January doGood Stitches Quilt

This is my first doGood Stitches post for the year! WOW!

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Have you seen the Forest Quilt Along Quilt hosted by Shape Moth? It’s precious! But A LOT of work! Each block is either an animal or forest plant. For our group, we each got to choose one block. And then Kat from Kat and Cat Quilts pieced them. I choose the fox! I’ve been wanting to make the fox for a long time. So I jumped on it!

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I do love how she put all the pieces together. And the triangle piece going through, but tying it all together at the same time.

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My block was pretty straight forward. I picked the Maple Fox by Sewing Under the Rainbow. But some of our bee mates blocks were not so straightforward. Some of the blocks the instructions were very confusing on how to actually put the paper pieced sections together. The fox is pretty easy in that sense. From what I hear, all the blocks are time consuming. But don’t they look great!? It’s a great BOM project for sure.

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You can see the fun quilting and someone added eyes to the little fox! Smart thinking!

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to make the fox, Kat!

 

 

A Memory Quilt Using the Complete Quilt Design Planner

Remember the Friendship Bracelet quilt that I finished not long ago? Well, originally I agreed to test Blair Stocker’s, AKA WiseCraft, pattern to make a memory quilt. Very quickly I realized that wasn’t going to work for that pattern.

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Then she asked me to test another pattern, The Complete Quilt Design Planner Pattern. I was one, very intrigued by the name, but also knew it would work well with my memory quilt idea!

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The pattern is really not a pattern at all, but step by step guide to designing your own one of a kind quilt! It has layouts for 6 different sized quilts. It was really fun! My son and I laid out all the fabric we were going to use, grabbed some colored pencils and we both started designing!

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A friend of mine from way back… Like Middle School I think? I was actually best friends with her younger sister for a while… Anyway, she asked me to take her sons clothes to make into a quilt. I ended up separating the piles and using mostly wovens on the front and the knit t-shirts on the back.

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I really loved this little center guy from a baby outfit! I also think it also tied together the colors from the other clothing pieces. Once I had it designed, I realized not all the pinks were the same, etc… So there was a bunch of laying out and picking up and laying out again to get it right!

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And the back is a t-shirt quilt. These t-shirt quilts take a long time. I didn’t want just a bunch of regular squares, so it took a bit, I mean a lot, longer to layout than I thought it would! I also added in a few colored blocks to fill in the spaces in between.

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This is a great pattern, especially for beginners. It also got me to try something new. I don’t think I’ve ever done a whole quilt out of the same size blocks before. It’s always fun to look at quilt design a little out of your design comfort zone and this is exactly was I experienced with this one.

You can see more examples of this quilt here.

AND… It’s the one thing that I actually finished this quarter! oops…

 

 

SMGQ First Giving Quilt for 2016

This year my friend Debbie and I are the co-Chairs for the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s Giving Committee! We have decided to shoot for 6 quilt designs this year. Some of those designs are lending themselves to more than one quilt, so we don’t know how many finished quilts we’ll end up with!

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When we took over the committee, we were given a bag of fabric and a lot of information! When we looked through the fabric, we found a bunch of these star blocks… So what do quilters do with random blocks? They make a quilt!

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It looks like the blocks were made by guild members a while back, but nothing was ever done with them. So we decided we might as well go ahead and make a little quilt out of them! There is assortment of stars, including these appliqued stars!

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We were short by one star, so I decided to make one to match!

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The backing fabric was also in the pile! We thought the little teal birds went well with the colors on the front.

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This little guy will be heading off to the Nurse Family Partnership!

 

Quilt Name: First Star I See

Quilt Size: 36×48

Blocks by: Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Members

Pieced by: Louise Wackerman

Quilted by: Debbie Jeske

Binding by: Deborah Christensen

June Blocks for Nurture Circle- Quilts for Fort McMurray

I haven’t posted about any of our do.Good quilts this year, but I’m skipping ahead to the June blocks!

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For the June blocks we decided to switch from our regular charity to do the maple blocks that were called for for the Quilts for Fort McMurray. I know with all the devastation in Orlando, the deadline for the Fort McMurray deadline may be getting overlooked! (Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be making blocks for Orlando as soon as I get home from vacation!) But I’m hoping my posting will be a last minute reminder for everyone that wanted to make these blocks but haven’t yet! The deadline to mail is June 30th!

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It’s funny (not in a haha kinda way) how fast our news moves from one situation to the next. Once the drama is gone, the news stories move to the next drama. Fort McMurray in Alberta Canada, was devastated by fires earlier this year. Whole neighborhoods burned to the ground. Whole towns evacuated. I know here in Washington there are worries about the wildfires starting early. I can’t imagine what the people of these towns have gone through. But the news has moved on… As a quilter, I want to be able to make a little difference to these people and let them know that just becuase the news has moved on, there are many people who still have the fire victims in their hearts.

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The call for blocks from SloStudio lists a couple of different tutorials to make these blocks. I choose to use the tutorial from All Patched Up. It’s such a simple block! I think it took me about an hour to do both blocks, including picking fabric! I did a bit chain piecing that I think helped move it along faster!

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Have you made these blocks? There’s still time to make them and get them in the mail! All the info, including where to mail the blocks to, is right here!

SMQG BOM May Blocks

For this month I’ve been working on quilting my Seattle Modern Quilt Guild BOM a bit more, but I also added a new ‘row’

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Excuse my photo editing… Something doesn’t look right, but oh well…

You can see the bottom row is this months project. The prompt was sewing with scraps. When I make a quilt, especially a BOM that lasts for a while, I keep a bag of all the scraps from that quilt. I don’t integrate my scraps with the scrap bins until the quilt is all done! So this was easy to do! I had the bag right there and ready to go!

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These are my ‘two’ scrap blocks. I started with a long piece of batting that was close to the height I was looking for. But slightly larger. Then I just started a bit in the middle and kept using my scraps until I ran into where the pieces kinda quilt building on themselves. Then I started over. It’s very log cabin like….

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You can see my ‘eyes’ are the center, where I started. Then I’d kinda log cabin around the center, then go off in one direction and come back and go somewhere else! I used only scraps for these, except I did have to cut a little extra white.

I do want to add another thinner strip of this block up the right side, but I ran out of scraps! So I need to do some other blocks and come back to add another row.

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And I really started making some ‘rules’ for my quilting. Most of the quilting is in the white. Sometimes I’ll quilt in the yellow, but not often. And I am NOT quilting on the grey!

I’ve also found that I don’t want to quilt to the edge until I another block to sew on. I’m using my quilting to sew down my seam allowances, so therefore I need a seam allowance to quilt over!

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And I’m stitching in the ditch to get from one stop to the other…. I’m loving this one! I just learned about June’s BOM, so I’m excited to get started on it!

Technicolor Galaxy Quilt Update

I took a LONG break from this one and finally got it back out!

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I finally finished the outer circle. It’s 3 blocks, 4 times… 12 blocks. I did take some liberties on these blocks!

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The first one I did was supposed to be orange peels… But I hated them… I tired to do them per the directions. Didn’t work out. Then I tried them my own way… Still didn’t like them. Ok, the truth is I couldn’t make them. They looked horrible! So I branched off and did cathedral windows. They kinda resemble the orange peels. Maybe? Anyway, I like them!

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Next up was the hexie flowers…. Well, I didn’t want to do flowers. The idea is that this quilt might go on my son’s bed, and I didn’t want flowers. So I did a little random hexie thing!

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And lastly, the moons. Easy peasy. This is the same circle technique I used for my sports quilt. Love it!

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And here it is all put together! Well, not exactly PUT together, but laid out together. I just have one border to go! I can do this!

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Modern Sampler Quilt Along Blocks G, H and I

Man! I’ve been playing catch up on this quilt along, the Modern Sampler Quilt Along with Salty Oat!

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You know I’m more of a bright color kinda quilter, so this one has been a challenge. But I like the low contrast with a pop of color! But this is a very challenging pattern and I got really frustrated doing these blocks! I think they came out quite nice despite the lack of instructions!

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This is Block G. I didn’t do any measuring around the curves. And I like how they turned out. Not perfect, but I think they are pretty close to perfect.

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And Block H. This turned out pretty nice. A LOT of practice with Y seams for one stinkin’ 12″ block! Has anyone else made this one? I’m curious how you made it. I considered doing it as an english paper pieced block, like I sew hexagons by hand. But then decided that would take way longer than I wanted to spend on this one….

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And lastly, Block I. I’m actually in love with this one! It’s pretty near perfect! (If I do say so myself…) I took my friend Debbie’s advice and did the strips as paper pieced triangles. It worked! Nice and quick!

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And look at those Y seam corners! Oh, yes!

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Please ignore the horrible picture, but this is the quilt so far! I do like the quilt, but making it has had some frustrated moments!

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Three more blocks down. Nine blocks done. Three to go!

Friendship Bracelet Quilt

Another finish!

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Yea! I have to say, I love the pattern, but wasn’t really excited about the quilt…. But the more I look at it, the more I like it!

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A SMQG friend is also a quilt designer and author and all around pretty cool lady! She’s Blair Stocker, AKA WiseCraft. She asked for pattern testers fir her Friendship Bracelet Quilt and I was looking for an easy idea/pattern for a memory quilt, so I said YES! But then it ended up it wasn’t going to work well for my memory quilt, but I did have a jelly roll that would work quite nicely!

It’s a jelly roll that I’ve had for years and never used becuase the fabrics are exactly me so I haven’t used them. For years, did I mention that? I’ve gotten so used to only quilting with mostly solids, it’s been a little hard to embrace this one. But it’s growing on me!

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The quilt went together very easily and quickly! I’ve seen the pattern in solids, and I think I’m just drawn more to solids. It’s a GREAT pattern for newbie’s! The directions are great and easy to follow.

It all went together so quickly. Until…. I started quilting! I’m pretty sure the quilting took way longer than all the rest of the quilt construction! I really want to start keeping track of how many hours a quilt takes. Does anyone else to this?

I did the quilting with a freehand square spiral. I also did a big one on the bottom, until it ran out of quilt nad then I moved and did two smaller square spirals on the top!

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I had a couple of strips left over so I sewed them together to start the back layout. And the rest just evolved with the fabrics I had on had that coordinated!

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And I get to use another one of my labels! Since they are dated, I can only make 48 more this year!

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A little behind the scenes moment… My lovely husband of 10 years today (the 20th) is nice enough to hold most of my quilts. (He does grumble a little bit.) shhh…. But he does help!

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The more I look at it the more the contrast between the stripes show and that makes me love it more!

 

April Squiggles bring May….

This month’s BOM for the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild BOM quilt is squiggles!

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I was terrified of squiggles! I’ve seen them around, but have never understood how to make them. I assumed a bunch of clipping curves, etc…. But no! It’s way easier than I thought it was going to be!

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I used this great tutorial on Lily’s Quilts by Ann of Play Crafts! It is so easy! You basically put two pieces of fabric on top of each other, cut a sqiggly line and then sew it together and iron flat! Seriously. Not sure what I was afraid of!

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Squiggles! And again, like in the last two blocks, I overlapped the months blocks on each other.

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But then it started bugging me that it wouldn’t lay flat… and I was wondering it that was going to affect the adding on of each months blocks.

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No matter how often I iron these seams flat, they always go back to looking like this…. Not flat…

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So I started quilting….

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And the seams lay flat and there hardly any added bulk at the seams once it gets quilted!

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You can kinda see the difference between the nice flat quilted area and the not quilted areas. I also realized I wanted to not do too much quilting on the outside pieces. I want to wait to do those until the next piece is sewn on. You want to sew OVER the seam allowance, so I didn’t want to do much sewing around the perimeter until I add on to it.

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I need to square it up a bit. And do a bit more quilting before the next block gets added in. But I can’t wait to see which one is next!

 

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!

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