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Apr 30, 2011

Kona Your World 2 Swap-o-rama!

Apr 30, 2011
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The packages are in the mail for the Kona Your World 2 Swap!  All 3 postal workers looked at me, then each other, thinking "ok, who's gonna take her?"  when I clunked my giant tub of mailers on the counter.  Here's a look!


This giant storage tub has been accumulating Kona FQs for weeks.  There were 25 participants.  x 12 FQs each = That's a whopping 300 Fat Quarters!  

the spread
sorted by color 

we were extremely heavy on the greens and blues
there were only 2 orange FQs
and there were actually quite a few from what I would call "neutral" - whites, beige, grey

so by default, everyone's bundles are also heavy on the greens and blues.  I was not planning to participate in this swap - but there were SO many greens/blues, I needed to supplement the spread with the pile of Rich Reds I took home from Kona Your World 1.  I ended up adding 3 1/2 yards from my own stash to balance out what was sent in.

Overall, I think everyone still has a nice spread!  It was very helpful for me to have the index cards with everyone's info on them, so I could try to give you some variety back compared to what you sent in.

Thank you to everyone who participated and be checking your mailboxes!
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Apr 25, 2011

Bunny Meadow Quilt

Apr 25, 2011
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My mom came down to visit a couple weeks ago, and when she comes, we have started making a little sewing project while she's here for a few days.  

This time, my mom wanted to make mug rugs.  So that's what this mini quilt started out as.  Everything just fell into place - and it definitely couldn't be contained in just a mug rug.  It wasn't intended to be an "Easter quilt", but I couldn't resist posting it now.

I have done a couple mini quilts (that I haven't had a chance to post yet!) to practice my free motion quilting.  This is the first.  All that practice I did drawing on paper for the long-arm machine totally paid off on my home machine.  I still need to work on curviness, but hey, I'm just happy about making it through the quilting with no cussing or head banging!  

I don't know why it has taken me so long to feel comfortable FMQing on my home machine.  Something in my brain clicked and now I know exactly how to adjust my machine to get it right.  At least I found it, right?

Quilt Stats:
Name: Bunny Meadow
Size: 19" x 19"
Design: Based on Pieced Scrap Border Block at rpq
Piecing: Me
Quilting: Me!  Stipple on my home machine

And here's what my mom made!

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Sew Delightful Fabrics is having a sale, taking 30% off your entire order.  That's in addition to Kristen's already low prices.  Where else can you find a layer cake for $17.50?
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Apr 20, 2011

Swap Signups: I-Spy Japanese Imports Fabric Swap

Apr 20, 2011
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I mentioned in a previous post that I may be crazy enough to host another swap - and I just can't help myself!

I love trying out something different - different fabrics, colors, textures.  I thought that an I-Spy Swap with Japanese Import Fabric would be a super cool way to sample a bunch of fabrics not easily found without having to invest a fortune.  I have bought a couple I-Spy packs and I like having those small squares to add some unique flair to those little projects, bee blocks, etc.

Anyone else willing to play along?

Gen X Quilters' Japanese Imports Fabric Swap

This is an opportunity to join a centralized swap to send in 1 yard of Japanese Import Fabric and receive a Charm Pack of cute Japanese Novelty prints in return.

 Fabric Details:

1.  Each swap member will purchase 1 yard of Japanese Import Fabric.  Fabric may be 100% cotton or a linen/cotton blend.  Fabric must be new and unwashed.  When purchasing fabric, please consider that the yardage will be cut into 5" charm squares and that large prints may not be desirable once cut down to size.  The I-spy theme should lead you to purchase cute, kitschy, novelty type prints (very typical of Japanese Imports!).

Before sending to me, fabric must be cut into Charm Squares (5" x 5" squares).  1 yard = 56 charms

Elizabeth Hartman has a great tutorial for cutting yardage into charms here.

2.  Send a 3" x 5" index card with your name printed at the top.  Next list the Fabric Manufacturer and the Print Name/Color  (i.e. Kokka Japan, Dress Up Dolly Natural).  

Examples of Japanese Import Fabrics perfect for I-Spy Charms!  Available at Fabricworm.

Shipping Details:

1.  Your package of 56 charm squares and 3" x 5" index card should be placed in a ziploc bag to protect the fabric.  The going rate according to most etsy shops I surveyed for shipping a charm pack is roughly $2.50-$3.

2.  Included inside your package, please put another Self-Addressed Envelope for me to mail the swapped fabric back to you.  Postage is paid on these packages at the time of shipment.

3.  There will be a shipping and handling charge of $4.00 to have the swap sent back to you.  (This is the estimated $3 return shipment, plus $1.00 to help cover the P.O. Box rental fee.)  I will request the payment via PayPal.  Payment must be complete prior to the shipment of your package!

Once I receive every one's Charm Squares, I will sort them out and give you back an array of new Japanese Novelty Charms for you to try!

This swap will be limited to 28 participants.  With 28 participants, each person will receive 2 charm squares from each participant's package.  Sign ups start today and end 05/04/2011 or until the cap is reached. 

Charms must be mailed to me by Fri. May 20, 2011.

I hope to have the packages back to you within 2 weeks!

(Participants must be in the U.S. or Canada please.)

To Sign up for the Japanese Imports Fabric Swap:

This swap is now closed - all spots have been filled!

 grab a button (in my right side bar) and leave a comment so we can see who's in!

As mentioned in Fabricworm's Giveaway post (you still have time to enter!), Fabricworm is one of the largest sources of Japanese Import Fabrics online, so be sure to check it out!

Also, Fresh Squeezed Fabrics carries some Japanese Import Fabrics for you to browse as well!

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Apr 14, 2011

Circle of Geese - Taming the Flock

Apr 14, 2011
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I went head to head with the Circle of Geese block this week for Brooke's month of the {Sew} Beautiful Bee.  Paper piecing - a brand new technique for me.  Strings don't count in my book.  Thankgoodness Beth did a demo at the last CMQG meeting....that little preview was very helpful (Thanks Beth!).

It was definitely a challenge.  I left my first sewing session with the geese defeated.  I threw in the towel about halfway through my first block.  I didn't press well enough on my first seam, so it produced a wrinkle when I sewed the next piece.  But I kept on going.  Then there was the gaping hole on piece 3.  Keep going....  I finally stopped when I realized the selvage was definitely on the 3rd goose.

  I went and reread what the other ladies of the bee were saying, and it seemed a pretty common theme:  SLOW DOWN.  

If you take your time and really think about the placement of each piece, it really starts to click.  By the third block, it was no problem!  I would recommend starting out on something a little more basic though if you've never paper pieced before to save you some frustration.  Or at least, if I'd had time, I would have tried something more basic to understand the concept before just jumping into the Circle of Geese block.  But you guys know me right?  (Don't read or do research, just jump in.  Yeah, gets me in trouble sometimes!)

Overall, I am SO glad to be a part of this bee.  In just a few months, I've been pushed out of my comfort zone and have learned new techniques.  The {Sew} Beautiful ladies are so talented, and I love that we are all challenging ourselves with these blocks.  Exactly what I'd hoped for in a bee!

I forgot to post this bee block last month.  It was made for Elizabeth (our Bee Mama).  Another new block for me!

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Apr 11, 2011

Long and Lean Quilt Finish

Apr 11, 2011
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Back in January, I joined up for Elizabeth's Sliced Coins Quilt Along.  I promised myself I couldn't start another QA (Supernova) until the first one was completely finished and blogged.

So here I finally am (in April!) to show you the finished quilt that was once 2 pairs of Gap Long and Lean Jeans!

I had been forewarned about using jeans, definitely not everyone thinks they belong in a quilt.  Denim is much heavier than most quilting cottons and if you get too many points intersecting, it could spell out real trouble if you have jeans in the mix.

That being said, Elizabeth's pattern for sliced coins is the PERFECT use for old jeans.  Slicing up the coins meant that no two pieces of denim would ever be sewn together.  I would like to claim that I knew this little tidbit would work out in my favor ahead of time, but honestly, it was just dumb luck.

The entire quilt was made from my stash.  Boy doesn't that make me feel good!  I am really happy with the way it came out and plan to use it as a picnic blanket for my family.
Quilt Back - Ikea fabric and other assorted stash fabrics

I quilted this on the Avante at my LQS.. What fun!  I love it.  While there, Rhonda enlightened me.  Did you know there are 2 different "light" colors of cotton batting?  One is bleached - which looks like a stark Clorox bleach type of white.  The other is unbleached which is the "natural" off white batting color most commonly found.  For quilts where you use a true white, like the Kona White I used for this quilt, adding the bleached batting will really make the white vivid and bright.  I, of course, had unbleached batting.  But that's okay because now I know for next time.

Quilt Stats:
Name: Long and Lean
Size: Twin
Piecing: Me
Quilting: Loopy meandering by Me (on the mid-arm machine)

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Apr 4, 2011

Pattern Release: Elephant Parade

Apr 4, 2011
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Here it is!  My second pattern.  
A long time in the making to get the graphics concept and pattern covers coordinated together.  Do you remember this quilt?  I made it for our Japanese friends' new baby and it was featured on QuiltStory.

$7.00 USD

Who doesn’t like a trip to the zoo?  Laurie Wisbrun's Urban Circus is a natural selection for the elephants in this quilt.  It would look great with many other fabrics too!  This baby quilt is a horizontal strip design.  In the center of the quilt is an adorable elephant appliqué.  The finished quilt before quilting measures 39 ½” x 46 ½”. It makes a great children’s lap quilt or baby quilt.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner, some experience with fusible appliqué

This pattern consists of 6-pages of instructions plus step-by-step photos AND an applique template sheet.  The pattern comes as two instantly downloadable PDF files once your payment is complete.  The pattern can be purchased by clicking on the Buy Now button above. It will also be available in my Pattern Shop.

Fabric Requirements:

¾ yard polka dot print
1 yard cream solid
¼ yard orange solid
½ yard each of elephant print, turquoise and white solids
1 1/2 yards backing fabric
3/8 yard binding

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the pattern...
Hope you like Elephant Parade!

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