Monthly Archives: May 2010

168 Hexagons

Last month, I went to The Quilt Place in Rockledge, FL.  They have packages of 10 in. fabric that come with a free pattern.  I picked up the “Just for the Hex of It” with Kaffe Fassett fabric.  Click here for the picture of the quilt that I am making.  Then 168 Hexagons later and a relaxing day on the patio….here are my stacks of Hexagons:

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I haven’t even started the 336 triangles; however, thankfully I am able to borrow the plastic template (Thanks Mom!).

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My First Attempt with Free Motion Quilting

Since I was young, I have doodled.  Throughout my school years, all of my notes were doodled.  Thus, the whole free motion quilting concept  intrigued me.  After lots of reading about stippling, the first step of attempting this technique still intimidated me.  It takes forever to even get to the quilting process.  There is a lot of time involved from the fabric selection, cutting, the layout, the piecing all before getting to the quilting stage.  I didn’t want to mess up an entire quilt top for a trial run.  So this week was my experimental week with practicing on scraps, scraps, and more scraps  Finally, I was ready to work on an actual quilt top.  I started small with a table runner.  It turned out better than expected.  I have three more table runners to go before I am ready to attempt my first “larger” quilt top!

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Orange and Green

Thank you for all of your help in a previous posting with the suggestions for the sashing color on my Whirly Wheels Quilt.  Between Orange and Green, Orange won for the sashing.  However, I just liked the green so much that I used it for the borders.  The top is complete.  Here is a glimpse of it before it is quilted this weekend:

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Ready to Quilt

After six weeks of classes, the quilt top is ready to quilt.  I had fun with the sashing and the mitered borders.

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival: Seascape Quilt

Here is a landscape seascape wall hanging quilt using the techniques from Karen Echmeier’s Accidental Landscapes Book.  Out of all of the quilts that I have made, this is the only quilt that I have kept.  This quilt included new topics for me: quilting without a true pattern, adding a hanging sleeve and label, using lace within a quilt, and raw edge quilting for the trees.  This is my favorite quilt, so far!

Check out the other quilts within the Blogger’s Quilt Festival:

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The Friday Night Sew In

The Friday Night (…and into the early hours of Saturday) Sew In was very productive.  I started a confetti quilt with the leftover batiks from my quilting class.  Using the technique demonstrated for this project, it was a sew as you want method.  As the night progressed, my quilt top developed.  Since the Sew In was hosted at a fabric store, I was able to easily incorporate new fabrics and colors.  Along with the green and blue fabrics, I added brown to the mix.  I was able to make whatever number of 4.5 inch squares and the center of each fabric square was cut with no pattern, making each block different.  It is truly a quick quilt — and a fun one too!

Here is the layout with the border and backing (left strip)

Also, check out the creativity with the other Friday Night Sew In Projects on the Flicker group!

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Preparing for the Friday Night Sew In

I am getting ready for the Friday Night Sew In.  Tomorrow my mom and I will be spending the evening at my local fabric shop to make a confetti quilt from batiks.  Tonight I am spending time to gather all of my sewing tools and batiks.  Stay tuned for the outcome…

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Pinwheel Party Update

I just printed the instructions for week 11 of the Pinwheel Party.  I then realized that I am still a blocks behind schedule.  Here is an update of my five blocks:

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Also, it is not too late to join the party.  All the instructions are posted on The Twiddle Tails Blog:

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Bloggers Quilt Festival

Last Fall, I was introduced to the Quilting Blog Land by accidentally discovering the Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by Amy’s Creative Side Blog.  Starting on May 21, the third annual festival will begin.  I can’t wait to share one of my quilts via the virtual quilt show!  Click on the button below to see more details about the festival:

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Orange or Green?

I am working on a simple quilt using a Jelly Roll with the Shades of Blue fabric by Moda.  The instructions — or recipe — is posted on Moda Bake Shop.  It is the Whirly Wheels Quilt.  It reminds me of easy pinwheels!  Now the big decision: GREEN or ORANGE for the sashing?  Thoughts?

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