House Mini Challenge

I’m typically not a fan of mini quilts! Being honest here! Ok, I should say, I’m not a fan of making mini quilts. When I make a quilt, I like them ot be big enough to use as a quilt.

But recently I’ve started participating in the Curated Quilts mini challenges that they have for each issue. Have you made any?? This mini was for their House mini challenge.

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I also have never made a house quilt block or a house quilt. Oops, I take that back. I did make some house blocks for a do.Good Stitches quilt. But I haven’t made any on my own. When I saw this challenge come up, I pretty much said nope. Not going to that one! In the end, I couldn’t not play along.

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Do you ever google vintage mid century house plans? If not, you should! Every now and then I do because the drawings and ads and plans are just so cool! Being an architect, I knew that if I was going to do this challenge, I would have to do a floor plan. So I went back to my google searches and found a design I wanted to make into a quilt.

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I took that plan and then laid out how I was going to break it down into a mini quilt.

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And this is what I got! Walls, windows and planters. Originally I had planned to hand quilt in the pavers in the patio. I finished this right before I headed out on summer vacation last year, so the plan was to finish it on the road. That didn’t happen. I really think it would be more dynamic if it did have the hand quilting, but oh, well!

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This quilt did not make the cut! And I totally see why. It’s not my best work, but it was still fun to make it!

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Zeus on the Loose with Me!

It’s my turn!! Yeah!! Have you ever played Zeus on the Loose?? We love it! It’s basically a counting strategy game. That description doesn’t do much for it, but take my word for it. It’s fun!

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Originally I wanted to make a notebook cover for my son, but my Improv Lightening Bolts kept being too big, so it turned into a pillow! It was really hard to get it as small as I wanted it to be!

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I went through a few plans of projects to make this year. Usually I know exactly what I want to make. Not this year. Then I remembered our new favorite game. But what to make?? At first I got my Greek Gods confused and for a minute I was designing something with a trident… Um, hello, my to ‘I minored in Ancient History’ self…. Zeus and tridents do not go together. Lightening Bolt my friend!!!  Then I was all over it!

I’ll give you a super quick idea of how I made it! Since it’s improv, there are no dimensions or anything to go with! To make the Improv Lightening bolt is simple!

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First, cut out a ‘leaning’ triangle, then sew on a thin layer of the ‘bright light’ fabric and then a thicker layer of the background fabric. So that you end up with two ‘leaning’ triangles. And you want them to both be leaning in the same direction!

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Next, I folded over the top of the triangle to get an overlap. Once I liked where the overlap was, I ironed it flat. This ironed line is where I sew-ed it together.

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And then I trimmed a quarter inch seam. Repeat these last two steps over and over until you have each side of the lightening bolt how you like them. then sew the two halves together!

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Add in the rest of the background fabric for the shape you need for either a notebook cover, a pillow top or quilt blocks…. And quilt away!

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I thought it turned out pretty cool. And once I got my husbands seal of approval, I knew it was pretty cool! (yes, he’s very honest and has no qualms telling the truth about his feelings on my work! Usually he likes it, but not all the time!) I think it’s going to be loved, along with it’s inspiring game!

 

 

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Sept 9th- Liz and LiZ  from Simple Simon and Co

Sept 14th- Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Sept 16th- Narelle from Threadistry

Sept 19th- Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Sept 21st- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 23rd- Al from Shaffer Sisters

Sept 26th- Michelle from Factotum of Arts

Sept 28th- Ashley and Emily from Frances Suzanne

Sept 30th- The Recap!

 

 

 

A Weekend of Quilting Classes

This past weekend I took two classes and went to a lecture by Libs Elliot!

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The first class I took was her Weight of Love quilt class. The quilt is really cool. Honestly, I was hoping to learn more in the class than I did… But none the less, I had a great day hanging out with friends and sewing.

I love a pattern with a nice coloring page. This pattern is only available when you take her class. But you can see the quilt here.

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The pattern is numbered based on 17 fabrics. But I narrowed it down to 5 fabrics. Black, white and light grey. The my colors are a reddish coral and deep purple. Not two colors I have ever put together. They were actually two fabrics that had been sitting on my shelf not getting used. I just happened to pull them out and realized they look fabulous together! I love them!

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I also got to learn how to use the Hex ‘n More ruler. I love it! I’ve been wanting it for a couple of years, but never actually got it until it was required for this class. So glad I have it now!

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Between the class and a little extra sewing that night, I have it half way finished! Now just to keep sewing…

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The second class I took was her Embrace the Chaos class. with another coloring page! But this time, we made up the pattern in class. Each person designed their own quilt. We picked a certain number of blocks and then played a version of quilt bingo to layout the patterns!

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I used another pallette of 5 colors, dark and light grey, dark and light teal and red. Oh, and white. So 6 colors!

Each block is different. There’s no chain piecing going on with this one! But I’m half way through making my blocks for this one.

Can’t wait to show you the final pieces!

 

The Beach Quilt

I finally got another quilt finished and photographed!

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My friend Monica, from West Seattle Fabrics, sponsors our Giveaway Days and sometimes I get a fat quarter bundle as well! Last fall the bundle included fabrics from her Beach Bum shop. I didn’t know what to do with it at first. I’d never made a quilt from a fat quarter bundle before, so what to do?

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Then it hit me! The blue is like water…. The jellyfish are underwater…. So those became the beach and the waves!

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And the bright colors reminded me of the beach umbrellas!

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So put it all together and a beach scene is what you get! But I like the modern feel of the beach scene. I’ve had some friends not see the beach scene and some do! Perfect! It’s graphic and ‘scene-y’ at the same time! I don’t want it to scream BEACH! I want it to be an abstract representation of the beach.

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We don’t have the bright white sand and bright beach umbrellas lining the beaches here in Seattle, but it does remind me of warmer beachy climates like back home!

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The back is nice and bright! I used the rest of my fat quarters on the back and added the stripes and bright teal solids.

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For the quilting I used a nice wavy stitch pattern. My machine doesn’t have this stitch pattern, but my machine is in the shop. Again, my friends at West Seattle Fabrics gave me a loaner while my baby is being repaired. As much as I hate not having mine, it was perfect timing to get to quilt this one with this stitch I wanted to use!

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I struggled with the binding! I really wanted to use my friend Debbie’s matched binding technique, but decided it would be a bit much to attempt for my first time using her fancy binding style! So I decided to pull a color that matched both the ‘umbrellas’ and the jellyfish. And I think it turned out just right!

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I’m debating, publish a pattern of the quilt? Or just enjoy it? I’m going to enjoy it, no doubt! It’s a really simple pattern, so I keep thinking I should share! And as for the fat quarter bundle, well, I used it all! I did have to supplement it for the sand. And for the sand I used an array of creams.

For the fabric patterns, see the post here.

And it’s a finish for my 3rd Quarter Finish Along list! (and maybe my only one!)

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!

Inside Out Pineapple Quilt Block- Free Pattern!

I made a new quilt block! Now, I’m not saying I’m the first one ever…. But I will also say I searched and searched to find this block and I couldn’t find it! So I made my own!

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This block is for one of the quilts I’m working on this year! Our quilt guild, The Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, is doing another Block of the Month quilt this year. I’ve never done a medallion quilt. Honestly, it’s never crossed my mind. But my friend Allison, stepped up to organize the BOM this year and the medallion idea was what she came up with and I’m actually excited about it!

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The idea for the center was to use a block from from our 2014 BOM suggestions. Then each month after there will be a new border. I decided to do the pineapple block. I was totally inspired by this Pique Pineapples with a Pinch of Pizzazz quilt by Nancy J. Didonato. But when I really looked at it and all the pineapple blocks out there, the square in the middle is little and the small part of the ‘pineapple’ is in the center. I wanted the block to be just the opposite!

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So I made a pattern! And this one will be listed on my Craftsy site for free! Or you can get it here.

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What would you make with this pattern? Would you make it more scrappy? The quilt I’m making is obviously going to be primarily green and white. I asked my husband what color he wanted. He said blue, but I said no since I’m already making him a blue and white quilt. Then he suggested orange. I thought ok, until I got to my sewing room and I wasn’t really excited about my oranges…. So it’s green and white! I also realized I am very much a solids kinda girl. As much as I love prints… I always seem to end up quilting with mostly solids!

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I also had the center square dark green to start with. Then I had to take two blocks apart and switch out the green for the more yellow green and I think it adds a nice punch for the center of the quilt!

 

 

 

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!

FLIP This Pattern- Time to Vote!

Did you see the full post of my outfit yesterday? If not I have it here, but today I need you to VOTE for my look! Please! Voting is going on today and Saturday. That’s it, just two days!

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Like I said yesterday, I was super excited to participate in the series, but I was super excited once I saw the pattern. In case you don’t know the pattern, it’s the Charlie Top from Zonen 09. And it looks like this:

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It’s a lined, knit shirt, basically. The front and back is lined. The pattern also comes with long and short sleeves. Very easy and fun pattern! So I took it from the above look, to the coat and hoodie look below… Check it out!

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I ended up doing two ‘Flips’. I thought and thought about it and I couldn’t come up with ANYTHING! Honestly, I was having a super hard time coming up with anything other than the super cool shirt. But that wasn’t really a flip, now was it? So I got to sewing, anyway. I decided that if I started sewing something that I’d be inspired.

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So, the first ‘Flip’ Is a hoodie. From the front, it looks pretty much like the original pattern, huh?  I really do love this pattern. It was super simple and I love that it’s lined.

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But from the back, it’s obviously a hoodie! My son loves hoodies and he likes them big, so I made it a bit over-sized. I think he likes to pretend that he’s The Emperor from Star Wars!

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I drafted a hoodie pattern while keeping the bottom of the hoodie the same collar pattern piece of the actual pattern. And then it came to me….

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A coat! A little blazer like coat. The kiddo has such a good time getting dressed up at Easter, maybe he’d like a another little blazer to wear around! (He can really get into the serious model look!)

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For this one I used the pattern, I just cut two top pieces and overlapped them about an inch or so. I obviously used woven fabric instead of knits. And the kiddo and I designed some stitch patterns around the front. If you follow my blog, you know that I always use snaps… I was really going to use buttons on this project. I had just gotten my machine fixed so it would do the buttons, but it ends up they gave me a wrong foot. AHHH! So I’ll always be known as the snap lady!

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I got this fancy Japanese denim to use for my jacket, but once I got it home, I didn’t like it. I wanted more of a khaki. But what d’ya know! I just happened to have a pair of khaki pants on my shelf to repurpose. Perfect! I used the hem of the pants for the hem of coat!

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We had a good time picking out the fabric together and detailing the stitches! We also named it the ‘Bubble’ top, because it’s not quite polka dots. More like bubbles… And the coat lining is word bubbles… Get it! We think we’re pretty clever, me and my kiddo!

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I had fun with it! If you’ve made it here, you read the whole thing! And that’s awesome! Now, don’t forget to vote! Thanks again for voting!!

 

 

‘Gator Quilt Blog Hop- Me Again and a Giveaway!

Yes, it’s the last day of the blog hop… So sad! I’ve loved seeing what everyone has made with the ‘Gator quilt. It was such fun and is inspiring me to make another one!

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Well, I did make another one, but this is actually my very first one! 

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This was actually my original one. My first test. I just happened to make it while our Modern Quilt Guild was preparing for our Binary quilt show, meaning quilts with only 2 colors.  I made the large ‘gator block. Then I realized, hey! It’s only two colors, I could make this into a quilt for the Binary show. I was only using shades yellow and green. Perfect!

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Then I realized I was out of yellow! So my quilt guild pal that took over my spot at the fabric shop was kind enough to bring me what I thought was the right yellow. But…… It wasn’t. At first, I was wondering how I was going to make it work. Then I started piecing some other blue greens and yellows in and it’s perfect! I love it!

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I wish I had used some of the animal fabric from my other ‘gator quilt on the back of this one, but I was nervous about running out, so I didn’t! I love a fun pieced back!

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I did make a few changes to the pattern after this. Mostly in the piecing, but also in the teeth! My very first tester suggested more teeth, so I made more! They are hard to see here, but there are only 3 white teeth. I do like them better with more, but you can alter the pattern for as many teeth as you’d like!

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And for the giveaway! I’ll give away 2 patterns to 2 readers!  I know, usually you do that at the beginning of the blog hop… I had intended to do it with the testers pictures post I did on Friday. But if you follow me on Instagram, you know our pup was viciously attacked by a pit bull on our morning walk last week. And since then I’ve been a mess! So it took me a week to get the giveaway together! Ready?

Ready to WIN? You have Three ways to enter! And come back and leave a separate comment on this post for each entry!

1. Tell me what you’d make with the pattern! The whole quilt, a pillow, a bag? Leave one comment. (one entry)

2. My blog followers get an extra entry. Click on the links to the right to follow. Leave one comment. (one entry)

3. Follow I’m Feelin’ Crafty on Instagram. Leave one comment. (one entry)

That’s 3 possible entries! You must comment on this post to win. Open to both US and International readers. The giveaway will close on June 25th at 5 p.m. PST, and we’ll choose one winner using Random.org.

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June 10th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

June 11th- A Quilter’s Table

June 13th- Marci Girl Designs

June 14th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty– showing off other Testers work!

June 15th- Made By Amanda Rose

June 16th- Wombat Quilts

June 17th- Wips and Tuts

June 18th- Shaffer Sisters

June 19th- Crafty Shenanigans

June 20th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

‘Gator Quilt Blog Hop- Crafty Shenanigans Sneak Peak

I can’t believe we’re already nearing the end of the ‘Gator quilt Blog Hop!! Today is our last guest…. Sad but true! Yall will just have to start making them so I can show off reader’s talents!

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Today’s guest is Amy from Crafty Shenanigans! Amy says that she’s a chocoholic living in London England.  When she tried paper piecing for the first time( think it was 2011) she cried (real crocodile tears) out of frustration but persevered and now LOVE LOVE LOVE paper piecing.  The more complex the better for her now! And it shows!

Amy and I first met in a swap! Those flickr swaps that I love doing!  I was her swap partner…  The funny thing was, in this swap she wasn’t my first partner. I had someone else for a like a day, but there was a pet allergy involved and they switched me to be Amy’s partner instead. BUT.. I had been a flickr follower of her’s before that. At first, I was trying to figure a way to not be her partner. Totally intimidated!  I was like, but what am I going to make for her??? she’s awesome!! I was totally nervous!!!

Be sure to check out Amy’s blog for more on her ‘Gator! You’ve got to get a better look at how perfect her fabric and quilting is!

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June 10th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

June 11th- A Quilter’s Table

June 13th- Marci Girl Designs

June 14th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty– showing off other Testers work!

June 15th- Made By Amanda Rose

June 16th- Wombat Quilts

June 17th- Wips and Tuts

June 18th- Shaffer Sisters

June 19th- Crafty Shenanigans

June 20th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

‘Gator Quilt Blog Hop- Shaffer Sisters Sneak Peek

OK! I am still just amazed at the creativity I get to surround myself with with my bloggy friends! What did people do before the internet??? I feel so lucky to know all these amazing talents! And here’s some more amazingness with the ‘Gator quilt!!

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Today’s guest is Al from The Shaffer Sister’s blog! If I had sisters, I hope we’d be crafty together like these sisters! A little bit about Al…

For as long as I can remember, those that truly love me have called me Al or other variations of Al; Al the Pal, Alfred, and Albert (Einstein- I love physics) have all been nicknames. Not super girly I know, but my ideal escape would be to go play basketball until I am sweaty and the muscles in my legs are so tired they are twitching. My best description of myself would be to say that I am a cross between super particular and easy going. The particular side of me demands perfection and control (mostly manifest in my projects- that’s why I enjoy quilts). The easy going side of me thrives to be around people (especially when you can get to know someone one-on-one). Luckily, being a mom of 2 kids (and expecting an addition of one next month) and the wife of a student that struggles with school has helped me learn to channel my need for control in ways that everyone can enjoy.

 

I love yesterday’s quilt and Al’s today! My Dad and I used to always say this to each other when I was a little kid!  I can’t wait to see this  ‘Gator in more detail! Be sure to check out Al’s blog for more on her ‘Gator!

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June 10th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty

June 11th- A Quilter’s Table

June 13th- Marci Girl Designs

June 14th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty– showing off other Testers work!

June 15th- Made By Amanda Rose

June 16th- Wombat Quilts

June 17th- Wips and Tuts

June 18th- Shaffer Sisters

June 19th- Crafty Shenanigans

June 20th- I’m Feelin’ Crafty