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I am entering this as my mini quilt. I started it back in 2009, but it got set aside before I could finish it. My boyfriend (now my husband) and I were going through my stash and UFOs at the end of 2012 and he thought this one was beautiful, so I wanted to finish it for him.

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This is what it looks like unframed. But, we think it looks even prettier with a mat and frame!

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I used silk thread and a fine needle to machine stitch the applique. Variegated thread made the background quilting blend well with the fabric.

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Category: Mini
Finished Size: Approx: 13.5″ x 20″

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I know, I’ve been away for a while. Sometimes, life happens! I’ve been busy with things other than sewing for the past few months. Things are coming together at the house…we still have a lot of projects, but it keeps us busy. I haven’t been avoiding the sewing room, but I’d rather be spending time with my new husband than sitting in the sewing room by myself. Anyhow, I’ve started a lap-ish quilt for my sister-in-law. I was able to take fabric from my stash. I had it set aside for a specific project that I hadn’t gotten around to doing. Bubba liked the colors and thought his sister would, too. Then, I had to find a pattern. I didn’t want to do anything too complicated, so it wouldn’t take a whole year to make, but I didn’t want anything that looked too simple, either. I turned to EQ7 and actually designed a one block quilt that looks more fussy than it is. It’s an hourglass block on point and turned 2 different ways. Maria's quilt My awesome husband hung my design wall for me today – we improvised and hung a curtain rod. I made 2 sleeves in my flannel – 1 for the curtain rod and one for a rod to weight the bottom. 002 I put up one of the blocks, so he could see how the design wall works: 003 And, then I sewed 16 of the half square triangle sets together and 32 2 patch sets before my back started to hurt. Kiki was enjoying “her spot” in the sewing room, too. 001

Happy New Year! 2013 was not a very good quilting year for me. I spent most of the year working on the “Love Quilt”…a pattern by Tula Pink.

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This was the day I finally finished the quilting…it’s not easy to quilt a queen-size quilt on a domestic machine.

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You should be able to click on this picture to see it larger and see a sample of the quilting.

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I think it looks awesome on the bed! It’s big enough to tuck the bottom in, and have the pillows covered. The best thing, though, is to hear Bubba say “I love this quilt…it’s big and warm and heavy.”

I’m happy to report that I’ve started out 2014 like a house afire! I’ve already completed a top!! Okay, so it’s a baby quilt, but that’s beside the point. I believe the baby shower is going to be at the end of January, so I’m on a tight deadline.

I am trying to sew from my stash, so I already had an idea of what fabric I would use, but not a pattern. I had a couple of layer cakes and 3 pieces of small yardage of Pure by Sweetwater that I have been hoarding saving for several years. As my co-worker is having a baby boy, I thought the colors would be perfect…masculine, not baby-ish, but sweet.

So, I picked about 6 patterns and posed them to Bubba for his opinion. He chose a pattern from Karen Montgomery called “Fresh Vanilla” which I had torn out of a “Quilts and More” magazine from Summer 2009. The pattern is for a quilt that finishes at 64.5″ x 80.5″…which is kind of big for a baby quilt! So, I adapted it to fit my needs.

The original pattern had 5 sets of “bricks”, which I cut down to 3 and made the bricks 6.5″ x 8.5″ unfinished, instead of 8.5″ x 20.5″. The ratio of width to height is, obviously, not the same, but I really like the look.

I drew my plan out on graph paper and added numbers up, made a change to my background fabric because I didn’t have enough of the directional “word” piece. I put my strips of bricks together with the sashing, and then started joining the strips together with the 28″ of sashing I had calculated and cut…only to realize I needed 28.5″ of sashing in order to not have a wavy, pucker-y quilt. That was at 9:00 last night.

This afternoon, I unsewed and re-sewed, and after a couple of hours, I had a completed top:

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I think it’s adorable!

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A close-up look at the fabrics I used.

So, here’s hoping for a completed quilt in a couple of weeks!

Thanks for stopping by!!
Lori

It's once again time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy's Creative Side.

Christmas Beauty

I’m entering “Christmas Beauty” in the favorite wall hanging category. This little quilt is 12″ by 12″ and was my first foray into New York Beauty blocks. I made it about 4 years ago. I used paper piecing patterns I found online. It was a bit challenging to use some stiffer, sparkly Christmas fabrics in the tiny paper piecing spots, but I love the way this little wall hanging turned out.

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So, in my last post I told y’all that I was going to be making my bridal bouquet.  I’ve got maybe 1/2 of the flowers “pieced” together and thought I would share them with you.  I’m using the Kanzashi makers from Clover …in the round petal 2- and 3-inch sizes. I had a bunch of Dupioni Silk in some nice jewel-y colors. A trip to Joann Fabrics netted my some other “fancy” fabrics.

Here is what I’ve got so far:

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Some 2-inch flowers. The centers are different sparkly buttons. My sweet groom has been in charge of bending the flower wire in half and twisting in the buttons for me. I haven’t glued them in, yet. That’s on the schedule for tonight.

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Some 3-inch flowers. I know some of them look a little mal-formed. The great thing is that I will be able to manipulate them so they look better. Also on the schedule tonight is to cut and glue on the backings for the larger flowers.

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hence, there hasn’t been anything new to read here.  And, I feel badly about that for the 1 or 2 people who might stop by.  I’m still working on the “Love” quilt.  It’s 1/2 quilted.  I may or may not finish it before we move to the house.  Oh, what house, you ask?  We’re building a house!

Yay! It’s supposed to be finished mid-September, which is good because our lease is up October 6, and we had to give a 60-day notice.

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This is what the back of the house looked like last week.  It pretty much looks the same today because they ran out of bricks.  We’re still waiting for the sheet rock to be nailed up, too.  Once that happens, the inside detail work can be done.

We started packing today – about 10 boxes down, and a whole bunch more to go.  We started out with either 50 or 60 boxes, I don’t remember.  And, I’m guessing we’ll need a few more.

Stay tuned, though, for another post in a few days.  I’m in the process of making my bouquet for the wedding.  Silk Kanzashi-style flowers.

Soooooo…I didn’t get the Tula Love quilt finished by Valentine’s Day.  In fact,

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It’s still under the needle of my machine.  I had about 1/4 of one of the 2 blue sections quilted, but didn’t like it…so I spent quite a few hours “unsewing”.

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So, I’m linking up again for March with the “Love” quilt.  My understanding boyfriend said, “That’s okay.  We’ll have it for NEXT Valentine’s Day.”  But, he didn’t disagree with me when I said, “Maybe I should start my new Christmas quilt now.”

Here is a bit of my quilting:

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Happy sewing!

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