WiP Wednesday: Too many projects to count

Folks, last night I got to see, for the first time, Ashley @ Wasn’t Quilt in a Day. Can I just say that it was so wonderful to finally put faces to names of some of my blogging friends lately. We had a great time over dinner in NJ, talking mostly about fabric and quilting. I am sure, my Mum, who gracious agreed to dinner (while I am showing her round NY), was thinking I might have a slight addiction issue. At least it is a “healthy” one, right??

P.S. to Ashley, you do know what we forgot to do though….take a selfie for instagram….what kind of social media butterflies are we ???

I have so many unfinished projects at the moment and these are what I stress about. Not what everyone is doing….the pile that is constantly growing. This week my focus is still on this block which I need to sew up and make one more of:
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Finish my Mum’s pillows before she leaves on Saturday – just need to finish the border on the right block and add the back…probably doable on Friday??
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Complete at least another two blocks from my sampler quilt….I have this one done thanks to sew down:
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Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on right).

Sew Down Nashville: FMQ and improvisational piecing + Winner

Sew Down Nashville was fantastic. Heather, Elizabeth and Jen, from The Modern Quilt Guild, organized the best weekend activity/conference, I have ever attended.

Friday evening, kicked off our sewing with open sew, where you could sew any project with others, in a social environment….like a giant bee. I worked on my hexagon (EPP) lap quilt which is slowly progressing; perfect when traveling. Can you believe it, I finished around midnight.
Hexagon_OpenSew The weekend did not slow down a second from then on. Each class exceeded my expectations. First up, was Angela Walters Free Motion Quilting class. If you ever get a chance to take her class – do….she has such a great flow and structure in her teaching…..she is funny and down to earth which made it a lot of fun. I know!! FMQ fun!!Angela_Me

This was one of her quilts she had on display….one of the quilts, you say, “When I grow up I want to be able to do this”:Angelas_FMQ

I struggled with the more curvy designs. Pebbling, which was our first lesson and my first time I have attempted it, was hard more due to the fact I got lost and didn’t know where to go next. Pebble_FMQ

My favorite designs for Angela’s class was the more geometric shapes. To get the points to be more prominent instead of rounded corners, she passed on the knowledge to pause and then move on so that the needle/stitch catches well. Great tip!!, now I just need to not keep my foot on the pedal and sew 2-3 stitches in the same place :-)Geometric_FMQ

Practice, practice, practice. Angela talked about how she would for 15 minutes a day just sit at her sewing machine and practice…I think it will be my next months challenge (Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs….sounds like a 3030SC right??).

Victoria Findlay Wolfe, was up next for improvisational piecing. A fantastic class to take those out of their comfort zone, especially if you are a pattern follower. Of course, this one was right up my alley and loved it!

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These were some of my favorite mini quilts that she had bought with her. I love that she has all these vibrant colors in her quilts. All those small pieces did not start out small, it’s all about how you piece the together…and then trim.Victorias_Quilts

In her class I learned how to do a Y seam…folks nice and easy – why was I freaked out about these before :-) Also, I managed to improv two blocks…I now have a new project in my head on how I would use these.Improv_YSeam_VictoriasClass

 

Saturday finished up with another open sew and can you believe it I was almost first one to breakfast each morning (7:30 am – yes hubby, I can be an early rising) and one of the last to leave each open sew.  I finished this open sew with a completed block!!
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Final part of business today….the winner of Quilt Essentials (btw, I met the author at sew down!!)…is
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Who is Sarah @ For Russia. Congratulations, I will send C&T Publishing/Stash books your details.

I am linking up with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social (see button on right).

Sunday Stash #13: A Sew Down Nashville special

I have been missing in action for a couple of days, here on my blog; definitely not though if you follow me on instagram. The main reason for the absence…I was in Nashville for the Modern Quilt Guild Sew Down Nashville.Airport_SewdownI had a blast and will definitely sharing the fabulous time over the next few days. Today though, it is all about the goodies from Sew Down Nashville.

We received a few free goodies through-out the conference. Great Dear Stella Dots, a couple of Charm Packs and I won Elizabeth Dackson’s new book “Becoming a Confident Quilter”. I was ecstatic!!Sewdown_Goodies


On Friday night, we were off to Anna Maria Horner’s Studio/House….I know unbelievable right?? Of course, she was selling fabric…and I bought some.AMH_BundlesLinens

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There were gift packs from Anna Maria Horner as well…they had fat quarters of her new line that is coming out later this year. Yes, I have some.
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I also picked up some of Angela Walters new line, while participating in her FMQ class.
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I am sharing this fabulous love!!! Ashley @ Wasn’t Quilt in the Day, who has a major AMH class and has had a birthday this week, is getting these FQ.
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So, stay tuned for the rest of the week for a synopsis of the weekend….and next Sunday Stash I will have my HUGE surprise (if you are on instagram, ml_wilkie….you know what that will be), that should be arriving.

Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash (see button on the right).

 

Catching up from March

This week, I am desperately trying to catch up on some of my outstanding blocks from last month. The first ones to concentrate on….the scrap-bee-licious block. Liz over @ beadqueene asked for a couple of star value blocks.

They look great but boy are they small pieces and a lot of them. I didn’t think it would take this long but good news the first one is almost done…..I am sure the next one will be quicker. I hope to have these sent before I head to Nashville this weekend (TWO SLEEPS TO GO!!).

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More details can be found in her post with the tutorial. Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on the right).

Book Review Tuesday: Quilt Essential

Recently,  Stash Books/C&T Publishing had a sale where they were selling books for $5-10. Of course, I had to take advantage of the sale. One of those books I purchased was “Quilt Essential”, a book I had never seen before….somehow I missed it.

Review

quilt_essentials_lgTitle:  “Quilt Essential”
Author:  Erin Burke Harris
Publisher:  Stash Books
ISBN:  978-1-60705-793-2

This book was not what I expected, but I have to say I am pleasantly surprised. This is probably the best quilt reference book I have read, so far. I wish this was one of the first books I had purchased when I started quilting a year ago.

The book is made up of 4 sections.

  • Section 1: Fabric
    This section covers, in-depth, types of fabrics – quilting cotton, muslin, broadcloth, voile, calico, flannel, lawn, linen, velvet, denim, corduroy, silk, wool and hand-dyed fabrics. It also includes yardage and measuring (cutting and calculating various shapes, sashing/borders, and batting) and caring for fabrics.
  • Section 2: Colors
    Starting with the basics on color theory, this section then goes into more detail with matching fabrics and colors; how to combine prints and textures.
  • Section 3: Designs
    Detailed information is provided on the various shapes that we use in quilting, with information on angle types and examples of how to use the various shapes.  I love the chapters on traditional and modern quilting and how to combine the block types. The various quilt types/styles that people have created, is a great collection for inspiration and introducing people to the various styles….such as  Japanese Sashiko quilts, Hawaiian quilts, Art quilts, Abstract quilts etc. Finally, this section finishes off with various sashing and border techniques and embellishment options for quilting.
  • Section 4: Assembling
    This is the core quilting techniques chapters. Again, such great details and photos explaining various piecing techniques, quilting techniques and binding options.

One of my favorite parts of the book, is the highlighted quilters and fabric designers, that are covered. I love the descriptions of their body of works and where they find inspiration. It is great to get to know some of the more prominent folks in the industry, a little more. These highlights, are great for breaking up all that detail/reference material and personalize it more.

The book is full of details, a great read whether you are new to quilting or not. It could easily be used as a general sewing reference, as well. This would be so great for a school library…I thinking of donating a couple to my son’s elementary school. This book for me is definitely a 4 star book, for sure.

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No project this week, as the book is not a project book.

Give-away

Sponsoring this give away is Stash Books, who will provide the winner an electronic copy of Quilt Essential.  All you need to do is leave a comment on what quilting information you would like more information on.  There is a second chance to win if you are a follower, just leave a second comment. A winner will be chosen at random and announced next Tuesday, 15th April after 6pm.

A disclaimer, all reviews and opinions of the books reviewed will be mine, unless otherwise stated. Please note, I may not respond to all comments due to volume and bandwidth.

Linking up with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s bee social (see button on right side menu).

Spring into April!!

We got Spring for a few days this week – it was delightful. The blossoms are so pretty this time of year and I managed to plant my tomatoes, zucchini and cucumbers this weekend…just in time for the rain.

I have been thinking long and hard about the ALYOF (A lovely year of finishes) goal for this month. Last month was a bit of a bust, as life got in the way….how dare it :-). This month is a very practical goal….I am teaching a Sampler Quilt classes at Spoonflower soon. So, I really need to get at least the first 6 blocks made and the lessons written, if possible the whole 9 blocks.

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This is also the project I am taking for Sew Down Nashville’s Open Sew sessions. I am linking up for A Lovely year of Finishes for this goal (see button on the right)

On the goal setting note, I am still trying to decide what my quarterly goals will be for Finish Along Quarter 2….need to do some planning :-)

Sunday Stash #12: Go bold !!

This weeks new fabric highlights, are all some of the recent bold prints, I have added to my stash. The first items are oldie but goodie prints that I managed to pick up as one of the online fabric stores was closing down. Tsuru (Cloud 9) are the first two prints on the left; the rest are Amy Butler prints.

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Recently released, the 5 prints on the left are Iza Pearl Design – Garden Party Tango purchased from Hawthorne Threads. The print to the right – the black and white stripes is from Ampersand Design Studio – 8 days a weekGeoBoldStashPrints

Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash (see button on right).