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Design to Reality

Making something from a design is always, for me a great accomplishment. I do not take a lot of my ideas/designs all the way to making it. Today, though, I have made this mini quilt top, which I may turn into place mats and a table runner.

The design I came up with for one of the “Quilt Design A Day” was this simple wonky chevron design.

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That turned into this:
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I paper pieced the wonky chevron design which is ~6″ x 10″. I am used peppered cottons for the chevrons purchased from my LQS (who also has an online store):

The sashing fabric is Flax Yarn Dyed Essex linen which I bought at Fresh Modern Fabrics.

That is my finish for this week, and linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts.

 

Fabric stash additions {21.04.2013}

Oh where to start, I suppose the best place is what I have added within the last 2-3 weeks….

I just realized that this may actually put some clarity and “accountability” on what I have in my stash.

Solids: I am in desperate need of solids. There are a couple of blocks of the month (BOM) or Mini Quilt of the month that I have signed up for and I really want to use bright solids.

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The first 3 on the bottom of the pile are actually Essex linens (which I am loving at the moment). The light blue grey and the blue are from our local fabric store – Thimble Pleasures and the Orange from Fresh Stash (an Etsy store). The rest of these solids are 1 yards of Kona cotton that I purchased at Thimble Pleasures.

Geometrics: Who can resist?

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The bottom of the pile are the tone on tone chevron from Riley Blake. I have always liked the yellow on yellow and my 1/2 yard is almost out so I brought this fat quarter bundle from Hoot Couture (an Etsy store).  I like most of it except maybe the brown on brown one. The hexagon fabric on top is probably one of my favorites at the moment – from a color perspective. The fabric is Oink-a-doodle-Moo Chicken wire by Jenn Ski for Moda and I purchased this at aMaterialGirlQuilts (an Etsy Store).

Favorite Complete Bundles: I have two complete bundles I have been hanging out to buy, both are modern and simple prints which is right up my alley. My only issue I am going to have is how do you break up the set or even make that first cut…..

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This first complete set is Pure by Stof. It is a 33 piece fat quarter bundle. Look at the first one – aren’t those navy and reds great together. The second picture equally amazing with the gray’s, greens (loving the mix of green and navy too), and plums. My only disappointment in this bundle was once I saw the plum fabric I wanted more. I hope that Stof consider to do another release with more of the plum and maybe orange or yellow print colors (and then more grays to go with that release). I purchased this bundle from Tactile Fabrics (one of the few Etsy stores that carried this line).IMG_7205

Glimma by Lotta Jansdotter, who can not like this. I am super excited to do her surface printing workshop in June to celebrate my birthday….I cannot wait….6 weeks to go. I was not sure about the indigo prints but the more I look at it the more ideas pop into my head about what projects I can do with this fabric. I think though that the bundle will have to stay complete for a while longer. Of course this new bundle is available several places, I did however want a 1/2 yard bundle with the solids included. I found that Westwood acres had the 24 piece 1/2 hard bundle (I love this Esty store; next week I will show you the other bundles I purchased from here..there is a list ;-)).

Fun Prints: Lastly, I have been buying prints for making kids pouches or pencil cases etc.
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I thought these prints are perfect for girly pouches or even chair bags. These are 5 prints are from the Little Matryoshka Collection by Lori Whitlock for Riley Blake Fabrics. I was not able to get them from one vendor. So from left to right; 1 yard of the Green polka dots and cream dolls were from The Sew Sweet Shoppe, 1/2 yard of Stripes from Bee Yourself Fabrics, and the last two were a 1/2 yard bundle, the pink polka dots and pink dolls, from Hoot Couture .

My last admission, is I am almost finished the 5th 100 comic board inserts set that I use to store my fabrics nicely (as you see above). So, the proof will be in the pudding – I need to start using some of these and put items in my Etsy store, that will be my goal for May and June. Linking up with Plum and June “let’s get acquainted”.

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Hope you all are having a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by, leave a comment and let me know what exciting purchases you have made recently!!! I love seeing others fabric obsessions too 🙂

Grocery tote swap at our guild meeting

Today, was the swap for the grocery tote at my modern quilt guild meeting. I mentioned in my blog on Wednesday that I was going to use the market tote from Patchwork, please. I did, and I think it turned out great. I made some changes to my original plan – the main one being the linen color….I was thinking the black dyed essex linen instead I used sand essex linen.

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I  made some modifications to the design/pattern in the book. They were:

  • I only used one exterior pocket not two, I kept the front one.
  • The front exterior pocket was made from scraps and used quilt as you go. I used binding to finish the top edge.
  • I used pre-quilted material for the straps
  • Finally, I used a piece of plastic along the base to add some strength and additional shape.

As, I am participating in “I took the process pledge” (along with 872 others), I will talk through this bag in more detail later on in the week.

In the meantime, don’t forget the “Zakka Along 2.0::Patchwork, Please” that is starting June 3rd. You can join on flickr here.  If you haven’t bought the book I would highly recommend it….I love this book, so much so that June 3rd seems too far away. I can’t help myself just to keep making my way through the book.

WiP: Star Trek e-Reader cover

For Christmas, my mum got a e-reader. She loves Star Trek specifically Spock. Taking these two things guess what I am making her from Mother’s Day – yep, a Star Trek e-reader cover.

Pattern: I am using a pattern by Atkinson Designs – the Reader Wrap. It is pretty easy and quick to put together. You will probably have materials left over.
Material: Black Essex Linen for the spine. Two Star Trek themed Fabric from JoAnn. All material either had Pellon Shape Flex or Pellon Peltex Ultra Firm.

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Outside Cover (sorry for the blurry photo, I will publish a better one for Friday)
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I only have the binding to go so I should have this done for Friday 😉

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced