I’m on the Bake Shop Blog Again!

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Okay, I know I’m a total blog slacker and I haven’t posted anything since my last Moda post.  I had good intentions but once again life got in the way. Anyway, check out the Moda Bake Shop for my latest tutorial. It’s fun, fast and easy. Also totally easy to change up and make it perfect for anyone!

Leah

P.S. If your interested, I have the Junior jelly rolls to make this in my shop.

Moda Bake Shop Here I Come!!

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Good Morning Everyone! I am super excited to share with you that I am a featured designer on the Moda Bake Shop blog today!

This is a super fast and easy quilt that I made featuring a ombre junior jelly roll from the Color Theory line by V and Co. The above link will take you right there and you can see the full tutorial and make your own!

Go check it out and let me know what you think! And thanks for all the support and kind words!

Leah

Another Week has Passed…

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It’s been another busy week around here but I did manage to get a few things done.  Okay, not done but I have been making progress on them.

I made this quilt from a kit that I got from Craftsy. It was on sale and I couldn’t resist it.  I just took it off the frame, now to bind it.  The kit also came with these darling little flowers to make and attach in the pink stripe.  It has a minky back and is going to make a great quilt for a little girl!

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I’ve also been playing with some new embroidery designs. These Frozen inspired designs are going to be pillow cases.  I have been considering adding some finished goods to my etsy store.  Simply because I love doing embroidery work when my machine is not on the frame!

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While my big machine has been working away on the frame or doing embroidery, I have slowly been plugging away at my color theory quilt.  There are not a lot of blocks in this quilt but there are a lot of pieces per block. I am however getting to the point where I can see the light at the end of the tunnel on this one and I am really excited about how it is turning out!

I have also been listing new things in my etsy store. Some new fabrics and some great books!

Thanks for checking in and have a great week!!

Leah

My New Adventure

 

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As all quilters do, I have built up an impressive stash of quilting fabrics.  I realized mine was getting a little out of control. It had lots of fabric that I realized I would never use and thoughts of my Grandmothers sewing room with stacks of outdated fabric were filling my mind. In October I decided it was time to destash some of my fabric. I knew there were other people out there seeking some of the same fabrics that I knew I was never going to get around to using so I started a small etsy store. I named it Rural Cotton Co. . It has grown quite quickly and I have since added Riley Blake and Moda precuts to my store. I also have a selection of high quality Cuddle (Minky) fabric from Shannon Fabrics.

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Talking with a friend yesterday I realized that a lot of my friends and family don’t even know about my little store. So this is the official opening announcement. Please stop by and check it out.  If you see something you can’t live without and you live close enough I won’t even charge you shipping.

On another note, if you are a fan of the Moda Bake Shop blog, stay tuned because I have a surprise for you!!

Have a fab spring day!

Leah

WIP Wednesday

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another Wednesday has rolled around so I thought I would join the crowed and show you all what I have been up to.  This week I completed the first block  of the superhero quilt that I have been working on for Colt. He gave me his favorite guys that he wanted included in his quilt and I turned them into pixelated drawings that I am constructing blocks out of with two and a half inch strips. He was very excited when I got the first block done so I can’t wait to start on the next one.

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I also put the finishing touches on my easy strip quilt top that I designed. I’m sure most of you can tell that I love any fabric line that is designed by Vanessa Christensen of V and co.  Sometimes I get in a rut and I feel like I just need to make a quick top so I designed this one just using jelly roll strips and adding in a solid white along with it. I started by sewing four strips together then cut them in squares. There were a ton of possibilities for layout with these blocks. I finally decided on the lay out that I have liked best with this fabric then sewed my squares into rows and in my rows together, the top went together very quickly.

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I also picked up is fun yardage the new cotton steel line. Not totally sure what I’m going to do with it yet but the colors and design caught my eye and I thought it might make a cute zippered pouch or maybe a bag. I’ll have to think about this one for a while longer.

Have a great Wednesday and stop back again!

Leah

Go Car Go

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One of my customers, Kristina, made this darling little quilt and she had a specific design in mind for quilting it.

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Because of the car print in the quilt she picked out a design called “go car go”. I have worked out a deal with my customers that if they don’t see a design that they are looking for, they can pick one from the web sites that I get them from and we will split the cost of the design half and half. That way the customer gets the perfect design and I get a new one to add to my collection.

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I really liked this design, it quilted up great! It was crisp and easy to see.
I have even thought of making a quilt just to use this design!

Leah

Ironing Board Update

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Since moving into my new sewing room I have been thinking of ways to make it look good. I painted a cabinet and have been collecting new things to hang on the walls.  When I read a blog post from Jo’s Country Junction I knew my next step was new ironing board covers.  She was having a challenge with a cute layer cake as a prize so I headed to my stash to pick out some fabric.  I found my fat quarter bundle of V & Co. Simply Style and picked out a few things that would match some of the yardage that I have been hoarding.

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I decided to recover both my large ironing board and my small pressing board.  Chevrons seemed the way to go so picked out two fabrics, placed them right sides together and  I cut some 4 inch strips for the small board and 5 inch strips for the larger one, then I cut the strips into squares.

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When I had the squares cut I drew a diagonal line from corner to corner and then sewed 1/4 inch on each side of the line, then cut on the marker line to make some half square triangles.

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I pressed the triangles open and laid them out how I wanted them to look on my board.  I created a blue chevron for the small board and a green chevron for the larger one. I sewed all my small squares together to make my chevron sections.

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Since I was using mostly scraps on my small board I started out by sewing these three pieces together, then remeasuring, cutting again and adding a couple more scrap strips in.

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For the larger board, I decided where I wanted to chevrons to sit on the board and cut my yardage to length. I then sewed the three sections together.   I placed the boards upside down over the cover and drew a line about 4 inches bigger than the board itself.  I used my serger to sew around the outside edge so it would not ravel.

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I pressed the edge under and top stitched about 3/4 inch from the edge all the way around the outside, leaving a small opening to feed the string through.

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I did add a fresh layer of batting under the new covers and tied them on.  And there you have it, two recovered ironing boards.  They are almost too pretty to use!

Leah

 

Winner, winner!

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I have been quilting for a couple years now and decided it was time to enter something in my local county fair. I took my king size black and gold Sew Kind of Wonderful medallion quilt. Little did I know The Great Jones County Fair would be so good to me! My quilt was picked for best of show! After I looked at the other quilts I was even more pleased because there were so many other wonderfully designed, well made quilts.

I guess I better start working on something for next years fair.

Leah

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Here’s a little update: how it looks on my bed. I’m super excited to get the walls painted and start using it!

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Close up of the quilting. This is a panto that I got from Urbanelementz.com. I made it 4.5 inches tall. That took forever to quilt, But it was worth it. I can’t wait to finish my next quick curve ruler project!

Catching Up

I know I have been slacking off again, if the choice is between actual quilting and writing about quilting, I think you know what is going to win…

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This is a quilt that I quilted this fall for Pine Needles, obviously, since we haven’t seen grass in months! I believe it a pattern out of a book they have available in the store.

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I quilted this with one of Susan Malletts block designs with an all over swirl pattern. I was really happy with how it turned out!

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 The next two quilts I quilted for my Aunt Kris. These were gifts for her granddaughters for Christmas so I didn’t want to share them too early! I think I’m safe now.

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I love the colors in both of these quilts! I love anything bright with a strong pattern.

For the blue quilt we decided on white thread and the bubbles pattern.

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I really can’t decide which one I like the best.

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We decided to use the same bubbles pattern on the pink quilt but went with hot pink thread.

They turned out great and she said the girls loved them!

DSC_0170editThis sweet baby quilt is one that I quilted for Kristina.  It is a kit that she got from Pine Needles Sewing Center. She knew want she wanted to quilt it with and found this pattern for me to use.

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The pattern is called Blast Off and she wanted bright orange thread. Very cute!

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This quilt is called Blueberry Delight, kits are available through Pine Needles if you are interested.

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I used purple thread and a pattern called Lily of the Valley.

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This quilt is called Seventh Heaven and will also be available through Pine Needles.

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I decided on a teal blue thread in a design called Torrent.

I have several more projects in the works so stay tuned to see what else is new!

Have a great day and stay warm!!
Leah

Another Baby Quilt, a finish and a question

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Another of our friends had a baby last week, this is number 9 for them! Every baby needs a new quilt so of course I had to make one for her. I had this fabric in my stash, I loved it at first sight. I love turquoise and red together and I thought they would be a nice alternative to a traditional pink baby quilt. I also had this gorgeous minky that matched the turquoise so that sealed the deal!

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I did very simple straight line echo quilting following the inside of the piecing 1/4 inch.  The pattern I used was a swoon block that I found a tutorial for online.  Don’t mind my babies, I guess they wanted in the picture, too.

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I also quilted this top that I have had finished for several months.  It was a kit that I bought to practice on when I got my Bernina 830 and Grace frame.

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It is so easy to use I really didn’t need practice pieces, but I did use it to try a new quilting design that I had gotten a while ago. It is called “Natalia’s Let it Snow” and I got it from Intelligentquilting.com. It is a very dense and complicated design with lots of little loops and points.  It was perfect for this quilt with its simple piecing.

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I have also finally finished the top of my Medallion quilt. If you remember I started this quilt as part of a quilt-a-long back in July. Between having kids home, running out of grey fabric and family vacation it took me way longer than I expected to finish the top. This is the first quilt that I have made for myself and I love it.

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Now I am having a completely different dilemma. I have no idea how I want to quilt it!!  If you are interested you can check out the other quilts made during the quilt along and see some of the stunning long arm work that the ladies have done. So now my dilemma, do I try to design a quilting motif to use with my Quilt Motion software, do I have someone else do it for me or do I just do a panto design on the whole thing? I think for now it is going to sit and let me think about it for a while. I have other projects filling up my mind that are ready to come out, but if you have any quilting ideas be sure to let me know!!

Have a great day!

Leah