Finals week… eek.

Sorry for the delay! As some of you may know, I am attending college full time.  I’m going to school online so my courses are eight weeks long.  I’ve been absent from the blog this week because I am wrapping up this block of classes. I have been busy with finals, putting the finishing touches on a research papers, and a whole bunch of other assignments.

If all goes according to plan, I should probably be finished with everything on Friday evening.  After that, I plan to take a much needed break of the weekend and will be back with a new post next Monday.  Hope to see you then! Have a great weekend.

[News!] We’re Navy Bound! Plus: Studio upgrades and new quilt design!

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Hello everyone! I hope you had a great week last week. We had a bit of a rollercoaster of a ride, let me tell you.

As you might remember, my husband has been working on enlisting in the Navy.  On Wednesday, he was scheduled to go to the military processing center for a checkup and to make sure all his paperwork was correct. That didn’t happen until Thursday, unfortunately, because of a new rule stating prior service enlistees can’t go to processing without going with another enlistee. So his recruiter scrambled and found someone to go with him the following day.  He had to stay overnight (and get up at 0430 in the next morning) and spent the following day waiting to find out when he’d be shipping out. He leaves in two months and we are super excited.

In the meantime, I am in the process of trying to ebay my Janome so I can buy a Bernina.  It’s not that I don’t like my Janome, I do, but I think I need to change up my game some. I want to switch to a model that has fewer stitches and this new machine will be for piecing only.  After my husband gets finished with training (and we move), I’ll buy a mid-arm machine for quilting.  I have been doing some extensive research and have narrowed it down to either a Babylock Tiara or the Handi Quilter Sweet 16.  I know the Tiara is made by HQ but I have heard that Babylock’s support is better than HandiQuilter’s. If anyone happens to own one of these fabulous machines, please feel free to comment on your experiences! I’d love to hear from you!

In the meantime, I can still FMQ on the Bernina because the model I picked is capable of doing FMQ. Not only does it come with the 1/4 inch piecing foot, it has a walking foot and a FMQ foot.   Let me tell you, I am super excited about my new plans!  I am just waiting for the auction to end so I send Gert to her new owner (*sad face*) and bring the new gal home to get to work.

In the meantime, I have been piecing, piecing and piecing but I am not ready to show you what just yet! ;)

Instead, I will share a new quilt design with you!

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The “featured image” of this post displays the twin sized version of this nautical themed boy quilt made with Moda Fabrics “Bartholomew’s Reef” line.  I also plan on doing a toddler/crib bed size version of this quilt and this second image is the smaller version.  So cute! I can’t wait to start cutting this one out this week. Other than that, school continues to challenge me; I am headed into week seven (of eight) today!

Well, that’s all the news I had to share for now. Have a great week, I’ll see you next Monday!

Happy Monday, have a new quilt pattern!

So I might not have mentioned it but I’ve sold two quilts from my Etsy shop in the last two months. Woohoo!

Marmalade Dream and one of the Ohio Star Baby quilts both found homes.  My other quilt, Spring Pinwheel is my only remaining quilt  in stock. I am feverishly working on Boston Beauty which is about half way done.  In the meantime, I am also starting to gear up for the holiday season because, as we know, quilts not only take time to plan, cut, and piece but also quilt. So it’s with great pride and excitement that I present the first of my Christmas quilts for 2014!

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Sorry about the watermark but I’ve had an unfortunate incident with someone taking my photos and claiming they created my work. How silly of them!

I created this using EQ7 software and boy what a lot of fun this was!  This quilt will be my most complicated quilt since I made “1893 Nine Patch” for my son.  This quilt was designed using “Joy” by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics.  I happen to have a small stash of Joy because this was the fabric I made my third quilt from. It’s our family christmas snuggle quilt and, I loved it so much, I went out and snagged a fat quarter pack while this was still in print!

Aside from planning for the last quarter of the year, we’ve been patiently waiting for my husband’s trip to the military processing center this Wednesday. He’ll have a checkup on Thursday and they should give him his actual ship date; we are all so very excited about it, let me tell you!

Well, that’s all I had to share today. Hope you have a great week!

News and other news…

Hello!

I am terribly sorry for the lack of posts lately. My college classes started back up again three weeks ago and that, not-so-coincidentally, is about the last time I posted. Sorry!

I have had no time to sew. None. Everytime I pass my sewing machine I sigh longingly. I even got a whole bunch of new fabric and designed a new quilt but I have had no time to cut or piece anything. I’ll see about getting a photo of the new quilts – there will be three – posted as soon as I can find the time.

Between classes, the kids off for summer break and the news that my husband will be entering the Navy soon, things have been super hectic. Yep, you heard me, he’s going into the military soon and we’re super excited!

So, in order to help him, in my free time I have been going with him to work out and making sure he has plenty of good, healthy things to eat.  We don’t know many details yet other than “things will be happening soon”. I can say, though, all this extra exercise has been a lot of fun. I swam, literally, a whole entire mile the other day in the pool (plus forty yards…but who’s counting?) and I am very proud of myself!

So, until he ships out, all my attention is on him. Sorry! :) We’ll be separated due to training and what not, for a few months, we think, so I don’t think anyone can fault me for wanting to spend time with him.

I will post when I can, though. And, hopefully, things will get back to “normal” soon-ish.

Have a great week!

 

Elizabeth’s Wedding Quilt

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This quilt is so incredibly beautiful in every possible way that I simply had to reblog it!

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In June 2008, I completed this quilt as a wedding gift for my niece, Elizabeth:
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The design was inspired by a design from Jan Krenz’s book, “Lone Star Quilts and Beyond.” It is basically a Lone Star quilt where eight different fabrics (colors) spiral from the center. I used a spiral feather quilting motif along each of the pieced spirals, filling in with small feathers:
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I used New York Beauty blocks for the setting squares and triangles:
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I inserted a striped inner border:
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All the fabrics were from the “Sand and Surf” collection by Michele D’More for Marcus Brothers. There was a large floral print which I used for the outer border. I chose to follow the large floral motifs for the quilting design:
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I quilted a large feather design in the corner setting squares:
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The quilt back:
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I used Hobbs 80/20 batting and Superior Thread’s King Tut thread in…

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Marmalade Dream posted on Etsy!

Hello everyone!

Now that Marmalade Dream is complete, I took it out for a photo shoot this afternoon in beautiful, historic downtown.  It was a bit overcast at times but I managed to get some excellent shots of the quilt.

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After I returned home to edit the photos – I took probably 30 to err on the side of caution – I found that the photos I thought I wouldn’t like were the ones that showcased the quilt the best. Again, taking lots of photos in a variety of settings and lighting is key, in my opinion, to photographing a quilt successfully.  Each quilt gets its very own folder for photos and anything related to its construction.  So, I took a look back through some of the other photos I had of it. I kept the original drawing, done in EQ7 and saved via photoshop, and every shot from start to finish. It was really neat to see the patches and the progress. I guess it never ceases to amaze me that a few small shapes turn out to be something so lovely. It’s really nice to see something you created come to fruition.

I just listed it on my Etsy shop and I’m super pleased about that. It’ll be difficult to let this one go for sure!

Well, that’s all I had to share today. I need to get back to work on Boston Beauty! See you Friday.