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

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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

Hot Off The Frame

DSC_0003I just finished three more quilts for Pine Needles Sewing Center in Cedar Rapids. These are quilts that another lady has pieced and they have given me to do the machine quilting work. All three of these quilts are samples of kits that will soon be available for purchase so they get to join the gorgeous array of other quilts on display at the store.

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This is Twist-N-Turn, I knew as soon as I looked at this one that I was going to some sort of circle pattern, all the dots and circles in the fabric just begged for it! I quilted it with a pattern called bubbles in white So-Fine.

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This sweet quilt is made using the dessert roll size precuts. It is out of a pattern book that Pine Needles will be featuring at future events.

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I quilted this using a pattern called Budding with white So-Fine thread.

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This is Orange Squeeze and the pattern is also from the book I mentioned above.

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I quilted this with the pattern Daisey Chain in white So-Fine.

When I took these back to Pine Needles they sent me home with three more so I better get to work!

Let me know what is your favorite.

Leah

Hollys Quilt

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This is a quilt that I got to do for Holly.  I absolutely love it!! She told me it was a fat quarter project she got off Pinterest. She bought the fabric as a bundle at her local quilt shop.

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She was not quite sure what she wanted and had this pattern as one of her choices.  From the back you can see the detailed pattern. I used gray thread that matched the border and stood out from the blocks.

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Here the sunlight really makes the quilting stand out in this picture. I only have one regret about this quilt, that I didn’t make it. Good Job Holly!

A BIG Finish!

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I just finished quilting the largest quilt I have ever been asked to do, a monster at 104 X 94, and it filled every inch of my frame. I was asked by Pine Needles Sewing Center to do the quilting on a couple quilts.  Pine Needles is where I purchased my BERNINA 830, Quilters Creative Touch and Grace Frame that I use to finish all of my quilts. It is one of my favorite places. First of all it is beautiful! The displays are all over the store, it is impossible to not find something you want to make when you are admiring the finished quilts on the walls. Secondly, they have the most helpful team of employees and thirdly they have classes on any topic you can think of.  Needless to say,  when I was asked to do these quilts  for the store I was thrilled. I have already finished a smaller lap size quilt and taken it back to the store. I was so excited to take it in I totally forgot to take any pictures.

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I wanted something different for this quilt, and I found this design on the Intelligent Quilting web site. I have gotten several designs from them and have been tickled pink with them all!

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I have to admit, I really like floral designs.  However this design caught my eye and I love it! It is very flowing, but very simple and lets the gorgeous quilt shine through.

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I used off white So Fine thread and I blends nicely with the quilt.

I enjoyed doing this quilt, and I learned a few things too!

My First Shop Hop!

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Yesterday my quilting buddy Brittney and I went on a super fun road trip and participated in the All Iowa Shop Hop. It was the first time that I had participated in the Hop and it was Brittney’s idea. Thanks a bunch!

With shops all over the state participating we could have gone any direction, but we wanted to go to some stores that we had never been to before. We left Monticello at about 7:30 and headed north.  The first stop was One Block Over in West Union, then off to New Hampton where went to Quilter’s Window and Material Magic. We ventured further north and stopped at Quilter’s Garden in Cresco, then it was time to head south again to Decorah to Red Roxy Quilt Co. Our final stop was the Forest Mills Quilt Shop in rural Postville.  Since both of us had commitments that evening we were home by about four.  Six shops in one day was quite an adventure!

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Of course I had to get some of the official Shop Hop fabric, and couldn’t resist the beautiful gray and yellow I found.

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A few new notions and a jelly roll that I am planning to use with the Iowa fabric.

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A couple new patterns, one for a quilt and one for a little bag.

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And last of all a few freebies!  Who doesn’t love anything free!

I wish we could have kept going and going but home was calling in the form of children and husbands.

I have plans to make a few more stops at some of the local shops but sadly no more traveling…

We got to see some amazing shops and I will defiantly be doing the hop again next year.

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

Two Precious New Arrivals

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On Friday, April 19th my beautiful twin nephews were finally born!! They are the cutest, sweetest little bundles!

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Evan Eugene was born first weighing 4 lbs. 11 oz.

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Next came Eli Aaron weighing 5lbs. 5 oz.

I had to take a little break from quilting to make them a cuddly baby blanket.  I picked out a bright cow print for my little farmer nephews and accented each one with a bright stripe that I appliqued their name on with a “raggy” font.  They have a minky dot backing and will be super soft for the boys to snuggle with.

I can’t wait for another snuggle day with the boys!

Leah

Ombre Chevron Quilt

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I finally finished my Ombre Chevron Quilt. I put the top together in a couple hours and the quilting didn’t take much time either.  It has been sitting for about a month waiting patiently for its binding.    I know for some quilters the binding is the part they enjoy the most.  For me it is the last step holding me back from starting something new, so of course I cheated and used my Bernina Bias Binder attachment to put on the binding.

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For this quilt I used the Simply Color fabric by V and Co.  I love that by just using one piece I get this lovely color change effect on the quilt.  I thought the simple design needed simple quilting so I echoed the zig-zag design with white thread in the pink and the coordinating Aurifil Simply Color thread in the white.

I have a feeling my next project is going to be something personalized and special for a couple new arrivals, so watch and see!

Leah

Jeannas Quilt

 

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On Easter Sunday my cousin Jeanna was here from Minnesota and brought me this sweet quilt to do.  I just love it and so does Regan, she was very disappointed that I had not made it for her!

 

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I used an all over pattern called paisley playtime and Jeanna provided me with some very pretty variegated pastel thread.

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I really like how it turned out! The pattern is light and flowing and doesn’t take away from the darling design of the quilt.  I can wait to get it to Jeanna.

Leah