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High hopes dashed

I had high hopes for this week coming off a great vacation. Those were soon dashed, as I came back with a head cold… which unfortunately has not improved 4 days later. So, instead I am posting this to share with you all, what my intentions were (thumbs up)…and the fact I love this project.

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Rangers Station is the one project I did not make progress on during my vacation. This quilt I had hoped to finish for the 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge (let’s be honest, I won’t make tomorrow’s deadline, no matter what my voices in my head are telling me).

My design was based on the signs on a rangers station, in the mountains of North Carolina. I used Oakshott Cottons for this quilt. The middle blocks use colors, out of the autumn bundle; and then the border is Lipari (08).

IMG_4073The wind picked up during my photo shoot, I loved how it landed. I think the color additions of  yellows, oranges and the purple/raisin worked well with the “Marsala-like” solid.

For the back I did have a plan of adding prints to solids but pulling the line and cross elements to the back. Here is what I plan to work with.

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Finally, one more shot of the front.
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Good luck to those that enter, I will be coming over to vote!! I encourage you all though, that if you have a chance, enter….they have great prizes!!
2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge

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Sunday Stash (01-2015)

Before Christmas, I was looking for thread that I could use to quilt my Rangers Station quilt. I am happy to report, I found it in Tula Pink’s Moonshine Aurifil boxes. Look, perfect matches.  This quilt will also be my Marsala submission for the upcoming Pantone submission….I know, I am ahead of schedule on this one!!
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I am not going to lie….knowing that I was going to go into Sew your Stash 2015, I did do some purchasing to end 2014 and take advantage of some of the sales.

The first one was to pick up these wonderful Oakshott cotton bundles.

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Another one, that has arrived are these Half yards I picked out at Fat Quarter Shop.

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Only two more purchases I am waiting on, which were paid for in 2014 and planned….Doe (full yards) and some but not all of the new Cotton and Steel prints. I should have the Doe next week to show, and I am so excited. For 2015, is there any fabric lines you can’t wait for?

Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash (see button on the right).

Two people, two finishes

My son (7) and I attended Spoonflower’s sew together, “Pins and Needles” this week (3rd Tuesday of every month), where we both finished our quilt tops.

He was so proud of his patchwork top. He picked out the Kona solid squares from a charm pack and organized the placement randomly. He sewed all the pieces and rows together, and just needed a little help with the pinning and pressing. This is going to be turned into a patchwork pillow for his friend’s Christmas present.
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For my finish, I finished up the Ranger’s Station quilt top pattern. The quilt top is made with Oakshott Cottons. The middle blocks use colors all out of the autumn bundle; and then the border is Lipari (08).

Rangers Station Quilt Top

I have had a hard time getting the colors to show up right in the photos. This is the closest colorings above, but they are so much brighter especially with the light on them. To show you how hard it is to photograph the color’s….this is the same quilt in the shade.

Ranger's Station Quilt Top

Anyway, the pattern for this will be coming out the end of December, so keep an eye out for it in Craftsy store.

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

In the Neighbourhood

It is finally complete!!

“Neighbourhood”

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The original design was inspired by a rug I had seen. This was one of my first designs when I started participating in Quilt Design a Day.
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As soon as I decided that I would make this I knew that I wanted to make it with Oakshott Cottons. Michael Oakshott from Oakshott Cottons kindly sponsored my quilt. The vibrancy of the oranges, yellows, pinks and purples truly make the quilt amazing. I wish you all could see it up close.

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Photo taken at the Biltmore Conservatory with the most amazing orchids (helper is my son)

I did not want to waste any of the Oakshott cottons, so I made an improve “totem-like” strip for the back. I love this as much as the front. The straight line quilting turned out just like I wanted. I used Auriful Sunshine variegated thread. It gave so much texture to the quilt and the color changes in the thread added another (subtle) level of interest.Neighbourhood_Finished_Back
Photo taken at Biltmore Estate (husband is the helper this time)

The best thing about a 4 hour road trip is that you can get some hand stitching done……my project – the binding. The fabulous yellow binding – is Kona School Bus.Neighbourhood_Finished_Action_shot

I am hoping to submit the quilt to Quiltcon Quilt Show, so another plus…I have finished in time for submissions!!

Details

Name: Neighbourhood
Dimensions: ~ 31″ x 33″ Mini Quilt
Design: Michelle Wilkie (inspired by a rug)
Quilted: Straight line quilting  Aurifil #4658 wt. 50 (Sunshine Variegated Thread)
Fabric for Front: Oakshott Cotton + Kona Oyster
Backing: Dottie, Cotton and Steel + Oakshott Cotton + Kona Oyster
Binding: Kona School Bus

Additional Blog Posts

Quilting Close-ups
Quilting process and steps
Back Details
Top Finish
Design + Initial Color Palette

Oakshott-ButtonLinking up with Alyce @Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday (see button on the right) and Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

 

Almost there

This week, I am definitely trying to finish up the Neighbourhood quilt. I am about 3/4 of the way through quilting.

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I am using the sunshine variegated Aurifil thread out of the Tula Pink Kit (#4658) to add some interest. I think it is looking good, those Oakshott Cottons look great!!Close-up Quilting_Neighbourhood

Projects and Progress

Project Target Date Current Status
Neighbourhood Quilt  20SEP2014
(now 27SEP2014)
 TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT (UNDERWAY), BIND
Bjorn the Bear  20SEP2014
(now OCT2014)
 TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Sew Mama Sew Project  29SEP2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Phased Circles Quilt  OCT2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Jungle Ave Tapa  OCT2014  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Cherie Quilt  OCT2014 TOP (UNDERWAY), BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

For my Cherie quilt, I picked out the Cherie fabrics from Frances Newcombe’s line. I want the quilt to be mostly made of the neutral fabrics with a slight pop of pink (like in the design, see link in the table).
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So, last night while watching TV, I started laying out the initial blocks for the Quilt. Cherie_StartThat’s it for this week. Apologies for the photo’s…it has been raining here all day and the light has been terrible for photo’s.

Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

High hopes for vacation projects

I had high hopes for completing a slew of projects on this vacation. Unfortunately, they were dashed, not by the usual reasons but for running out of fabric. Can you believe that!!

Here is what I did accomplish, which definitely will put me in good stead for upcoming weeks (please excuse the photos as I did not have my usual settings or choices in the beach house we were renting).

Spoonflower Sample Quilt
This was actually the one finish I really had. I finished all 9 blocks for my Spoonflower Sample quilt. That means all my classes are prepared for the Modern Block series I am doing at Spoonflower.

Sample Quilt Blocks Complete
Just the white sashing to add and then onto finishing the whole quilt!!

“Neighbourhood” quilt
One of the designs I liked from the first week of Quilt Design a day, the Neighborhood quilt, has been sponsored by Oakshott cottons.

Oakshott-ButtonI was actually able to make a start on it yesterday, and I am already 1/2 way through making this mini quilt (32″ x 34″). The fabric colors are amazing and I am surprised at how well it sew up without too much fraying. I totally understand the love of oakshott cotton now.
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“Phased Circles” quilt
As mentioned on Wednesday, the back is almost complete but I ran out of 1 print + Kona white 2.5″ strips.
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Paper Piecing Testing
I am super excited about this pattern, I am testing. It took a little while but all pieces are cut and glued….ready to start!!
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It’s a wrap. That is all the progress and 1 finish I made this week. So, overall not too bad, if I do say so myself. Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

Sunday Stash #23: Colorshott Cottons

A couple of weeks back, I decided that I wanted to make this quilt design a reality.

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After seeing the vibrancy and depth of Oakshott cottons in Adrianne’s and Juliet’s quilts, I really wanted to do this design in Oakshott cottons.

I decided to take a chance, and it worked out. Thanks to Michael Oakshott, I have these wonderful fabrics to work with.

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Did you know that there are 57 Colourshott cottons now. Below are their two layer cakes (10″ squares) and sample books that make up the 57 fabrics.

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I am thinking of using the fabrics below, for making up the above quilt design. I am trying to decided between either Flax yarn dyed linen or a neutral Kona (like bone, oyster or snow) as a background.

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What colors interest you? Do you have a design you want to make into reality?

I will link this post up next week with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash (see button on the right).