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.

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

Another do.Good Stitches Finished Quilt

Our group finished another one! This one was designed and finished by Kat of Kat and Cat Quilts.

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Kat calls this quilt Hot and Cold! Get it? Do you see the pattern? A minute ago I took a look and didn’t see the pattern, but every other time the Hot and Cold, red and greens/blues is all I see! I love the spiral effect color can play!

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Now when you look at just mine hanging out on their own, you can’t miss the pattern! I used solids for the green and blue and prints for the reds and yellows side!

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You can get the tutorial for making these blocks over on Kat’s blog, here. It is so simple! I think this one took longer to find the fabric than to sew the fabric together into blocks!

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I like how she used the free motion quilting to further emphasis the Hot and Cold pattern!

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Our group has decided to switch charities. Kat has started a charity in her area for terminal ill patients and thier family. Be sure to learn more about Covered in Love!

 

Notebook Cover Swap at the PNW MQG Meetup!

This last weekend, my modern quilt guild, the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, hosted a great meetup for all the ‘local’ chapters! We had a blast! It was like a mini retreat hanging in town with my quilting buddies. There was a picnic, a mixer, a shop hop, and an all day sew-in. The sew-in was my favorite!

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Oh, and there was a notebook swap!

I totally did not read the directions and didn’t realize we were supposed to quilt it! OOPS! I thought about quilting it, but didn’t want to add batting. I even had the quilting design figured out in my head. But why I didn’t think about quilting without the batting I don’t know! I can only say, maybe I was too tired to ave been sewing that night!

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I started out with a block I had made for my Technicolor Galaxy quilt. I made it for the quilt and then decided to go in a different direction, so I saved it. Then decided it would be great for the notebook cover!

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Added a couple more curves that go across the front and back in fold over into the insides of the cover. I love Debbie’s notebook covers, so I went to use her tutorial, only to find out that she uses Rachel’s tutorial! Super easy!

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At the swap, I was super nervous about who would get my unquilted cover… And then actually, my friend Rachel, ended up with mine! She says she actually prefers them not quilted. Perfect! I’m hoping she wasn’t just being nice!

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And then I got mine! LOVE IT! And it is actually quilted! As you may have noticed above… I do like those flying geese!

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And how can you not love little bitty flying geese????

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And the super cool button closure! My son saw this one and immediately asked for one of his own! So, just wait for Christmas everyone, I think I might have some ideas….

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The meetup was such fun! We had a great table with Debbie, Rachel, Rachel and Becca!

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It took all day but I finished three paper piecing blocks for my Nurture circle of do Good Stitches! Ok, so I guess it didn’t take all day. We did take breaks for a little pop-up shop action with Island Quilter and some food. And dinner was quite a learning experience. Waiting for an hour and half for dumplings! And being amazed at how many other people waited that long too!! They were worth the wait, thank you Rachel!

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And who doesn’t love a big bag of swag!!

Thanks SMQG!

 

The Inside Out Pineapple- Out and About!

Not long ago I was contacted by the Gulf States Quilting Guild contacted me for permission to use my Inside Out Pineapple block to demo paper piecing at one of their meetings! Honored, I, of course, agreed!

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Look how happy she looks with that awesome block!!

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I was so excited to see the pictures from their meeting, that I asked to share them here. I am so happy to see smiling faces with their blocks! But…. I was told that they weren’t all smiling the whole way through! Some had experience with paper piecing, others did not. And paper piecing does take some getting used to! But at least they were happy in the end!

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You know me, I do mostly solids… So it was really cool to see the block all put together with prints. It looks great both ways!

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I had no idea how much response I would get from this block! It’s been crazy! If only I had charged a dollar for the pattern, I’d be rich! Just kidding! kinda…. I love it, but just am floored by how much everyone else does too! You can download the pattern here. I have a quilt coming up using this pattern that I can’t wait to finish and share!

March do.Good Stitches Quilt

We’ve got another one! Another group effort by the Nurture Circle of do.Good Stitches!

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This quilt was coordinated by our quilter, Dhia of The Peach Patch. This month she chose to have us do a Triple Irish Chain and even wrote up a tutorial so we’d all get it right!

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We each did two blocks for the quilt.

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One block was the white center pieces. Super easy!

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The second block was a little bit more time consuming! Not harder necessarily, just more pieces equals more time! I made mine the same way I made Low Volume, Bright Contrast Crosses quilt blocks!

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I’m very impressed with how all the blocks blend together perfectly! I don’t know that if I saw this in person, I’d think that 10 people worked on it!! Way to go Dhia! Thanks for another great quilt!

Free Motion Quilting Class!

This weekend we had the opportunity to take a class with Christina Cameli to learn free motion quilting thanks to our Seattle Modern Quilt Guild!

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One of the supplies for class was to have her book, First Steps to Free Motion Quilting. I got it from the library and was just going to bring that. But after reading it, I decided it was worth actually having in my own library! It has a nice instructions, quilting pattern ideas and fun projects to make to try out FMQ with.

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And look what I did!

I don’t have my machine. (It’s a sad story, but I’m hoping there will be a happy ending…) So I had loaner machine. It’s a good machine, but wasn’t exactly what I wanted for the class. And since I didn’t have my own machine, I didn’t have my quilting table. And not to mention FMQ isn’t something you’re just perfect at the first time you do it…. So when my friend Debbie came over and asked how I was doing, I pouted and replied, ‘I LOVE my straight line quilting more than ever!’

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But not much longer, I was happy again and excited with this whole free motion quilting thing!

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Everyone was doing great! And there was quite a bit of laughing going on! Especially when some of us cut off our quilting gloves, but then there was one who cut off the wrong finger tips…. I won’t name any names (our fearless leader), but she knows who she is….

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Between practicing, we’d have shorty lessons building on what we had already leanred!

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Christina would give a little lesson which typically included doodling and then a little sewing. I love to doodle when I’m in meetings, because it actually helps me concentrate on what is being said. If I don’t doodle, I have a habit of starting to day dream. So, now I’ll probably be doodling quilting patterns! CHristina did a second book full of quilting patterns and said doodling all the time to prepare for the book, helped her quilting! So I’m in!

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It was so mesmerizing watching her quilt!! I love this asterisk pattern in her samples! And she has a tutorial on her blog about this one! I need to spend more time looking at her tutorials.

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One thing I love about classes, is seeing the teacher’s samples. And Christina brought some amazing pieces! But what she brought that inspired me the most, was one of her original free motion quilted quilts! The top left is one of her firsts! It’s amazing to see where she started and where she is now. Which means I can get better, too!

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And I love her pebble pillow! Perfect project to practice with! What a fun day being with great people and friends and sewing! And learning something new!

 

 

 

Border of the Month Quilt Update

I feel like I keep talking about this. One I love it! Two, I keep finishing and photographing it for our monthly SMQG meetings, so it’s finished and ready to blog about!

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I am working on other things! But… Here’s more of my quilt!

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I was up to design this month’s border and I felt like it needed some triangles! So I went with the flying geese. I love the no waste flying geese tutorial from The Pieceful Kwilter! I used 2×4 geese. I think it was ready for a different shape.

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You can download the directions from the SMQG Blog, here. The directions include a very ordered set of 4 borders of geese and the more random set of borders. The random set is what I used. Or you could come up with your own border or geese!

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Again, I quilted the border! I added on last months border without quilting it. Which I realized wasn’t what I really wanted to do. So for this border, I pieced the border and the batting onto the last border, and then quilted. It kinda defeated the purposed of QAYG and having a big quilt to move through the machine, etc. But I got into a rhythm and it seemed to work out. I used the flying geese to design the quilting pattern that continued over to the last border.

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OK, it’s on the shelf and I’m working on other things! Hopefully something to show soon!

Charley Harper Inspired Cardinal Mini Quilt

I think I threw this image out as a teaser sometime back. I actually made it last year, but never showed it off! I was waiting until I had the pattern to go with it. But I never made a pattern. And honestly, I doubt I’ll ever get to it! I just made this one up as I went along and I don’t have it and I haven’t taken the time to recreate it yet!

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I made this for a swap that our Seattle Modern Quilt Guild did last year! We did a secret mini swap! And I knew my partner loved Charley Harper, so I decided to take a piece of his awesome art and make it into a quilt!

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Since it was a secret swap I had to be careful of the pictures I posted! I just loved this one! I started making it with 2×2 squares and was getting HUGE! So I switched gears and ended up with this guy!

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image via Charley Harper Art Studio

If you don’t know Charley Harper, you should check him out! I love the art! I’ve actually wanted to make quilts out of his designs for quite some time. I just noticed a beagle that might have to be a quilt sometime soon…. Quite a bit of the art has been turned into mosaics, which then just calls out to be made into a quilt!

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I decided to do the matchstick, skinny, stitching for the background. And faned out the tail. I didn’t want to applique the little eyes and knees so I used buttons!

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And I used a super skinny ribbon for the legs. I could have done super skinny patchwork, but since I had the ribbon, I thought it might be easier! And it was!

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I also always love checkin’ out the back of quilts and seeing how the stitching makes the patterns of the front.

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Do you have a favorite piece of art that you want to make into a quilt?

2015 Finish Along- Q3 Goals

Last Quarter I finally finished more than one of my goals, but then missed the link party to share my finishes… Man! So, I finished 2 of my 5 goals from last quarter. This quarter I have 5 goals plus 2 maybe goals…

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Dad’s back is done, it’s been quilted by my friends at West Seattle Fabrics and now it just needs binding! I can do it!

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Another one from last quarter… And speaking of West Seattle Fabrics, I can’t wait to finish my beach quilt made with fat quarters from a past giveaway day! This is another one that has both the top and back complete. It just needs putting together. No excuses! seriously this time!

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This MONTH I have two that I need to do…. First up, The Riley Blake Challenge quilt.

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And second for this month, a baby minkie rag quilt and other nursery room accessories. I’ve never done a rag quilt, so I’m excited to see how this one turns out!

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I also have another do Good Stitches Quilt to put together. This one uses my Inside Out Pineapple Block!! I can’t wait to see it all put together!

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I’d love to get these two done too! But same as last quarter, no promises on these!

OK, I think that’s enough!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

 

One Hour Basket Swap

I’m still not participating in the online swaps that I used to love, but I do try to play along with the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Swaps! I miss the online ones, but I just stay too busy for them. The guild ones are a lot less work so they make up for my lick of online swapping!

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This swap was to make a one hour basket! Very simple and easy! But let’s talk the one hour part… I could totally see it being a one hour project is you do NOT do quilting and only use one piece of fabric… But Since it’s a quilting guild, we quilt. And we quilted the one hour basket. So it’s was more like a two hour basket.

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I’m on a flying geese kick lately! So my accent on the basket were a few sets of flying geese. I love The Pieceful Kwilter’s no waste flying geese tutorial. I think it’s the best way to make flying geese. They were supposed to all be going north or south, but at the last minute, one row took off towards the west!

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The tutorial also includes nice little handles that take about 5 minutes!

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Unlike the online swaps, we don’t have partners in the guild swaps. Hence the less time consuming part! So we make our projects and then put them in brown paper bags and pick. So my finished basket made it into a brown bag and then into the hands of another lovely quilter!

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And this is the one in the lovely brown bag that I chose! I was floored! I had been snooping around IG and looking at the others that were made. THey were all fantastic, but I had my eye on this one. On the way to the meeting, I even thought to myself, I hope I get that one… THe one with the saying on it….

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And I did! I couldn’t believe my luck! Especially after the paint chip challenge with I got the one color I really didn’t want! Now I have to find a spot for this basket! Thank you The Bespoke Outlaw for making me this awesome basket!

 

 

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