Seattle Modern Quilt Guild BOM 2016

Here we go again! I just finished last years BOM and now I’m starting the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild 2016 BOM!

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Our first block is Strings. I loved making this one!

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Our awesome quilting member Matt, AKA on IG as odditease, is designing this years quilt. Or should I say designed. this is his version. So this is where we’re going with it.

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I totally want to make a whole whole string quilt! This is an improv quilt. I don’t know that mine is actually 100% improv though…. I haven’t measured any of my fabric. I haven’t used a straight edge to cut the fabric. I haven’t been measuring my batting and I’m doing it as quilt as you go again. So what do you think? Improv or almost improv?

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I’m using random pieces of batting to make up my ‘blocks’ from my pile of batting scraps.

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Next I randomly cut a bunch of strips and then sewed them together at a random angle. See, no measuring! I started sewing with the middle stripe and then worked my way out from there.

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Then I squared up my block. I still didn’t measure anything, but I did square the block. I think this might be where the improv starts to deteriorate. But I like it!

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On the last BOM quilt that I did, I also did it as QAYG, but I wasn’t consistent about ironing my seams open and sewing then in the right direction or leaving more than a 1/4″ seam. This time I’m using a 3/8″ seam and ironing opening. With the bulk of the batting, it helps to have a larger seam allowance to iron the seam.

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I noticed after I made two blocks that both at the print in one corner, so I kept going with it for the other corners and I love how it turned out!

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So with each block, my plan is to include a bit of the next block. So I haven’t sewn together this block.

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And then I moved into the second block. The March block is Triangles. See how I added a bit of the triangles into the strings? I think I like it. What do you think?

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Again, there’s no measuring or anything. But check out those grey lines and how they connect! Pure randomness that worked out perfectly!

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I am a part of critique group and one of the members said it looked like her aunt’s dress from the 70’s…. She said it was a compliment, but I’m not sure.

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Now I’ve got to get the April block done!!! Sqiggles, coming up!

Finish-A-Long 2016 Quarter 2

I hate to do this, but my finish a long list is pretty much identical to the first quarter finish a long. I can mark one off the list, but that’s it! The Seattle Modern Quilt Guild BOM quilt is the only one I finished!

Like usual, it’s going to look familiar….

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First up, The Riley Blake Challenge quilt. I totally missed the deadline on this one, but I still want to finish it!

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Oh, and there’s the EZ Quilting Challenge triangle quilt challenge…. Also a Quiltcon challenge like the Michael Miller one. Again, I’ve gotten the ruler, but no clue what to do with it. Totally missed the deadline, but I think I have an idea now! I might even connect the Riley Blake challenge with the EZ challange!

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I’m working on the Technicolor Galaxy Quilt again!

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I’d love to get these two done too!

So those are my old ones, but I have a few new ones that I would also like to complete!

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This month is my month as quilter for my do.Good Stitches group, so I’ll want to get that one done ASAP!

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I’d also like to get my two Libs Elliot quilts done. They are both pretty far along….

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And lastly, my memory quilt that I started! The top and back are both done… So I should be able to finish that one, right??

Ok, this list is insane long… But I want to get these DONE!!!!!!!!

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Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Giving Committee

Typically when I make a block for a charity quilt, I don’t show it until the quilt is done. But I’m really excited about this one, so I’m sharing it early!

This block is for the next Seattle Modern Quilting Guild Giving Committee quilt! X Marks the Improv!

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This block was designed by my friend and co-chair of the giving committee, Debbie, originally for her do.Good Stitches Group. But we love it so much we thought we needed to do it for our Giving Committee as well. You might recognize it from the blogging world! Her original quilt was done in blues with different color accents, but we’re switching things up and doing it in reds with yellow accents.

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I am pretty excited about how I was able to line up the crosses! When I was first reading the tutorial I didn’t think I’d be able to line them up perfectly as I did. But it worked!

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I don’t know why I love this back picture so much, but I do… No idea!

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The block is 24.5 x 12.5 inches and might seem daunting, but it’s not time consuming! I made my block in about an hour. I might have to make some more of these or even my own quilt! I can’t wait to see how our guild pulls this one together. It’s going to be fantastic!

SMQG Block of the Month Quilt

I finally finished!!!

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If you’ve been reading along for anytime within the last year, you know I’ve been participating in the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild BOM for 2015! I was moving right along until I hit the pile of about 130 little half square triangles…. Then it came to a screeching halt!

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I quilted the top as I sent. Each border I’d piece and then quilt the top and the batting. My only downside with this was that I would forget to include a larger seam allowance. The larger seam allowance helps when ironing open the seams. Typically I don’t iron open, but with the QAYG it helps reduce bulk.

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For the back I used a few left over blocks and more of the fabric from the front. Then I mostly quilted in the ditch around each border. But doing that left a nice big square in the center, so I quilted over a few of the circles that I quilted in the center block.

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I’m super glad I took pictures each month as I went along. I love seeing it ‘grow’! The center is my inside out pineapple pattern. And it grew from there! You can find all the block directions here, if you’d like to make your own.

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And I got to use my new labels! I got a 50 pack of labels that are dated 2016, so I have to make 49 more this year! Ha! I got them from Tagtopia and she was great to work with!

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This, unfortunately, was the only quilt on my First Quarter Finish A Long that I actually finished! Not at all what I planned! Good news is that I at least finished something…

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I”m so excited to have this one done! And it’s going to be well loved in my house!

April do Good Stitches Block

This month is my month to pick the quilt for our Nurture Circle of do.Good Stitches. The last one I did was the inside out pineapple block. It was fantastic! But it was time consuming… And since yesterday was April Fools Day, I pulled a little prank on my group and told them I had decided to do that quilt again! I thought it was too funny!

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But we’re not doing that one! We’re doing a way easier one! This striped block. It has no name. I came up with it. And when we’re done with it, I’ll tell you more about my inspiration. You’ll have to let me know if you see a resemblance to my inspiration!

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We’re going to be doing two blocks. A cool, blue one and a warm, red/orange/yellow one. Here’s a hint of my inspiration…Beach! I don’t have a particular length in mind, but I’d like them to be a minimum of 21″ long. I’d love some of them to be longer!

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For the red, yellow and orange one, we’re looking at the sunset. Please use all solids if possible. If you can’t use solids, please use a print that reads as a solid. With white as the neutral. I always stick with Kona White.

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For the warm block, you’ll need:

(4) 1″ strips of White

(3) 1″ strips of a dark red, red, orange or yellow

(1) 1.5″ strip of a dark red, red, orange or yellow

Please follow the design above for stacking the strips. The shaded area represents the dark red, red, orange or yellow strips.

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And for the cool one, let’s go back to the nice blue beach on a sunny day! We’re looking for blues from the teal end to blue, based on the blues shown above. Please use all solids if possible. If you can’t use solids, please use a print that reads as a solid. With white as the neutral. I always stick with Kona White.

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For the cool block, you’ll need:

(3) 1″ strips of White

(1) 2″ strip of a teal to blue as shown above

(1) 1.5″ strip of a teal to blue as shown above

(1) 1″ strip of a teal to blue as shown above

Please follow the design above for stacking the strips. The shaded area represents the teal to blue as shown above.

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Please keep your seam allowance at 1/4″ and iron the seam allowances toward the colored fabrics. And you’ll end up with skinny long blocks like these!

Thanks!!!

 

Mighty Lucky Quilting Club- January Bias Tape Challenge

Did you join the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club this year? If you didn’t, you still can. I chose to do the yearly membership and get a challenge each month. Am I behind already? Of course!

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The January Challenge was Bias Tape. I already knew how to do the bias tape from the Technicolor Galaxy Quilt I’m (still) working on, so it wasn’t totally a new thing to me. It took me a while to decide what do to, and then it hit me!

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A tile rep had come into our office and had given us an update on her products and there was this one tile that I loved and of course my first thought was, ‘That would make an awesome quilt!’ But I wasn’t sure how I wanted to get the curves and the thin lines. Then that’s when the bias tape challenge came into play!

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I found this blue in my stash that I have had, but had not had a use for yet. So I made it into bias tape!

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Then I started making my blocks. They went super fast. Mostly scraps from my stash.

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Then I glued on my bias tape. The instructions I’ve always seen say to use this wonder tape stuff. I’ve tried. I can NOT for the life of me get it to work. So I use washable elmer’s glue.

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And this is what I got! If you search the group on IG, most of the projects are probably more free form and seem more sketchy than mine, but I actually really like how this turned out!

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So the plan is to keep making more blocks until I get this! I LOVE it! I can’t wait! I just need 8 more blocks…

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Off to make more!

 

 

 

Modern Sampler Quilt Along

I’ve been preoccupied with the kiddos school! I’ve somehow worked myself into updating the school website, resurrecting our school newsletter, starting a PTSA email group and making a PTSA webpage! Wow! Not sure what I was thinking really… But way before I signed up for all this, I joined the Modern Sampler Quilt Along with Salty Oat!

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The quilt is actually a design by Yoshiko Jinzenji, a Japanese quilter. I love the pops of color in the quilt, which is why I decided to take the plunge and go for it!

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Does this look like me? It’s a bit more low volume than I am used too! But it’s been fun making all the blocks challenging myself to stay away from the solid brights!

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The first block was Block A. Makes sense, huh! I think this might be my favorite one!

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Block B. I set this up a paper pieced block. I’m not sure about this one. That center color seems a bit much…

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Block C was actually like a tea cup and saucer. Or a coffee cup… I don’t like tea or coffee, so I didn’t want a tea or coffee cup in my quilt. I took off the handle hoping the shapes would read just as shapes. I think it worked!

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Block D. Another one I turned into a paper pieced block so I didn’t have to measure anything!

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And Block E. I like it! I’m two blocks behind…. So I need to catch up and make 2 more blocks to be caught up.

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One thing I didn’t realize about this quilt is that each block is made of blocks with mitered corners borders… It’s good practice…. not that I was really wanting to practice Y seams. But I’m doing it. And sometimes I get corners like the one above. Just not quite right…

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And other times they are right one and I do a little happy dance!

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Here they are all laid out…

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What do you think? Are you making it? Want to join in and get caught up??? Go for it!

Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Swap

OK, this one has been sitting around for a while now. I totally forgot to post it!

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Last fall we had a quilted gift swap with Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. Each of our swaps are a bit different. FOr this one we were randomly assigned someone to make a gift for. We used some website that we were able to tell each other what we liked, our favorite colors, if there was something we wanted and of course, what we don’t like. My partner’s favorite colors were celadon, coral and purple and she wanted a mini that was about 12″.

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12 inches? I can’t make someone something that small! I totally felt like I was skipping out on my partner. So for a while I decided to ignore that request. Then thought better and decided there must be a reason, right? Ends up there was! She wanted something for a little table she has! Glad I stuck with her request.

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And then it took me a while to come up with what to make someone that only wants a 12 inch block… What block to make? Do I make it up? I love Wombat Quilt’s list of free paper piecing patterns, so that is where I headed. This was another source of internal debate! Which one to use! I finally ended up using the Celebration by Quilting on the Square Block.

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Another debate I seem to always have with myself is how to quilt quilts. Especially mini’s. And this one I didn’t want to distract from the design, so I decided to quilt in the ditch around the star. I think it really makes the back cool too!

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And these were all fabrics I had on hand! I love sewing from my stash! And I’m so happy that the little mini was very well received by it’s new owner! It has a happy home!

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And what did I get? A super big pillow to match our living area by my pal Allison from Allison Sews. It’s lovely! And matches our living room perfectly! We have a green leather couch with yellow walls, which leads into an orange dining room. Trust me, it looks much better than I am explaining it! Anyway, the pillow picks up on all those colors!

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And check out these fabrics! I love them!!! I don’t sew much with prints, so I don’t know what they are, but I love them! And I love have something with prints!

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And here it is in it’s new home. It fits right in! And is getting loved by all! Thank you, Allison!

 

 

 

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 Last 2015 do Good Stitches Quilts

This is my last throw back post to 2015!

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There are 3 Nurture Group do.Good Stitches quilts that I haven’t shown from 2015!

First up is the lovely red and white quilt from August! This was designed and quilted by Briawna, of Purple Poppy Quilts. I love the red and white. For this one we had two rules. You had to make a star and it had to be red and white. That was it. We all picked our favorite stars! Or, in my case, two stars I had not made before.

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I love paper piecing, so I chose two paper pieced stars. The first one I made was the Lone Starburst. This one is a free pattern by Six White Horses on Craftsy. I love how it turned out in the different reds!

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This is another one I have been wanting to make for a while! This little guy is a small block. It’s a 6″ finished block and I needed a 12″ block, so I decided to go ahead with it and just make more white space. Glad I did. This is the Two-Tone Star by Sewhooked on Craftsy.

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Next up is our September Quilt by Carla of Modern Bias. This one had a few more ‘rules’ than the last one!

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This one was inspired by a photo for the color scheme. As I’m writing this, it’s the first time I’ve looked at the inspiration photo next to the finished quilt and I love it! I think the group stuck to the color scheme beautifully!

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For the pattern, we used a tutorial from Canoe Ridge Creations.  The pattern is called Granny’s Front Porch. Pretty nice and easy. Easy tutorial to follow.

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And the last quilt we made was an arrow quilt! This one is also by Briawna, of Purple Poppy Quilts. There have been a lot of arrow quilts around online lately. I love them, but have never attempted one. This was nice to be able to contribute to one!  I had a fun time making arrows!

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For this one we used the arrow tutorial by Grace and Favour. And then we sent in the leftover pieces and Briawna used them on the back!

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