Galaxy Mini Quilt- first quilt show

I first mentioned this mini-quilt in another post, and wanted to give an update since it is now finished, in some state.

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As you can see, compared to my previous post, half of my intended mini is missing. When I started quilting the warm side, everything just went to crap. It wasn’t working, and I knew I was approaching melt-down. So I made an executive decision to go with just the cool colors. It’s approx 13″ x 13″.

For the quilting I was inspired by this tutorial from 107 Quilts: and used invisible thread

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I’ll be honest. I am having severe anxiety about this. One thing about quilting that I have never been good at is perfection. The day I finished/turned it in for the quilt show, I cried MANY TEARS. I was so ashamed because it didn’t feel up to snuff and I truly tried the best I could.

I’m coping a little better now, but I might have another meltdown when I see it displayed next to to the other submissions from our guild.

But I’ve been listening to Elizabeth Gilbert’s book- Big Magic, and it reminded me that all creativity comes with fear and vulnerability, so I’m trying to embrace it in whatever way I can. I know that the upcoming year will hold many challenges creatively for me and require much bravery, so I guess this is a good way to start the year.

If you’re in the area, the Oklahoma City Winter Quilt Show is this coming weekend. Check it out!

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Christmas sewing- sister’s quilt!

Long ago, I bought a layer cake of the Cotton + Steel line Mustang, because it reminded me of my sister. She loved horses growing up, and I loved the designs and metallic accents of the fabric.

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A few months ago, I decided to make her a quilt this Christmas. It’s a simple stack and whack block, and I sashed it with Cotton + Steel sprinkles in gray.

It’s backed in two kinds of chambray and a stripe of cream and metallic gold stars.

She loved it. I love it. Happy Christmas to all. 🙂

 

Spinning Icosahedron Pattern- tips!

In my quest to find inspiration for the boyfriend’s birthday quilt, I landed on the Spinning Icosahedron paper piecing pattern by Art School Dropout. I wanted to give a little review and some tips I learned while using it. il_570xN.426978279_2ktq

First, if you want to make this pattern, you need to be comfortable with paper piecing. It does not come with instructions on how to paper piece, but there are lots of great resources online.

My initial idea was to use shades of orange patterned fabrics on the icosahedron (20 sided shape), and dark values of navy and black on the background pieces. I wanted to do a line of the icosahedrons down one side of the “front” of the quilt with negative space in dark values throughout the rest of the top.

Here is attempt 1 at the pattern!

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It’s a hot mess. First, I was getting the hang of the pattern so it’s not very precise, and precision counts when you’re making a geometric block. 🙂 There is way too much going on in the patterns of the fabric. I wanted the black center block to add emphasis but it takes away from the shape. It’s just not at all what I was going for.

So I modified my plan! Attempt 2-

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Fuzzy pic with dog nose.

I was more on the right track, but still off. I highly recommend using one solid for the the background color for the block. Maybe if you used all solids in the icosahedron, you could get away with a printed background, but I’d still just use one fabric.

I liked using the low volume prints along the sides, but I thought the grey fabric blended too much into the background.

This is what I ended up with! IMG_8200

I’ll talk more about the full quilt in my next post, but I just wanted to share my experiences with the Spinning icosahedron pattern. I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it. The pattern I bought (linked at the top) comes with an 8″ and 18″ finished block. I want to try the 18 inch block! It’s a lot of fun and suggest you check out all of Art School Dropout’s sweet patterns.*

You can also see other prints/colors her testers did on this post- http://artschooldropout.net/blog/spinning-icosahedron-mini-quilt-release-day/#more-3668

*no compensation and I assure you she doesn’t know who I am 🙂

Quiltcon 2015- Quilt show

A few months ago I decided to go to Quiltcon. I wanted to see the quilts, buy fabric, and Austin is my dream city, so I will never pass up a good excuse to go.

I made some strategic mistakes in planning. I should have planned to stay longer. I felt like I spent 50% of my trip driving. I went to Ikea in Dallas on the way down, so I was already kind of tired when I arrived. But it was totally worth it.

I’ll probably break this up into a few parts.

The quilt show was amazing. I’ll share some of my favorites. (Some pics stolen from the MQG blog)

“Iceberg” by Crystal McGann

“Iceberg” by Crystal McGann

Deconstructed LoneStar by Amy Struckmeyer

Deconstructed LoneStar by Amy Struckmeyer

For Tanya by Emily & Miriam Coffey

For Tanya by Emily & Miriam Coffey

Bearface, by Jenna Richardson

Bearface, by Jenna Richardson

Welcome to Colorful Colorado, by Katie Larson

Welcome to Colorful Colorado, by Katie Larson

Wavelength by Lee at Freshly Pieced

Wavelength by Lee at Freshly Pieced

My photo of the quilter info for this quilt was blurry! If I can find it or you know who made it, please let me know.

My photo of the quilter info for this quilt was blurry! If I can find it or you know who made it, please let me know.

So much talent and inspiration!

Timber QAL

timberFRONT4.7MBI was excited to see that Modern Handcraft is hosting a quilt along of Alison Glass’ Timber starting in March. I bought the pattern in a Christmas sale and this is a great chance to have some motivation to get it done.

I’ve been thinking a few days about what colors to do it in, and today I pulled the trigger and went ahead and ordered them.

I wanted to do solids, and I wanted to do a masculine colored quilt, so I went with Kaffe Fassett Collective Shots.

Here are the ones I chose below:Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.58.13 AM Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.58.28 AM

And Kaffe Fassett Woven Strip in Emerald 

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I am looking forward to getting started! There’s still plenty of time to plan to join!

The update with bad pictures

I have been a sewing machine. I have needed to fill my mind and keep my hands busy, and sewing has fit the bill.

A few weeks ago I went through a few nights where I couldn’t sleep, so I just started sewing. I had some copies of the Carolyn Friedlander Totem template lying around (you  may remember I did a wall hanging of this after taking a class with Carolyn). So I just started sewing. Paper piecing is great for clearing the mind. Especially when it’s as straightforward as Totem.

I used pieces of a layer cake of Botanics I had.

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Well I sewed and sewed and eventually I had a lot of pieces. I loosely used her pattern as a template and am going to make a throw quilt with these “totems” in a large, off centered cross. Here is a fuzzy photo of one of them.

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See the other Botanics piece hanging next to it? That’s about to become a pillow.

In other news of being obsessed with Carolyn Friedlander’s fabric, I finally got my Doe fat quarter bundle in. I am using it on the In Flight pattern that I bought a few months ago.

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I’ve mentioned several times I’m not great at precision piecing. Hey guess what! It’s still true! So there is some improv going on in these blocks to make up for my imperfect geese. 🙂 I’ll write more about this later, but this has taken farrrrr longer than I expected. I’m about a third of the way done. Here is a terrible photo of some of the blocks.

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I think I’ll really like it when it’s done.

Getting excited for Quilt Con! I lurve Austin and I love quilts. Any bloggy friends going to be there?