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schnitzel & boo mini swap

Mini CoverWhew… I was supposed to mail my mini quilt for the Schnitzel & Boo swap last friday, but my fingers wouldn’t let me.  They put up a protest after I finished the embroidery and moved onto the hand quilting.  But hey, it’s going in the mail tomorrow, so I’m not too late! I hope…

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I wanted the quilting to provide texture only, so I sewed horizontal lines in a 100wt gray silk by Superior Threads.  I went around the strawberries which gave them a nice trapunto effect: 

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The edges are finished with a facing technique that uses folded triangles on the corners:

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Since the quilt is only 8.5″x11″, the triangles allowed me to stick in unsharpened pencils as a hanging device.  The top pencil hangs nicely on a nail and the bottom one keeps everything flat and square:

backing

 

Anyway, I hope my partner likes it.  It has a trip across the pond coming tomorrow!  Yay!

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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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sewing samples part two

I finished sewing the strawberry plant and added it to my pattern. I didn’t have access to the good camera, though, so this crappy pic will have to do. I must say, those are some cute berries! Sometimes cuteness can overcome a terrible camera… 🙂

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sewing up samples


I’ve been chillaxing during my long Labor Day weekend with college football playing on the TV and my sewing machine Rory running full speed. I haven’t been able to sit down and sew to my hearts content in a LONG time, so it’s been wonderful! In preparation for the Labor Day Sale @ Patternspot.com, I created a little pattern pack with a ladybug and a strawberry plant. HOWEVER! Photos are a necessary ingredient for patterns & obviously I needed to take some pics of a sewn sample. I stood in my studio and begged the sewing fairies to get down to bidness so I can get some photos online & they pretty much ignored me. So, I sat down and started printing, ironing, cutting, sewing, seam ripping, sewing, DANG IT! seam ripping again, quilting, and finally taking photos. Then I had to add them to my pattern pack in a fanciful way & post everything onto the Patternspot.com I didn’t quite finish, though. The strawberry plant has quite a few pieces and it’s twelve inches tall, so I’m still in the cutting out phase. Oh well, it’ll get done sometime this weekend and I’ll post it on here for you to see. Wow! It’s late! I should probably go to bed… Happy quilting! rebs

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cross eyed

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This puppy has been driving me crazy for weeks!!!! I’m normally a fan of curved piecing, but I feel like I’ve done nothing but wrestle fabric here lately. At first I said I would finish three blocks a day… Then it dropped to two… Then it dropped to one… Sigh. If I didn’t love this quilt so much already, it would be sitting on a shelf somewhere. I do love it, though, so I’ll keep going! It just might not end up as large as I had originally planned. Happy quilting! rebecca

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blogger’s quilt festival

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I’ve decided to put one of my babies in the Spring Blogger’s Quilt Festival @ Amy’s Creative Side. Say hello to “Happy”! She measures 72 inches square and was finished early in 2009 for the Dallas Quilt Show. HOWEVER, she actually began her journey way back in 2007. I created the pattern in Illustrator and was determined to make this quilt with a pieced background and needle-turned appliqué elements. I worked for months & month & MONTHS, but I never felt like it was going to be done. Enter 2008 & the birth of Spoonflower!

I designed several little bits of artwork to create my own fabric & had a lot of fun being one of the first people to use this wonderful service. One night, I was sifting through files to create a pattern repeat & accidentally opened up the file for Happy. It was a lightbulb moment! I took the entire applique design and split it in half. Then, I uploaded it to Spoonflower as a four yard long continuous design & waited for my order to come home to me from North Carolina. I sliced the two halves apart, sewed them back together as a whole unit with a single long seam up the center, & commenced hand quilting! Being a deadline driven person, I entered it into the Dallas Quilt Show in the hopes of finally seeing a finished product one day. & I finished. Well, I almost finished… My quilting doesn’t go all the way out to the edges & I’m pretty sure I was still sewing on the binding during the car ride over to drop it off at Dallas Market Hall! Oh well. Live & learn.

I pulled Happy out of the brown paper bag she’s resided in since March of 2009 and it made me a little sad. She deserves more love than that! But I have no idea what to do with her, so she primly sits on my guest bed waiting for me to figure everything out. Oh, & I almost forgot to mention that she has a cutie polka dot backing!

Well, thanks for stopping by! Enjoy more quilts from the Blogger’s Festival!!!

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