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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 appliqué 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 appliqué 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! 🙂 I’m going to go hang lights on my house now. In 80 degree weather… r

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modern quilt guild pincushion swap

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The Austin Modern Quilt Guild is going to swap pincushions with several other chapters across the United States and Canada, so I decided to contribute two of my Zelma cuff pincushions!  Since I didn’t have any of the restrictions that I had at Moda Bakeshop, I played around with materials.  The turquoise is made from fabric I had printed. The strap is made of suede with silver Jones Tones foil over top & I am so happy about how it came out!!  But it’s always tough trying to get your sewing machine used to a different material than it’s used to handling & I lost steam battling with Rory.  So, the second cuff doesn’t have a felt lining because I couldn’t make myself sew one on it. 😦

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I think they turned out very pretty & I’m going to be sad to see them go…

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AMQG name tag

My local Modern Quilt Guild had a name tag challenge for the October meeting (which you can read about here), so, of course, I created something crazy.  It started with me doodling out my name at work…

 

And then I started doodling free motion quilting designs until I found something I liked.  Then I combined the quilting designs with the name and placed them into a crown-type shape.  The strange thing is that I sketched everything the correct size!  So, I combined everything and it just fit perfectly.  Even stranger- I bought a cheap tiara from Hobby Lobby and my name tag fit perfectly across the front of it! From one side of the “diamonds” to the other.  I’m like the Justin Wilson of sewing…

So, when I got home from work, I transferred the design onto a piece of Sulky Washaway stabilizer with a gold pen and pinned it onto some chambray and scrap batting.

 

Then, I started embroidering everything with a pretty thread of Presencia Perle Cotton. For the border, I did a heavy chain stitch that I learned from Mary Corbet’s NeedleNThread website.

 

Unfortunately, I don’t have any pics of the rest of the process because I’m lazy!  I cut away the excess batting and seam allowance around the piece and glued it to the back.  Next, I cut my name out of hot pink felt and glued it in place before sewing a small zigzag around it with a variegated pink silk thread.  I cut out a piece of fabric for the back, pressed the seam allowance to the back, and stitched it down to the front piece to hide all the ugliness.  Finally, I whipstitched the completed name tag to the front of that cheap tiara and called it a day!

 

So, there you go.  Voila. My Steven says it looks nothing like a crown and I look more like a French Maid or WWI nurse.  Whatevs, yo!  I loves it.  Happy Saturday!!

 

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laziest. tutorial. evar. for bolt!

Hello! My Steven & I bought a new house (Yay!), so all of my sewing supplies are currently living sad little lives inside cardboard boxes.  In the interim, I am sitting here at my computer procrastinating because I DO NOT want to pack up yet another load of boxes in this sweltering Texas heat.  I was hoping that once the sun went down, the weather would be much more reasonable, but no.  It’s after 7pm and still feels like 102 degrees! So, whatevs, I’m going to put up this quick tutorial for my bolt quilt.  It’s more like a layout, tbh.  Here you go:

These here are your blocks.

The blocks are made of solid strips of fabric and half-square rectangles.  There’s an excellent tutorial here for HRT’s from the Modern Quilt Guild’s 100 Days of Quilts!  The tall HRT’s in bolt started their lives as 8.5″ long x 2.5″ wide strips and finished at 5.75″ x 2″.  The shorter ones were 4.5″ long and 2.5″ wide and finished at 3.25″x2″.  The solid strips were 5.75″ x 2″.  Feel free to experiment with sizes on your project.  Just make sure your triangle points end up a quarter inch away from the edge or the quilt police will get you…

this is your pattern layout

make some columns!

get the neighbors together for a party!

make it a block party!

done and done

Tips? I’d say you could press all your seams open to make it easy on yourself. Did I do that? Um, no.  I pressed them all to the background.  Then all the blocks in column one were pressed down and all the blocks in column two were pressed up and so on and so forth.  That way, each row nestled in with one another.  Secondly, pin like a beast!  And then pin some more!  A graphic pattern like this relies on precision piecing, so take your time and line EVERYTHING up.  The tops of the lightning bolts should be perfectly straight across…  Here’s bolt one more time:

A quilt top for Gabriel & Gadriel

It actually goes together quite quickly once you’ve figured out what color goes where.  I hope y’all try this quilt out.  Or at least make a pillow or something with it!  Have a good night!  I have storage totes calling out to me!  rebecca

 

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