Friday, April 19, 2019

~ Spring Blossoms Table Runner FREE Tutorial ~

Today I have a sweet little project to share.  Spring Blossoms Table runner was inspired by the spring flowers that are lacking from my yard.  Since the flowers are slow to bloom outside I'm making my own flower garden inside.  The flower block is a variation of my Back Porch Blooms quilt series found on the right sidebar of my blog.

This is a scrappy table runner.  I used several different fabrics from several different lines of fabric and manufacturers.

Not only is the Blossom block a variation of the Back Porch Blooms, I also change up the leaves a little.  Even with all the changes the blocks are still easy to make.  

Awe....just look how cute it looks on the desk in my office.  

So lets get to it!  The cutting list will be listed above each diagram.  All fabrics will be layered with right sides together before stitching.  All seams are 1/4".   Pressing directions are indicated with arrows on images. 
  The background, binding and backing is all white.  The estimated yardage is 2 yds.  It's estimated with overage for those little UH-OH's.

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(4) 4.5 x 3 Blue     (8) Red 4.5 x 3     (32) 1.5 x 1.5 White Background

Draw a line from corner to corner on all (32) 1.5 x 1.5 White Background.  Layer (1) 1.5 x 1.5 on both upper corners of (1) Blue 4.5 x 3.  Stitch on the drawn line.  Trim 1/4" away from the outside of the stitched line.  Press.  Repeat for all RED and Blue 4.5 x 3.

Repeat the same method of Stitch, Clip and Flip as in the previous step.  

(6) 2 x 4.5 Yellow     (8) 1.5 x 1.5 Red    (4) 1.5 x 1.5 Blue

(6) 2 x 1.5 Yellow     (3) 1.5 x 1.5 Red

Assemble (2) 2 x 1.5 Yellow with (1) 1.5 x 1.5, Press.

Assemble the two previous units as shown below, Press

(12)2 x 3 White Background     (12)2 x 1.5 White Background    (12)1.5 x 1.5 Pink

Layer and stitch together (1)2 x 1.5 and (1)1.5 x 1.5 Pink.  Press.  To this unit add (1)2 x 3 White BG as shown below.  I forgot the pressing arrow on the image.  Press to the 2 x 3 White Background.  Use the diagram to make (2) sets of (6).

 Assemble the units as show below, Press.

(8) 2 x 4.5 Green print 1     (8) 2 x 4.5 Green print 2    (32) 1.5 x 1.5 White Background

Draw a line from corner to corner of all (32) 1.5 x 1.5 White Background.  Layer and Stitch together (1) Green print 1 and (1) Green print 2.  Press to the side, it doesn't matter which way you press.  Repeat with all Green prints.  Layer (1) 1.5 x 1.5 on all corners of the green unit.  Stitch, clip and flip.  Press.

(8) 4.5 x 2.5 White Background   (8) 4.5 x 4.5 White Background  (4) 1.5 x 9.5 Green 

Assemble (1) 4.5 x 2.5 with (1) leaf unit.  Repeat with all leaf units.  Assemble (1) 4.5 x 4.5 White Background with the new leaf unit. Press. Repeat with all leaf units.  Assemble (2) leaf units with (1) 1.5 x 9.5 Green.  Use the diagram below for leaf  unit placement.  Their is (2) different leaf blocks.

Assemble the blocks as show below.  Press.

Cut (4) 3.25 x WOF White Background, sew end to end.  Cut into (2) 63.50 x 3.25 and (2) 15.5 x 3.25

Layer and Stitch (2) 63.50 x 3.25 to both long sides.  Press.

Layer and Stitch (2) 15.5 x 3.25 to each end.  Press.

Now all that is left to do is add the backing, quilt and bind!  Yeah!   

For the backing I cut (2) 22 x WOF White Background.  Remove selvages, Stitched end to end with a 1/2" seam.  Press to the side.   

The binding (4) 2.25 x WOF White Background.

If you make the Spring Blossoms table runner pattern please send me pictures, I LOVE seeing your creations with my tutorials and patterns.  You can send them to 

#scrappytablerunner #tablerunner #freetablerunnertutorial #freespringquilt #springtablerunner #flowertablerunner #eastertablerunner #scrappymakemehappy 

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

~ Shout out to Em's Scrap Bag ~

Just like most of you everyday I sit down at my computer and read a few blog post.  I have to admit I don't read as many as I used to for a couple of reasons.  Number 1 reason:  Lack of blogs.  Bloggers are leaving the blogging scene and using the quick and easy way of  communicating on social media. Instagram seems to be the hottest thing going these days.    Number 2 reason:  TIME...or the lack there of.   That being said....Time is wasting so lets get right to the point of this blog post.  
Em's Scrapbag, have you heard of this blogger?  Well if not let me tell you, Em is an amazing scrap quilter and designer.  Her blog is always full of color and inspiration.  Again I'll admit I don't always read her posts but I try fit in as many as I can when I get the time.  Anyway.....Somehow I totally missed out on her new quilt along this year.....let me rephrase that...her FREE quilt along.  The photo below is what caught my eye as I scrolled through Blogger Reader.  Aren't these little houses just darling?

As I read through the blog post I realized this was a quilt along.  How did I miss that?  When did it start?  Is there an introduction page?  After a few clicks on her blog I found the answers to all my questions.  Click here for the Page with all the links each part of the QAL.  The first post about the QAL was in January, then every month since.  Boy do I feel like a doof.  Somehow I've overlooked every post since January.  We'll blame it on the dog!   The picture below shows the QAL quilt minus the have got to see the scrappy center.  The center is so me.  I'd love to jump right in my pile-o-scraps and start stitching.   

Don't forget to check out Em's weekly link up.  There's always something new and exciting being shared by other bloggers.  The theme for the linky party is all about making progress and moving forward on projects.  Hence the name Moving it Forward Monday.  Hop over and join the party!

As I mentioned early Em is also a quilt pattern designer.  Almost all of her patterns use scraps.  You can find her pattern shop here.  Don't forget to check out her homemade soaps.....I LOVE LOVE LOVE her soaps.  I've been using them for over a year now.  It's the only bars of soap I use.  Let me say I am in no way affiliated with Em other than I'm one happy customer and I love her soap.  I do not and will  not receive anything for this shout out to Em's shop. 

#2019QAL #quiltalong2019 #freequiltpattern #podunkpretties

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

~ Giveaway Winners and More ~

A big thank you to all who enter the pattern giveaway!  Even if you didn't win there's still plenty more fun scheduled for this month.  There will be a free pattern for everyone sometime this week.  And next week is a fabric giveaway!  Oh it's a bundle that would fit in with my color pallet.  So if you love bright happy fabrics be sure to come back for visits in the next couple of weeks.  
The winners for this giveaway were chosen by an online random name generator.
Congratulations to 
Both have been emailed.  Should they not respond within a week, new winners will be chosen.

Here's a sneak peek at Spring Blossoms, the  free pattern that will soon be available.  It's a great little project for using up a few scraps.  I had so much fun putting this one together, the simple design could be used in any decor.  But of course I chose bright and happy.  This is another project that may end up in my new office space.

Since we're on the topic of my office.....A couple of weeks I pulled fabric for a laptop cover.  As it goes all to often around here, I became preoccupied with other projects and the laptop cover is still just an idea.  The office desk is slowly becoming a catch all.  It's time to get things organized before they get out of control.  The white baskets below were purchased at Meijer.  If I can't be organized at least I can hide it in them!  HAHA!   Reverting to my teenage ways!

You all know my fondness for cherries.  Well while at Meijer's this week I spied the most adorable kitchen towels.  Let me tell you, it took all I had to leave them hanging in the store.  Chances are they will eventually end up in my cart.  Unless you go buy them all....please do!  I don't need them!  

#quiltinggiveaway #officeorganizing #freequiltingpattern #podunkpretties #cherrylove

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

~ My Talented Family ~

This is a post about my creative and talented family.  Before going any further I want to give you a heads up/WARNING about what you will see in this post.  The WARNING is being made due to the highly PC culture that has taken over our society.   So if you would prefer to NOT see a handmade knife don't read any further.  You have been warned, so please no snarky comments, they will be deleted.  

As a family of makers we tend to give gifts that we put our heart and souls into.  This doesn't stop with just me and my quilting.  My entire family loves to make things, from homemade baked goods to rebuilding cars, everyone has a craft.  Most of us dabble in many different hobbies.  Each one of my children is talented in many different form of the arts.  For my birthday this year my two sons worked together to make a knife.  Remember we're talking about a form of art not a usable tool.  It could be used, it's sharp.  Just like in quilting, some are made to be used and some are made to be hung on a wall.  My youngest son has always shown a talent for working with metals.  He originally wanted to be a jeweler.  Here's a piece he did about 10 yrs ago while still in high school.

The two boys also worked together to make my older sons wedding rings.  My DIL also helped with this project.  What an amazing gift to one another.  The rings are not fancy just a simple band made with love.  Does it get any more romantic than that?  Makes a momma tear up knowing how much they love one another.

So who are these amazing people? (Yep, I'm bias)  This is my youngest son Trever(the jeweler and knife maker) and his fiance Heather.  A fun couple that keep me in stitches.  Always joking around and telling funny stories.  Both are dog whispers and are trying to build a relationship with our Khaleesi.  The truth be told I think they should go into animal training.  They both seem to understand animals on a different level than the rest of us.

My oldest son, Derek and his wife Kristi.   As you can tell by the picture they love adventure.  But they too are just overgrown kids that love to have a good time.  They are such a joy to be around.  Not only for the fun times but because it's so obvious they are in love.  These 2 are modern day hippies, full of love and peace.

So when I was given this little box of what looks like tea I knew the contents was not tea.  Of course it would be something homemade.  But were these mischievous boys up to no good?

I was surprised to find this hand crafted little knife.

How cute is this?  Look closely at the shape of the entire knife.  It is half a pair of scissors, how clever!

They even made a little sheath with hand stitching.  There's a story behind the handle.  My oldest son found the piece of cedar while canoeing on the Ohio river last fall.  He was going to burn it that evening at camp.  But when he was cutting up the wood for the fire he saw the beautiful color and design and couldn't stand the thought of throwing it in the fire.  He loved it so much he couldn't even bare to throw out the cedar shavings when carving he handle.  They became filler in the tea box.  The  attention to detail is beautiful.  The little cut out in the handle is a copper inlay.  That copper is his signature.  He is a pipe fitter in a local union.  

The copper has also been used to add a little interest on the top of the handle.  It's amazing workmanship.  A one of kind piece.  It makes me proud to know my boys put so much time and effort into such a small gift.  Priceless.

I pulled this image off of Dereks instagram account.  He's working on the knife with the guidance of his younger brother Trever(the knife maker).  I had no idea when he posted this picture that the knife was for me.  Sneaky boys! Some things never change.  I'm a proud momma.   They are good boys, with big hearts and loving spirits.  What more could a momma want?

You thought this would be the end of the story, wrong!  There's another crafty man I would like to give a little shout out to today.....Mr. Podunk!  It is his turn to shine.  You all already know he's a handy guy.  He is also known as Mr. Fixit.  That's a self imposed title.  He says it's what he was born to do, fix things.  And he does a mighty fine job.  So this week I gave him a very simple task of making a quilt ladder. I've been wanting one for years but I'm to cheap to buy one.   Here it is in the early stages of construction.

When I went out to the garage yesterday evening to see how it was going.....TADA!  It's done!  Well his part is done.  I'm the finisher.  Now to decide do I leave it as is or add paint?  I'm not sure. I'll give it a few days before making my decision.  

#familyofmakers #khaleesithegermanshepherd #treverbrummett #derekbrummett #podunkpretties #dailyquote #dailyinspiration 

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