SMQG Block of the Month Quilt

I finally finished!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mighty Lucky Quilting Club- January Bias Tape Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Off to make more!

 

 

 

Modern Sampler Quilt Along

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Here they are all laid out…

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

A Weekend of Quilting Classes

This past weekend I took two classes and went to a lecture by Libs Elliot!

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The first class I took was her Weight of Love quilt class. The quilt is really cool. Honestly, I was hoping to learn more in the class than I did… But none the less, I had a great day hanging out with friends and sewing.

I love a pattern with a nice coloring page. This pattern is only available when you take her class. But you can see the quilt here.

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The pattern is numbered based on 17 fabrics. But I narrowed it down to 5 fabrics. Black, white and light grey. The my colors are a reddish coral and deep purple. Not two colors I have ever put together. They were actually two fabrics that had been sitting on my shelf not getting used. I just happened to pull them out and realized they look fabulous together! I love them!

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I also got to learn how to use the Hex ‘n More ruler. I love it! I’ve been wanting it for a couple of years, but never actually got it until it was required for this class. So glad I have it now!

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Between the class and a little extra sewing that night, I have it half way finished! Now just to keep sewing…

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The second class I took was her Embrace the Chaos class. with another coloring page! But this time, we made up the pattern in class. Each person designed their own quilt. We picked a certain number of blocks and then played a version of quilt bingo to layout the patterns!

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I used another pallette of 5 colors, dark and light grey, dark and light teal and red. Oh, and white. So 6 colors!

Each block is different. There’s no chain piecing going on with this one! But I’m half way through making my blocks for this one.

Can’t wait to show you the final pieces!

 

The Last 2015 do Good Stitches Quilts

This is my last throw back post to 2015!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SMQG BOM- Almost Done

Another installment of the SMQG BOM!

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I had grand intentions of finishing this last year… I’m almost done, just need to the add the back, but until then, I thought I’d give you an update of the second to last border. It barely fits on my fence anymore!

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So this last border was a million little half square triangles and it totally knocked me off my rythm…

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Making the HST’s wasn’t the problem! I made them at a retreat and they went super fast…. I used Debbie’s tutorial on making multiples and it worked great! But then sewing them together and onto the quilt just turned me off for some reason. No idea why. I made the HST’s and shelved the project.

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All in all, once I finally sat down to do it, it didn’t take long at all. of course… My family is very excited to see this one getting some action again!

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Hopefully the final installment of this quilt will be coming soon!

 

Happy New Year with my Glitz Quilt

I thought it might be fitting to ‘ring’ in the new year with a glitzy quilt!

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Ha! Get it? ‘Ring’ In the New Year with a quilt of rings? I crack myself up sometimes! This is the quilt I made for the Michael Miller Glitz challenge. It was not a winner. It didn’t make it into QuiltCon… And while everyone is showing thier favorite posts of 2015, this might be my least favorite quilt of the year…  It’s actually growing on me though….

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For the challenge we got this little teeny tiny bundle of fat eighths of the Michael Miller Glitz line of fabric. I’m not a fan of mini quilts. I think I mentioned that before. I just don’t know what to do with them! So I don’t make them hardly ever. But when I get a mini bundle like this, I should probably think a little smaller…. But instead I ended up with this nice big throw quilt!

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Even though this quilt isn’t a favorite, I learned a lot making it! I got so excited with the new circle technique I learned for my sports quilt that I decided to try it here but not using a true circle. It worked, but it got really hard for the larger rings. Once I got to the larger rings, I had to start patching together the freezer paper and it just got pretty awkward to move around and get into place. But it worked! Just more ‘challenging’ than I had planned on!

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I’ve been wanting to use Debbie’s matched binding technique many times, but have kept finding excuses not to. But this time, I knew it had to be done! And it’s awesome!

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It really adds to this quilt!

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I decided to quilt it using a circular pattern that had to get wider and closer depending on the rings. I like it, but keep seeing areas that I could have spaced a bit differently. But overall, I totally think it works!

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And the back. As you know, I don’t do a lot of quilting with black…. Maybe that’s why I’m not as drawn to this one… It seems to attract fuzz like crazy! I used every little bit of my fat eighth bundle! What I didn’t use on the front, I added into the back.

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All in all, It was a fun one to make and really challenged my process. Did anyone else participate in this challenge? And the other plus about this one… I actually finished BEFORE the challenge deadline! Might be a first!

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

 

Dad’s Quilt

Is finally done!

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I don’t know if you remember or not, but three Christmases ago I told my husband I’d make him a quilt. For Christmas I gave him the design and the fabric for Christmas! He was super excited! Ok, maybe not. He was excited to get a quilt, but not about unwrapping a pile of fabric!

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Well, it took forever!

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But I finally finished it! It’s just so big that it was hard to maneuver. I realized I’m not so great at really big quilts!! I believe it’s about 96″ square. I’ve since started to use QAYG on the larger quilts. But the trickiest part was squaring it up! How do you square up a quilt that is too large to lay out in any room of your home?  Not very easily I learned! Any tips would be appreciated! I had to square it up before I took it to The West Seattle Fabric Co for them to actually quilt!

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And the back! I actually love the back! I don’t know if I love it more than the front, but I might! I submitted it to Quiltcon, but it was rejected… I wonder if I had submitted the back if it would have gotten a better response? hmmmm….

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The center of the back was from a Round Robin I participated in at a Seattle Modern Quilt Guild retreat. I started it and then three other added on to it, all while a timer is ticking away.

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Like I mentioned, the quilting was done by The West Seattle Fabric Company and it looks great. I was just so ready to turn it over to someone to finish this one!  Too big and heavy for me and my machine. I now understand why people hire people to quilt quilts!

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

American Made Brand Tiny Quilt Challenge

Did anyone else participate in the American Made Brand Tiny Quilt Challenge???

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At first I wasn’t going to participate. You saw my fourth quarter goals right???? I have enough on my plate already! But… I love supporting local, so I’ve always loved Clothworks, the brand behind the American Made Brand. And who can’t love American Made fabric? One of the owners came to our guild and showed us the step by step process in making this brand and it’s quite amazing! And frustrating to see how much of our natural resources get exported for us to then buy back! But that’s a whole ‘nother blog post!

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And at our Pacific Northwest Modern Quilt Guild meetup, there was this adorable little mini charm pack in our swag bags. So I had to go for it! I had a different idea to start, more of a spiral, but it didn’t turn out…. So this is what I ended up with. Not truly original, and that probably has one thing to do with why it didn’t win anything….

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I still didn’t have my own machine back yet and was using a machine that wasn’t real into the curved quilting. So it didn’t end up great there either… But I love the pattern! I wanted to contrast the squares and triangles with circles.

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The back is pretty simple and used a couple of extra half square triangles! And I also won a giveaway of American Brand green solids that I put to use on the back.

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Don’t look too closely, this one is not my usual quality of piecing or quilting, but…. I don’t have much wall space for mini quilts, so I like to use them for other things. I made this with two layers of batting to use for a hot pad. Even if I didn’t win, it was a fun little project!

Finish Along Quarter 4

This finish list of goals for the 4th quarter just might look familiar… It’s pretty much the same as last quarter! Sorry to be boring! I finished my beach quilt, but that’s about it! Part of it was my machine was in the shop all summer. But I’ve got it back and it’s humming along beautifully! Yea!! So here’s my list…. (again)

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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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There were two that I was supposed to do this sumer… First up, The Riley Blake Challenge quilt. I totally missed the deadline on this one, but I still want to finish it!

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The second one was a baby minkie rag quilt and other nursery room accessories. I did actually finish it, but haven’t gotten to show it off yet!

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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! I had to make an extra couple of blocks and as much as I love this pattern, it’s a bit time consuming!

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This is a new one to add to the list! I entered into the Michael Miller Glitz Challenge. I’ve got my fabric, but no clue what to do with it! hmmmm….

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Oh, and there’s the EZ Quilting Challenge triangle quilt challenge…. Also a Quiltcon challenge like the Michael Miller one. Again, I’ve gotten the ruler, but no clue what to do with it.

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OK, I am also working on two Block of the Month quilts that I’m hoping to finish this year…. The Technicolor Galaxy Quilt and the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Block of the Month quilts!

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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! I need to get to work!

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