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Quilting, Piecing, and some Space Dust

Sometimes I don’t know how to start off a blog post. Hi? Hi y’all? Hola? What’s up yo? What about just, Hello? Ok, Hello.

Whew, now that the awkwardness is behind us, lets move on to the good stuff. And I do mean good stuff. Because anything that begins or ends (or sings in the middle) of Tula Pink is all the goodness I need in life. And, this one ranks right up there. I got to spend the past weekend with Julie and on top of getting 8 Block of the Month blocks done, and 2 other backings, we got this ray of sunshine quilted.

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I love this quilt. The colors. The design. So much so that I already have another one planned!

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Close-up of the Nautical themed quilting.

Salt Water Curves

On the frame, being worked on

I just need to get binding made and then get it sewn down. Debating on putting this one in the Fall quilt show here in New Bern. It’s not perfect but it’s pretty dang awesome.

Moving on, but not really too far, is the QAL that I mentioned I was starting. It is being hosted on Instagram by John Adams and Paul Hallinger. The pattern is Space Dust by Tula Pink and I am using the same fabrics that she did in her original design. I have had them hoarded for a while not really knowing what I wanted to do with them. When I saw this happening, I knew it would be perfect.

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Fabrics picked out, 45 page pattern ready to go

I sat down a couple of weeks ago and got my first row sorted and ready to go.

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The whole quilt is paper pieced, which I am no stranger too, so I was able to whip up my first few blocks pretty quickly. I will say though, paper piecing with larger sized pieces is much harder than doing it with smaller squares. These bad boys end up being 7″ x 10″ each.

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After getting the hang of this particular pattern, I was able to get 2 rows busted out in about a week.

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I am almost done with Row 3 now and I can’t wait to get back to work on this one. The original pattern calls a LOT of extra white to be added to the sides to bring it to a large Queen size. I think I have decided that I am going to leave mine without the sides and make it into a wall hanging for my sewing room. It will be a very large one but how could all this Tula Pink fabric yumminess not be amazing as a backdrop for my new room??!!?

See you soon!

🙂

Jess

 

Linking up to Freshly Pieced for Work in Progress Wednesday

 

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Finish It Up Friday

I am starting to really like these Finish It Up Friday posts. They are very motivating by making me want to carve some time out during the week to sew. Normally, I just reserve that for the weekends.

I finished up 2 things this past week/weekend.

First up, another Swoon block. This one is # 7 of 16. Almost halfway!! This one turned out gorgeous in my color choices. Since these fabrics are cut and ready to go, I already have a pile of 3 more sitting beside my machine.

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One of these days, if I can find room somewhere (maybe outside?), I will lay out what I have and see how they all look together. at 24″ a piece, plus sashing, plus a border…we will never have to tug on covers ever again on our king sized bed. I am making this baby HUGE for that specific reason. Poor Julie. She is going to be cursing me when I eventually hand this one over to be quilted.

The exciting finish for this week was a Noodlehead Divided Basket. Even though this is going to live with me, I am loving it!! Now, I am going to have to ship one out for me. This was made in Salt Water fabrics (of course!) that Julie donated.

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This basket seems small until you start putting it together. Its about 6″ deep and 12″ wide. (Those are just guesstimates) Regardless, it can hold a lot of stuff. And lots of stuff it shall hold! That’s the plan anyway.

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I did the outer binding a bit differently than the pattern called for. It wanted you to sew it onto one side and than do some flip and press thing and than sew again. whew…way to much work for me. I folded it in half, slid it on and sewed it down. Yes, you can see the stitching but my machine does a fantastic stitch and with the thread blending in, it all worked out.

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I used cotton webbing for the handles. This was my first time using cotton webbing and I have to say….HUGE fan here now. This stuff may be making an appearance in more things that I do. I don’t always love fabric handles because handles bear the brunt of anything you make so without proper support (tons of interfacing) they can look worn pretty quickly. But these? I could see these holding up for a long time with a lot of use.

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And lastly, a pic of the inside. I didn’t do anything fancy on the interior since my hope is that it will be so full that you won’t see much of it. 🙂

Lots of plans for this weekend…Metro Rings, maybe start on a new venture/idea. Maybe a secret sewing session. We’ll see what the next 2 days hold. Happy Friday everyone!!

🙂

Jess

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday

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Finish It Up Friday

Well, I don’t have a whole finish for you but I do have a lot of small ones from last weekend. (I don’t sew much during the week)

I have still been working on my Metro Rings quilt. I would have had more done but this girl did a really dumb thing and may have ruined her large cutting mat. I put it in the car to take to a sew day and didn’t lay it flat. Dumb, Dumb, Dumb. If you don’t know anything about cutting mats, when they get hot they conform to whatever surface they are on. Mine conformed to 2 lawn chairs. HUGE, rolling waves in my cutting mat. Ugghhh…I was so mad at myself. I know better than that. In an effort to not have to buy another one, it is currently back in the hot car, weighted down, trying to get flat again. We’ll see.

I got a few more blocks done with fabrics that I had already cut out. (luckily!!) They turned out fantastic! Here are all 4 blocks laid out together:

Metro Rings

I don’t know if I mentioned this in my last post but I wasn’t really happy with the first block that I made. The inside points did not look like the pictures of the pattern. So, after going thru all the steps again on the next block I finally figured out that my problem was in squaring the blocks up. This section of the pattern is the only one that I feel did not live up to my expectations. I decided to hit the internet to see if anyone else had had this problem and lo and behold, I found a website that did a blog post on just that exact thing. It was a lifesaver. So, after following the bloggers directions, I came out with an infinitely better block. Take a look:

Metro Ring Points

Left: First block        Right: Second block

See those points? The one on the left should look more like the one on the right. So glad that I figured it out. The newer ones look so much better. but, without a cutting mat, I couldn’t continue any farther. So, I got out my next project to work on…

My Spinning in the Rain BOM (Block of the Month) from Sew Lux. I figured I could go ahead and get this month’s block done and stay ahead. She also included instructions for making an identical mini block. So, I made it too. Both of these I was able to make in about an hour using my smaller cutting mat.

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Aren’t they cute? Since this is a monthly one, I am now able to put these up until July. I like these. No pressure to have to work on them. You just spend an hour one night a month and in a year, you’ll have a stress free quilt!

Sunday morning rolled around and I decided to finish up another bag of Hexi’s while watching some Netflix with the hubby. I snapped a picture of my box. They are slowly growing!

Salt Water Hexi's

Lastly on Sunday afternoon, I decided to whip out another Swoon block. I often forget about this one and I don’t know why. In fact, while the blocks are a bit time consuming, since the fabrics are already cut up and ready to go you would think that it would make it easier. Well, it does, if remember to pull one out to make.

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Swoon 6 of 16

This looks darker in the picture than it is in real life. This one is a slate gray solid with a golden yellow dotted fabric from Tula Pink’s Acacia line. There are gray dots in the yellow fabric. I started working on a second Swoon block last night but came up short on a few pieces of fabric. Apparently when I was cutting out fabric, I forgot my ability to count to 8. Almost halfway there on these blocks!

The Metro Rings quilt and the Swoon quilt are the 2 things that I think I am going to focus on for now. I do have a couple of bag type items that I want to make so if I start getting ancy with either of these, I may start one of those. Who knows, I love the ability to jump in between things. Keeps it interesting!

🙂

Jess

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday

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