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Planetarium top help me decide backing!

September 9, 2012

This weekend was filled with sewing! The Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild (slmqg) had their Sew Saturday and it always a good break for me to get away from the family and sew for 5hrs straight. Well when a bunch of friends get together to sew, there’s more chatting than sewing. It’s super fun! If you don’t have a guild in your area, why not just get a couple buddies together and sew?

I had a couple frustrating moments during Sew Saturday. . . blocks were messed up and I had some quality time with a seam ripper. Yeah if I wasn’t around people, I’d be yelling “F*&v My Life!” This week I’ll be focusing on finishing those dang bee blocks! argh!! Maybe I should start taking things that don’t take a lot of brain power to Sew Saturdays. ha!

Anyway, I finally finished the Planetarium top, here’s a couple action shots

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(Top)

Close up action shots of blocks

One printed border!I did one block with Geisha Passion as the border and not solid because I didn’t have a lot of pink border blocks (if you noticed).

Okay here’s the fun part – I’m going to let my readers help me decide on what Indie prints or print I should use on the back.

Here’s the choices:

Wonderlust in Soleil

Wonderlust in Soleil

Geisha in Passion

Geisha in Passion

Dynasty in Mandarin

Dynasty in Mandarin

Wonderlust in Luna

Wonderlust in Luna

Geisha in Bliss

Geisha in Bliss

Dynasty in Saffron

Dynasty in Saffron

Oh for helping/voting, I’ll choose a random voter to winner this lovely bundle of Modernology!

Modernology Fat Quarter Giveaway

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W.I.Ps

June 19, 2012

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Head over to Lee’s blog – I’m guest posting! Woot! Woot!

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No more fat quarters!

April 24, 2012

You know when you’re starting the quilting hobby and you go to the local quilt store. . or even shopping online, and those dang fat quarters are the best.

They’re good for many reasons:

1. Fat quarters give you a bigger chuck of the fabric.

2. They give you better options for patchwork or applique

3. They’re popular and stores make it easy to buy bundles

Here’s the reasons why I think fat quarters are A N N O Y I N G:

1.   I think it’s about $3/fat quarter and that’s crzy!!  I would rather buy half yards if that’s the case.  You’re saving a little $$$ depending on the fabric.

2.  Typical you can only buy a fat quarter online if it’s in a bundle pack and sometimes you don’t want the whole pack. . . but if you’re lucky then you can go to the local quilt store and pull it off the shelf.  You could contact the online store to make you a special pack too.

3.  Also after you buy just one fat quarter of the fabric you love and use it. . don’t you wish you had more of it?

I’m done buying fat quarters, I’m buying only half yards from now on!  (j.k lets just say I won’t buy fat quarters as much).  Check out my latest addition to my stash (all half yards/yards no fat quarters here!!)

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4x5 Modern Bee, Sewing

Stash attack!

January 2, 2012

So it’s a new year and I’m thinking I have to be a little more bitchy and less easy going. . . wha?!?! Yeah I’m pretty relaxed when it comes to cleaning my house. . .I usually don’t do it til I either lose something or I have company coming over (and lately I haven’t had anyone coming over).

But I’m kind of tired of the mess, ya know? Like I need to crack the whip out and get all the stuff organized and in it’s place.

So most of the family was back to their regularly schedule program today except for me and Pepper. I took the approach of lets not try to gang-bust all the mess in one day. . . that’s just ridiculous. Baby steps. So first thing is to organize my massive fabric stash!!!

Organizing stash

Do you clean like me? It’s gets really freakin’ messy before it gets better. . . yeah but it wasn’t that bad.

I love the new year. . . you can go to pretty much all the major stores and they’re having some crzy ass sale on bins. I snatched these big clear bins up at the Lowes.

I was able to put all my WIPs (work in progress) into one bin and as I was putting them in I wrote them down. I want to get to the point where I’m just working on one project and finish it all the way through. . yeah basically not more WIPs. Insane right? Going by the list I have about 13+ WIPs. . . not bad. . . I think only (2) are quilts. . . I think. . .

WIPs

Speaking of WIPs. . . did I mention I’m hella behind on my quilting bees? Yeah I suck ass. . . here’s what I’m working on for my 4th quarter group for 4×5, whatta ya think?

4x5 block

Baby, Challenge, Sewing

Scrap Splat Challenge

October 25, 2011

Back in September, Mr. Thomas issued a Scrap Splat Challenge on GenerationQMagazine.com. (40) 2.5 scrap squares issued to 30 gals/gents, you have to use all the squares in your project.

When I got my scrap set, I read the note and put it aside. .. I mean the due date was in October, so I had plenty of time right? Well last weekend, (yes! last weekend) I remembered that I had this on my list and freaked out! Did a quick google search to see when the project was due and dang 10/26! Yeah so I looked at my scraps. . .I had already thought about doing a sewing machine cover. . . but oh how my plans quickly change.

Here’s a shot of my scraps that I received:

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How do I make something modern with tradition fabrics. . . and how do I incorporate each one together. . . . oh wait Mr. Thomas said I could use solids. . . . okay. . . hmm search thought my piles of fabric. . jackpot! Kona Charm pack from the Sewing Summit Swag bag.

I organized the piles into the color wheel:

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Hmm. . . it’s kind of coming together. . . lets do some sewing! I placed the scrap squares with solids that were in their color range and then for neutral element, light kona grey.

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Here’s the dilemma I have. . .my style is modern but I have to deal with the traditional fabrics. . .it’s easy when you have modern fabric for your modern projects. . but flip that a little and your brain starts to break a little.

I looked on my cutting table and saw one of colorways from PearTree and wanted to incorporate that design:

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That means a little raw edge applique. . .oh boy my favorite. . (one day I would love to learn turn edge) (and yes you did detect a sense of sarcasm)

Again turning to my fabric stash. . gotta add more neutral fabric. . .oh white fleece that’s already cut to the right size. . yeah at this point the sewing machine cover idea is trashed because of the size of this puppy:

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But I think I accomplished my goal! It looks pretty modern with traditional fabrics. . . . what do you think?

Since I’m hella short on time, I really need to not over think this. . so I just did some straight line quilting from the center of the circle out and here’s the results:

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Here’s the back, again something from my fabric stash (shout out to Ikea):

Scrap Splat Back

My little girl, Pepper loves it so it’s going to her:

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Hope you liked my impromptu Scrap Splat Challenge!!!