The Rainbow Tree

I promised you a few posts back that I’d update you on that rainbow tree. Here it is, mostly together, or really as together as it can get until my large machine is on a table. I used a product called Florioni Applikay Wonder, and it truly is that. This will be raw edge applique, so I needed something to stick the pieces down well enough to hold. I’m not convinced I’d do raw edge for something that sees heavy duty, but this particular tree should be used lightly, hung on the wall or put on a pillow. Of course, with all the little people in my house, a pillow doesn’t always mean light duty! =}

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Swoon Wins Out!

I made a decision on my Hunky Dory quilt. It’ll be a Swoon quilt. I’m rather excited to start this new project, even though there are something like ten tops that need finishing in my queue……oh well! Time to get busy arranging fabric!

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Hunky Dory Project Beginnings

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I’ve decided to cut into one of my collections, Hunky Dory. As I was researching last night, I found that it’s fairly old, for a fabric collection, 2011. So…three years later, I’m cutting into it for the first time! I’ve found a lovely grey to match {Kona Ash to be exact}. Now all I’m lacking is….a pattern.

I’ve considered modern crosses, like this quilt. I like the look of them, but would I get tired of them, because this quilt is going to be huge?

I’ve considered Dresden plates, like this one, also made out of Hunky Dory. Only it would also be bigger. Much bigger.

And then there’s the wild card, something like a Modified Bento Box, or a Herringbone design, or even a Swoon quilt.

Leave a comment and let me know which one is your favorite idea! I’ll make some choices this weekend, so I can get my pattern ordered or (gasp) find it amongst my things. Thanks in advance for your input! =}

 

The Creative Process

This morning I started off with an idea, some scraps, and a bit of background fabric. The thought was to create a small block, that will be the beginnings of a larger work. I wound up with not one but two separate blocks. It’s interesting to see how I got from point A to point B. I started with this concept art, just a rough jumble of scraps in the right colors to work out what goes {sort of} where.

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From that I measured and made an adjustment to my plan, as both of these two things together didn’t work for my size parameters. Besides, the tree is WAY bigger than the house, and that didn’t work in my brain! =}

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I separated the tree and the house, then gave the house a tree that matches it better. But I couldn’t get that rainbow tree out of my head. So, I went back and played with it more. Here’s what I have so far. This was just a few minutes of sewing in between our very busy lives today, so I want to encourage you to find a minute or two here and there and make something! I’m still debating on the tree trunk, purple wood-grain or a grey bark. We shall see!!

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Thanks for going on this “creative journey” with me! I’ll keep you updated as far as what these become!

 

 

 

 

Cell Phones and Guild Meetings

I’ve had an interesting experience with cell phones lately! Y’all know I just moved, so my previous guild always asks that you use your phone to “check in” at the meetings. That way, the guild gets some advertising on your facebook page, right? Therefore encouraging more people to come to guild meetings!

My new traditional guild asks at the beginning of each meeting that we silence our phones. Most of the attendees didn’t even use the camera on their phones during meeting, and not a single beep or ring was heard. It was…….well……strange!

The Modern Quilt Guild I attend is a multimedia event! It’s “Let me show you a picture of the finished quilt,” or “Here’s how to get to that page.” It’s not just phones, but tablets and computers as well! As a true techno-user, I heart this kind of open use of technology as a tool.

I get that there are times and places it’s not appropriate, but I wonder how many guilds are doing themselves a disservice by limiting the use during meetings, or simply be ignoring the awesome possibilities at their fingertips!

What are your thoughts? Do you think cell phones are annoying during meetings, or do we need to embrace the tech?

Time to Sew

I’m sure by now, all my readership is well aware that Robin Williams has passed. Between his sudden death and my reading material right now, I’m reminded that life is so very short. I’m also reminded of how important it is to get a little time doing things you enjoy-for our mental health. For me, that means time with family and friends. But it also means a little time here and there to sew. I’ll confess. I still have plenty of boxes that need unpacking. I still haven’t found my silly sugar bowl! That work has its place in my day, but I’m glad there’s also time to sew. Once all the move things are finalized, school is in session, and life begins to slow down, I’ll plan a bit more sewing time. For now, short sewing sessions are enough!

Do somethin’ you enjoy today, ok?

More Stash and a Bee Block

I recently made and sent a bee block off to one of my Modern Instabee mates.Luckily, since it was a hard block, I thought to take a picture of it before I sent it! In truth, it wasn’t that difficult. Not like the 76 piece sampler block! =}

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And just today, I was playing in the stash…..er, I mean working. I was working on color coding my Tula Pink fabrics. {Lovely, lovely fabrics…..sigh.} I found my City Sampler blocks-woohoo! And the book that still has plenty of blocks still in it. If you ever start this awesome project, try to go in order. Trust me. =}

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One more thing…….if you ever find this fabric, and it’s not a hundred dollars a yard, you might should buy it!

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I have 3.25 yards. Do you think I should sell mine?

Show Me Your Stash

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While I wasn’t looking, my stash grew! I blame it on moving. The first thing I packed completely, taped boxes and all, was my quilting fabric. Apparently, a quilter and her fabric are not that easily parted. I wound up buying fabric here and there and working on different quilt tops, or opening boxes to find just the right fabric for a bee block. That left me with a jumble of boxes full of more fabric than I thought I had, and in which the colors were all rearranged a few times!!

Yesterday, while the family was quiet, before dinner and after a good lunch, I tackled that mess. I sorted by mostly color, and a little by collection. {On a side note, that’s always been a debate with me, color vs collection. Do you keep all of California Dreamin together for its quilty lifetime, or do you put it into the color sorted section once you’re done with the first quilt? I don’t know.} What I had was a few collections that I hadn’t used yet, and quite a bit of lone fabric pieces that went into a color family. Imagine fabric stacked everywhere, by color. Kinda neat!

It’s amazing what you can learn about your own likes and dislikes when you go through a huge reorganization of this kind! I learned that I really like dots right now, along with anything aqua, navy, lime, or dark olive. I learned that I don’t buy whole collections very often. The more I learn and grow, the less I want every fat quarter in the bundle. I usually want two or three, and add them to my “painter’s palette”. It’s kind fun arranging the stash, huh?

 It’s all put away neatly into an unused closet. I’ve never had a fabric closet before, so that’s super fun. The shelf keeps the fabric organized, but the door keeps the light out. The top shelf is collections, the bottom shelf is large cuts, and my own “color wall” is in between. My conclusion for the day? I spent a few months just collecting fabric, instead of buying and then using. Time to fix that by sewing more and shopping less! And definitely time to dig into and cut up those collections!

What about you? Are you willing to post pictures of your stash, or tell us about it? Do you think you would benefit from a major reorg? Are you making efforts to make your stash more manageable?

Good Charity Pattern

Last you heard from me, I had gone on a quilt shop adventure across my new state, through little towns, farms, and downtown areas. On that shop adventure, I found Kelly Ann’s Quilting. While there, I bought a quilt kit I couldn’t live without. {Nevermind that I’ve never bought a quilt kit. I don’t normally like them, or I want red and it has green. You get the idea…..I like to do my own thing.}

Well, here’s the kit. And the pattern, which I already owned. That’s a testament to how much I reeeeeally like this pattern and fabrics together!

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And here’s the way I laid mine out. It’s turning out super cute! {Just don’t remind hubby that I’m taking over the dining room with the design wall-it could be a sore spot!} Both the pattern and the fabrics are Swirly Girl Designs. The pattern is called Perfect Ten, and it would make a VERY good Quilt of Valor. It’s relatively easy to sew up, no special seams, is fast, and it’s also very complicated looking when finished!

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Bento Box QOV Finishing Touches

I added the finishing touches to this Quilt of Valor this morning! Each QOV gets a label (something we really should do for every quilt), a presentation case, and a letter to the recipient. Sometimes these finishing details take more effort (in my mind) than making the actual quilt! I’m glad to be getting this particular one finished up, as I have many other quilts, QOV’s, and projects in my brain that just NEED to be made! =}

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