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Apr 26, 2017

Safari Party HOOP QUILT

Apr 26, 2017
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This is the latest HOOP QUILT finish!  It's made with the most precious prints from Melissa Mortenson's new fabric line Safari Party.  Looks at those prints!  Some really fun animals to fussy cut for framing.  Instead of making 16 HSTs - I substituted 4 fussy cut animals as squares to show off the line and used the other prints as accents in the HSTs.

I'm loving these gold accents!  The gold zebra is my fav and the pink feather print looks fantastic with a little glitter in gold.  I decided to try my hand at stitching with this metallic gold embroidery thread from DMC around the circle of the hoop.

It sure looks cute, but metallic thread is hard to work with!  I'd never tried it before and it was a bit challenging.  It looks great though and picks up all the gold accents in the fabric.  This HOOP QUILT would look so fun in a nursery, don't you think?

This hoop is part of my Quilt Market prep - if you will be at Market in St. Louis in May, look for this HOOP in Melissa's booth for Safari Party in Riley Blake-land.
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Apr 12, 2017

Picnic HOOP QUILT

Apr 12, 2017
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Picnic Hoop Quilt
Here is the test run for HOOP QUILTS - using Cotton + Steel and a great yarn dyed linen from Robert Kaufman in the outer ring.  I had a charm pack of Melody Miller's Picnic line (from Quilty Box) and I wanted to use the charms to design a hoop pattern that could be adapted to different hoop sizes.  When I first wanted to sew a HOOP QUILT, I could see it in my mind, but wasn't sure how to sew it.  
Picnic Hoop Quilt Binding
I had to test the piecing construction methods. To make sure it was something I could instruct people to sew, I decided to make this test run.  Isn't it beautiful?  As a pattern designer, it's important to me that my directions are clear and concise.  And since this is not a quilt, it would require a little more explanation than your normal quilt pattern.  I wanted to use patchwork basics to teach the fundamentals of making a mini into a HOOP QUILT.  And from there, I think people's imaginations can soar.  Not too shabby for a test, huh?
Pic Hoop Quilt 2
Once I made this sample, my mind raced with so many possibilities.  What will you make today?
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Apr 7, 2017

Pixelated Circle HOOP QUILT

Apr 7, 2017
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HOOP QUILTS are addicting in the best way.  It's a short and sweet version of a quilt.  I get all the highs of a finish, in a quarter (or less) of the time.  And a bit more unique than a mini.  Here's the latest.... this beaut was made with all the fixin's from this month's Alison Glass Quilty Box.
I altered the inside of the HOOP QUILT to be a Pixelated Circle block. Check out Jessee's pattern - she offers this block in 5 different sizes to make a complete quilt.

Added some appliqué feather cutouts using Nichole's Boho Embroidery as inspiration.
Next comes the crazy part.  I wondered if it was absolutely nuts to chop up the 10" square set to make bias binding for wrapping the HOOP.  It wasn't as hard as I thought..... and it's TOTALLY worth it when you look at that rainbow binding!
(hoop wrap video here)
I need to work on my embroidery skills, especially if I'm planning a ton of these hoops.  I added some big stitching around the circle.  Then tried a few asterisks and french knots near the feathers.  This was my first time working with Aurifloss (also came in the Quilty Box).  Suuuuuper nice!  Kinda want to collect those wooden spools too.

And there she is..  LOVE how this came out!

What favorite fabrics should I turn into an awesome HOOP QUILT next?
(HOOP QUILTS pattern available here.)


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