May is for Makers 2017

Last year Lindsey Rhodes of LR Stitched started May is for Makers which is a campaign to support independent makers. I probably have more than 100 free tutorials and patterns downloaded to my iBooks or pinned to various Pinterest boards, but I also believe in financially supporting the various makers who share so generously with quilters and sewists. This month I have made several purchases. The one I am most excited about is the Summer Sampler 2017. I really love the layout and the colors in the mockup, so much so that I ordered all the Kona solid colors in the mockup with the exception of the white background. I am going to make my 2017 Summer Sampler with a Kona coal background, and I’m making it as an alternate quilt for my bed. I live in New Mexico where dust and dirt are everywhere, and I have cats who love to roll in all that available dirt, so quilts with white backgrounds aren’t such a good idea for me. Below is the mockup of this beautiful sampler.

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I also ordered four different quilt patterns from Quilt Theory designers. I probably won’t use any of these patterns this year, but at $3 per pattern, they are modern, budget-friendly designs that are now on my Quilts-to-Make list. In the mosaic below, the top left pattern is Mountain Call by Daisy Aschehoug of Ants to Sugar. The top right is Corner Crest by Michelle Bartholomew. Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs designed Arrow Point Path on the bottom left (I may HAVE to use a white background when I make this quilt!), and on the bottom right is Tiled Parquet by Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jetgirl.

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Lastly, I made my final May is for Makers purchase earlier today. I ordered the Swoon Sixteen pattern by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms. I plan to make a small Christmas quilt with four of these swoon blocks.

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As always, I have many more projects that I want to make than time to make them. Who else can relate?

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May 2017–One Monthly Goal

I had several projects to choose from to be my OMG this month, but I have decided to finish up my Quatrefoil quilt. When I am working on multiple projects, I tend to back-burner quilts I plan to keep. I shipped my completed quilt top off to Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side the end of February to have her longarm quilt it and had it back the second week of March. The mazes quilting motif looks wonderful, but this quilt-to-be has been shoved in a bag and neglected for almost two months. It’s time to get it trimmed up and sew on some binding. But first I’d better decide on the binding and start sewing some binding strips together.

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Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: OMG May ’17.

 

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A Cute Cat Block-another DrEAMi Moment

Yesterday when I was looking at Pinterest, I ran across a Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial for a Pins and Paws Cat Quilt. I show the tutorial to a friend of mine who has been talking about making a quilt for another friend who loves cats as much as we do. Even though I’m in the middle of several other projects, I thought it would be good for my friend to see what the block look likes in person, so I had to “Drop Everything and Make it.”

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I have to get back to all my other quilty commitments, so I won’t do anything more with this block for 2-3 months. Probably sometime this summer, I’ll turn this block into a pillow for my friend.

Linking up to MMM! Quilts: DrEAMi Linky #4.

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Blue Ombre HST Quilt Top Finished

My April ’17 One Monthly Goal was to turn 8″ squares of various shades of blue Kona solids into half-square triangles  and then to use those HSTs to make a blue ombre quilt top for my great-nephew, Jimmy, who will be graduating from high school and turning eighteen in June. I used the Ombre HST Quilt Pattern designed by my friend, Sarah Goer, as well as the blue ombre color palette in Kona solids she shared in her February 8th newsletter. In that newsletter, Sarah also shared three other palettes, and you can be sure that I will use the aqua-turquoise-teal palette in some future project–no surprise to anyone who knows me well!

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I love Michael Miller Tumble Blocks wide backing fabric I bought from Hawthorne Threads. Below is a pic of it before I cut and pressed it:

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I will be taking the quilt top and backing fabric to ThreadBear today to have it quilted. Jimmy and Rachel’s graduation party is in exactly two months, and I can’t wait to personally give them each their finished quilts.

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: April ’17 OMG Finish and Cooking Up Quilts: Main Crush Monday.

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2017 Quarter 2 Finish-A-Long Goals

I will be rolling over one of the projects from my Quarter 1 goals. I finished assembling my Quatrefoil Bee Block Quilt and had it quilted by the amazing Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side, but I still need to trim it and bind it (no pic yet of quilting).

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I have three new projects to list in this quarter’s Finish-A-Long. First is the Quasi-Random HST lap quilt for my great niece. It is at ThreadBear waiting to be quilted.

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The next one is the Blue Ombre HST lap quilt for my great-nephew, Jimmy. Both Rachel and Jimmy who are twins will be graduating from high school and celebrating their 18th birthday in June, and I will be hand-delivering their quilts to them when I fly to Michigan for a long weekend to be there for the celebration. For Jimmy’s quilt, I will be using the Ombre HST pattern by Sarah Goer. I have all the squares cut and plan to start sewing half-square triangles this weekend.

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The last project I hope to complete by the end of June are two Rainbow Hexies pillows for my office that use hexies from an Instagram rainbow hexie swap. Below are the 120 hexies that I made and recently shipped off for this swap:

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Linking up to 2017 Qtr Finish-A-Long Goals.

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Hexies–A DrEAMi Moment

When I was first bitten by the quilting bug in October 2014, I was like a kid in an amusement park wanting to do EVERYTHING–quilt-alongs, swaps, online bees, new block tutorials/blog hops, classes, conferences, workshops, etc. A 2017 goal has been to be more intentional in all areas of my life including nutrition, exercise, and my quilting passion. It has finally become clear to me that I can’t do EVERYTHING (a lesson I seem to need to learn multiple times!). But I’ve been wanting to replace the extremely dated pillows on the couch in my office for a few years and even made it a 2017 quilting goal back in December. When I saw Nicole@Modern Handcraft’s Hexie Pillow, I decided those were the kind of pillows I wanted to make to complement the Rainbow LOVE pillow I have on a chair in my office.

The Drop Everything and Make it (DrEAMi) moment for me was when I found out in February about a swap on Instagram for rainbow hexies in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple (#rainbowhexieswap2). I signed up to make 120 rainbow hexies, and I will be getting 120 different rainbow hexies back made by many different people.

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I made about half of these when I was at a work conference last month. I totally get why people like English Paper Piecing when they’re away from their sewing machines. It sure helped me sit in a chair for lots of hours. I thread-basted my hexies which takes a little time. I’ve heard that glue basting is faster, and maybe I’ll try that method some day.

Do you like EPP, and if you do, what kind of basting do you prefer?

Linking up to MMM! Quilts: DrEAMi link-up #3.

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Purple Mini Doxie

A year ago you NEVER would have heard the words “I’m starting to like paper piecing” come out of my mouth. I think words like “hate”, “frustrating” and maybe even stronger phrases came out of my mouth related to paper piecing. But I persevered and made a few small paper-pieced projects including a mini Bird in a Bird House for my sister, a Penny Layman mountain block at Glamp Stitchalot 2016 and two Wanta Fanta blocks and one Busy block as part of my 2016 Bee Hive commitment. This year I made a replacement Busy Block using red violet fabrics and a paper-pieced LOVE pillow that made me feel much more confident with my paper-piecing skills. So I decided to try an even more difficult paper-piecing pattern by Juliet of The Tartankiwi, her mini doxie pattern (for some reason I cannot go into her Etsy shop link as I write this post). I have to tell you that this paper-piecing project was quite a challenge for me, but I’m happy with the final result. I did print the pattern at 120% to make it a bit bigger (and easier for me).

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I added more of the light grey background and a darker grey border, and I quilted it with matchstick quilting to help smooth down the bumpy parts. Then I made it into a pillow cover as a birthday present for my stepdaughter who has a beloved dachshund named Pogo. I made her a quilt two years ago that also had dachshunds in it which I wrote about in a post entitled, My First Quilting Meltdown–Quilt #2. It’s nice to see how far I’ve come in my quilting journey, and I’m happy to report that sashing no longer sucks!!!

Linking up to Cooking Up Quilts: Main Crush Monday.

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