{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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{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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{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…