Diamond Delight

I’ve been making a little progress on my Diamond Delight quilt top. I completed the full and half diamonds that I needed for the top and started to piece the diamonds into rows.

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The bottom right will contain a large diamond and I had to order some more background fabric so that I can finish piecing that section. Hopefully the dye lot won’t be too different.

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Once that section is complete, I can marry the two sides together for a completed quilt top. I’m really excited about this one!

On the other part of my design door is the triangle quilt for the Triangle Quilt Along over at The Sassy Quilter. I’m working on piecing the rows together.

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The only stash added recently that I haven’t shared is this Happy Go Lucky charm pack that I won for the Virtual Quilting Bee finished quilt link party. It also came with a paper piecing pattern but I don’t know if that will be it’s final usage.

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The prints are all super cute and summer picnicky. It could make a super sweet baby quilt. Time will tell. And, it’s time to work on piecing some triangle rows together. Update coming soon…

Linking up with IQuilt at Pretty Bobbins.

Early April Work-in-Progress

Works in progress. Seems like most of my projects have this status at the moment. First up is the Triangle Quilt Along quilt. This week is when triangles become rows.

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I knew that if I laid these triangles on the floor, to decide on my layout and design, that I would have to redo it over and over again because the cats would invariably rearrange them with their sliding on the pretty fabric. It’s their favorite game. :-)
I don’t have room for a full-fledged design wall in my sewing space. I looked around and saw an area that might work on a smaller scale. The closet door! Light bulb moment. I draped some batting over the top of the door like this. The unfinished top of the door keeps the batting in place.

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The door still shuts with no issues. Ta-da!! It was so exciting. So, I put some triangles up. No pinning. So awesome! The door will fit 4 rows of 17 triangles.

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The QAL calls for 12 rows, therefore repeat 3 times. Finished rows I pinned on the back of the door inside the closet on the overhang of the batting. The cats aren’t even messing with it. It’s wonderful. I’m so excited to have at least a small little design wall.
So, I have a few rows done and it looks so cool. I’m incredibly happy with the color palette for this quilt.

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Second WIP is my Diamond Delight quilt using High Street by Moda.

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The triangles are all cut. I’m just working on cutting and attaching the grey background. I’ve had to tweak the pattern and am still working out some bugs but I like how it’s coming together.

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Third WIP is a Disappearing Nine Patch using Sunnyside by Kate Spain. The backing fabric came in and I just need to piece that together and baste and quilt and bind it. There’s a lot left to do.

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The only new stash I have this week came from #thegreatfabricdestash on Instagram. It’s a couple pieces of Joel Dewberry Heirloom and one piece of Kate Spain Terrain.

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Let’s see how this all fares at the end of April. I doubt I’ll have a finish but I should make plenty of piecing progress.

Triangle Takeover

The sewing bug has hit me again and I have been pressing and cutting fabric like crazy.
I am working on a self-designed quilt that uses stripped triangles. So the first part of this one was to cut the strips.
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The fabric is High Street from Moda. It is bright, saturated, and gorgeous! This was from a quilt kit that I received for Christmas. I didn’t like the quilt pattern that was included so I designed my own. The background fabric that was included is Kona Zen Grey and it also came with some orange for the binding.
Then I pieced 3 random strips together until I ran out of strips.
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I then cut those strips into triangles.

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I’m still working out the cutting measurements for the rest of the block. So, more to come….

I, once again, gave in to a Craftsy sale. I bought another Free Spirit Fat Quarter Box at a wonderful price. This one was a huge SCORE! Here come the photos:
20140329-175535.jpg So far so good. It’s such a pretty package already. I took it out and sorted it and it was even better than I expected.20140329-175651.jpg Wishing Well by Janean Morrison – it’s got to be close to the whole line.
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I have no idea what I’m going to do with any of it.

Back to triangles……I also cut out an over abundance of triangles for the Triangle Quilt Along.

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So, over 350 triangles later, I am ready to start piecing some of this together.

More Stash Building

During last week’s Sunday Stash post on Molli Sparkles, I clicked into a blog that featured some needlework text print that I just had to have. So, I Googled images to find the name of the fabric and then I searched the name on Etsy and found exactly what I was looking for.

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It is Polka Dot Stitches by Bee in My Bonnet for Riley Blake. I was able to order it from Quilt Essentials on Etsy. It also comes in a red print that I am still thinking about. I love the stitch names and illustrations on the fabric. The illustrations are exactly the same as those I learned when I was a child.
This is one of the embroidery items I made during my youth. This fabric just brings me back to the times when I was creating these with my Mom’s assistance.

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I received a little more texty goodness this week. I think I’m done collecting these but I can’t be sure.

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There’s a cursive print, a ruler print, a small typed print with gold stripes, and some newspaper collage.
I haven’t just been shopping though. I was sewing, too! I got a good start on a disappearing nine patch using Layer cakes of Sunnyside by Kate Spain. The fabric is so light and airy. It just screams early Spring and that is something everyone needs right now.

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I believe it will end up larger than I intended which will be a bear to quilt but I’m ready to give it a go.

Stash Build – March ’14

I’m still not sewing much but I have been building my stash a little bit in preparation for some new projects. I picked up a bundle of Mellow Yellow to use for the upcoming Triangle Quilt Along being held over at The Sassy Quilter. I decided on yellow, grey, white, and black. I pulled a couple of fabrics from my stash but did not have a full spectrum of what I wanted to use. I think this bundle filled it out nicely.

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I picked up that bee fabric from Busy Bee Quilting. Simply adorable! It’s Honey Bee from What’s the Buzz by Kanvas Studios.

I grabbed these So Sophie by Riley Blake charm packs and yardage from #thegreatfabricdestash at a great deal. I will find a great project or 3 for these. There were 6 charm packs in the group.

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After my last Modern Quilt Gulld meeting we all headed to a local quilt store and I bought these beauties.

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There’s some Wrens and Friends by Moda, Urban Patch is the green trees, some Riley Blake fillers, Zippee by Connecting Threads, and others without the names on them. I have no plans for these now but I know that they will find a home in a great quilt later on.
Besides the bees this is my favorite acquisition!

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Shuffle by Riley Blake. I saw it being used in a few blocks lately and just needed to have it. The yellow and grey will be added to the triangle quilt, which doesn’t start for a few weeks yet. But, I’m ready.

Surprise Packages

I did not get much sewing done this week. My sewing machine was quiet until Saturday. I spent some time organizing my fabric, doing a fabric pull for the Triangle Quilt Along that starts later this month, and tweaking the design of a quilt I am about to start.
Saturday came and I pulled out the March Sugar Block pattern and went to work. Amy Gibson named this one Explore with the ‘Beyond the Block’ challenge to try something new or something that is not in your normal schedule.
Here’s my block:

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My background fabric choice is the dark olive rather than a white or cream. I enjoy experimenting with color placement and creating combinations that really pop but still play nice together.

I also accepted an invitation to join a friend for an activity that I would have normally said ‘No’ to without any additional thought. I enjoyed myself even if it wasn’t my cup of tea. There are a few more activities this month that I would previously have shied away from but am planning on doing anyway. It’s a good way to expand my horizons and create new experiences.
In Saturday’s mail was a package from Craftsy.

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I was pretty sure that I was not expecting any fabric – not from Craftsy anyway. So, I just had to see what it was. Turns out that Craftsy sent me this canvas tote bag and a sweet note.

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I think I may be shopping their fabric sales just a little too much these days. It’s definitely a sign to cut back. :-)

Virtual Quilting Bee – Purple Paradise

My Virtual Quilting Bee quilt is complete!!

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I decided on an ‘outside of the box’ type of layout. I chose 15 of the blocks and grouped them in threes. I put my favorite ones a bit off center and moved out from there. I then created a bit of an asymmetrical design for the quilt top. I separated the groupings with some sashing that kind of looks like a diagonal hash tag.

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And now for a few close-ups:

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Channel quilting in the sashing really brought it to life. For the blocks I tried to quilt each block a little different than what the block would normally call for. I used a Gutterman variegated purple thread. It had just the perfect colors for this quilt.

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The backing fabric is Belly Laugh Turquoise from the Ticklish line by Me & my Sister Designs. It’s perfect!!

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I had no plan going in to the quilting. Isn’t that what they call ‘organic quilting’? So, I just did what came to mind as I got to different parts of the top. I love the end result.

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Linking up with the Virtual Quilting Bee Link party. Be sure to stop by and check out all the wonderful creations. Amy has all the block tutorials available on her blog as well. Enjoy!