GIVEAWAY AND A NEW BLOG

Hello everyone!!! Thank you so much for your wonderful comments last week and just so you know, I’m working on a tutorial to show you how I made the “church quilt”. But the tutorial isn’t the most exciting part. So here’s my good news…I have a new blog and I’m having a giveaway to say thanks to everyone who has put up with me on this blog!! My new blog is still under construction, but I’m working on it probably as you read this to get everything updated. The blog was designed by the very talented Danielle Burkleo of Take Heart Designs and she did the most amazing job designing for my style.

Pretty Little Quilts

Click on the picture of the cute house, and leave a comment for me there to enter the giveaway!!

Church Quilt for Mom

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I don’t know the exact name for this quilt pattern, it’s like an orange-peel, and resembles a cathedral window, but I started calling it the Church Quilt because I knew it would only look right taking the pics near this pretty little church near my home (I love living in England).

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I made this quilt for my mom–this is the first one I’ve made for her because I was waiting for something perfect to come to mind. My mom is very particular about her home and I knew not just any quilt would do. When Winter’s Lane fabric was released I knew it was the perfect fabric to use.

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To create the design, I used the Quick Curve Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful. The curved piecing was really easy when I used the video tutorials. I didn’t use one of the published patterns, but I just messed around with the blocks until I achieved what I wanted.

My long-arm quilter, Asta, did a beautiful job quilting it up. I really have to get myself a long-arm machine one day!

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From some of the pics it looks as though the orientation is a bunch of squares, but really when it is draped like it should be, it is like diamonds.

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I’m actually a little nervous because my mom wants to see the pics before she sees the quilt in person, so when she views this (Hi Mom!) it will be her first glimpse at it.

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I hope she likes it:)

I would be more than happy to create a tutorial on how I made this if anyone is interested. Just let me know.

Linking up with Quilt Story and Finish it up Friday

Wallflowers Fabric

I finally received my Wallflowers fabric for the Wallflowers Quilt Design Contest!!!

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There are some great stash builders in this bundle…

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And don’t you love these florals?

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The colors are absolutely perfect…

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Even the selvage is cute!

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I was so excited to get started and I’ve already made my first block to make sure I could still piece my own pattern. This block is 16 1/2″ square!

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And I am working on the rest of my center blocks…

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It’s so exciting, because I’ve waited since June for this fabric to arrive. It’s really such a soft, light cotton, I think it’s going to make such a comfortable quilt.

This week I also received my very first bolt of fabric. I was tired of always running out of white fabric, so I took the plunge and bought a whole bolt of Moda Bleached White. It makes me feel like I’m almost a professional.

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If you order 15 yards or more from Fat Quarter Shop you get 20% off, so really I SAVED money…but that didn’t stop my husband from giving me the “MORE FABRIC!!!?” look.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Linking up with Sunday Stash @ The Floral Suitcase
Anything Goes Monday by Stitch by Stitch
and Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story

…and he says he doesn’t like it

Today I want to show you this 2nd quilt I got professionally basted, but I’m having some problems getting some decent photos. It’s too wet to take the quilt outside, and too overcast for pics inside, but I had to take them anyway because it will be at least another week before I get a chance, so bear with me!!

Last November, after taking a long unintentional break from quilting, the first quilt-top I pieced was this Seaside Stars pattern by Amy from Diary of a Quilter.

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I used the same fabric collection that Amy used, Seaside by October Afternoon, but I wanted it to be more boyish–it was meant to be a twin quilt for my (at the time) 3-year-old. I added different borders and corner stones–not a huge difference from hers, but definitely appropriate (I think) for a little man.

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I was so pleased at how it turned out–it is so scrappy looking and has a vintage vibe.

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The only word he said when he saw it was “no”. Right there, at that very moment, a mother’s heart was crushed.

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At the time, I had never basted a quilt this large, and I was so overwhelmed with it, that I set it off to the side. My son didn’t like it anyway (I was secretly mad about the whole thing) and I kind-of forgot about it. I remembered it a few weeks ago, and dropped it off to Asta to get basted (you can read about it here), and when I got it back from her I liked it even more and was so excited to finally finish it.

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Assuming a year was enough time for a little boy to change mind, I showed it to my son again.

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He glanced at it for a second, looked slightly annoyed and said…

“I don’t like it.”

But that’s okay, because I love it and I’m not above ‘indian-giving’.

The best $25 I’ve ever spent

About two weeks ago, I dropped off three quilts to Asta, a professional longarm quilter I recently met. She basted two of the quilts (one is getting quilted) for only $25 each! I picked them up yesterday and it is the best money I think I’ve ever spent! No pinning, no crouching, no back-pain, no cursing or frustrated yelling; all-in-all there was NO STRESS!

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I feel like a lottery winner!!

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This quilt was made from a pattern called “Spin Cycle” by Cluck Cluck Sew

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and I used a fat quarter bundle of Glamping fabric. I don’t know if you notice but the curtains hanging up are also from the Glamping collection (note: I’m not a pro at curtain-making). The piecing of the quilt came together pretty easy, it was fun to make, and it finishes at 75″ x 75″.

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Asta basted it using long stitches in a grid pattern every 6 inches or so, and it should be a breeze to take them out as I’m quilting it.

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I have no idea what pattern I’m going to use to quilt it, but I can’t wait until it’s finished! It’s the first quilt I’ve made for myself since I made my very first quilt–and unfortunately, that one isn’t big enough to cover me!

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This one is big enough for me and maybe even a couple of extra-snuggly little cherubs.

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