May 28, 2013

Honest Opinion Needed

I put together the center star block for the Marcelle Medallion quilt last night - I am really torn.  Do I love it or do I hate it? 

Marcelle Medallion center star bloc

 I do NOT want to go any further on this quilt if I don't love it. I would rather test out a few more center blocks and get something I love before I put in the time to add these borders. As the book author says, this quilt is "not for the faint of heart."

If you aren't familiar with the Marcelle Medallion, it's a fabulous quilt from Liberty Love by Alexia Abegg.  Just check out some of the completed quilts on Instagram (#marcellemedallion).

Or, you can check out this Pinterest board.

I wanted to do darker backgrounds, hence the grey and black/white combo. But I feel like there is so much going on here! I might relent and go back to my old standby for all quilt backgrounds, Kona Bone.

I'm committed to doing this quilt with scraps alone, so it's definitely going to be a busy looking quilt.  But, my center block makes me nervous.

OK, be honest - love it or hate it?
p.s. for what it's worth, the hubby gave it the thumbs down.  I've been staring at it all day, can't decide...You won't hurt my feelings {promise}!

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May 23, 2013

Hexagon Log Cabin

At long last I have finished my hexagon log cabin made for my son's kindergarten teacher.  Well, it feels like forever, but really, it's only been about 4 weeks.  I think operating under a hard deadline like the last day of school just stresses me out a little.  It just so happens that the Blogger's Quilt Festival is also going on so I decided to enter this in the ROYGBIV category. Voting is open NOW - I am quilt #34 in this category. There are some gorgeous quilts to see so enjoy the eye candy!

I'm also entering this quilt in the Festival of Strings from Stitched in Color.

Festival of Strings
Pattern: Tutorial from The Sewing Chick
Fabrics: Mainly from my stash, in rainbow colors
Hexagon Centers: self portraits drawn by the kindergarten class, scanned and uploaded to Spoonflower.
Size: 45" x 55"

Here's my son Will's self portrait, isn't it cute?

I cannot wait to give this to our special teacher - I hope she treasures it for years to come!

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May 21, 2013

Ice Cream, Anyone?

Mmm. Chocolate ice cream anyone? #summersamplersewalong  with @ellisonlane

Boy, I am such as sucker for a fun sew-along!  I've been sewing along with Ellison Lane Quilts in a fun little sew along that started last week - it's not too late to join in for a little summer fun - we've done lemonade, a cupcake, a popsicle and a soft serve ice cream. These are going to make an adorable little mini quilt, don't you think? 

A cool glass of lemonade - mmm. #summersamplersewalong

My favorite flavor - orange dreamsicle for the #summersamplersewalong with @ellisonlane

Cupcake with sprinkle and a cherry! #summersamplersewalong  with @ellisonlane

Linking up this week with WIP Wednesday to share my progress - hope you have a great week!

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May 17, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Today I am entering this little mini Dresden in the Blogger's Quilt Festival - I never knew I would fall so in love with this little quilt.  I made for a blog hop earlier this year, but it quickly became one of my favorites.  I'm entering it into the mini quilt category.  Voting is open NOW - I am Quilt #4 in the list. The antique fussy cut scissors make it a perfect hanging for my sewing room.  I hope you enjoy.  And if you are so inclined, there is voting for for a Viewer's Choice award here.  I think you need to link to this post in the form.  Next week there will be voting in each category. Either way, go check out all of the amazing quilts that have been entered so far. 

Dare to Dresden

Dare to Dresden

My Dresden in the Dare to Dresden blog hop (

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May 14, 2013

WIP Wednesday

Hexagon Log Cabin

I have finally finished the quilt top for my son's kindergarten teacher - whew this one was very time intensive, but the result was totally worth it, don't you think? I blogged about it earlier, but just a reminder - this was a great tutorial from The Sewing Chick with fabric that was created from self portraits drawn by my son's kindergarten class to be presented to their teacher at the end of the year.

I'm going to try to quilt it this week, I'm so happy this one won't go down to the deadline.

Do you ever have a hard time giving away one of your quilts? It sounds crazy, but I bond with a quilt while I'm putting it together, and while nothing makes me happier than giving it away, its always a little sad too!  

Anyway, I ran outside the minute I finished the top of this to grab some photos to share.  Enjoy - should have a nice finish on this to share with you soon! 


Linking up to WIP Wednesday again - have fun looking at all of the great eye candy out there!
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May 11, 2013

Spinning Star Hexagon Block

Those who have been following the blog for a while may have noticed my slight obsession with hexagons... up until recently, it's been strictly English Paper Piecing style.  But, I'm working on a quilt with pieced hexagon blocks (it's coming along nicely, hope to have pictures soon).  My other love is foundation paper piecing.  So, I decided to combine the two thanks to my new toy, EQ7!  I took an all day class last weekend on EQ7 and, folks, let me tell you - that program is AWESOME.  I've been designing my own quilts with paper and pencil and there is nothing wrong with that, but this program is so cool.  

I designed my first foundation pieced block and you can find it on Craftsy for sale.  My hope is to continue to design these and eventually have a sampler hexagon quilt.  If you decide to give it a "spin" I would love some feedback from you.  

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May 8, 2013

WIP & Over The Rainbow Charm Swap - Sign Up Now

Not much new to report this week on the sewing front, I've been plugging away at my hexagon log cabin - I blogged about it last week.  These little suckers are adorable, but they are a little time intensive and I've had to supplement my stash a little!


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This rainbow quilt has got me wanting to supplement my stash with some rainbow fabrics - so I thought now would be a great time to do a rainbow charm swap!  Over the last year, I have participated in two charm swaps and I just loved them. I really love using my charms for english paper piecing hexagons but they are so versatile, they can be used in a million ways. This month, the queen bee in Color Bee Shocked has a great block that uses charms in a rainbow colorway - I was inspired!

over the rainbow swap

Rules are never fun, but here they are:

1.  There are 56 slots available.  You can sign up for up to two slots - Each person will be assigned a color. Once all the swap slots are filled, I will email you your color assignment. (red, pink, orange, yellow, purple, blue, aqua, green).  

3. Fabric must be designer label, 100% cotton, quality fabric.  
No Hancocks, Joanns or Michael's fabrics.

4. Fabric must be new and unwashed and must come from a smoke free environment.

5. Before sending your fabric to me, cut your fabric into 5" x 5" charm squares.
1 yard = 56 charm squares (5" x 5".)  If you need a  tutorial on how to cut fabric into charms check out this one by Elizabeth Hartman.

6.  Put your fabric in a ziploc bag and include a 3x5 index card with your name, email address, mailing address, fabric info (designer, manufacturer, line, color.) I will compile a master list of fabrics and email it to you once the swap is complete. 

7. In your envelope, include, the charms in ziploc, the index card a PREPAID SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE for me to mail your charms back to you! This swap is open to international swappers, but you will need to be provide me with your PayPal address so I can bill you for your return postage.  If you have questions about this, please let me know.

8. After the sign up is full, I will provide you with deadlines for mailing.

Please join the Flickr group and post pictures of your fabric so we minimize any duplicates. Also, if you want to follow my blog as well for additional sign up updates, I would love for you to do so.

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OK, so are you ready to swap a rainbow? 

Complete the form below to sign up! 

UPDATE: as of 5/13/13 - we are full! Sign up is closed.... stay tuned for more fun swaps in the future :)