August 28, 2013

Lucky Stars BOM - a WIP status



I'm a couple of blocks behind on my Lucky Stars BOM, but everytime I step back to look at these gorgeous paper pieced blocks, I just adore them.  If you haven't seen all of the gorgeous offerings from this group of paper piecers, check out the Flickr group linked above - you won't be sorry.  This is Elizabeth Dackson's brain child from Don't Call Me Betsy - and boy do I love what she's been cooking up for us each month.

Here they are - all laid out in one spot:

1. Lucky Stars BOM - January Block, 2. Lucky Stars BOM, 3. March - Ninja Star for Lucky Stars BOM, 4. April Lucky Stars BOM, 5. Lucky Stars BOM - May, 6. Lucky Stars BOM July Block, 7. Lucky Stars Practice Block 2.08. Not available

Here's to hoping I can get my August block done before September 1 ~ fingers crossed :)

Linking up with WIP Wednesday today over at Freshly Pieced - you know Lee is always up to something awesome, so go check it out!

August 24, 2013

Aurifil Winners!

You guys never cease to amaze me! The blog has had a great couple of weeks and now between Bloglovin' and Feedly I have 474 unbelievably awesome folks keeping up with my zany life.

I absolutely loved seeing where all of you guys are from - it really drives home the ability of the blogging world to bring us all together around a common passion for quilting and creating. 


So, I believe I owe you guys three, that's right, three Aurifil Sample packs.  The Random Generator has spoken and here are the lucky winners!

 




Congrats!!! Rebecca and RoseL - you may be "no reply bloggers" so please email me your mailing address so I can get this out to you right away - you will love this little sample pack and will want to play with them ASAP.  Moneik, I emailed you as well.

I will check in with everyone next week and may have to share the gratuitous "first day of school" pics with you. I will have one in Pre-K and one in first grade ~ it goes by so fast.  My son entering Pre-K requested a Spider Man quilt for nap time, so I whipped up the fastest quilt ever this week for him - let's just say, no piecing, no binding, VERY little quilting.  But he doesn't care a bit - he loves it just the same!!

To all of you new followers, welcome :) There's lots of fun coming up here in the next few months, so stay tuned.

August 21, 2013

I'm a Hexie Queen - at least today!


Welcome to my stop on the Be a Hexie Queen blog hop. I love Sew We Quilt blog hops - they are such fun and the projects are always so diverse.  Debby Kratovil is our fearless {cheer}leader this time around and has a great line up for you. The full hop lineup can be found at the bottom of this post.

If this is your first time checking out my blog, welcome!  Hopefully, you like what you see and come back soon.  I do have a little Aurifil giveaway under way that is open until Saturday, so if you are so inclined, you can click here to check that out.  But, for the important business of today - my project for this hop was a sweet little hexie doll quilt using a technique I bet many of you haven't heard of, but I really enjoyed trying out.

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This quilt just sort of evolved - I started piecing the hexies with no idea how they would come out.  I made hexies, about 120 until I was tired, and then decided to slap on some flying geese and HST borders and, voila, this sweet little quilt was born.

The funny thing is, and some of you know this from my blog, I have two little boys and ABSOLUTELY NO NEED for a doll quilt ~ not that that has ever stopped me before!

I had several mini charm packs from the Posy line and they were too cute not to play with, so some little girl will get a surprise from me in the coming days.



Rather than a traditional EPP method, I used a hexagon stamp from a great company called By Kate.  The nice lady who owns the company gave a lecture recently at my guild and she had me sold on this as a method for piecing hexagons.  They are a little more of an upfront investment than paper templates, but once you get going, the sky is the limit on how many of these babies you can make, and I think the method is faster than traditional EPP.



You simply stamp the wrong side of your fabric - here I was using a mini charm pack - so easy! The stamp is an ink designed for use on fabric and it doesn't bleed through.  

 

Then you trim on the cutting line:


You place your two hexagons, right sides together, and then sew a running stitch along the stitching line - beginning and ending with a locking stitch. 




You just go from there - you can make any shape you want.

If you are interested in viewing a video about this technique, I'm linking it for you here...





Thanks so much for stopping in today - if you want to come back again, you can follow me through Bloglovin' or Feedly by clicking below:

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Here are some of the hex-alicious hoppers that you will see on the hop - please go check them out and see their amazing projects!


Tuesday, August 20

Debby Kratovil Quilts   

Wednesday, August 21
  
Cheryl James (no blog)
Why-Knot-Kwilt

Thursday, August 22
    
The Tilted Quilt    <=THAT'S ME
Moneik Quilts

Monday, August 26
   
Nunu’s Quilt World

Tuesday, August 27
    
   

August 19, 2013

Bucket List Quilt - Double Wedding Ring

If you are anything like me, you have a bucket list of quilts you'd like to try.  Today, I am sort of tackling two birds with one stone.  I  have always wanted to do a red and white quilt, ever since I saw this video of this quilt exhibit in New York.  There is an iPad app you can get for free that shows each of the 650 red and white quilts in this exhibit - just stunning!!  And to think that this was one woman's collection - amazing!



I have also wanted to challenge myself to do a double wedding ring, but in a more modern palette. It just seems like the quintessential quilter's quilt, right? 

So, here we go - my red and white double wedding ring was born.

The ultimate goal for this quilt is to enter it into my guild's quilt show in September of 2014 - so I have a whole year to get this one done. I have never entered a quilt in a show before, so I figured, why not go BIG.

I have been saving {hoarding} red and white fat quarters for a while, and I finally have enough.  I mailed them off today to be cut for my quilt. I'm doing 15" rings in a 6 x 8 layout.  I can't wait  ~ the final quilt will be 68" x 90".




I have decided to hire someone to laser cut my pieces for me.  It's a company called Flynn Quilt Frame Company, and I will keep you posted on my experience with this process, as it's my first time using them. But they come highly recommended.  Yes, it is a short cut, but I do want to enjoy this process!!

To keep me motivated, there is a challenge online right now hosted by the New York City Modern Quilt Guild.

I have no idea if its possible to finish this in time for the challenge deadline, but it's good to keep it in mind. 


I will try to document as much of the quilt as I can via Instagram, so if you'd like, pop on over and add me to your feed.  I'll use the hashtag #doubleweddingring

What's on your quilty bucket list? Are you working on it now? I'd love to hear about it!

August 17, 2013

A Giveaway Winner ~ And More Exciting Giveaway News!

Thank you all for visiting and participating in the Cozy Campground Giveaway - the random generator has spoken and the winner is Kathy Sue!!



Kathy Sue - I think you may be a no-reply blogger {insert sad face}. Please send me your email and mailing address so I can get your scrappy goodness  out to you ASAP.  Email me at the tiltedquilt {at} gmail {dot} com.  If I can't contact you, I'll have to choose another winner... please, please don't make me do it!

Also, I am very excited to report that I crossed the 350 follower mark this week, so I owe you guys one of my Aurifil Sample Packs.  The next giveaway will be at the 400 follower mark.


Let's see - how shall I choose a winner??  OK, this is for those of you who are already followers, so you need to do nothing, other than comment to win. Totally optional, but I would love you to put in the comment where you live, just for grins. If you are a no-reply blogger, please also put your email address.  I'll leave this open for one week as well - a winner will be chosen on Saturday, August 24.  Good luck!!

Have a wonderful weekend - hope you have time to sew something fabulous.

August 16, 2013

I have a swapping problem...

I was very good at fending off the desire to join up every time I saw a notice for a swap.  Really, I was. Until I saw this one..


Gosh, this sounds like so much fun!!  If you are interested in all of the gory details, click here.  Sign ups are open until the end of the month. Don't be a ghoul - join us!

August 10, 2013

Cozy Campground Quilt Giveaway!

Fabric: S'more Love by Eric and Julie Comstock for Moda
Thread: Aurifil for piecing and quilting
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Today I have a feature on the Moda BakeShop! This is my second project for the BakeShop and I couldn't be more excited to show it to you.  Please check it out here and let me know what you think. 

I know that here at least it is very difficult to imagine making S'mores in front of the campfire (it was 103 degrees today) but before you know it, fall will be here and that means camping!

This quilt is perfect for snuggling up with your favorite little campers in front of the fire.

I have lots of yummy scraps left over from this project that I thought I would share with you.  The scraps include a nice little bundle of fat eights as well as a ziploc full of smaller scraps. 

For a chance to win, just leave me a comment telling me what you would make with this adorable line of fabric.  You do not have to be a follower to enter but I always love showing my readers a little extra love, so for a bonus entry, just make sure you follow the blog and tell me so in a separate comment.  A winner will be drawn on August 17th via the Random Number Generator.  Good luck!!

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Oh, I almost forgot, this project is also in my 3rd Quarter Finish-A-Long list for Leanne. Woohoo, cross this baby off the list!


August 9, 2013

National Book Lover's Day with Moda


Books, glorious books! I am a bit of a book freak. I love to buy books - particularly quilting books lately. So, I was really excited to hear that today Moda's blog, The Cutting Table is celebrating National Book Lover's Day as well. They've asked their designers to share our favorites with you, the ones that inspired us to start quilting as well as our what we are reading right now. 

I can't remember the first quilting related book that I bought, but I know that the best reference guide I've ever found is the Fons and Porter Quilter's Complete Guide. 



When I first started quilting, I snagged a copy at Half-Price Books  and referred to it often as a beginning quilter.  Another amazing reference, if you can find one is the Barbara Brackman Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. It's out of print now and I don't own a copy, but my local library has one and I've checked it out several times.  They are pricey on Amazon since they are really hard to find, but it's got something like 4,000 individual quilt blocks and, if you are a budding designer, I think it's an wonderful jumping off point for quilt design.  Also if you are an EQ user, which I am, you can buy this entire library as a supplement to your software.  I've got this on my holiday wish list!

I usually wait for a JoAnn's 50% off coupon for my book buying to make it a little more affordable, but when I can't find them there, I end up buying online. My most recent  quilt book purchase from Joann's was Piece O' Cake's Quilt a New Christmas.  

This book is primarily applique - I really want to learn to do more applique and I took Becky Goldsmith's class, which was wonderful.  Her projects are just fantastic! My favorite quilt in the book, and one that I consider a "bucket list" quilt is this one.  It's not even a traditional Christmas design, but what a gem! I need to really master my applique before I attempt this many circles.


Quilt a New Christmas with Piece O' Cake Designs

My most recent online (Amazon) purchase was Liberty Love.



From this book, I drool over the Marcelle Medallion quilt.  I couldn't find a good pic of the quilt from the book, so here's one of my favorite renditions by, Hyacinth Quilt Designs.
Marcelle Medallion from Liberty Love





And then, an all-time favorite book which is a staple, in my humble opinion, if you are going to get into hexagons is Hexa Go-Go. It's got great in-depth directions on making hexagons with several different methods and then a TON of fantastic projects. 



I've already made the Cat Tails Quilt and blogged about it, but isn't this rainbow quilt just a.maz.ing!!
Hexa-Go-Go


I would love to know what your favorite quilting book is - happy National Book Lover's Day!


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August 7, 2013

WIP - Swoon, Swoon and More Swoon

I was able to do quite a bit of sewing last weekend and make some progress on a few projects.  First, the Swoon.... I finished Block #7.                           


I really never get tired of Flea Market Fancy - this one is paired with an orange polka dot from Comma.




Also this week, I tried to catch up on some blocks for my Lucky Stars BOM (including a redo of the first block) - I think I'm caught up to August, so that's good news. 



What are you working on this week?

Linking up with Freshly Pieced this week for my weekly kick in the pants for inspiration!




August 4, 2013

Scrapified

Boy, we quilters love our scraps don't we?  I was just thinking about a funny story that I thought I would share with you  - maybe you can relate...

About 4 years ago, I was just starting out quilting and didn't have much of a stash, at all.  I had finished maybe one or two quilts and was just starting to get the itch to create more.  I joined my local guild because they have workshops that you can attend for a discounted rate.  So, I signed up for my first worshop.  I was WAY out of my league, but I was excited to try something new.  At the beginning of the workshop, a lady made an announcement that if we had any scraps for the day that we were going to throw away, please set them aside for her, because she liked to make scrappy quilts.  Nothing was too small, she said.

I have to admit, I thought the poor lady had lost her mind... At every break, she would walk around and collect up scraps that no one wanted and sew them together. Why in the world would you want pieces of fabric that small?



Well, since then I have been to many more workshops, even a retreat, and someone is always collecting scraps.  In fact, at my last retreat, one lady spent the whole weekend sewing up pinwheels from the leftover triangles from my Swoon quilt. They were adorable, but honestly I would have just thrown them in the trash!



Since that first workshop, I have come to understand the value of the stash, and the scrap bin.  I now have 7 shoeboxes full of various scraps (plus two bags that haven't been sorted yet) and I have even, willingly I might add, taken scraps from friends who were destashing so I could have a really scrappy quilt look even scrappier.



I beamed with pride when I announced to my husband that my Christmas hexagon quilt had 114 different Christmas fabrics in them, thanks to an online Christmas charm swap.  I have even, I am not afraid to admit, picked a piece of fabric out of the trash and moved it over to the scrap bin

My 2009 quilter-self is aghast at my 2014 quilter-self :)  In 2009, I would have thought "scrappy" meant "leftover" or "what I didn't want to use in the first place."  Now, I know that scrappy is exactly the opposite.  It's the fabrics I loved so much I couldn't part with!  There's something about the scrappiest of quilts - we admire what our fellow quilter's went through to accumulate such a treasure trove of scraps.

Why the change in my attitude? Well, for one - the precious fabric that we love so much is EXPENSIVE.  When you invest so much in building up your stash, it hurts a lot when you throw anything in the trash.   Secondly, I think we buy fabric because we really LOVE it (crazy sounding, I know, but its true!) and we don't want to throw away something we love. "But I might make a hexagon out of that 2" square scrap, and wouldn't that just be perfectly adorable" we say.

Here is an homage to some scrap-tastic quilts I've found online.  
I have grand designs for some of my own this year. 
Patchwork Prism Front 1
Patchwork Prism by Marci


Log cabins...
scrappy stash quilt along
Scrappy Stash by Ellison Lane Quilts
Strings...
Ziggy Strings finished!
Ziggy Strings by Rachel at Stitched In Color


Hexies... oh my!
The Completed Hexie Hexagon!
Hexie Hexagon by Poppi - no repeats!
Here's an adorable pillow project using 150 2" scraps: so cute!

Craft Foxes

Do you love scrappy quilts, too?

August 1, 2013

Busy Little Bee

I haven't posted bee blocks here in a while - here are few from the last couple of months. I am in two bees, one is called Color Bee Shocked and the other is the bee I started dedicated to hexagons, Get Your Hex On!  I have had such a blast in these two bees - have met wonderful quilty friends and had so much fun working on a wide variety of projects.  

I got a jump on August and have already done both blocks, that NEVER happens :)

Get Your Hex On! August block
Get Your Hex On - August Block
July Block for Erin
July Get your Hex On Block for Erin
June block
Get Your Hex On - June Block - octagons and squares


Irish Chain - August block for Karen
Irish Chain Block- August block for Color Bee Shocked
And, this isn't a bee block, but I'm on a mission to finish my Swoon quilt - here's #6 of 9.  Hoping to finish the last three this month.
OK I can't stop!! Block 6 of 9
Swoon Block #6


What are you working on these days?
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