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Get your curves on

Last year for my birthday, we went to New York and the highlight was participating in Lotta Jansdotter printing class. This year, there was no need to go anywhere for a great start to my birthday weekend. I had taken advantage of a great opportunity, and signed up for Sherri Lynn Wood’s class “Get your Curves on” that was held @ Spoonflower’s Greenhouse (which is local to me).

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I was excited this morning, and out the door by 8am on a Saturday (unheard of in our house!!). Grabbed my Starbucks and I was rearing to go. I had never sewn curves, so I couldn’t wait to try something new.

The morning part of the class focused on making “blocks” or curved pieces. The whole idea of the curves class is really just “go with the flow”. I had originally chosen my color palette to be mustard and blues…that soon changed with this very organic process. There was no measuring, no rulers, no planning…improv. in every way. Here were my “blocks”.
Curved Pieces

After lunch, it was all about constructing your curved pieces, transforming them one at a time. You really did not know how one affected the next so you could not plan…”Go with the flow”. Anxieties were running high but in the end the whole process was very liberating. This is my quilt at the end of the day.
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I plan to appliqué the top piece on and I may add some bias pieces to the edges before stitching to a background fabric. I am super pleased with how this is turning out.

You can check out more of Sherri Lynn Wood’s class @ Dainty Time. She will also be teaching at Quiltcon 2015.

Stop by tomorrow (which is my birthday), as I will be having a fabric giveaway for my birthday.

The End: Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

It’s finished!! My butterfly quilt. Can you believe it, I actually finished a quilt in one month…I mean it is actually quilted and bound. A couple of first’s with this quilt:

  • My first time Free-Motion Quilting a quilt
  • My first time quilting on my new Janome machine
  • First time machine binding a quilt

I loved how it turned out. I was so nervous last night, as I changed the quilting design from a meander (stippling) to a loopy design. I quickly practiced, since this was going to be my first Free-Motion Quilted quilt. I decided I could do it. Here is the big unveiling: Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

I backed the quilt with Les Amis Ripples in Aqua Flannel purchased at Hawthorne Threads. I love the binding with the small grey lines (fabric: Just for fun, tiny stripes, from Marisa and Creative Thursday which can be found at Rock Paper Scissors NJ), from a distance it looks like a light grey solid. I have machine bound smaller items like pot holders and coffee cup sleeves but never a quilt. Why not give it a try. It turned out well.

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Lastly, like I mentioned above, I free-motion quilted loops. I think it turned out pretty well. I am happy that I changed from meander to loops. For some reason meander designs always reminds me of either coral or alien fingers :-). I loved the denseness of the quilting as it leaves lots of texture. I loved using my Aurifil Light grey thread – it quilts so nicely.

Kaleidoscope of Butterflies_LoopyQuiltingSo, one last photo of the two big butterflies as I think they are fantastic and a highlight for me.
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Details

Name: Kaleidoscope of Butterflies
Dimensions: ~ 30″ x 50″ (Crib-sized quilt)
Design: Overall quilt is original design; Butterfly paper piecing patterns are by Juliet @ Tartankiwi
Quilted: FMQ Loopy Design in Aurifil 2600 wt. 50
Fabric for Front: Includes fabrics from Amy Butler, Frances Newcombe, Kaffe Fassett, Carolyn Friedlander, Alison Glass, Tula Pink, Deena Rutter,  Rashida Coleman-Hale, Lotta Jansdotter
Backing: Les Amis Ripples in Aqua Flannel, Patty Sloniger
Binding: Just for fun, tiny stripes, from Marisa and Creative Thursday

Other details can be found in these two posts:

Linking up with ALOYF (see button on the right) as this was my May goal…and I made it (for once :-D…big smile) and Sew Cute Tuesday (see button on right also).

 

 

 

Butterflies in my stomach

I have butterflies in my stomach….I am loving where the “Kaleidoscope of Butterflies” quilt has gone. Is it not totally satisfying when something in your head actually turns out how you image!!

Well, the quilt top is complete.

Kaleidoscope of Butterflies
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Can I just say, I got to use some of my favorite lines in here too, which makes me so happy. For the butterflies there is a little of:

  • Safari Moon (Frances Newcombe),
  • Alchemy (Amy Butler),
  • Tsuru (Rashida Coleman)
  • Tiled Flowers (Kaffe Fassett),
  • Comma (Zen Chic),
  • Briar Rose (Heather Ross),
  • Notting Hill (Joel Dewberry)

For the scrappy low-volume background I have included:

  • Architextures, Botanics (Carolyn Friedlander)
  • Sun Print Text, Sun Print Corsage Clover Sunshine, (Alison Glass),
  • Les Amis (Patty Sloniger),
  • Mormor (Lotta Jansdotter),
  • Bluebird Park (Kate and Birdie),
  • Bark and Birch (Eloise Renouf)

The patterns for the butterflies are by Juliet @ Tartan Kiwi. Her patterns are so easy to follow, they are definitely a favorite of mine. You can find the two patterns on Craftsy, here are the links:

I think each of the butterflies deserve a close up.

Large 10″ Butterfly
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Medium 8″ Butterfly8in_Butterfly

Small 5″ Butterflies5in_butterflies

 

The scrappy low-volume background was, definitely, what was in my head but I started to have doubts in the process of laying it out. I love that I posted on IG and instantaneously got feedback…love this community…and I kept moving along.

Background_Planning_creams  Background_Planning_teal

The other question I was going back and forward with was if the cream/pink background (left) was to subtle (wishy-washy). I played around with adding a low-volume teal in the mix (right)….as you can see that is what I stayed with. I think it adds a depth and balance to the top.

Now onto basting, quilting and binding.

Don’t forget to go over and vote for the Bloggers quilt festival. There are some fantastic entries. Here were my two entries; A Fine Day and Hothouse Orchids.

I will be catching up on replying to comments today, I promise!! I am linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

Project of the Month??

I know this sounds terrible but I am struggling this month on what I should choose as my “A lovely year of finishes”.

This is what should have happened in April, which is not too bad:

April Where is it at?
Attend Nashville Sew Down DONE
Blocks and Patterns complete for
Sample Block Mini Quilt
 3/9 COMPLETE
Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks  ALMOST COMPLETE (1 complete,
2 cut and ready for piecing + 1 cut)
Stash Bee Blocks  DONE
Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)  LOW PRIORITY – NO PROGRESS
Border & Lines Project Check-in  NO PROGRESS

I did add additional projects too, unfortunately that has meant more UFO’s. You can see my original goals for May here. This month, my projects are varied and I would like to make progress on all of it.

  • Sample Quilt (finish off all 9 blocks)
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  • Tapa Star Pillows (Finish completely)
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  • DS Chicopee pillow
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  • Stitch and Flip Quilt (Baste, Quilt and Bind) – Practice FMQ
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  • Lotta Aerial Quilt (Baste, Quilt and Bind)
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  • Bee Blocks (Scrap-bee-licious and Stash bee blocks)

However, the one project I select for this month, is a project that is brand new and not a any list previously. It is a baby quilt made with Juliet @ Tartankiwi’s butterfly paper piecing block. I have a color scheme in mind and a design, so stay tuned.!! This is what I a linking up.

Linking up with “A lovely year of finishes” (see button on the right).

Instagram + Friday night sew along

A couple of months ago I mentioned I was going to start using instagram. Verdict in….I love it. Why do I love it??

  • The instant feedback you get from the community
  • Takes way less time than blogging as a photo and short comment is all that is needed.
  • I love the fact you share more of your lives with people – it’s not all quilty things (the community accepts it on instagram more than in a blog). It seems more liberating to me, at least.
  • I love how you can actually see how your blocks may look in a repetitive pattern (once people like your photo – that small image repeats…I love that look).
  • Fabric destash (yes, you can purchase fabric on instgram…I had been missing out on that opportunity)
  • My favorite thing though, is joining in Friday Night Sew Along (thank you Miss Sarah!! for starting that trend) #Fridaynightsewalong

This is what I shared this week and most of it was through #fridaynightsewalong.

  1. Scrap-bee-licious April Blocks all pieced and ready for sewing IMG_1548IMG_1550
  2. Aerial Quilt top finish from yesterday’s post. #fridaynightsewalong
  3. Tapa Star Striped Pillow top complete (finally…almost done). #fridaynightsewalongIMG_1562
  4. Also, I finally made progress on the DS Chicopee Pillow – all pieces in each rows are sewn. #fridaynightsewalongIMG_1564

That’s my instagram (ml_wilkie) time this week and #fridaynightsewalong. If you are not using Instagram yet – I think you will love it.

My week of sewing…Progress being made

I am loving my new machine. Thank you all, who commented and wished me fun on my new machine – sorry I have not had a chance to reply. I have a good reason though…I have been sewing most nights…

Over the weekend, I finished all my blocks for Carolyn Friedlander’s Mini Aerial quilt. I used various prints of Lotta Jansdotter’s lines (echo, bella, glimma, mormor and sylvia). I plan to finish the top for Friday.

AerialQuilt_FinishedBlocksI am pleased with how it is turning out. I think I am going to add some Essex-dyed Linen around the edge and possibly bind it in an eggplant print or teal print from the Lotta Jansdotter lines.

Monday night, I spent the time redesigning my sampler quilt to include the right colors based on the bundle I selected and adding the sashing. I also simplified a couple of blocks.
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I then moved on to cutting and writing up the fabric requirements and cutting instructions for making the top row of this quilt. This is the fabric selection (check out this post for details), but I have decided to drop the pink and possibly use it for binding.
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Tuesday, I was sewing up the second block of the top row, it turned out fantastic. I am so looking forward teaching the blocks at Spoonflower next month.

The rest of my week, I am planning on keeping up with my great progress:

  • Wednesday – last block of first row of my sampler quilt
  • Thursday – Photograph blocks + sewing together my aerial quilt blocks and finish top
  • Friday – Start 15/30 min. daily practice sessions for FMQ ( I plan on blogging my progress over the next two weeks – 1 month…maybe in a photo a day type style via instagram with a week blog summary??).

That’s it for my week of progress and activities. Keep an eye out for Book Review Tuesday next week – it will be a FMQ special.

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

Sew Down Nashville: FMQ and improvisational piecing + Winner

Sew Down Nashville was fantastic. Heather, Elizabeth and Jen, from The Modern Quilt Guild, organized the best weekend activity/conference, I have ever attended.

Friday evening, kicked off our sewing with open sew, where you could sew any project with others, in a social environment….like a giant bee. I worked on my hexagon (EPP) lap quilt which is slowly progressing; perfect when traveling. Can you believe it, I finished around midnight.
Hexagon_OpenSew The weekend did not slow down a second from then on. Each class exceeded my expectations. First up, was Angela Walters Free Motion Quilting class. If you ever get a chance to take her class – do….she has such a great flow and structure in her teaching…..she is funny and down to earth which made it a lot of fun. I know!! FMQ fun!!Angela_Me

This was one of her quilts she had on display….one of the quilts, you say, “When I grow up I want to be able to do this”:Angelas_FMQ

I struggled with the more curvy designs. Pebbling, which was our first lesson and my first time I have attempted it, was hard more due to the fact I got lost and didn’t know where to go next. Pebble_FMQ

My favorite designs for Angela’s class was the more geometric shapes. To get the points to be more prominent instead of rounded corners, she passed on the knowledge to pause and then move on so that the needle/stitch catches well. Great tip!!, now I just need to not keep my foot on the pedal and sew 2-3 stitches in the same place 🙂Geometric_FMQ

Practice, practice, practice. Angela talked about how she would for 15 minutes a day just sit at her sewing machine and practice…I think it will be my next months challenge (Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs….sounds like a 3030SC right??).

Victoria Findlay Wolfe, was up next for improvisational piecing. A fantastic class to take those out of their comfort zone, especially if you are a pattern follower. Of course, this one was right up my alley and loved it!

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These were some of my favorite mini quilts that she had bought with her. I love that she has all these vibrant colors in her quilts. All those small pieces did not start out small, it’s all about how you piece the together…and then trim.Victorias_Quilts

In her class I learned how to do a Y seam…folks nice and easy – why was I freaked out about these before 🙂 Also, I managed to improv two blocks…I now have a new project in my head on how I would use these.Improv_YSeam_VictoriasClass

 

Saturday finished up with another open sew and can you believe it I was almost first one to breakfast each morning (7:30 am – yes hubby, I can be an early rising) and one of the last to leave each open sew.  I finished this open sew with a completed block!!
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Final part of business today….the winner of Quilt Essentials (btw, I met the author at sew down!!)…is
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Who is Sarah @ For Russia. Congratulations, I will send C&T Publishing/Stash books your details.

I am linking up with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social (see button on right).