WiP Wednesday

I’ve been feeling rather lethargic this week, and I’ve ignored my sewing machine since I finished all of the flying geese. Which, speaking of…

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I have all of the remaining blocks back… and I LOVE it!

Last night I had the sudden urge to sew.  Luckily I’ve had a baby quilt basted for quite some time, and it was great just to knock it out!  Sometimes simple sewing is the best.

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Before I knew it, it was quilted.

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And now I’m ready for binding!

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I need to keep a store of baby quilts so that I can have more nights like last night!

Sunday Stash

This Sunday Stash is a reminder of how much I love this quilting community.  There is something very special about everyone I’ve met through blogging and quilting, and put simply it is this:  we are kindred spirits.  While many of my favorites were hanging out in Nashville, and I was insta-stalking them, they were picking out fabrics to bring back and share with me.  What I love most is that they thought to ask me if I would like them to look for something, and then that they picked out the perfect fabrics for me!  Then there was the rainbow charm pack from Beth, that when my husband saw it he said, “That’s so you – you’re really going to love using that!”  Yes, yes I will!

Melanie got me an amazing scrap pack from AMH’s studio.  She also bought herself one, and we already have a scrappy pillow planned to make together.  As soon as my students rock out the state test in three weeks I am looking forward to making a project that will always remind me of one of my favorite quilty teachers!

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She also shared some of the fabrics she got from AMH’s new line – um HELLO.  That pale blue – holy cow.  Love.  I can’t wait to use the sunflowers in my gypsy wife quilt.  Love.

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Here’s the rainbow charm pack from Beth.  She’s the reason I’ve found so many wonderful quilty friends in this state, and I’m so thankful for the first time I walked into her store, Rock Paper Scissors.  

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She knows me well!

Then there’s the ridiculously perfect bundle that Michelle chose for me.  I must make my favorite colors pretty obvious, haha.  From the moment I saw this on instagram I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this bundle of goodies.  Especially the yellows.  Ah, the yellows.  They are so gorgeous.  I’ll love having these fabrics in the gypsy wife quilt I’m making through Michelle’s quilt along.  

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As much as I love these fabrics, I love the women more who generously shared not only this fabric with me, but their friendship over the past year and a half.  Quilting has brought so much joy to my life – because I get to share it with such talented, kind, and creative souls.  Thank you for being such an important part of my life.

To Have and to Hold

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Photo Credit: Story Photographers

This guy.

I don’t think he knew that when he said his vows, that he knew it actually meant holding up quilts and not me… he’s handled my obsession hobby well, even though I spend quite a bit of time away from him and with Big Bertha.  I’ve been playing around with the idea of making Forrest a quilt since I started, and I had it all planned out.  A bookshelf quilt.  However, he then saw a quilt that Sarah over at Georgia Girl Quilts had made, and he said, “That’s awesome; do you think you could make that?”  Well, when he loves something, I run with it!  That night I bought a layer cake of comma and a ton of low volume fabrics that reminded me of his personality.  Then I stashed it away…  and stashed it away.  Today he finally has his own quilt.

I have loved the entire process of making this quilt.

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And the back!

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I had so much fun picking out all of the low volume fabrics…

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See the ironing fabric… he.irons.everything.  I walk around a wrinkled mess.

Marriage.

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I love the texture of the square quilting!

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And, finally, a secret message in the quilting:

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There aren’t enough words for me to tell my husband how much I love the way he loves me.  So, I made him a quilt to have and to hold.

WiP Wednesday

You guys.  Last night, I got to eat dinner with Michelle of Factotum of Arts.  She and her mother are in NYC having fun, and they came into Newark last night to meet me after work.  It.was.awesome.  Bless her sweet mother, too, for listening to our quilt lingo for hours.  Last night was the best moment – it was such an window into why I’ve loved blogging and what the best part of this journey has been.  Now, I just need her to live closer all the time!

The husband’s quilt is almost finished.  Almost finished.  Woohoo!  A while back, my girl Sarah posted a comma plus quilt, and I was smitten.  Now,  my husband has his own.  I’m so glad that I shared Sarah’s quilt with him, because he LOVES it.

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He loves it so much that he hasn’t complained once that my sewing table has taken over the living room for days.  This.will.never.happen.again.  Unless I make him another quilt.  Which will never happen again.

I absolutely adore the square quilting, and I’m so proud of myself for just going after another FMQ design.  I’ve made 7 quilts so far this year, and I’ve FMQed 5 of them with unique designs each time.  This year I really wanted to get better at FMQing and I’ve loved trying out new designs.  Squares were extremely liberating and fun, plus they went super quickly.  BONUS.

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It’s hard to photograph the detail on this quilt because of the low-volume fabrics, but the texture is on point.  I’m so glad that this quilt will be staying in our house and that I’ll get to see it everyday!

Oh, and you know how were disagreed over the quilting?  How I wanted to quilt words…

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Yep, got some in there.

Now onto the binding!

Sew-Mo-Jo

This weekend many of my favorite friends were in Nashville for Sew Down.  As awesome as it was to see them meet some pretty spectacular teachers, I was jealous that they got to hang out and create together.  So, how did I cope?  Having a pretty damn productive quilting weekend myself.  I was determined to sew with them in spirit.

On Friday night I finished the last of the flying geese blocks I have.  On Thursday I will receive the rest from my guild ladies, and I have to say, this quilt is going to make me so happy.  I cannot get over how much I love these little geese.  I’ve come a longgggg way, friends.  Check out my humble beginnings with flying geese

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Then, I decided to get really crazy … and quilt my husband’s quilt.

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This step almost stopped me.

Can we find a magic fairy who does this for us?!

At first I wanted to do organic lines and mix in a few words and phrases on this quilt, but my husband was a little hesitant.  He thought it was a little too sappy for his personality.  (What, you don’t want to read sappy love notes from me all the time… what is wrong with you, man?!)  So, we compromised with squares.  I have to say, I think he’s was right.

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At first, I was having trouble with getting precise corners, but then my friend Jess, who was at Sew Down in Nashville, shared the knowledge she got from Angela Walter’s workshop.  Hesitate for a second on the corner and get that extra stitch in for precise corners.  See, it’s like I was there!

Voila!  So much better!

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I hope you all had wonderfully creative quilty weekends whether you were in Nashville or you were knocking it out at home.  I know that no matter where I’m sewing, I love having you all to share it with!

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AND, Can we all give Spring a nice round of applause for showing up?!

Enjoy your week, friends!

Sunday Stash

Y’all.  Michelle over at Factotum of Arts is a fabric godmother.  She recently sent me a fabric gift card to Hawthorne Threads (that happened to arrive on my birthday, HEY) and I finally made my choices last weekend.

Get ready for some serious fabric love.

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Fabric stacks make me happy every single time.

I needed a few more Kaffe Stripes to finish another patchwork quilt:

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Really, I just want to buy yards of this stuff.  

More cerise fabrics for my stash.

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Those dandelions.  I can’t.

Some Prism in Primary:

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Nicole over at Modern Hand Craft is to blame for that purchase… ;)

A gorgeous text print:

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Get ready, Stephanie, this is going in your sisterhood quilt!

And, finally, some MORE AMH for my Gypsy Wife quilt:

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I have a feeling that before this is all said and done I’m going to have quite a few AMH quilts in my possession.  Ain’t nobody complaining about that!  Be sure to check out all the other gorgeous fabric being linked up over at Molli Sparkles.  Surely we all need more temptation to buy more fabric…

(Thanks, Michelle!!!!!)

Flying Geese

This week.  I’m saying.  Y’all.  Spring Fever has set innnnnnnnn.

Every night I’ve tried to do a little bit of chain stitching, and it usually ended when I got to a stage where I had to iron.  Keepin’ it real, here.

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All week I was in a state of organized-not-finished.

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(omg, when will I have time to chain stitch all those HSTs…)

But last night.  Last night I finally saw some progress.

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Yes, I’m keeping it!  I get all of my Bee blocks back on Thursday, so my goal is to finish the last 4 blocks I have this weekend.  Of course, this weekend I would also LOVE to quilt my husbands quilt for him.  Could I possibly finish a quilt this weekend?

Did I mention I’m uber-behind on Bee blocks, too?  Yes.  That’s my task list for next week.  For now I’m just going to go stare at this, and all will be well in my world for a while.

Gypsy Wife QAL March Winner!

Hello, Gypsy Wifers.  March has come and gone, and we are all one step closer to having our Gypsy Wife quilts.  It’s a good thing I was hosting the March link up this month, or I would have never finished my Pershing block.  Last night I buckled down so that I would make the “deadline” for this link-up, and I don’t know why I waited so long!  It really wasn’t that bad, even if mine ended up being a hair too big.  Whoops. 

March Blocks:

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All of my blocks to date:

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I’ve realized that I am leaning very heavily towards the oranges, blues, and purples in my AMH stash – so next month I am going to have to fix that.  I want this quilt to be insanely scrappy.  I think it’s getting there!

So, onto what we’re all here for!  The winner of the bundle of an April Showers Dots Fat Quarter Bundle from Alice over at Fresh Modern Fabric

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And the winner is….

Rachel over at Farm Gal Designs!

Be sure to go check out Rachel’s blocks, and head over to the link-up to see all of the gorgeous blocks we created this month.  I know I went through all of the hashtags on Instagram last night and I was so impressed with everyone!  They are all going to be stunning!

Sunday Stash

Today’s Sunday Stash is dedicated to a sweet bundle that Amanda from Westwood Acres Fabric sent me as an Instagram giveaway.  Love.  She put up a giveaway where she was going to randomly send fabrics, and I was one of the lucky winners.  She did an excellent job putting together a bundle of fabrics that I love.  Love.  You have got to check out her shop – I love all of her bundles.  

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Hello, the only Good Folks I own!

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I spy original Flea Market Fancy!

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So many great text prints!

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I can’t get over how much I love this bundle.  I’m keeping it all together, but I already have a plan for some of the text prints!  Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts, I’m looking right at you….

Also, all you Gypsy Wifers, don’t forget to link up your March blocks!  I’m drawing the winner tonight!

Linking up with everyone’s favorite – Molli!

Sewing with Friends

Last night, my good friend Sarah over at Sarah Quilts hosted a Friday Night Sewalong.  Be sure to check out the hashtag #fridaynightsewalong to see all of the goodies created last night.  I decided to work on my Bee quilt, otherwise known as the epic Chicopee quilt that I can’t stop talking about.  (Sorry, not sorry!)

After all, like any good teacher, I had all the blocks neatly stacked with paper clips… duh.

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And then there were three rows…

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Then, due to the encouragement of everyone on Instagram and the Bravermans, I plowed through two more blocks.

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(Please tell me you know the Bravermans….)

And you guys, it’s starting to look like a quilt!

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Plus, I have all these little baby HSTs to use for a second quilt.  Winning at life.

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How was your Friday night?

Sarah, when’s the next one?