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Apr 19, 2014

Bella Maiden Quilt Finish - In American Quilter May 2014

Apr 19, 2014
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Meet my latest quilt, Bella Maiden, that is in AQS' American Quilter magazine for the May 2014 issue.  Isn't she lovely?  Last year, we made Old Maid's Puzzle blocks for the Sisters' Ten BOM.  I really love the look of this block - and I decided I wanted the Old Maid to be featured full size in a quilt.  With all the complimentary triangles that match and mate in this block, it felt extremely fitting that an over sized version of this block should also be composed of triangles.  This time as Half-Square Triangles.
Sisters' Ten Old Maid's Puzzle Blocks
I enjoyed piecing this quilt as each triangle in the overall design is composed of both prints and solids.  The HSTs pair the solids and prints together to add dimension to the quilt.  This line is Bonnie & Camille's latest line, April Showers (available here, here and here).  I personally think all of B&C's lines break up very nicely into different color families which I was trying to showcase here.
Funny story about this quilt.  I was working on this quilt in January and February with the awful winter we had this past year.  Michele Duffy, editor-in-chief of American Quilter and a wonderful person to work with, was asking me to take photos of this quilt outside for the issue.  I was in a complete panic!  In the two weeks I had to get the job done, we never crossed into positive digits in terms of the temperature outside.  Not to mention we had several inches of snow on the ground - while I was supposed to get my quilt model to look "springy" for a May issue.  With the subzero temps and swirling snow, I never made it outside with the quilt.
Instead I tried my best to get shots indoors in my home.  The pictures used for this quilt are in my home.  My own home!!!  On the pages of a magazine!  How strange does that feel to see your own home looking all Martha Stewart in the pages of a magazine.  :)  It has that same strange feeling as when you clean your house immaculately for the realtor to come take photos when selling your house.  It almost doesn't look recognizable since there are no legos or nerf guns on the floor.  
Overall, I love this quilt.  It was easy to put together and is quite stunning.  If you are interested in making Bella Maiden, pick up a copy of American Quilter May 2014.  This pattern takes and Old Maid and turns her into a beautiful maiden.  :)
Quilt Stats.
Name: Bella Maiden Quilt Pattern
Size: 64" x 64"
Design: by AnneMarie Chany
Fabric:  April Showers by Bonnie & Camille for Moda
Piecing:  Me
Quilting: LAQ Beany of Quilty Pleasures
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Apr 15, 2014

Bee Blocks 'n Such

Apr 15, 2014
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Last month I waited until the day of the meeting to sew my bee block...  I don't normally operate at the last minute, so I was worried how the block would turn out.  These two blocks are for the Columbus Modern Quilt Guild's Bee - CbusMQBee.  Janna let us pick whatever block we wanted for March - including colors.  Talk about overwhelming...  The decisions!  I decided on this Blueberry Pie block, based on seeing Canoe Ridge Creation's Starburst Minis on Instagram.  I love the way it came out!  I need to stop avoiding purple.  It can be such a lovely color when you choose the right shades and prints.

This month I am all over it - not wanting to leave it to the last minute again.  I'm SO not good at procrastinating.  This block is for Cynthia - she chose to have us make this Rolling Stone block (tutorial here) with the centers all using Leah Duncan's Meadow print.  Dreamy!  This quilt will look fantastic once it's put together.

I am so glad to be back in a bee.  It always forces me to make blocks I haven't tried before - and I love being able to explore without having to commit to a whole quilt.

And the last little project I will show today, is this cute little Plus Pillow.  I made this along with the class I taught at Dabble & Stitch in March.  Cheerful, right?  I'm going to send it to my niece, who will love all the fantastically girly colors.  I'll be teaching again this month at the shop if anyone local wants to join us (sign up here).
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Apr 11, 2014

Welcome Loopy Ewe - Sponsored Giveaway

Apr 11, 2014
Pin It I am happy to bring you Gen X Quilters' new sponsor, The Loopy Ewe.

Isn't The Loopy Ewe such an adorable name?  Sherri started her shop specializing in knitting and yarns about 8 years ago - and she has now expanded to include quilting fabrics, kits, notions and patterns.  For just getting into fabrics last Fall, The Loopy Ewe has a really nice selection of Cloud 9, Birch, FreeSpirit, Moda, Riley Blake, Windham and Amy Butler fabrics. Be sure you stop by if you're ever near Fort Collins, CO.  

If you knit, be sure to check out her luscious selection of yarn... :) 

The Loopy Ewe also has a customer rewards program for returning customers.

Here is some eye candy for you:

The Charlie Harper Collection by Birch Fabrics 

Fox Field by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit

Grey Abbey - Cloud 9

The Loopy Ewe is offering one of their "Short Stacks" (8 Fat Quarters) in their introduction to you!  Oh my, that Grey Abbey stack is my cup of tea. :)

If you would like a chance to win, enter the giveaway below. (Giveaway ends Friday, April 18, 2014 at 11:59pm)
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