Saturday, January 14, 2012

Master Bedroom Quilt Colors

So I am sure by now, you have all seen the Blogger's Choice Bundles that have been popping up everywhere for the Quokka Quilts challenge.  When I saw it come up I figured it would be the perfect thing to get me thinking about really picking out some colors for my new Master King size quilt.  And I mean, come on, If I won the fabric for my bedspread all the better right :)  (Not that I think I have any chance of winning, there are some amazing color mosiacs over there, I feel sorry for those poor judges, tee hee hee)

So, I stopped and thought, and pondered, and started looking at color swatches.  I found so many ideas that I loved.  And then I talked to my husband (Since it is his bed too I figured he should get some input) and after some debate (he drives a tuff bargin) we came to the decision that we wanted something calming, relaxing, and in his words, no "girly" stuff.  I later clarified that "girly" stuff includes anything in any tone of pink, red, or purple and also includes any prints that have any form of a flower on them.  Which from my original color ideas left me with one option of a nice combination of earthy tones in the green tones of our walls.

So off to the Fat Quarter Shop I went to look for some fabrics that fit the "rules".  I went through every single fabric in the shop.  (Ya, it was so much fun!!!!!)  I can't believe how many great prints I had to "throw out" because they had flowers.  It is a little harder to shop for strictly masculine prints :)  But in the end, I was super happy with what I ended up with.  And here it is :)  What do you think???  Is it calming and relaxing??  Is it masculine and in no way girly??

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Top of the List

So I am super excited today.  Why you might ask??  Because today I get to post that the 3 things that were on the top of my priority list from Wednesday are now done!!  Yippee Skippe!!!

First off, I finally quilted my little Jocelyn's crib quilt.  This quilt has been sitting in the corner of the sewing room basted for like a month.  Wednesday afternoon I decided it was time to get this little cutie quilted.  

On the sashings I quilted this cute little swirl.  I am really falling in love with this swirl for sashings.  I am not perfect at it by any means but it is a really relaxing stitch to quilt.  I love doing it and I love the way it looks :)

And here it is in her crib with her favorite bear.  I quilted echo flowers in the center of each of the 4 patches.  They also are not perfect but my daughter asked me to do flowers on the baby's quilt and who am I to refuse the request of a 2 year old :)

And you can't have a baby quilt picture without the baby.  Here is Jocelyn.  She is growing so fast and she still has all of that hair :)

Oh, and finishing this quilt just happened to be my One Thing One Week goal for Amy's link up.  Yippee Skippee for Amy and her motivation.  If you have never heard of this, you should really check it out.  Just click on the icon below to find out more :)

On to project 2.  I finished this customer quilt yesterday. The design is based on Natalia's Let Your Imigantion Bloom quilt tutorial but instead of layer cakes I use charms.  This was a super fun customer quilt because it was a bit of a throw back.  You See . . . . .

About 2 years ago I sold this little quilt.  (I had made a similar one for a friend and had cut extra's so I whipped up a second one :)    A few weeks ago I was contacted by the owner asking If I could make another quilt similar to this one for their new little arrival.  I was super happy to.  Luckily, I still had a lot of the same fabrics  (which she wanted) so it was fun to recreate the same look with a little twist.

 The customer requested an all over meandering quilting so that it matched the first.  I haven't done meandering in quite some time and I forgot how much I enjoy it.

And last but not least . . .Project 3.  Which happens to be Secret Project SC.  Which I can't show you yet, hence the secret part.  But I promise, it won't be to much longer.  More of that on Monday :)

And I will be linking these finishes up to Amada Jean's Finish it up Friday and Amy's Sew and Tell Linky's :)
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

TNT with Barbara Corry

So I have a bit of a change up for everyone today.  This edition of TNT Thrusday is being brought to you by my wonderful Mother-In-Law, Barbara Corry.  She loves the Twister tool as much as I do and bought the large one the same day I bought the little one.  This last week she finished 2 large Twister Quilts.  And these 2 quilts are rather special as they will be given away at her last school board convention this weekend.  Barbara has been serving on the School Board for 20 years.  What an amazing legacy, I can't imagine the amount of lives she has touched through her service.

The first quilt is this beautiful Fall inspired twister.  I love the colors!!  They are just so soothing!!  and I love how she alternated lights and dark prints to really make each whirly-gig pop.  

And the back.  Don't you just love the piecing.  I love that blue!!!

And second quilt is this light to dark twister.  I just love the way she laid this one out.  The overall look is just so cool!!! (Sorry, the picture isn't the best, it snowed and so I couldn't take it outside :)

And here is where the TNT comes in.  Barbara quilted each twist in this quilt with a different free motion design!!!!  Ya, that is a lot of different designs.  She so tried a whole ton of things new!!!

Aren't they just so much fun!!!!  She did an amazing job in the quilting!!!

Thanks Mom for sharing your amazing quilts with us. So that is what she did new . . . How about you???

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

So many projects . .

So I feel like so far this new year is going great in the quilting arena.  I have been doing a lot of behind the scenes work for an upcoming project that I am super excited about.  I finished up my 2 twisters, guest posted, and made both of my bee blocks including this new one yesterday.   

So why is my list of things to do so long?????  I will tell you why, because for every one project I complete I think of 2 more to add.  Oh well, it wouldn't be fun if I didn't feel like I had a million projects I was trying to juggle :)  Now just to keep track of them all.  I find I can't sleep when I have to many projects bouncing around in my brain . . . Thank heavens for the WIP Wednesday, where I can write it all down and make some priorities for the week :)

Designing Stage
  • Lone Star for Grandma's 80th Birthday
  • Twister Toddler Twin Quilt
  • Solids Quilt for Free Motion
  • King Size Serenity Quilt
  • Jessi and Me Quilt
  • Circle Meets Square Quilt
  • 4th of July Table Runner for Sister-In-Law 
  • Secret Project MB
  • Secret Project QQ
  • Moda Bake Shop On the Go
  • Moda Bake Shop Take it All
Piecing Stage
  • Stars Quilt-A-Long
  • Secret Project SC
  • Hugs and Kisses Quilt for Grandma
  • Going Places Quilt
Quilting Stage
  • Customer Quilt 
  • Crib Quilt for Jocelyn
Completed Stage
  • Baby Quilt for Special new Niece arriving in April
  • Baby Quilt for Special new Niece arriving in March 
  • January Bee Blocks
I am hoping to finish  both of my Quilting Stage quilts and do my Secret Project SC quilt this week.  If I manage to do some piecing on some of the other projects that would be fantastic.  But these 3 are top of the priority list :)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Playing with the Slice

I pulled out my Slice again.  I just love doing applique, and my Slice makes it all the better.  It is just so fun not to have to cut all of the intricate corners by hand.  Nope, I just select the shape I want and away it cuts.  And I so love all of the selection.  I am not the best freehand artist so having a choice of  20 different flowers is awesome for me :)

I used Natalia's starch applique method that she taught us at the Sewing Summit.  I love it and I love that you don't get the stiff feel of Heat and Bond afterwards.  Seriously, the Sewing Summit rocked!!!  Oh, and this pattern is based off of one of Natalia's Bake Shop projects.  I will show more soon when I have it all done :)
EDIT - Here is a link to Natalia's tutorial on Starch Applique for those curious minds out there :)

If you have no idea what a Slice is you can see this post where I discuss how much I love it :)  
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