Star Blossoms Quilt Top Done!

I finished my Star Blossoms quilt top last weekend but the weather has been so crappy I haven’t been able to get a photo till today.

Many of my blocks were too small, I feel if I’d starched my fabric prior to cutting, it would have turned out much better. But I still love this quilt. Not being perfect makes it more human. ūüėÄ

The pattern is by Cottonway and I used Lauren & Jessi Jung’s Flora. I’m waiting on more fabric to make more stars for my Modern Mable quilt and I started another quilt using Oh Deer by MoMo. Photos to come once I actually have a block or two done. Right now I’m in the process of sewing strips.

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Works on hold

Works in progress hold until the Grace Start-Right quilt frame and Juki TL-2000Qi arrive:

         

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From left to right: Les Fleurs Bleu, Parcheesie, Chicopee Log Cabin, Birds & Berries crib quilt. (Click image for larger view.)

My actual WIP is the¬†Star Blossoms quilt, I’m almost finished cutting the thousand little pieces that go into it. Maybe I’ll even get to do a little sewing today between bathing the pugs!

I received my copy of Simply Fat Quarters yesterday and there’s a few patterns in there I’d love to make including Carousel, pictured on the cover and Poppy.

I also subscribed to the Fons & Porter magazine, “Love of Quilting” on my iPad so I don’t have to wait for the postal service to delivery my copy 3 weeks after everyone else has it.

 

Quilt: All Grown Up

 

I am loving this quilt, I purchased the pattern from Green Fairy Quilts and used Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee and Robert Kaufman Essex linen in natural. I have two more rows to add and a border.

I’ve been watching Angela Walters videos all day, dreaming of when I get my short arm Grace Start-Right quilt frame and Juki TL-2000Qi!

Can’t believe it’s Wednesday already!

Linking up with WIP Wednesdays at Freshly Pieced and The Needle and Thread Network.

 

 

WIPs Galore!

All quilting is suspended until I have my quilting frame & machine (and a LOT of practice), which leaves me with many WIPs and new projects. As mentioned yesterday I’ve been invited by Heather & Megan of Quilt Story to participate in their Holiday Tutorials Thursdays so one of my WIPS is to work on my tutorial!

One new project I started last weekend is what I consider a “guy’s” quilt using Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt, Robert Kaufman Essex linen and log cabins. Love the fabrics in this line! I’m using Superior Threads’ Kimono Silk for piecing and quilting which gives me super flat and strong seams!

   

Another project I’m working on is a baby quilt for one of my girlfriends, she is currently 6 months along so I only have four months left to work on it. I don’t know if she’s having a girl or boy (I’m guessing girl) but thought I’d play it safe ¬†by making it for a boy or a girl by using two Aneela Hoey embroidery patterns from her new book, Little Stitches. Her designs are so sweet and book is fabulous, great for embroidery beginners like myself.

Last but not least, I’ve been hankering to make a bear’s paw quilt and have decided to once again pull out Backyard Baby fabric by Patty Sloniger. I’m not a big child’s fabric fan but I adore this line, it’s obviously for kids without being too cutesy.

On a side note, I’ve started using my Sony NEX 5-N instead of my iPad, I really need to use all of the features available, it’s a great camera but I need to work on my white balance as well as other things.

In case you haven’t noticed, I have new a hair style, it’s very similar to the last style. I’ve decided that I really, really love short hair (so does DH!), so easy to care for, I haven’t had to use a blow dryer or straightener in months, which is so much healthier! I just need to ignore my parent’s and strangers comments — my Dad loves long hair but he doesn’t have to take care of it. ;D

Have a great week, keep on sewing!

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Craftsy: Inspired Modern Quilts

I received notification from Craftsy this morning about a new modern quilting class taught by Elizabeth Hartman. I signed up immediately! Not only did I sign up, I also started the first project, Scattered Squares. I thought I’d make a table topper for our coffee table, which has seen better days. I initially thought I’d throw in punches of turquoise but they were over powering so I just stuck with orange. After I got it all sewn together, I excitedly put it on the coffee table and stood back to admire my work.

It just doesn’t work in our living room. Our sofa is red leather, I thought it would be mod but it’s not, it’s just too bright for the space. Ah well, I’m going to finish it and put it up for sale then start another one with different fabrics.

Elizabether Hartman is an excellent teacher, her speaking is clear and¬†concise, no um’s or ah’s, you can tell she’s done this before. I thought it was interesting that she pressed all her seams open. I’ve done that before but I prefer the old quilter’s method of nesting seams, I feel they’re stronger though it doesn’t really matter after you’ve quilted your work.

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A little late in the day but I’m going to link up to WIP Wedensday hosted by Rebecca this week.

Also, for the first time, I’m linking up to The Needle and Thread Network.

WIP Wednesday: Unfocused

With this break from work, I’m having problems focusing on just one project. I really want to take advantage of this free time but feel scattered. Here are the various projects I’m working on:

1. Floating Lonestar –¬†I forgot to put the binding on before creating a quilt sandwich and am not quite sure what to do with this. Do I quilt as you go adding other blocks or leave it as a mini quilt and put it on the wall?

Floating Lonestar

2. Another Lonestar.

Lonestar

3. Triangles! I’m crazy about these triangles, I absolutely love selecting fabric combinations and it’s a nice break from rectangles and squares.

Loving the triangles!

4. Scrappy madness. An ongoing projects without direction.

Scrappy Madness

5. In Reverse quilt top, I’ve finally chosen fabric for the back, I may work on this today.

In Reverse Quilt Top

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WIP Wednesday: Hand Picked Zipper

Bending Pins: Hand Picked Zipper

There are just 3 more full working days before I leave for Germany on vacation so my WIPs are few. I just started a zippy pouch to bring along with me and because I didn’t want to spend the evening in the basement alone, I thought I’d hand pick the zipper with glass beads. Tomorrow is the last evening I have to lounge, Thursday we’re taking the pugs to the sitter {ack, worry!!} who lives an hour away but the most trusted person we know who can take care of an incontinent, aging pug who’s back legs give out on him from time to time.

My other WIP is the Back Yard Baby quilt I started — it seems just a month ago (??) but I just found out she’s 8 & 1/2 months pregnant — where did the time go? I have a lot of quilting to do when I return!

My Mom reads my blog so I just wanted to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day in advance, I love you Mom!
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