Designer’s Block

So, last week I got a new computer. And I’m super excited that it takes less than 15 minutes to boot up and that it doesn’t shut down or freeze every 5 minutes. Let’s just say I really, really needed a new computer and I got one! So, without all the annoying shutting down, I was able to use my Electric Quilt software and actually create something cool. I’ll post the final design later once I test it out a bit more. Here’s a sneak….

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The next picture shows my pull for the actual block and lap quilt. Well, it’s not really a pull – I went shopping and bought it all. I sure hope it works out like I see it in my head. I keep changing the color placement and just need to stop over-thinking and start sewing. It will turn out fine if I just start sewing. And if it doesn’t then I’ll have some new throw pillows and some cool new fabric to add to my stash.

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We’ve got Simply Color #10806, Dear Stella Piper green scallop, Sweet and Sassy for Quilting Treasures #23344 in Dandelion, Zack and Zoe Circle Dots pink, Aubrey for Studio e Fabrics, and Fusions Meadow #14445 for Robert Kaufman

Also this week, I received my new favorite shirt from Patchwork Threads:

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My friends would definitely say that it describes me pretty well. ๐Ÿ™‚

I put the first border on the Mini-Medallion QAL which is being held over at Clover and Violet.

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I’ve got almost a full month to wait for the next border. It’s just torture!

And, I’ve got the next row cut for the Wavelength quilt:

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Time to stop playing with my computer and turn that sewing machine on (oh and do laundry – ugh) and then I need to get some crafting started. Hopefully we’ll see some progress this week. I can’t wait to show you the new block!

Random Project Recap

Do you ever have one of those busy-at-the-day-job types of weeks where sewing anything feels like pure bliss? That’s what happened to me this week. I have a bunch of projects in a static state and did not feel the desire to work on any of them. So, I started and finished quite a few small things.

This post is full of random sewing goodness.

First, I worked on the Sugar Block Club block for April.

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This set of blocks is coming along really well.

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Secondly, I put together this sweet zipper pouch as a gift for my niece.

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She is a giraffe lover and in college so I think she will get good use out of it.

Third, for her mom I made this Tweety Bird paper pieced block that I think will become one side of a pillow sham. I found the pattern while randomly reading other blogs. Find it here.

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Fourth, I was looking for projects for fat quarters and found this tote bag tutorial on Diary of a Quilter. I made a sample bag out of fabric that I like but have found no current use for.

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I’m thinking of adding a little orange-red flower on one side to give it a little bit of pop.

Then, of course, there was some stash that I ordered during my vacation trip that arrived recently.
Minimalista:

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And a low volume bundle that I just love:

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Just look at those sweet texty prints and the Eiffel Tower and a ledger. Love!
I’m hoping to get back to my projects this week and have a little less randomness in my sewing now that work has calmed down for the moment. ๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas Cash funds Fabric Stash

This weekend I spent some of my Christmas Cash, which was in the form of JoAnn’s Fabric gift cards, on some fabric that I felt was necessary to fill out some fabric choices for a couple of upcoming block of the month projects.

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Okay, I could have bought a cool new iron or some other necessary supplies. I sure didn’t need any more fabric especially based on my last post. Here’s where I was wrong. I have been craving some sort of text print to use for low volume backgrounds. I found a beige on ivory and a white on black. My mom talked me into the white/black one. Her budget-conscious wing-man skills need some work. :-). Anyway, I didn’t have a really cool background or a lower volume greenish fabric to use with the Joel Dewberry Notting Hill fat quarters that I received in the nice big Free Spirit mystery box. The others are fillers for fabric types/styles that I felt would be well used.
I’m going to use the Notting Hill color story for the 2014 Sugar Block Club. This picture is just a sample of what I have pulled to use. There is a bit of sparkle on the swirly ivory print that I think will look great with the Notting Hill prints. I also pulled some darker olive greens.

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I’m also going to start the Lucky Stars Block of the Month paper pieced stars. They are just gorgeous. For that BOM, I am thinking about using this color grouping.

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The maroonish floral fabric is an old one so I am not quite sure where I got it but that was my inspiration fabric for this project. The two shimmery ones are Fairy Frost by Michael Miller. I swear I’m done with stash building for a while. I can’t promise (I’m still looking for that perfect text print that I just have to have) but I will try.

Christmas Detox

I’ve barely touched my machine in 2 weeks. I did learn how to make some pillows and that was fun. It’s always good to have new skills in your arsenal. You never know what will come up. A cool pillow might just save the day or at least bring a smile to a friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

A new ceiling light was installed in my sewing room and you can’t even imagine the HUGE difference it is going to make. The colors on the quilt tops that I have hanging up are so much more vibrant than what the construction grade light was showing. This picture shows the room just after the light was installed. I failed to take a before picture as I didn’t realize the difference was going to be so incredible.

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In addition to the light I received a few gifts to keep my obsession going. They include a couple of quilt books, some fabric bundles, and a Joann’s gift card.

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I’ve only briefly scanned through the 2 books and am starting to get inspired. I have a ton of fabric to work with so I should have a very productive year.

I started cutting into the Simply Style Charm Packs for the Simply Charmed quilt. I think the color combos with the sketch floral grey will work really well together.

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I’m happy to be at my sewing machine again.

Inspiration, Design, and Paper Piecing

I’m blaming my new project on a design idea in my head, a fabric-looking trip to Hobby Lobby, and my Electric Quilt software program. So, I had this idea for a baby quilt – Pittsburgh Steeler’s inspired but not using Steeler’s fabric. Something a little more subtle than that. I had this Chevron baby quilt in mind and that Hobby Lobby trip resulted on the perfect color palette.

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I opened my Electric Quilt software program and started designing what I had in mind. I needed to incorporate the red and blue but only in small bits. Therefore, I added another small chevron line on a few portions of the quilt top.

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Here is where I state that my cutting precision leaves a lot to be desired and I was able to print foundation paper piecing templates. At this point, let’s go back a few hours to my visit to Quiet Play via the Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday post. Katie was a guest blogger for Lee that day. She made a statement in her post that anything can be paper-pieced. So, with my lack of precision cutting and Electric Quilt rotary instructions showing some weird angle, like 43 degrees or something like that, I decided to go with Paper-piecing. So far, so good. I like how it’s turning out.

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