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A Finish: Idea Design Create

It has been on my list to finish since April, and its finally done.  I think it is one of my favorite quilts, I have made. Idea, Design, Create.

This quilt was designed to show my design process of making one block – Mind the Gap. The pattern, for this final block, is available on Cloud 9’s blog and in my quilt it is Block 9.
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The design process shown in the quilt is:

  • Block 1: decide on size, single square
  • Block 2: Decided on an uneven split (ie. two parts).
  • Block 3-5: Was deciding on how many white horizontal stripes to include in the block.
  • Block 6: Decision to add the vertical stripe at just over the center of the block
  • Block 7: I didn’t like the vertical bar going all the way to the top as it took away some of the flow of the block.
  • Block 8: Now that I reduced from the top, I also did not like the vertical line going to the bottom so I pulled the end up about 1/2 “
  • Block 9: Final design: Now that the vertical stripe had been reduced I though the horizontal white top and bottom stripes would be more balanced if they did not run edge to edge


The words “Idea Design Create” has always been my tagline. I loved adding the text as it also represents my design process. Perfect combination.

As part of my prize for the “Mind the Gap” Block was a fat quarter bundle of Cirrus Solids. I used those along with Sarah Watson’s Biology line for this quilt. The left overs and the Biology Panel print were used for the back for consistency.

I even included some of the selvadges on the back. The quilting was done by Sarah @ Crinkle Love (which I highly recommend!!). I finished it off with some mustard solid binding. I plan to hang it up in my sewing studio this weekend as constant inspiration.


Name: Idea, Design, Create
Designed by me, Pattern of the last block can be found on Cloud 9’s blog.
Pattern: For the text, Paper Piecing Pattern by Diane Bohn @ From Blank Pages “My first alphabet #210”
Fabric: Cirrus Solids; Biology, Sarah Watson both by Cloud 9.
Dimensions: 36″ x 45″
Quilted: Sarah @ Crinkle Love

Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

Linking up with  Adrienne for 2015 Finish along, as this was one of my goals for Q2 to finish.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Celebrating the small finishes

Over the last couple of months, I have felt like I have been making little progress on things. I think it is more about that the pile of WiPs is shrinking so slowly. Anyway, to change that feeling, I am celebrating the small things today.


I have finished a quilt back for Idea, Design, Create Quilt which I finished back in April. I mostly used left over scraps, including some selvages, and the main panel print from the Cloud 9 Biology prints.


I really loved the improv, patchwork look for this back. The colors in this fabric line – I love!!Close-up_IdeaDesignCreate_Back

It is all ready now to ship off to Sarah @crinklelove for quilting. On to the next project!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for finish it up Friday.


Re-energized and ready for March Madness

Now feeling re-energized and inspired by QuiltCon, I am all ready to tackle March Madness head on (In North Carolina, with the basketball, March is known as March Madness).

So, here is an updated list of my projects…which this month mostly included secret projects, so not much to show yet. I think, I am tracking well for my month of March, but don’t be too surprised if I add a project here or there :-). I am really surprised that I have two projects 1/2 way through quilting…one of these will be my ALYoF projects for March.

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Project Dates Current Status
Jungle Ave Tapa 31 January TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Sew Mama Sew (Project 5) 14 February  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Spoonflower Sampler Quilt  8 March  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT (UNDERWAY), BIND
 Village square 8 March TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT (UNDERWAY), BIND
 Bjorn the Bear  14 March TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Rangers Station
(my Marsala entry)
 Celestial Spheres  31 March TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Tapa Star (Pillows/Mini)  31 March TOP (UNDERWAY), BACK, BASTE, QUILT
 Pushme, Pullme 31 March TOP (last-minute changes but almost complete),
BACK, BIND (Sending it out for quilting)
 Lines Drawn  April TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Evolution (new project)  April TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

The new project that is on the list, I am so excited about. The theme is Cloud 9…it’s using the cloud 9 bundle of Cirrus Solids I won, and prints from Biology (Sarah Watson) to make modified versions of my Cloud 9 Cirrus Solids Block of the Month. The question remains whether I start it this weekend or finish quilting one of my other 1/2 finished quilts.

Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (button on the right).


Cirrus Solids Block of the Month Challenge

Have you see the Challenge that Cloud 9 is running for a whole 12 months?? You design a 12″ block (finished) and submit it, and you may be in for a chance to win a full FQ Bundle of their new Cirrus Solids (21 colors). Your entries are cumulative…so if you don’t win this month your design is still in for a chance for the rest of the year. More details on how to submit and rules can be found here.

Why I am telling you all of this? I am “Miss February”. My design “Mind the Gap” won the Block of the Month for February.

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You can now go over to Cloud 9 and get the directions (pdf) to make my block. They also have mock-ups of how the block works in 4 different layouts in a quilt. Here is an additional layout example, which I used in my submission:

For the other previous winning Cirrus Solids BOM check out these:
January: Lattice Block by Stacey Day (staceyinstitches.wordpress.com)December: Brat Pack by Amy Gunson (www.badskirt.blogspot.com)
November: Ethereal Star by Erica Jackman (www.kitchentablequilting.com)

I hope you go over and check out the BOM and the new Cirrus Solids!! Have fun!!

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

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.


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).

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.

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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 🙂


  • 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 {06.16.2013}

Those that don’t know JoAnn’s – this is a large fabric store chain in the US. It stocks everything from home decor fabrics to clothing fabrics and of course has a section for quilting fabrics. The Premium Quilting fabric section includes fabric designers such as Denyse Schmidt, Heidi Grace and Donna Wilder (Stonehill Collection).

To my surprise, when I received the newsletter this week, Cloud 9 Fabrics is now part of the Premium Quilting Fabrics at JoAnn’s. It is not cheap (@$14.99 USD a yard) but since JoAnn had a 40% sale on Premium Quilting Fabric and I had coupons – my new additions were very affordable. Here are my selections, of the new Cloud 9 fabrics. I love the color mix of Citrus, Teal, Grey, Pink/Orange, and the geometric shapes.


Linking up with Fiona @ Finding Fifth for Sunday Stash.