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Phased Circles Quilt: Top Complete

Last month, I made my favorite quilt ever…..until this month. I have finished my Phased Circles quilt. I love this quilt so much, as my vision with my design came together so well, better than I could have dreamed.

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I used 30 different Carolyn Friedlander prints, mixed from her Botanics and Architexture lines…can you believe it, that did not use all  the prints of hers I own (yes, I might have a slight fabric crush).

The solids were all Kona cottons and most of them were from the new colors – Curry, Prussian, Breakers, Torch, Valentine and lastly Wasabi.

The colors from these fabrics worked so well together. Here is a close-up of the center blocks. If you are interested in how I made these blocks, here is the tutorial.

Phased Circles Closeup For the back, I am using some of the gray, black and white prints of Carolyn’s lines, with just some simple piecing. I plan on doing straight line quilting to finish.

Linking up with Jo @ Riddle and Whimsy for TGIFF and Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

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Friday night sew along

Tonight, I had a blast joining in on Friday night sew along via Instagram. What a wonderful idea, that was organized by Sarah @ Sarah Quilts….thank you Ms Sarah!!

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How did I spend my time??? First stop….
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….my local Joann’s to pick up grey invisible zippers for my pillows.

I got home and finished off the first of the Tapa Star pillows…so definitely a productive night.
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The back of the pillow, I continued to use Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics hand-drawn stripes in green, with a grey invisible zipper.
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You can check-out the finished Tapa Star Blocks in this post.

Linking up Amanda Jean over @ Crazy mom quilts for Finish it up Friday.

Tapa Star pattern testing complete

Wow, finally I finished the actual Tapa star blocks. These definitely took a lot longer than expected. Let me give you a quick summary of these blocks.

Here was the original designs, on the left the solid Tapa Star, on the right striped Tapa Star
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Designed from this tapa cloth:
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I translated these into paper pieced patterns. The solid Tapa Star takes about 1 -1.5 hours to make, the striped is about 3.5-4 hours. The latter block, definitely has more complexity due and matching up all the lines, as well as, the star centers will take a bit of effort. Here are the finished blocks:
TapaStarBlocks_completeThe fabrics for the solids are Robert Kaufman Solids (Wasbi, Chartreuse, Bonsai, Clover), and the prints are Carolyn Friedlander Architextures. Now, on to finalizing the pattern, and making pillows from these blocks. Anyone interested in testing the blocks?

Linking up with a few folks this week.
Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday (see button on right)
Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s be Social (see button on the right)
Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on right)

 

Small Finishes

Tapa Star Blocks

A while back, I was playing around with designing a block based on this Samoan Tapa cloth (image from island style.net.au) :

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I used the star pattern on the top right/bottom left and came up with two paper piecing pattern designs.  The first one of the blocks which just used solids for the outer shapes is complete. I used the monochromatic green look, and the Architextures fabric that I had in the original design. The design, I recently realized, was similar to the secondary pattern that a Kaleidoscope block makes.
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The second block is underway, which interprets the stripy appeareance of the original Tapa Cloth. I will try to update this post tomorrow with the finished block so you can see it, as it is a little more work.

If you are interested in testing out the paper piecing patterns, let me know. There will be two patterns both blocks are 15 x 15″ (finished).

iPad/iPhone/e-Reader Stands

I also finished up two more iPad/iPhone/e-Reader Stands, that I will be putting in my Etsy store later today. I love these two, the gray one is Riley Blake’s Zombie Apocalypse Fabric + the blue one is a Spoonflower print that has a Doctor Who theme.

Is anyone interested in either doing a link-up at the end of the month or a swap on flickr for these stands? I have had a lot of interest in the tutorial and thought it would be great to either make one as a group or do a swap.  What do you think?  Which one would you prefer?

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Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for the first Finish it up Friday of 2014!! And linking up to Kelly @ Quilt Infatuation for Needles and Threads Thursday.

Needle and Thread Thursday

Triple Zipper Pouch Swap + Winners!!

The two winners from last week’s give away are:
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Which is Sara who wrote: 27. Wonderful! I love the fabric! She has won the 2 fat quarters.

And….
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Which is sarahschraw who wrote: 8. Wow! I love that fabric. and you have one the 12 swatches.

I will email both of you to get your mail addresses.

For a quick Finish it up Friday, I have finished my triple zipper pouch for the Triple Zipper Pouch Swap. It is a secret partner swap where I know who I am sending it to but they don’t know who they are getting it from. I will be posting tomorrow 🙂

Fabrics:

  • Lining: Straw hat blue, Cloud 9 (purchased from Joann)
  • Small pocket front: Flirty Flowers Tonal Dots in Pink, Robin Zingone, Robert Kaufman (purchased from Fresh Modern Fabric)
  • Small pocket front: Crosshatch in Plum, Architextures, Carolyn Friedlander, Robert Kaufman (purchased from Westwood Acres)
  • Back + large front pocket: Hexo in Kryptonite, Technicolor, Emily Herrick, Michael Miller (purchased from Fat Quarter Shop)
  • Zippers (purchased from Zipit)

I love the technicolor hexo fabrics, don’t you??

Front Side
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Linking up with AmandaJean @ Crazy Mom Quilts

Fabric Stash Additions {19.05.2013}

I am in a fabric buying hiatus this month, while I save my pennies for my trip to New York to attend Lotta Jansdotter’s workshop. Woo-hoo!! Needless to say, I have bought lots of fabric, this year, that I have not shared as of yet. I think I am going to do this by store.

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I mentioned last month, that one of my favorite stores is Westwood Acres, an Etsy store that is run by Amanda Woodruff (her blog is A Crazy Fox).  The current bundles (they can never be just one bundle right???) I have my eye on are the “Inside voices IV – low volume bundle“,  the navy blue bundle and lastly the “Stripes that bind bundle” – these are great collections. Oh well, hopefully they will be around next month (or hint, hint, wink, wink to my husband….my birthday is in 3 weeks).

Here are some of my recent purchases from Westwood Acres:

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Now, one by one ;-), here we go:

Color Me Retro Fat Quarter Bundle by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery Fabrics

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Architextures Fat Quarter Bundle of 21 by Carolyn Friedlander 

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A Close-up of the color prints:IMG_7332

You can still get 18 of the 21 in the fat quarter bundle here at Westwood Acres.

Full Moon Lagoon Fat Quarter Bundle by Mo Bedell for Andover 

I was so delighted when I saw these prints.  For those that don’t know, my BSc and MSc are in Marine Science, so I love the featured echinoderms (sea urchins) and the sea horses in this line. I thought it was a little strange to mix these salt water creature with the flower prints – but the colors in this bundle are amazing, my favorites being the orange and lime greens.

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Field Study by Anna Maria Horner Linens

I ordered separate 1/2 yards for each of the feather and butterfly prints, as they were my favorite pieces of the line. I am thinking of using this line in making some bags/pouches.

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Finally the other two big bundle purchases were:

I am linking up this week with Sunday Stash which is being hosted by Sew Happily Ever After.