Category Archives: QuiltCon

magical quiltcon tote bag o’ mysteries ver 1.0

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I got all the kinks worked out of my new design. The next one will be awesome!!!

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five things about moi

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The Modern Quilt Guild has asked bloggers who are going to QuiltCon to write a post with five things that most people don’t know about you. So, without further ado…
One- I’m left handed! I definitely believe that it’s colored the way I see things & makes me march to my own beat. Certain tools are such a pain the the butt to use- don’t get me started on right handed mafia that apparently manufacturers most brands of scissors….
Two- My favorite food is anything made from potatoes. Anything… Just writing this has made me wish for French fries. Here’s a pic of my plate on Super Bowl Sunday:

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I ignored half my riblets & did work on those pan fried fingerling potatoes…
Three- I danced ballet for almost nine years & was quite passionate about it. My schools were the serious kind where girls went to prep for the big leagues- we couldn’t wear skirts or cute wrap around sweaters to practice, we couldn’t wear jewelry or have bangs (!), & wearing your costume or even your makeup out of the theater after a performance was a mortal sin… Once, I missed a dress rehearsal by accident & while I was digging into my second helping of mashed potatoes, the kitchen phone rang. It was the artistic director of Ballet Oklahoma, Bryan Pitts, calling to tell us that my ass better be at the Civic Center in 15 minutes or else. Well, my aunt raced me across town & I was met at the backstage door by two assistants who stripped me naked & into costume within 60 seconds! Hello, Vicar! Haha But then puberty hit me with a bang & I realized there’s no room in the world of ballet for 5’8″ tall girls with big boobs! So, that dream sadly ended. But the structure & discipline of the ballet world has stuck with me. I step lightly even now…
Four- The first concert I ever went to was on the lawn of the Oklahoma City Community College & Three Dog Night performed. I think I was about seven or eight & my moms & stepdad took me. To this day, I can sing all their songs. & I’m pretty sure I was eaten alive by chiggers that day.
Five- I miss my big family. I grew up in my grandparents’ home & we always had a TON of people over. Aunts. Uncles. Cousins. Second Cousins. I HATED IT! I would lock myself in the bathroom just to read my books. Literally, there would be people in every corner & they all wanted to be up in mah bidness!! But now my home consists of me, my Steven, & Tonka the cat. I catch myself wondering where everyone is at sometimes… Last weekend, I made a quick trip home & nine of us all went out to eat at Johnnie’s Charbroiler. NINE PEOPLE! & it did my heart a world of good. ūüôā

Because I’m an overachiever, here’s a sixth fact- I’m the only person in my family who sews. & if I ever try to talk shop about my quilts, they act like I’m reading verbatim from a set of stereo instructions. Oh, the yawns… This is part of the reason why I love my local guild! They not only appreciate the aesthetics of what make, they want to know about the process behind it & actually understand what I’m saying! QuiltCon is going to be so
much fun, if I can get over my terrible shyness! So, if you see me & recognize who I am, please say hello! I’d love
to hear from you. & I might even have some swag to give you from my magical QuiltCon Tote Bag O’ Mysteries!!! Woot! I’ll post a photo of it next week so you’ll recognize me! See ya then! I’ll be posting about everything on Instagram @rebsrecca!

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randomness…

TrinityI’ve been sewing for the past few weeks on all sorts of random things, so I thought I’d share a bit. ¬†This onesie is TOTALLY out of my comfort zone. C’mon- garment sewing??! My sister-in-law asked me to make it for her brother’s daughter, who is set to be born in the next few weeks. ¬†His favorite video game was Halo, so she wanted to incorporate that into something a little girl would wear. Anyways, I hacked apart a Garanimals onesie to see how it was put together & then cobbled together all kinds of different parts to make this garment. ¬†All it lacks now are snaps & then I need to make a matching hat or headband and some shoes. ¬†My embroidery could be MUCH better, but hopefully she won’t be too upset about it. ¬†I didn’t want to use the preset fonts in my sewing machine, so I designed it on the PC and then thread painted the words. It’s not a smooth satin stitch & that’s my one regret… Here’s the back:

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It’s three rows of tulle ruffles, which are adorable! ¬†I could sit here and fluff them for hours.

fluff fluff fluffThen next up was my entry for the Modern Quilt Guild’s Madrona Road Challenge:

Madrona Roach

It’s only about two feet high, so it didn’t take long. ¬†It’s my first finish of 2013, so that’s something!

I’ve got several other projects sitting in the wings. ¬†A Valentine’s quilt. Another Madrona Road mini quilt in the citrus colorway. A tote bag! Oh, the tote bag. ¬†It’s going to be so awesome, I can’t stand it! There aren’t enough hours in the day… Well, thanks for reading! ¬†& I’ll try to post more leading up to QuiltCon! ¬†rebecca

 

 

 

 

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in the end

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So, the deadline for QuiltCon has come and gone… I only had three entries ready to go, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. I’ll share some of my fails wit ya!

First, I made a fabric panel at Spoonflower & it was glorious. The key word being “was”. I started working on a corner and thoroughly messed up a large seam. When I went to rip it apart & rubbed the color off the fabric. Oh crap. I thought, “I can just order some more of this section of the panel!” But for whatever reason, I couldn’t get that particular portion of the design into the fat quarter preview on Spoonflower. I tried all the repeat options & nothing worked… I couldn’t afford to buy the entire two yard panel, so I decided to abandon ship for now. Here it is in its current state:

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The second fail was due to fabric, as well. I ordered four yards for my background from a company in New Jersey & well,well, well- Hello, hurricane Sandy!! It wasn’t able to be shipped for over two weeks. When it got here, I opened the box & it was not at all what I ordered!! It was supposed to be a heathered gray, but I got a pale lilac solid. Talk about disappointed. I actually cried over fabric! & I am still working with their customer service department to this day trying to get a solution!! Argh. So, I went shopping all over for a similar fabric, but I just couldn’t find it. The heart wants what it wants, you know? So, that quilt was doomed.

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Third was a giant appliqu√© quilt that never made it past the pattern stage. I think when I saw the sheer scale of the undertaking, I got spooked. Here’s the full sized patterns I got from my printer, good ol’ Miller Blueprint:

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In the end, though, I entered two old quilts & my new reverse appliqu√© miniature. I’m pretty happy about it, too, because I felt like I had a productive November.

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I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!! Bring on Christmas! ūüôā I’m going to go hang lights on my house now. In 80 degree weather… r

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a tip for turning under!

I’m diving in a bit to one of my QuiltCon show projects and I have a million little triangles to sew together. ¬†So, to keep my sanity(!!), I am turning under some of the seam allowances to perfectly place them onto the adjoining piece. ¬†I can then glue everything together prior to sewing a quarter inch seam and remove much of the guesswork. ¬†To help speed this turning under process, I have a method that involves the above tools- a 6 inch ruler, a sharp hand sewing needle (sorry it’s hard to see in this photo!), and a mechanical pencil. ¬†I should mention this pencil is a Sewline Chalk pencil¬†that I won from Moda BakeShop, so I had to find a thicker than normal needle.

Okay, first remove the lead (or chalk) from the mechanical pencil by holding down the button and pulling it out.

Next, hold the button down again and place the sewing needle into the end of the pencil. Push it far enough in so that the mechanism inside the pencil grabs onto the needle when you release the button.

BE CAREFUL, YO!! Keep the point away from you at all times!! Now, take your fabric piece and use the ruler to find your quarter inch seam line.  Apply medium pressure to the needle and draw it down along the side of the ruler to score a fold line into your fabric.

When you’re done, this is what it will look like and the seam will turn under like buttah.

And you can do curved seams, too:

Can you feel all your applique woes melting away with this technique?? That’s how I feel. ¬†I now have a multitasking chalk pencil with a super soft finger grip that can do half my work for me. ¬†I stood at my cutting table and churned out perfectly turned under triangles like a machine and my hand doesn’t hurt one bit. And when I’m done, I can pop out the needle and slide the chalk back in for marking up a quilt design!

Woot!  rebecca

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thar she blows!

Xerxes the whale

 

This is Xerxes the whale! ¬†(I asked my sister to name it & the first name that popped out was Xerxes. ¬†Such an odd child… But I remember naming one of my childhood cats “Thomas Cola”, so I guess what goes around comes around.) Anyways, I’ve been working on her for about a month now. I actually finished her Thursday for a zippered pouch exchange at my local modern quilt guild. ¬†But there was some drama ’round these parts & I wasn’t able to go to my meeting. ¬†She’s been hanging out on my cutting table ever since and I started noticing all the things that were bugging me about her- seam lines were off center, the tail was wonky, etc. ¬†So , I totally ripped her apart again this morning. ¬†But I digress! ¬†She started about a month ago when I made a clay sculpture of a half whale…

 

I used Crayola air dry clay from Target. ¬†Thank God for Back to School sales! ¬†Anyways, while it was about 75% dry, I draped it with muslin and made pattern pieces to test out in paper…

 

When I was satisfied, I busted out my beloved stash of Mendocino fabric by Heather Ross. ¬†I love this line of fabric so much that I’ve been too afraid to make anything out of it! ¬†But Xerxes seemed to be calling out for the ocean, so I sucked it up and cut out my pattern pieces before I could think about what I was doing. ¬†To make it stand up on its own, I used ByAnnie’s Soft & Stable¬†and used polyfil stuffing in the tail.

 

There was much wrestling involved with that zipper, let me tell ya.  It required a buttload of pins and I still managed to break a needle from shifting fabric. Oy.

I’m working right now on finishing the rest of my QuiltCon Block Challenge entries. ¬†I did the easy one first:

& now I’m working on another one to stick with the Texas theme. ¬†So… That was my week so far! ¬†Fun times… Happy quilting! ¬†rebecca

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