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Bee Imaginative quilt top

I got this top, from the last bee I was in – Bee Imaginative, finished up yesterday!

Bee Imaginative Quilt top

I love it. I think that when it comes to bee quilts, it’s a balancing act of asking for a block that allows for creativity but will also lead to a group of blocks that work together… Thanks to all of the bee members for their great blocks!!

The top started with these fabrics…

Bee Imaginative Fabric

…and a request to be inspired by this photo.

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(which I discovered over here on Cathy of California‘s blog. BTW – if you don’t read her blog you should. Nothing but inspiration all the time.)

I can’t wait to quilt it. I might long arm it… I’m determined to make this my Summer Of The Longarm! I will get past that learning curve!!

The Nice Baby Quilt

I got some good sewing time in this weekend after weeks away from my machine. It was so nice to be reunited.  I took the time to work on a baby quilt for some friends having a baby girl. Their last name is Nice so I made The Nice Baby Quilt!

I picked fabric…

Fabrics

I pieced…

Piecing

I basted…

Basting

And I got the whole thing quilted and bound!

Binding

Just the hand stitching of the binding now and I’ll be done. Sometimes it’s really nice to sew up a fast quilt.

Hope you all enjoyed your long weekends as much as I did!

Quiet

Things certainly have been quiet over here on the ol’ blog, huh? Hope you all had great weekends.  I finished up a quilt that you’ll see more of down the line. Lots of behind the scenes sewing happening over here!

Finishing Up

Later this week I leave town for the first of three trips, all happening in May.  I’m so excited for Quilt Market!  Mellow blog means busy life, right??

My weekend.

First some piecing…

Peicing

…and then some quilting!

Quilting

Now I’m stitching the binding.

What did you get done this weekend?

In the sewing room…

I’m working on my holiday swap for the LAMQG meeting on Monday evening. We all picked names so we’re making something for a specific person. It really makes for a great swap when you know the recipient…

Swap Peek

Just a peek for now! More on that soon.

And check out the blocks that I’ve gotten back for Bee Imaginative.

Bee Blocks

Pretty great, right? I can’t wait to put this quilt together once I get all of the blocks… it’s going to be a good one!

Finished Plaid Quilt Top

Finished up this quilt top!  Happy with the results… now I just need to figure out how I’m going to quilt it.

Plaid Quilt Top

Question:  Should this be the first pattern I sell in my etsy shop? I feel like it could be great in so many different color schemes and it really sews up quickly. Would you be interested in buying it if it was for sale?

Happy Monday to all of you!

A wedding gift

Next Up

The next quilt I’ll be working on which is a wedding gift for an old dear friend and his new husband. I’ve started up a day job again for a few weeks (anyone know any antique experts who wanna be on TV?) so the quilting is slow going these days but I’m excited to dive into this one. Lavender isn’t my usual go to color, but it was requested and I always love the challenge of working within someone’s requests. As long as I get to be “me” within them of course!

Hope you all have great weekends ahead of you!

Clouds & Water quilt top

My mother asked me to make her another quilt and I just finished up the top.  She’s been collecting fabric with clouds and water on it for awhile and she wanted them all in one quilt.  I wanted to put something together that unified all the fabrics and still had a modern, calm feel to it.  I think I did all right!  The brown portions have piecing of slightly difference browns and I really like that…Done because I was working with fabric I have, but I think that it subtly adds interest and texture.

Clouds&Water

I’m headed home to New Hampshire for a long weekend today.  See you all next week and enjoy your weekends!

On quilting big quilts on a little machine.

I’ve always encouraged people to quilt their big quilts in their little machines because it CAN be done. But I find it significantly easier to stipple a big quilt than straight line quilt it. You can work your way through the quilt in a more manageable way.  Do you agree?  I’m only talking about BIG quilts here…

Stippling

This one is huge.  Huge. The goal was 95″ x 100″ but my 90″ batting ended up not being quite wide enough so it will end up being about 92″ x 100″ (don’t you love that a quilt will still fit your bed if you chop three inches off??).

I wanted to straight line quilt it.  I wanted to do horizontal straight lines, every 3/4″ to 1″ over the whole thing.  But my machine is limiting me.  For the first time in my quilting life, I am consciously aware that my machine can’t do what I want it to.

I simply can’t straight line quilt a quilt this big for two reasons. 1) my machine will pull at the layers (even with the walking foot) and inevitably it won’t look as clean as I want it to and 2) that’s a whole lotta quilt to fit through the throat of my machine.  I find it possible with stippling in that you can shove and push and maneuver the quilt as you please – but with straight line quilting it all has to feed through in one straight motion.

So – to any of you avid straight line quilters out there – are there secrets I don’t know about?  My thinking is that it’s just probably way past time for me to upgrade on my machine, huh? Oh Janome Horizon – how I love you and covet you.

Beginning, middle, and end.

Lots and lots of quilting going on around here. Have projects going at all stages!

Beginning…

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…middle…

Middle

…and end!

Bindings to stitch!

Lots of things on the horizon… there’s a big announcement for The Modern Quilt Guild on Monday – be sure to check it out!

And something completely different is coming along on the week of the 23rd here on my blog… It will involve both doing good AND fabric giveaways.  We’re talkin’ really good fabric giveaways.  Sounds like a win win, right?

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