explained his technique (and formula) for making a diagonal seamed backing. I believed I would have enough fabric to do this. But, I had forgotten the formula.

I searched "John Flynn quilt backing" and up came a number of links. The first link actually took me to a calculator for this method (HERE) All I had to do was enter the dimensions and the extra fabric for the longarm quilter and I was told how much fabric I needed. I had enough and didn't have to work out an algebra problem! 

The directions for cutting the backing were shown on the site. So this is how I did it. 

I used the entire 2 yards--to be sure I had enough. My hubby is kind enough to let me use the pool table if I have the large cutting mat on it. I layed the fabric on the pool table. I pinned the corners to the tablecover I made for the pool table. I folded the fabric diagonally.

I could have used my scisssors to cut the folded edge, but I decided I would get a straighter cut if I used my ruler and rotary cutter. I cut about 1/16" off the folded edge. 

I had 2 triangles that I moved away from each other like this:

I put the quilt top on it to see if I had enough overhang for the quilter. I had more than enough. 

I was all set. I pinned the cut edges. When I sew the seam, the pins will help keep the bias edges from stretching out of shape. 

I squared up the backing piece and double checked that it was large enough. Yes! It is ready for the quilter!

I found this Signature Purple Ombre varigated thread that looks great with the colors of the top. I will ask the quilter to use this. 

Don't forget today is another day of FREE patterns for The Road Home Row Along. 
Here are the designers posting today. Be sure to visit and enter for the great giveaways.

If you missed any of the prior 3 days of patterns click HERE for the line up.

September 15
bdieges design
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Cloth and Paper Studio
Patti's Patchwork
Seacoast Quilter