Charming Chevron

The charming chevron quilt top is finished!  (Well, I might add some white borders because it’s smaller than I imagined it’d be, but that’s manageable.)  I don’t know how it happened, but I messed up the order of some of the blocks.  I literally did them row by row, and looked at an image of the quilt while I was working and I still managed to get off.  Mistakes happen and my friends are really nice so I should be good.  And, if you don’t get too close all the points match!  Woohoo.  Victory.

I would have been finished sooner, but this happened on our way to lunch.  (Bagels.  Duh.)

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Reason 722 that I love my town.

Street Fairs.  With funnel cakes.

That is all.

Here she is:

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Again, I was the weird quilt lady stopping traffic.

The hubs was also creative director placing the quilt and smoothing out corners.

He just makes me love him more…

I do have a plan for quilting this sucker, but I have to take another FMQ class.

And practice for hours.

Soon it will be heading across the ocean!  And hopefully I will follow it for a visit.

Linking up with Plum and June’s Let’s Get Acquainted – check out the other works!

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Spring Cleaning (the Design Wall)

This Saturday started with a bang.  Construction right.outside.my.house.  No.  No, siree, this is Saturday.  Luckily I have earplugs on hand, a fan, window unit, and an app for white noise.  Don’t mess with teachers’ day to sleep in.

Then I spent a lot of time sewing this quilt together:

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(Don’t worry, Renee, I have fixed those reds/pinks 🙂 )

I think this one has taken me so long to finish because it already looks done on the design wall.  So. not. true.  This joker is a time suck.  So many points to match up, ironing each.step.of. the.way. 

But, I’m proud to say that I’ve made some progress:

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(I need to empty out my trash…)

Four rows are completely sewn together:

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Hopefully I can finish this one up tonight so that I can start piecing together my next quilt.  This is why I needed to clean off my design wall:

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I don’t know who this one belongs to yet, but I’m sure it will come to me.

Now I’m off to a dinner with my husband and his coworkers.  I realized 25 minutes ago that the pants I was going to wear are dirty.  So, now I’m blogging and praying that an outfit becomes magically ready.  I am so smart sometimes.

Happy Saturday, y’all!

 

Sunday Sewing

Today I had the best of intentions of going to quilt with others, and then I realized I haven’t had a weekend off in a month.  The thought of lounging in my pajamas before a stressful week was just too appealing.  So, I managed to sit around in my pajamas, finish a book, run with my husband, make a baby quilt top, plan for the upcoming week, and read random magazines all before 6 pm.  WINNER.  Who knows, maybe I’ll even get some more sewing done tonight when my “I’m-a-teacher-sunday-night-insomnia” kicks in.  (No, really, it’s legit.)

A few months back when I was on my granny squares kick, I played around with the new Spring House fabric and made this granny square:

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I loved this fabric so much that I decided to save it for a later project, maybe even a pillow for myself.  Then I realized that this palette goes with nothing in my house.  So, a baby quilt it would become.  I just needed to add another “layer” to the granny square to make the quilt larger.  Also, as a bonus, this line is quite possibly the softest fabric I’ve ever touched.  Ever.  Buy a charm pack – you won’t regret it.

For the baby quilt, I knew I’d want to double up on some of the pretty fabrics, so I recently bought a second charm pack and another white charm pack.  (Like my momma taught me with white shirts, you can never have enough white fabric!)

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Literally, less than two hours later, I had a quilt top. 

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I had way too much fun with my first outdoor quilt photo shoot.

The neighbors probably think I’m really awkward now!

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I still can’t decide what kind of border I want.  I know I want the overall quilt to be larger, but I don’t know if I want to keep it squared off with the granny square in the middle, or if I want to make it rectangular and have the granny square a bottom corner with room for a quilted design at the top.

Any suggestions?  

When my husband saw this quilt he said, “This looks like that designer, what’s her name, Lilly something?”  1.  I love that he knew that.  2.  It completely does. 

Does anyone need a baby girl quilt?

Quilted Name Tag

The best part of quilting is hands down the community.  I love how much I learn from others, and it is a constant flow of inspiration.  Through Instagram, blogs, pinterest, and my Modern Quilt Guild, I have met so many amazing quilters who continue to not only inspire me, but also encourage me to try new things and keep going.  The North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild issued a challenge for our guild – The Name Tag swap.  I was a little hesitant to sign up because I’m one of the newest quilters, and I don’t know how to bind or finish a project, but I threw caution to the wind and joined in.  Even though it’s not due for a few weeks, I knew I needed to get started pronto because this is a project I can’t turn in late. Only because I’d feel bad for my partner!

For this project, I decided to break into my Notting Hill charm pack:

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I love these colors and I thought they’d look perfect for the project I had found.

After searching through endless pinterest and blog posts, I decided to tweak a free tutorial I found on Sew Can She’s tutorial page for a quilted Herringbone Hot Pad.  We all know how much I love anything Herringbone. 

I cut off a few 1.5 inch strips and seperated them by color.

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The block came together very quickly.  I kept going with the strips until I knew I was past the size I wanted for my name tag so that I could cut it down to size:

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For this project, I only made one half of the Herringbone block because I didn’t need width, but I want to make something larger, maybe a pillow, to showcase the whole block.

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Here’s it is quilted (YES, QUILTED!)

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Now I need to remember everything my mom taught me about embroidery so that I can embroider my partner’s name!  Of course, I’m also looking up 50 million tutorials on that, too!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed a beautiful spring weekend.

Happy Quilting, friends!

Charming Chevrons

A while ago I was searching through quilts on Google Images and I came across this simple, but stunning quilt by Christa Quilts! called Charming Chevron.  She has a very detailed tutorial and the quilting she did on her quilt is beautiful.  I had lofty dreams of copying her quilting when I made my own, but I’m going to have to practice FMQ muccccchhhhhhhh more to achieve the pebbles!

Now I’ve finally turned all of these beauties:

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Into way too many half-square triangles:

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That needed to be trimmed to size.  (Have I mentioned I hate cutting fabric?)

Slowly, my own Charming chevron has grown, and transformed on the design wall…Image

As I tried to find a layout that I liked, with colors as evenly spread out as I could make them, I realized that it was harder than I imagined. Until today, when I completed this final layout…  So, what do you think? 

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Is it ready to sew together?

Charms, Change, and Cheap

Well, usually I’m super excited for a weekend, but when it’s the tail end of Spring Break “Teacher Anxiety” strikes full force.  I am not ready to go back.  Except for the fact that Monday is April Fool’s Day.  Yessssssssss.

Charms

I’m still working away on these charms:

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Chain piecing 84 is taking a while, but I can’t get over how pretty they are!

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These photos alone make me excited to see this quilt top.

Change

Spring cleaning brought about new hair.

Here is the best “Before” that I have to show how long my hair had gotten.  Because, honestly, who goes to the salon looking nice?  That’s what I thought – no one.

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Cue quite a few inches later:

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I haven’t had short hair in two years and I am loving it!

Of course, not being able to have a ponytail might pose some problems… 🙂

The hubs said he has a new wife and that I’m already sassier… not possible!

and finally, (not) Cheap

The other night on my way to my MQG meeting my car started having some trouble.  Now, my beaut of a car, Scout the Camry, has been with me since my 16th birthday.  (Yes, she’s named after To Kill a Mockingbird’s protagonist.)  Like I said before, this means she’s 12. Amazing, but 12, and old lady was having some trouble.  I (naturally) freaked out.  Called every family member I could (couldn’t reach any of them) and finally received help from my granddad.  Bless him.  I’m sure he liked being 6 states away and having his granddaughter on the side of the Garden State parkway crying.   Well, quite a few zeros later she is back up and running.

And this is how I know I am officially a quilter.  As I was swiping my card to pay, all I could think was:  “This could have been so much fabric.”

Not, groceries, a vacation, clothes, or pedicures.  Fabric.

Happy Weekend and Happy Quilting, y’all!

 

 

WiP Wednesday!

In between cooking, eating, drinking, and shopping like a fool with my favorite:

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No, really.  Check out our stash:

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(When Nine West is selling $9.00 shoes, a girl does what a girl has to do!)

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Three pairs of Nine West shoes.  Under $30.00. 

Gotta love when a purchase doesn’t interfere with your fabric budget, haha 🙂

I still managed to fit in some quilting.

Really because I wanted Ashley’s help with a layout.

How many Ashleys does it take to layout a quilt top?

Here’s what we came up with:

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I love it.  Completely random, overwhelming, too much color, but I love it.

I can’t wait to finish sewing the sashing together to finish this beauty.

Hopefully by Thursday’s MQG meeting!

While sitting on the couch talking about life,
I managed to turn these beautiful charm squares:

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Into the first step of some awesome half square triangles for my next project!

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So, there ya have it.  My works in progress!

Be sure to check out the other WiP Wednesday projects!

Happy Wednesday and even Happier Quilting!

Quilting 101: Jelly Rolls

First of all, a little update on the Herringbone Quilt.  It’s coming along quickly, but I’m hoping that I meet Sew Can She‘s deadline tomorrow.

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As the Queen of Procrastination I still have quite a lot to do, of course.

Now, onto today’s topic.  Fabric selection.

Many of you have reached out saying that you would like to make a quilt, but you don’t know where to start.  First of all, go you!  Second of all, I felt overwhelmed, too.   This is where I can help.  While I am not an expert, I spend most of my (little) free time these days quilting, researching quilting, reading about quilting, talking about quilting, pinning quilts, etc.  You get the picture.  I want to share what I’ve learned so far in my quilting journey because I know how intimidating it can be to walk into a fabric store and feel overwhelmed.  Now you can just feel overwhelmed by the stunning fabrics surrounding you!

I found that when I started dreaming about the quilts I wanted to make that fabric selection really motivated me.  There’s something about having the fabric in your possession that makes you want to create.  So, now you’re wondering – but what do I buy?  There are all these fancy words I keep throwing around – Jelly Roll, Fat Quarter, Charm Pack, Bundles…  Let’s break down this quilting jargon so you can confidently head to your local quilt store and get started! Each day this week I’ll break down one of these fabric choices and link to some awesome projects you can make with them!

Jelly Rolls

A jelly roll is a great way to get a collection of fabric.  They come with 10-40 strips that are usually 2.5 inches wide by 44 inches long.

Here are some quilts that I love that are made from Jelly Rolls.  This is just to give you an idea of what you can do with the jelly rolls.  Where I could, I’ve linked to the blog or instructions for each quilt.  Just click on the picture:

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So, there you have it.  Jelly Rolls.  Basically, half the work is done for you because they are already cut.  (For the most part, but hey, it can’t be too easy or it wouldn’t be fun!)

Oh, and don’t forget, the Herringbone Block is also made with a jelly roll!

Happy Quilting and keep the questions coming!