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Moorish Pyramids Pattern Release + Giveaway

I am so excited to announce that I have a new pattern – Moorish Pyramids available via my Craftsy store. It will be free for a limited time during the month of July.

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Castle of the Moors in Sintra, Lisbon, is one of the most inspiring architectural buildings, I have ever seen. This quilt was inspired by the pyramid shapes and how the shadows are cast on the entrance way.

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Originally, this is one of my quilt design a day designs. Art Gallery Fabrics provided me the opportunity to make this using the new line Imprint by Katarina Roccella. Moorish_Pyramids

The quilt measures 60 x 60″ finished. There are a lot of options to make this quilt your own by using different color palettes, color placement and your own quilt design. This finished quilt used straight line quilting with some angled lines, highlighting the pyramid shapes using Aurifil 50wt.

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The quilt pattern can easily be modified to make a smaller or larger quilt by reducing the overall block size.

You can see other projects using Imprint, including this one, in the Look book that came out today.
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[Photo Credit: Art Gallery Fabrics]

Give-away – CLOSED

WINNER: #7 Janet Moilanen – Congratulations Janet, I will send you an email shortly.

To celebrate the pattern release, I am giving away one Fat Quarter Shop Tokyo FQ Bundle featuring Pure Elements by Art Gallery Fabrics (I might sneak in some other AGF scraps that I have).
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Open until July 19th 6pm EST, to enter just leave a comment:

  • Letting me know what colors you would like to make the quilt in
  • If you are a follower, leave another comment letting me know how you follow.

Good Luck, enjoy the pattern.

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Reflection 2013

This was my first full year of sewing/quilting. I originally started sewing in October 2012, and have been addicted to making things and buying fabric, since. I got a lot accomplished this year. My biggest goal was to try a new project/skill every month. I definitely did accomplish that and feel my skills have definitely developed over the year. Here are some of my finishes in 2013.

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I still struggle with “what is my style”, but I am sure it will come the more I make things. I did discover, I like designing from things I see around me (you also have to love pinterest).  I was delighted when my first quilt design won designers choice award, it offered some validation, which of course we all need :-). Since September, when I discovered threadbias, I have been able to come up with these designs. mosaic365af607ffad9a580baf0547924240a9047a0383

 

I have also kept up with the baking/cooking aspect of my blog but I will admit over the year my blog has shifted focus. Some of my favorite recipes over the year include the triple berry trifle, a Banana Nutella Chocolate loaf, Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins and Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake.FoodCollage

I have big plans for 2014, and that I plan to post over the next couple of days. So, that was my year, how was yours?? What do you have planned for 2014??

I have been checking out some of the blogs on the subject that have been already posted….but looking forward to reading them all over the break.

 

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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WiP Wednesday: New quilt/block and Sewing room ideas

It’s another one of those weeks where ideas are coming fast and furious but I have no time to finish anything. The best I can do is just take one project at a time. Here’s what I am working on this week and a couple of ideas I am hoping to implement….Let me know what you think about the ideas below.

Paper Piecing block/New Quilt
I have started a new paper piecing block which I am testing for Juliet @ Tartankiwi. It is another New Zealand bird and this is the 3rd for this series I have made….I have decided to take Laura’s suggestion and make a quilt from the blocks. The first piece is complete.IMG_8555

Chair Bags
I have 3 orders to make this weekend. One is in a similar color palate to this one but with dark purple corduroy.
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The other two are for older boys (5 & 7) using this fabric as a main pocket….I love this fabric it is a science experiment.
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Ideas for my sewing room
I came up with two new things in my sewing room space…..first off, I added a cork board which I made. I will hang it on the wall over the weekend, but it is right beside my sewing machine and it has a list of my to-do projects for the month.  I can get the satisfaction of crossing things off as I go 🙂IMG_8556

Secondly, I really want a bigger space for my design boards. Right now, I have a make shift one which I can move and put away whenever I like. Problem is it’s not really big enough. I have been struggling with, what to do about a design wall, as I have no straight walls really….then it struck me last night (this is when all my best ideas come :-))…..why not put a sliding/hanging door from my ceiling that I can frame/cover in flannel.  I am thinking about something similar  these doors in the photos:
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I am thinking I can put it in front of the bookcase in the picture below and when I need to use it I can pull it out. The whole door would move back and forward on a track. That would give me a decent sized floor to ceiling design wall. What do you think???

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

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Lovely Year of Finishes – September goal

Oh my gosh!!! I hate to do this, but have you started thinking about Christmas? The thought came to me this week when I got an order for two twin quilts. We started to discuss dates and then finally decided that the best timing for having the quilts done would be for Christmas gifts.

I don’t have too much to do directly for Christmas, 3 twin quilts and 3 stockings but I would like to partake in my company’s Christmas Craft fair. So right now I am thinking about stock I will need…

  • Christmas stockings (none in stock – would like 10-15)
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  • Cushion/Pillow covers (only two in stock so far – thinking I need 10)
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  • Chair bags/pockets (have 7 in stock but would like 14)
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  • Gift card holders (none in stock – would like 10)
  • Pencil cases, Pencil rolls (none in stock but would like 10)

This means a lot of work between now and Christmas. This leads to this month’s “Lovely Year of Finishes” goal – I would like one of the twin quilts finished.
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I am deciding between one of the three following quilts to do this month (these are the 3 that need to be done by Christmas):

This quilt by Knotty Gnome http://blog.knottygnome.com/2013/07/sparkling-diamonds.html
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This quilt by Just Quilts
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Or Candy Coated from Sunday Morning Quilts (the one on the cover):
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Off to the drawing/design board and to see what others are up to this month.

March Goal Progress Report

I feel I have made quite a bit of Progress on many of my goals this month. I still may have bitten of more than I can chew. Reminder for April – no more than 3 craft goals !!! Checking in with Lovely Year of Finishes.

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Before I move into where I am at for March, I have planned the new technique to try for June (how’s that for planning). For my birthday (June 8th), I booked a workshop with Lotta Jansdotter who does amazing fabric printing, and to top it all off, I can spend the weekend in NEW YORK!!! You can check out her website here. I am so excited.

Ok, back to the now!!!  I did finish a little hexie coffee cup sleeve for a custom order, in addition to my March goals. Here is where I am at for March:

  1. Bottom, Baste and Quilt, the “Four Seasons in one day” (named after a crowded house song).
    Back finish, Basted, and my first line of quilting done.
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  2. Finish 2 sets of chair bags.
    No Progress.
  3. Finish 1 set of pot holders (custom order)
    Fabric Ordered.
  4. Finish a E-reader case
    No Progress.
  5. Sew + Finish the Triple zip pouch
    Fabric Cut, ready to start sewing.
  6. Kiwi Paper Piecing Cushion Cover
    Completed on Friday. This by far has been my favorite project and I love how it turned out.
  7. Make 1-2 Blocks for our Madrona Road Challenge
    Design decided and first block complete

Continue with my more general goals

  1. Continue with Life Style Challenge with a focus on:
    – No Sugar or Processed Food
    I am doing ok on processed food but awful in avoiding sugar – need to work on that the next two weeks
    – Exercise 3 times a week
    I have executed a plan and suckered in a friend to walk with my twice a week – Thanks Su 🙂
  2. Post 3 times a week min.
    Definitely doing well on this one
  3. Post a new recipe each week
    Yes, at least one recipe a week

Finish it up Friday – Paper pieced Kiwi

I am so excited on how my first paper piecing project turned out. On Wednesday, I shared with you  the little kiwi I was embarking on. Here is the finished paper piecing block – I’ve framed it ready to be the front of a 18 inch cushion cover….

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One of my March goals done – try a new technique, paper piecing. A big thank you to Juliet @ tartankiwi for the design and pattern, I had a lot of fun with it. I will definitely do more paper piecing.

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