Seattle Modern Quilt Giving Quiltcon Quilt for 2018

Here’s another flashback post for projects unblogged about… It’s just been patiently waiting in a folder on my computer to be shared on the blog!

For the Seattle MQG Quiltcon Charity quilt, the Giving Committee decided to do a little something different this year.

 

Instead of just one guild member designing the entire quilt, we decided to have a design challenge for the guild’s 2018 QuiltCon Charity Quilt. We put it out to the guild that we were taking submissions and received about 10 fantastic designs. Our main goal was to pick a design that would be the most feasible to create and one that we could involve as many members as were interested in participating. Deciding on just one was tough. We ultimately chose a design submitted by Cecelia Lehmann‘s and then we put a bit of an improvisational spin on it.

We used the color palette chosen by the Modern Quilt Guild, with fabric generously donated by Paintbrush Studio – beautiful Painter’s Palette Solids in (from bottom, below) White, Rice Paper, Purple, Tangerine, Tomato, Daisy, and Fuschia.

And then we mixed the colors and handed out 56 adorable little bundles to all the members that wanted to participate. Debbie wrote an easy to follow tutorial and we were off!

The timing was great because we got to work on it at our annual fall retreat. All the bundles that had not been claimed were found and transformed into blocks.

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I took the blocks home and played with the layout. Over and over. Until, with Debbie’s help, we agreed on a layout.

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Excuse the horrible pictures. I couldn’t turn the light on or risk waking up my husband in the middle of the night, so I didn’t turn on the light! But I came up with quite a few ideas.

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The layout that we ultimately went with, really shows off the fan blocks and they really pop! Its’ almost a little art deco to me.

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Once again the quilt was handed off to another guild member for quilting, Dionne. And WOW! What an amazing job she did. I thought the blocks popped before she got it…. Now, it’s even more fantastic! Each row has a different pattern and each row is quilted in a different color thread to match the challenge fabric colors!

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And I love a fun back. While piecing the back, I also had all the scraps from everyone’s blocks, so I pieced them together into blocks and added them in. The colors are so fun!

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I love the ring block the most. I almost snuck it into the front when no one was looking! But I figured everyone might notice soon enough, so I left it on the back. And I think it’s right at home there after all!

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We’re also very lucky to have Dionne make our Giving Committee labels. It was truly a collaborative, group effort for our Seattle MQG contribution to the Quiltcon Charity Quilt Show.

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Quilt Name: Frannie’s Flashy Fans

Quilt Size: 68” x 87”

Block Design by: Ceclia Lehman

Blocks by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members

Block layout by: Louise Wackerman and Debbie Jeske

Pieced by: Louise Wackerman

Quilted by: Dionne Matthies-Buban

Binding by: Louise Wackerman

Recipient: Northwest Breast Center

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Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Giving Committee 2017

And the next installment of quilts from my second year as Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Giving Committee Co-Chair with Debbie Jeske!

The Guild made a total of 7 quilts for the Giving Committee this year. A couple of them, like in 2016, other members took the lead on. Today, I’m only sharing the ones Debbie and I took the lead on.

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First up, Doing the Pink Flamingo! Pink Flamingo was the Kona Color of the Year in 2017. A lovely peachy pink color. Circa15 Fabric Studio was very kind and supplied the Guild with the enough fabric to share with those wanting to make a block. We gave the guild members 9″x11″ and they added their own gray and white fabric to make improv blocks.

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I made three blocks!

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First up, a funky log cabin! I love funky log cabins!

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For the second two, I made a strip set and was able to use it in both blocks! Do you do improv quilting? I love how sometimes it can come so easy and fast!

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I collaborated with Debbie on the design and fabrics for this one and then I made my blocks and that was about it. The rest of the guild really did the work on this one! Debbie arranged the blocks roughly from light to dark and then pieced them into an awesome quilt top. The backing is Rhoda Ruth Wide Back by Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman in smoke, also donated by Circa15 Fabric Studio.  Pam quilted it for us and Matt added more Pink Flamingo for the binding. 

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 Quilt Name: Doing the {Pink} Flamingo

Quilt Size: 72″ x 72″
Blocks by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members
Pieced by: Debbie Jeske
Quilted by: Pam Cole
Binding by: Matt Macomber
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Next up is Playing it Cool! This was another improv quilt, but with a little more direction than Doing the Pink Flamingo. This one is inspired by Anne//Play CraftsCrayola Sunset. You can find the original tutorial that Debbie made for the Guild here. We made 6 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ or 6 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ blocks. We asked the guild members to use all solids in cool blues, greens and purples.

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The blocks I made look like they have black in them, but it’s really a dark blue! Trust me on this one! This is a super fast way to do improv! And really having everyone’s different stash colors come together in one quilt, makes for an awesome combo!

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Debbie pieced the slabs together and Dionne quilted it using an all over Baptist Fan variation that adds great movement to the quilt! Guild Member Deborah Christensen stepped in to do the binding and used a scrappy green mix that plays up the improv!

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Quilt Name: Play It Cool

Quilt Size: 48” x 60”

Blocks by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members

Pieced by: Debbie Jeske

Quilted by: Dionne Matthies-Buban

Binding by: Deborah Christiansen

Recipient: Northwest Breast Center

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For the third quilt, I thought it would be fun to use a Modern Quilt Guild Block of the Month. Every month the MQG shares a quilt block on their site with a bunch of ideas of how to use it in a modern way! For this quilt, we used a creation of one of our global members Rebecca Burnett of the Toronto MQG. The Robbing Pete block is a variation on the Robbing Peter to Pay Paul block.

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Like the Playing it Cool quilt, we asked guild members to use their own stash of cool blues and greens to make some blocks. The curved pieces were to be blue and the background green. Solids and prints were ok to use on this one!

Using this design idea was my idea. I thought it would be fun! And of course a learning opportunity to sew curves! But as I was putting it together, I hated it! Seriously, I hated it. I didn’t even want to wrok on it anymore and swore I’d never show it on my blog! But then, once I started actually piecing the blocks together, it all started to come together! By the time I finished the top, I liked it again. Once it was quilted, I had completely done a complete turn around. I love it! It’s not my usually style, but it turned out quite nice!

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I used some of the extra blocks to make a pieced backing for this one. Dionne and her husband make our awesome quilt labels for us!  And Rachel, who just happens to be one of the new Giving Committee Chairs, did the quilting. and Amy added on the binding.

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Quilt Name: Cyan

Quilt Size: 48” x 48”

Blocks by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members

Pieced by: Louise Wackerman

Quilted by: Rachel Singh

Binding by: Amy Steed

Recipient: Northwest Breast Center

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And last but not least, Icebound!

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For this one, we were inspired by the Berry Icy Ice Bar block from Jodie of Persimmon + Pear. Another improv! Again, we used fabrics from the our own stash of magenta, medium pink, dark teal and light to dark gray to make 12 1/2″ blocks. Once again, Debbie pieced this one in rows and added a bit to each side.

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The quilting and the binding was done by Judy White.

We are lucky to have such an awesome active group of members to help put these quilts together!

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Quilt Name: Icebound

Quilt Size: 48” x 60”

Blocks by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members

Top Pieced by: Debbie Jeske

Quilted & Bound by: Judy White

Recipient: Valley Breast Center

 

Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Giving Committee 2016

Well, there’s a few things I haven’t done much of lately and one of those things is blogging about my Giving Committee Chair role. And there’s a lot of things I have been doing! Including being Co-Chair of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Giving Committee, with Debbie Jeske, for the last three years!

I realized that I haven’t blogged about many of the awesome quilts we coordinated! I’m going to start way back in 2016!

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This one we called Sunset Strips! I was totally inspired by Debbie’s Bacon Quilt and thought it would be a fun one for the group. A little improv, but not too improv! We didn’t have a lot of participation in this one. I am a huge fan of ‘white’ space and this lends itself quite nicely to not a lot of color and plenty of white space.

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The directions that we gave to make the quilt can be found here if you’d like to make you’re own!

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For the back I went crazy with the white space and turned it pink!

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Quilt Name: Sunset Strips
Quilt Size: 60″ x 72″
Blocks created by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members
Pieced by: Louise Wackerman
Quilted by: Jeanell Murphree
Bound by: Debbie Jeske
Organized by: 2016-2018 Giving Committee Chairs, Louise Wackerman & Debbie Jeske
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When we took over the Giving COmmittee from the lovely ladies before us, they mentioned that they had talked to a couple of pet rescue organizations to make a quilt for a fundraising item, but it had never come to fruitition. We decided to start our time off, we’d close that gap. For our first one, we worked with Homeward Pet Adoption Center.  (can you find the dog block?) They requested that we design something that represents their organization so we agreed that the quilt would be made using the colors of their logo – blue, purple, brown and white. Enter Clothworks of Seattle, who generously donated beautiful American Made Brand solids for the project.

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Guild member were asked to make original improv blocks as they wished using only the fabrics in the bundle they received. They could use some or all of the colors, with blocks being in one of three sizes: 6 1/2″ square, 6 1/2″ x 12 1/2″, or 12 1/2″ square. I thought I’d point out (get it…. ha!) the block I made. It’s an improv log cabin with super skinny lines. I love it and keep saying I’m going to make a quilt like that one day!

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The quilting was done by guild member Emily Steed, who had fun with the quilting and gave each block it’s own design!

Quilt Size: 58″ x 70″
Blocks created by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members
Pieced by: Debbie Jeske
Quilted by: Emily Steed
Bound by: Debbie Jeske
Organized by: 2016-2018 Giving Committee Chairs, Louise Wackerman & Debbie Jeske
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Next up is another quilt inspired by Debbie’s work! This one I was so excited about that I did blog about the beginning’s of it here. For this one we used Debbie’s X Marks the Improv tutorial and asked the guild to use their stash fabrics to make 12.5″ x 24.5″ blocks in solid reds with yellow accents.

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One of my favorite things about guild or bee quilts is the variation in colors. It’s hard for me to that on my own. For one you’d have to have that many different variations on the same color all in your stash! And once the blocks all went together it turned out to be a really striking quilt!

Quilt Name: eXmark
Quilt Size: 72″ x 72″
Blocks by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members
Pieced by: Louise Wackerman
Binding by: Susan Pray
Organized by: 2016-2018 Giving Committee Chairs, Louise Wackerman & Debbie Jeske
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And the last one I want to show today is our version of Little Tents! I love this improv tent triangle block! The colors look like little lit tents on a warm summer night! The pattern is inspired by Ants to Sugar and you can find our details here in case you want to make your own!

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This quilt was made from member’s stash and everyone was asked to make 6.5″, 12.5″ or 18.5″ blocks. The blocks all fell into place just right, but in order to achieve a more random placement effect, I did have to add in a couple of inset seams!

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We had a few blocks that didn’t quite fit on the front, but that always helps ot tie together the back. You can see I have done that in a couple of quilt backs for the group! And we are so lucky to have our fantastic quilt labels thanks to Dionne .

Quilt Name: Little Blue Tents

Quilt Size: 44” x 63”

Blocks by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members

Pieced by:  Louise Wackerman

Quilted by: Jaci Bartol

Binding by: Debbie Jeske

Recipient: Nurse Family Partnership

Organized by: 2016-2018 Giving Committee Chairs, Louise Wackerman & Debbie Jeske

 

And a huge thank you to EVERYONE that helped! these are in no way completely my work! These were all a huge team effort by more people that I can count! Although I’m only sharing these four from 2016, we did help facilitate others, including an improv log cabin and a baby star quilt.  And we also had some other guild members with sharing ideas that the group took on. You can see all of the 19 quilts that the guild did in 2016 here!

A Christmas Mug Rug

Yes, Christmas is over, but I had so many projects that I didn’t finish that I have decided to keep sewing Christmas projects!

With that said, I have to admit, I made this project a year ago! My New Years Resolution is to finish a bunch of unfinished projects. One of those unfinished projects is to blog about a bunch of projects I’ve done but haven’t shown you! There’s also kids projects to do and quilting projects…. The usual!

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This project may look a little familiar… I used extra blocks from my Christmas Quilt to make it!  Every year we have a Dirty Santa/White Elephant (what do you call it?) gift exchange at our Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Christmas Party. I wasn’t sure what to make. Then as I was working on my Christmas Quilt, it came to me! A mug rug with the cute little blocks!

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First I made the top by using quilt as you go. But I didn’t add the quilting between the different fabrics. So is it really quilting as you go? hmmm.. I sewed the pieces down onto the batting!

Then I added the back fabric. I cut the back fabric about 3/4″ larger then the front on each side. When I did the quilting, I stayed away from the edges.

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Then I turned the back fabric over a quarter inch, ironed it flat, then folded over to the front of the mug rug and stitched it down.

I know there are tutorials out there for this technique of a fold over binding, but I was in a time crunch so I made it up as I went along. I need to look it up and see if I actually did it the ‘right’ way or not!

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Then I had to wrap it and give it away! I have a habit of keeping things I get or make for exchanges, but not this time!

You can also use insul-bright batting to make your Christmas Mini a potholder or a hot pad. Here’s a tutorial I made for pot holders!

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And are you wondering what I got?? I got these awesome pot holders! They are perfect! I love them so much and was so excited to unpack them again this year! Allison, who makes a ton of amaxing things including the cutest clothes ever, made them!

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Have you already put away your Christmas fabric? Or are you getting ahead on next years Christmas sewing like I am???

A Christmas Quilt

It’s been a while since I shared a finished quilt!

It’s my Christmas Quilt! I have a Halloween quilt and I have a ton of amazing Christmas fabric, so I knew I needed to make a Christmas quilt! I’m a huge sucker for both Halloween and Christmas fabric. especially Cotton and Steel Christmas fabric…. I can’t get enough so I had to do something with it!

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The only problem with Christmas fabric is that it isn’t solids! It’s prints, hence the Christmas theme, right! And I’m not real good with prints! I get totally pushed around by print fabric.

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Quilts pictures here are by Katie of Sew Katie Did, not my work! 

In October 2017, the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild had one of our members, Katie Pedersen of Sew Katie Did, come teach some classes. One of the classes was her Split Personality Class. I signed up! But I didn’t want to take solids. Katie is so good with prints, so I was trying to let that rub off on me during this class. But what to take??? Christmas!

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I love describing what I do as a quilter to non quilters! So basically the technique involves cutting up fabric, sewing it together, cutting it, mixing the pieces up, sewing it back together, cutting it again, mixing again and sewing it back together again! Yep, that about sums it up! You do that and end up with lovely little improv pieced blocks!

But then what to do with the blocks??? 

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I decided to use one of the designs I came up with from the Quilt Design a Day challenge. I forget what the picture was that inspired this design. Anyway, I thought it would be a fun design inspiration for this quilt. 

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I also used another technique that I don’ tthink I have ever used before. Fussy cutting… Well, sewing with solids doesn’t lend itself well to fuzzy cutting, does it now?? Ha!

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And another technique… Pattern matching my fabric for the back!

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Did you know those reindeer came in flannel? So soft! and adorable!

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I liked how the blue binding didn’t totally scream Christmas for the quilt.

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I really like it turned out! And I’m loving watching the family curl up in on the couch this holiday season!

 

 

A Mountain Pillow- Quick and Easy Handmade Gift!

Every year my office has a White Elephant gift exchange with a theme at our Holiday party. Last year the theme was High Low.

We never really tell each other who got what, so I’ve never actually made a gift for the exchange. This year, I had a little problem…

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I bought these beautiful beaded snowflakes from Blair at Wise Craft Handmade. They start high in the sky and end up low on the ground… Get it? High Low….

Well, the day of the party I decided I didn’t want to give up any of my ornaments and I needed to come up with something else to give at the party!

I’d been seeing a lot of these mountain pillows. I got the ornaments at our local handmade craft show. And at the craft show, there were a few people selling these mountain pillows. Most of them were made of beautiful felt and were way over my price range. But I kept being drawn to them! And then I had a great idea…. I’d make a new gift. I’d make a mountain pillow! High Peaks, Low Valleys… High Low!

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I just happened to have this grey fleece that looked kinda like the felt that all the others were made of. And I had this fluffy white fleece, which I totally think looks like fluffy snow!

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Although I didn’t actually made a tutorial, I’ll tell you how I made it! It was so easy and quick, I didn’t even have time to think about pictures! ha! I cut out the mountains, sewed on the snow on top. I made a front and back, with snow on both front and back sides. Next I sewed the front and back together, right sides together and then turned it right side out and Boom! A mountain pillow! SOOOOO easy!

And the pillow was stolen a couple of times, so it was a hit!

These were all adults that loved it, but they could be fun in kids rooms too! Adventure themed rooms… So many possibilities and such a quick make!

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Ted Wiggins and his Unicycle!

This project is a kinda old one, but I never showed it! And it deserves it’s spot on the blog, in my opinion…

A while back my friend wanted a Ted Wiggins doll with his unicycle for her son, but couldn’t find one online. So she asked me! I love the Lorax, but was blanking on who Ted Wiggins is! He’s the kiddo in the lorax that goes and meets the Lorax outside of town and learns the whole story. In the movie he has a unicycle. A big red unicycle. And of course, I bit and took the challenge!

This isn’t a real tutorial, because I didn’t measure everything and I didn’t save my templates, or any of that. But I do want to show you a bit about how I made these guys! First up is Ted.

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I started with the Mikey Monkey doll pattern from mmmcrafts. I have made this pattern before when I made Bear and his best friend Pear for my kiddo. I altered it a bit then for the monkey to be a bear and I did it again for the monkey to be a boy.

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The main alteration was the shape of the head. I didn’t want it to be as round as the monkey head, so I worked that out. One reason I wanted to use this pattern is that he comes with accessories, like shoes and a baseball cap. I knew I needed a helmet, so I altered the baseball hat to be a bike helmet. I had to make a trial hat to make sure it fit on the new head shape though! I also added more pieces of fabric for the shirt to match the look of his shirt!

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And I winged it on the hair and face! When I stitched the hair on the back of the head, I also stitched up through the brown to give it a little more dimension, instead of just along the edge. I didn’t like it just straight across the back, so I added a couple of curves. And the hat turned out great! I put the front and back together and then hand stitched the flames on. The hat is removable. In hindsight, due to the age of kiddo that this was going to, I probably should have sewn the helmet (and the shoes) on the doll! I wouldn’t be surprised if they got lost pretty quickly!

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And I love the shoes!

I had fun taking pictures of him as he was being stuffed and coming to life!

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And his unicycle!

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The handlebar… So for the handlebar, I wanted it to be skinny and stand up straight. I tried a few things and this is what worked best. I sewed on the red pieces to the longer sides of the grey ‘x’. I included the seam allowances, ironed those over, folded it in half, wrong sides together, and then topstitched. I left the bottom open and one side of the handle to stuff in the pipe cleaners. Then stuffed the pipe cleaners in. As many as I could! Then sew up the other side of the handlebar!

For the bottom of the unicycle, I totally winged it and drew it out. I cut the black and red based on my drawing. The design is to have two sides and one long stripe going around the sides, like a box pillow.

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So I sewed the two red sides to the handlebars.

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I measured out how much black and red sides I’d need. Made long side strips. Pinned the sides on (yes, missing some step photos, but not a full tutorial here!) to the front and back, right sides together and sewed it all together, leaving a hole in the bottom. For stuffing I used foam pieces. I used two pieces of foam so that the handlebar would be situated between the foam.

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And, like the helmet, I hand sewed the flames on the unicycle.

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And there you have it! Tedd Wiggins and his Unicycle! I think he turned out pretty cute!

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In the Magazines, a Mini and an IG Giveaway!

Last month I was in two magazines! It was so exciting to come home from vacation and have both of the magazines waiting for me!

Which one should we talk about first??? Let’s go alphabetically… Curated Quilts! Have you seen this magazine? It’s so beautiful! And I got to be a part of the 3rd installment focusing on Minimal Quilts!

Each issue of the Curated Quilts magazine has a Mini Quilt Challenge gallery in it. They give a theme and a color scheme and then you make a mini and upload to their website and they choose about 25 minis to be featured in each issue. I usually don’t do mini quilts. I can’t don’t get them. To me quilts are a work of art, but they are also meant to be cuddled with. So mini’s have always kinda confused me! But then when I saw the color palette for this challenge, I had to play along!

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I loved the neon colors and I just happened to have them already! And I just happened to have an office meeting doodle that I wanted to turn into a quilt, so I put them together and look what I got! 

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The little triangles are about a half inch tall. Pretty tiny!

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For the back, I used another little strip of triangles and a big patch of pick! Ignore the lovely polka dot label. That’s totally NOT a design feature! Ha!

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And of course the little label, but I love how the quilting stands out in this picture.

I didn’t get any quilts in the QuiltCon Show last year, so I was a little bummed! Until I walked into the Curated Quilts booth and what to my eyes should appear?

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But a bunch of mini’s right there! With mine smack dab in the middle! So I kinda did have a quilt at QuiltCon after all!

And next up… Modern Patchwork!

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How funny! I just realized as I am writing this that both of the quilts involve triangles! This one is flying geese, but triangles none the less! My Left and Right quilt was published in the May/June issue of Modern Patchwork. I love this quilt! This was a Nurture Circle do. Good Stitches quilt. The variety of fabric colors from all the different members is what made this quilt so exquisite. In my opinion.

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image via Modern Patchwork

Are you wondering about the giveaway by now???

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I’m going to give one reader, who is also an Instagram follower, one copy of each magazine! Be sure to go to my IG page and follow the directions!

Thanks for reading! Can’t wait to share these awesome magazines with you!

 

 

The Kiddo’s First Quilt

It’s been quite a long time in the making, but the kiddo finished his first quilt!

And he’s pretty excited about it. We was super excited in the beginning, then lost interest and only kept working on because I’d nag him about it. Until he started to see it was almost done! Then he got reenergized about it! Not that that’s too unusual even with us grown-up

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He started back in June of 2013. I wasn’t working my full time professional and was enjoying some time in a little quilt shop. I’d close the shop and run pick him up from preschool and then we’d head back to the shop. One day he got really excited about making his own quilt. We picked out the fabric and step a stool for the pedal, a bunch of cushions in the chair and he was off. For a few rows anyway….

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Then we got it back out again about 5 months later… And there were a couple of other rows added on between 2013 and 2017, but not too much!

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Last year he finished the piecing of both the top and back. Yes, he did it all himself! He even helped me baste the top, back and batting! And then he tried out quilting…

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Before really quilting! I helped move the quilt and keep it on the table, but he did it all himself!

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The only thing I did was the binding. He picked the color, but I put it on.

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At one of our Seattle Modern Quilt Guild meeting nights, Dad was out of town, so he ahd to go with me. And he had just finished the quilt, so it was perfect timing for him to participate in Sew and Tell! I have to say, I love that little smile!

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The back we decided not to do a lot of piecing! I didn’t want to loose him again, so we went with not a lot of piecing!

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And he made his label! I told him what most people put on labels and he went with his name and year. Sweet and Simple!

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We were trying to get one made for Quiltcon, but didn’t make it. But he does already have a design for his next quilt. Penguins….

 

 

 

 

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

This year was a bust… First off, I didn’t get to make a costume. The kiddo decided to be Harry Potter and we had already purchased most of the pieces. He’d been planning this for months! And then tonight he came home from school with 102 degree fever. So, while the other kids were getting dressed and heading out for some haunting, we hunkered down and watched a movie. The worst Halloween he said. Poor Kid!

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But I made another Halloween pillow! I’m so excited to trade it with a friend for a piece of art!

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I used my bat pattern that I have on Craftsy! It was fun to break out the pattern again! It’s pretty quick and easy!

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I through is a little piece of with one of my favorite Halloween fabrics! I used this same fabric on my Halloween quilt from a few years back.

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I always say I’m going to add a zipper back, but then I never have one when I need one. So I always resort back to the envelope style back. And I’m fine with that! At least until I buy a stash of zippers…

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According to this guy, it’s pretty comfy too!

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If you decide to make a bat pillow, be sure to tag me! I’d love to see what everyone else makes with them! I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween! I can’t wait until next year!