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I can't belive it's been almost a month!

I feel as though I have fallen behind. Considerably! I can't believe my last post was in the beginning of August. That means it's been almost a month since I have quilted anything! How terrible! Well I have a pretty good excuse, but that doesn't make it any easier. I miss quilting! But I'll get to that.

First a story of Machine Applique

Our shop starting selling these awesome little packets of "Seasonal Silhouettes" by Edyta Sitar. The packages included enough laser cut applique pieces to make a single block. Each block features an adorable like ice skates, or a bicycle and lilies, or a umbrella with iris's and daffodils. I fell in love with them as soon as I saw them but put off starting one because the packages cost a heck of a lot. The cost is definitely worth not having to cut out all those tiny pieces though.

Anyways, I finally decided to make one for the shop to test out fusible applique as I have never tried it before. I was excited.

Well, I starte…

Fun with Flora and Feathers

I seem to be falling somewhat behind on this whole posting thing and that makes me sad. I guess I just need to sew more so I will have things to post about! Well I recently finished quilting my challenge quilt for the North Star Quilt Guild quilt show this October here in Grand Forks, North Dakota. It's very exciting and it took me way longer than it should. I got hung up on a few spots that required some seam ripping... very discouraging. But once I finally got that our of the way the rest of the quilting went pretty quickly.

The last time I posted I believe I already had the center pretty much completed. As I mentioned before I had to rip out some seams due to bad tension in the blue stripes around the outside. 

For some reason my blue thread did not want to cooperate. I do not understand why some colors of thread quilt better than others of the same type. It's weird...

I ended up finishing the borders with circles and feathers and I finally feel like my feathers are start…

New Obession: Chess!

A few months ago, while sailing across the Pacific ocean or a floating hotel, I discovered I really enjoyed playing chess. We were wandering around the boat after dinner one evening and noticed they had a few chess sets in the library. We sat down and he proceeded to beat me miserably several games in a row. I however would not be deterred. We ended up playing chess almost every night that week and since we got back from our trip, I have felt its absence. Well, last week I decided to remedy the situation.

Last Wednesday was by husbands birthday and, at the very last moment, I decided I wanted to make him a chess board. Better yet, quilt him a chess set. So, the day before his birthday, I spent the few hours he was out of the house to piece together the top of what is to be an awesome quilted chess board. In my defense, he barely ever leaves the house for long enough for me to accomplish anything behind his back :) Good thing I only have pure intentions.

 After finished the top I reali…

Well how did that happen?

It's been a busy few days and I haven't had as much time to my sewing machine as I would like. How disappointing. The good news? I am making enough money at my job to pay for materials I keep picking up to sew when I have time... It's somewhat of a viscous cycle. Another unfortunate side effect is that I don't get the chance sit down and spend some quality with my blog. Too sad.

But I haven't been totally lazy. Sunday was my first good sewing day in a while and I am proud to say that I accomplished a lot! I stitched the binding onto 4 quilts! WOW. It's my least favorite thing about quilting, attaching the binding to the quilt top. I love the hand stitching, I could do that for hours (and I often do) but the prep I could seriously do without.

I know I posted pictures of this before but I am proud of it so I'm posting more. I love the striped shot cotton I used for the binding. When I started the project I had intended to use the stripe for binding, but when …

Radient Lone Star

After a little bit of contemplation I finished quilting my lone star with rays emanating out from the set in triangles and squares. I think it turned our ok!

I finished off the borders with a geometric meander. Not for any particular reason, just I though I needed to practice and I might look neat (which I think it kind of does). Throughout the process I discovered that the visibility on my machine is low. You would think I would have noticed it before... I had a really hard time mirroring my rays because I couldn't see my first squiggly line. It was silly.

I also learned, upon later inspection, that you cannot see the green in the center of the star at all :( ah but such is life.

In other news, there is a thunderstorm going on this evening. I love thunderstorms! There is something about how lightning shatters the utter darkness that I can't help but find fascinating, and I  the love how the sound of thunder rolls around me like a physical wave. It reminds me of the awe inspir…

Back to Basics

After some time away from my machine following the adventure to Duluth and back, I once again felt the need to "quilt something." When I was younger I would get the sudden urge to "make something". I wouldn't know what I wanted to do I just knew I wanted to create SOMETHING. Sometimes it was a piece of clothing or a bag or a weird fabric Frisbee-like construction that ended up looking like a bubble skirt form the 80's.
 I now get the desire to "quilt something" which is not at all undesirable. It's also a good thing I have so many unfinished projects at hand. I decided to pull out a my very first lone star, completed earlier this year. I was a somewhat successful experiment with some matching points and weird wibbly-wobbly borders. That's OK though. My thinking is that it will quilt out... or at least I hope it will. I figured it would also be a good opportunity to practice my feather some more.

I would like to think that they are getting…

Back From The Show And Ready To SEW!

A few days ago I had the amazing opportunity to accompany a delightful group of women to the Minnesota Quilt Show in Duluth and it was Amazing! I mean I cannot truly express how much fun I had. Our group shot hopped over to Duluth Minnesota the day before. I tried to be good and save my money for the show... emphasis on the word "tried" haha. Although truth be told I came away from the weekend with only a small bundle of treasure compared to the haul my companions took in!

We ended up renting a house in the area for the nights before and after we went to the show. It was such a nice place to come "home" to after 8 hours at the show. The show itself was amazing. The quilts were incredible and the vendors were outstanding. I came away with not only a bounty of information on longarm quilting machines, but boundless inspiration and motivation to continue quilting.  My favorite part of the show was that I got to see some of the quilts that inspired me to star free-moti…

Nothing to write about....

It's been a little bit since I posted the second part of my Hawaiian applique tutorial and I figured it was about time to post again. But what to post? I've been in the doldrums of inspiration recently. For some reason it has been hard for me to jump back into what I was doing before we left on the trip. I have plenty of ideas and I constantly want to quilt, I've just been having difficulties actually getting started. Anyone else ever have this problem?

 In other news I had a really weird dream last night. I dreamed that while running around New York City I happened to find a Tula Pink store and got the chance to met the gal herself! I was surrounded by wonderful fabric, a whirlwind of ribbons, and an incredibly pushy staff. Needless to say I was very excited, though the attendants could have been a bit nicer (I'm sure they would be amazing in real life!). 

I spent a while wandering around the shop before learning that there was a special even going on that day! There…

That's One Way To Do It: Hawaiian Applique Tutorial - Part Two: The Prep

It's a beautiful Sunday and I am ready to start sewing... but first there are a few things I need to take care of... Just in case you missed part one here it is!
Part Two: The Prep Materials:
-Design you created last time
-Fabric for your background and applique
-Masking Tape
-Pen to mark fabric
       (I used both water soluble and permanent fine tipped pens. Fabric pencils would also work. Just test your pen or pencil beforehand to make sure you can see your lines before you start tracing)
-Safety Pins (optional)

Step One:

 Press your fabric and cut to a square a bit larger than your design. It is better to have too much border than not enough. I folded one corner of my fat quarter up diagonally to find the new edge of my square. Because I didn't need this first square to be even I just estimated and cut with scissors.

Step Two:

Mark the very center of the square and the edge of the diagonal bisecting lines with an erasable pen or pencil.

You can find the r…