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 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.

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

Quilt of Valor

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I, like many other quilters, am very moved by the Quilt of Valor organization. (You can find more about them here www.qovf.org) I first saw the program on IPTV last winter during their festival programing and immediately had someone in mind to make a quilt for. My Grandfather Eugene Dunn was in the Army during WWII. The family does not know much about his time in the Army because he rarely talks about it. I do know that he was wounded and received a purple heart.

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The quilt pattern that I picked is one that was made on the IPTV special. It is made up of stars and drunkard path blocks and I have to admit I was a little intimidated by the pattern.  I had the fabric purchased since last summer and even had the pieces cut for the stars since then.  I was very nervous about the curved seams. Grandpa recently had a health scare and it prompted me to going on his quilt. I have to say, once I got going on the curves it was no big deal.  Everything went together well.

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It is a requirement that every quilt is labeled “Quilt of Valor”, the date and the person that made it. Since I knew the recipient I also included my grandpa’s name on the label.  I made the label in Word and printed it on a piece of paper.  I cut a piece of white cotton, centered it over the printing, taped it on all sides, then ran it through the printer again.  Ta Dah! Instant label!

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The finished product is a throw size quilt that is soft and perfect for a nap. I hope it makes Grandpa as happy to get it as it did for me to make it.

Leah