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My Lotta Aerial Quilt

Melanie said it best over @ Mel in the attic with her Aerial quilt finish. This quilt represents so many great memories of one short weekend.

As mentioned in my summary of Sew Down Nashville, one of my favorite activities was Carolyn Friedlander‘s paper piecing class using her mini aerial quilt. Everyone’s quilt reflects their own personality, and it is so much fun seeing some of them being finished now.

Well good news, I managed to finish my top today.LottaAerialQuiltAll the blocks are made with various prints from Lotta Jansdotter Echo, Bella, Glimma, Mormor and Sylvia lines. The border is black yarn dyed essex linen.

I am thinking of quilting it with a crop circle-like design, like these:
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Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

 

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Sew Down Nashville: Paper piecing and hand appliqué

Sunday, the last day of sew down continued the wonderful classes, lectures, socializing and food. The first class of the day was Carolyn Friedlander’s paper piecing class using her aerial quilt.  We had a chat about layout, as I had chosen my fabrics based on the full quilt and the class was a mini quilt. Carolyn_Michelle_AerialQuilt

This mini version of Carolyn’s aerial is my favorite layout, and it is the one we are making in class. Paper piecing was not new too me, so this class was not challenging but I love the pattern. I was so excited and knew I would be using my Lotta Jansdotter fabric stash, that I had been saving up.CarolynFriedlander_AerialQuilt

I managed to finish 3 of 8 blocks in class, which I was thrilled about. The other 5 blocks will be all grey, black and white. I loved how my first blocks turned out. You can check out some of the other people’s blocks on Carolyn’s blog.AerialQuilt_LottaJansdotter

After lunch, our final class commenced with Anna Maria Horner. Of course, we took advantage of a photo-op. with Anna Maria – who wouldn’t right??Michelle_AMH_Daisy_Antionette
(Photo Left to Right: Me, Anna Maria, Daisy, Antoinette)

Anna Maria’s class was on Modern Corsage where you could choose to use either:

  • Structured design and piecing
  • Or fussy cutting and hand appliqué techniques.

This project definitely took me out of my comfort zone…way beyond my comfort zone. I decided to do the fussy cutting and hand appliqué, as this was all new to me. It took me a while to decide on my background fabric and then from there it came together.

I added the low volume prints with the focus print for the complete background. The flowers were fussy cut from a variety of Anna Maria’s fabrics. Currently, they are pinned but will be basted on, then hand-appliquéd. I was so surprised how this turned out….I am not huge on flowers but I can picture the end result and I am excited. ModernCorsage_AMHClass

To finish off the day, I took a couple of celebrity shots of our wonderful organizers. Elizabeth, Heather and Jen did a fantastic job all round. The classes were so great, the food was wonderful and it all ran so smoothly. ElizabethDackson_Michelle
(Photo: Me, Elizabeth Dackson)

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(Photo Left to Right: Heather Grant, Me, Jen Carlton Bailey)

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).

Sunday Stash #13: A Sew Down Nashville special

I have been missing in action for a couple of days, here on my blog; definitely not though if you follow me on instagram. The main reason for the absence…I was in Nashville for the Modern Quilt Guild Sew Down Nashville.Airport_SewdownI had a blast and will definitely sharing the fabulous time over the next few days. Today though, it is all about the goodies from Sew Down Nashville.

We received a few free goodies through-out the conference. Great Dear Stella Dots, a couple of Charm Packs and I won Elizabeth Dackson’s new book “Becoming a Confident Quilter”. I was ecstatic!!Sewdown_Goodies


On Friday night, we were off to Anna Maria Horner’s Studio/House….I know unbelievable right?? Of course, she was selling fabric…and I bought some.AMH_BundlesLinens

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There were gift packs from Anna Maria Horner as well…they had fat quarters of her new line that is coming out later this year. Yes, I have some.
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I also picked up some of Angela Walters new line, while participating in her FMQ class.
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I am sharing this fabulous love!!! Ashley @ Wasn’t Quilt in the Day, who has a major AMH class and has had a birthday this week, is getting these FQ.
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So, stay tuned for the rest of the week for a synopsis of the weekend….and next Sunday Stash I will have my HUGE surprise (if you are on instagram, ml_wilkie….you know what that will be), that should be arriving.

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

 

Slow goings

With the hubby being out-of-town most of the week, working full-time and looking after my sprout (son), I did not have time to do much this week. I definitely did not get in my 30 minutes a day.

I added 1 more block to my X and + quilt blocks to make 10 (only 38 to go – obviously not reaching my “A lovely year of finishes” goal for this month)…but at least there was progress!!
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I made two iPhone/iPad stands.
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I also am excited for two reasons…my mum is arriving from NZ today!!! and I am starting to pull fabrics for the classes at Sew Down Nashville. Here are my fabric selections for Carolyn Friedlander’s class using her Aerials quilt design.

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(image taken from Pink Chalk Fabrics who sell the pattern)

First off it is all Lotta Jansdotter prints that I have been saving for the right project. This is it!! I am planning on mostly blacks, whites and greys; with a section of the yellows and oranges.

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I am hoping to get a whole lot done this weekend to catch-up and finish of my quarterly project goals.

P.S. Book Review Tuesdays will be back 2nd Tuesday in April.

Carolyn Friedlander’s “The Grove” class + Winner of Book Review giveaway

This weekend, I had the opportunity to attend Carolyn Friedlander’s The Grove class. It is a paper piecing pattern, which was so totally unexpected. The class was well constructed, and the pattern was wonderful to work with. I managed to finish two blocks of the 12 block quilt. I still have a lot of work to do…yes, it means I have another WiP :-).

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I am using various Kona cotton neutrals for the backing and Collage by Carrie Bloomston for the trees. I am so happy I broke out my Collage fat quarter bundle.

Meeting Carolyn was definitely the highlight of the day. She was so lovely and was open to questions around various topics from appliqué techniques, quilt market, and designs/patterns. She bought along her trunk show and we got to see her pillows and quilts she had made from Kona cottons and her new Botanics line.

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Two things I am now looking forward to since, I took this class:

  1. Buying Carolyn’s new line – it is amazing. You should see Carolyn’s amazing quilts she has made with her new line. LOVE!! I may have to buy 1/2 to 1 yard of the whole line.
  2. Taking Carolyn’s class at Sew Down Nashville next year (yes, I am registered!!!)

I loved the block so much, it made me change the blocks I was sending Cath @ Wombat quilts for her October Scrap-bee-licious blocks (requirement a paper pieced block of low-volume fabrics). I added this low-volume grove block into the mix. The text-based print is part of “Road 15” Fabric line and the grey stripes is from “Just for Fun – Creative Thursday”

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I am linking up with Lee over @ Freshly pieced for WiP Wednesday.

Last part of today’s post….the announcement of the winner of Elizabeth Hartman’s “The Practical Guide of Patchwork”  (last week’s book for Book Review Tuesday) is:

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which is Gill Watson (buntyw). I am sending you an email to get your mailing details. Congratulations!!!