Quilt for The Intrepid Thread

I got a really fun package in the mail last week!  Julie, from The Intrepid Thread, sent me this lovely layer cake of the new Sphere fabrics from Zen Chic.

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Late last year, Julie put out a call for people interested in becoming sample makers for her shop.  I was so excited when she selected me as one of them!

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Don’t pre-cuts look so pretty from the side of the stack?

Now that she’s recently gotten the new Sphere line into her shop, Julie wanted a quilt to display in her brick and mortar store, showcasing the new fabrics.  She asked me to make a quilt using the Magic Stars pattern designed by Aneela Hoey (who blogs at comfortstitching if you want to check out some of her other work).

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I love the different designs that appear throughout the pattern!  There are the stars that give the pattern its name.  But you can also see a cross design and just a general 4-patch too!

I’ve opened up the pretty layer cake and cut up all of my fabrics.  I decided to separate the more low volume/lighter prints from the darker prints and allow them to play off of each other a bit in the design.

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I’m working on getting everything sewn together but you’ll have to wait for the next sneak peek to see everything taking shape!

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Delightful Stars Quilt-Along

I have one more quilt-along I decided to do this year.  I’m joining in on the Delightful Stars Quilt-Along hosted by Michele Foster who blogs over at the Quilting Gallery.

Delightful Stars Quilt-Along

The quilt is a combination of traditionally pieced and paper pieced star blocks.  I haven’t made any star blocks before nor have I done paper piecing so I thought this quilt would be a good way to expose me to some new things.  There is a new block posted every Tuesday (with a few breaks thrown in so people can catch up if they fall behind).

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I chose to do this quilt using only Kona solids but in a variety of colors so there isn’t really a distinct color scheme I’m going for.

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Ash (for the background), Chartreuse, Tangerine, Oasis, Bluegrass, Crocus Purple, Corn Yellow, Royal, Candy Blue, and Berry

I may add a couple more shades if I feel it is needed as I go along but as you can see, it is definitely a rainbow sort of look.

So far there have been 4 blocks posted and I finished them all up during my snow days last week.  I’m really happy with how they are looking so far!

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One thing I’ve really liked is that Michele posts instructions on how to cut your fabric for making the HSTs and/or flying geese using both traditional methods or using the Easy Start and Geese Ruler.  I bought this ruler at her suggestion and it has been so nice to use!  It minimizes fabric waste, allows you to cut your pieces from strips, and even makes the notched points where needed to make piecing easier and more accurate.  This will definitely be a great tool to have in the future!

Someone else in the quilt-along suggested creating a composite on the coloring sheets as we finish blocks in order to keep track of of how things are looking and the balance of colors around the quilt.

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Everything seems to be going together well so far!

Star Light Star Bright – HSTs

Our assignment for this week in the Star Light Star Bright Quilt-A-Long was to take most of the squares we cut (in my case, it was my 32 3″ squares) and turn them into half-square triangles.

We used them same method for making the HSTs that I learned while making baby quilt I finished for last Christmas so this task went pretty quickly for me.  Soon I had 32 beautiful 2.5″ HSTs!

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Soon we’ll get to start putting everything together and I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone’s turns out.

Stash Bee 2014 – February Blocks

During our snow days this week, I finished up the February blocks for the Stash Bee.  Our Queen for this month is Diane who blogs at The Cheshire Quilter and she requested applique blocks with hearts and/or flowers.

That’s it.  No color preferences, no preference on how we appliqued (hand or machine) or what stitch we used.  I honestly had more trouble putting these blocks together because, with the lack of specific guidance, I was questioning everything I was doing!  I hope Diane likes what I came up with!

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I have never really done applique before so I decided to stick with machine applique as that seemed easier to learn than hand stitching.

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As I started working on the blocks though, I found it fun so I made her a few.  Who doesn’t love a little variety?  🙂

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And with it being right around Valentine’s Day, I had to make one that was a little festive!

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I’ll be putting these in the mail soon.  They’re heading across the pond as Diane lives in the UK!

Cross / Plus Quilt Top Finished!

With the ice and snow expected to come through Atlanta this week (we haven’t actually seen much yet but it is supposed to get worse this afternoon and tonight), I got yesterday off work for another sewing day.  With all that dedicated sewing time (while watching the Olympics of course), I was able to finish the top of my cross / plus quilt for my brother.  I even managed to sneak in a photoshoot despite the dreary weather!

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I love the colors in this quilt!  The reds and blues are so bright and fun!

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I used glue basting to help ensure all of the seams lined up properly.  I must say that glue basting might be my new favorite sewing / quilting trick!  It is so much easier than pinning and works really well.

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I was a little worried that with only 3 colors the crosses / pluses wouldn’t stand out and be obvious enough but I love how it turned out!

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Now I just need this dreary weather to dry up so that I can get this top spray basting and get started on the quilting!

Star Light Star Bright Quilt-A-Long

I’ve really enjoyed following Melissa at her blog, Happy Quilting Melissa, since I starting my own quilting journey.  She has tons of great tutorials (including the Refracted tutorial I am using for my sister’s quilt) and makes such lovely quilts.

I was so excited when she started discussing a new quilt-along but I also knew I didn’t have enough time to add another quilt to my plate right now.  But the Star Light Star Bright quilt-along looked so fun and I was looking forward to at least following along with everyone.

Lucky for me, Melissa put together yardage and cutting instructions not only for numerous quilt sizes but also for pillows made out of a single large block!  I can find time to join the fun if I only have to make one block.  So here we go!

I choose these fabrics for my pillow.  I’ve been loving teal/aqua lately and wanted to take the opportunity to use a little bit in a project.DSC_1534

Our first “assignment” from Melissa was to get everything cut out.  It was kind of nice that it didn’t take me all that long to cut since I’m just making a single 16″ block.

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And our assignment for this week was to make the flying geese blocks.  I’ve actually never made a flying geese block before so it was a great chance to learn the no waste method for making them that Melissa presented.

Here’s my (small) completed flock of geese!

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I’m having fun with this quilt-along and it is sort of nice to have a project that is a little smaller of a commitment.  Plus – I get to make my first pillow cover!