Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Quilt Market in Pictures

Day 1:

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I loved:

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Happy (late) Halloween!

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Ring Toss

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This quilt matches my house perfectly…but I seem to always do this color scheme, I must love it!  This quilt is jelly roll friendly, but I chose to cut strips from my fabric stash and make it scrappy instead of using a single fabric line.  I love a quilt with a little of everything.
 
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Kathy literally did this quilting in one day.  I had absolutely no time to get this quilted (imagine that) so she squeezed it in and did an amazing job as always. 
 
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The pattern leaves just enough scraps to make the binding.  I love a scrappy binding…not so much making it but once it’s done I’m happy I did it!
 
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Tomorrow is the last day of Quilt Market…it’s been fun to visit Houston for the first time, but I’m sure ready to get home and see my babies.   And I’m not gonna lie…I am sick of sitting in this booth!  :)
 
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Scout

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I’ve had this quilt in my head for awhile…but it was getting it onto paper and actually made that was the trick!  It is a strip pieced quilt, and the strip sets are cut on the diagonal…no templates necessary.    Cindy tested and made the crib version up there…I’ll take a better picture of that one and show it to you when I get home from market.
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This quilt reminds me of my oldest son that is in love with his bow and arrow and everything outdoors.  The fabrics are mostly from the Chicopee line of fabrics by Denyse Schmidt.  I really loved the fall tones in this line…and it matches the colors of the trees right now.
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I made a hasty decision to do the quilting on this one…so I’m not 100% in love with how it turned out but I do love the process of making a quilt from start to finish by myself. You can really see the quilting from the back.  Watching TV while quilting was a bad idea in a few places.  :)
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You can find the pattern here . 

I left my husband in Quilt Market holding down the fort…so I better scoot! 
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Market bound

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I’m in the middle of quilt market hustle now that I’ve waited until the LAST possible minute to do EVERYTHING.  This market sure snuck up on me…it’s sad how 6 months flew by in such a flash!
New patterns are finally in hand and shipping…

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and I’m playing the stuff-the-suitcase without going over 50 pounds game.

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I’m going to take my real camera this time so I can actually take photos to share…unlike the last couple of times.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

In Between

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  I’m in between projects right now (not counting quilt tops that need finishing!) and picked up that adorable Alexander Henry house print at Joann’s a few nights ago.  It was calling my name…Sophie needs a quilt made with it…stat.

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She’s quite the helper.

I got a lovely pack of Sublime Stitching embroidery floss in the mail last week.  These color packs are so pretty.  I want to bring a few with me to market this week and make this during the downtime.

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The boys and I made these little pillows with leftover fabric from their quilts. 

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They are the perfect size to hit each other with. 

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At least they are hitting each other with pillows though right?  Usually it’s light sabers.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Kite Tail

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This is one of those no-reason quilts, but after seeing this print I just had to try making a kite tail quilt.

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It took some trial and error…and I’m still pretending like those points are all matched up (they’re not).  It’s been hanging on the wall while I decide what to do with it.

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I want to quilt "clouds" in the white space…but it’ll take some work to get my clouds just right.  On paper they either look like flowers or scallops.  Should be an adventure!

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The winner of Natalia’s book is "Mom2Caleigh".  I emailed you!!  My blog  has been a little wonky lately…if you can’t see this post – especially on a mobile device - I’m working on it, sorry!

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Book Review: A Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting

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Today I’m reviewing this fun book by my friend Natalia.
The book is full of detailed step-by-step instructions for free-motion quilting as well as 6 quilt patterns…this is my favorite:
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I tend to play it safe when I free motion quilt…I like fast and easy a little too much, so this book is a much needed kick in the pants to try something new.   I always do loopty-loops like this:
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I’d love to get good at something like this from her book:
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She makes it really easy and I love the section on quilting Negative Space.
To win a copy of Natalia’s book: A Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting, leave a comment on this post and I’ll make my husband pick a random winner tomorrow.  :)

Giveaways/Comments Closed.
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Polka-dot Curtains

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Since I’m a little obsessed with pink at the moment I figured I might as well show you Sophie’s curtains.  I bought this fabric to make curtains…it’s a really nice weight and at $7.48 a yard it cost less than buying them (I used 5 yards).  I measured from rod to floor and added 12" for each panel.

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While taking pictures I noticed this:

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I have a Polka-dot obsession…big time.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Pink Ruffle Wreath

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I made this little pink wreath for Sophie’s room last week, trying to mimic the beautiful one I saw here.   I love the way it turned out…and it only cost me $6 to make.  I bought a yard of this lightweight/sheer pink fabric at Joann’s…and cut it into strips (about 4")  using pinking sheers.

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Then I used my super scientific way of gathering the strips….set the machine to a zig-zag stitch (only so the gather doesn’t unravel) and shove/gather/push/bunch the fabric under the foot using your hands on either side of the presser foot as you go.  It works like a charm on lightweight fabric like this.

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Then I gathered each strip again…making them twice as ruffled.  Just gather the strips until they are fluffy and full.

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It would make a cute garland wouldn’t it?

Then I hot glued the gathered strips to the top and sides of a little wreath I bought in the dollar bins at Target…until it was nice and full.

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It looks cute above her bed with the white frames.  Although now that I look at it I’m going to need to re-adjust  her mattress down and move those pictures up right now!

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The LOVE print up there is by Wheatfield (in a frame I bought for $1 at a garage sale!).

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Brought to you by the letter "P"

Pumpkin Picking!!!!  I love October.

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Pieces of fabric…ready to be sewn together.

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Painting things Pink…or "Watermelon" to be exact.

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And Pressing Pink Polka-dots for Sophie’s curtains.  They are turning out so cute.

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Punch Cards…these have been the best thing for my kids and me.  No more stickers and charts to mess with…they get punches for chores and for being especially kind to one another.

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Usually they trade them in once a week for a special treat or a dollar.  But this month they saved up their punch cards for a trip to Chuck-E-Cheese….yipee

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So I’m on my way to Chuck-E-Cheese…luckily they have a diet coke dispenser or I’d die.

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