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

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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

Making Progress

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Some of our friends had a new baby girl recently and I just had to make a quilt for her.

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I made a simple wonky patch block then embroidered her name on it with minky. I used the same pink minky for the backing but instead of putting it on the frame I used my BERNINA stitch regulator and did some free motion swirls.

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I also finished (almost) the top for my Medallion Quilt-A-long.  According to the guide lines of the quilt-a-long it is finished, however I am going to add some borders to it to make it a king size. I am hoping to finish that in the next couple days and then the hard part begins. I have no idea how to quilt it! If you have any ideas let me know!

Leah

It’s been awhile…

I know it has been a while since my last post, but the kids are back in school, we are back from vacation and I have had a little time to work. Be warned this post may be a little long. By the way, please excuse some of the bad photography, we had a few rainy days…

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My cousin Jessi got married July 6th. I wanted to make her something special because she is special to my family.  She has baby sat my kids so many times and she is just the sweetest girl! I made this quilt, that uses a layer cake, from the Moda Bake Shop. It’s from Moose on the Porch Quilts, you can find the Bake Shop post here.

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I know I should put a label on every quilt that I make but I have to admit that this is the first label I have ever made.  Jessi’s husband Ryan loves to hunt so I was thinking of him with this fabric, you can see the deer in the sashing fabric. I really enjoyed making this quilt. The pattern was easy and it went together very quickly. I think I worked on it 4 days total, including the time to quilt it.  Its an 82 X 85 queen size quilt.

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I’ve also quilted a couple more quilts that my Aunt Kris has made. I just had to get a new owl panto for this quilt.

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Nothing else would do! I used blue So Fine for the quilting.

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This is a jelly roll quilt that Kris made. I love the colors and I am so glad that she picked out a leaf design because it is exactly what I wanted to use.

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This was the first time I had ever used this design and it was quite a bit larger that I thought it would be, but I really liked how it turned out.

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We also took our biggest family vacation ever this summer. We traveled to Florida and went to Disney World, LEGOLAND and St. Pete’s Beach. I made the kids each a backpack to keep their stuff in that they wanted to carry around. They were very handy to have on the plane.

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I added the applique first, it is from Lynnie Pinnie designs.  Then I constructed the bags and made straps using my BERNINA bias binding tool.  It made the straps super fast!!  I love Lynnie Pinnie, she had the cutest designs that are available for instant download and super reasonable prices.

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My cousin Ryan and his wife Krista had a sweet little boy named Andrew. I just had to make him a farm themed quilt.

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I used super soft minky fabric for the applique and the backing and quilted it by following the seam lines 1/4 inch on each side.  For the binding, I trimmed the backing fabric about an inch larger than the front then folded it over and top stitched.

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This is MY project. I have been quilting for a little over a year now and decided it was time to make a quilt for myself.  These blocks are made using Jenny Pedigo’s quick curve ruler. She has two amazing blogs but I found her at Sew Kind of Wonderful. I had the ruler and a pattern that I had not used yet, when she announced a Medallion Block sew along. It actually started July 1st and your goal is two blocks per week.  Well, I made 8 blocks the first two days and decided that instead of making 16 blocks, I was turning this into a king size and making 36.  In the picture above I have 22 done. Now I have 28 done and the fabric cut for the rest.  I am going to add a thin grey border, a scrappy border and a thick grey on the outside. I feel like I am three weeks behind because of vacation and running out of grey fabric and having to order it, but I am making progress. There is an option to add a diamond in the center of the white block using print fabric, but I have not decided on that yet.

Well there you have my summer, I am hoping to make a lot of progress on my quilt over the weekend, but I have a feeling with our 100 degree heat we will be spending our time in the pool instead.

Have a Great Day !!

Leah

What has been keeping me busy…

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I know it has been a little while since I have posted anything, but I have not been idle! We have finally gotten some warmer weather and I have been busy in the yard, mowing and doing a little landscaping.  We put in the cement patio a couple of years ago and now I finally got the flower beds on each side of the deck in shape.

I have also finished a t-shirt quilt that someone had me make for her granddaughter, sorry no picture, don’t want to spoil the surprise.

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This is a little sneak peek of a quilt that I have been working on that I designed myself. I created the block in EQ7 and chose the colorways. I love the program for many reasons but my favorite is being able to see the colors that YOU choose in your design.  I have found that I am a lot more adventurous if I can actually see the colors/pattern before I start cutting that expensive fabric. I will show you the whole thing when I get it off the frame and the binding on.

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I wanted to share something with you that I have taken for granted.  The last time I was at my LQS I was using this app to check the yardage for a quilt backing when the nice lady that was helping me asked about it.  It is an app from Robert Kaufmann called quilt calculators. You can see from the picture that it will do tons of figuring for you and keep your brain free for all that creativity!

So what have all of you been up to?

Leah

County Fair Block

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I have finished my county fair block!

Every year the Linn County Fair sells block kits for the County Fair Quilt.  Every kit contains a small selection of fabrics for you to make one 9 1/2 inch square block.  Everyone picks a design for their block, constructs it and turns it back into the committee. The blocks are displayed individually at the fair next to a beautiful quilt that has been made out of the previous years blocks.  There is a peoples choice award for the blocks and the winner gets a $25 gift certificate to a local quilt shop.  It is a lot of fun to pick the block and see how it turns out!

This year I did my block a little differently.  Last year as a beginning quilter I scoured the internet for block patterns that were already a 9 1/2 inch square. This year I used my Electric Quilt 7 software that comes with a library of thousands of blocks.  I picked my favorites and scanned in images of the fabric in my kit.  I could see the block on the computer screen and move the fabric placement until I found the one I liked best.  When I had decided on the placement I liked best I used the software to size the block to 9 1/2 inches then printed templates to cut my pieces. No math required, perfect for me!

I had quite a bit of fabric left over so I might even try to squeeze out a second block.

Let me know what you think,

Leah