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Natural Corridors

I have finally finished my charity quilt that was completed as part of our guild’s Spoonflower Fabric Challenge.

The rules of the challenge were:

  • Any child sized quilt in any design goes
  • Use the FE Spoonflower fabric bundle
  • You can add up to 3 solids

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I loved the color palette. I knew exactly the quilt design I wanted to use. My first quilt design ever – “Natural Corridors“.
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This design was based on a concept that I studied in Ecology. In nature, a corridor is a link of habitat, generally native vegetation, which joins two or more larger areas of similar wildlife habitat. Corridors are critical for the maintenance of ecological processes including allowing for the movement of animals and the continuation of viable populations.
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The solids, I used with the FE Spoonflower bundle, were Kona white and pickle. My math was a little off, once I increased the pattern to lap-size, so to compensate I added the scrappy row at the top. This mistake actual is my favorite part of the quilt. The quilt top was perfect, as it took me 3 hours to make up, and I was limited on time.

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I kept the backing simple by using tangerine Crosshatch (Carolyn Friedlander) wide back fabric. The binding I actually used two fabrics. This chevron fabric was used to bind the lighter scrappy row at the top and then a darker blue for the rest of the quilt. I think it works and balances out the quilt well.

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Details

Name: Natural Corridors
Design:
Designed by me
Fabric: Solids: Kona White & Pickle, FE Spoonflower fabrics:

Dimensions: 54″ x 56″
Quilted: Cary Quilting Company

I am so excited to give this to our challenge charity – Raleigh Methodist home for Children and to a child who I hope will love it.

If anyone is interested in the pattern let me know and I can work on releasing it before the end of the year. Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

 

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Sunday Stash {11.11.2013} + Fort Fisher, NC

Over the weekend I received the Critter Patch fabric for my winning quilt design – Natural Corridors. The amount I received is enough to make up the quilt. It is a very cute fabric line – perfect for a baby quilt. I thought I would pay it forward by making the quilt up over the Christmas break, and donate it to our guild’s charity.

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Also over the weekend, I had a blast at the Triangle MQG quilting retreat. I didn’t get everything I wanted done but I have come along way. There were a couple of late nights actually quilting. I was so engrossed in sewing up my projects that I didn’t even see the beach – crazy I know :-D.

The boys (hubby and son) also came along to the beach, and had a great time at the North Carolina Fort Fisher Aquarium. Here are some of their shots (photographer: Daniel Kummer).

Outside the Aquarium (You can see the weather is great. That is my little cutie 🙂 )
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I hope you all have a great week. I am linking up to Fiona’s Sunday Stash @ Finding Fifth.

First Quilt Design – Contest Winner

I fell of my chair this week when I received an email from threadbias congratulating me in being a runner-up in their quilt design contest. Well, imagine my surprise when they actually posted the results yesterday and my quilt design was in fact the grand prize winner!!!

This was my entry that won. Alyssa Thomas, the designer, posted a wonderful blog explaining why she choose it.  I am so thrilled, and on cloud nine.
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I have been playing around with this design. I tried the design with solids, specifically Kona Sunrise. I really like it with solids and think it would be a fun, fast quilt. I actually have the Kona Sunrise charm packs, so I think I will add this to my to-do list.

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New quilt design: Natural Corridors

I am thoroughly enjoying Threadbias’ quilt designer tool at the moment. Here is my second quilt design “Natural Corridors” which I designed to by simple, minimal and asymmetric. The design is inspired from my ecology background…natural corridors exist connecting wildlife populations, these are essential for biodiversity but are rapidly decreasing.

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I am using this design as my entry for the Critter Patch (the fabric line in the design) Baby Quilt competition over at threadbias.com. You can check it out here, and while you are there have a go at using their designer tool.

If anyone has tips on how to write-up a pattern, discuss what steps you should take, what not to do….. I would love to hear them.