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AMH Mini Quilt Swap Finish!!

I signed up way back in January for the Anna Maria Horner Mini Quilt Swap….and of course leaving it to the last-minute, I managed to finish and post on the last day (last Saturday). I had so much fun with this quilt.

I do not often use all very loud prints in my quilts and designs, but have admired folks that can pull it together. I knew that I wanted to try something similar with this swap and experiment.

I had created this design that I thought would be perfect for this challenge.

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I loved my fabric selections, which I tried to split into warm and cool color palettes (two corners cooler and 2 warm). The inner square is based on a finished 1/2″ lines. I know kind of crazy.
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I learned a couple of things that I would definitely recommend when I get around to writing this pattern, just shows the importance of pattern testing:

  • I loved using a log-cabin like approach for the innermost squares
  • The triangles that began the outer points of the center square, in the photo you will see I made those as actual triangles. Next time, I would leave them as squares and piece the larger out most triangles on and then trim to make sure you eliminate stretch or distortion.
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I pieced the back from left over scraps from the front and used solids that represent the navy and crimson colored stripes. The quilting shows up way better on the back than the front as well as its less busy.
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I am very happy, needless to say with the final swap item, even though one corner of my binding gave me so much trouble.
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I plan to remake this pattern in solids and a much larger size. Linking up with Amanda-Jean over at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

 

Sunday Stash #17: Hawthorne Threads

My favorite online fabric store is Hawthorne Threads. I love the discounts per purchase and the loyalty tiered pricing.

This week, I found a few lines that interested me, and you guessed I purchased selected prints. Absolutely, no constraint or fasting here!! 🙂

Anna Maria Horner: Pretty Potent
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Jane Farnham: Beyond the BackyardJF_FruitStand

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That is my haul for this week. I am linking up to Molli’s Sunday Stash that is being hosted this week by the lovely Em @ Sewing by Moonlight.

Sew Down Nashville: Paper piecing and hand appliqué

Sunday, the last day of sew down continued the wonderful classes, lectures, socializing and food. The first class of the day was Carolyn Friedlander’s paper piecing class using her aerial quilt.  We had a chat about layout, as I had chosen my fabrics based on the full quilt and the class was a mini quilt. Carolyn_Michelle_AerialQuilt

This mini version of Carolyn’s aerial is my favorite layout, and it is the one we are making in class. Paper piecing was not new too me, so this class was not challenging but I love the pattern. I was so excited and knew I would be using my Lotta Jansdotter fabric stash, that I had been saving up.CarolynFriedlander_AerialQuilt

I managed to finish 3 of 8 blocks in class, which I was thrilled about. The other 5 blocks will be all grey, black and white. I loved how my first blocks turned out. You can check out some of the other people’s blocks on Carolyn’s blog.AerialQuilt_LottaJansdotter

After lunch, our final class commenced with Anna Maria Horner. Of course, we took advantage of a photo-op. with Anna Maria – who wouldn’t right??Michelle_AMH_Daisy_Antionette
(Photo Left to Right: Me, Anna Maria, Daisy, Antoinette)

Anna Maria’s class was on Modern Corsage where you could choose to use either:

  • Structured design and piecing
  • Or fussy cutting and hand appliqué techniques.

This project definitely took me out of my comfort zone…way beyond my comfort zone. I decided to do the fussy cutting and hand appliqué, as this was all new to me. It took me a while to decide on my background fabric and then from there it came together.

I added the low volume prints with the focus print for the complete background. The flowers were fussy cut from a variety of Anna Maria’s fabrics. Currently, they are pinned but will be basted on, then hand-appliquéd. I was so surprised how this turned out….I am not huge on flowers but I can picture the end result and I am excited. ModernCorsage_AMHClass

To finish off the day, I took a couple of celebrity shots of our wonderful organizers. Elizabeth, Heather and Jen did a fantastic job all round. The classes were so great, the food was wonderful and it all ran so smoothly. ElizabethDackson_Michelle
(Photo: Me, Elizabeth Dackson)

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(Photo Left to Right: Heather Grant, Me, Jen Carlton Bailey)

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).

 

Friday wrap up

I definitely needed that snow day on Wednesday….I finally started catching up from being sick the first two weeks of January. Here I was thinking my goals were already so behind.

This week, I finished up:

  1. Pot holders (late Christmas Gift – also see giveaway)
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  2. Feather blocks for Scrap-bee-licious
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  3. Hive #3 January Stash Bee
    Hive3_Jan_StashBee_FinishedFabrics used were:
    Black: Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater for Moda
    Mustard: Timeless Treasures, Woodstock, Stitched Swirl Gold
    Yellow Paisley: Jacqueline Savage McFee, Grey Matters, Paisley Sunshine
    Grey: Leanne Hatch, Tri (Grey) – Spoonflower Designer
  4. Riley Blake Challenge Block 1 Complete
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Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts and Jo @ Riddle and Whimsy who is hosting TGIFF.