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Patriotic Star Mini Quilt

I wanted a red,white and blue mini quilt for my quilt stand, so I got out some patriotic colors and prints and had some fun.  I did something really different this time, and I’ll show you step by step.  Here’s what you need –

Four 2-1/2 inch squares each of blue and white,
Four 3-inch squares each of red and white,
Four 2-1/2 x 8-1/2 inch rectangular border pieces of star print.
One square of blue, 4-1/2 inches square

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Pair the red and white 3-inch squares and make HSTs.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Lay out the block and sew in rows as usual.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Then, loading it on the longarm, I stitched around the edges to hold it in place.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I had this pattern from Twice Quilted designs, but I don’t like the way you have to use these. The pattern calls for flipping and reversing the page, and it just gets too involved to be practical. Maybe if you are marking and hand quilting, these would work, but for a machine quilted project it is just too convoluted.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

But, I liked the idea of two lines of quilting in different colors. So, I got out my Golden Threads paper and made my own. I started by laying it over the mini quilt to get the size I needed.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Then, I traced some of the motifs, putting them closer together to cover a smaller project.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I used two colors of pencil to help keep the paths straight. The fireworks and stars will be quilted in different colors.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I started with red thread and the fireworks motifs.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I did the star motifs in blue.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I noticed that the actual quilting didn’t cover the whole piece evenly, so I added a freehand loop in white thread to finish it off.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Here are a couple of close up views.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I put the little hangers on the back, two wide loops to hang the little quilt on the frame two inches wide by one inch folded to 1/2 inch.  It is stitched down under the binding, and the loops will turn up but not show over the top of the quilt. (see here), then added the binding in the same star print.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

The hand sewing to the back only took one evening.  Hanging on the stand, it was the perfect decoration for the patriotic holidays of summer.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

It goes well with the Value Play quilt on the wall.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Fireworks and stars, the perfect quilt pattern for a star mini quilt.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Have you ever quilted a project with two or three different colors and motifs?

 

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Mardi Gras Mini Quilt

The table stand needed something colorful for Mardi Gras, so time to bring out the scraps and make a new mini quilt.  The colors of purple, green and gold are gathered in this small quilt based on a single block.  The diamond shape created with the color placement is reminiscent of the harlequin designs used in the colorful and wild costumes of the Mardi Gras parades.  The pattern is based on the classic Corn and Beans block, just with some different coloration.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Here is what you need to make one for your table stand, or wall hanging.  Finished size 12 inches square.

2-1/2-inch squares

2 purple
6 background

3-inch squares for HSTs
6 purple
6 green
6 gold
10 background

Backing fabric for a 12-inch finished square, plus two pieces 4 inches x 1-1/2 inches for hangers.

Batting.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Pair up the following and make HST units.
4 purple with 4 background to make 8 HSTs
2 purple and 2 gold to make 4 HSTs
2 gold and 2 background to make 4 HSTs
4 green and 4 background to make 8 HSTs
2 green and 2 gold to make 4 HSTs

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Square up all the HST units to 2-1/2 inch squares.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Assemble the units into this block.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt

I start with laying out the individual units.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Then sew in twos. Lay out again.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Sew units together by row.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Press seams in opposite directions to nest rows. In other words, do all the even numbered rows to the left, and odd rows to the right.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Sew the rows together in units of two rows.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Then sew the final seams.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Quilt as you like.
Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

I used a looping freehand to mimic the necklaces thrown by float riders in the parades.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Attach the hanger units to the back. These are 4 inches by 1-1/2 inches, sewn right sides together into a tube 2 inches x 1-1/2 inches.  turn right side out.  Fold the raw edges up to meet the raw edge of the quilt and stitch down.  The binding will go over them.  When they turn up, they fit the table stand hanger at about 3/4 inch circumference without showing over the top.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Bind using one of the colors in the quilt.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

As a final embellishment, I added some seed beads in a necklace shape to the middle of the quilt to bring to mind the colorful bead necklaces that revelers often wear. The clear, green and gold seed beads will be alternated with the gold bugle beads and the pale purple beads.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

I started with basting a dark purple thread to provide a guide for where to place the beads.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Then, I loaded the needle with white thread, and began placing seed beads.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Working around the thread pattern, I kept adding seed beads in a pattern.  Between each set of beads I took a stitch in the quilt to hold them in place.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

I used 5 clear seed beads, then a grouping of gold-green-gold, followed by five more clear seed beads.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

A gold bugle bead was next, then five more clear seed beads followed by the pale purple bead.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Then the entire pattern was repeated several times.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Amazingly, the end was exactly at the end of the pattern, so you cannot tell where it started and stopped.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Here’s another close up view.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

All done!

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Hanging on its stand for display until next week.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

If you are visiting from Fave Quilts, Welcome! Please stay a bit and have a look around, my tutorials are gathered at the top in pages to make them easy to find.  Lots of fun is had here!  My third mystery quilt is in progress, click on Scrap Dance Two Step on the sidebar for the first post.  Click on the Home page to see the latest posts on the blog. My blog is a variety of subjects, quilting and sewing, tablescapes and recipes, book reviews and hand stitching, crafting and mountain living. I love to have new followers, too!  See the buttons on the sidebar to follow by your favorite method.

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Quickie Christmas Projects

Holiday decorating is so much fun!  I needed some extra pieces to add to the Quilt Along runner.  I wanted to do another runner for the little bookcase table in the kitchen, along with something for the kitchen counter. I have this adorable kitchen inspired print in Christmas colors, and I wanted to use more of it this year. Last year I did the Christmas Candle Wrapper with it.

Christmas Quick Projects at From My Carolina Home

This year, I cut strips of red and green fabrics to coordinate with the print. If you want to make this project, just find a focus fabric and cut a piece 8 inches x 32 inches. Then you’ll need 18 red squares and 18 green squares three inches each. I started with 3-inch strips.

Christmas Quick Projects at From My Carolina Home

Sew the strips together, then cross cut 3-inches wide into two-square doublets. You’ll need to unpick a couple.

Christmas Quick Projects at From My Carolina Home

Sew those together for a two color border. Two green squares and one red square were sewn together, then sewn to the ends. The side borders begin and end with red squares, 15 on each side.

Christmas Quick Projects at From My Carolina Home

When I read this post on Connie Campbell’s blog Freemotion By the River on her cute Fast and Easy Table Topper, I knew it was a great design for the countertop.  All it takes is six pinwheels, two small squares, and one big square cut into triangles.  Click on the blue project title to go to her blog for the directions. I made up some quick pinwheels and assembled this little project in under an hour, using those same prints.

Christmas Quick Projects at From My Carolina Home

I loaded them onto the longarm frame together with the quilt along runner. Both runners got the Deck the Halls panto.

Christmas Quick Projects at From My Carolina Home

I put a snowflake panto on the pinwheel mini quilt. I wanted a large motif for the center, so I had to start by lining it up with that big snowflake where I wanted it on the piece. Quilting it was really fast since it is small. I think I would have liked this to be a little denser, like Connie did hers.

Christmas Quick Projects at From My Carolina Home

I cut the same red fabric binding for all three projects to make it simpler. They were stitched on one by one.

Christmas Quick Projects at From My Carolina Home

I had a nice Sunday stitching down the binding on the back while watching the football games.  The little runner covers the book table in the kitchen.   More Christmas cookbooks are set out, these from my Gooseberry Patch collection.

Christmas Quick Projects at From My Carolina Home

Connie’s Pinwheel Fast and Easy Table Topper was on the kitchen counter.

Pinwheel Quick mat

But I also like it on the pub table with a woodland Santa and a little tree. Maybe I just need to make another one!

Pinwheel Quick mat

Next up is a Christmas Hexagonal Table Topper, downloadable instructions with a template available on that post.

Christmas fabrics project 1

I still have lots of Christmas fabrics, and I am really inspired right now.

Christmas Fabrics 1

Plus there are all these fabrics too, what I didn’t use on the ornaments.  More tables to decorate too.

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I am going to try a new-to-me technique on the next project, and I’ll have that for you soon! Are you sewing any holiday themed projects?


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Forest Paths Mini Quilt

Next in the series of mini quilts for the table top frame is one that is inspired by the forest around our home.  I went looking for a 6-inch block design, and  I found the perfect pattern at Quilt Blocks Galore, a six-inch block called Forest Paths.  The forests around our home are so green right now, many shades and variations.  So, instead of using the two colors like the block calls for, I used all scrappy greens.

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Here is my inspiration, taken from around our home.

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Notice how the sunlight makes the colors brighter.

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While shade deepens the green to almost black.

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So here are the initial cuts.  Using a purple flower print on white for the contrast reminds me of the periwinkles that cover the mountainside in spring.

Forest Paths 1

I chain pieced the HSTs.

Forest Paths 2

Then squared up the HSTs.

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I laid out the pinwheels to be sure I didn’t have the same print twice on a single one.  Also, I wanted to be sure they pinwheeled in the same direction.  Oops, need to fix those bottom ones.

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The pinwheel units were sewn, and the border units constructed.

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Then it was easy to join the units in rows as usual.

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Laying out the units, I wanted to make sure that the same fabric wasn’t too close together between units.

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Satisfied with their placement, they were sewn together.

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Now, quilting. This was a small quilt, and very doable on a domestic machine, but I still use the longarm. I wanted to do some free motion because I still need more practice!

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I think I went a little crazy and over-quilted it.  It has stitch in the ditch as well as all that surface fill.

Forest Paths quilting 2

But I did figure out to travel around the quilt so I wouldn’t have to tie off as often.

Forest Paths quilting 3

I auditioned the starting point on the binding so I wouldn’t end up with a seam in the corner. That happens more often than I want to admit.  I matched the binding to the backing, which gave another scrappy green to the front.

Forest Paths binding

As the binding was whipped to the backside, you can see the little hangers. I went over how to do those in the previous Mini Quilt finishing.

Forest Paths binding with hangers

All done!

Forest Paths ~ From My Carolina Home 1

Hanging up, with my little ceramic rabbit decorated in green too.

Forest Paths ~ From My Carolina Home 4

Another Mini Quilt for the collection!  I have added a category for these so you can find all of them together.  Just look at the categories on the sidebar for Mini Quilts.  If you left off the hangers, this would make a cute candle mat too.  I think if you made six and set two rows of three, they would be a nice placemat too.  A single block could serve as a mug rug.  OK, now I have to go make more, LOL!!

 

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Spring Tulip Mini Quilt finishing

The second afternoon, I finished up the table top mini quilt to fit the stand I have. This project is small enough to quilt on your domestic machine. Since I have the longarm, I use it even for small projects. If you missed the first post on paper piecing the top, click HERE.

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We left off last time with the top fully assembled.

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Now, make the hangers. Start with two pieces of backing fabric cut 1-1/2 inches by 4 inches.

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Bring the short sides together and sew with a 1/4 inch seam.

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Press with the seam in the middle of one side.

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Fold up so the raw edges are together with the seam inside, and press.

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Set up the top to quilt, or use your domestic machine to quilt the top to batting and backing. I chose an ecru thread.

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Quilt as desired. I did all free motion, with feathers in the borders, some straight lines on the tablecloth, and swirls next to the geese.  The geese got a trefoil-like design.  There is ribbon candy next to the tulip pot and along the top and bottom.  Some stippling in the background finished the quilting.  Trim away the excess batting and backing.

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Now, pin the hangers to the back of the trimmed quilt about 6 inches apart with the raw edges lined up with the quilt edge.

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Sew close to the edge. Don’t worry, they get sewn down a second time when you add the binding to the front.

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Attach the binding to the front. See my Binding Tutorial for complete instructions on doing perfect binding.

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As you fold the binding to the back, the stitching will line up on the hangers with the binding edge. Hand whip as usual.

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The hanger pieces will fold up like they did on our White on White Mini Quilt to hold the little quilt on the stand.

White finish close up hangers

All done!

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Ready to add to your springtime decor.

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Fast, easy and fun!  If you don’t have a quilt stand, just leave off the little hanger pieces and use it as a table decoration, place mat or oversize mug rug.  Are you quilting something special for spring?

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Spring Tulip Mini Quilt

Spring’s softer colors and all the flowers in bloom inspired me to get out some pretty pastels and create another mini quilt. It took only two afternoons to complete.

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I started with a paper pieced tulip that I did in a demo some years ago. Then I pulled some pretty spring pastels to go with it.

Spring Tulip Mini Quilt - 1

I don’t have this paper pieced pattern anymore, and I was not successful in finding it for you, but I did find one similar at Sew What’s New – Paper Pieced Tulip.

Next, I drew out some flying geese and enlarged them on my computer to be about 8 inches high.

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I paper pieced those too.

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The key to getting paper piecing perfect is to fold back the paper after each addition …..

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and cut off the piecing at 1/4 inch.

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Then you know where to line up the next piece.

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Voila, flying geese done. Note that I added some 2-1/2 inch borders to increase the total size.

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I needed more height on the tulip pot, so I removed the bottom border and added a pastel print for a tablecloth that the pot would sit on.

Spring Mini Quilt - 1

I had a bit of scrap lace too, so I added that as a trim.

Spring Mini Quilt - 2

I squared off the excess on the sides, leaving the bottom long for proper fitting to the geese unit.

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Placing the units side by side, I lined up the seams at the top and sewed the two together.

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Then I trimmed it up to be 12 inches square to fit the table top frame.

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I don’t mind paper piecing if the project is small like this one.  Do you like to paper piece?

Ready for part 2?  Click on Spring Tulip Mini Quilt Finishing

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Table Stand White Quilt

When I get in one of my Victorian moods, it is hard to stop embellishing!  The white on white table stand quilt is a good example.  I kept going and going, like the you-know bunny!  Pearls were added to the lace heart.  If you missed part one construction and quilting, click HERE.

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I added more beads to the top, but they are small and hard to photograph.

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I added these neat five sided mother-of-pearl buttons…

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and more ribbon roses along with a long line of seed beads.

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Aren’t these clear crystal beads neat?

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I added some pearls to the Belgian lace basket.

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This heart shaped button looks like lace.

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The bugle beads went on in a line, and I added a few more after that.

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There are five pearls in the diagonal line.  There are 88 seed beads on the lower right going up the edge of that patch.

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It hangs nicely on the frame from the loops on the back.

White finish close up hangers

Another button to the upper right, and a ribbon rose in the lower right.

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I need to press it, forgot to do that!

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The white reindeer stays out all winter, and looks wonderful with the quilt.  The dark line on the left is a shadow from the frame.

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More handwork to come!  Do you enjoy handwork?