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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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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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bolt!

A quilt top for Gabriel & Gadriel

I finally finished this quilt top! I told myself that I couldn’t put anything else up on my design wall until it was finished, so I guess that lit a fire under me.  It’s about 36×42-ish and after a quick quilting in the ditch will be headed to Oklahoma for my big brother’s twin boys.  Which I will drop a gratuitous photo of them into this post right now:

Gavin & Chasity's twin boys

I took that photo about three weeks ago when they turned two months old, so they are probably twice as big by now!  Too cute.  But I guess this means I better hurry up and finish their quilt before its too small… Happy Saturday!  -rebecca

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