Baby Quilt Beauty

You may remember a few weeks back I pulled some random fabrics together and whipped up a baby quilt top just for fun.  These lovely fabrics…

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…were pulled together to create this lovely baby quilt!

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I decided to quilt this bad boy with some yellow variegated sulky thread, which is officially my new favorite obsession.   It has a beautiful shine and a lovely variety of shades.  In addition, I had no problems with tension or thread breaks like I have had with other threads while free motion quilting.  I am sure I will be using this type of thread in the future.  The quilting is a free motion pebble in the gray pieced areas, and I did some stitch in the ditch to give it a little more definition (especially for the back).  As much as I love pebble quilting.  I am not a fan of an entire quilt covered in it.  I like quilts to have some loft and softness, and I feel that a dense all over quilting pattern can make a quilt too stiff.  So for this quilt I left the other color areas unquilted.

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Because this quilt is small it really is just a baby quilt, but I didn’t feel that it was very baby friendly with its somewhat dark colors and angular feel.  So for the back I decided to go with this beautiful Fort Firefly print.

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I think it ties in nicely with the front and it softens this otherwise tough quilt up a bit.  But to be honest I love this quilt so much, I almost wish I could keep it and hang it on my wall to admire everyday.  Oh well,  off to its new life of baby snuggles.  

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Quilting as play

Sometimes it’s nice to just pull some fabric together and make something fun/easy/improvisational for no reason other than to just play.  That’s just what happened the other night.  These lovely fabrics were pulled together from various parts of my stash.

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The print (the obvious inspiration here) was a little less than a fat quarter, the yellow was a fat quarter, the blue and purple were half yards, and the gray was an odd cut that was probably around a half yard as well.  I have been really in love with the great plus quilts that I have been seeing lately, and I wanted something that I could just whip up quickly (for the pure and simple satisfaction of getting something finished).  So I quickly got to cutting my squares.  That late night frenzy resulted in this…

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Please excuse the poor quality photo, I think it was 2 am.  After all that cutting and getting it laid out I was…underwhelmed.  I decided to let it sit and see how I felt about it in a few days.  Still unhappy days later I decided to rework these beautiful fabrics into this…

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Eureka! Just what I was looking for.  A lovely baby quilt added to the “to be quilted pile”.

Quilt Shop Visit – Pink Castle

Last week I was lucky enough to be sent to Ann Arbor, Michigan on business.  Well I guess going on a business trip isn’t very lucky, or fun for that matter.  However, Ann Arbor is home to the lovely Pink Castle Fabrics.  So I made some time in my work schedule to pop in for a visit, and boy am I glad I did.  The girls working that day were lovely, and due to the Labor Day holiday they were having a 20% off sale.  Winner Winner!  I started off getting some simple grey blender by Timeless Treasures to use as a back for a quilt i am working on.

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Next I picked up a couple pieces of Lush Uptown by Erin Michael for Moda.  I would like to say that I am totally in Love with this collection.  The colors have a fun 1950’s feel and I think the paint by number motif is a great nod to that era as well.  I am not yet sure what I am going to use these lovelies for, but I had to get them.

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Then, while drooling over their selection of Japaese prints I found this gem.

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Mustacherukka by Trofle for Kokka.  I completly fell in love with the fun vignettes of animals, and the text is too cute.  This is another that I don’t know what I will do with, but a sale is a sale and I couldn’t resist.

Finally, if you are familar with Pink Castle you know about their AMAZING bundles.  They have blender bundels, solid bundles, collection bundles, designer bundles, bundles that the shop employees put together, and … blogger bundles.  I love the blogger bundles.  I think it is lots of fun to see what other quilt bloggers are putting together and using for quilts.  The mixes of colors and prints always suprise me and give me such inspiration.  They had piles of lovely bundles stacked across several shelves in the shop, and I knew I had to get one.  But which one?  I loved a little orange and brown collection, and I loved a purple group, but ooooo the blue ones are sooo good too.  What’s a girl to do?  That’s when it hit me, I would make my own bundle!  I decided for my bundle I wanted a mix of orange and purple.  Two colors I don’t normally use or like, but I wanted to challenge my creative side.  I also wanted to pick fabrics that I haven’t seen in my local quilt shops in Indy.  With a little help from the girls in the shop we came up with these nine fabrics.

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In order left to right:  1. Reflection for Waterfront Park by Violet Craft, 2. Tick Tock for Micro Mod by Green Bee Patterns, 3. Quietude for Tule by Leah Duncan, 4. 1,000 Cranes for Tsuru by Rashida Coleman Hale, 5. Scalloped Edge for Koi by Rashida Coleman-Hale, 6. Domino Dot for Waterfront Park By Violet Craft, 7. Just Color by Studio E, 8. Bullseye from Indian Summer by Sarah Watson, and 9. Cuckoo Clocks for Storybook Lane by Kelly Lee-Creel

When I got home I went through my stash and made a stop by my local quilt shop Crimson Tate to pick up a few additions.

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Top Row, Left to Right: 1. Supernova for Constellations by Lizzy House, 2. Amy Butler Love Sun Spots in Tangerine, 3. Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie and Camille, 4. TBD, and 5. Raindrops for Prince Charming by Tula Pink.

I had so much fun thanks to the ladies of Pink Castle!  Hope to visit again soon!

Who has two thumbs…

and the best big sister in the world?  This girl!

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Monday I celebrated my 29th birthday.  (I am clinging to my 20s for dear life.)  My AMAZING sister Jennie sent me not one but two gift certificates to my two favorite quilt shops, The French Seam and Crimson Tate.  My first stop was The French Seam on Monday when I got out of work.  I knew right away that I wanted to get some apparel fabric to make a Colette Crepe dress.  I made this dress this past winter from a nice dark brown wool, and I love it.  So I wanted to make another to wear this summer.  I used the rest of this gift card to get a great print from Luxe in Bloom by Sarah Watson for Art Gallery Fabrics.  I especially love the little lizards on this print.

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My next stop was Crimson Tate on Tuesday, where I scored these lovelies.

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I got a bundle of 15 fat quarters of shot cottons, three yards of dark blue solid to go with my Luxe in Bloom, a couple yards of Cassette Tapes by Timeless Treasures, a yard of Ghost Geo by Kyla May for Timeless Treasures, and a half yard of black star charts print by Lizzy House.  I could not be happier.  Thanks sis!  Best birthday ever. 

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Quilting

So, you always see those drawings on Facebook where if you like some company’s page they will pick a random person and send them free stuff.  I always think, there is no way I will ever win.  But I click that silly like button anyhow, and move on with my life resigned that I will never win.

Well not this time!  Let me start by saying that David Butler is THE MAN.  For those of you who don’t know David Butler is a fabric designer and singer for the Black Owls (awesome band, check them out) and he happens to be married to fabric designer Amy Butler.  Together they are a design power house.  I love everything both of them make.  Recently David released his newest fabric collection Seven Wonders.  I had seen it at my local quilt shop, Crimson Tate, and I needed it in my life.

And that’s when fate took an interesting turn.  David announced that if you “liked” his fabric page, Parson Gray, and his band’s page, The Black Owls, he would randomly select one person to receive his new collection of fabric and some Black Owls swag.  I though “I can do that, but I will probably never win” and went about my merry way.

Well lookie lookie what came in the mail.DB box

Inside the box was a signed card from David, three Black Owls CDs (promptly loaded into my itunes), some Black Owls stickers (one of which is now proudly displayed on my Pfaff), a Black Owls T, and this lovely stack of the new Seven Wonders collection.

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The collection comes in two colorways, cool and warm, that complement each other very nicely.  I can’t wait to get started on a project using these fabrics.  Stay tuned!