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Fabric Friday

Let’s talk about fabric, baby!

I’m working on cutting some scraps for the Scrapitude 2015 mystery. I decided to go a little organized this time round. I was less than happy with one of my 2014 Scrapitude tops and want to avoid future disappointment, so I’m playing it safe this time and going with a colour scheme. CITRUS!
So, I’ve pulled a mix of reds, oranges, pinks, fuchsias, and deep gold-yellows. I threw in a handful of brighter yellows too, and I like how the pile of cuts looks, but tine will tell if those make it into the quilt. When we start sewing I will be better able to make a decision about those. I don’t want to lose the design due to poor value choices..

I have a decision to make about background fabric that is more imminent. I can’t decide if I’m going to try to cut that from scraps, which I most certainly could, or use one fabric for all my background. I should stick to scraps since I have an overflowing drawer of neutrals..

On another note, at work we are busy cutting precuts out of the new Pat Sloan line, “One for you.. One for me”
It’s flipping adorbs! I’ll post a pic in a wrap up post, along with the fabric giveaway winners.

Finishing Friday

I’m determind that my finish for today will be my batik Scrapitude~2014 quilt top. DETERMINED!!
I’ve been spending just a few minutes each evening putting the blocks into rows. Though that’s not the way I prefer to work on projects, I have to admit that a few minutes here and there really helps to make progress. I’d much prefer to go into my sewing room, marathon sew, and not come out until the quilt top is pieced. A few hours of time, chunked together, would do it. I have three long seams left. Alas, life is getting in my way lately and I can only find little chunklets of time to sew. Using a fast machine (Singer 301A) does help to maximize my sewing time. I’m planning for an afternoon of sewing after work, in between my chauffeuring duties. My son will be driving soon, his last part of driver’s ed, the actual driving sessions, is scheduled for October. We waited a little late, he’s 17, but he wasn’t in a hurry to start driving. Now that the kids are doing more social things, it will be nice to have him driving and I can spend most afternoons quilting again.

For now, go quilt something! (Even if only for fifteen minutes)

Hey! It’s Throwback Thursday. Thank you to Quiltin’ Jenny for the idea!

TBT is all about the quilts we made before we were blogging. This is a pink pinwheels quilt that I made for my son’s kindergarten teacher who is also a quilter. He’s a senior now. It’s really cool that this lady has sought my quilting advice at work recently. :-)

I’ve come a long way from those pointless pinwheels.At least it was a handsewn binding!

 

Go Quilt Something!

WIP Wednesday

So many WIPs..

I am juggling several projects this week. I’ve got my current Twilter Round Robin for which I have made some circle of geese blocks. I’m adding some hand applique in the corners and then I will be ready to post it. This center is all neutrals and I love it so much. The pics of these projects can be found on the Flickr group.

Sandy posted cutting instructions last night for the 2015 edition of Scrapitude.. YAY!!!!! So I have started to think about fabrics, but haven’t pulled any yet, mainly because I thought it would be a great idea to sew my first set of Scrapitude 2014 blocks into rows before starting a new project.. what a concept! This one is all batiks and it may end up claimed by my daughter. She liked the colours. I’m using my Singer 301A and she is so fast. I call her Ginger. So, I did this Scrapitude a little bit differently. I’ve got one less row than the original, which jacks with the corner settings. I got creative and worked it out and I actually love the asymmetry here. If you look closely, you will see that the corners are slightly different.

 

 

I also need to carve out some time this week to finish my nephew’s Union Jack quilt.. I am thinking long straight lines of quilting that follow the piecing is what this is calling for..

Go Quilt Something!

 

Third Podcastaversary Giveaway

I have three prizes.

First is two prints.. 1.25 yards and 5/8 yard of two coordinating florals.

The second is 1 yard of a pansy print.

And third is 1.75 yards of a wine and cheese print.

These are all quilt shop quality, though a few years out of print.

Thanks for coming along with me for three great years!
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LDQ #52 The Naked Episode

You guys are my bestest friends :-)

I apologize for the crappy pics on the blog lately. My son, who is a senior this year, is taking photography, so my good camera is at school with him everyday… I have a child graduating high school!? WHAT THE WHAT!?!?

I’ll try to get a better shot of the quilt. The quilting looks amazing! I love the spiral lines around each block.

So it’s been three years since I started the podcast! stay tuned for a celebratory giveaway this week.

A new season ~ Sunday Stitching

Since I’m on the go so much these days, I’ve decided to try something new. I can blog from my phone, but I’m unable to upload pics to the blog that way. I can, however, upload pics to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Flickr. I’m planning to try to blog more along the way as I’m working on things and then once a week, I’ll share pics to go with those projects, usually when I talk about them in a podcast episode. I’m hoping this format will allow me to blog more, keeping in contact with you all, and help me track my projects so that when I sit down to record, I’ll sorta have an outline ready to go.
I want to add several daily theme topics to help me organize my thoughts and my sewing time. I just don’t get enough personal sewing time these days! Don’t get me wrong, I like my job.. (Working in a quilt shop) But, there’s only so many identical tshirt quilts I can make before my eyes start to glaze over.. boredom sets in. We take in a lot of custom orders for tshirt quilts! The long arming is a little more creative for me, but my back and neck can only take so much of that. Still, I’m keeping up ok with the flow of custom quilting orders. Some days I crank out two or three if they are a simple design like meandering loop and if the quilt isn’t too big.
The first of these theme day topics will be Sunday Stitching. I spend every Sunday afternoon visiting with my dad and I like to have a hand stitching project ready to go. I’m currently working on a few different things. I have an embroidered, anatomically correct heart that I started while Dad was in the hospital. It’s over half done. I’ve been teaching myself to hand appliqué, and practicing on several blocks for my blue and white Dear Jane quilt. I specify the blue and white one because I’m toying with the idea of making the pink and yellow one too. I know!
Today I am stitching my favourite poem, Do Not Go Gentle, by Dylan Thomas, onto white fabric using a bright pacific blue thread. I’ve posted a picture on Instagram, so please feel free to follow me there. Or stay tuned for a pic in my weekly recap post.

Follow -up

Here are some pics to follow up with what I chatted about on the last episode.

 

I used green and white floss of unknown origin, in the same needle, to make the words in this one. This is stitched on Kona grey

 

 

This one is done with some lovely Aurifil floss that came on some nifty wooden spools.  Stitched on Southern Belle white

 

I used various floss of unknown origins on this one. I was using up leftover floss for practice, but everything will be perle cotton from here on out. This was stitched on Kona grey

 

And here’s a shot that shows some of the quilting detail on “Prego… but no bunnies”

LDQ #51 Matters of the Heart

Hey guys! It’s a long one this time. I guess I had a lot to say. I talked about hand applique, hand embroidery, quilt guild show and tell, a few binding tips.. Ya know.. the usual.

CORRECTION: In this episode I talked about a musical act we saw on vacation.. I called them “The Fog” but they are actually “Fog and Bone”
Sorry about that. Check them out on facebook

Go Quilt Something!

There were a couple at the guild meeting who thought I was wearing a wig… seriously? who would do that on purpose?

 

Bookshelf Quilt Pattern ~ and three winners

If you are looking for my paper piecing tutorial video, CLICK HERE

 

Over the July 4th Sew In weekend, I had two extra days off. I made this new sample for my bookshelf pattern. We will be showing it at tonight’s guild meeting, because it’s the pattern I will be using for the next in our skill builders series of classes. Paper piecing! I pulled out some batik scrap strips and quickly realized I didn’t have any brown fabric for the wood of the shelf. Luckily, I did have a red bamboo print that worked very nicely! Now it will match my red and white sewing room after it has done it’s job, hanging as a sample at the shop.

I have three J4SI winners and they will be receiving this pattern. *Drumroll*

@DDRQuilter, @Blessed2Quilt, and @AmyJoDubya

This pattern will also be available through Craftsy, starting this afternoon, so if you didn’t win, go get one! My free tulip pattern was downloaded 466 times.. If this pattern sees even a fraction of that action, I’ll be thrilled! I’m looking forward to seeing all the creativity you guys add to this pattern. The best part of designing quilt patterns is seeing what you all do with them. <3

The blocks finish at 5″

I kept them small for two reasons.. so that each will fit on a printed page, (there are 16 blocks) and I just love small blocks! The size doesn’t make it more difficult to piece. Quite the opposite is true. Foundation paper piecing is much easier if you aren’t trying to fumble around with a large piece of paper. I even have a couple brand new beginners who don’t even sew yet, that are thinking of taking this class. I’m totally confident I can have them sewing blocks on their own by the end of the class day. They made need to then take another class on borders and bindings, and one on machine quilting,  but this will at least get them started making a top.

Feel free to have them enlarged 200% if you want them bigger. Or, for a bigger quilt, simply make more of them.

Click the picture to go to the Craftsy pattern page.