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Late last year, my friend Cheryl @ QuilterChic asked if I'd be interested in participating in her 2018 Designer Spotlight. Each month, Cheryl has been introducing a different designer to her audience, and that designer has presented a free pattern for the month.

I thought and thought and decided to design a small mini-quilt for Halloween. I'm calling it Monster Mash. Isn't he adorable?

Monster Mash finishes at 12" x 12" and is perfect for using up your Halloween scraps!

Because the applique has a lot of pieces, I fused the separate parts first, then used the fused parts to create the monster. Since I did all this fusing on a Teflon pressing sheet, the final monster applique didn't stick to it so it was easy to move the whole thing to the background square and center it in place.

For quilting, I quilted in the ditch around each of the applique shapes. I then quilted a spider's web in the upper-left corner of the background, and a small spider in the lower right-hand corner. In the upper right-hand corner, I quilted a bat. In the outer border, I quilted a simple curvy ribbon with swirls.

I've decided that this little mini-quilt will be perfect in my daughter's college apartment, so for the backing, I used this cute Halloween kitty print (cats are her favorite pets!)

Here are the quilt details:

"Monster Mash"
12" x 12"
Fabrics: Halloween fabric scraps
Pattern: Original Design
Batting: Hobb's Heirloom Premium 80/20 Cotton Poly Batting
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2692 Black
Quilting Thread:  Aurifil 50 wt. #2024 (White), #1135 (Pale Yellow), #2150 (Pumpkin), and #2545 (Medium Purple); Madiera 40 wt. Polyneon #1950 (Fluorescent Green)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

You can download Monster Mash by clicking the button be. Don't delay! Monster Mash will only be available for free during September.

 
 

If you like Monster Mash, you'll love Yum, Yum! You'll find Yum, Yum! for sale in my store in both print and digital form. For the month of September, Yum, Yum! is on sale--regularly $9.00, it's on sale for $8.00!

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It’s My Day on the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

Welcome to my day on the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop! The hop is filled with great ideas and patterns for gifts and decor you can make for Christmas, so you sure don’t want to miss it. The hop is also filled with awesome fabric giveaways, so be sure to enter by visiting the participating blogs and leaving a comment. You’ll find a list of participating blogs at the end of this post.

Thanks to our host, Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict! This hop has been wonderful thanks to you! Sarah is hosting a quilt along during the hop so be sure to visit Sarah’s blog each day of the hop not only for the next steps in building her wonderful quilt, but to also leave a comment each day for the giveaway.

So without further ado, here is my project for the hop—the Merry Berry Ornamental Table Runner.

Here are the fabric requirements:

Background – 1/2 yard

Gold – (1) fat eighth, or scraps

Ornaments – (1) fat quarter each, or scraps

Border—1/4 yard

Binding—1/4 yard

Backing—1 1/4 yards

Cutting:

Background

               (12) 3” squares

               (5) 8 1/4” squares, cut once diagonally

               (6) 7/8” squares

               (6) 2 1/8” squares

               (2) 4 1/2” squares, cut once diagonally

Gold

               (3) 1 3/4” x 2” rectangles

               (3) 7/8” x 1 1/4” rectangles

Ornaments

               (1) 10 1/4” square for each ornament (3 total needed)

Borders

               (2) 2” x 36 1/2” strips

               (2) 2” x 15 1/2” strips

Binding

               (3) 2-1/4” x WOF strips

Backing

               (1) 21” x 45” rectangle

Creating the Ornament Blocks – Finish 12”

Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the back of (4) Background 3” squares. Place (1) Background square on top of a corner of (1) Ornament 10 1/4” square, RST. Sew on drawn line. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4”. Press back, forming the corner. Repeat for each corner.

Sew (1) Background 8 1/4” triangle to the (3) sides of the square as shown. Press.

To assemble the remaining corner, sew (1) Background 7/8” square to either side of (1) Gold 7/8” x 1 1/4” rectangle. Sew (1) Gold 1 3/4” x 2” rectangle to the bottom of the unit.

Sew (1) Background 2 1/8” x 5 1/4” rectangle to either side of the unit. Position (1) Background 4 1/2” triangle in the middle of the top side of the unit as shown, then stitch and press the triangle back towards the corner to complete the Corner Unit.

Sew the Corner Unit on the remaining corner to complete (1) Ornament Block. Square to 12 1/2”. Repeat the steps to complete (3) Ornament Blocks.

Completing the Table Runner

Sew the (3) Ornament Blocks together. Notice the rotation of the blocks.

Sew (1) Border rectangle to each side of Quilt Center. Sew (1) Border Rectangle to top/bottom of Quilt Center.

Layer backing, batting, and quilt top. Baste, quilt as desired and bind. Decorate your table, sit back and relax because you're ready for the holidays!

What I love most about this pattern is that you can personalize the ornaments however you like. For example, notice that I kept one simple, added stripes to another, and applique and a stripe to the last one. If you decide to modify your ornaments like I did, just make sure you end up with a 10 1/4” square before starting the blocks.

I quilted my table runner in the ditch around the ornaments and on either side of the ornament stripes. I also quilted the stripes with soft curves. For the plain ornament block I quilted "stripes" into it.

The background was quilted with simple holly motifs. To do that, I sketched out two holly leaves (one big, one small) then pinned them to the quilt and simply quilted around them then quilted a vine down the middle.

On the back of the table runner I used a light Christmas fabric that shows the quilting beautifully. I chose a contrasting binding because I happen to like that.

I really loved making this table runner. It went together easily and the quilting was a breeze!

 Here are the quilt details:

"Feeling Ornamental"
15” x 39”
Original Design
Pattern:
Merry Berry Ornamental Table Runner
Fabrics: Christmas scrap fabrics
Batting: Warm and White
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt #5011Rope Beige
Quilting Thread: Sulky 40 wt #1082 Ecru, #1103 Dark Khaki, #1137 Yellow Orange, #1156 Lt. Army Green, #1169 Bayberry Red
Pieced and quilted by: Jennifer Fulton

If you like my ornament block, you can make it into a quilt! Yep, I have a free pattern for a quilt sized 75” x 85” that features the lovely Merry Berry and Bright fabric collection from RJR Fabrics. Merry Berry and Bright fabrics should be in your local quilt stores now.

Click here to download my Merry Berry Ornamental pattern. Be sure to check out my other free giftable tutorials. If you like this tutorial, I invite you to follow me! You'll find all the ways you can do that (such as my email newsletter, Bloglovin' and Facebook) at the top of my sidebar. I offer free tutorials and patterns quite often, along with fabric giveaways. In fact, be sure to check out my Wednesday Wait Loss this week because yep, there's a fabulous fabric giveaway!

As promised, here is the list of blogs to visit each day of the hop. To make it easier to find this list each day, look for the blog hop button on my sidebar. Be sure to leave a comment when you visit each blog to enter the fabric giveaway! And don’t forget to visit Sarah’s blog every day of the hop and leave a comment for extra chances to win.

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Another Retreat and a Thread Catcher Demo

True confession: I went to another retreat this past weekend! Yeah I know, that makes two weekends in a row! <grin> How did I get so lucky?

The retreat this past weekend was sponsored by a local quilt shop and it was the first time they’d ever hosted one. I had a good time, met some new quilters and generally relaxed. Like most of the retreats I go to, the shop had some make-and-takes demos. Generally at a retreat I want to focus only on my own projects. Get 'er done! That's my mantra.

But somehow this time, not only did I attend the demos but I actually made the things. Will wonders never cease? <grin>

The first thing they showed us how to make was a triangle thread catcher.

I have no idea where the shop got this pattern, or if it's their own. I did a quick Google search through the vast Internet sea of tutorials and noticed there were plenty. Here's my addition to the Tutorial Sea:

Start by cutting out some 60 degree (equilateral) triangles—one for the outer fabric, one for the lining, and one out of batting. The larger the triangles, the bigger your thread catcher will be.

Layer the outer and inner fabrics right sides together, then place the batting on top. Sew around the perimeter, leaving an opening for turning.

Clip the points, turn the triangle right side out and press. Fold in the seam allowance at the opening and topstitch around the perimeter of the triangle to close it.

Bring two of the points together. Sew the side up from the bottom towards the points. How far up do you sew? I dunno. All I know is you want to be able to fold down the point later on and not have it touch the floor.

Repeat, sewing the other two sides. Stop at the same distance from the end.

Your triangle thread catcher now looks like this.

Use buttons to hold down each point and you’re done! Isn’t it adorable?

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