Swooning

I put together a swoon block the other day. I am not a huge fan of my color choices plus, I didn’t have enough fabric to do what I wanted, so I am not at all surprised that I am not a fan. :) but it was a tester, I wasn’t planning on making a whole quilt of it.

Last week I also made a top from a kit that I got when I was in Illinois visiting my family in May.

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This one is called Hedgehogs in the City. I love it. Now to figure out how to quilt it. :)

Relaxation

I talked about my Plain and Fancy in my last post. This week, Thursday rolled around again and I went to an Open Sew at the shop I bought the blocks from to see what the heck I was doing wrong…

Turns out, nothing, I was doing nothing wrong. The shop owner looked at my block and said it looked really good. Then we measured the sample blocks. They were the same size as mine. So, my panic subsided and I did my second block. Turned out a tad bigger than the first, but still nowhere near the 16.5 inches that the pattern says they should be. But I am relieved.

I finished my block up at the open sew, the other ladies there were impressed with my speed in finishing. It also turned out really nicely. I am back to happy and excited with the project. :)

I also had two finishes this week:

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A Luigi for my shop.

And my Doll Quilt Swap, which remained nameless this month. :)

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Hesitation

I started my Plain and Fancy yesterday… I was SUPER excited because I just LOVE the pattern. I am doing it BOM style from a LQS. I am 5 months behind, but I figured I could catch up pretty quickly.

I am, however, bummed after my start. My block is 1/2 inch short both ways. The block was supposed to be 16.5 inches square, mine is only 16. So now I am wondering if I should go on with it. I watched every ring getting a little bit shorter and shorter as I went. But I didn’t know what to do, so I kept going… I know it has to do with that pesky scant quarter inch seam, but can I fix it now? What can be done? Am I making too big of a deal about it?

Ugh…

In Service

My Babylock Grace is in the shop right now. But get this: it is getting serviced while I wait! I found a new quilt and sew and vac store about 35 minutes from my house, in the same town as my dog’s dermatologist. Yes, you did read that right…

I have wok to do at home, so I thought I might buy a new machine, but the owner, who does the repairs, said I can just do it while you wait if you have time. I was like, “Yeah, I do…”

I kinda am in love with this shop and the owners.

Once the machine is done, I will hit the grind at home. Then tomorrow, I start my Plain and Fancy BOM.

3 Point Turn

So there are three topics I have to hit in this blog.  The first is IT’S MY 100TH BLOG POSTING!!  So happy 100th episode to me!  I can’t believe that I have already posted 100 times!  I guess posting, like time, flies when you are having fun!  I know I started this blog back when we were still living in our rental house in the city.  A lot has changed, we own our house now, we have 2, count them, TWO pibbles, both my quilter dogs, and my quilting has been steadily getting better over time, as well as about a million other little things that would probably put you to sleep if I named them all, but what is the same is my love of sharing my work and life with the readers out there as well as having a chance to go back and look at the things that I have done over the past few years!  So thanks!  Here’s to 100 more posts!

Onward!

My husband bought me the Go! Baby die cutter, it arrived today.  I have to say, I am super psyched.  I have been coveting it for about a year now, waffling about whether or not I would like/use it.  My husband decided for me, and bought it for me on Monday.  I am so excited to give it a try.  The Go! Baby and cutting mat are here, my first die arrives tomorrow (Thank You Amazon Prime!).

So I promised you three things, two down one to go.

Last night, I finished my Doll Quilt for the May swap.  I have been looking forward to this one for several months, May’s theme was “Let’s Go Modern!”  Since I consider myself a “Traditional Modern” quilter (using traditional techniques to achieve modern looking quilts), this was right in my bag, and not what I get to do to suit the tastes of many of the quilters in this swap.  So, my only guidance was that my swap partner wanted to put the quilt in her new sewing space which she is painting “butter yellow.”  Here’s what I came up with, and then I will be back to tell you how I got there:

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I knew I wanted to do a “Modern Sampler” so I first decided on the different techniques I wanted to use (slab, transparency, off center braid, wonky squares).  I found a few quilts I liked and pinned them on a Pinterest Board. Then I went into my stash…  I only had one Fat Quarter that had what I would consider “butter yellow” and it had a large scale print mod vibe to it, so I rand with the colors it.  I picked up the yellow (of course), a blue, a green, the cream in the back ground and a darker shade of grey than existed in the FQ for some contrast.  I planned out the far left section first, something that I could use to show off the print.  I loved the way the dark grey connected and grounded the different squares together.  I did my wonky squares along the top next.  I did a random wonky off-center braid using all of my long strings of left over pieces, and for the right hand side.  I hit up my yellow scrap box for the slab in the center.  I took some hexies on my trip to Chicago, I worked on them in the hotel while my hubby was at his convention, and a little on the train, that became a block when I got home.  I whipped out my (bottom right center) transparency block, and finally got to the wonky triangles in the left center.  I wanted everything to go together a little bit off kilter, and not line up in traditional “block” structure, but still not have any partial seams or anything too crazy like that, so I designed the blocks with that in mind, they went together a little like a puzzle.  Also, when I was putting my transparency blocks with the other 2 in that column, I somehow turned it sideways and cut off an inch, necessitating that dark grey band along the top of that column, I knew I had made it correctly but just didn’t use my brain when I put it together, but I kinda like that line now, it feels like an anchor for your eye to rest for a moment before moving around again.

So it went together thusly:  3 small blocks in the right center column (plus the erroneous grey band) to the left center triangle column.  Then the three wonky squares along the top, then the two side columns.  I know you probably could have figured that out, since you’re a bunch of brainiacs, but I wanted to save you some time and trouble.  I made just about everything big and then trimmed it to size, everything but the left column with the print and the transparency block.  Those were simple enough, I just made them to size.  The back is mostly the solid blue, with a quarter of the original print.  I sillily enough didn’t take a picture of it before I sent it off.

So there you have it, my Mod Squad quilt.  I really hope my partner likes it, because I would have kept it in a heartbeat!

Well, off I Go! baby… :)