WiP Wednesday

Many moons ago I pulled fabric to make a Hexacabin quilt.  Finally, this weekend, I woke up early on Saturday morning and just had to create it.  I’ve always wanted to make a hexagon quilt, but sewing all those little pieces together is NEVER going to happen, so I was more than happy to try my friend Melanie’s technique for all the awesome log cabin style hexagon quilts I had seen on pinterest!  I’m obsessed with this quilt, and I know I’ll be making more.  Now I’m going to have a problem with buying all of the hexagon fabric that I see…

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All good hexagon quilts so have hexagon fabric, right?

photo 2Then, it’s just round and round and round….

photo 3As I was putting scraps away I found this Amy Butler spot print by accident.  I love happy accidents with fabric.

photo 4Here’s the progress so far.  I can’t wait to finish this quilt.  I have another HUGE project that I’m waiting for inspiration to strike on, so it was good to have this project to play around with this week.  I’ve been enjoying mindlessly adding layers and pulling fabrics for this quilt!  Now I want to make a large AMH one…  oh yes.

photo 5Linking up to WiP Wednesday!  Happy Hump Day, everyone!

Friday Finish x 2

Holy Moly, I’m back.  Maybe not back to “crazyobsessedashleymustmakeallthequiltsintheworld” back, but definitely back to: I’ve turned on the freaking sewing machine for the first time in 3 months.

And it feels good!

Today I have two finished baby quilts that might have taken for.ever. to make.  But, one made it a few weeks before baby and the other made it the week after baby was born, so it’s still a win, right?

Baby Girl Quilt was a project I worked on this summer with my mom.  She and I picked out the fabric together, the design, and then I was able to cut the quilt and she sewed it together.  Finishing this quilt up made me miss summer and I’m already looking forward to going home again so that I can spend time sewing with her.  I love quilting memories.  It was also an opportunity for me to break out Denyse Schmidt’s Piccadilly line.  I love it.  it’s so adorable!

photo 1We used a simple coin design which left some fun space for me to try out some more FMQing.  My mom requested that I finish off the quilt with daisies, and she was right!

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Just looking at these pictures makes me want to go do some FMQing!  I love the freedom and how it looks when it’s all finished.

photo 3For the back, mom picked out this adorable elephant print to honor the father’s favorite animal!  Adorable.   Welcome to the world, baby L – I can’t wait to meet you!

Then, onto baby boy quilt!  One of my favorite friends from my summers as a camp counselor recently reached out to me to commission a quilt.  I was so honored, and I had so much fun picking fabrics.  She had a few ideas of things she liked, and hopefully she loves this quilt as much as I do!   The pictures aren’t the best because I wasn’t able to get home before the sun went down, and I really just wanted to mail this one off!  I’m proud that I mixed up fabric lines and just used a color scheme.

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photo 3 (2)I love the baby blues with the grays.  Especially those hexagons.  I wish I’d bought YARDS of that stuff!

photo 2 (2)I quilted it with my favorite Bernina Stitch 5.  It’s so simple and makes such great texture.  Then, I used the Ikea Britten fabric that just makes everything a little bit more special.

photo 4 (2)It feels good to finish off some projects.  Last night I also finished two month’s of bee blocks to mail off and tonight I’m breaking out the gypsy wife quilt.  HALLELUJAH.

I’ll be linking these babies up to all the Friday parties going on today: TGIFF and Crazy Mom Quilts.  I can’t wait to sit down and read all the other finishes this week.  I’ve really missed quilting, blogging, and my fabric friends.

My Student’s Friday Finish

I have so loved seeing everyone’s response to L’s quilt.  She is such a joy to know and I’m so proud of her for making her first quilt!  It was very exciting to see her in the hallway this week when it was time to show her the finished product – so many giggles!  She’s already received requests from people at school to make them a quilt and she’s already added a sewing machine to her Christmas list.  (LOVE!)

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I just love it.  My husband and I have repeatedly said that this is the coolest baby quilt that’s come out of our house.  I just love how the design came together for L and I’m so proud of her for doing all of the fabric selection on her own!

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I love the ripple effect of the quilting.  Yessssss, for Bernina stitch 5.

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L’s mom saw the Ikea Britten fabric on my Instagram feed and loved it.  This was the one thing L let me contribute in design.  She let Forrest pick out the binding.  He did a pretty good job!

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I love this fabric.  LOVE.

photo 5So much love in this picture.  I met these two at Six Flags when T was chaperoning the year before I had L.  I went up to her and said, “Oh, I have to have your daughter!  You are the best chaperone!”  We laughed and bonded, and not only was she the best chaperone the next year on all of our trips, but she truly took care of the entire team of teachers.  Two years after her daughter was in my class, and she’s still taking care of me.  It’s bonds like this that make the early mornings, late nights, and sore feet so very worth it.

T, it makes me so happy to know that Baby will have this quilt from L!  L, love you, ladybug!

Sewing with Students

Well, hi there! Whew, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged, and it’s been exactly 5 weeks since I last turned on my sewing machine. That has been my life for the past little bit. Work, work, work. That’s why this weekend was so good for my soul on so many levels. This weekend one of my favorite former students came over and she made a quilt for her little brother who will be born in October. I taught L two years ago, but her mother and I have a very close relationship and she keeps me smiling all the time at school. I knew I wanted to make her a baby quilt, but I thought the process would be ten times better with L.  Since leaving my class, L always stops by to inform me about the books she’s reading and her progress in school (top of her class, obviously). Also, she is a natural quilter. Seriously.

She arrived ready with her color scheme (blues – entire spectrum), theme (Under the Sea), and design (strips) ready to go. Then, I let her loose in my stash and told her she could use anything she wanted.  I didn’t even hide the Chicopee. I pulled out every blue I had, thinking she would need assistance. (There were over 50 blue fabrics to choose from, which is kind of embarrassing…) Nope. Not even ten minutes later she had pulled the nine fabrics she needed. What?!

 

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I can’t believe how beautifully her fabric choices went together, and I have to admit I was doubting about two of them, but I went with it.  I’m so glad I kept my control freak nature in check, because this quilt turned out beautifully!  In fact, I’m going to have her help me pull fabric again.  She said later that this was her favorite part.  (See, natural quilter.)  During down time she would go in and pull fabric selections.  She wanted to make another one with orange, purple, pink, and cerise.  See, favorite student!

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She did all of the sewing herself, after I showed her once.  I only helped by joining the final blocks together because the fabric got heavy and she was having a hard time keeping it straight.  We put on Disney pandora and she belted out tune after tune as she sewed, stopped to check alignment, and sewed again.  It was the cutest thing ever.  We also stopped for the occasional dance party.  Because that’s always necessary.

photo 4Here she is showing off her first completed block.  I can’t even.  She was so proud and after she finished each block she’d run to my husband’s office to show him.  He was incredibly proud of her and kept telling her that this was the coolest baby quilt ever produced in our house.  (I agree!)

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Then, it came time to quilt.  She helped me baste the quilt (sooooo nice to have a helper!) and I went to grab the white thread.  But, then I remembered to check my control freak nature, and asked her to pick out her thread (thinking she’d choose the white since it was the obvious choice…)  NOPE.  She picked teal, and I was all, “hmmm, we’ll see, ok…”  HAHAHA, it’s PERFECT!  I’m obsessed.  She is such a little quilter.  As she was sewing she said, “When I grow up I want a sewing machine.  Then I’ll need to buy fabric… and, well, find a place to store it all!”  hahahaha.  Yes, yes that is the struggle!

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Yesterday was perfect.  I’m washing the quilt now so that she can pick it up from school and present it to her mother this week.  I truly think this will be one of my proudest teaching moments.  Right up there with the time this same sweet student called me to tell me she had finished reading the Harry Potter series.  To her mother, thank you for letting me not only teach your sweet children, but for keeping us connected!  To L, you are absolutely a natural quilter.  I knew you were smart, creative, and detail oriented from when I taught you, but you continue to impress me!  

Now, I’m struggling to balance my pride in her achievement and my jealousy that an 11 year old just created the cutest baby quilt ever produced from Wasn’t Quilt in a Day.  Seriously, I can’t wait to share her finish after she sees it this week!

And, with this soul refreshing weekend, and reminder of why I do what I do both at work and in my personal life, I have been sewing all day and feel completely rejuvenated.  Thank you, L!

 

Summer Sewing

Whew. This summer has seen an increase in sewing… and a significant decrease in blogging. This is to be expected when I’m with my family – and I hope everyone is enjoying a slower paced existence right now! Last weekend (see – who waits a week?!) I traveled a few hours with my mother to meet up with Michelle over at Factotum of Arts for her Quilt Guild’s July meeting.

Y’all.  Quilty friends are the best.  I loved sitting around with Michelle, gabbing fabric, and talking in quilt block code.  I think my mother  has a bigger picture of our obsessive nature now, and don’t worry – she’s catching the bug and has already sewn up two quilt tops this summer.  I love spreading the illness.  Also.  I got to hang out in her sewing studio, play in her stash, and see all of her WiPs.  HEAVEN.

Michelle took us to two quilt shops – and the first one we pulled up to was the quilt shop where I  bought the fabric for my first quilt 18 years ago.   Crazy.

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I’m also proud that we remembered to take a photo this time! (Thanks, mom!)   In a surprising turn of events, I didn’t buy any fabric – much to my mother’s and Michelle’s surprise.  I did buy a book, though.   But, don’t worry, I didn’t walk away empty handed!

Michelle gave me the sample fabric from her new fabric line that she created at Spoonflower.  I cannot wait to turn these fabrics into pillows for my living room.  The colors are perfect – and I love how she used the Elements to create the line and the color choices.  Mom, a high school science teacher, was really smitten.

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AND, she gave me a book to prepare for her month in ScrapBeeLicious.  Lucky. Girl.

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Of course I also left with a new quilt design that Michelle helped me iron out the color scheme and idea for … which I need like I need a hole in my head… haha.  I’m truly so grateful for the friends I’ve made through quilting, and Michelle is such a treasure.  See you soon, Michelle – and counting down until QuiltCon!  Thank you for such an amazing quilty trip and for hosting us and making it such a lovely visit.

And, for those of you who are truly worried about my sanity, don’t worry.  On our trip home we made a quick stop at Joann’s and I found Denyse Schmidt’s Picadilly line… oh lord.  You knew  I couldn’t skip buying fabric completely.

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See, production is being met, even if blogging is suffering a dry spell this summer.  Multiple pillows, quilts, and even a dress are coming your way soon!  For now, I’m going to go enjoy being home.

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This is my backyard.  Do you see why I’m not blogging?  Be sure to stop back tomorrow for my stop of the Orange Peel QAL with Jess over at Quilty Habit.

Summer Sewing

Summer Vacation. How much do I love you? Let me count the ways.

1. Hanging out with family.

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2. Good eatin’ with my grandmothers and mother’s cooking.

3. Sleeping late.

4. Gorgeous views

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5. Working on my little sister’s dorm bedding.

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6. Teaching my mom to sew!

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And so much more. I love summer vacation!

The Emotional Stages of Registering for QuiltCon

This weekend my husband surprised me with an anniversary trip to Niagara Falls. We were scheduled to leave early Tuesday morning, but he agreed to stay later once I realized I would be on the road during registration. Unbeknownst to me, he documented my registration proceeds every two minutes. I’m sure you’ll be able to relate and appreciate this. Here are the stages to registering for QuiltCon.

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Friday Finish: Soul Baby

Woohoo!  I have been itching to make this quilt that I saw by Lindsey of LRStitched.  You can find the tutorial here – it’s so easy!  I was intimidated by the applique process, but now I’m so glad I jumped on board.   I’m getting ready to start another applique quilt because of how enjoyable this one was.  I’m pretty sure that this quilt will make it into rotation again the next time I need a baby quilt.  It’s also great to use of scraps… Chicopee quilt…. YES!

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I have been waiting to cute into my Soul Blossom for quite some time.  This seems like the perfect fit.  Now it’s game on, though, and I’m going for it!  There will be quite a few more Soul Blossom quilts popping up in the near future – I love this line.  (Why have I not won the lottery?  I just want to own all the fabrics – and lots of them!)

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I love the quilting on this quilt and how nicely it crinkled up!

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Doesn’t this just scream, “Baby GIRL!”?

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For the back, I chose to do a whole cloth back from the Soul Blossom line.

This print is amazing!

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For the binding, I chose a beautiful sky blue text print from Kate Spain’s Sunnyside line.

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There you have it.  Soul Baby is finished!  I would highly recommend this pattern.  It would be stunning as a larger quilt, and now I’m tucking this away for all of my Chicopee scraps….  I’ve listed Soul Baby in my Etsy Shop!

Soul Baby

  • Fabric: Soul Blossom by Amy Butler; Kona Ash; Sunnyside by Kate Spain
  • Quilted on my Bernina 710
  • Finished Size: 34 inches x 42 inches
  • Machine bound
  • Machine washed/washable

Linking this up to all the Friday parties and the Precious QAL.

WIP Wednesday

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The Soul Blossom baby quilt is basted and quilted, y’all!

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I decided to go with a meander just like the tutorial, and I think the texture is fabulous.

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I would love to make this quilt again, and next time I plan to try more intricate FMQ designs.  However, with so much solid negative space I was a little scared to try designs on this one.  Next time.  I’m getting there.

For the binding, I chose a beautiful print from Kate Spain’s Sunnyside line.  I think the words fit with the feel of the quilt, and I just love teal and gray.  Winning.

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Sneak peak at the back!

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Soul Blossom Baby Quilt

Last week, I worked on some bee blocks for ScrapBeeLicious, and one of the blocks had me doing applique with petals.  It was on.  Once I got used to the technique, I knew I had to make a quilt I’d seen by Lindsey of LRStitched.  You can find the tutorial here – it’s so easy!

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After cutting out all of the petals, I was ready to work on the lay out!  In my mind I was going to use white, just like the tutorial, but then I went and saw a beautiful baby blue in my stash… hmmmmm.  I showed my husband, and his inner modern quilter said, “I think you should use gray.”  He was so right.

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I made my quilt slightly larger than the tutorial, so I used the center lines to work from the inside out.  I made sure that there were two inches between each circle, and I worked that blue washable marker.  Worked it.

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photo 3I love this quilt.

I just love it.  Even the ironing part…

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This quilt also marks the first time I used the blanket stitch on my machine.

Now I want to applique everything.

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I can’t wait to finish this quilt and list it in my shop later this week!  It just reminds me of summer and has a completely girly vibe.  I love it!