A 6am Mug Rug

That’s right.  I started and FINISHED the November Project QUILTING Challenge today.  I kept it simple, quick and easy – and yet it fits the challenge.  See!  You can do something small and still participate.

I used to be a morning person …but now I have kids.  It seems that the earlier I get up – the earlier my kids get up – leading me to accomplishing nothing.  Now, I stay up late to get anything finished which means my 6am wake ups require coffee. 

IMG_5480So – I made this fun little scrappy mug rug.  I chose orange scraps because it reminds me of the sunrise.


I bound in a fun lime green and I just couldn’t resist adding a few strips of purple because I like how it contrasted with the orange. 

For picture purposes I just had to make a cup of coffee to put on my new mug rug.

And since it’s almost 6pm it may just be Irish decaf coffee. (gorgeous coffee mug made by NStarStudio)

December’s Project QUILTING challenge will go up sometime tomorrow along with an announcement about the upcoming Project QUILTING retreat so stay tuned!

TGIFF Link Up! Propelled Pixels is Finished!

Hi there everyone and welcome to Persimon Dreams!  This is my first time hosting the TGIFF link up and I’m so excited to have you joining me! 
The finish I’m sharing with you all today also happens to be my ‘A Lovely Year of Finishes November Goal.’ 
The Modern Quilt Guild is holding a Michael Miller Spring Couture solid challenge.
These were the eight fat eighths of spring couture fabric we have to incorporate into my quilt.IMG_4443
I’m not really a ‘pastel’ person and knew that I could add other Michael Miller couture solids into the quilt so I did a little shopping and found these …
and these …
After spending months with this challenge in the back of my mind – at the end of October inspiration finally struck!  My inspiration actually came from playing Quilt BINGO on my bus trip to Houston.  Cheryl, our tour guide, was calling out the card at at one point she accidently said ‘nine patch block’ instead of ‘log cabin’.
This triggered me to think “Why not use nine patches to make a log cabin quilt!?”IMG_4485
I started by simply making just nine patches. I think this would have worked had this been a scrappy quilt but since I was limited to the solids I already had for the challenge (no time to do more shopping at this point) I felt that simple nine patches would be just too limiting.  I then started making some other blocks that were based off a nine patch but included half square triangles or simply just strips.  I like how this added some more dimension and interest to this piece. 
I had enough fabric (barely) to make four ‘nine patch log cabin blocks’.  Even though I’m not a traditional quilter I like to incorporate tradition into my quilts.  I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but the center of each log cabin block is red.
Now that I had my four blocks together – it was time to decide on the orientation.
The pinwheel orientation had been in my head from the beginning …
I also thought this hour glass was pretty interesting.
A more traditional layout.
And probably my second favorite layout – I really like how the darker colors frame the lighter.  BUT this was just too traditional for what I was going for.
I decided to stick with my initial inspiration and use the pinwheel layout.
I even pieced a back for this quilt!  I had to use Michael Miller fabrics and since there is so much pastel on the front I didn’t want to use anything too dark or too patterned so it would show through to the front.
Luckily – my aunt and quilter – Barb Raisbeck of Quilts by Barb – was able to squeeze me in for quilting so I could still meet the QuiltCon deadline of November 30th. 
She did a really cool center pattern IMG_5412with swirls that radiate out from the center!  Absolutely perfect for this piece!
I bound the quilt in the darker taupe.  On two sides though I did add a thin red lip of fabric.  I really like how it creates a bit of a shadow box effect.  And now  - let’s see the FINISHED quilt –
 propelled pixels
‘Propelled Pixels’
I had a lot of fun *sarcasm* photographing this quilt in the 13-degree weather and snow!  Do you see the frost still on the fence!?  I took these at 3 in the afternoon!
What do you think of my solution to the pastel challenge!?

And now it's YOUR turn! Do you have a finish to show off this week?

Link up your post below - it's best to link the URL for the individual post instead of your blog's home URL. Also, it's good etiquette to add the TGIFF button and/or a link in your post. 
And it's most fun of all when you visit some of the other participants' pages and leave little comments for them! 

Turkey Leaf Block Tutorial

It’s been a crazy couple of days!  I only have myself to blame though for getting behind.  We had a winter weather advisory on Monday so Pip and I decided to lay around, snuggle, watch Frozen and start a huge puzzle.  It was so worth it though!  Sometimes you just need a day like that!  Today’s block is to help you celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow!  I hope you enjoy my turkey with BIG feathers!

Turkey Leaf Block Tutorial for

52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

Finished Block Size – 12” x 12”

A traditional maple leaf twisted into a turkey with BIG feathers!

Supplies and Cutting Instructions

Background (blue-ish)


2 – 5” squares
2 – 4.5” squares

Feathers (oranges)


2 – 5” squares

Body (Oranges)


3 – 4.5” squares (same or different

Head (brown)
1 – 5” x 3.5” rectangle

Beak (yellow)
1 – 2.5” square

Wattle (Orange)
1 – 2” x 2.5” rectangle

Fusible Web – Brand of Your Choice

1 – 7” x 4” rectangle

Black fabric marker

Wash away fabric marker


Half Square Triangles


Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of both of your background fabrics. Place it right sides together with each 5” square of feather fabric.


Sew a ¼” seam on both sides of the line you drew.


Cut along the line.


Press towards the feather fabric. Square block to 4.5”.


You now have nine 4.5” blocks. Lay them on your design wall in the orientation shown above.


Sew together.


Rotate block so it’s on point. Now let’s make this leaf into a turkey!


I want everyone’s turkey to be unique so I’m going to show you how to draw up your own appliqué pattern. First – I drew a 4” block on point. This is the finished size of the center square and that’s what I’ll be suing for reference.


I decided that I want my turkey to have BIG feathers so – my turkey head is going to fit inside the center block. I drew a sort of kidney bean shape.


Next, I drew a triangle for the beak.


And a skinnier kidney bean for the turkey’s wattle.


I like my sketch so I traced over it with a thicker black marker to make it easier to trace onto the fusible.


Trace onto fusible.


Rough cut out the shapes and fuse them to the appropriate colored pieces of fabric. Now cut out shapes along the lines you drew.


Play around a little with placement before your final fuse.


To save time – I just drew on my turkey’s legs. In the end I’ll probably go back and add an embroidery stitch. This is completely up to you!


And with that…your ‘Turkey Leaf’ block is finished!


Get your FREE printable PDF of this block by heading to my craftsy store.  Don’t wait too long…after a month (12/26/14), the PDF will be $1.


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I can’t wait to see what all your blocks look like!  Be sure to share you blocks and any projects you make using your blocks onto our flickr group: 52 Blocks Quilt Along

Hashtag: #52bTT

Stop back next Wednesday for another twisted traditional block tutorial!

Day 6–almost home

I’m finally sharing the final day of adventures before I arrived home from the bus trip to Houston. 

IMG_5454It was another long day on the bus to get home.  We did make stops at rest stops and of course – one more fabric store!


Our final fabric store was Jackman’s in St. Louis.  This was one of my favorite shops on the trip.  The selection of fabrics was HUGE!  And seriously – who doesn’t love a good sales rack?  Well – Jackman’s had two!  I would say it’s safe to say a few of us ladies on the bus came out of there with some great new fabrics for our stash!

IMG_5457One last stop for a quick dinner before the final stretch home.My Photo Stream3

At the last stop I had all the folks on the bus do a #usie with me.  What a fun group and what great memories!


And of course – I attempted one last critters shot with the three adorable girls who gave them to me for traveling!  It was good to be home.

Holiday Show

This past weekend was the big holiday show that I hold at my orchard each year.  It’s always the weekend before Thanksgiving and it is always our last weekend open at the orchard.  Once again – the sale was a success with lots of shoppers and lots of hand crafted items going home with various people.  I had plans to make more than I did for the show – but a broken arm (Cedi’s) distracted all my last minute creating plans.  Oh well!  Here are a few things I DID get made …

IMG_4897 - Copy These fun dolls from a piece of Robert Kaufman Fabric.  Aren’t they sew cute!?  (they’re soft and squishy too!)

IMG_4901Sparkly ornaments!IMG_4973Fairy Door Ornaments – my girls already have these on their wish list!IMG_5012

Scrappy wreathes.jewerly binge

And of course – lots of new jewelry!

I’ll be posting some of these items in my etsy shops – PersimonDreams and theApple as soon as possible!

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