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!

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

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