This is block 7 in Susan’s stars and pinwheels quilt-along, called Expanding Star.
I’m using these blocks-of-the-month to make a different project each month rather than saving them for a quilt. This month, I reduced the block size to 8 inches (unfinished) and made three of them to incorporate in a table mat for a special table in my living room. I fussy-cut three designs from a Christmas panel and added some festive fabric to make the red diamonds.
I bought the vintage sewing table in an antique store several years ago and it gets constant use as a table for sewing, eating, watching TV, working with photographs, writing notes and cards, and is the regular Sunday dinner table for my reclusive 16-year-old grandson. I keep a mat on it at all times
This is an easy block which has a good secondary design.
I’ve made a few pieces that incorporate my TV-time embroidery panels. I made another set of cushions for my vintage folding chair. The nice thing about a folding chair is that it can also go outside very easily. I just happened to have a blue granite ware coffee pot and skillet to accompany the cushions.
One of the designs I used for embroidery on a table mat is an adaptation of a decorative painting pattern by Helan Barrick. I used to love to paint her Amish boys and girls. I adapted this one for fall.
I used another vintage embroidery pattern to stitch a scarecrow with a crow on his shoulder. I outlined the pattern in black embroidery floss and then used crayons to color the design. After using the crayons, I placed a piece of white paper on top of the panel and pressed with a hot iron to set the colors.
I made a quilt for my table mini-quilt rack with a 1930s-40s era pattern of a scarecrow and chubby birds. I especially like the way the trees are worked in this piece.
Now, it’s time to think about some small projects for the Halloween season.
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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….
….for two separate spots in my kitchen…..
…and for what we used to call a “stand cover” or table mat….
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.