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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Aloha Sunrise and NTT

Happy NTT, friends!  It has been a whirlwind week around here.  On Monday, I presented a trunk show to a local guild, and I'm leaving on Friday to travel to another guild.  I still have some availability in 2019, and I would love to visit YOU.  My calendar is filling up though, so contact me soon for more details.  Let's get something booked for your group!

Since it also happens to be the middle of the month, between my two teaching engagements this week I've also shared my August Classic Meets Modern blocks as well as my monthly sales roundup (with an awesome giveaway that you can enter HERE).  Even with all of that, I found time to finish my latest quilt.  I'm calling it Aloha Sunrise, and I'm thrilled with the way it turned out.


In case you missed last week's NTT, this quilt was created with the Kona Birds of Paradise bundle.  I picked it up at Quilt Market in May, and it will be available in shops very soon.  PS- this is not a sponsored post, I just love the colors in this bundle so much, so I figured I'd give you the info.  I added four additional solids from my stash, and all sixteen colors are listed for you in last week's post HERE.


I quilted this one with a dense, allover swirl design.  There were so many gorgeous thread colors that would have looked great on this quilt, but I ultimately chose Aurifil 50 wt. #2140, Orange Mustard.  The darker, orangey-yellow added a little extra dimension to the quilt without standing out against the white too much.  I almost quilted each part of the quilt with a different matching thread color, but did I mention that I've been busy lately?  Ain't nobody got time for that, ha!


Y'all, I might be as excited about the back as I am about the front of this quilt.  I had this Maywood Studio Gelato Sunrise fabric in mind for the backing, and was lucky enough that one of my local quilt shops had it in stock.  Winning!  I widened it out with some leftover solids and a solid Kona Berry strip right from my stash.  I love how the ombre glows, and the quilting texture shows up so beautifully against it.


My swirls on this quilt make me so happy.  The last time I quilted swirls, they were much bigger, which made it more difficult to nest them together and keep them looking smooth.  I decided to size them down this time around, and it made all the difference in the world.


I had plenty of Kona Papaya in my stash for the binding, and though I didn't really choose the thread and binding colors together specifically, the fact that they are the same work so well on the quilt.

Aloha Sunrise measures 60" square, and I am currently finishing up the pattern for it.  It will be ready very soon, and will be written in three sizes.  If you want to make one with exactly these fabrics, the pattern will be available just in time for the release of the Birds of Paradise bundle!

Before we link up, take a look at some of the eye-candy from last week!  This lovely, classic HST quilt is by Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty (and don't miss the fun story of the origin of the fabric!).


This round robin quilt, called The Wall, is by Kris at Sew Sunshine.  Isn't it fantastic?


I love this value quilt by Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.


This improv diamond quilt is by Jen at de Jong Dream House.  So scrappy and fun!


I can't wait to see what you're working on this week.  Let's party!

1. You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

*If you're new to the party, here's a helpful tip for linking up- select "Auto Crop"  when selecting your thumbnail photo.  For some reason, trying to crop your own image results in the dreaded "white question mark box," and we definitely want to see your awesome work!  :)





CMM August Blocks!

It is the 15th of the month, which means that it's time to share August's blocks for the Classic Meets Modern BOM Quilt Along!  Each of this month's blocks finish at ten inches, and are pretty quick to put together.  First up is the Dutch Pinwheel block.


I love blocks that have a scrappy look, so a block with five different fabrics (including the white) was really fun for me.

The Chevron Diamond block is the second block for August, and it is lighting fast if you chain piece those squares on the flying geese.


Instead of a white background, I chose to make my chevrons white.  Even though there is exactly the same amount of pink and white in this block, the white chevrons just pop right out and really draw the eye.  When I was determining my color layout, I also thought that this area of the quilt needed a little more solid white.


How are you deciding on your fabric placement?  Are you using your blank coloring/planning sheet?


Something Rosemade has a fantastic method for making sure she has an even distribution of colors.  Check out her post HERE to see how she is cropping her block photos and laying the blocks out digitally.  It really is awesome, and I think I'm going to have to take a little time to do that with my own blocks soon.

Can you believe that we're getting into the home stretch of this QAL?  We only have two more months of blocks, plus a month of flying geese and snowball "fillers" and then it will be time to put the quilt top together.  So, let's link up.  I can't wait to see your August blocks!

1.  If you're a little late to the party, it's okay!  You can still join in anytime.  This is a Block of the Month Quilt Along, so we will only be completing two blocks each month.  The pace is leisurely and it will be easy to catch up.  You can get the Classic Meets Modern pattern in my Etsy or Craftsy shops (links on my right sidebar).  As long as you have a finished quilt top at the end of the year, you'll be eligible for the prizes.

2.  Remember, the link party opens on the 15th of each month, and will close at midnight CST on the last day of the month.  You can certainly link to the weekly NTT post if you like, but be sure to link your quilt along blocks to this party, so everyone is sure to see your progress.

3.  You don't have to have a blog to join in!  You can link to an Instagram post, or even a Flickr account.  Use the hashtag #classicmeetsmodernbomqal on Instagram!  If you do have a blog, grab a button to let everyone know you're participating!  You can get the button on my right sidebar.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

August Fabric Deals and a Giveaway!

Happy August friends, and if you have kiddos, happy back-to-school!  Though my wild thing won't admit it, I know he was ready to get back into the routine of a new school year, and I was ready to get back into my usual routine of quilting with more regularity;  and I'm excited to say goodbye to summer by highlighting the best fabric deals from my very favorite shops.


Fort Worth Fabric Studio is kicking things off with today's awesome giveaway.  This Berry Basket Floral FQ bundle looks like it belongs on a summer picnic, doesn't it?  

                  Fort Worth Fabric Studio



As crazy as it sounds, the time to start thinking about holiday projects is NOW!  All of the cute Christmas fabric lines are hitting shops, and with their Holiday House, Fort Worth Fabric Studio is a great place to start.  Their newest holiday line is Sugar and Spice, and they even have apron panels with this collection.  These definitely won't last long, so if you need a festive holiday apron for yourself or for a gift, don't delay!









If you haven't visited in awhile, you need to check out the cool new look of Lady Belle Fabric's site!  Even with the new photography, Lady Belle still has the same great prices on fabrics, especially bundles.  Right now, Anna Maria Horner Passion Flower and Sweet Dreams bundles are 20% off!  And there are plenty of others on sale for 20%, 30% and 40% off as well!

             Lady Belle Fabric



At Shabby Fabrics, their newest project in the Table Glitz series is super cute!  These apples are the perfect way to get ready for cooler fall temperatures.  There are kits available, but the pattern and video demonstration are free!  Head HERE for all of the details.

          Shabby Fabrics


The holiday collections have hit LouLou's Fabric Shop also, and there are lots of cute ones!  This Hearthside Holiday line by Deb Strain is just perfect if your Christmas decor style is woodsy and rustic rustic.

Right now, LouLou's is offering 20% off of your entire purchase with the code Summer Sale, and orders over $150 always ship free.  This sale is only good through Friday, so head on over there to take advantage of it!


LouLou’s Fabric Shop

Before you head off to load up on goodies from these amazing shops, if you are a US reader (sorry international friends), take a minute to leave a single comment on this post to enter the FQ bundle giveaway.

Remember to leave an email address if you're a no-reply blogger, and only one entry per person please!  Unfortunately, replies to your own comment counts as an entry (the system numbers those, too), so remember to put your email address in your comment.

Additional replies/comments/entries are always deleted.  I'll announce the winners at NEXT week's NTT (August 22nd).


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Fiery Solids

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, ya'll!  Well, my wild thing started school on Monday, and I am happy to report that my sewjo is back in full swing.  Apparently, all I needed was a little color inspiration to get my creativity flowing, and it started with a bundle of the most luscious Kona Solids.


This quilt started with a gorgeous Kona collection called Birds of Paradise that I picked up at Quilt Market in May.  It is not available in shops just yet, but you will be able to get it in just a couple of weeks.  



The bundle contains twelve colors- School Bus, Kumquat, Tangerine, Flame, Red, Watermelon, Pomegranate, Sangria, Bordeaux, Berry, Eggplant, and Midnight.  Then, I added four additional colors from my stash (shown on boards in the photo above)- Corn Yellow, Papaya, Poppy, and Melon.  When design inspiration struck, I didn't think to get a pretty picture of these solids in natural light before cutting into them, so not all of them are showing "true," which is why I definitely wanted to list them out for you.


I tend to gravitate toward cooler colors much more often, but, I love all of the warmth in this quilt.  I picked up the backing fabric from my LQS (and I'm super excited about it), so I just need to get this quilt basted and then I can start quilting it.  In case you're wondering, I will be writing the pattern for this one, so stay tuned.

Last week's party was full of amazing work (as it always is).  This precious bird quilt is by Karen at Quilts...etc.  Y'all, this quilt is hand quilted and it is so fantastic, so be sure to check out her close-ups.


Shannon at The Flemings Nine linked up her pretty Poolside quilt.


This Double Take quilt is by Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts- love it!


This quilt by Sew Preeti Quilts is made with all of her orphan blocks.  Isn't it super cute?


And finally, this Stacked Squares quilt is by Something Rosemade.  I never seem to tire of the fun 3D illusion in this pattern, and these fabrics are just lovely.


Alrighty, y'all.  It's time to party!  I can't wait to see what you've been sewing lately.

1. You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

*If you're new to the party, here's a helpful tip for linking up- select "Auto Crop"  when selecting your thumbnail photo.  For some reason, trying to crop your own image results in the dreaded "white question mark box," and we definitely want to see your awesome work!  :)


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

AMH Pillow and NTT

Happy August and happy NTT, y'all!  My wild thing starts 8th grade next Monday, and I don't even know how that's possible.  In my mind's eye he is still my bouncy little boy, while in reality, I'm living with a man-child who stands eye to eye with me, and whose feet are already bigger than mine.  Don't get me wrong; I am loving his personality and more grown-up humor these days, but the start of a new school year is a stark reminder of just how quickly the time slips by.  Hug those babies tight Mommas, because it's true- the years really are short.

This week has been all about back to school prep.  Supply and clothes shopping, schedule pick-up, and iPad pickup have consumed our days lately, and when we aren't gearing up for the new school year, we have been holding onto the last days of summer vacation with family movies and game time.  Sewing has taken the back burner lately, but I did manage a small finish.

 

This AMH patchwork pillow measures 20 inches square, and was made for my bed as a compliment to my Epic quilt.  I quilted this with a free motion paisley design using 50 wt. Aurifil #2620, which echoes the paisley loop motif on the quilt.  And the same maroon wood grain binding fabric ties the pillow and quilt together nicely.


Some larger leftover chunks made a perfect envelope closure backing.  I actually crammed the pillow form into the cover right before taking these photos, and it occurs to me that I should probably stuff it a little more evenly to straighten out the back.


I don't like things too matchy in my decor, so I have cream crocheted shams which add to the great vintage vibe of the AMH fabrics, and when this pillow stands up against them, it really pops.  I love it so much!  My bedroom is getting a mini makeover with new paint and accessories (and obviously a new quilt), and when it's all done, I'll be sure to post a photo so you can see the Epic quilt and pillow in their natural habitat.  :)

Without further ado, let's check out the highlights from last week.  These Mondrian pot holders by Jayne at Twiggy and Opal are so chic!


Sally at Crafts, Cavies and Cooking shared this pretty Stepping Stones quilt.


And Kris at Sew Sunshine linked up this awesome improv plus quilt.  Love the gingham!


Okay, friends!  It's time to share what you've been working on this week!

1. You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

*If you're new to the party, here's a helpful tip for linking up- select "Auto Crop"  when selecting your thumbnail photo.  For some reason, trying to crop your own image results in the dreaded "white question mark box," and we definitely want to see your awesome work!  :)



Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Scrappy Patchwork and NTT

Happy NTT, friends!  We got back from visiting family and a mini vacation on Sunday, and after being away for ten days, it has felt so good to sleep in my own bed.  It has been wonderful to be back home, but I think my sewjo is still on vacation.  I haven't felt like starting a bigger project just yet, so some simple patchwork was perfect for getting back into the groove of things.


These little squares are the leftovers after trimming away the excess backing of my Epic quilt, and they finish at 2.5".  Soon, they'll become a 20 inch pillow for my bed; the perfect compliment for the quilt.

Last week's party had so many great projects linked up.  This Dahlia Dreams beauty is by Kris at Sew Sunshine-


This Nearly Insane quilt by Gretchen's Little Corner is fully awesome!


And Karen's Quilting shared this fantastic scrappy Tumalo Trails quilt.


Without further ado, let's link up.  I hope your sewjo has been going strong lately!

1. You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

*If you're new to the party, here's a helpful tip for linking up- select "Auto Crop"  when selecting your thumbnail photo.  For some reason, trying to crop your own image results in the dreaded "white question mark box," and we definitely want to see your awesome work!  :)


Monday, July 23, 2018

Adventures in Graffiti Quilting

Graffiti quilting, flow quilting, wild quilting, free motion improv quilting.  These are all names I've heard for the kind of quilting where several different motifs are blended into one quilt, and where the quilter moves from one design to the next without a set plan.


I have always admired this kind of quilting, but when it was time to actually put stitches on a quilt, I always chickened out.  That is, until last week.  I decided to try my hand at graffiti quilting on this preemie quilt for our local children's hospital, made from some of the larger chunks in my scrap jars. Before I get into the details, just FYI- this was done on my regular domestic machine, a BERNINA 550QE.

This little quilt only measures 36" square, but it took me four hours to quilt!  By comparison, my speedy self can (fairly densely) stipple an entire twin size quilt in that amount of time, so this was quite an undertaking to say the least.


Since this was my first attempt at this kind of quilting, the thread, background, and backing fabrics were specifically chosen to mask any quilting imperfections.  I opted for a tonal white fabric with little scrolls rather than my usual Kona White in the background.  On the back, I chose this black and white crosshatch, and I quilted it with my favorite 50 wt. Aurifil White thread.

Mission accomplished!  I'm pretty proud of the stitching, but it is by no means perfect.  Luckily, the thread, backing and background fabrics did their camouflage jobs and you really have to look hard to find the couple of crossovers in the quilt.


I tried to photograph the quilting in several lights to best show the stitching, and I actually think the first pic shows the stitches in contrast the best, even if it isn't the best photo of the colors in the quilt.  The photo below shows the colors best.


Though this quilt was not fast, I have to say that it really was a lot of fun.  It is something that I will definitely be doing again;  next time on a quilt I'll get to keep.

I do have a question for all of you quilty peeps about this kind of quilting though.  Where else do you use it?  Allover on a simple quilt (like this one)?  Only on quilts with lots of negative space?  Anyplace else?  I'm thinking that this would be too busy for many quilts, but I welcome your thoughts!



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