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Spreading warm wishes one quilt at a time…


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Stash swap

So this year the local guild that belong to decided to do a monthly blind swap of 12 -3.5 inch squares.  Every month, we get a random bag of 12 squares from someone else and by the end of the year, we will have a finished quilt.  These are the charms I received in December:

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IMG_0518Did I mention that this exchange was with my traditional guild?  No pearl bracelets here:).  (Of course, I didn’t give out any mirror ball dots or AMH squares either.  I chose a traditional looking charm pack  from my stash and cut 12 blocks down to 3.5 inches).  I’m hoping this exercise helps me grow.  Some of the quilts that I find most beautiful have some odd fabric pairings.  I decided to pair the red and blue squares with a scrappy selection of tan/cream and white fabrics and make HSTs for now:

IMG_0517That lower right fabric is Osnaburg (a linen looking cotton).  I have seen some beautiful quilts made by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen using Osnaburg so I have been stalking JoAnn’s  for months and finally found some.  Have you ever tried it in your quilts?

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Learning to FMQ

I just finished the free motion quilting on January’s blocks of the Skill Builder BOM.  I think the stipple turned out really well.  I need to work on the circles, though.ImageImageGoodness, those circles are sad–I tired to fix them by going in to do some little circles but that made them look even more pathetic.  Oh well, it’s a learning process right?  I am very excited about my stipple though–I can actually say I know how to do a little FMQ now.  WooHoo!

Just so we all know I was cursing my machine last week because it started out great on my practice blocks and then 2 blocks in, I was getting all kinds of loops on the front and the back and eyelashes on every curve (which are kind of cool if you can control them, that’s the rub, you can’t).ImageNow I can move on to February’s blocks.  I also need to do a baby quilt by next month and I just got this insane idea that I should make a quilt for my mother-in-law’s birthday 2 weeks from now…maybe  or perhaps just a table runner.  Does anyone have  any good ideas for the little 2.5 Moda candy squares? (other than scrappy trip along–not that I don’t like those but I would rather do that from strips)  I bought 3 packs b/c they are so CUTE and the right price…


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Sometimes it’s best to just walk away

The robot star quilt and I were having quite a battle when it came to the actual machine quilting.  (The next quilt is definitely going to be hand quilted).  I finally had to set it aside for a week and forget about it.  I was just getting stressed over it and I don’t sew to be stressed out–I sew to rid myself of stress.  I have enough stressors in life without my hobby becoming one too.  I finally came back to it.  I even learned by myself how to do continuous bias binding and once I figured it out, it seemed very easy.

So time for the final reveal of the quilt–I would have liked to do a little more quilting to make it crinkly but it wasn’t to be this time.

Robot Star quilt based on Jeni Baker's Vintage Star pattern.

Back of the Robot Star Quilt

And the label –since the green fabric on the front has robots, I put a robot on my t-shirt in the label.

Robot Star Quilt Label

Pattern:  Vintage Star Tutorial by Jeni Baker of In Color Order

Thread:  Varigated yellow, blue, and green threads by Guttermann and an orange thread by Guttermann

Fabrics: Blue Kona, Caleb Gray’s Robot Factory, Betz White’s Stitch(the chevron stripe), Robert Kaufman Stripe and some assorted fat quarters that didn’t have a selvage.

Binding:  Robert Kaufman stripe.

Now I’m off to work on a pincushion for the Modern Quilt Guild’s national pincushion swap,