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Wednesday Wait Loss 53 - A New Year!

Welcome to a new year for Wednesday Wait Loss! Yep, for a whole year now you've been sharing your works in progress with me, and what a great year it's been!

I hope you have found my weekly linkup encouraging and that you've gotten a lot of projects done. That's what the Wednesday Wait Loss is all about--encouraging you to stop waiting and to start finishing!

I wonder what projects the new year will bring...

I thought I'd celebrate the start of the new WWL year with a giveaway, but first let me show you the best of Wednesday Wait Loss.

Thank you so much everyone for sharing your projects! Let's work together to make 2018 even more productive!

To celebrate a year of Wednesday Wait Loss, I'm having a giveaway! Up for grabs are three fat quarters from the Starlight collection from Windham Fabrics.

Before I tell you how to enter the giveaway, let's see who made the weekly feature.

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This week I want to feature Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing. Last week, Kathleen shared her Funky Pine Trees quilt. Isn't it wonderfully funky and fun?

Congratulations Kathleen! Here's an I Was Featured badge for your blog.

Wednesday Wait Loss Featured

Time to link up! Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.
  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.
  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.
  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

To enter the giveaway (open to US residents only due to postage costs) use the Rafflecopter below. (Complete each option until all options are grayed out. That's when you'll know you're entered!) Be sure to enter before giveaway closes at midnight February 13. I'll announce a winner next Wednesday.

Oh! One last thing! Next week our link up is for Valentine's/Galentine's projects, new and old, in progress or finished. So get your Valentine's and Galentine's projects ready to share!

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties, including these: Let's Be Social, Moving it Forward, Linky Tuesday, To-Do Tuesday, WIPs Linky, Midweek Makers, Needle and Thread Thursday, Off the Wall Fridays, Friday Foto Fun, Finished or Not Friday, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

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Wednesday Wait Loss 52

Welcome to my Wednesday Wait Loss, where you are encouraged to stop that waiting and finish your works in progress!

The weather here has been up and down. This past weekend, it was like spring. Today, brrrrr! Tomorrow it's going to be back up to 50 degrees again, with snow this weekend. Here's my daughter, posing for me after we took a walk through the last big snow.

Anyway, I've been busy working on my modern version of an Irish Chain quilt, sewing together the blocks I received from my online bee--Bee Inspired. Some people sent two blocks (thank you!) and Alice, one of my best friends in real life was inspired to make me one too. So I ended up with 15 blocks! I made three more and set them on-point.

I call this pattern Irish Eyes.

I've still got to add borders to my quilt top, but it's looking good! Here's the plan.

The flying geese will be scrappy, just like the blocks. I think I only need to make a bazillion. <wink>

I've also started on a sample for the shop. When they put this out in the employee lunchroom's Volunteer basket, I snatched it up. Seems natural that I'm drawn to a project involving Island Batiks, doesn't it? Her name is Hannah the Hedgehog.

Speaking of Island Batik, the month-long Island Batik Four Seasons Blog Hop is still going on and if you like batiks and giveaways, you won't want to miss it. Click here to see what I made with the new Blue Moon collection. Be sure to leave a comment and an email address to enter my giveaway to win a charm pack of Blue Moon.

Also, at the end of the post, you'll find a list of the Island Batik Ambassadors participating in the hop. Visit each one to enter their giveaways and to see the batik collection they're featuring. And don't forget to use the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post to enter the Island Batik giveaway! They are giving away four precut collections so you'll want to enter for a chance to win.

Well, that's what I've been up to. Let's see what you've been doing. First though let's see who made the weekly feature.

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This week I want to feature my bestie Alice who recently finished her I Wish You a Merry QAL quilt. Congratulations Alice!

The quilt along was so much fun we're going to have another one. We're still working out the details, but be sure to follow my blog to hear the news when it breaks.

Congratulations Alice!

Time to link up! Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.
  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.
  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.
  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties, including these: Let's Be Social, Moving it Forward, Linky Tuesday, To-Do Tuesday, WIPs Linky, Midweek Makers, Needle and Thread Thursday, Off the Wall Fridays, Friday Foto Fun, Finished or Not Friday, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

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Tell me..What have you been working on?

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Wednesday Wait Loss 50 and the Funky Friends Patterns

Welcome to my Wednesday Wait Loss, where you get the encouragement you need to stop waiting and to get those long lost works in progress finally finished!

We got ice and snow on Friday, so this weekend was perfect for staying warm and sewing! I needed to make another Funky Friends pattern for the Island Batik 2018 Spring Market booth so I worked on that. For the 2017 Fall Market booth, I made two cuties but couldn't show you. Here's Diggles the Dragon. He's made with fabrics from the Morning Sunshine collection. This is such a fun, bright collection that it was great to work with.

Isn't he adorable? My daughter fell in love so I may have to make her one for her college room. You'll find the Funky Friends pattern for Diggles here.

Here are the details:

"Diggles the Dragon"
18" x 4"
Fabrics: Island Batik fabrics from the Morning Sunshine collection--Tie Dye Grass (body) and Sun Mini Dot (spikes)
Pattern: Funky Friends, Diggles the Dragon
Stuffing: Pellon Perfect Loft
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2600 (Dove)
Pieced by Jennifer Fulton

I also made Puppy Dog Pete for the 2017 Fall Market booth. He's also made with fabrics from the Morning Sunshine collection.

Here are the details:

"Puppy Dog Pete"
15" x 14"
Fabrics: Island Batik fabrics from the Morning Sunshine collection--Tie Dye Sunflower (body) and Purple Grass (ears, nose, tail)
Pattern: Funky Friends, Puppy Dog Pete
Stuffing: Pellon Perfect Loft
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2600 (Dove)
Pieced by Jennifer Fulton I really enjoyed making these! I highly recommend Funky Friends patterns. (And no, like everything on my blog, I receive no compensation for expressing my opinions about a product.)

Just recently, they've added some Funky Friends patterns to the quilt store where I work (Always in Stitches). Not surprisingly <grin> I volunteered to make a sample for the store--Hannah the Hedgehog. I'll share photos of her once she's made. Right now, I can tell you she's simply adorable.

I don't know why I like making these, but I sure do!

I didn't make it to Fall Market, but here's how Island Batik decorates their booth with the Funky Friends. These photos are from Spring Market 2017 so the Funky Friends I made are not in the photos. The Diggles and Pete I made appeared at Fall Market.

Aren't the booths gorgeous? Makes me glad I'm not a shop owner. I mean, how could you choose just which collection(s) to carry in your store?

For 2018 Spring Market, I'm making Fleur the Flamingo. Oh man is she cute! Here's the photo from the pattern so you can see what I mean.

I can't show you much of the Fleur I made until after Market, but here's a sneak peek. Most of the fabrics I used for Fleur are from Island Batik's Basics and Blenders collections, such as the red I used for the legs. The body and wing fabrics I used will debut at Market.

You'll find the pattern for Fleur here. I'll be sure to show you Fleur after Market. Really, she's so cute!

Speaking of Island Batik, the month-long Island Batik Four Seasons Blog Hop is still going on, and it's one you don't want to miss! Click here to see what I made with the new Blue Moon collection. Be sure to leave a comment and an email address to enter my giveaway to win a charm pack of Blue Moon. Also, at the end of the post, you'll find a list of the Island Batik Ambassadors participating in the hop. Visit each one to enter their giveaways and to see the batik collection they're featuring. And don't forget to use the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post to enter the Island Batik giveaway! They are giving away four precut collections so you'll want to enter for a chance to win!

Well, that's what I've been up to. Let's see what you've been doing. First though let's see who made the weekly feature.

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This week I want to feature several people. There were so many creative entries last week that I can't help myself! First up are my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors and the quilts they made for the Four Seasons Blog Hop. So gorgeous!

Connie @ Free Motion at the River created Alpine Snowflakes and Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts created Snowfall. Both girls used the Alpine Ice collection. Isn't it fun how different the two quilts are? Be sure to visit their blogs and the blogs of the other Ambassadors to enter the giveaways!

I'd also like to feature Jan @ Cocoa Quilts and Dione @ Clever Chameleon Quilting. Both ladies shared their Regatta quilts with us. Fast and easy using a Jelly Roll, these quilts seem to me like the perfect palette cleanser after a year of creatively complex quilts. If you're looking for a simple quilt you can bang out easily, visit their blogs for more info!

Don't you love how lovely these quilts look?

Congratulations ladies! Here's an "I Was Featured" button for your blogs.

Wednesday Wait Loss Featured

Time to link up! Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.
  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.
  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.
  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties, including these: Let's Be Social, Moving it Forward, Linky Tuesday, To-Do Tuesday, WIPs Linky, Midweek Makers, Needle and Thread Thursday, Off the Wall Fridays, Friday Foto Fun, Finished or Not Friday, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

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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.

Here’s the schedule for the hop.

SUNDAY, JULY 14TH

Jamie @ L’Fair Quilts

Sharon @ Vrooman’s Quilts

MONDAY, JULY 15TH

Amy @ Sea of Estrogen

Meloney @ Mel’s Quilting Blog

TUESDAY, JULY 16TH

Joy @ Days Filled With Joy

Jan @ The Colorful Fabriholic

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17TH

Pampered Pettit

Vicki @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

THURSDAY, JULY 18TH

Kathy @ Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Selina @ Selina Quilts

FRIDAY, JULY 19TH

Moira @ The Quilted Snail

Mel @ Cloth and Paper Studio

SATURDAY, JULY 20TH

Jennifer @ The Inquiring Quilter (that’s me!)

Anja @ Anja Quilts

SUNDAY, JULY 21ST

Tracie @ Riceford Streams

Marion @ Seams to Be Sew

MONDAY, JULY 22ND

Katie @ Katie Mae Quilts

Susan @ QuiltFabrication

TUESDAY, JULY 23RD

Mary @ Made by Marney

Sherry @ Selina Quilts

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24TH

Carole @ From My Carolina Home

Karrin @ Karrin’s Crazy World

THURSDAY, JULY 25TH

Christina @ Christina’s Handicrafts

Brandy @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt

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