Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fun Flower Candle Mat

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AccuQuilt Fun Flower Candle Mat at Freemotion by the River
Remember the cute little candles I got for my birthday.......well I decided I need a little candle mat for them so I pulled out a cute batik with little hexagons on it and my AccuQuilt Fun Flower die.
AccuQuilt Fun Flower die at Freemotion by the River
You will need the following:
  • 1 - 16 x 16 inch background fabric
  • 1 - fat quarter of a batik for the the flowers
  • Iron on fusible webbing - I used Heat n Bond Lite
  • 1 - 16 x 16 piece of batting - I used Warm & Natural
  • 1 - 16 x 16 backing fabric
  • 2 - 2 1/2 inch strips the width of fabric for binding
  • Thread to match flowers and also for background quilting
I cut my batik into 5 inch strips and added the iron on fusible webbing to the back. I then cut out 8 flowers with my AccuQuilt GO! Baby and the Fun Flower die.

I ironed my background fabric in half, then folded again and then on the diagonal to get the creases shown below. Then I removed the paper from the fusible and placed my flowers on with the corner flowers having a petal 2 inches from the edge and the over 4 flowers spaced 3 1/2 inches from the edge as shown.
placing flowers on fabric
I placed my batting behind the top but I didn't add the backing yet. I then used my vintage 15-91 Singer to free motion quilt around each flower using a dark brown thread.
Free motion applique
When I was done appliqueing around the flowers I added my backing, switched to a light creme thread and echo quilted around the flowers and filled in with some stippling.
Quilting the background
Just a little wiggle, wiggle around the flowers.
Close up of quilting
When I did my trunk show at the Friendship Quilt guild last week everyone noticed that.....I wasn't very good at labeling my quilts so that is something I am going to work on. Yesterday Barb sent me a link to a cute Easter bunny tutorial by Julie of The Crafty Quilter that you should check out and.....Julie put a cute little label on it so I decided to make one too from a 5 inch square.

I pieced together my 2 strips of binding, folded it in half and stitched it to the front of my piece after I attached the little label in the corner.
add a label
I then stitched down the binding on the back side. Isn't that a cute fabric on the back....I have no idea how long or where I got it but my dad happened to walk by when I was working on this and.....thought the back was beautiful. When I flipped it over and showed him the front......he still said he liked the back better.....
Backing of candle mat
Nothing fancy but I have a label!
My label
This was a fast little fun project to make.
Fun Flower Candle mat at Freemotion by the River
Here is the candle mat with one of the candles.
This is the way I will have it sit on the table. 
3 candles on mat
I also took a picture with the lights turned down low so you could see the candles better.
night time candles

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Linky Tuesday

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Today is Linky Tuesday!
Last week we saw this beautiful quilt from Stitchnquilt that is so adorable with the little owls on it! Thanks so much for sharing Elaine and be sure and grab a featured button.

I always enjoy the new things I see and new blogs I find at linky parties around the web and hope you will take part in mine and also visit many new blogs and make some new friends!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Birthday Goodies

Pin It When we went to visit our friends over the weekend we had to make a stop at Expressions in Threads in LeClaire, IA to check out the store which just doubled in size. There were specials all week, I missed the batik sale on Friday but I picked up some fat quarters for $1.50 a piece and Bonnie Hunter's book String Fling. If I have the book sitting around......maybe I will finally finish my Roll, Roll Cotton Boll mystery quilt that I started 4 years ago.
Expressions in Threads goodies
The fabrics on the left are batiks and on the right you can see some beautiful florals and tone on tones.
Fat quarters on sale
Today is my birthday and our sweet friends had a bag a goodies for me! Do you think they know I love batiks? I am going to have so much fun working with these beautiful fabrics!
Batik birthday gifts
Last year we went to a shop in Fulton, IL and she bought some neat candles that flicker and look real. I liked them but......spent my money next door at Calico Creations. Imagine my surprise when I found these in my birthday bag! She and her husband stopped at BOTH stores for gifts! We had a lot of fun and I think I gained 5 pounds from all the fantastic food they fixed!
Electric candles
When we got home yesterday afternoon I started playing with a new project and here is a little peek at it. 
Triangle project
 My plans for today include working on the applique and quilting of this neat piece that I made using my Berry Christmas batiks from Island Batik. I was doing a lot of yard work this past week and didn't get much quilting is raining today.....a perfect quilt day! Don't forget to come back tomorrow for Linky Tuesday.

Builder Bob is going to take me out to dinner tonight.....he is such a sweetie!
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