quilting

A Quilt Finish!

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I am excited to have a quilt finish to share. I made this one for my son-in-law’s twin sister and her new husband as a wedding gift. The wedding was October 24th and I gifted it on time, I’ve just been lazy about posting!

The pattern is Trajectory by Megan at Monkey Beans blog. The link is to the first blog post of the tutorial series and you can link to the other segments easily from there. The tutorial is quite good, easy to understand and follow. I made the 6 inch (finished) blocks as in the pattern, and the finished quilt is 54 x 72 inches.

I have not been such a big fan of paper piecing, but I think it was mostly because I kept choosing really complex blocks to learn with. Doh! This block is super easy and FAST. I had so much fun putting the blocks together.

Trajectory Quilt Detail 2

 

Trajectory Quilt Detail 1

The fabric I selected are: a cream solid, a light khaki with tiny dots, and a dark khaki with tiny dots, all from Moda (I’m pretty sure, I didn’t write it down, oops). The feature fabric is Ruby Star by Melody Miller. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it and knew it was perfect for my hipster friends Meghan and Kevin. Naturally it had to be the back of the quilt, and the binding which has a fun scrappy feel.

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Many thanks to Megan for taking the time to make the tutorial. Y’all should give it a try!

Teal Mini Swap 2015

Teal Mini Swap 2015 Blog Hop

I love making quilts. And I love helping raise money for cancer research. I got to combine these two in September for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month with a quilt swap. For non-quilters – I make one little quilt, and the person I’m paired up with makes one, and we swap through the mail. The organizer of the swap, Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs , was able to send over $2,000 to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund! For this swap we could choose to make a mini quilt, up to 24 inches square, or make a Mug Rug, which is a small placemat for a mug and a treat, about 8 x 10 inches. I chose Mug Rug. 😀

I have never participated in a quilt swap before so I was a little nervous. As part of the swap we received a square of teal fabric. It took me quite a while to choose other fabrics to go along with it. My swap partner emailed me and we chatted back and forth about what we like – that helped a lot. I finally chose Handcrafted 2 by  fabric designer Allison Glass.

I love these hand made batik fabrics, so fresh, and rich in color.

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I also selected a kitty fabric, Retro Atomic Tabby Cat from Michael Miller fabrics

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Next I had to choose a design. Aaaccckkkk! I finally decided on a modified Log Cabin block, with two of the kitty images “fussy cut” to be featured in the center. Here’s my final product…

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For the machine quilting I chose white thread, and used a wavy line stitch on my sewing machine.

 

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. And I learned that I like making small quilts!

 

 

 

Here’s the Mug Rug I received from my swap partner…

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I love love love it!

I’m so happy I participated in this swap. I made a new friend, I received a super cute Mug Rug (plus a fat quarter of that adorable tiger kitty fabric), and I helped raise money for cancer research. Win. Win. Win.

 

 

 

Check out these other bloggers posting about Teal Mini Swap 2015:

October 12 – Twelo Quilting and One Quilting Circle
October 13 – Susan Brehm and Books Hooks Sticks Etc
October 14 – Teachpany and Bobbin’s Lullaby
October 15 – Splitting Stitches and Purple Leaf Quilts
October 16 – Blue Ribbon Sewing and Quilt Art by Megan

Teal Mini Swap Blog Hop Starts Today!

I’m very excited to participate in a blog hop for the first time, and we’re starting today! My blog hop post will be up tomorrow, please join us and check them all out. Nearly 200 people made mini quilts/mug rugs to swap and they are gorgeous.

Here’s a link to Quilting Hottie Haven with full info about the swap.

Teal Mini Swap 2015 Blog Hop