Saturday, March 28, 2015

#85 Exciting News..... "Twists & Churns"

Remember all the hints of what I was secretly sewing.....Well, I'm so excited to finally be able to share...... I designed a cute mini quilt, Twists & Churns and it's being published in the next issue of The Art of Home free eMagazine by Jacquelynne Steves.
I hope you will all pop over and sign up, and let me know what you think!! If  you decide to make a Twists & Churns mini I hope you will tag it with #twistsandchurns on social media (especially Instagram)  so I can see what you come up with!!
If my pattern isn't enough to grab you, Jacquelynne also has an interview with Pat Sloan in this issue!!

What I've Been Up To:

I finished my Elephant Parade Quilt pattern by Sew Fresh Quilts. I used Lorna's scrappy bits border technique and it looks so cute.

Used my new label (don't forget, upstairshobbyroom,  is the coupon code to save you 5% if you are looking for labels, link is in the sidebar)

 I put a 5" square folded in half in the top corner for a hanging hook and maybe an extra label (if I am blessed to someday give this beauty to a grandbaby, just say'n)

I still need to add the embroidery details....working up to's been awhile and I'm rusty.

I tested the Geometric Butterfly for Kristy at Quiet Play. Oh my goodness it turned out so fantastic. I love rainbows, and wanting spring to come sooner, I am playing with lots of colour right now!!! It just makes me smile.....happy colours......

Which turned into making an Easter Basket, pattern by Amy Smart

Which turned into a rainbow table runner......which I love.......smiling big this week, even with the freezing weather we are having......

I thought I would share the pattern/ measurements I made for my runner, incase anyone else is inspired to create their own rainbow.

Rainbow Table Runner Quilt as You Go

Measure your table to get the size you want for width and length. I will give you my measurement, but you insert your own in its place.

I made my table runner approximately 14" wide by 94" long. You will need to add about a 1/2 " to an 1" to your width for trimming later.

You will need a piece of backing fabric and batting a couple of inches bigger than your finished runners length and width.

Cut: (40) 2.5" strips 14.5" long in various colours (I chose 27 colours from Kona jelly roll strips) 
        (39) 1" strips 14.5" long in Kona White

Binding strips: (6) 2.25" X WOF strips Kona White

I spray basted the backing and batting together and starting in the center with a coloured strip right side up and a white strip wrong side up and right side to the coloured strip 14.5" raw edges lined up stitch a 1/4" seam through all layers. Press the white fabric back and add the next coloured strip. Continue sewing on alternating white and coloured strips until you cover to the end. Tip: Sew the white strips top to bottom and the coloured strips bottom to top to even out the pull on the fabric, or your will have a very misshaped runner. Then repeat for the other side.

*If you are unfamiliar with quilt as you go check out this tutorial I did or another one here

When you're done, trim up the sides and ends and bind your runner!!

Good luck and happy sewing!!!!


  1. You did a great job of the looks great, and thanks for sharing all the other goodies with us.


  2. Congratulations on showcasing your new quilt in Jacquelynne's emagazine!!!! It's adorable, and who doesn't love churn dashes? Your elephants are also adorable and will make that someday grandbaby giggle and goo, which will make you a pile of goo yourself, but you will love it :*) Kristy's butterfly is amazing - that's a pattern I'll have to have. And thanks for the rainbow runner tute - you know I love rainbows!!!!

  3. Busy, busy! Love the quilting on your Elephant Parade, and that butterfly is awesome!

  4. Wow, you've been busy! Congrats on the Twists & Churns mini---I love it!

  5. You've been a busy bee! Love your quilting on the Elephant Parade. The quilt turned out awesome. Congrats on your mini.

  6. That Twists & Churns is a fantastic design! Congrats on the publication, Sandy! Of course I love your Elephant Parade. The backing/binding fabric you chose are so perfect for this and I adore the quilting. Here's hoping there will be a grandchild to be snuggled in it! Love the rainbow butterfly and runner too. Those bright and fun projects are helping us keep focused on the spring that will soon arrive..... I hope!

  7. Very cute choice of binding and backing for the elephant parade quilt.

  8. Love your elephant quilt. Lovely fabrics, makes it very funny and beautiful. Love your basket and tablerunner too. You are a busy lady!!!!
    Love from Amsterdam.

  9. You have been busy for sure! Your Elephant Parade finished up great. Thanks again for introducing me to the quilt along and Lorna.

  10. I can't wait to make your pattern twists and churns!!! I'm getting ready to take my elephant parade to a longarmer, looking forward to finishing it! I'm so in love with your rainbow butterfly, runner is adorable to!!!


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