Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Fall 2014

I entered two quilts into the Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side. I entered Contained Chaos in the Mini Quilt category.

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Click here to get to the voting page. You do not need to be a blogger to vote. Look for this cool quilt and tap the heart to vote for it.

The second quilt is the Floral Pop quilt that I entered in the Small Quilt category.

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Same goes here, click here to get to the voting page and look for this bright and bold quilt and tap the heart to vote for it.

This weekend my quilt guild – the Memphis Area Modern Quilt Guild – had a sew-in at Kelly’s house. Kelly blogs at My Quilt Infatuation and we all had a great time sewing and chatting. I started on a quilt that I plan to give to a deserving family that my church is adopting for the holidays. It uses the So Sophie line by Riley Blake Designs.

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I made lots and lots of half-square triangles (HSTs) and got about 1/3 of them trimmed before I left. After dinner I began trimming again.

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I love how the browns, mustards, mauves, and blues play so nicely together in this line. I finished all the trimming and had this small bucket of pretty scraps.

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The quilting inspector approves:

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I’ve got a plan on putting them together so I hope it will work like it is in my head.

Be sure you head over the the Blogger’s Quilt festival and vote! I’m heading over right now to choose my favorites in the other categories.

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Sewcation!

I now consider this last week my ‘sewcation.’ I had a week off from work and took the time to get a lot of sewing done! I tackled the Mini Medallion QAL , my Kitty Mini, my IG Mini Swap quilt, some swap goodies, and I started the Craftsy September Workshop quilt, which is being taught by Amy Gibson.

Mini Medallion QAL:
The third border was posted here recently. Small snowball blocks were constructed.

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Then they were added to the Medallion Center:

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By the way – I love how I accidentally, um, purposefully matched up this road:

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Kitty Mini Quilt Swap:
I quilted my kitty mini and got it bound. It is ready to send off to my partner. I had a little kitty help quilting it but the group doesn’t mind cat hair and most on Instagram wanted me to send the cat…

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I had the perfect fabric in my stash for the binding. (Right about now, my best friend is saying ‘Of course you did!’ I used to do the same thing with clothing. It drove her crazy….). Anyway, it really brings out all the colors on the quilt and I love it. All these minis are helping me practice my binding technique and I believe it is getting better.

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I also made a notepad holder for 5×8 notepads using this tutorial to send along with the quilt as one of the goodies. I cross-stitched the cat and then framed it a little wonky-like on the cover of the notepad holder.

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IG Mini Swap quilt:
I wanted to play with my new Quick Curve Ruler and pulled out some fabric from my stash that might work for this mini. I kind of made it up as I went along. Four curved pieces and some corner squares left me with an opening in the middle of the quilt. I’d been drooling over the flying geese being made by @jeliquilts on Instagram and thought that the circular geese pattern would work out perfectly. So, to Craftsy I went to purchase her Juicy Goosey pattern. It worked superbly! I’m so happy with it.

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I added one more border outside the curved area and this top is done! I’m so ahead of the game, which is normally unlike me. I tend to like the pressure of a deadline and this one doesn’t have to ship until December. It’s so cool, I may just keep it. We’ll see.

Swap Goodies:
I used some Horizon Mini Charm squares to put together some of the Koozies that Fat Quarter Shop featured recently.

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I’m not a coffee drinker but they worked well on my regular glasses as well. I have a few that sweat quite a bit and the Koozie really helped catch that liquid without becoming drenched. I will have to make a bunch more for Christmas gifts. I love that they can be completely personalized.

Craftsy September Quilting Workshop:
This is the fabric included in the Amy Gibson workshop at Craftsy:

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Birch Farm by Joel Dewberry. The second photo shows my favorites of the bunch. The kit also included a few yards of white – which is so out of my comfort zone but it will be gorgeous. I got all my cutting done and started piecing some of the blocks.

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My sewcation is almost over and I’m sad about that but I got a lot accomplished, and without any new fabric purchases, and hope I stay on this quilty productivity path that I am currently on.