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Jan 17, 2017

Hoop Quilt #1 NY Beauty | featuring Curious Dream Fabric

Jan 17, 2017
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Hey everybody!  I am super pumped to show you this project today.  It's a brand new concept for me and already I'm envisioning a ton of these hoops featuring different quilt blocks.

Let me introduce you to what I'm calling a Hoop Quilt.

This project began back at Quilt Market when my friend, Angela Pingel, debuted her first fabric collection with Windham Fabrics, Curious Dream.  I was able to score a fat quarter bundle at Sample Spree and knew I wanted to do something special with it.

I'm always thinking about the next BOM, and trying out different blocks is a great way to see how they could fit into a BOM.  The New York Beauty quilt block has always fascinated me - it's gorgeous curves and crown of points.  But I'd never made one.  It fell into place that I would make a NY Beauty with Curious Dream.

Well, silly me, I cannot just choose a simple NY Beauty.  Noooo, I had to go pick a complicated one with 4 rings of curves and points/intersections to line up with each curve.  Yikes!  As you can see, there is a bit of a learning curve (terrible pun, yes?) on this block, and my first quadrant turned out all sorts of wonky.
Hoop Quilt #1 Wonky Quadrant_Fotor
This block tested my patience and will - but in the end, it turned out looking fantastic.  I absolutely love this block.  The fabrics glow in this sunshine NY Beauty.  But..... I am so glad I only have to make one block.  This was a tough one.... if I ever include this in a BOM (and that's a big if), it would have to be a much simpler version.
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At the same time that I was slowly paper piecing this block, I was also working on my hand embroidery sampler with an embroidery hoop.  Since the NewYork Beauty is a round block, I just couldn't get it out of my mind that instead of making a square mini with the block, I needed to frame it in the round.
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I bought a large 18" wooden hoop for quilting.  And somehow this rainbow-y cheater print just wrapped herself around the frame.
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Add in a little big stitch quilting....
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And well..... here's the finish.  I don't think I could be beaming about this project any more.  I am completely thrilled!  I've tested where I could hang this hoop in lots of places around my home.  There are SO many possibilities.
Hoop Quilt #1 NY Beauty by AnneMarie Chany
Stay tuned.... I have lots of ideas for more Hoop Quilts brewing.  I cannot wait to make more....
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Jan 9, 2017

DaisyChain Embroidery Sampler - 5 Year Finish!

Jan 9, 2017
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It may well be 5 years later, but I did finish this Daisychain Embroidery Sampler!  This, my friends, is the definition of crafting.  It's when you take on a project simply for the joy of making.... and you finish it 5 years later.

I'm sure many of you are like this with quilting.  And it may be discouraging to watch here as I finish quilt after quilt throughout the year.  But here's the difference... designing and making quilts is my job.  "Making" for your work and "making" for yourself are completely different.

And when it comes to making things solely for myself, I am in the same boat with the rest of you.  It takes me years to finish!

The baby-in-my-belly who I started making this for will be starting kindergarten this fall.  Whoops.  He (who I was convinced was a girl) does not seem to want this sweet little pastel ABC wall hanging in his Lego landmine, Minion infested, monster truck climbing bedroom that he shares with one of his older brothers.  (I mean, come on, he's the youngest of 3 boys.  And although he's the most-happy-go-lucky, sing to himself, mama's helper I know, he still will live his life trying not to be the baby and keeping up with 2 big brothers.)

......sigh...... I guess that means I'll have to keep this for myself........  I am devastated, as you can imagine.

And would you believe, it happens to match perfectly with my sewing studio?  :)

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Jan 1, 2017

Chocolatier Block of the Month Club - January

Jan 1, 2017
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Happy New Year! The big day to kickoff the Chocolatier Block of the Month Club is here.  I am excited to make a new flavor ("skittles") Chocolatier along with you. Here's to a new year and a new adventure.

What's your favorite flavor?
Modern Milk (top left), Dipped Strawberry (top right), Cherry Cordial (bottom left), and Skittles (bottom right)

Today, the Month #1 Block Pattern for Chocolatier is now available.

Generally, we will be making 2 blocks each month.  This first month is one of the exceptions.  This month we are making the 4 star blocks that appear in the corners of the quilt.  The star blocks are flanked by large half square triangles that add more visual interest to these blocks.  These stars look special with the on pointe hourglass and the silver metallic speckle in the background fabric.  These softer colors reminded me of Mentos this month.  :)

Block #1

Block #2

Block #3

Block #4
Fabric is Cotton Supreme Solids, and Flurries from Shiny Objects 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. LAST DAY FOR THE SALE PRICE**
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.
Paper pattern subscribers - your copies are in the mail.  
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