As I was gathering ideas for Spring decor projects, I remembered this Tulip Twist pattern and fabric kit I had purchased at Front Porch Quilt Shop two years ago. I pulled it out and made it along with my other recent tulip projects. I love the movement this piece creates! Both with the turning flowers and the dancing border.
The border was perhaps the most time-consuming part of this project. It involved making strip sets of each color of fabric sewn to a white strip and then cutting those down into 1.5″ pieces. (Small!) What took up the most time was sewing all those 1.5″ pieces together. The finished product was worth it though!
I took the opportunity to play around with the quilting, trying different designs in each flower. I used some of my rulers and a bit of freehand.
Ironically my real tulip garden outside looks like it’s not going to bloom this year, but at least I’ll have these cute flowers inside!
Finished Size: 32" x 32"
Pattern:Tulip Twist by Front Porch Quilts
After getting a request for circular placements to fit on my mom’s circular glass dining table, I came across the Hexi Mat pattern and immediately thought it would be the perfect solution! Not only would a hexi mat fit the stipulation of not hanging off the circular edges of the table, but using a pattern that was already designed would allow me to finish the project faster. The quilt shop I purchased the pattern from was also selling fabric kits, which saved even more time!
I love the look of the crisscrossing borders around the main hexagon! It provides good visual interest and allows you to feature a few different fabrics. The border strips are created with strip sets, which believe it or not, was a technique I had never done until now. How easy and fast! I was able to finish this pair of mats in a few hours. The pattern also features a wrap around self-binding using the backing which is pretty slick.
I will definitely be making more of these for my own table (shown in the pictures)! These would be great as a table topper for a centerpiece as well.
This tote bag was a fun one! What a great way to use a panel! I got this fabric and pattern kit from the Front Porch Quilt Shop and gifted this bag to my mom. The construction of the bag was different from any other bag I’ve done so far, done in a way where the front/back, sides and bottom pieces are sewn together to make one large piece, quilted, and then folded around to form the structure of the outer bag (instead of quilting the separate pieces and assembling afterward).
I quilted this free-motion on my Juki 2010Q because it was too small to put on the longarm. It was fun to create designs on this Minnesota lake scene. I used Soft and Stable, which gave it great form and added SF101 to the lining.
I definitely plan on using this pattern again. The tote is a perfect size to carry books or project materials.