Travels…

Been out of town for my job. First to Seattle and then to New York City. I took advantage and met some bloggy friends! It’s so great to put a face and a person’s energy with the emails you’ve exchanged!

First, in Seattle I met Katie.  Along with her friend Noelle, we had a lovely dinner and drinks. Such a great time. Here we are at Pikes Place Market  late at night when no one was around.

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Then in NYC I met Amy and Victoria for some delicious Indian food and great conversation.

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And lastly, I finally met Kristen! You might think since we’re writing Block Party together we’d have met before, but nope! I attempted a couple of photos on my phone but discovered that the combination of nighttime light, wine and my camera phone were too much to overcome. The pictures are too lousy to post!

It was great fun all around. Everyone in this online quilting community is just so nice!

A Fat Quarterly Winner!

So sorry for the late Sunday post about who is the winner! My computer had a total melt down and I’ve had to bring the poor lil’ guy in for repairs. Let’s all cross our fingers he makes it back ok and data can be recovered.

Anyhow! The winner! The random number generator gave me lucky number….25!! Congrats to Julia! Hope you enjoy the first issue and the rest of you can buy it on Tuesday! Find all needed info over on the Fat Quarterly site.

Fat Quarterly

Oh hey! A give away!

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I’m sure that lots of you have been seeing mentions of Fat Quarterly around the internets. Pretty exciting stuff! A new e-magazine with lots of fun patterns and projects for the modern sewist? Yes please!

The first issue launches Tuesday, April 27th. Click on over for loads more info!

Meanwhile, wanna win the first issue?? Just comment on this post! I’ll close comments on Sunday and announce a winner the same day!

Yes – I am alive!

Just so busy that the poor blog is seriously suffering. Lots of sewing going on but I can’t show you here.

I have managed to squeeze in a block or two for bees and so on…

Got to work with some beautiful shot cottons for Sew Connected 2.

Sew Connected 2

And a couple of blocks for the raffle quilts we’re making for the L.A. Modern Quilt Guild. You’ll be hearing more about these quilts for sure!

Raffle blocks

Otherwise hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

Out around the blogosphere

This and that today.

Have you seen that we’re doing weekly posts on the Modern Quilt Guild blog about what different member guilds are up to around the country and world?? Well we are! And while you’re over there, if you haven’t joined yet, check that a member guild hasn’t popped up near you! We’re at an amazing 54 guilds strong… and still growing!

And did you see the amazing give away over at the Fresh Modern Quilts flickr pool?? It’s in celebration of growing to  2000 members and I put together a cute little fat quarter pack that’s included in the tons of amazing prizes.

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Otherwise I’m back to work again so I’ll be around here less. Not completely gone but quiet for sure. I promise I’ll be back with a vengeance in June!

Pink Stacks

I finished up this simple and fun baby girl quilt top.  I’m calling it Pink Stacks!

Pink Stacks

I took some (horrid) photos as I went so I thought I’d show you how I made it. I’m hesitant to call it a tutorial as there’s so much winging it involved and I didn’t keep track of my fabric quantities…. Plus it’s super easy!

My finished quilt top is 45″ x 60″.

First, I cut out (at random) what seemed like enough rectangles of fabric that would make up my “coins.”  The goal was to have enough fabric to make up two stacks of coins that, when sewed up, would each be 60″ tall.

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I cut more than I thought I needed and it ended up being just enough.  I knew that I wanted to include a small pop of blues so I also cut those bits of a fabric.

My rectangles vary in width from 6″ to 14″.  Make sure you have some variety in widths from narrowest to widest.

Next it’s time to add the background fabric to either side of the coin fabric rectangles.

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Cut out your background fabric so that when sewed onto your coin fabric, it will measure 23″ wide. I do this by sight, putting the rectangle on my cutting mat and just using the inches on the mat to know how much white to cut.  Be sure to account for seam allowances.  I always err on the side of cutting too much as it’s easier to trim it down than redo it!

For example, if your rectangle of coin fabric is 7″ wide by 9″ long, your background fabric should be 17″ wide x 9″ long.

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Next cut the background fabric down the middle and sew the two peices of background fabric onto either side of the coin fabric rectangle.

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Trim down to 23″ wide and cut into strips of varying widths.  My strips varied from 2.5″ to 4.5″ wide.

Repeat this process of framing your coin fabric rectangles in background fabric and cutting it into strips until you have turned all of your coin fabric in to coins.

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Using a design wall or the floor (get those cats closed in the bedroom!), arrange your coins in two columns in a fashion you like.

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If you need to make new or different coins, do!  I found I didn’t have enough wide ones so I made some more and added them in.  Take time to make sure that the coins are arranged so that you have wider and narrower ones evenly spread around the quilt.

Finally, assemble the top by sewing together the strips into two columns, and then sewing the two columns to each other.

You have a quick and easy finished quilt top!!

Pink Stacks

How I spent my weekend:

My weekend

A queen – finished in two sittings. Had to get my fill as I’m back to the job today! Happy Monday everyone.

What’s that?

The Modern Quilt Guild has a brand new flickr group??

Why yes, it does! Please join us there if you haven’t already!

Hex progress

Actually going faster than I’d thought it would!  And oh the color!

Hex Rainbow

No lack of fun whimsical prints as centers either. Have decided I’m shooting for a baby quilt. We’ll see how it goes!

Hex Progress

It’s National Quilting Day!

Hurray!
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Happy National Quilting day everyone!

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