Curves Issue of Curated Quilts

I’m so excited to be featured in Curated Quilts!

I’ve been lucky enough to have had a couple mini quilts featured in Curated Quilts, but this issue I have a pattern in the magazine! I made a mini for this one too, but it didn’t get a trip to the photo lab! ha!

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A quilt I started with the my do. Good Stitches group, and finished up way too late, was featured in the magazine!

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I love this magazine and the talent it features, so you can only imagine how excited I was to see my quilt and name featured amongst some amazing quilters!

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Each quarter the magazine puts a call for articles and patterns around a selected theme. When I saw the call for curved quilts, I was super excited to submit my Falling Stars quilt.

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The magazine took some really great shots of the quilt, you should really check it out. And of course, there’s the tutorial to make your own! I don’t want to give it all away, so be sure to get the magazine to see more!

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I actually had two quilts in this issue! My Raindrops on Wildflowers quilt was featured in the main gallery!

 

 

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Nurture Circle Quilts of do.Good Stitches

I haven’t been around for a while and I’ve missed the ‘ole blog! It’s also been even longer since I’ve shown the quilts I’ve taken part in with the Nurture Circle of do. Good Stitches group! As you may or may not know, I have been a part of this online quilting bee for years! I’ve shared the quilts I’ve made with the awesome women in my group. But it’s been ages since I’ve shown off what they have done!

As a reminder, this is an online bee with 10 members. 5 of us design and make the quilts. All 10 of us make a least 1 block per month, usually 2 or more, for the quilts. Then once they are done, they are donated to one of our group members who runs the quilt Charity in Texas, Covered in Love.

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This quilt was the August 2016 (see, it’s been a while!) group quilt designed by Briawna at Purple Poppy Quilts. We were asked to make 8 paper piecing kaleidoscope blocks  with solids and low volume fabrics. The block we used were from The Quilter’s Cache website. And then she took our blocks and made this awesome rainbow quilt!

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Next up, the 2016 September quilt…

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This one was designed by Carla from the Modern Bias blog.  We actually used the Crosscut Block from one of my best quilty buddies, Debbie, over at A Quilters Table. Carla just changed the size of the blocks.

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Not only did we send her our blocks, but we also sent her our left over pieces. We ended up having two quilts that month!

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The one on the right is one of them. The one on the left is one I sent that i had done earlier, the Modern Sampler Quilt.

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The second on we got from our extra blocks was a group effort with Carla piecing it and Gabrielle quilting it!

Next up, January 2017!

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This one was design by our Texas friend, Kat, from Kat and Cat Quilts. And yes, the one who runs our quilt charity! This one is a stitch and flip block and we made a mini strip and flip block. Instead of ROY-G-BIV our rainbow was only a OY-G-B rainbow! You can find the tutorial on our group Flickr page.

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And it came together beautifully!

And in February, Dhia, from Peach Patch Quilts, chose hearts!

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You can find the directions to the big heart, based on Michael Miller’s Cupid’s arrows quilt, on Dhia’s blog here. The little ones are from a Cluck Cluck Sew tutorial.

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This one reminds me of warm Nordic sweater (I think they are called something else, but I’m blanking on it!)! I love it!

And our last one for today is the March 2017 block.

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March of 2017, Briawna chose to use a tutorial from Andy Knowlton for scrappy flying geese. We made two blocks, one with gray on the right and one with gray on the left. Then I asked them to keep the tiny scraps for an upcoming quilt!

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And there we have it! Five Nuture Circle quilts to show! I need to get on quilting the Nurture Circle quilts I have finished in my pile. There are more to show, so stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

Left and Right- Do Good Quilt Finish!

It’s long overdue, but I did finish another quilt! Another Nurture Circle do. Good Stitches Quilt!

Remember how I do those Quilt Design a Day projects? I haven’t posted any of those on the blog recently, either… Well, this quilt started as one of those designs! (you can see the group here)

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This was the prompt we had! This silly picture of heart shaped sunglasses by design seeds was the inspiration. I took this and came up with this…

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I got some great feedback on this design, so I knew I wanted to make it into a quilt. I thought the variation of fabric from a quilt bee would make this quilt fantastic!

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And, if I do say so myself, I think it turned out pretty fantastic!

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I think it was a pretty easy block for the group to make. Each person made 18 half square triangle blocks, 6 of each color. You can find all the directions here. I’ll post the directions to the blog shortly!

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I’m so in love with the colors! And the variations on each color that came from all the members.

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For the back I made a play on scale and made the one of each flying geese, but BIG! I always try to avoid these pictures with the wind, but I love how this one shows the little ones on the front juxtaposed next to big ones!

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This picture shows the quilting the best. I did my usual straight line quilting, but at an angle with the flying geese. Then did a little stitch in the ditch along the flying geese to get the zigzags.

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And of course, my label picture! I had fun photographing this one at the boathouse where we recently had our SMQG retreat with the help of Allison Sews and Snippets of Sweetness!

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And I can mark this one off of my 2017 Finish A Long Quarter 1 List! Linking up here.

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope you are having a day full of LOVE!

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I thought it only fitting to share a bunch of blocks I recently made for our Do Good Stitches Circle! I don’t think this whole bunch took more than a couple of hours… In hindsight, I wish I’d made more before I put my pink stash away. I would have made myself a pillow!

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Dhia is this months quilter and chose the blocks. For the large block we could choose between two different blocks, the hearts from Michael Miller’s Cupid’s Arrow quilt or the Be Good To Your Heart block from Diary of a Quilter. I choose the Michael Miller heart and used the direction on Dhia’s blog! You can download the whole quilt pattern by Tamara Kate here.

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And then we made 5 small blocks using the pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew. And you can get instructions for different sizes here.

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If you are able to sew today, sew up some hearts! Have a great Valentine’s Day!

 

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!

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!!!

 

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!

April and July Quilts for do.Good Stitches

I’m excited to share 2 more quilts that I worked on with my amazing group of the Nurture Circle of do.Good Stitches!

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First up is the April quilt designed and quilted by Carla, of Modern Bias! She gave us the color selection and the directions to make a diamond of our choosing. Her instruction post has some fun diamond inspiration!

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I did a little take on the Psychedelic Baby Quilt. Ok, well maybe not a ‘little’ take! The block was 12×24.

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I love how the quilting is in the orange! And the pattern is great. I believe Carla entered this one into the Quilt Con Quilt show. Hope it make it in!

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And secondly, the July quilt! In the spirit of the 4th of July, Dhia, of The Peach Patch, chose to do a red white and blue star block. You can find the directions on her blog, here.

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The white block was super easy and fast! The red stars, not so easy and fast! The red stars weren’t hard, just a bit time consuming. There were a lot of little pieces in those red stars.

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Another great group effort for the Nurture Circle! And a special shout out to Carla and Dhia for their amazing work for the group!

 

June do Good Stitches Quilt

This quilt was started as my month as the quilter back in June! So I’ll start be apologizing to the group for taking so long to finish it!

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I was honored when a group member asked if I’d pick my Inside Out Pineapple block for my month! So of course I said yes. I totally wanted to see it as a finished quilt!

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All the quilts we do for the Nurture Circle of do.Good Stitches are awesome, but most of them are not this time consuming! I’m worried I might have scared a few out of the group with this quilt! I hope not…

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I asked the group to make two blocks each and to use a contrasting color between the center and the ‘rings.’ Most everyone did. A few forgot and different tones of the same color. And you know what…. I love it! Of course I wasn’t going to ask them to redo it. I actually love the mix. It works and makes the quilt even more interesting!

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I love the pattern and it seems to be very popular! But it’s time consuming. I really want to make one for me, since this one is going to away to Covered In Love. Maybe a block of the month is in my future! It’s a paper piecing pattern that is basically four blocks in one. It’s not hard, it just takes a little while!

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I debated on the binding. I love making bindings out of multiple fabrics, but for this one I finally decided on a yellow. I didn’t want it to take away from the blocks and to me, the yellow became a very sweet complement!

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For the back I considered enlarging the block for a super huge block. Then decided to just mimic the center and one white ‘ring’ around it! I did decide to keep it with the solids on the back.

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One reason it took so long to get this one done was the quilting…. I had this great idea that I wanted to go a circular pattern, but n=most of the summer and into the fall I had a loaner machine and I wasn’t liking the circular stitching. I got my machine back and was all about the circle… Until I started…. And I didn’t like it. At all. So i picked it all out and went with the lines of the block and stitched in the ditch. Much happier!

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One of my favorite things about the quilt is that one block with the light, light yellow and the hot pink center! The contrast with the other blocks is great!

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Thanks to all the ladies who participated in this one!

And I can finally cross this off my Finish A Long list!

 

 

 

 

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!