Thursday, July 30, 2015

Flourish Quilt - MQG Challenge Finish

Whew! It is not easy to finish a quilt in summer, but I did it. This is my first time participating in the Modern Quilt Guild Challenge.
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I decided to call this the Flourish Quilt. The fabric, Riley Blake The Cottage Garden, fits this quilt name too. When I received the fabric from MQG, I knew I wanted to design a quilt that looked like it was in bloom. I also used Riley Blake Basic Shades in Sundrop and Nighttime.
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This was my first time using the Quick Curve Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful. This ruler made very quick work of piecing all those orange peel blocks.
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This quilt was also the first time that I did ruler work in my quilting. I used the Sidekick Ruler which matches perfectly to the Quick Curve Ruler. I also used six different thread colors! I've never done that before, and that sure adds a lot of extra work.
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I love how the back turned out. I chose a gray minky dot for the backing. I knew the texture from the quilting would be amazing.
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I finally remembered to add a tag before binding! I've had these tags for over a year!
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Flourish Quilt Stats
Fabric: Riley Blake The Cottage Garden, Riley Blake Basic Shades in Sundrop and Nighttime
Thread: Isacord in Gold, Aquamarine, Delft, Whale, Fog, and Linen
Size: 27-1/2 x 39-1/2

Summer break is almost over for the gingers, and I will soon get back into my quilting and blogging routine. In the meantime, I'm enjoying sleeping in, reading, and all the craziness with my ginger girls. 

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Panda-Monium Free Mini Quilt Pattern

Isn't this panda the sweetest thing? I think so! The ladies at the Fat Quarter Shop created her as part of their Sew Solid video series for their YouTube channel.
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The Sew Solid series will focus on modern novelty blocks that you can turn into mini projects, or make several of the blocks for a big quilt. The latest Sew Solid quilt is this adorable Panda block...She was fun and so simple to make.
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Ginger #1 instantly declared that this panda belongs to her, and I agreed wholeheartedly.
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I decided to make her into a pillow for Ginger #1. A panda needs to be full and portly, in my opinion. I had a lot of fun quilting her on my new fusion...
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Eek! I've been pinching myself for almost two weeks now. I had been searching used longarm ads for awhile (longarmuniversity.com). A Handi Quilter Fusion with all the right features and a pro-stitcher finally appeared. It was located 15 minutes away from me! It was meant to be because I picked it up the day after my birthday. Best birthday present EVER!!! (even if this is strictly for my longarm business)

Come join the panda party! You can find the free pattern here, the video here, and the Panda-Monium quilt kit can be found here.


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Friday, June 12, 2015

Kaffe Fassett Fruit Salad Quilt

This was such a fun quilt. A month ago, Sherry brought me this Kaffe Fassett Fruit Salad (pattern from the book Quilts en Provence) quilt. Oh, I love this summery quilt!
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It's a big quilt too, 84" x 93". So, it was difficult to get a full shot. Sherry chose to have it quilted with all-over free motion swirls...perfect choice. I used Isacord thread in apricot...a thread color that goes nicely with the whole fruit salad theme.
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Sherry, thank you so much for letting me quilt for you!


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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wedding Presents

It has been some crazy few weeks here at the Ginger house! Between the end of year school parties, graduations, birthdays, awards, concerts, and moving furniture, there was a wonderful wedding too. My husband's best friend got married last weekend.
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I came across some wine tote patterns, and I chose to make this one for the bride and groom.
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I need to make one for myself! I don't know when I will use it, but it's such a great idea...mine needs a divider to hold two bottles though!
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The groom's sister, Kay, has been a longarm customer of mine for awhile. I always love the quilts she brings me. This was no exception. Kay mixed the bride and groom's favorite colors, batiks in red and blue, and she used a patriotic backing to support both of their service to our country. The quilt had a seaside, hawaiian vibe. I like how the stippling mimics the coral patterns in the quilt. Thank you, Kay, for letting me quilt this one!
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This quilt was the last to be quilted on my HQ16. I upgraded machines over the weekend! I will share more soon, but I still have one more quilt to share before the big reveal.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Downtown Tunic Finish

I finished this lovely Downtown Tunic, pattern by Sew Caroline.
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I used Plumage knit by Art Gallery Fabrics and Abalone Cove by Cloud9. The fabrics look great together.
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Can you believe this is my first time sewing buttonholes? I have just never done them before, but I sure love how this placket turned out.
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The top is extra long on me. I'm petite. So my next Downtown tunic will be shortened to account for my shortness. I really wish that I had shortened the pattern this time around.
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