I told Jefe to calm his excitement over the fact that we have a Christmas themed sham for our bedroom. He puts up with me.
I’m a little obsessed with this Alexander Henry Merry Moderns fabric and equally obsessed with Elizabeth’s Sparkle Punch quilt.
I thought about making another sham, but I think I’m just going to go all out and make a Christmas quilt for the couch instead with some wool batting and flannel back.
I’m trying to do the ‘two birds, one stone thing.’ Combining class samples and gift ideas at once. Thus the stitch and flip triangles/Sparkle Punch fusion. I like to have as many examples as possible to inspire students beyond Quilting Modern’s quilt layouts. It really makes a class more fun.
I’ve got Secret Santa gift and oven mitt class samples covered. I forgot to put in two layers of batting, so I guess it’s a mug rug instead of a potholder
Considering I’ve got a ton of these patchwork squares left over from the oven mitts I think I might make some nesting baskets for class samples while I’m at it. Pssst…there’s one spot left in that class if you need a gift idea and some time on your hands Sunday.
Off to obsess more.
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I was feeling overtaken by scraps and actually made it through a few episodes of the Walking Dead before some order was restored.
And then I felt the need to bust out some quality Quilt As You Go time with this stellar Alexander Henry Santa scrap I found. Color way, prints and log cabin design completely inspired by this rockin’ design.
Welcome gift number one, you sure are cute.
This color way has set off a list of made goods including samples for my oven mitt class and some stitch and flip triangle pillow shams.
Jefe will be so excited we’ll have Christmas themed pillow shams for our bed I’m sure:) He’s probably wondering why we don’t already.
Happy Tuesday all!
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I taught the Magic Number Quilt last weekend and wanted to create a sample that had blocks with defined edges. I wished later I would have gone rectangular with the blocks, but another time. This is a perfect square baby quilt.
So welcome Berry Patch.
I now have a scrappy version (Scrappy Sunshine)
and a floating block (Smitten Kitten) example which I use to talk about adding rectangles to the equation.
I’m not quite sure how I’m going to quilt it, but I did play with the FMQing kissing flowers in Christina’s book First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting this week.
I’m a little obsessed with this Heather Ross Briar Patch line. So I picked up another yard of each of the berries from Quilt Sandwich. I noticed the others of the line are easier to come by but the berries were disappearing.
I’ve seen a lot of projects I just love with this line including Rita’s oven mitt and potholder and Anna’s pillows. It seems to translate well to a variety of projects for sure.
I’m still trying to make some time to work on my Sparkle Punch in between my Seattle MQG binary quilt which might not be done in time for the exhibit at Island Quilter in January. It would be fun to have another example of how to use stitch and flip triangles for my upcoming class. In my unfocused way I started dreaming of a Sparkle Punch Christmas quilt, those prints are a little more difficult to translate into projects.
What gifts are you crafting this year?
Upcoming Classes: Let’s make gifts!
Fabric Bucket Workshop
Oven mitts and stockings
Stitch and Flip Triangles
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During one of my clear outs (this is an ongoing project for sure) I found some quilt blocks I first made but never used in the back of this quilt. The blocks got quilted and almost repurposed into pillow tops for Roan’s room. I then scratched the project and shoved them away again.
They have finally resurfaced AND repurposed!
Third time’s the charm, and to think I almost just threw them out.
I got the idea when I started playing with the samples for my free-motion quilting nested basket class coming up.
I figure it’s time to start thinking about gifts. That’s 6 down and a little more space for those other unfinished projects that need some time to percolate. I’m thinking they are a perfect gift for teachers.
p.s. one spot left in Thursday’s Hexagons by Machine class.
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I love the ease that these Magic Number blocks come together.
I’m thinking of going with the lilac color to bring the quilt to size. What do you think? I actually have it in my stash which is just amazing in itself.
Looks like I should have another sample done today for Sunday’s Magic Number Workshop.
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I spent Sunday at Island Quilter teaching some gift classes. I started dreaming up new quilts with the happy colored fabrics that had come in since my last visit. All the pastels and the bright oranges were talking to me.
I didn’t even notice it until it was all washed and folded, but the cheerful Kaffe Fasset button fabric even has smiley faces on it:). How cute is that? I added in some of the Briar Rose by Heather Ross (they have the full line), a little Anna Maria Horner and some Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet. I’ll be stashing some more of the strawberries and adding the other Kaffe Fasset buttons when I have an excuse.
I’ve been dying to make a Sparkle Punch forever and my additional purchase of Essex in flax sealed the deal for the starts of that quilt. I figured while I was cutting I should just make a new Magic Number Quilt sample for my workshop Sunday. Stay tuned on that one, I plan on piecing my design tomorrow.
Freddy Moran’s quilts are up throughout the month of November. Freddy’s amazing. She believes red is a neutral. If you’ve only ever seen her quilts in books now’s your chance to see how fun and amazing they are.
We’ll be running an open studio Saturday, November 30th from 11am-9pm at Island Quilter if you need to step away from the leftovers and spend a day on sewing gifts. Follow the link to sign-up and I’ll say it again, “Step away from the turkey.”
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Have you made the plunge into Free-Motion Quilting yet? I was years into quilting before I did. Once you do you’ll wonder why you waited. Though I love the look of straight lines there is something very meditative about finding your ‘zone’ and making all these fun shapes.
(photo by my friend Allison Parrott Thompson)
I think for most of us it’s etching out the time to learn something new. For some it might be an equipment and/or space barrier, or maybe the desire for a little hand holding.
The classes I’ve taken myself on FMQ were very fun, but prescribed. I found they provided a nice launch pad for learning the basics, but lacked the practice time needed to explore my own spin-offs of the shapes I was most drawn to.
There’s no denying it, practice really is the best teacher when it comes to free-motion quilting.
Hmmmm, so how do you combine all these needs?
How about an Open Free-Motion Quilting Studio or a Free-Motion Quilted Nested Basket Workshop on quality Bernina machines at Drygoods Design to give you wings? It’s not too early to think about some gifts either.
Get your free-motion on with the studio’s Berninas, risk-free! Wine optional, but it might help!
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