Spring into Summer ’19: Part 2


By Judith on May 7, 2019
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Hello again!

 

Welcome back to my Spring into Summer ’19 series of posts.

 

Spring into Summer 19 Table Display
Spring into Summer 19 Table Display

 

In part 1 (available here) we’ve covered items 1, 2, 10 & 12 on our display table.

Today it’s all about one of my favourite quilt and fabric designers, Lori Holt.

 

3 Farm Girl Vintage Book, by Lori Holt:

 

This is Lori’s first Farm Girl Vintage book of blocks which is no longer available in the UK (FGV2 is just about to hit the shops!).  I have sold quite a few in class already, and any that are left will be listed in our shop next week.

 

FGV shows you how to make all of the blocks shown on the front cover quilt, in both 6″ and 12″ size options.

 

The instructions and illustrations are really clear.  And at the back of the book there are several larger blocks & lots more patterns & ideas on how to use the blocks to make other projects like cushions and table runners.

 

4 Farm Girl Vintage inspired Table Runner:

 

Spring into Summer19 Display

 

I made a table runner using 5 x 12″ blocks from the FGV book. I chose blocks that followed a food/kitchen theme, and they were such fun to make.

 

Farm Girl Vintage 1 Table Runner

 

The pears are one of my favourite blocks in the book, and I’m working them into another bee quilt (a UFO Brit Bee quilt).

 

Brit Bee Block R4

 

5 Farm Girl Vintage Chick Cushion:

 

Easter Chick cushion

 

I first made this cushion for my Easter table display last year.  I turned a 12″ Chick block from the book into a quilted cushion.  Isn’t he cute!

 

6 Farm Girl Vintage Mama Hen Mat:

 

Mama Hen Kitchen mat

I fell in love with Mama Hen when I was helping to make a Siblings Together Quilt a few years ago.

 

It was a joy revisiting the block, this time turning it into a useful little kitchen mat.

 

Mama Hen Kitchen mat

 

And finally, the last item on display in my classroom from the Farm Girl Vintage book is my version of Lori’s Farmhouse Quilt pattern.

 

 

The Farmhouse block is one of the 14″ blocks in the book and all elements in my version of the quilt are included in the book.

 

FArm Girl Vintage1

 

So that brings part 2 to a close.

 

Next time, we continue the Lori Holt theme!  I hope you can call back again!

 

 

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New Year Table Display: Part 2


By Judith on January 20, 2019
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(Read part 1 here)

Thank you for tuning back for part 2 of my classroom’s New Year Table Display.

 

New Year 19 Display Table

 

8  Placemats

(pattern available here)

 

P1130144

 

I made these Irish linen & French General placemats for a class a few years ago now, using up some leftover Jelly roll strips and linen offcuts.

 

placemats

 

But they seem to have a classic timelessness and were my best seller on Craftsy (before Craftsy deleted 95% of my patterns last month!).

 

They include a handy cutlery pocket, and showcase the different ways you can have fun quilting them!

 

PicMonkey Collage

 

I have fond memories of past classes making these!

 

9  Moroccan Mix Table Runner & Trivet

 

Moroccan Mix Table Runner

 

This is my celebration of the wonderful colours of Morocco, a Moroccan Mix table runner & trivet published in a colourful issue of Quilt Now in 2015!

 

Moroccan Mix Table Runner

 

It’s another one of my patterns awaiting reformatting for general resale (anyone got a few minions to spare!!!).

 

Moroccan Mix Trivet

 

I would love to remake it in a completely different colourway (perhaps inspired by another country!).  All suggestions welcome!

 

Moroccan Mix Trivet

 

10  Microwave Bowl Cosies

(free tutorial available here)

 

These are a little difficult to see in the main photo.  But here they are up close!

 

Microwave Bowl Cosy
Microwave Bowl Cosy

 

I first came across this tutorial several years ago, and made myself a couple for my morning porridge bowl!  I haven’t stopped using them since!

 

The recommended materials are all 100% cotton (including the wadding) if you plan to put the cosies into the microwave.

 

Microwave Bowl Cosy

 

But don’t worry, if you don’t have 100% cotton materials, simply heat up your bowl separately in the microwave and carefully lift it out into the cosy!

 

Then you can transport your comforting bowl of goodness to your favourite spot!  Great for soup too (and hot apple crumble, yum!).

 

Microwave Bowl Cosy

 

11  Cutlery Trays

(free tutorial available here)

 

Cutlery Trays

 

Ayumi’s brilliant tutorial is for the largest tray you see here.  They are so easy to make and resize to suit your own requirements (keep the width the same, and simply shorten the length: L:13″, M:10.5″, Sml:7.5″).

 

Cutlery Trays

 

The changes I made to the pattern were to use Flex Foam Bosal instead of wadding, to give more structure, and to sew a few stitches at the corners to help them retain their shape.

 

Cutlery Trays

 

I’m sure like me you can think of a multitude of uses for these handy organisers (desk tidies perhaps?).

 

12 Pixie Cups

(free tutorial here)

 

And keeping with the organising theme, how cute are these!

 

 

Pixie Cups

 

These are literally made from scraps – Tilda and leather scraps from other projects, and offcuts of Flex Foam Bosal.

 

Pixie Cups

 

The bosal was a little tricky to work with when it came to the smallest basket! But I think this will be the case with any interfacing stiff enough to give these little pots the structure they need.  Just cut your interfacing smaller to try and keep whatever interfacing you use, out of the seams.

 

Pixie Cups

 

13  Casserole Carrier

(free tutorial here)

 

Casserole Carrier

 

If you know someone in need of a meal, or you’re helping out a friend, here’s a great way to transport it.

 

Casserole Carrier

 

Using Insul Bright heat resistant wadding, your casserole will stay warmer for longer in this carrier.

 

The construction is quick and simple.  One change I would make to the pattern is to shorten the handle (I feel it’s a little too long and ‘swingy’ for it’s heavy load!).

 

Casserole carrier

So that’s the full roundup of my New Year Display Table.

Thank you so much for sticking it out to the end of 2 lengthy posts!

I hope you’ve been inspired to try something new!

Happy sewing!

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