Sunday, May 3, 2015

Welcome May

Where did the month of April go? It vanished in a blink. Oh, yeah, I was sick with a cold for half of the month. The other half was spent taking care of the little ginger and Mr. Ginger with the same cold. I welcome a new month!
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So, I thought nothing had been accomplished in April, but alas, the pictures on my SD card prove otherwise. I did finish piecing the Gypsy Wife top. 
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What a masterpiece! I have danced before over a complete quilt top, and I certainly danced a happy dance over this one.
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I also quilted a number of tops for some lovely customers. The first top was made by my sister-in-law, Cheryl. This is her first quilt! I quilted this stunner with my new favorite all-over pattern, free-motion feathered paisley. 
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Cheryl was bit hard by the quilty bug (maybe I had something to do with that!)...She pieced this beauty, and I quilted it with a free-motion, all-over flowing water pattern.
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I also quilted THREE stunning quilts for Kay. The first one is a perfect quilt for a garden party. I love this pattern with the x's and o's and the hidden stars. Kay had a special request for this quilt. She wanted to echo the dragonfly pattern of the border fabric in the quilting.
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I came up with this free-motion, all-over dragonfly and loop pattern with the help of pinterest. I was so thrilled that I could achieve Kay's request. Someone is surely going to love cuddling with this happy quilt.
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Kay also brought this beautiful quilt to me. I have an infinity for butterflies, and the fabric used here is iridescent. We chose to quilt this one in a free-motion, all-over wispy swirl pattern with gold thread. I love it!
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And finally, Kay had this sweet over-sized fairy baby quilt for me. I quilted this delight with free-motion all-over loops and hearts. With purple minky for the quilt backing, some lucky girl is going to sleep with some heavenly fairy dreams very soon.
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So, the month of April was not a complete bust. I had a lot more finishes than I realized. I was also very pleased to be able to get rest when sick, and take care of the sickies when needed. I think that's the balance we all strive for.

This week will be a busy quilty week. First, there is the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day on Wednesday...
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On Friday, I will be participating in Lori Holt and the Fat Quarter Shop's blog hop, Farm Girl Vintage. I am so excited. Do you see the Jen Kingwell Gardenvale charm pack? You can pick up your Farm Girl Vintage pattern book at the Fat Quarter Shop. Last year, I made the quilt in the picture below during the Quilty Fun Sew-Along. It was so much fun! I urge you to join this year!
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Lastly, I am busy quilting the Gypsy Wife top...
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See you on Wednesday for the SMS Giveaway Day! Until then, have fun quilting!


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Friday, April 10, 2015

Piecing Together The Gypsy Wife Top

I completed all of the blocks for my Gypsy Wife quilt months ago, and since then I have been procrastinating on putting it all together. Trust me, I want to see this quilt done. It is going to be wonderful. However, piecing this quilt together is no easy task, and it is going slowly.
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Like many things that seem so intimidating, though, this has been going together rather smoothly. Slowly, but I'm certainly not screaming yet, and I have been known to scream at fabric!
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Jen Kingwell's Gypsy Wife pattern is like a jewelry box to me. When opened, it's filled with gorgeous jewels. I love each of these blocks (even though I don't love some of the fabrics on their own).
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When all together, it is serious eye candy. I better go knock on some wood! Hopefully, the rest of the piecing will go as smoothly as it has gone so far.
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Gaggle of Geese Finish

In my last post, someone commented that surely this mini quilt was a gaggle of geese. For sure! I used this pattern from Fat Quarter Shop.
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My intention was to quilt many spirals on this quilt. They were not going well, and it was frankly too slow to make a spiral. So I stopped that, and I quilted radiating straight lines from the spiral. 
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I'm still not happy with the finished quilting, but it is done. And done is better than nothing. Right?
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I used Essex Linen in Flax for the background, Kona Cotton in Nightfall, and various Art Gallery prints.
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On the back, I used Athena and Wild & Free patterns by Art Gallery. I do love the backing of this. 

Each flying geese block measures 1" x 2", and my quilt finishes at 24" square (the pattern has extra sashing that I didn't add).

Don't forget, I have a giveaway going on now! The giveaway, sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop, is open through next Tuesday, March 31, 5 PM PDT.


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A New Mini Quilt And A Giveaway

I have been busy this week with this sweet mini quilt...
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There are 160 flying geese there! It's a swarm of geese!

The Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a March Minis Challenge (play-on March Madness). They are challenging everyone to create and share their mini quilt projects with us ALL March long starting MARCH 9th – MARCH 31st on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #marchminis. Oh and they are having the SMALLEST GIVEAWAY ever too? Technically, the giveaway is not small at all, but it is filled with their favorite small things including patterns, notions, and precuts.

The wonderful people at the Fat Quarter Shop are also sponsoring a mini giveaway for my readers too. Woohoo! This giveaway is for two mini charm packs, one Daysail MINI Charm Pack by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics and one Color Theory MINI Charm Pack by V & Co. for Moda Fabrics.
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Just leave a comment below to be entered into the two mini charm packs giveaway. The giveaway will be open through next Tuesday, March 31, 5 PM PST. I will draw one random winner using a random number generator. Don't forget to leave a way that I can contact you in your comment. Good luck!

***Edited***The giveaway is now closed.***
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Congratulations #64, Dannette! Enjoy your new mini charm packs!

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Hello Spring!

This week I have been busy making these flying geese, 160 of them, 1-inch by 2-inches. 
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They are for a mini quilt which is in celebration for the March Mini Madness at the Fat Quarter Shop. Now that I made the flying geese, the quilt assembly should go pretty quickly. This sale goes on through midnight tonight.
The Fat Quarter Shop is challenging everyone to create and share their mini quilt projects with us ALL March long starting MARCH 9th – MARCH 31st on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #marchminis. There is a small giveaway too...Technically, this giveaway is not small at all, but it’s just filled with their favorite small and mini things including patterns, notions, and precuts.

I have also been working on a new block pattern for the Accuquilt Block Contest. One of my favorite blocks to make on my Sudoku Quilt was the wagon wheel. I decided to modernize the wagon wheel a bit, and this is called the Gypsy Cogwheel Quilt...
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This can be made completely with Accuquilt dies! Easy Peasy! It uses a 1" strip die, 3" x 1-1/2" QST, 3" HST, 3" x 6" flying geese, 6" tumbler, 4-1/4" square on point, and the 6" HST. Here's a look at the 24" block...
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You can vote for the Gypsy Cogwheel block here.

I hope you are enjoying Spring!

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