Monday, May 25, 2015

#BFTPqal Week 21

Welcome to week 21 of The Blocks From the Past Quilt Along!

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This week we are headed to Stacy's place for pages 48, 49, & 81 over at Sewnicetocreate.blogspot.com






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Friday, May 22, 2015

I Got a NEW(ish) Toy!


Yep!  I am officially a longarm quilter!!

While visiting HMQS with Konda, I drank the Koolaid and fell in love with longarm quilting!

I wrestled with the brands and prices and decided that if I was going to get a longarm, it needed to be a Gammill (for various reasons).  The prices for a new Gammill were a bit overwhelming, so considering the long term value of a Gammill, I decided to look for a used one.

I searched locally, I searched across the nation (USA)!  I found one in Fresno that I was ready to go and pick up, when all of a sudden, a used Gammill showed up right here in Payson!  
I nearly did a flip!

This beauty is a Optimum (30") with a 14' table.  It has very little wear and runs like a champ!

This past Monday night, we picked it up (well, the seller was AWESOME and helped us with the disassemble and reassembly! ...along with a few of his good friends)!

My sewing corner has now grown to encompass the majority of our once generous family room :)

(We had to clear out nearly the entire family room to make room for it :)  
All together this beast needs 15' x 6' for operation)

My sewing area even got a once over (with the help of Emily Carr, fabric sorter extraordinaire)


Three of these 55 gallon garbage sacs is full of fabric for our #EpicSewDay #EpicFabricSwap next Thursday! (one is just plain trash)


If you are going to be near the Payson area next Thursday, 
you should come sew with us and partake of the MASSIVE fabric swap!



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

HMQS Special Exhibit

Remember WAY back when, a group of my quilty BFF's and I decided to do a round robin medallion swap?  (Blogged HERE).  Well, we were able to show them at the 2015 HMQS in Sandy.  It was awesome!

This beauty is mine. 


Konda's


Katie's

Ella's

Pamela's

Amber's

Annette's

April's

Natalie's

Emily's

This is the label I had to hurry and make :)


Monday, May 18, 2015

#BFTPqal Week 20

Welcome to week 20 of The Blocks From the Past Quilt Along!

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This week we are staying right here.  Due to technical difficulties Machelle's place at cherrytreecottagequilts.blogspot.com is giving her fits ;) That, plus market, have made for a few challenges. Machelle sent me a picture of her blocks that she made from pages 46, 47, & 80.

Aren't they cute???

How are yours coming along??

Mine aren't going to well :( I will blog more about my problems later ;)

xoxo



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Friday, May 15, 2015

Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Fabric Challenge Quilt

So, I kind of when bonkers taking pictures of this quilt.

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I was staying up at my brothers cabin at Sundance while I made this quilt.

(a close up before quilting)

I also got tossed by a fickle rock and crashed :( ...but saved the camera and quilt.


But back to the quilt.  I decided I wanted to try a Storm and Sea foundation pieced pattern.


The grey and aqua were such fun colors to use in this pattern.


I had a really fun time with the quilting.


Lots of match stick quilting.


The collection was "The Quilted Garden" by The Quilted Fish


The little birds were my favorite!


Here are some more of the super fun pictures.


Do you like the ice in the waterfalls??



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Baby Improv


One of our dear quilty friends had a baby!!!


So, a few of us had to make her an improve log cabin :)


I hope I remembered everyone's name on the label :)


For the back, I used tricot.  Super silky goodness!




Monday, May 11, 2015

BFTPqal Week 19

Welcome to week 19 of The Blocks From the Past Quilt Along!

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This week we are headed over to Konda's place for pages 44, 45, 79 over at moosequilts.com/blog.



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Friday, May 8, 2015

A Special Quilt

On April 19th, we received the worst news.  Our 19 year old niece had died unexpectedly.




I don't have to tell you how shocked and saddened we all are by the loss of our sweet niece.



Of course, I wanted to make her family a quilt for comfort.  As I thought about my brother and sister in law, a quilt I made a few years ago came to mind. (Blogged HERE)



The pattern is by Konda Luckau (Moose on the Porch Quilts).  She designed the quilt for market for Timeless Treasures.



Fortunately, the quilt top was still around.  I had Konda quilt it with hibiscus flowers, as Olivia's mother LOVES all things tropical.



I know that a quilt can't even begin to make them feel any better, but I am hoping that it will give them a speck of peace as they wade through their ocean of grief!


Monday, May 4, 2015

#BFTPqal Week 18

Welcome to week 18 of The Blocks From the Past Quilt Along!

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This week we are headed over to Barbie's blog over at thequiltingmill.blogspot.com where she will be teaching 
us about pages 42, 43, & 78




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Monday, April 27, 2015

#BFTPqal Week 17

Welcome to week 17 of The Blocks From the Past Quilt Along!

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This week we are staying right HERE for pages 40, 41, & 77.

***General warning-  be sure to use SCANT 1/4" seam allowances.

First up is Twinkling Star on page 41.


For this block, I went for three shades of blue and a lighter shade of grey.


First up, the flying geese.

You will need to draw a diagonal line as shown to make your flying geese.  I love my chalk-o liner by Clover.  I also prefer to sew just on the top right side of this line.  It gives you a tiny bit larger flying geese instead of the dreadful "too small" flying geese. ;)

I don't bother to mark my lines anymore.  I just match up the top corner with the needle and then match up the bottom corner with the groove in my extension table.  I have two groves cut, one for each of my needle positions.  I have seen quilters use tape or a sharpie line.  It saves a ton of time when doing a million flying geese, or hst's or sewing binding together :)


I love chain piecing :)

Chop off your extra.

and press.

Now, add your second bit of navy.  Repeat as with the first square.



Now you have 4 flying geese :)



Now for your little half square triangles.  I am not a fan of her method, but it worked just fine :)
(I recommend NOT cutting the squares into triangles and make HST's the usual way, drawing the line and sewing on each side of the line then cutting apart and squaring up)


Be careful not to stretch the bias edge.



I would recommend squaring these up.


Don't forget to cut off your dog ears.



keep piecing


press press press


Now sew up your block.


Presto!  Twinkling Star is finito!


This block turned out a bit skitty whompas, but I can live with it!

This next block, The BIG T, page 40, is very straight forward and quick.


Follow Marie's directions. (see the flying geese above if needed)


I recommend squaring up your hst's and flying geese.


And lastly Honeysuckle from page 77

 I use a template free back basting needle turn applique.  HERE is an awesome tutorial of the method from Tropical Applique.  HERE is another super slick tutorial by Applique Addict.


Using a pressing bar, I made bias tubes for the stems.


I tried to use a template method for the needle turn applique on the flowers, but it was an epic fail!  The seam allowance was WAY too small!


I decided to just use Steam a Seam for a raw edge applique on the flowers.  I will likely go back and blanket stitch the raw edges of the flowers.  I used template needle turn for the leaves and the flower base things ;)


I really love this block!




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