Monday, May 30, 2011

The other zig zag

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I wasn’t going to blog this quilt since this is the ump-teenth time I’ve shown you a quilt like this…..but after sitting through an agonizing hour(s?) of quilting I needed someone to grumble too.  And you my friends…are that someone.

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I love the look of straight line quilting but it is torture for me.  Seriously…I hate it.  Next time I need to get a good book to listen to.

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I actually made this quilt awhile ago…but it wasn’t until I was boxing it up and sending it off to its new owner that I remembered how much I like the finished quilting.  Luckily straight line quilting is kind of like having a baby for me….pretty soon I’ll forget all about the pain and want to do it again.  Or not.  We’ll see.   Also…

The winner of the giveaway is Mickey White ( I sent you an email!).

And I have to say hello to my new friend Pam from North Carolina that I met in Joanns on Friday who is getting married today! Congrat’s Pam!  :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Today’s things

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After a good break from all things sewing I’m feeling the itch to sew something.  Just in time for school to be over and have both my little helpers with me all day long. 

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They are both such fun ages…..I have some fun things planned for the summer to keep us busy!  Now if I can just get that little chipmunk face up there to take a nap today…I really want to cut into this baby quilt:

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That blue snuggle fabric is so unbelievably soft….I want a snuggie out of it.  It was leftover from backing this quilt that has been sitting in my closet unbound:   (I bought the fabric here but it looks like they are out)

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Hopefully today’s the day to get it finished so I can start hogging using it.

And lastly I finally joined Twitter.  I’m pretty sure my 4 year old could have figured it out faster than me.  You can see my page here….but no promises that I’m actually going to use it!  

(Sadly The Fabric Quarter Quilt Shop is liquidating.  Their Outlet Fabrics have been reduced to $4.50/yard. Newer regularly priced fabrics have been marked down to $6.50/yard. Books 50% off. Patterns are $4.95/each if your in the market for sewing stuff!)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Market highlights

Sick of all the market talk yet?  Me too.  But here’s some more…

During set up:

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The first day with V (if you can’t tell I am really tall…and V is really short small):

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Crashing the Riley Blake party with this crazy bunch (so..much…fun):

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American Jane:

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And more friends (photo taken by Sandi Klop herself):

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Overall I had a great first market experience.  It’s always scary to put myself out there…but once I strapped on my big girl panties and went for it I was fine.   The best part was meeting all of these great blog friends face to face…the rest was just a perk.  

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Off Track complete

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I love love this quilt.  It will so perfect slung over the back of my couch for the summer.  I fixed that Oops block…and despite many of you telling me to “leave it”….it would have made me a crazy lady so I fixed it.  I’m weird like that. 

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I pieced the back…the two large pieces are from The Good Life Collection from Robert Kaufman hitting stores in June & the navy blue strip is the Denyse Schmidt collection at Joann’s.   I quilted swirls & loops on this one…it turned out really really good.

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I have to say a big ol’ thank you to my husband for standing out in public holding up quilts while the wind is blowing and his wife is barking orders….love you lots Jay.

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Wouldn’t ya know that the day after Market I got the flu?  I’m counting my blessings I got it after market and not during.  Puking & patterns just don’t mix.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Market

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I’m back from market and I am BEAT.   The car and trailer are still full of everything you see here and instead of unpacking I’m going to crawl into bed right this second.  I just had to leave you with a couple of photos first…goodnight! 

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Summer House

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I love the way this one turned out.  Isn’t it amazing how different fabrics change the whole look of the quilt?  (this was my first quilt in this pattern…this was my second)  This fabric collection is Summer House.  Its not my usual color combo but I love it now that I can see it almost finished.  

I’m in the midst of quilt market preparation madness.  I’m thinking now that it was a really bad idea to wait until the week before to do EVERYTHING.  If I don’t have time to check in before market…come visit me in Booth # 2310.   Now back to the last minute scramble!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Further proof…

That I should NOT be quilting when tired:

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I sewed myself right to the quilt.  My husband had to come unpick me (after taking a photo…a true bloggers husband) because I couldn’t unpick myself with my left hand.

P.S.  Now don’t you go being all jealous of my sexy quilting gloves…they are my favorite.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Off Track….literally

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Yes….this is my second quilt top in these colors in two weeks, but I really love these colors together!!!   This top is from a pattern/quilt I made for the Robert Kaufman booth at market.   My husband named it Off Track. 

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Only after basting half of it did I finally notice that it really is off track See?

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How in the heck did I miss that???!!!! Luckily the "oops" block was in the bottom row so it was an easy unpick…but still worth a grumble and rolling of the eyes by yours truly.  

Monday, May 2, 2011

Quilts & Women

Saturday we tied all of our humanitarian quilts. 

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It was refreshing and recharging to be around so many fun women chatting and serving….not to mention all of these fabulous quilts!!!

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We finished about 60 quilts Saturday….and sent loads home with volunteers to tie at home.  These were just a handful of them.

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These will all be sent to those in need from the recent natural disasters.  Thank you again to all of you who sent me fabric….each and every piece went into quilt.   So THANK YOU for helping us make these quilts possible!!! 

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