March 31, 2015

Happenings

Although I regularly connect with many of you on Instagram, I wanted to take a few minutes to catch up with you on my current project list.   I have actually been doing quite a bit of sewing at night and for my birthday, I asked for a quilting retreat which I just did over the weekend. So, there is lots to show-and-tell.

First, a finish! I did finally finish up my Modern Building Blocks kit. 


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This is probably my favorite quilt to date and there is TONS of Instagram action on this quilt (#modernbuildingblocks) if you want to see all the great variations out there. My friend Emily longarmed it for me and we decided that straight line quilting was really the way to go on this.  I just love, love, love this quilt.

Second, I have been working on a baby quilt for a friend.  I found the easiest block tutorial over at Bee in My Bonnet's blog and also on Instagram.  And voila, a week or so later, I had this adorable top.  Now, just to get it quilted and gifted - how fun and bright for a sweet little baby girl. 


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Third, I have been working on this Night Sky quilt by Jaybird Quilts for my son Will. He picked out the pattern and the colors, and I set out on an adventure with 60 degree triangles.  Lots and lots of 60 degree triangles.  I have to tell you though, Jaybird Quilts' Sidekick ruler and pattern is amazing!  I don't say this lightly, she has the best instructions and patterns of any designer out there. 

 I chose to do a queen size version of her quilt (I am still scratching my head over this - the crazy things we do for our kids!!!), with 84 half hexagon blocks. Her rulers help you achieve precision piecing with very little room for error.  One tip, starch is your friend!



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So, now I can check this top off my list.  I am going to have it custom quilted, but I am anxiously awaiting some fabric that isn't in stores yet for a backing and then will send it off to my longarmer.

And, because I love her quilts so much, next on my cutting table is also from Jaybird Quilts - it's called Gravity.  It uses her Super Sidekick ruler, which is just a larger version of the Sidekick, as well as the Hex n' More ruler. I can't wait to get this started!  I bought the kit from Fat Quarter Shop and you will love the fabric variations in this quilt - with something like 100+ different shades of Kona.



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And, finally, because I just cannot resist a Swoon quilt, I am making a second swoon quilt in Solids.  I gifted my first Swoon and love the pattern too much not to have one of my own. And because 2015 is the Year of the Solid here at the Tilted Quilt, I have decided to do my Swoon in solids.  Here is my progress so far.  I can tell you honestly, there isn't a Swoon quilt out there that I don't love. 


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The last thing is my upcoming project. I am challenging myself in a way that I don't think I have ever challenged myself with quilting. I bought this pattern and, folks, let me tell you, I am quaking in my heels over this one. It's very small (about 36"x 36") AND incredibly detailed.  It is called Fly Away by Jacqueline De Jonge and this one is going to be interesting. I have the pattern, but haven't selected fabrics yet.  That alone may take me a year. I will keep you posted, dear friends!


Whew, that's a lot to catch up on - what have you been working on?

I haven't done this in a while, but I'm also linking up to Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday link party. Jump over there for some fun inspiration and a little April Foolishness too!

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