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Sep 20, 2017

Listen to Leah Day's Podcast: Episode 29 with me and Hoop Quilts!

Sep 20, 2017
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Recently I had a chance to sit down and chat with the uber-talented Leah Day for her podcast.  Leah even surprised me with her in-process version of a Hoop Quilt, which was great to see.  Leah put her own spin on the Outer Ring Fabric with strip piecing - and I love to see even more ideas for making Hoop Quilts unique.

Check out the podcast if you have a chance!  We talk all about Hoop Quilts, the Block of the Month Clubs, quilt alongs and some more chatter about running a creative business.  For some reason, we couldn't get my Skype video to work, so where Leah's podcast usually has video along with it, ours is just audio.  Sorry!  We spent almost an hour trying to trouble shoot it?

Find all the info for the podcast here at Leah's website.

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Sep 1, 2017

Chocolatier Block of the Month Club #9 (Drunkard's Path and Maple Leaf Quilt Blocks)

Sep 1, 2017
Pin It Chocolatier Block of the Month Quilt Blocks #9 by AnneMarie Chany
We're rolling right into September with these ruby red quilt blocks. Red is still my favorite color most days, sometimes I switch to orange. ;)  So I'm loving these blocks.  Month 9 of the Chocolatier Block of the Month Club is available for you to make if you are on top of your game with the BOM.  This month we have the last of the block pairs that reside inside the LeMoyne Star.  The remaining months we have quite a bit of work to do, as we get close to putting this quilt top together.  Enjoy this last lazy month where there are only 2 blocks to make.

Today, the Month #9 Block Pattern for Chocolatier is now available.  Check your emails and mailboxes!

We have the Maple Leaf and the Baseball (Drunkard's Path) quilt blocks this month.  The latter uses a few curves.  If you are new to curves, don't worry!  Here is a video tutorial for you to teach you the basics.  Practice makes perfect - so try a few curves on some practice pieces before giving it a go on your actual fabric.  These curves are small for 6" blocks, so the practice will be helpful.

Block #1 Maple Leaf.
Chocolatier Block of the Month Quilt by AnneMarie Chany Maple Leaf Quilt Block

Block #2 Baseball (Drunkard's Path).    
Chocolatier Block of the Month by AnneMarie Chany Drunkard's Path Quilt Block

Fabric is Cotton Supreme Solids by RJR Fabrics for my version of the BOM.  Find my color selections listed here.

SHARE with US!  I'd love to see what you make.
There are several ways to share your participation in the BOM.  I hope you'll join in the fun of quilting along online with us.
#chocolatiersampler on Instagram
Gen X Quilters' Pattern Shop Facebook Group

**A yearly subscription to Chocolatier BOM is available here.**
When you purchase a subscription, an Introduction Guide AND all the current block patterns to date will be emailed immediately upon payment.

Feel free to join in the fun with us anytime throughout the year.  For all the details on Chocolatier, go here.

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Aug 14, 2017

Hoop Quilt Along Week 6: My Finish

Aug 14, 2017
Pin It Hoop Quilt Along: The Finished Hoop
It's the finish!  Are you close?  Have you fallen a bit behind during all the fun of summer?  No matter where you are in the Hoop Quilt Along, I hope you'll continue to share you progress and finishes on Instagram as you have news to share.  It's so fun to browse the #hoopquiltalong hashtag and see your projects!

Today I'm sharing my latest Hoop Quilt finish - the hoop I've been working on along with all of you.

Although the QAL is technically over, I'll be leaving all the details up for those who want to join in and make one on their own time.  (All those details will live on the HOOP QUILT ALONG page).  To join the HoopQAL, go here (to download the Free Coloring Sheet) and get the Pattern here.



How is it possible to love each new Hoop Quilt that I finish as much as I do?  Every one is different and special.  I'm totally not done with these.  My HQAL hoop has me bursting with excitement for more embroidery!



I've been admiring Jessica of Namaste Embroidery's work for a few months now.  It's been on my mind the try out her pattern for a while now on a Hoop Quilt.  This was the perfect one.  This embroidery gives the hoop the oomph it needed.  The rich colors of the Anna Maria Horner True Colors charm pack and the coordinating DMC embroidery threads combine together so sweetly.

Embroidery Pattern:  "We Can Do Hard Things" Embroidery Pattern by Namaste Embroidery

HOOP QUILT Finish embroidery Namaste Embroidery


In addition to the embroidery, I decided to add some big stitches in the centers of the pieced diamonds.  I had a really hard time picking out what color to big stitch here.  Since the colors in the HSTs are so varied, I finally settled on an off-white to match the background.  

HOOP QUILTS Finish Big Stitching
I think that was the right decision.  It's repeated in the embroidery as the background vine and I think they complement each other.  I mentioned last week that I never make things easy for myself.  My background fabric is SO dark, I couldn't get any of my transfer pens to work on it. I made a special trip to Joann's and came with 2 pens that didn't show up.  :/  I couldn't bring myself to go back for tailor's chalk, so I improvised the embroidery.  I followed the pattern, but wasn't able to sketch it before I sewed.  ??  I had to scale it bigger for the hoop since the pattern is for a 6" hoop.  (Mine is 14".) Next time, I need to plan better for embroidery pattern transfers.

Jessica provides super instruction if you can follow a pattern, unlike me.  ;)  She provides a stitch guide to teach the embroidery stitches, written instructions, and a video to watch her make it happen.

HOOP QUILTS Finish Binding

I'm happy with it and can't wait to hang it in my sewing room with my other hoops.
Thank you so much for joining me in the Hoop Quilt Along.  It's been fun to add this smaller project to the quilt alongs I normally run (since mostly those are Block of the Month Clubs that run one year).  I hope you have enjoyed making yours so far.  Did you have fun?  Do you like shorter QALs like this one??  Feel free to comment here or send me an email [] with any thoughts.  I'd love to hear what you like to participate in. I always have more QALs on my mind!

ALSO, I'm dying to know..... WHERE are you hanging YOUR hoop?!?!?

 #hoopquilt  #hoopquiltalong 

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