Snow Day = Quilting Day

So today in Atlanta is a Snowpocalypse! The entire city has completely shut down! Granted, I was born and raised in the North so the ~2 inches of snow that we got is absolutely no big deal to me.

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But since Atlanta (and really, most of the South) freaks out about snow, the university where my lab is located has closed campus and my boss has told me not to come into work.  The entire state has been declared under a state of emergency.  Guess that means I’ve got a sewing day!

I’ve been working on all the piecing for my cross/plus quilt for my brother so hopefully I can make a good dent into that today.

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My dog Khloe has really been enjoying playing in the snow so I’m sure I’ll be out there with her for a bit too!

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Anyone else in the South getting a snow day today?

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Featured at Stitch by Stitch

I’m so excited to be featured today over at Stitch by Stitch!  Marelize was so kind to offer to feature me during one of her Anything Goes Mondays link-up parties.

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I really enjoy taking part in link-ups.  It is a great way to connect with other quilters and to be inspired by the beautiful work they do.

Make sure you go check out what both Marelize and so many other quilters have been working on lately!

Quilt Top Finished – My Sister’s Quilt!

This weekend I finished adding the last of the sashing and borders to my sister’s quilt and did a little photo shoot.  I wanted to show it off a little better than the poor lighting shot in my last post.

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The wind wasn’t being super cooperative today so I couldn’t get it to hang quite flat but you can still see the full quilt pretty well.

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The colors are much more vibrant than they looked in my dim extra bedroom too!

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I feel like the quilting on this is going to be way trickier than on the baby quilt I made.  This quilt is over more than 80″ by 80″!  That’s a lot of fabric to maneuver through my domestic machine!

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I’m really happy with how it turned out though.  Plus, I’m feeling a little ahead of the trends.  There are definitely some Radiant Orchid colors in there (Pantone’s Color of the Year) but this quilt was started before that was ever announced.  Who knew I was such a trendsetter?!?  🙂

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I can’t wait for my sister to see this!  But I’m having trouble coming up with a good name.  The colors are definitely cooler and I was leaning towards something like “Ice Crystals” but I’m just not sure.  Any suggestions?

Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day

Today was Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day and I headed over to Intown Quilters this afternoon to take part in the fun.

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My shop was having a buy 2, get 1 free sale on everything in the shop to celebrate and, since I knew I was going to need a variety of thread colors for quilting my Skill Builder BOM quilt, this seemed like a great time to purchase them.

I decided that I was going to take the plunge and try Aurifil thread.  Everyone seems to rave about it all over the blogosphere and I wanted to see for myself if it really is as great as everyone says.

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I managed to resist buying any of the lovely fabrics from all over the shop (even though they were basically 33% off).  My shop seems to carry most of the current lines and I saw everything from Botanics to Bungalow to Acadia, Comma to Sunprint to Shot Cottons.  I was definitely tempted but I’m sure my wallet (and husband) will appreciate my restraint!

Did anyone else visit their local quilt shop today?

Thread Spools Block

I’ve now finished my second block for the Skill Builder BOM 2014 hosted by Pile O’ Fabric.  This block was of three spools of variegated thread.

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To give the appearance of of the changing colors of the variegated thread, I went to Hobby Lobby and bought just 1/8 yard of 3 different other Kona pinks that I thought coordinated well with the Kona Pomegranate that I already had.  I ended up getting Kona Baby Pink, Kona Carnation, and Kona Bright Pink.

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I’m loving how these blocks look together!

Pile O’ Fabric Skill Builder BOM 2014

In addition to the Stash Bee that I already shared with you, I’ve also decided to join Pile O’ Fabric‘s Skill Builder BOM 2014.

How could I resist this awesome sewing themed quilt?!?  I thought it was just too fun not to make!

I wanted to stick with solid fabrics as I’ve never made a quilt with solids before and I really liked the bright, saturated colors used in the pattern.  I decided to stick with a similar color scheme too but I did pick a few different shades than the pattern.

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I’m using the following Kona Solid fabrics for this quilt:

  • Kona Pomegranate
  • Kona Sunny
  • Kona Cypress
  • Kona Turquoise
  • Kona Storm
  • Kona Shale
  • Kona Shadow
  • Kona White

I got started on the first couple of blocks yesterday since I was off work for MLK day.  I finished the ruler and I love how it turned out!

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I have all the pieces for the spools of thread cut and I’ve started piecing them together so hopefully I’ll have another completed block to share with you soon!

We’re just getting started so it isn’t too late to join the fun!

WIP – My Sister’s Quilt

Some of you may remember the quilt I am making for my sister.  I’m using the Refracted Quilt tutorial by Melissa at Happy Quilting to make her a blue and purple quilt.

So I haven’t shared any progress on this quilt since the beginning of October.  I’ve been putting my focus on some other projects while chipping away bit by bit on this in the background.  Last time I shared it with you, I’d only completed 10 of the 25 blocks.

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Well now I have all 25 blocks completed and I have the sashing added so that they are attached in rows!  The lighting isn’t the best in our extra bedroom but that is the only room with enough floor space to lay everything out.  It also probably didn’t help that I took this at about 11:30 pm last night!

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I really love how it is coming together!  I just need to do the sashing between each row and the border on the outside and I’ll have this quilt top finished.