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A few months ago, I bought a vintage folding chair at an antique store and made a cushion set for it.  I thought it was time to have a change of cushions and looked through my scraps to see what I could come up with.  Recently, I’ve been embroidering in the evening while watching TV.  My embroidery skills demand simple designs with basic stitches.  Actually, I prefer the kind of 1930s-40s embroidery that all of the women in my family did while I was growing up.  This design of a swan holding summer flowers seemed just right for summertime cushions.
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I used a quilt pattern named Children’s Delight from my EQ6 software to make 5-½ inch blocks. The pillow measures 17×17 inches.  When assembling the top cushion, I added a 15 inch piece of 2-½ inch elastic on the back to hold it in place while on the chair.

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I made an unquilted fabric seat cushion to keep the focus on the top cushion with the swan.
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I had just put the finished set on the chair and left to get my camera.  When I came back to the room, I found that Addie loves the new cushions.

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Modern Basket

Judy Martin has just posted a free pattern in her Block of the Moment series.  Like all of Judy’s patterns, it takes easy patches and turns them into something a little different.

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I made my test block from scraps and it’s not perfect, but very pretty and I have notes now if I choose to make a larger hanging of four blocks such as Judy shows in her post and incorporate some really pretty fabric.

Judy doesn’t archive her free pattern for long periods of time, so if you’re interested, it might be a good time to print this one.

http://www.judymartin.com/free-qom.cfm

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LONE STARBURST – FREE PATTERN

Last week, Craftsy featured a free paper-pieced pattern called Lone Starburst.

http://bit.ly/1mmTa0H

There are no directions given but it’s an easy 12-½ -inch unfinished block for anyone with basic paper piecing skills.  If I make another one, I won’t use the lighter prints in the star. I added a narrow border to make a cushion cover.  I did not use batting or quilt this piece…

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…and used the leftover scraps to make the back.

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Paper piecing is time-consuming but interesting and produces designs that would be difficult for me to make otherwise.  Using a free pattern and some scraps, I have a nice cushion for the recliner.

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One of my Mother’s Day gifts from my son and daughter-in-law in St. Louis was a two-yard length of some exciting fabric.  I love the silhouettes of a hometown marching band with exploding fireworks (click on photo to see fabric design).
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I used 1-½ yards to make myself a patriotic coverall apron with a nice big pocket.

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I used the remainder to make a pillow and desk mat.  Judy Martin (my favorite designer) had a BOM on her website called Star Cluster which I thought would work well with the fabric.  I used the marching band fabric along with red/white/blue scraps to make a 16 inch block which became a pillow …
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…and two 12-inch blocks for a large mat for my father’s 1940s-era homemade desk.
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Like all of Judy’s designs, she has taken an easy pattern and added her own twists to make it unique.

Thank you to my St. Louis family for a gift that multiplied itself into three nice items.

 

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Linus14-top

I’ve been donating quilts to the Greater Cincinnati Linus Project since I first started quilting 11 years ago.  Most of the donations (4 to 5 a year) have been twin size, but I’ve been having back problems which ruled out making anything that large.  I thought maybe I could handle making a smaller quilt and wanted to use some of the red, white and blue scraps I’ve accumulated.  I chose a simple pinwheel pattern and sized it to make a 9-1/2 finished block.

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Our Linus group prefers fleece rather than backing fabric and batting.  I chose a bright red fleece and made the binding from strips of the red scrap material.

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I didn’t add a border and used very simple straight line quilting on my Bernina.  The quilt finished at 30×40 inches – a nice size for a young child to carry around.

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IndSum-top

My blogger friend at knitNkwilt posted about an interesting paper-pieced block called Indian Summer.  There’s a free downloadable pattern on Craftsy.com.  I like paper piecing for small projects and the 12-inch block plus a 2-inch border makes a piece that is perfect for my mini-rack….

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….for two separate spots in my kitchen…..

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…and for what we used to call a “stand cover” or table mat….

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I was able to reduce my bags of black, white and red scraps a bit and have two pieces that will get a lot of use.

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Wedding Dress Blue has an interesting quilt-along and tutorial for an easy version of the Lemoyne Star called Super Star that is fun and quick to put together.  Click here for her tutorial.  I have a large, deep-seated sofa that requires large cushions behind my back if my feet are going to touch the floor.  I had salvaged two large foam cushions from a discarded couch and the 16-inch star was perfect when I added some strips and additional half-squares to make the block larger.  I made the block for the front and back of each cushion and chose not to quilt the covers which will have to be laundered frequently.

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I used only scraps in these two cushion covers, including a large bag of white scraps I had bought last fall in Ohio Amish country.

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I made a total of 80 half-squares that were 2-½ inches and for this many pieces, I turned to my Wonder Cut Ruler which made quick work of them.

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I also used scraps for the side sections, cutting 6-inch wide strips of various lengths of fabric.
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I had salvaged two long zippers from the original cushions and didn’t have to buy anything to complete the project.

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My dog, Addie, wondered when I was going to be finished taking pictures so I could fill her dinner bowl and also when I was going to get out of the way so she could get back to her favorite spot on the couch.

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I have a hamper rack on which the hamper portion wore out very quickly.  I wanted to recycle the rack as well as use up a lot of fabric scraps, so I drafted a very simple pattern and used a Log Cabin variation to make the front and back.  The lining is from some old home dec curtains.

The only repair I did on the rack was to replace two side straps.  I cut two pieces 7 x ½ inch of scrap leather (could be from an old purse) and cut a small hole ½ inch from the ends on each piece.  I removed the screws on the broken straps and screwed them through the holes on each end to affix the replacement straps.

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The rack measures about 16 inches wide x 25 inches high with ½ inch diameter legs – similar to the hamper racks sold by Ikea.

I used pieced blocks for my hamper, but, of course, any kind of fabric could be used.  Here is what you will need.

SUPPLIES

  • Hamper rack approx. 16 inches wide x 25 inches tall.
  • 2 pieces of fabric 28-1/4 inches wide x 24-¼ inches long for hamper bag
  • 2 pieces of fabric 28-¼ inches wide x 24-¼ inches long for bag lining
  • 10 pieces of fabric 4 inches wide x 6 inches long for tabs
  • 10 pieces of Velcro ¾ inch wide for tabs

HAMPER BAG

  • Place hamper bag fabric right sides together and sew with ¼ inch seams along two sides and bottom.
  • Keeping right sides together, at each side seam on the bottom edge, mark and cut out a 2-½ inch square.

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  • Fold the cutout portion of the bag together, placing the seam in the center …..

bott-final…and sew a ¼ inch seam.

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  • Repeat for the other corner. Turn and press.

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  • Use the same procedure to sew the lining.
  • Make a mark at the top center front of bag.  Then mark 3-3/4 inches two places on either side of the center.  Repeat with back of bag.
  • Pin a square of each set of Velcro pieces centered over each mark with the top of the Velcro patch ¾ inch from top raw edge.  Stitch in place.  Repeat for back of bag.

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TABS

  • Along 4 inch edge of the tab fabric, press edge ¼ inch to wrong side of fabric.

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  • Fold piece in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press.

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  • Open fabric and fold each side to meet at the center fold.  Press.

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  • Fold in half lengthwise and press.  Top stitch around sides and bottom of piece.  Repeat with remaining 4×6 pieces of fabric.

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  • On the finished edge of each strap, sew a ¾ x ¾ inch piece of Velcro.

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  • On the wrong side of each tab, mark 1-½ inches from the raw edge.  Place tab inside bag at top edge, wrong sides together, matching 1-½ inch mark with top pressed edge and aligning with the matching piece of Velcro below.  Pin.  Repeat with remaining tabs.

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  • Place lining inside the bag, wrong sides together, matching corners.
  • Pin every two inches along the top edge.
  • Top- stitch 1/8 inch from top edge, being sure to catch the 1/4 inch of fabric turned under on the bag and lining.

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  • Place on rack, looping tabs over the rack and securing with the Velcro patches.

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The hamper can be folded for storage.

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This makes a nice storage unit for lightweight toys (think stuffed animals), sewing, clothing, towels, etc.

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A friend sent my daughter and me really cute wall hangings made from a towel and washcloth.

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We wanted to make something for her and collaborated on a large tote bag.  My daughter did her great embroidery on an 8 inch center panel …

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…and I used my favorite quilt block to frame a picture – 4-½ inch log cabin blocks (1-½ inch center and 1 inch strips).
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I used the same pretty pink calico in the blocks and for the backing and lining.
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Pale green check seems to go with pink so well and serves as an accent on the bag.

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This is a roomy 16 x 20 inch tote and I hope will be used to transport a lot of good stuff.

Click on pictures to enlarge.

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