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Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 A Year in Quilts

Wow!  I can’t believe I completed 11 quilts this year.  Honestly, I had no idea it was this many.  I can’t tell you how many times I have felt inferior to all you quilt goddesses out there that complete quilt after quilt, but now I must say, I am feeling a bit silly at it all.

It is kind of nice to take a minute and remember the quilts from the past year.  As I have had to said good-bye to most of them, as they were made for others, either as gifts or commissions.

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Miniature HST Quilt – Original post here

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Baby Girl Memory Quilt – Original post here

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Pink & Green String Quilt – Original post here

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Double Hour Glass Quilt – Original post here

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Garden Friends Baby Quilt – Original post here

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Rebecca’s Memory Quilt – Original post here

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With a Twist Doll Quilt – Original post here

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Bright Triangles Toddler Quilt – Original post here

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Faux String Quilt – Original post here

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Modern Folder Star Mini Quilt – Original post here

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Drunkards Path Quilt – Original post here

Looking forward to 2012, I bring with me 3 unfinished quilts… and plans for my very first Quilt-A-Long.  I will have more information on that real soon.  So, stay tuned….

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Some of Your Favorite Tutorials of 2011

 

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Transferring Ink to Candles – Original post here

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A New Twist on Friendship Bracelets – Original post here

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Personalized Easter Eggs – Original post here

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Decorative Pin Toppers – Original post here

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Machine Embroidery Art – Original post here

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Glitter Composition Notebook – Original post here

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Quilt Binding by Machine Tutorial – Original post here

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The Big Chunk Pincushion – Original post here

As I look back at the past year I am filled with little regret and a great sense of accomplishment.  I want to thank all of you who support me and my blog.  All of your positive encouragement and comments keep me going, especially on those days when I want to throw in the towel and quit.

I have a lot to be thankful for, a great family who loves and supports me, good friends that are there when I need them, and even this blog.  As a stay at home mom with 3 kids, and a husband who travels, it is important to me to connect with like minded people, who share my love for all things crafty. 

Now, I am going to go back to my kids, who are raising quite a raucous in the next room.  I guess my quiet time is over for now….

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sunday Stash #7

Only buying what you like, for no particular reason, can be dangerous.  If you are not careful it could be the start of a new quilt, or even worse a new color way to expand on.

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My daughter’s new room is painted in this bright pink and is accented in black and white funiture.  So, when my daughter saw this Bouquet Beauties print by Hoffman California International, we both knew it would be perfect for a quilt to go with her new room.  Then this black and white stripe from the remnant bin and a new project is born.  Now to decide on what quilt block to use…. any suggestions?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Drunkards Path Quilt-A-Long {A Finished Quilt}

I can’t believe I am finally finished with this quilt, and in time to link it up with others.  I made this quilt as part of Kate from Needle and Spatula, and Kristie from OCD, Drunkards Path Quilt-A-Long.   I think I am going to call this quilt The Happy Drunk.

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I don’t normally join QAL’s because with 3 kids my time is limited and I never can seem to finish them in the allotted time, but this one spoke to me.  It looked like a great skill builder with the curved piecing.  I followed Needle and Spatulas great directions and the blocks came together effortlessly.  Thankfully, because I was a bit nervous about this one.  Curves are definitely outside of my comfort zone.

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  For the quilting I echoed the rows inside and out, with a variegated rainbow tread.  This to was outside my comfort zone.  Normally, I would have just used a white thread and called it a day.   

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  Once I decided to use the variegated rainbow thread I knew I had to back this quilt in white, to get the full effect.  I also added some improv pieced blocks to the back, that I made using the leftover scraps.  I think I like the way the back came out just as much as the front.

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Quilt Details:

Fabrics: Kona White, Micheal Miller, Robert Kaufman, Heidi Grace and various other scraps I have collected the years.

Finished Quilt Measurements: 60" x 75"

Block and Piecing: Drunkards Path block, in a Scalloped layout

Quilting: Free Motion Quilting, echoing the rows inside and out, with some straight line quilting around the edge, using a variegated rainbow thread made by Superior.

Be sure to check out the other great Drunkards Path Quilts over at Needle and Spatula.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Work in Progress Wednesday

It has been a very unproductive week around here.  I don’t think I touched my machine all week, as you can see from my lack of posts.  My best friend from from high school, who lives 2,000 miles away, came down for the week to spend Thanksgiving with us.  We had a great visit and keep very busy relaxing on the beach and such.

New Projects:

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My friends daughter all but fell in love with my minky backed Faux String Quilt.  She slept with every night and dragged it around the house all week.  If I wasn’t so in love with it myself I would have given it to her to bring home.  Instead I brought her to the fabric store to pick out her own piece of Minky, then we hit my stash to pick out some fabrics.  Oh, to be young and carefree and not over analyze your choices.  She just picked out what she liked.  Now to do something interesting with this color combination…..

Ongoing Projects:

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I am still working on my Drunkards Path quilt from the Needle and Spatula QAL.  I am sure you guys are sick of looking at it by now, so here is a little sneak peak of the back.  I stepped out of my comfort zone with the machine quilting and I am really loving the results.  I only have but a few rows left and this quilt will be done.  I am really hoping that over the next couple of days I can accomplish this, because this week is the link up to share your finished quilts and see the quilts everybody else made.

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I also wanted to give a quick shout out to the owner of the local quilt shop I frequent.  I stopped by yesterday because, you know, because with only a couple of rows left I ran out of thread.  Don’t you hate when that happens?  Well anyways, she was out of stock and I just about died.  Are kidding me?  Seriously, out of stock?  and without even having to explain my predicament she pulled out a spool from her own personal stash for me to use free of charge.  How nice was that!   Just a little extra incentive to finish up this quilt today.  I really want to return this thread as soon as possible in case she needs it for something. 

Bee Blocks:

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My blocks are starting to come in from the Twist on Tradition Bee and I can’t wait to get started on this quilt.

Now it is time to head on over to Freshly Pieced and check out what everybody else has going on for Work in Progress Wednesday. Have a great day!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday Stash Report #6

I think, I might of forgot that it was Sunday.  Well, better late than never…. right?   The kids don’t have school this week, because of Thanksgiving, and we are not in our usual Sunday routine.  Boy, it is already throwing me off.  I have a feeling I am not going to get much done here, on the blog, this week.  It might even be my cue to take the week off and enjoy some family time.  I will be back next week though, I have lots of stuff in the works and can’t wait to share them with you.  Including the quilt I have been working on as part of the The Drunkards Path QAL.  I am having fun with it, even though, I have stepped outside of my comfort zone, but I am really loving the results.  It really pays to slow down and pay attention to the details.   

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Well, it wouldn’t be Sunday without a little fabric.  I have been trying to add to my pitiful stash, little by little, picking up pieces or lines that really speak to me.  This week I came across this great woodland print from Kokko and I couldn’t resist.  The fabric itself has a great feel and weight, almost like a linen, but not as heavy.  This is the only Japanese import in my stash right now, but I want to add more.  I love seeing them used in cute little minis or zippered pouches.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week! 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Machine Embroidery – A Personalized Minky Pillowcase

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Last week I had a birthday party for a sweet little boy who is just turned 3.  His mother, my friend loves and appreciates gifts that are made by hand and that are personalized, but it is hard to get creative when it comes to boys.  So, I hit the internet for some inspiration and came across this tutorial from Sweet Peas and Bumblebees.  Perfect!  Something that he probably doesn’t have, it can be personalized, and can be paired with other bedtime goodies. 

To embroider on Minky can be kind of tricky, so I thought I would take a minute and share how I did mine. 

To make this pillowcase, you will need:

  • 5/8 Yard Minky Fabric
  • 1/4 Yard Minky Fabric For Cuff
  • Cut-away stabilizer
  • Water Soluble stabilizer

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Remember you have to embroider the cuff before you construct your pillowcase.  Like in the tutorial above I cut my fabric that I am using for my cuff to 9” X 40” and made my markings, with pins for embroidery placement.  This was the tricky part because I didn’t want to use a marking pen in fear that it would ruin the fur.  Thankfully the recipient of this gift has a short name so I have a little wiggle room, but I have to at least get it so it is straight along the bottom edge, and somewhat centered in the front cuff. 

I ironed my cut-away stabilizer to the back of my Minky per manufactures direction, and placed a piece of water soluble stabilizer on the top.  For this project the cut-away stabilizer is a must because you don’t want your letters to shift or distort, and the water soluble stabilizer on the top will keep the plush from coming through your design.

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After I peeled away the water soluble stabilizer from the top and cut away the stabilizer from the back, one of the first things that I was afraid of was that the Minky would get hoop burned.  You know that permanent stretch of a knit once it comes out of the hoop.  As you can see that didn’t happen and you can see that I cut the cut-away stabilizer pretty tight, but the letters still should be fine.

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Now, I am ready to put together my pillow. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog and all your continued support.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think, or if you have any questions.  I will be linking this project to some of these great Linky Parties.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Tuft a Pillow {a tutorial}

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After I posted my tutorial for The Big Chunk Pincushion, a couple of you asked, about the tufting?  Tufting is when you make a depression or decorate something at regular intervals, by passing a thread through a cushion or pillow.  This can be done by using knots or in this case, using buttons.  Almost any pillow can be tufted by using a variety of different threads, needles and buttons.  This is a great sewing basic to know.

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To tuft this simple box shaped pincushion you will need a long needle, 2 buttons, and some embroidery floss.

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X marks the spot.  One of the reasons I quilted this x on my pincushion was because, I wanted to make sure to sew my buttons on correctly, and now I know where the center is on both sides of my pincushion.

Insert your needle just shy of the direct center of your x and pull through the pincushion to the other side, coming out just shy of the center on that side too. 

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String on your button, and insert your needle on the other side of your x, and pull through to the other side.

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Once on the other side, pull and tie your treads tight to make a depression in the pincushion.

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Then string on your other button and knot tightly.

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Cut the excess treads off, and your all done.  A pincushion tufted with 2 buttons.

If you would like to see my original tutorial on how to make this pincushion you can find it here.  Also, I will be linking up this tutorial to some of these great linky parties.  Go check them out.  You never know what you are going to find.

Have a great day!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Modern Folded Star Mini Quilt


The other day I teased you with a sneak peak of my mini that I made for the Mini Quilt Challenge over at Amy Lou Who Sews.  The challenge was simple enough, make a mini, and share it as part of Amy’s Sew & Tell.  So, here it is, my Folded Star Mini. It is a play off the traditional folded star trivet. I added few more rows and used some bright and colorful Kona solids.

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  This mini was a little bit of a challenge as I had never made a folded star quilt before, and most of the tutorials I found online only included the first couple of rows, but I think I did a good job or making sure all the prairie points lined up.  The hardest part was cutting the circle perfectly round and putting on the binding.  Let’s just say I am using this mini as a learning experience.  I have definitely learned a lot for next time.    
 
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Quilt Details:
Fabrics: Kona, red, orange, chartreuse, aqua, crocus, and coal
Finished Quilt Measurements: about 14" circle                    
Blocks and Piecing: prairie points
Quilting: none needed it is a quilt as you go process

Today, I am linking this up to Amy’s Mini Quilt Challenge.  So head on over and check out what everybody else has made. Have a great day!