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The Geode test

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Geode Test  Pattern by Blossom Heart Quilts 48" x 48"  This pattern is FQ friendly. I chose to use 3 colors because that is what I had in grunge. The background fabric has wonderful facet lines in it to go with. It is a super easy pattern to make and you can find it on FB above or HERE. It was so sunny today and hard to grab a pic.  I used all fabrics from my stash for this including this chevron backing.  My husband was at a tool place and bought me this little laser guide. I used it to quilt across the blocks in several directions without marking. It takes a bit to get it in the right position but after that it was fun to sew. I will say that one of the batteries that came with it died after this quilt and the cost of replacement ones were a little over the price of a new laser.  I will see how long the new one lasts in there before I give my verdict. 

I tried to quilt more on my piece after going to the KC regional Quilt festival last week. There was so much quilting on each pie…

"Triumphal Arches" a Curvy Challenge

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Triumphal Arches 46 w x 40 h LMQG Curves Ahead Challenge scrappy arch curves
I love arches. Many years ago when I went to Italy I just loved seeing arches, looking through arches at other things but most of all I loved the free standing triumphal arches.   My local guild had a challenge that I led called Curves Ahead. The idea was to inspire trying curved piecing though we accepted curved applique and curved quilting also.  I have been making quite a few circle quilts using various techniques and decided now was the time to try the arch shape. All of the quilt was made up of just pieces in my scrap bins. I grabbed random colors and sewed the arches and then pieced and puzzled them in between my scrap strips. Very little trimming was involved.  I placed the pieces from dark to light giving the illusion of sun and shadow on the arches, just like my photo shoot below!!
I love the idea of Triumphal Arches and who knew I would actually find one near my neighborhood. Fortuitous I believe!! 
The b…

My Stars!

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"My Stars" 67 x 72 Pieced during class by lqg taught by Tony Jacobson His pattern for Fons and Porter Quilting by Steph Jacobson long-arm I won free long-arming at a local modern quilt guild a couple months ago UFO from a couple years ago done!

I thought it would be fun to do stars in stripes in non-traditional colors.  Back is just large leftover pieces. 

 Just playing around with angles because the quilt is actually a blue green color and it looks really green here. Most of the fabrics were from Hobby Lobby from a while ago. When I took the class I vowed to use only fabrics I already had and I think it turned out pretty interesting looking.  I am so happy to have another UFO done. I am doing the All People Quilt UFO 2017 challenge (but not necessarily in order) HERE
Linking up with Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation and  Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts Let's Bee social
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Can I get a Whoop Whoop @Confessions of a Fabric Addict
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Crazy mom quilts

Like a box of chocolates......

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"Like a box of chocolates"  Exhibit Quilt pattern by Eye Candy Quilts approx 48 x 62
This quilt was started back in October of 2015 at a lqs hosting a block swap. You purchased bundles made up the blocks and then turned them all in and you got what you got. These are a couple I made as I love those colors together. Well I made a few sets of my favorites and then had to give them away...


The blocks were made from FQ's and I saved and scrimped to cute each out hoping there was enough left for me to make myself a block out of the same fabrics. 
I finally got them out the other day mainly because they turned up at the top of the pile when I crammed  moved all my sewing stuff out of my under construction dining room.  I only had about 7 blocks done but I had saved fabrics I thought might work plus the precious scraps from the blocks I made to give away.  I ended up with 20 sort of mismatched blocks. Fabrics from a current piece I am working on, old fabrics from my guilds "ug…

That's You!! RB Creative Rockstar challenge

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"That's You"   RB Creative Rock star Fabric Challenge 32"x 32"  pieced and raw edge appliqued Freemotion text quilting
It kind of glares but I thought it would be fun to take a photo of this quilt in the mirror.  It sums up the creative spirit that is in all of us if we just look for it. I love the sort of reflective quality the triangles in the glass area formed when putting all those prints together.  The text quilting was super fun and it is all words and phrases that are positive affirmations. I used "That's You and you should know it" text from the theme song "Love is all Around" from the tv show Mary Tyler Moore. The song has a great message and I have enjoyed the person that MTM was over the years. With her passing recently this was sort of inspired by her. 


I used some of all the pieces sent out by the MQG for Riley Blake for this challenge and then picked up a couple solids to use. I submitted it the day before it was due. That is a mi…

Cheese and other Dreams...

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Cheese and other Dreams......... approx 32" x 32"
I decided to do the Quilts my Way Sew all Around Quilt Along with Gosia. I am sure you have seen some of her work and so you know she is very talented. She is calling this wall hanging Lemon Juice. I was thinking of that when I was picking out my fabrics but the periwinkle grunge and my hand dyed yellows made me think of cheese and the moon.  Really a fun quick project. I love the graphic frames created with the two shades of gray. I did not pin...I admit it. I got out my glue pen and glued the pieces together in about 25 minutes and they were ready to sew and press. So quick and fun. 



I used the walking foot on my BabyLock Jane but realized it does not have a seam bar so I had to mark all my 1" quilting rows. I love my Hera marker and my neighbor gave me a super long acrylic ruler. All worked like a charm. 

In other progress, I dug out 2 quilts I had started back in January for my local Lincoln Quilts for Kids group. 
This i…

Project Quilting 8.6 "Steppin' in Time"

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"Steppin' in Time"  42" x 42"
Project Quilting Season 8 final challenge is Time is Up.  I chose to do a project off of my bucket list and make a large hour glass by way of court house steps. A while ago I bought the Denyse Schmidt book and in there is a lovely courthouse step quilt.  While the concept for this is traditional and pretty simple just sewing strips around the center block it is also difficult to keep from stretching and waffling the longer strips.  The original quilt in her book is finished at about 60" and I had to stop at 42".  I took liberty with the color placements also. 



I used simple grid quilting.  I wanted to do simple quilting because it was very hard to keep this quilt flat. In the end I had to spray baste once I squared up the steps. Tricky!

In the book that Denyse wrote, she used a small slab of print in one of her outer borders. I loved this idea and decided to use a bit of the I am a Maker fabric. Kind of a fun touch. 
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I built this city.......

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"I built this city - Lincoln" Project Quilting season 8:4 theme=brighter the better Made in Ne. 34.5" x 20.5 Lincoln Ne skyline pattern designed by Shannon Brinkley


I built this city from the tiny bit scraps triangles leftover from making binding. I knew I wanted to make something scrappy for this bright/bold challenge. I already committed my smallish scraps to another random improv piece. I knew for this piece I would have to 'very' small. I decided to make my own fabric. 
I randomly laid my tiny bits onto a sheet of heat and bond. I tried to not overlap too much but butt them up against each other.  As you can see there are no straight lines to this just cut and butt. Once I had an area full I pressed them down with a hot iron using a craft sheet over top and below just in case of sticky bits.  Once the fabric was made I cut it into 1" strips and then down to 1" squares. I took the pattern and traced it onto a sheer interfacing. This is what I used to layo…