Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Retreat!

I’m exhausted! In a very ‘I got so much done’ kinda way! Ok, and yes, the traditional lack of sleep is also contributing to it!

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This weekend our quilt guild had another retreat! It was so fun! And super productive! I roomed with my buddy Debbie, from A Quilter’s Table, and we were also table mates with 2 other fantastic women, Sue and Noelle! Such fun! Friday night we were the only full table still sewing at 1AM. Yes! That was us!

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I started by hemming my husband’s pants that have been sitting on my sewing table and ironing board for about a year. But I had to keep moving them when I’d work on projects, so as I was packing I through them in the bag to do. Then I added a little cover on a zipper (I’ll show you that soon!). Quick. easy. Moving right along! Until I got to my bee blocks! Those took longer than planned…

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But luckily one of the mistakes I made ended with this little one!

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I got the front and back of my do good stitches pieced. And basted onto the batting. Both sides are pretty much the same!

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Then I moved into a memory quilt that has been sitting for way to long! I got the quilt design laid out on the computer. And the top half of the front is done. And the back! Yea!

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We had fabric swaps and WIP swaps, which are fun. The WIP I got was the start of the Psychedelic Baby Quilt. Can’t wait to look more at this! But the swap I like the best is the handmade swap where we play the Dirty Santa kinda game/swap. I got this adorable little mug rug! It’s perfect for my sewing space!

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There was a beautiful sunset one night. I almost didn’t even go look at it! When I’m at a craft night or a quilt night, that’s what I do! Seriously! So I was like, I can see another sunset…. Boy am I glad I took a break!

Did you have a fun weekend? After some rest tonight, I might be up for getting back to sewing tomorrow!

Another do. Good Stitches Quilt

Our June quilt is done! Carla, from Modern Bias, designed and completed this one for the group!

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The combination of jewel tone and low volume works great in this triangle quilt!

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When we were first given the assignment, we were given the sketch above as an idea of what it was going to look like. I loved the sketch! It sounds like she got just enough different colors to make the rainbow, so she switched gears on the design. You can read more about it here. And I love the finished project as well!

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model picture via here.

She asked for scrappy jewel tones. So I googled jewel tones and some fantastic fashion images to inspire my blocks! I decided go with the orange and purple!

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We used this tutorial by Carla to get the right size for the 60 degree triangles. We also sent 2 low volume triangles that you can kinda see in the background.

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Look! One of my blocks got included in her photoshoot!

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And checkout the back! I love how she used a few extra of the jewel tone triangles on the back.

Kudos for Carla for designing this quilt and being chosen as a finalist for the do.Good Stitches Quilt Con Special Exhibit! Awesome!!

 

 

Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween!! Is everyone ready??

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We’re headed to the pumpkin patch today with the kiddos class at school! Then home for dinner and trick or treating in the neighborhood. I didn’t get all the costumes made, but I did get some more bats in….

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Unlike the quilt, I made these a lot more patch-worky!

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But in keeping with the quilt I did insert a few little pieces from the same fabrics that I used in the quilt! I’m pretty happy with them!

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Of course, I used my bat block pattern!

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And for the backs I used the fabrics in the quilt! The patchwork piece I got all the little pieces from and the ghosts I used for the quilt binding! Sorry for such a short and sweet post today, but we’re off for a trick or treat kinda day! Have fun!

My Halloween Quilt and A New Quilt Pattern

Halloween is so close and I”m sitting here on the computer instead of sewing! What??? But I’m so excited to share my Halloween Quilt!

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I bought this panel fabric years ago! I love it! I love the whole line by Sherri Berry. There are actually a few lines that use these characters, Trick or Treat Street, The Costume Club  and the Costume Clubhouse. Fortunately, I don’t know if any of these are still being made! Sorry!

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The panel has this spider web dotted in behind the tree and that is what inspired my quilting. I started in the center and just kept going around and around and around!

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As much as I love the panel and the front, I’m totally in love with the back, too! Next to the panel were these 5 masks. I think you can probably cut them out and make real masks, but I decided not to do that. They are perfect for the back!

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You might have noticed the little pieces pieced in… Another print in the series is this patchwork like fabric with these adorable little images. I decided to cut them out and piece them in throughout. There’s the scaredy cat on the front and the rest are on the back.  Which one’s your favorite? I think my favorite is the super-stitches one!

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And I used yet another print from the series for the binding. You might be able to make out what it is, but just in case, it’s the cute little ghost repeated over and over with fun colorful outlines.

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Part of the reason I stalled for so long was that I’m not really a panel person. I knew I wanted to use the whole panel, but I needed to add something. Then the bat thing came to me! You know my love for paper piecing and origami inspired animals… So I made a bat pattern!

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And I couldn’t add just 1! I also hand embroidered the little eyes on them inspired by the shape of the panel character eyes.

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And you can get the pattern in my craftsy shop, here! This isn’t the pattern for the whole quilt. Just the bat!

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I’m making some pillows now! I wonder if I”ll finish them before Halloween??? What would you make the Bat Block?

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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Is it spookier in black and white??

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Spiders, Bats, Cats, Ghosts, Masks, Costumes! It’s Halloween! I’m keeping this one, which is a rare thing at this Bat Cave!

May do.Good Stitches Quilt

Yes, I’m soooo behind on the May quilt. We are supposed to finish our quilts two months after our month, so this was supposed to be finished in July….

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My group hasn’t tried to oust me yet, so my new goal is NOT take over our alloted time on my next one. I think I can…. I think I can… I think I can….

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This quilt is one I designed myself. I know that there are other similar blocks out there, but this one I actually made up myself. It’s a paper piecing pattern and I’ll get it ready with the pattern here shortly!

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I asked each group member to make 2 blocks. So all of the two colored blocks the members made. Then I cut and pieced all the large hexagons. Have you tried this? It’s easier then it seems!

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For the quilting I randomly picked a hexagon, and started quilting in the ditch around that one. Then I randomly picked a width, about 1.5 inches and just kept going out from there. Round and round and Round we went. Originally I had planned on starting with one, then moving to another and another. But I liked it just coming from the one, so I went with it!

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For the binding I chose to go with the same yellows as the background. I don’t know why, but I love the bindings to kinda disappear in most of my quilts.

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A couple of the blocks were a little too small to use on the front, but I couldn’t not use them. And I think they made a perfect back piece!

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All of our quilts go to My Very Own Blanket, an organization to get foster kids a blanket of their own!

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I hope my group can forgive me for being a slacker with getting this one done!

AND…. This is my second finish in my third quarter finish along. I had five projects that I wanted to finish… I only finished 2. But 2 is better than none, right?

Our July do.Good Stitches Quilt

The  Nurture Group of do Good Stitches has done it again!

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This quilt was designed and quilted by Kat from Kat and Cat Quilts!  The block was designed based on the Fibonacci Sequence, AKA the Golden Spiral or the Golden Ratio. The  I’ve always had a thing for the Golden Spiral! Maybe it’s being an architect or something, I don’t know. Kat has a wonderful explanation of the mathematical equation and how it’s found in nature, here.

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The blocks were pretty easy to make. Of course, Kat, has a great tutorial here! When you make the block you end up with two opposite blocks.

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The first set I made ended up being a tad to small. Not sure what I did wrong…. Luckily I figured it out before I actually finished the blocks! I love the stripes, too. I ended up donating these blocks to our Seattle Modern Quilt Guild for our charity quilt. The charity quilt didn’t have a particular block, but particular colors. And luckily for me, teal and green just happened to be the colors!

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So I started again. Got it just right and mailed them off!

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Love how the quilt looks with the different solids and all the blocks put together! And as usual, Kat’s quilting isn’t too shabby either!

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And the back! You can read more about Kat’s finished work on her blog here.

Thanks to the Nurture Circle for another fun quilt!!

Another do. Good Stitches Quilt!

Such a fun one!

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This is technically our February Quilt finished by Stephanie.

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For this one, Stephanie told us a size and that the block needed to be bright colors with a white background. Otherwise, the design was up to us. I loved how she incorporated the little triangles between the blocks!

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These are the blocks I made. She ended up not using all the blocks and is going ot make a baby quilt to go along with it. Can’t wait to see that one!

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This one is the same paper piecing pattern I used for one of my place mats, called Mini Trajectory by Simply Cotton. It’s a free pattern on Craftsy!

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And the second one I’ve also done before! This is the star I made for a pillow earlier this year. It’s the pattern for our Modern Quilt Guild’s January BOM,  Christmas Snowflake block by Rachel of Wooden Spoon.

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I love the back too! Thanks Stephanie for all your hard work!!!

My 1st T-shirt Quilt!

So last week was Kids Clothes Week over at Elsie Marley. Did you make anything? I usually make clothes at least once if not the whole week. But I was super busy finishing a quilt top! And it was made from a friend’s childhood t-shirts. So I was working with kids clothes…. Does that count?

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A teacher from the kiddo’s school asked if I could turn her old t-shirt pieces into a quilt top. And of course, you know what I said…. Yes! I had them for way too long and I finally started my plan of finishing projects that are piling up under my ironing board…. Since hers was just the top, I figured it was an easy one to cross off the list!

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Have you ever made a t-shirt quilt? Well, neither had I. I have started one! HA! That’s no surprise is it! Anyway… I got the pieces from her and she had already fused a feather weight interfacing to the piecing! That made my life easier, for sure. When I started mine, I didn’t use interfacing… Luckily I only finished one block. But the fusible interfacing really helps with the shirts stretching and also with combining different types of knits and if you are introducing other fabrics like we did on this one. The black is a cotton.

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She had also started a little bit of it, so I knew the look she was going for. She had started two rows. So I continued with that, making 4 separate rows, then sewing the rows together. I like how that gave it a bit of an organic layout. I also like the black borders between the pieces being different sizes. A bit impromptu if you will!

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It’s such a small world too. As I was making her quilt I knew I had heard of her high school, but couldn’t place where. Ends up, my co-worker went to high school with this teacher and was friends with her older sister! Funny!

So I handed off the quilt top to her and she’s having it finished by her mother, I believe! I really enjoyed working on it and it totally inspired me to get back to the one I was making for my family!

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Have you ever made a t-shirt quilt?

Third Quarter Finish-Along

ok, I’m doing it too. I’m joining the Finish-a-Long. I make lists. Do you make lists? I like making lists so I can scratch things off the lists when I finish something! And this is kinda like a list… (trust me, everything I”m showing you here is on my list!)

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So, I’ve been seeing a lot of my quilting buddies post about this Finish-Along thing… At first I didn’t know what they were talking about. Then I realized what was going on! You show everyone what you’re working on, but what isn’t finished. And try to commit to finishing it by the end of the quarter! SO I’m in!

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The project I’m going to finish first is the Modern Quilt Guild’s Michael Miller Challenge! I don’t have much left!

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Then I’ve got to get my do.Good Stitches bee quilt finished for our Nurture Circle.

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And I totally missed the deadline on the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s Modern Metallic challenge, but I still want to do it!

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I did start this gnome quilt right before my machine took it’s nosedive.

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I really want to finish my husbands quilt….

And trust me… I have a much longer list, should I keep going???

There’s the BOM of the month neon quilt I want to do… There’s a friend’s t-shirt quilt top… There’s my t-shirt quilt… There’s the tree quilt I started about 4 years ago… There’s the memory quilt… There’s the teacher totes…

I could keep going, but I’m going ot stop now…. What are you working on?

April’s do.Good Stitches Quilt from the Nurture Circle

And here’s another one! This one is kinda funny to me, because it almost seems like the opposite of March’s quilt!

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I don’t really know why it seems this way to me, but it does. The blocks are totally different, but similar! I guess in the March quilt, more people used a darker center, then it went out to a lighter ring. There this one, everyone’s center is white and then the bright ring!

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This quilt was made by one of our new group members, Brianwa of Purple Poppy Designs. Who actually lives quite close to me and I’m hoping will come to our Modern Quilt Guild Meeting this month… (tomorrow…)

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I love how scrappy it looks! I love blocks were I can get almost all the pieces from my scraps! I think all the pieces for this one came from the scrap box!

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The quilt pattern is called Patchwork Wheel and is a free pattern from Craftsy designer, Don’t Call Me Betsy.

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I also love the back of the quilt! Great job Briawna! The May quilt is up to me… I better get going!

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