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Cupid Box 2021 – Pillows, Table Runner and Wall Hanging

Just a day before Valentines’ Day and I’ve finished a lovely set of decor! These projects were inspired from the 2021 Cupid Box from Fat Quarter Shop.

The annual Cupid Box from Fat Quarter Shop is a mystery box filled with fabric, a pattern, and exclusive accessories/notions for the holiday. This was my first time getting this box and I was pleasantly surprised! It included a bunch of heart goodies like: clips, a handy tape measure, key ring charm, and ruler grips. The featured fabric was a stack of fat quarters from the “From the Heart” line by Sandy Gervais and an exclusive panel with large images of typewriters, love letters, and phones. There was an exclusive pattern to make a quilt from this fabric, but I went my own way and created some Valentine decor for my house.

Pillows
I started off making two pillows featuring the large typewriters from the panel. I pieced together squares from the fat quarters to make an outside border. This turned out to be much more difficult than expected because of all the math involved! The typewriter image wasn’t exactly square, so even when I figured out the measurement the border needed to be for two of the sides, I couldn’t copy it for the other two sides and had to adjust the size of my white spacer squares to cover the difference accordingly. It all turned out decently, but by this point I was already regretting branching out and wishing I had a pattern to follow!

Table Runner
Next up was a table runner. I was determined to use up as many images from the panel as possible! I really liked the heart blocks that were included in the quilt pattern, so I made those as designed, but added white borders around them to make them the same size as the love letter and phone images from the panel. I thought surely this would help me put the pieces together easier! Unfortunately, I found that while those blocks lined up nicely with each other, they didn’t line up perfectly with the typewriter (which still wasn’t square!). After trying out a few layouts I decided to add a red border around some of the edges to make the two sides the same height as the typewriter. The design definitely changed from my original vision, but I’m happy with how it turned out.

Wall Hanging
At this point I was ready to be done with these projects, but I still had more panel pieces to use up! 🙂 I had also premade a bunch of hearts when I made the table runner (smart move), so I had some blocks ready to work with. I decided to keep it as simple as I could and cut up strips of the remaining fat quarters to use as sashing around the blocks. I didn’t have enough pieces of each fabric to make solid strips, but I actually like the scrappiness of it!

All in all, I’m very happy with this set of projects! However, I learned that I don’t dream of becoming a pattern designer and instead can’t wait to follow someone else’s math next time!

Finished Size: 20" x 20" for Pillow Covers, 42" x 14.5" for Table Runner, 22.5" x 22.5" for Wall Hanging 
Fabric: From the Heart by Sandy Gervais for Riley Blake Designs
Atkinson Designs

Desert Stars Table Runner – Version 2

This is the second time I’ve made the Desert Stars Table Runner pattern from Atkinson Designs (first version found here). This time I needed to make a small winter wall hanging for my mom and thought this would be perfect. Because I was trying to make it to fit a particular area in her house, I shortened it by one star. I used blue batiks from my stash and a solid white. I quilted this on my home machine.

I love this pattern! It’s very beginner friendly with great step-by-step color illustrations. It even shows which way to press the seams on each step for best results. I love that it takes the guess work out of it!

Finished Size: 11.5" x 32"
Pattern: Desert Stars Table Runner by Atkinson Designs
Fabric: assorted batik scraps and solid white
Fat Quarter Shop

Charming Christmas Wall Hanging

I came across this wallhanging pattern on an episode of Fat Quarter Shop’s weekly livestream on YouTube. It’s perfectly my style and better yet, the pattern is FREE! I even loved the fabric they used in their example so much that I bought it and used it. It is actually offered as both a 26.5″ x 26.5″ mini quilt (the version I did) and a 59″ x 59″ throw sized quilt. The mini uses mini 2.5″ charm packs and the bigger version uses regular 5″ charm packs.

I quilted this on my longarm (the first non-test quilt sandwich!) and played around with rulers and free-hand.

Finished Size: 26.5" x 26.5"
Pattern: Mini Charming Christmas Quilt by Fat Quarter Shop
Fabric: Naughty or Nice by BasicGrey
Other

Noah’s Ark Wall Hanging

I went to Joann Fabrics looking for the cheapest panels I could find to practice free-motion quilting with my new longarm. I picked up this Noah’s Ark panel because of all the opportunities to trace around the animals and add designs to the background elements. By the end of it, I had a great feel for the machine and it turned out pretty cute! My daughter claimed it, so it worked out well!

Finished Size: 34" x 41.5"
Fabric: Noah's Ark panel from Joann Fabrics
Sugaridoo

Sugaridoo Foundation Paper Piecing Course

I have followed Irene of Sugaridoo on YouTube for awhile and was amazed at her foundation paper piecing patterns, but had never done foundation paper piecing myself. When she offered a beginner’s class I signed right up! I took the four-week Foundation Paper Piecing E-Course and learned so much! She went through the process step-by-step, explaining the different methods and materials for foundation paper piecing along the way. She even held a weekly live Q & A Zoom call.

During the course we made these two paper pieced blocks which are mug-rug sized (9″ x 6″). I, however, have hung them up on my sewing room wall! I definitely see more paper piecing in my future!