March 23, 2014

Quilty Bucket List Week 4 - Last Week



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Wow, where did this month go?  I have had SO much fun reading everyone's bucket lists - I hope you have too!  For our last week, we have two great ladies sharing lists with us:



I've been following Debbie's blog and Instagram account for a while now. She is amazingly talented and is a personal inspiration to me!

Carla is so smart, she keeps a running tally of her quilty bucket list on her blog at all times! I may be doing that soon! I know you will love her list too, so please check it out :)


And speaking of quilty bucket lists, look what I just pulled off my sewing machine about 10 minutes ago - the top to my red and white double wedding ring.  I seriously cannot stop smiling.  If you take nothing else away from this blog hop, please challenge yourself to try something on your bucket list ~ it's totally worth it :)





You can still link up your list this week - I would love to see it!

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March 19, 2014

Finally, A Finish!!

Just under the wire, I finished up my economy block baby quilt for my good friend Brooke.  This is a picture of her taken on Monday... and she delivered her adorable baby girl yesterday.  Whew, nothing like waiting until the last minute.



I shared the details of this on the blog a few times before (see here, here and here). I was clearly swept up in the economy block Instagram madness (#economyblockalong).



Heidi Anne's Baby Quilt Stats:
Finished Size = approx 30" x 30"
Thread: Aurifil 50 wt for piecing and quilting
Fabrics: From my stash, background is Kona Bone


I had another friend ask me to make these same economy blocks for a framed quilt for her new twins.  I think they came out so adorable!! These are approximately 15x15.  I used Heather Ross prints for the fussy cut centers and fabrics from my stash for the outer sections.



OK, so I know the quilt's not OFFICIALLY a Work In Progress, but it was up to Tuesday of this week, so I'm linking up with Freshly Pieced anyway, Lee will understand :)


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March 16, 2014

Quilty Bucket List Week 3


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Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

I don't know about you but I may need a vacation from my vacation. Whew, I am ready to get back to my daily routine and very ready for the boys to get back to school. 

This week, we've got two fantastic bloggers sharing their quilty bucket lists with you. Please go check them out.




I first discovered the fab Molli during the Molli Sparkles Broken Herringbone Quilt A Long (#msbhqal) last year.  This is a great quilt for a beginner or someone wanting to stash bust.  I even swapped some strips with Molli all the way over in Australia, which makes my finished quilt even more special.  He is a new-ish quilter, but already cranking out some gorgeous work, and has even inspired us with a great post about valuing our work.


And I have been following Elizabeth's blog for a while, but really got in to her Lucky Stars BOM last year and found out what a talented quilter and designer she is.  This BOM is a wonderful way to dip your toe into paper piecing.  I can't wait to see her quilty bucket list!!


I'm also excited to announce a winner from my Think Ruffles blog hop. The lucky winner of an Aurifil Thread card is...





I'll be contacting you today to get a mailing address!

Please don't forget to link up with your own bucket list - I've had so much fun reading everyone's lists.  See you next week!





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March 10, 2014

Quilty Bucket List Week 2


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Happy Spring Break, ya'll!! 

If you are looking for my stop for the Think Ruffles Blog Hop today, click here... (HINT: there is a giveaway going on today too)!

This week, we've got two of my favorite bloggers sharing their quilty bucket lists with you. Please go check them out.



And don't forget to link up with your own bucket list - I've had so much fun reading everyone's lists.  See you next week!



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March 9, 2014

Hoo Loves Ruffles And An Aurifil Giveaway??



Welcome to my stop on the Think Ruffles Blog Hop! I am so happy you are here today :) If you haven't been to my blog before, welcome. Please sit back and stay awhile.  I've been blogging for about 2 years now, I love sharing my projects, quilting challenges, tutorials, and an occasional recipe with you! 

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Today, I made a cute little owl to brighten up your home. This little guy will actually end up in my quilt guild's boutique later this year. I used a tutorial that you can find here. It's super easy and would be a great gift for a little girl or boy, don't you think?  



The great thing about this tutorial is that you can use scraps and bits to put this together - I didn't buy a single item for this owl, just found some coordinating buttons and ric-rack ~ I was good to go!


For making ruffles, I use my wonderful Baby Lock Ruffle Foot.  Yes, it looks very intimidating, but it's not!!




It turns fabric into wonderful ruffles in a snap!





Here is a quilt I made last year, and I think the ruffle border just sent the quilt over the top :)

You can find a tutorial for this quilt here.





Since I have two little boys, the ruffle foot doesn't get much of a workout in my home, but when I get to break it out, it just makes me smile!!

And for hanging in there with me today, I've got a great...


GIVEAWAY!!

Recently, I won some delicious Aurifil goodies through a Facebook contest.  I just LOVE Aurifil, I won't sew with anything else at this point. It has minimal lint, my Baby Lock loves it and the stitches just melt into the fabric.  Among some other items, they were kind enough to send me a thread color chart.  I already had one on hand so I am going to pass this fantastic resource on to you guys. 
I am using Rafflecopter for the giveaway - the rules are super simple, with multiple ways to win.  I will choose a winner one week from today, March 17th. 

For one entry - simply comment on this post and let me know what you are doing for spring break (ours is this week)!

For a second entry (optional) - follow my blog via Bloglovin or Feedly and let me know you are a follower.
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For a third entry (optional) - follow me on Instagram here:
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click on the link below if you don't see the Rafflecopter widget :)


Now, here are all the other folks ruffling away today, please check out their blogs as well!!



For the FULL blog hop schedule, click here!



March 10th

The Tilted Quilt (that's me!)
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March 3, 2014

Quilty Bucket List - Week 1


Grab your favorite morning beverage and head over to check out these two fabulous Quilty Bucket Lists...


And, while you're here, don't forget to link up a picture or a post of your own Quilty Bucket List (or add a picture to Instagram #quiltybucketlist). We'll be sharing and inspiring together all month. Have a fabulous week!



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March 1, 2014

Quilty Bucket List


Welcome to the kickoff of the Quilty Bucket List Blog Hop.  What is a quilty bucket list you ask? Well, it's exactly like it sounds.  It's the quilts that we all have on our lifetime to-do list. Not those quicky baby blankets we sometimes churn out in a pinch, but what are the quilts you've seen and been inspired by ~ that made you say "Some day, I want to make that quilt."  Or, it could be something quilt-related that you want to accomplish (i.e. attend Quilt Market, put your quilt in a show, take a class from your quilty idol).  I hope this month is inspirational for all of us.  Get started on your quilty bucket lists now, folks. There is no time like the present!

I've lined up some amazing bloggers who are going to share their own quilty bucket lists with all of us.  You can participate in two ways, but I'll get to that in a second.

Here's the schedule:

March 1
 The Tilted Quilt, that's me! 
 Linky Party Opens

March 31 
linky party closes and we all go create something amazing!



I would really love for you all to join in the fun with a post of your own about your Quilty Bucket List.  There is a link up below that will be open all month. Share a post or a Flickr picture of something from your quilty bucket list.  Add a picture to Instagram  with the hashtag #quiltybucketlist and encourage others to do so as well.  I'll be posting here regularly and sharing Instagram pictures along the way too.

 Maybe you will find others who are dreaming of making the same quilts you are.  Maybe we will inspire a Quilty Bucket List Quilt A Long (QBLQAL?)  The sky is the limit!

So, without further adieu, here is my list: 


Double Wedding Ring

Ah, the quilt that started my whole quilty bucket list obsession. I'm elbow deep in the middle of this quilt now. Actually, I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I've blogged about my red and white double wedding ring lots - here, here and here if you want the details, but suffice it to say, a double wedding ring is probably the most recognizable quilt pattern out there. But it is ALL CURVES (oh, and Y seams at the end, I just discovered that little gem ~ guess who's never done Y seams?)! My goodness, this thing is an exercise in patience, in fact I said it must have been invented by a quilter with OCqD - that's Obsessive Compulsive Quilting Disorder . I hope the finished results will be worth the time and effort.  I think it will :) I wish I could show you a finished top, I am SO close, but for now, I'll share my latest IG photo... I have actually done quite a bit more since this photo, but I haven't been able to get good pictures lately.




A Hand Appliquéd Quilt

I have a lot of quilty friends who do a lot of hand appliqué. I am in awe of their work. The most recent example that comes to mind is my guild's 2014 Raffle Quilt for our QuiltFest, coming up later this year.  I am co-chairing the event, and I picked out this pattern. I wish you could see this in person.  All.Hand.Applique. No words.

This quilt is just beautiful and I would love someday to be able to make a quilt by hand.

www.captxquiltfest.org

Here is a closeup of that center medallion, which is about 45 inches square. Just stunning.



I took a Becky Goldsmith class and she's got tons of hand appliqué patterns that speak to me.  I know how to do it, but I've been too intimidated to start one before. 

Grandmother's Flower Garden

Classic. Beautiful. Timeless. These are the words that come to mind when I see a grandmother's flower garden. 2013 was the year of the hexie for me, and I loved making tons of them, but they were always for smaller projects.  I have started saving up every scrap of fabric I have left and have been cutting them down with the hope that I will use my spare time at baseball or swimming practices for the kids to start basting 1 inch hexies  Someday, they will become a grandmother's flower garden.

Here was the quilt that inspired me to want to make one someday - not only was this one hand pieced, it was hand quilted as well. It was stunning in person, pictures can't really do it justice. I couldn't take my eyes off of it! I think they were 1/2 inch hexies.  You will notice all of the award ribbons attached - it was truly amazing.

Grandmother's Flower Garden by Inge Hayes


Dear Jane or Farmer's Wife?

I know there was a craze a few years ago when the Farmer's Wife book came out but I didn't catch the fever until recently when I got my hands on the book.  In concept, the Farmer's Wife is very similar to the Dear Jane ~ a historical sampler.  However, I am drawn to the history behind the Dear Jane quilt a little more and think there could be some amazing colorings that could be done with the triangle borders.  I'm saving my pennies for the EQ7 version of Dear Jane and want to start that as a long term project.  I've already decided to do that one in solids, and probably in a rainbow of colors.  Or maybe, just maybe, I'll parlay my obsession with Carolyn Friedlander's Botanics into a Botanic Dear Jane?? Hmmm,  my creative juices are already flowing on this one, but it may be a year or so before I even get started on it! May need to start hoarding fabrics on this one.

Here's the picture I saw of the Dear Jane that got me slightly obsessed.  

Photo from Green Fairy Quilts

You may or may not know, but I am a sucker for a rainbow quilt


This next category are quilts are definitely bucket list, but not because they are particularly difficult - they spoke to me as a new quilter.

Swoon

I am still in awe of this quilt block. There are so many Swoon quilts out there, and each one sings because of fabric choices.   I love this quilt and just finished the top a month or so ago. Next, I need to decide how to quilt it. 

swoon top finished


Summer Sampler

I first saw this quilt right when I discovered the quilting blog world. Instantly, I wanted to do it, but didn't know if my skill level was up to task.  I ended up enlisting the help of my first virtual quilt bee to make it, and I just adore this quilt.  It's also still just a top, but longs to join the ranks of finished quilts.  I have a very special someone in mind to receive this quilt as a gift.

summer sampler top finished!

A String Quilt

I love scraps - I love strings. I desperately want to make an enormous quilt of scrappy strings. But I haven't yet.  I've pinned tutorials, I've hoarded strings, I've got them piled up and ready to go, but I just can't decide how I am going to do it yet.  It will happen soon....





I hope you have had fun reading my Quilty Bucket List - I would really love for you to make a list of your own, grab the button below and share it with us this month.  

Snap a photo of your a quilty bucket list quilt and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #quiltybucketlist. And check back later this month for lists from the fabulous bloggers I have lined up to share with you.


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