{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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{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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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!!

Pink and Green Triangle Quilt

One of my husband’s oldest friends had his first baby in January, and C must have really wanted me to make them a quilt because he managed to get a picture of the baby’s nursery, which he texted to me.  I received the picture while driving and immediately sped home to pull fabric!

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This was such a fun quilt to make.  Not only did it match the nursery perfectly, which I was thrilled to see when we went to meet Baby Molly, I think it was perfect for mom’s personality — she is such a fun, bright person!

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This pattern is a great way to mix a bunch of fun prints and colors.  I couldn’t decide between pink and aqua binding, so I did both!

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I think this is the perfect quilt for a bubbly baby girl!

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Enjoy your quilt, Molly!

WIP Wednesday – First Finishes of 2013

Now that my craft room is back in action and I fixed the tension issues on my Juki, I’ve been bitten by the productivity bug.

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I finished the Sock Monkey 9-Patch, started and completed my HMQG Madrona Road challenge quilt, and quilted the pink zig zag quilt!

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I’m so happy about my Juki that I put this quilt under the needle, even though I probably should be working on this…

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2011 WIPs:

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

2012 WIPs

  • Spring green/yellow/grey baby quilt (quilting unpicked)
  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (quilting)
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut)
  • Sock Monkey 9-Patch
  • Pink Zig Zag Quilt (ready to hand bind)

2013 WIPs

  • Madrona Road HMQG Challenge Quilt
  • Pink and Green Triangle Quilt

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 2
New projects: 1
WIPs: 11

WIP Wednesday – Back in Black

So apparently I went on vacation and then started a home renovation and totally forgot about my poor little blog.  Well I’m going to attempt to ignore that and just pick up where I left off.  First order of business, a little inventory of where I stand with my WIPs since my last post!

I decided to delete all projects from the list that were completed in 2012 and start over with a new tally for this year.  I completed my second Formation quilt as well as my FMF Irish Chain quilt, but they aren’t on the list below.  I actually finished the spring green and yellow baby quilt, but suffered a tragic batting implosion (more on that later), so I have unpicked the quilting and will attempt to rescue this beauty.

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The sock monkey 9 patch simply needs the binding stitched down.

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This fun quilt needs to be quilted and finished before being sent to my cousin for her to gift to her new god daughter!

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And I did manage to start something new, BUT it’s for an HMQG challenge.  More on that later!

2011 WIPs:

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

2012 WIPs

  • Spring green/yellow/grey baby quilt (quilting unpicked)
  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (quilt basted)
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut)
  • Sock Monkey 9-Patch (need to bind)
  • Pink Zig Zag Quilt (quilt top finished)

2013 WIPs

  • Madrona Road HMQG Challenge Quilt

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 0
New projects: 1
WIPs: 12

12 Quilts in ’12 – October Link Up

This month’s finish was completed on the plane on the way to Washington, DC (where it was gifted to an adorable 5 week old boy),  so I guess you’ll have to trust me that it was completed!

This quilt is one of the two that I shared here and I truly can’t decide which one I prefer!

I love this fabric, by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller.  It’s super cute!

And flying geese are great for little boys, so it’s a perfect pairing.

I know I’ve been terrible about blogging, and my three readers have apparently noticed!  I may not have had time to blog, but fortunately I’ve still had time to quilt!  My September finish was the other version of this quilt:

I promise to share more on these two later!

And even though I spent most of August on vacation, I had a finish early in the month.  I finished up this quilt JUST in time for a wedding.

Obviously you’ll have to take my word on it, since I can’t find my pics!

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What did you finish this month?  Link up below and enter two win 2 fat quarters, chosen based on your personal style!!

Giveaway details:

  • Blog about your finished project or post a picture of it to flickr
  • Link up to your project here
  • Any project you finished this month is eligible, but please link to only one blog post/flickr picture (it’s okay if you blogged about multiple finishes, we love that!)
  • Entries for this giveaway will be open until Wednesday, November 7 until the link widget closes
  • The dedicated folks who enter all 12 times will be entered to win a grand prize next January!

If you have any questions, please email me or leave a comment below!