HMQG Traveling Scrap Jar

Someone in HMQG recently had the good sense to stuff a commercial sized mayonnaise jar full of scraps and give it – and an item made from the fabric – away at the meeting as a door prize.  Then the winner brings a finished item the next month.

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I won this adorable mini Swoon from Katie, who is new to quilting and already so good, and I made this mini scrap vomit.

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I love the back of my mini, too.

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Can’t wait to find out who won as I couldn’t go to the meeting!

{Finished} HMQG Row Robin

One of the first swaps/challenges we did for HMQG was a row robin.  Each of us started a row and then passed the quilt around the guild for members to make a coordinating row.

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My row is the top, then we have Fi, Sean, Bry, Liz, Amy, Jen and Beth — with a little Coco mixed in!

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I asked for red and aqua star/pinwheel blocks and some kind of symmetry in the row.

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I love what people came up with!

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It had been so long since I’d pulled out the rows that I had almost forgotten who did which row, so I asked Pam to quilt our names into it!  Do you see Amy?

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And Beth?

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As always, Pam did an incredible job on the quilting.  I asked her to do these cool hook flowers that she did on a quilt for Patty for her market booth.

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We backed it in a grey she had on hand and she quilted it with a really subtle light grey thread.  She also used a wool batting, so the quilting really pops!

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Most of the binding is the red bias stripe from April Showers, but I also tossed in a corner of aqua pindots — also a Bonnie & Camille!

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It’s kind of like candy!

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This quilt ended up really narrow and long — about 70″ x 120″ so I think it will be perfect for sharing on the couch.

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So glad one of my oldest WIPs is done — I can’t wait to use it!

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Linking to Finish it Up Friday!

{Finished} Sherbet Pips Apple Core Quilt

This is a long post about a quilt that truly only came about thanks to Instagram and my fun friends there.

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110 weeks ago I posted a gender neutral fabric bundle  and asked for suggestions for a suitable pattern. Michonne suggested Christina’s Retro Flowers Pattern and Katy immediately agreed.

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I was a little intimidated of the curved piecing, so I immediately ran to Joann to see if I could find a drunkard’s path ruler.

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They didn’t have one and, in my excitement, I came home with an apple core ruler instead and immediately cut up a Sherbet Pips Charm Pack.

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If you have more common sense than I did at the time you may be thinking to yourself that with a drunkard’s path block you sew one curve and then revert to straight lines, whereas an apple core quilt just becomes an unmanageable mess of undulating and never ending curves, so why practice the easier one with the harder?

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And you would be right.

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As soon as I started piecing I realized that I had created a monster for myself, but not only did I move forward — I decided to make the piece larger.

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In order to do that, I tried to purchase an additional charm pack from Amanda, who didn’t have one in stock and instead sent me one from her stash!  So now not only had I been challenged by two IG friends, I’d basically stolen fabric from another.  I had to finish this quilt and it had to be super cute.

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I made it as big as I could with the two charm packs, added a couple of borders (which I never do) using white and the extra charm pack pieces, made a super cute backing and then I debated how to quilt it.

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I actually started quilting it, but it didn’t quite seem right so it sat basted for two years.

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I pulled it out recently thinking I was halfway done with the quilting. When I realized that I had only done one line half the length of the quilt, I emailed Pam and asked her to longarm it.

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Guys, I will never let something linger when instead it could be longarmed!  Having this quilt done is the best!

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Pam quilted it with a pink, variegated Aurifil thread.  We chose hook flowers in the apple core section…

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… and feathers, scallops and loops in the various borders.

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Instead of sitting in the to-be-quilted pile, this is now in the to-be-enjoyed pile!

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Thanks to my friends for the encouragement and inspiration!

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Linking to Finish it Up Friday!

WIP Wednesday – Scrappy Trip

Lots of progress this week on my scrappy trip along.

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I have abut a third of my blocks and I absolutely love it!

2011 WIPs:

  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • 3×6 Bee Quilt
  • HMQG Row Robin
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (working on blocks)
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips apple core project
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut)

2013 WIPs

  • Marcelle Medallion Block Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Florence Kaleidoscope Quilt

2014 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips Round and Round Quilt
  • Happy Drawing Economy Block Quilt
  • Blue and Mustard Triangle Quilt
  • Hello Petal Patchwork Quilt (top done)
  • Denyse Schmidt Scrappy Trip Along (working on the blocks)

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 0
New projects: 0
WIPs: 8

Stash Bash Recap!

Everyone who follows me on Instagram knows that I spent last weekend at the Stash Bash, which is a quilting and sewing retreat outside of Altanta, GA.  Last year about 30 of us met up thanks to the planning and ingenuity of Chris, but this year we were about twice that in number!  I was excited to see people I had met the year before and to meet some online friends in person.  I even brought, Nisha, one of my oldest friends who is new to sewing and we ended up with Kristi and Angela at the most fun table ever!

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Stash Bash is sponsored and we have some amazing ones.  Between the gift bags we received upon arrival, the goods we won in giveaways and gifts from sweet friends, I did not come home empty handed!

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If I had to pick a favorite sponsor, though, I’d probably have to pick Stash Fabrics since Beth hangs out with us all weekend and brings fabric!  I did hold out til the last day, I swear.

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We also descended on A Scarlet Thread in waves and I managed to do a bit of damage there as well.

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Stash Bash is blissfully unstructured and designed mainly for sewing and socializing, but we did do one optional swap and one optional “class” and I participated in both.  Inspired by the recent Sew South event, we did a Secret Agent Swap where we coordinated two gifts for a secret partner.  I received some great things from Jenn!  I didn’t take a picture of what I gave Elizabeth, but she assures me she liked it!

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We had an opportunity to learn from Kristi how to make the Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented.

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I used some of the most recent DS Quilts prints from Joann and I am absolutely thrilled with how mine came out!

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I also found some time to piece my Hello Petal quilt top together.

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I’m really glad I have at least one “finish” that I brought home from the weekend.

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Finally, I started on my scrappy trip along blocks.  I’m in love!

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I brought way too many projects and didn’t finish everything, but it meant I was pre-packed for the HMQG retreat this weekend!  I officially can’t wait for the Stash Bash 2015!!

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The name Stash Bash would suggest you are supposed to use up more of your stash than you purchase, but the reality is that you don’t.  That’s mainly because Beth from Stash Fabrics comes and sets up an on-site fabric shop.  I have to think that she and Chris colluded on this — the similarity in the names proves it!

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This year I tried to hold out, I really did.  Then Angela had found a great sketch-like fabric and I went in search of that.  Beth didn’t have it anymore, so instead I bought tons of Meadow, Tule, Tsuru, Shelburne Falls, Sarah Jane, Dear Stella, Minimalista, dem Bones, Carolyn Friedlander, Cat Nap and Art Gallery, Art Gallery, Art Gallery!

{Finished} Florence Kaleidoscope Quilt

Last year Denyse Schmidt sent fabric bundles of the soon-to-be-released Florence line to members of HMQG and challenged us to make items with it.  She selected a few of those items to travel with the line to market.  I chose to make a kaleidoscope quilt top, of course!

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I finished my top a while ago, but didn’t want to straight line quilt it, so it lingered unifinished.

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Recently, I decided to give it to Pam to longarm and I’m so glad I did.  Check out this amazing work she did!

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Pam used wool batting and quilted it so that the white would recede and the colors would pop.

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Mission accomplished!

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I bound the quilt using the dot plaid in carnelian.

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I think the print is equally cute in the other colorway, malachite.

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I love the colors and patterns in this line and I think they really work well with the fun kaleidoscope shapes.

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This is the year of selfish sewing and I am quite delighted that this beauty will live with me!

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I mean a quilt in one of my favorite patterns, using fabric from one of my favorite designers, quilted by one of my favorite people?

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Mine, all mine.  But you can stop by and visit!

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Linking to Finish it Up Friday!

WIP Wednesday – Stash Bash!

The Stash Bash is a great way to meet friends

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…learn new things

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…and make a quilt or two!

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Stay tuned for more of what went down at this incredible event…

2011 WIPs:

  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • 3×6 Bee Quilt
  • HMQG Row Robin
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (working on blocks)
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips apple core project
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut)

2013 WIPs

  • Marcelle Medallion Block Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Florence Kaleidoscope Quilt

2014 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips Round and Round Quilt
  • Happy Drawing Economy Block Quilt
  • Blue and Mustard Triangle Quilt
  • Hello Petal Patchwork Quilt (top done!)
  • Denyse Schmidt Scrappy Trip Along (working on the blocks)

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 0
New projects: 0
WIPs: 8

{Finished} Aqua and Yellow Zig Zag Quilt

I can’t wait to tell you more about my awesome weekend at the Stash Bash (I made new friends and tried new things!) but first here’s another project I worked on at the retreat last year…

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… an aqua and yellow zig zag quilt for a friend, which I backed in dotties of course.

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This one is scrappy and happy and went together so quickly!

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Don’t I have the cutest quilt model?

{Finished} Leftovers Quilt

Last year I finished this plus quilt and I liked the colors so much that I decided to use the leftover strips to make something for myself.

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I finished it last year at Stash Bash, but never blogged about it!  I thought it would be fitting to blog about it now since I’m back for more fun this year.

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Simple patchwork is still one of my favorite things, especially when using cherished fabrics.

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Thanks to Jacey for the idea of how to quilt it — again simple, but effective.

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This lives with me in my studio and I’m thrilled with it!

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I promise to wait less than a year to show you what I make this weekend…

 

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