Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A Wooly Pumpkin Patch Project

A new Fall project in my Pumpkin Patch! 

I had such fun sewing wool applique mitten ornaments  HERE
that I decided I wanted to make wooly pumpkins for Fall.

Working with wool is very new to me
and I have very little wool in  my stash so I decided to get
as much of a head start as I could by using a kit.

I found many pretty choices at

My Red Door Designs 

I decided on their pretty
Harvest Gathering Kit
which has everything I need to make a
9" by 17.5" quilt
except batting, thread, fusible, and other sewing room stock items.

I have a very cute furry little feline helper who really likes this kit, too.

I also found after I received the kit that they suggest cutting plastic templates
and fortunately I also had a good sized sheet of this in my sewing room supplies.

I soon found that template plastic is a favorite new cat toy.

I actually had to stop her from carrying this off.

After bagging each little piece ...

... there are 30 of them in this kit! ...

and carefully discarding all the little plastic snippings
 so my silly kitty would not eat them

I am ready for the next step ...
cutting and fusing the pieces to the background.

The kit contained all the fabrics needed for a wallhanging,
but I may add some other fabrics and make a pillow.

It is turning much colder here and most of the leaves have fallen.

Winter is in the air in my quilty corner.

A good time for sewing wooly projects.

I will be traveling for Thanksgiving this year
and cooking turkey when we get home.

May you and yours have a Happy Thanksgiving! 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Pick A Fabric Pumpkin ~ My Blog Hop Post

Welcome to my Pumpkin Patch! 

My scrapatch has become a small quilty outpost of

Tilda's World

As you can see if you clicked on the link.
it is a magical world of fabric beauty, adorable patterns
for quilts, pillows,  animals and dolls
and all that

Tone Finnanger 

and her design team can imagine.

While you are there, be sure to find these

Fabulous Free Patterns

I made this fabric pumpkin 
for the 

Be sure to visit all the magical pumpkin patches,
where imagination and creativity abound ... 

Tuesday, November 6th

Life in the Scrapatch (you are here)
Quarter Inch Crafter

This fun blog hop is hosted 
by the wonderfully creative
Carla @ Creatin' in the Sticks

I love pumpkins and everything fall so when I saw this hop
I just had to in join the fun.

I purchased two books and this beautiful Bird Pond fabric via preorder from

Julie @ The Intrepid Thread

where I first discovered Tilda and now buy most of my Tilda Fabrics.

Julie is a joy to do business with.

I am not affiliated in any way with this shop.

I am just a very happy customer.

This fabric pumpkin pattern is from the
Sewing by Heart book.

I cut templates because I plan to make more of these.

Here are the pieces to my pumpkin.

This type of sewing is a new challenge for me.

Some of it is machine and the finishing was by hand.

I could not quite get the cute little curl in the stem but
I am very happy with this project.

I really enjoyed this process.

I love to learn new things.

I am happy that I have a finished project for you.
Life has been happening here
and I have had much more limited time for sewing and blogging lately.

My sewing is my happy place but
I have been visiting lots of doctors offices lately
and that is going to be continuing for some time.

This has caused me to cut back on my quilty commitments.

Before you go I have another project 
I would like to share with you.

There is a bright orange pumpkin in this photo
so I am counting it in the hop ... 

My Project Remix Pocketed Placemats

There is a giveaway for this 5" stacker closing soon! 
So hurry over to enter via the rafflecopter entry
if you would like to receive this fabric gift.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my pumpkin patch and to Tilda's World today.

Thank you for stopping by ... <3

Enjoy all the pumpkin patches! 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

FQS Project Remix ~ Pocketed Placemats

Here are my lovely new Remix Pocketed Placemats 
to match my everyday dishes. 

These have been in the works since summertime. 

I am using these lovely  fabrics, 

Here are the fabrics with one of my small plates.
I love these fabrics!

I am making these as a Quiltalong with the 

Remix series. 

Here is the original project ... 

Pocketed Placemats from Beautiful Projects from Jera Brandvig

I chose this project because I loved the soft colors and easy construction.

One of the things I knew I wanted to keep from the original design was the lace trim.

I also decided to add a pocket on both sides of the placement.

Here are the cutting instructions 
for these two-pocket placemats:

Make a 12.5" block for the center of your placemat
(or cut a 12.5" square of fabric)

Cut 2 rectangles 2.5" by 4.5" for the side fabrics.

Cut 2 rectangles 10" by 4.5" for the pockets

(fold in half and place the folded edge at the top
when placing for the pockets.

To make these placemats follow the

La Conner Pocketed Placemat FQS Video Tutorial

I splurged on a roll of this gorgeous

Cranberry Lace by La Conner for Lecien

I am using it on the placemats and making napkin rings
and will have enoiugh for another project with my extra
Wild Bouquet fabrics.

I read he reviews of this lace which said it may shrink
so I hand washed and dried the lace before cutting it.

For my center blocks I chose a block I designed myself
that combines a granny square
set on point with easy sew and cut corner setting triangles

This block is called

Garden Granny Block

and is a FREE block
available for download in

My Craftsy Shop

Since I am making eight placemats,
I sewed these strip sets to make my block centers.

Here are my 2" strip sets for my block centers.

Here is how I made my setting triangles for the corners of the block.
It is basically two easy to sew Disappearing Nine Patch blocks
cut once on the diagonal to make the corners.

Here are the pieces to my placemats.

I used  Fusible Fleece by Pellon for my batting
because I had this in my stash.

I pressed it to the back of my placemat tops before quilting
and before I added the backing.

Here is my first finished placemat!

The left pocket was just calling out for a matching napkin.

Sew ...
For more fun, I made rolled hem napkins
with the pretty yellow windowpane check fabric.

I carefully cut 16.5" squares of the yellow windowpane check,
Best Pressing the fabric first to make the lines straight.

I just use my flanged 1/4" foot
and rolled and stitched as I stitched.

I also made napkin rings with a 5" piece of lace and a decorative button.

I am sew happy with my lovely new place settings!

I really enjoyed making these beautiful and useful placemats.

I hope you enjoy making some for your home!

Giveaway Time!

 I am sew thankful for all my quilty blessings.
So I am giving away one ... 

Wild Bouquet 5" Stacker

to one lucky reader. 

Enter here ...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Best of luck!

Happy Quilting Along! 

* Note: I am a small blogger affiliate of the FQS and I will receive a small percentage
of the total sale for purchases made via the share-a-sale links on my blog.
Thanks to all who shop these links and help my quilting and blogging efforts. 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Peek-A-Who? Blog Hop ~ My Day!

Here is my Bewitching Pillow Cover!

It is Wickedly Reversible! 

I made this pillow for the 

Peek-A-Who? Blog Hop

Here are the pieces to my pillow  ...

 a framed pinwheel block that was a leftover from making the quilt.
and a piece of a panel from my stash plus some stash strips,
extra binding fabric, a 20" pillow form,
and my snap pliers,

Most of these fabrics are from
Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics
Some are Eerily Elegant and some are Bewitching.
I love her fabrics, particularly her Halloween designs.

I am not going to do a tutorial for this pillow.
It is basically framed blocks.

I am going to show the details that make this pillow 
sew very special.

I added batting and quilted a free form spider web
on the pillow top before I added the border strips.
This was in part to practice the spider web before I quilted the quilt.
This made for a very nice puffy pillow front.

To make an opening for inserting the pillow form I used my Dritz Snap Plier
and bright orange plastic snaps.  I use a
 Babyville Boutique Snap Pliers and plastic snaps

This is very easy to do,
even if you have a bandaid on your right index finger
from breaking off your machine needle into your finger.

Ouchie!  all these years of sewing and I was dumb enough to somehow
put my finger under the needle late one night.
I yanked my hand back so hard that I broke the needle off in my finger
and had to use tweezers to pull it out.
With lots of antibiotic cream, it is healing rather well.
Back to sewing ...

To make the pillow I sandwiched the top and back,
right sides out and added binding as I would for any quilt.
I used the extra two-color binding strips that
I used to make the flanged machine binding on the quilt.

Tutorial for how I make my two-color binding Here

First I sewed it to the back of the pillow.

Then I turned the flanged binding to the front
and added piping by inserting cotton clothesline rope
into the binding.

Then I stitched it closed with my zipper foot.

This makes a crisp pillow edge.

Pretty and easy to remove for cleaning with the snap opening.

This large pillow cover measures 20" square.

The fabrics for the top of my pillow are

Bewitching and may be found HERE

I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my blog today.

Be sure to peek into all the stops on today's
Peek A Who? Blog Hop 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Life in the Scrapatch((you are here) 

Here are the  Giveaways 
for this blog hop ... 

A lovely Gift Certificate
from the always generous

Fat Quarter Shop

Enter Here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


This beautiful blue ...

Bundle of Fabrics from 
 Timeless Treasures

It's value is $60.00! 

Enter Here: 

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

Timeless Treasures giveaway has pictures of the bundle of fabrics. It's value is $60.00.

Best of luck with the winning! 

Thank you for visiting me today.

This pillow was made to match the quilt in the background.
I am sorry I cannot show you the quilt, yet.
That quilt was made for a quilt along 
that has been rescheduled by the host site.

I hope to show this quilt soon, even if it is after Halloween.

Before you go please be sure to visit,

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

for a special treat, a free pattern!

Happy Quilty Halloween!