Swoon Finish!!

Swoon is finished, and I am just ecstatic with how it turned out!

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While I was quilting it, I couldn’t wait until it  was done and I could finally unroll it to see everything. The blocks are so big that I could really only see one row at a time while it was loaded on the frame. That moment of seeing the whole thing quilted and done was so exciting!

Now I’m on to the next one- pics to come!

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First of all, a big thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Inspiration Palooza! I had a lot of fun looking through the pictures and reading everyone’s goals. Unfortunately, my laptop charger has died, so I haven’t been able to get on here to say this sooner! The winner of the Bonnie & Camille charm packs was Melanie C. Congrats again, Melanie!

I’ve started quilting a Swoon quilt top that my mother-in-law made, and I won’t lie- I’ve been having a blast with it!

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I am so, so happy with how it’s turning out and I have to say that I’m pretty sure this is my favorite quilting that I’ve ever done (I say that every time :P ). This will be a Christmas gift for my husband’s grandma, and I’m so pleased to see how it’s coming together. I hope she loves it! I will definitely be posting better pictures of this as the progress moves forward and when I get my MacBook up and running again. Right now I’m posting from my husband’s desktop, and I’m so used to the flat Mac keys that this keyboard feels like a typewriter. Anyway, in the meantime you can follow the Swoon progress on my Instagram.

2014 Inspiration Palooza + GIVEAWAY

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If you’re just joining us now, check out the rules here!

So, last year my quilt goals were:

  • Try trapunto
  • Do some appliqué. Try different methods.
  • Make something with hexies
  • Get a sketchbook and sketch out some FMQ designs, and practice them
  • Make a binder of FMQ design samples that I like and can do
  • Donate a quilt to Project Linus
  • Make a quilt for our bed
  • Make quilts for family & friends

2014 ended up being a super busy, super crazy year for me. I did make quilts for family and friends, but I only made (from start to finish) two quilts all year! I did get a sketchbook, which I filled up with sketching and practice FMQ designs. I did mess around with appliqué a little, but not much. What I couldn’t have predicted last year when I wrote those goals was that I would buy a longarm quilting machine in 2014. So while I did do a lot of quilting this year, I quilted for other quilters. Next year I want to:

  • Make my bed quilt
  • Make time to do some quilting for me
  • Keep quilting for other quilters

Shorter list, huh? But, I think it’s more well thought out. In the years I’ve been quilting, I still haven’t made a quilt for myself. I started a Christmas top for my couch a few weeks ago with great intentions, but I’m booked up on quilting others’ tops until Christmas. It’s a good problem to have and I’m not complaining, but I need to work on finding a balance between doing what I love as a job/for others, and doing what I love for me to feed my creativity. It’s hard!

So, out of the two quilts I made this year, I think my favorite is the one I made for Natalie’s bed:

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I just love the colors, and I really enjoyed quilting it.

Can I share some of my favorite shots of longarm quilting I did for other quilters?

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It’s been a good year!

Now I want to hear yours! 

Someone will be winning these Bonnie & Camille charm packs:

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Here’s what you need to do next: add the link to your Inspiration Palooza blog post in the link-up below, then follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget to make sure you’ve entered to win. You can earn additional entries as well by participating on Instagram, or you are welcome to participate on Instagram only if you don’t have a blog (although linking up with a blog post is worth the most entries!). Just post a picture of your favorite quilt from 2014, share at least one quilt goal for 2015, and hashtag it with #inspirationpalooza. Please, oh please, if you participate on Instagram, do not forget to come back and enter through the Rafflecopter widget. I will be using Rafflecopter to randomly draw the winner of the giveaway, so if you haven’t entered it in, that would be a very sad thing.

The link-up and giveaway will be open until December 7th at midnight. The winner will be announced on Monday the 8th, and you will have 48 hours to email me back with your shipping information. If you do not reply within that time, a new winner will be selected.

Thanks for participating, and good luck! I can’t wait to read your posts.

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2014 Inspiration Palooza!

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Are you ready?! It’s time for my second annual Inspiration Palooza + Giveaway! If you missed it last year, this is how it works:

  • Make a blog post listing all of the quilting goals that you have for 2015, whether it’s a new pattern or technique you’d like to try, to finish all of your UFOs, or a set number of quilts you’d like to finish. Whatever your goals are, make a list!
  • Pick a favorite quilt that you’ve made in 2014 and share a picture. Tell us why it’s your favorite. (If 2014 was an off-year for you and you didn’t get any quilts done, don’t worry! Just share a favorite quilt from a different year.)
  • Add your link to the link-up, browse through everyone else’s, and enjoy!
  • Enter via the Rafflecopter widget for the giveaway!

If you don’t have a blog, you can participate through Instagram as well (and if you do have a blog- you can do both to earn more entries!).

  • Share a picture of your favorite quilt you’ve made in the last year.
  • Tell us at least one quilt goal for 2015.
  • Hashtag it with #inspirationpalooza so I can follow along and keep track of everything
  • After you’ve done this, come back and enter via the Rafflecopter widget to let me know that you’ve shared on IG. 

That last step is EXTREMELY important. I will be doing the drawing through Rafflecopter, so if you share on Instagram and don’t come enter here afterwards, it won’t be in the drawing. Make sense?

I’m really excited about this year’s giveaway. I think it’s pretty awesome, and I hope you do, too! It is:

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  • Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Camille charm pack
  • Scrumptious by Bonnie & Camille charm pack
  • April Showers by Bonnie & Camille charm pack
  • Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille charm pack

It’s a fun way to look back on our quilting year and set our sights on the new year to come! The link-up will start on Monday, December 1st and will close Sunday, December 7th at midnight. The winner will be announced on Monday, December 8th.

So get thinking, and get ready! I can’t wait to see everyone’s posts!

The Mad Dash to the Holidays

Even my studio is overwhelmed.

Even my studio is overwhelmed.

The holidays are breathing down my neck, people. For the past couple of weeks the pressure has been mounting for me to get everything on my to-do list done by the times I need everything to be done. I finally sat down today with my calendar to plan everything out. The results are… stressful. Let’s put it that way. Doable, but it’s going to be a crunch. I need to:

  • Finish Meagan’s blue & white quilt which is currently on my frame (thankfully almost done!)
  • Finish piecing my giant Christmas star quilt, load it up and quilt it, then bind it. (This is not to mention coordinating pillows I have ready to finish as well)
  • I have 3 other tops that need to get loaded and quilted in time to bind by Christmas, because they’re gifts.
  • I have someone sending me a Christmas top
  • I have a Valentine’s Day pattern I need to demo so it can be released by the first of the year in advance of Valentine’s Day.

It’s a lot, but to throw another kink into the whole picture, I have family coming out to visit on back-to-back weekends, which I’m so, so excited about, but it knocks out about a week for me as far as quilting time goes. And on top of all of this is the daily grind with two little kids and normal life stuff. Whew. Time-management is going to be a resolution of mine. ;)

I do find that I work better with a deadline, though. If I have a timeframe to work in and I know I need to get something done, I find a way to make it happen. So I’m hoping that holds true again this year. Last year, I was finishing up a binding on Christmas morning! Looks like this year isn’t deviating too much from that norm.

Oh, and PS- remember last year’s Inspiration Palooza? We’re doing it again! I’ve been working on ideas for the giveaway, and I think I’ve settled on something so stay tuned for that!

Train quilt finish

I just finished another quilt for Jenn. This one is a train she made for her son:

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She gave me free reign to do what I wanted. When I saw the top, I knew I wanted to embellish the picture and make it look like a train.

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So, that’s what I did!

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I’m so happy with how it turned out. I think it’s fun and great for a little boy! I used 9 different shades of Isacord in the quilting, which I meticulously matched to the solids she used for the piecing. The end result is that I don’t think you really even notice that the thread color changes, which is exactly what I was hoping for.

Next up, I’m loading up this gorgeous quilt from Meagan today:

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I’m off to go start it!

An upcoming Valentine’s pattern and a quilty finish!

Whew! Things have been busy around here lately. Between all the changes we’ve had at home and a broken furnace (thankfully fixed!), my quilting progress has been sloooooow. Like, glacial. But, I had a finish over the weekend!

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This was a quilt Dawn made for her husband. She told me I could do what I wanted, but she of course wanted something manly. Manly and modern are two types of quilting that I don’t usually do, so this one was a challenge for me (in a good way!). I’m glad I got the opportunity to do this quilt, because it forced me to step out of my comfort zone and try new designs.

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The back ended up super cool, I think. It’s like a whole secondary design!

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Finally, if you follow along on IG you will have seen that I’m planning a Valentine’s quilt pattern! Here’s a (big) sneak peak:

I’ve gotten all the math figured out, so I’m hoping to be able to make it and test my pattern out in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned for that!

Bear Quilt (Blogger’s Quilt Festival)

Woohoo! It’s that time of year again! I haven’t had time this year to do a lot of my own quilting- after we moved I’ve done a lot of quilting for others! But, I did manage to make this baby quilt for a good friend’s newborn baby boy. She told me the theme of his nursery was bears, so I ran with it.

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The fabric is S’more Love by Eric and Julie Comstock for Moda, and some Mini Series Cream Bears yardage by Timeless Treasures. As always, I used Warm & Natural batting, Aurifil thread for piecing, and Isacord thread for the quilting.

The whole design of the quilt came together when I stumbled across a certain charm square:

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It says “Guess who loves you!”, and I wanted to make it the focal point of the quilt. I even free-motion quilted his name (“Elijah”) in that square:

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I stippled the quilt to give it good texture because I didn’t want the quilting to distract from the busy prints and the overall design of the top.

It’s at its new home now, where I hope it gets a lifetime of love.

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