Long Story Short – I Started Another Quilt…

…I know.  Shocking.  :)

Just when I think I’m going to be a really good girl and finish up all my WIP’s, and I’m going to go on a strict fabric diet, and all things virtuous, I see something and say, “Oh look!  Something pretty!”  And then it’s all over.

So, Bernadette the Bernina has left the building, metaphorically speaking.  In English that means that she’s very ill, and she’s in the shop.  I dropped the feed dogs to work on this…

A quilt to be auctioned off at my oldest daughter’s school.   I was the Art Parent this year and the kids pretty much designed this quilt.  They chose their fabrics, traced their hands, they cut and arranged.  It was very fun coming in every few days with progress to show them.  At the end my machine just kind of died… bobbin case a big mess…my feed dogs just are on their last nerve and have had. it.

Mad props go to Raven over at Oversewn for giving me the brilliant idea and inspiration for this quilt.    At the actual auction, I was pouring wine for the festivities and heard there was a bidding war going on between some parents, but it’s just hearsay and I won’t believe it until I read about it on TMZ or something.

Making this story longer than I had intended, in any case, with the machine in the shop,  I thought that I might go looking for a new machine.  I quickly remembered that Anna Maria Horner is partnered with Janome and I thought I’d check it out.  So, I viewed this video and she pretty much had me at hello.  I’m kind of jonesing for this machine now.  And right then I also decided that I HAD to make that quilt.  (I’m kind of a marketing dream test case)  It’s called the patchwork prism quilt.

I know, right?  ;)

And even though I had other quilts to blog about, take pictures of, bind, baste and other things to do, I started cutting into all my AMH fabrics from Bohemian, to Good Folks, Garden Party, Innocent Crush, and Loulouthi.  There’s even flannel, voile and velveteen in there.  Anna says you can do that and so that means you can.  Here’s a sneak peak at my design wall…

And THEN, if that weren’t enough to squeal about, I found out that Bianca over at Sweet Diesel is having a quilt along for this quilt!  There are some amazing prizes to be won if it wasn’t great enough just to get a quilt for yourself or someone you love at the end of it.

And so, that’s  how my broken machine helped me start a new quilt.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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Summersville Giveaway!

Happy Friday to you all!  Hey Girl, (or guy as it might happen) want to win some fabulous fabric??  I thought so.  My fabric friend Julie from The Intrepid Thread is giving me two, yes two, charm packs of Summersville by Lu Summers for one of you to win.  Look at how fresh and great this range of fabrics is…

All Lu Summers’ prints are her own line drawings.  I love the cross hatch – what a great basic to have in your stash.  The feel of these fabrics is modern and whimsical, don’t you think?

Ok, here’s the deal!  Simply leave me a comment explaining what project you would make with two charm packs.  Want another chance at winning?  Follow my blog and then leave me another comment saying you signed up!  If you already follow, just let me know.  Winner will be selected on Sunday, April 29th.  Leave email contact with your comment.  Good luck!

Comments are now closed. Thanks for all your comments!

#40 is our winner!  Byron

“Oh, I love this collection! I would make a baby quilt with the charms.”

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Modern Quilt Guild Submission…

Until recently, I never considered submitting one of my quilts into a quilt show.  Overwhelmingly, I make quilts for my family and to give away and I love doing that.   But, when the Modern Quilt Guild announced that it would be showcasing works that present that aesthetic at Quilt Market this fall, I got excited and wanted to enter.  After thinking about what I loved most about modern quilting,  I made this:

The print is one of my favorite Nani Iro florals.  I wanted to capture the floaty feeling that the shapes give in the fabric to the overall quilt.  I paired the print with a happy orange shot cotton and an ivory background.  I had the strips on my design wall for a really long time.  I changed their order, and fussed with the space between the fabrics.  But when it came time to put together, it went quickly.   Never have I felt so confident in my design.  It was a wonderful feeling; I felt like I was finally finding how and what I really want to be making.  I hoped more than anything that it would be accepted into the showcase.

When I heard that it wasn’t selected, that only 33 quilts were chosen and not to give up, I sighed.  I felt a twinge of jealousy.  My husband hugged me.  And then, I started thinking about my favorite thing.  The Next Quilt.  And then I was fine.  I really did want to have it in the showcase, but it is really ok that it’s not.  I made the kind of quilt that makes me happy, and says what I want to say as a quilter.  That’s not a small thing, and for that I am happy.

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WIP Wednesday

On the design wall; Blocks from my bee peeps To Bee Orange and Aqua. Pattern is City Bank by the enormously talented Cherry House.   Seven more blocks to go!


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Busy Little Hands

Here she is in her new natural habitat.  Isabel has been asking for me to sew with her for ages and I wasn’t sure that she was ready to be safe with needles, iron or machine.  But, I could not put her off any longer and so off we went into the WIP pile, along with the scrap basket.  As you can see above, she is learning to press open the seams.  Check out the look of concentration on her face;  She loved it!

This is a very old UFO which has not been completed since I cannot make up my mind what to do with the strips.  Hop, Skip, Jump quilt?  A version of This Quilt?  Isabel says she is thinking about “What we make whid it” and she’s going to let me know what she decides.

Her first thing to make was a mug rug for daddy’s coffee cup.  She carefully selected some scraps and she sewed this together with very little help (and intervention) from me.

Clearly, we have a quilting prodigy on our hands.  ;p



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Michael Miller Cotton Couture Solids

It’s a good day for quilters.  A new line of solids feels somewhat like when you were a kid and you got a big box of new crayons.  You know, the one with the sharpener in the back.  You opened up the box and saw all the possibilities along with the rainbow of color.  That’s how I felt today opening up the cutest color card imaginable.

I needed a yard of a deep blue or indigo for a quilt binding and was expecting to choose a lovely Kona cotton.  But lo and behold the Cotton Couture solids had arrived at Hart’s and I had to check them out.  My girl Dana pulled down a few colors I wanted to look at.  What struck me at first was the tone of the color range.  By comparison with other solids, the colors are softer, as though they are the solid versions of shot cottons.  Rich, but not dark or heavy.  I think these solids will play nicely with the harder to co-ordinate prints.  I’m thinking of Japanese fabrics, which seem to have a palette all their own and fabric designers who use more jewel-like colors.  I especially liked the neutrals, including several wonderful greys and taupes and off-whites which are so important to modern quilters.   I noticed distinct colors that I feel are missing in other solid lines.  HOORAY!

What cannot be underscored enough is the feel and drape of these fabrics.  Made with long staple cotton, these solids are soft and luxurious feeling.  I wouldn’t think twice about making a pillowcase or clothing with them.  Of course, they will do very nicely in quilts.  They feel lighter in weight than Kona cotton, which I quite like.

Though more expensive than Kona cottons, in my estimation, I’ll be using these solids a lot in the future.  Well done Michael Miller!


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Sunny Corner in Late Afternoon

In the middle of an afternoon full of household activity, Isabel took her napping quilt, a pillow, and found the one sunny spot in the room and promptly napped.  And I am reminded why I love to make quilts.


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