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DMQG In April of 2014, I set out on a new adventure.  I’d been thinking about joining a quilt guild for awhile.  I’d even visited one of the local quilt guilds a couple of times with some friends.  I just didn’t connect with the guild.  And I’d thought about visiting the big Dallas quilt guild, but somehow that seemed overwhelming.  And then it hit me – what about the modern guild?  A ton of the quilters I follow on Instagram are members of the MQG, and of course I’d found my taste moving in a decidedly more modern direction as well (thus, the people I follow on Instagram).  So, I looked up the local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild and lo and behold, found the Dallas MQG.  Armed with a little courage, I attended my first meeting.  And what a meeting it was!  The first people I saw when I came through the door were young, tattooed, and vibrant.  And immediately I felt a sense of “these are my people” relief.

The program for the meeting was a trunk show from Michael Miller fabric.  They showed the new releases, talked a good bit about the Couture Solids, and we each were given a charm pack of them!

But the best part of the meeting was the show & tell!  And to see a Tula 100 quilt in person, but even better made completely out of Saltwater, was the icing on the cake!

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And here’s the back!


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This one was fun!

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And I’m completely in love with this one. It was called Ghost Diamonds. See how the quilting echoes the diamond shapes? Love!

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I can’t wait to share more show & tell with you!

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Miss me?  My sincere apologies for leaving you hanging.  It’s been busy over here at Cozyegg central, and unfortunately there’s been little needlework happening too.  But, back to the good stuff.  When last we met I promised more photos of the lovely pieces I got to see at the Dallas Quilt Show and boy, do I have a ton of things to share!

I decided to volunteer at the show this year.  I’m not a member of the Dallas quilt guild, but am a member of the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild and I thought that volunteering would be fun.  I signed up for two shifts (two hours each) and spent the first shift at volunteer check-in and the second shift at the door prize raffle table.  When I completed my shifts I had lunch and then spent the rest of the afternoon checking out the show.

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The Cloth Pocket is a great quilt shop that carries a ton of modern fabrics in Austin, Texas.  They came to the modern guild last year and did a trunk show/pop up shop that was so fun.  I was happy to see their booth at the show again this year.  I’m completely enamored with this Lion quilt by Violet Craft and this version of it is stunning!  I totally want to do it in these colors!!

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One of the other booths I spent a good bit of time in was Traditional Primitives by Missie Carpenter.  She was demonstrating her appliqué technique and had some great tools she offers as well.  I really want to give her methods a try!  One of the quilts patterns I completely fell in love with was her Gardens of a King.  It is stunning in person!!!

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Here’s a closeup.  Isn’t it gorgeous!  This one is definitely on my wishlist!

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While shopping the vendor booths and watching technique demos is a lot of fun, the best part of the show is the quilts themselves!  These are just a few of the ones that caught my eye!

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I love this Moda Building Blocks quilt and have the pattern to make it someday.  I’ve seen it done in prints and in solids and both ways it is equally beautiful.  There were a couple of these at the show, but this one was my favorite!

Opposite end of the spectrum – this sampler quilt in civil war repros was a stunner!

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I loved this diamond quilt.

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Done in batiks.

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And I can’t resist a hexy quilt.  I love the layout of the rings.  Lots of people saw this one from afar and thought it was all one piece of fabric…but no, it was all EPP hexagons.

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Here’s a closeup.  What I love about this is that it’s totally scrappy.  Fantastic!

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I think every year I go to the quilt show I fall in love with and take a million photos of a Phebe quilt (designed by Di Ford).  I don’t know what it is about this quilt that draws me in, but I just adore it.

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Maybe it’s the fuzzy sheep?

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Either way, I’m totally adding this one to my to do list.

I’m always impressed with those quilts that have such masterful quilting that from far away it’s hard to tell that at least 50% of the quilt’s design is actually quilting and not piecing.  Like this one, that was called Stars on Mars.  I love the color palette.

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Here’s the closeup – all of that intricate quilting in white brings a whole new dimension to the piece, doesn’t it?  Just amazing.

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More appliqué that I love.  That blue background really made this one an eye-catcher!

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Tesselations by Alison Glass made by a fellow modern quilt guild member.  Love this one so much and especially love her use of solids and prints.

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Another great modern quilt.  I love that each year I seem to see more and more modern quilts at the show.

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This original design wholecloth quilt was the Best in Show quilt.  Pictures do not do this justice.

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This is another one where the quilting plays a huge part in the design, adding texture and interest.  I especially love that fern frond looking border.

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A beautiful Americana quilt by a friend of mine.  I love love love the muted color palette.

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And back to modern.  This quilt was really interesting from afar, but even more impressive up close.  This year’s theme was “Words and Letterforms” and this quilt is a perfect representation of that theme but you have to get closer to see why.

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Closeup…

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I wanted to include the description of what the quilter did to create this one.  Amazing!

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Loved this modern piece with the straight line quilting.

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Another civil war repro sampler.

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Love this one with Bonnie & Camille fabrics.

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And this Swoon was made by a good friend of mine.  She combined solids with Liberty-esque prints.  I love love love the little stars as the cornerstones in the sashing.  This quilt is HUGE too!  Each of those Swoon blocks is 24″ square!

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The quilting was perfectly suited to the pattern too!

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This was a super fun quilt, made entirely of triangles.  The background is really blown out in this photo, unfortunately.

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Here you can see that background a little better.  And the whole thing was quilted with just wavy lines!

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Another quilt by a fellow modern guild member.  This is her Chic Shells quilt that was a workshop the ladies from Sew Kind of Wonderful taught at our guild.

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Don’t you love the negative space quilting too?

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Love this red and white feathered star quilt.  Red and white quilts may be my favorite.

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Two Jo Morton Little Women quilts.

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One of these days I’ll get around to making the Jo quilts in my stash!

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And I was so excited to see a Project of Doom quilt in person!  If you don’t know about this quilt it is a free Harry Potter bookshelf paper-pieced pattern by Jennifer Ofenstein and published on her website Fandom in Stitches.  She also has a Facebook group that was started for the 2015 quiltalong.  I really really want to make one of these.  I love that the bookshelf is basically totally customize-able.  You can choose which blocks to include and how you want to arrange them.  There are also fun extras you can put next to the bookshelf like Dobby or Harry’s Nimbus 2000.  You can see there’s books galore, a cauldron, the sorting hat and Crookshanks, Harry’s glasses, Neville’s toad, a box of Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, and even Hedwig.  I spent a long time looking at this one!

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The Monster Book of Monsters was made with craft fur, which was awesome.  You can see some of the book titles here too.

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I loved the quotes the quilter included as framed pieces next to the bookshelf.

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And the book on top with another quote.

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So, next to the Steampunk Baltimore quilt I shared in my last post that was my favorite at the show, the Project of Doom quilt was probably number 2 and then here is my third favorite…Tula Pink’s Butterfly quilt made with her Acacia fabrics.  Gorgeous and the first one I’ve seen in person.

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It’s basically a sampler quilt in the shape of a butterfly.  That Tula is so clever!  I really wasn’t in love with this quilt when it first came out, mostly because I’m not a huge fan of purple and pink.  But when I saw it done in her Eden fabrics I had to have it!  So, one of these days I’ll get mine started.  But this really is a stunner in person.  Beautiful!

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Another fellow guild member.  This quilt was from a Round Robin the guild did.  She had been collecting polka dot fabrics and so that’s what she requested in her quilt.  She made the center block and then each member of the round robin added a border.  Love how it turned out!

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Another guild member’s quilt.  This one I believe was from a bee the guild did a while back.  I just love how these Modrian-inspired blocks look like Rubik’s Cubes.  And that neon pink is so fab.  But the best part…

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She quilted 80’s references into the quilt – bands, movies, etc.  Love it!

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Another guild member, the same that did the Alison Glass Tesselation quilt.  Love this modern log cabin and the trapunto quilting she did that meets the show theme – not as easy to see in the photo as you can in person, but it says “Today was a good day”.

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More quilts in the show theme.  This one is so cool and is done in flannels.

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Here’s the explanation of her quilt – isn’t that creative?!

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Another show theme quilt, with runes.

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A Morse code alphabet.

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Love this one!  It was made by another modern guild member during one of the in-town sewing retreats I attended.

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This Clockwork Orange quilt was made by the same quilter that did the Modrian inspired quilt.  We had a challenge at the guild to choose a title of a book, movie, tv show, etc. and make something (didn’t have to be a quilt) that represented that title and then the members would guess what it is.  I love this quilt.  You know immediately that it’s A Clockwork Orange.

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A closer view of the quote.

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And look at the amazing graffiti quilting she did!

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Show theme quilt and it makes me laugh.

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Also show theme.  I really liked this one too.  She recreated her fingerprint and in between the whorls she added quotes that she loved and were inspirational to her.

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Whew!  I hope you enjoyed seeing the quilts from the show, even if this post was much delayed.  Now I’m feeling like I need to go do some sewing of my own!  For those of you in the US, I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

I am grateful for creative inspiration. 

Mini Quilt Swap

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Last summer I signed up for my first Instagram quilt swap – the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap.  I’d never done any kind of quilt swap before, so I was really excited about it.  When I got my partner assignment, I spent about a week stalking her on social media and brainstorming on what to make for her.  I could tell instantly that she loved all things ocean and sea-related and even had an anchor tattoo.  So, of course I decided that Tula Pink’s Saltwater line would be the perfect fabric to use for her mini.  I opted to go with just the aqua colorway and ordered  some half yard cuts from a couple of different shops.

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Then the next conundrum – what pattern to use?  I looked around and turned to Instagram for inspiration and finally decided on making a clamshell mini.  Perfect pairing of pattern and fabric!  Of course I’ve never made a clamshell quilt before, but I didn’t let that stop me.  I actually downloaded the pattern for Latifah Saafir’s Glam Clam quilt from Craftsy to use as a jumping off point.  I ended up resizing the clamshells to be a better size for the mini and then basically did some sort of weird made up plan for sewing the clamshells, which was kind of halfway applique and halfway just hand-piecing.  Because, you know, I can’t follow directions.

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So, I cut out my templates from freezer paper, ironed them to my fabric. cut out my fabric with a 1/4″ seam allowance added and then started laying them out for placement.  I cut a rectangle of fabric for the top to attach the first row of clamshells to as well.  And, as you can see, I decided that it needed a pop of color from one clamshell in the coral colorway.

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I basically just appliqued that first row down to the background fabric, then appliqued each subsequent row to the row above it.  I actually really enjoyed the applique and would love to make a larger sized clamshell quilt for myself one of these days.

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Once I finished sewing all the clamshells down, I squared up the piece and then added borders in a beautiful charcoal grey solid that coordinated with the Saltwater fabrics because it needed to be a bit larger.  I decided to use the octopus fabric on the back, so that she could really see that print, since she also had an octopus tattoo I thought she would appreciate it.  I chose the Sea Stripe print for the binding, because how could I not?

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Did the quilting on my machine and basically just quilted some wavy lines across the clamshell portion to look like waves, then did straight line quilting on the border to frame it.  I took it with me to an outdoor jazz concert and enjoyed the music and my handwork.

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And here is the finished product!!!  I love love love how it turned out!

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Wasn’t that pop of coral perfect?!  Plus…octopus!

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Another closeup of the quilting…

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Here’s the back…

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And the label…

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The best though, was her reaction when it arrived!

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And in return, I received this amazing mini from Marie, @reespieces1 on Instagram.  The pattern is called Hexadaisy and she used Tula Pink Fox Field for the fabric.  Isn’t it gorgeous?!

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Here’s a really bad photo of all the goodies she sent.  Both dumpling bags she made were full of yummy things from where she lives.

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I absolutely love the back – stars are one of my favorite things, and the combo of the star fabric from Fox Field plus the quilting pattern makes my heart sing!

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Here’s a better pic of the two dumpling bags she made and she also included some Fox Field fat quarters too.  So beautiful, and I use those little pouches all the time for notions and stuff.  And look at the bright, vibrant colors.  I can’t get enough!!

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Too beautiful for words!!!

Anyway, it was so much fun to participate in the mini quilt swap and I may sign up to do another one in the future.  I loved being a part of this particular swap and it was so fun to stalk the IG hashtag to see what everyone was making and see the finished products when they arrived at their destination.  So fun!!

I am grateful for mini quilts that brighten up my walls!

A Modern Slant

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Back in the Spring I treated myself to a day at the Dallas quilt show.  Last year was the first year I’d been in a long time and had such a good time that I vowed to go again this year, even though I was going by myself.  I ended up getting to meet up with KwiltyKim, which was a ton of fun to finally get to meet her in person.
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We had a fabulous time and got to see some amazing things!  This year’s show had a theme of Modern quilts, which was exciting.  As you know I’ve been spending a lot of time working with more modern fabrics and patterns.  So, most of what I wanted to share with you has a focus on the modern quilts, but there were certainly a lot of more traditional quilts, and those Civil War repro fabrics that make my heart go pitter patter (like the quilt we’re standing in front of in the photo above!).  You can see more photos of the show on her blog post.

Of course the quilt that fits in the “most amazing thing ever” category is this quilt portraying the Chihuly sculpture from the Dallas Arboretum installation.  Mostly pictorial quilts don’t do it for me, but this was stunning.  And since Chihuly is a favorite – double whammy!

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This was a fun quilt made with Lily Ashbury fabrics – don’t you love the negative space here?
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I loved the teal background in this one.  And who can resist a striped binding?!

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And they even had this one displayed so that you could see the back too.  I seriously love backings like this that complement the quilt top.
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There were several quilts that (to me) were more traditional patterns, but when paired with bright modern fabrics they completely bring it to a new level.  I love the fussy cut flowers in that border especially.
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And if you’ve been on Instagram for any length of time you probably remember all the quilters making “x plus” quilts.  What I loved about this one is that the quilter took that single x plus block and enlarged it to make a quilt top.  What a great way to showcase fabrics you love and the block pattern.
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This one used all solids and I loved the impact of the improvisational piecing.  Horizontal straight line quilting on this one too.
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I do love me some Kaffe Fassett.  I seriously fell in love with this one because of the diamonds.
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That brilliant blue border is killer though.  I couldn’t take my eyes off it.  Coincidentally I signed up for a Tula Pink mystery workshop on Craftsy a couple months after seeing this that turned out to be a similar diamond pattern quilt.  So fun!
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This one was pieced strips that were all like 1/2″ wide.  I think the name of this quilt was Voldemort.  Appropriate, no?
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Ok, this one is definitely not “modern” but I had to include it because I’ve never seen anything like it before.  This is what appears to be a lace tablecloth that has been appliqued or quilted to a whole cloth panel.  I love how it shows off the lace pattern being able to see through the base fabric through the lace.  And the quilting really showcases the lace as well.  What a fantastic way to repurpose!
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A closer look.  I was really blown away by this.
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Ok, back to modern.  This one was one of my favorites.  I love love love the feathers.  And then quilting it in concentric off-center circles and adding a scrappy pieced border – love!
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I love the colored “shards” in the background.  They give the quilt such movement and interest in what could have been plain white triangles.  Fun pebble quilting on this one too.
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I love the colors in this one.
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Horizontal matchstick quilting.  Another stunner in solids.
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This one was made by a friend of mine.  She claims that it’s the striped fabric she used that really makes this quilt look more complicated than it is, but I still think it’s gorgeous and has a ton of visual movement.  Plus look at that binding!
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Fantastic quilting here as well.
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So 1) yellow 2) hexies – seriously can’t get enough of this.
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I like the kind of whirligig/pinwheel pattern these make.  And yellow binding, of course.
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Of course one of the best things about the quilt show is the vendors.  I wanted to take the kit for this Steampunk quilt home with me so bad!
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This same shop also had a kit for Midnight at the Oasis.
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I brought a few fun things home with me, but as always the best part of this is the experience.  And of course, I came home wanting to sew ALL THE THINGS!

I’m looking forward to next Spring’s show for sure!

I am grateful for meeting up with new friends.

Adventures in Color

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Look!  She lives!  Not only does she live but she has stuff to share!!!  So, yes…I have been sorely neglecting the old blog for the quick and ease of Instagram (ie I’m lazy).  Well, not entirely lazy, but it is certainly easier to shoot a photo on my phone, upload it to IG and then boom, done.  As Max said on Two Broke Girls, “Twitter is stupid and Instagram is Twitter for people who can’t read.”  (FYI you can follow me on both Twitter and Instagram – ha).  Anywho…back to the pretty pictures.  So, I have tons of stuff to share – some of it is stuff you may have seen on IG and some of it I actually got out my camera and edited in Lightroom and all that fancy stuff.  For today, well…the square format is a dead giveaway, no?
So, back in October or so I decided that I wanted to jump on the Marcelle Medallion bandwagon.  Alexia Abegg’s book Liberty Love includes the pattern for the quilt.  I spent a ton of time surfing around the internet looking at other people’s Marcelle’s and trying to decide what fabrics I wanted to use on mine.  In the end, what it came down to was that I wanted it to be a collection of some of my favorite fabrics and designers, and I was going to basically wing it and hope it all comes together in the end.  I knew right from the start I wanted to include some of that Kaffe Fassett Jupiter fabric.  I played around with a number of things to pair it with, but in the end another Kaffe print won out – the red Aboriginal Dot.  
You can probably tell from my photo too that I decided to do the center block by English Paper Piecing it.  I was scared stiff of trying to match up those sharp points and y-seams.  So, I made my own EPP templates and got started. 
At Thanksgiving I had finished up the next round on the center block using Tula Pink Parisville French Lace and Lizzie House Pearl Bracelet.  Yellow is probably my absolute favorite color, and I really wanted to use this lemony shade in my Marcelle. 

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At this point, I ran into issues.  I don’t know if my templates were off just enough and compounded they were making my measurements way off, but by the time I went to add on the next round of pieces I could not get my pieces to fit together correctly and match up.  After getting most of them sewn together by hand, I knew that it was going to have to come out.  So, I ripped out everything back to the yellow and ended up sewing it on my machine.  I still had some issues, as you can see (although the poor quality of this photo may hide some of that).  But, I was ok with leaving it as is.  The important thing to me was that the center points were matched, so I could live with the rest.  

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And for finishing out the center block, my center was so bright and bold I wanted to tone it down a little bit with some cooler colors.  I went with Lush Uptown with the fabulous paint by number print that picked up my yellow and red a bit.  Then I complimented that with one of the low volume prints from the Architextures line.  Finally, for the outer corners I needed something to ground my block – so I went with a navy print from Anna Maria Horner’s Hand Drawn Garden line.  It also picked up my reds and yellows, adding in some bright greens and turquoises too.  I am pretty much just auditioning fabrics as I go and choosing things I really like, which is kind of fun.  May be a hot mess later, but so far I’m loving it.  
After struggling to get that center block sewn, I was faced with my first border.  After trying several different things I knew that I had so many prints going on that I really wanted some kind of tone on tone print for the main fabric in the border.  I saw someone’s Marcelle that used one of the Tula Pink Acacia prints in a bright chartreuse that looked fabulous, so I ordered some of that, thinking that it would tie in that bright green in the AMH corner fabrics.  I also ordered the same print in the purple color.  Once my fabrics came in I got to work auditioning.  I actually ended up bringing my sewing machine into the living room and sewing on the coffee table while I watched the movie Juno (which I really enjoyed). 
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 After much deliberation, I ended up not using the chartreuse Acacia print.  It worked, but the purple actually was better.  So, purple it was.  And after trying a TON of different things for the cornerstones, I ended up with this bright turquoise Lily Ashbury fabric from Gypsy Wife. 
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It is crazy bright and super colorful, but I really love it.  The purple just worked.  It picked up the centers of those flowers in the AMH fabric, and played off the purple in the Jupiter print in the star.  The cornerstones also worked with the AMH fabric, so it seemed a match made in heaven.  
Now…what the heck to use for my next border.  It’s a border of 60 degree triangles and I’m completely stumped.  I’m going to have to spend some time auditioning things to see what works.  I’ve been collecting some fabrics here and there that I love, so I have some good options.  Where I find I’m seriously lacking is in the low volume fabrics.  I picked some more up a month ago though, so I have a few more choices now.  
I’m enjoying the journey of just kind of seeing where this takes me and what works and what doesn’t. 

I’m grateful for summertime projects.