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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!

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Jess

 

Linking up to Freshly Pieced for Work in Progress Wednesday

 

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July Catch-Up

Wow, its been almost a month since I have posted. This has been a busy month. The Mr. changed career paths which took a lot of our free time to get him up and running. Once he was out of the house and in his own workspace…I got the extra room in our house! That’s right folks, I officially have a sewing room. Woo-hoo!!!

My first order of business, buying something to sew on. See, I am a researcher. I research everything. If there is something to be learned online, I will learn it. Want to know what I learned about sewing table/desks? They are flipping expensive for not a lot of usable space. And the ones that do have usable space? Well, those bad boys cost more than my sewing machine. I have been sewing/quilting perfectly fine on the dining room table for 5 years. Lots of room for cutting and whatnot. *Lightbulb* Buy another dining table! So, I did. I found an extremely nice one at Walmart. Now, normally I wouldn’t use those words (nice, walmart) together in a sentence, but let me tell you, this one is nice. Sturdy. Doesn’t rock. Has really good supportive legs. I LOVE it!

Sewing Room 1

Nice Big Dining Room Table

Once I got my table and my tv stand/desk moved around, I rounded up all my supplies. Yep, rounded up. You see, while I have been extremely lucky to have a nice place to sew, since it was the dining room, all of my stuff was scattered. Some in the dining room. Most in a closet. Some under the bed. It took a lot more trips then I thought it would.

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Hmmm…needs a lot of organizing!

But eventually, I got it all moved and was able to start putting things away. It is heaven. I love having a place that is mine that I don’t have to clear off to eat dinner. I actually find myself sewing more now during the week than I have in a long time.

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My Panoramic View

Hmmm…what have I been sewing you ask? Well, since this is a sewing blog and not a furniture one, I will tell you. Metro Rings and Churn Dash.

Metro Rings is a quilt that I started a couple of months ago using Tula Pink’s (surprise, surprise) Saltwater line. It was my first curves and I couldn’t have picked a better pattern to wet my feet with. I finished it up over the weekend and it is ready for some awesome longarm action.

Metro Rings Quilt

Churn Dash is one that I have wanted to do for a while. Its a simple well-known pattern that I made using a line of fabrics called Waterfront Park. They are bright, bold, and flashy fabrics. They are right up my alley. This one was also finished and is ready to be quilted.

Churn Dash Quilt

I am thinking that I am going to move my design wall to a different wall in the room. It isn’t very convenient to get to when it is stuck back in a corner like that.

There is an ulterior motive for wanting to get both of these quilt tops done and off my plate. One of them is a gift and the other reason is that there is a quilt-along starting on Aug 1st that I am joining and I wanted to have these finished before I delve into that. Stay tuned, there is more to come!

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Jess

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Batiks, Secrets, and….Potato Chips??

Yep, Potato Chips. No, not the kind you eat. They aren’t as good for you as my potato chips are. Huh you say? Just keep reading…

An excuse first, I have started running again and that is definitely cutting into my sewing and blogging time. So, I am sorry for not posting more. Moving on, I CANNOT believe that it is already June. The past few months have gone by so fast. This is going to be a very fun/exciting month. I have a few things to share with you.

First off, I got my fabrics in last week for the June Tula Pink blocks. Check out this pink/coral yumminess in the picture below. Either my iPhone or the green side of my cutting mat¬†makes them a bit washed out, but they are very rich and vibrant fabrics in person. I can’t wait to¬†start working on¬†these blocks. Or, as the quilting community has come to call them, potato chips. ‘Cause you can’t make just one! (I told you it would make sense…lol)

June's Tula Pink Quilt-Along Fabrics

June’s Tula Pink Quilt-Along Fabrics

Second, I don’t have anything to show off as being in-work/finished since I am working on a super uber secret project that is taking up all of¬†my free time right now. As soon as I am done I promise I will show it off in all its very deserved glory.

AND………….Lastly, I have some very exciting news……Julie and I are going to the Quilt Expo¬†in 2 weeks!! Wooohooo!!!! I am sooo excited! (Can’t you tell by all the exclamation points) ūüôā

We are going to Raleigh¬†for 3 days to participate in¬†classes, sew with experts and shop like there is no tomorrow. Ok, well,¬†maybe just a little bit of shopping.¬†¬†A girl does still have to eat…lol. Since its only an hour and a half away, we are going to go up on Wed¬†evening and come back on Saturday sometime.

One of the classes that I am taking is to make a quilt using strips of fabric and a technique that I am not sure about yet. We will get the book and the rest of the info in the class. I do know that I needed to get contrasting fabrics so I ended up with Batiks. Bright Batiks. Like, hurt your eyes bright. I am drawn to very saturated colors. Both in quilting and in my wardrobe. one thing I am not afraid of is some color. I have never worked with batiks before so I am excited to see how it all comes out.

Super Bright Batiks

Super Bright Batiks

I picked out a white sashing (it has white dots on it)¬†to tone down some of the brights and give your eyes a place to rest. I went with a dark border to contrast the white that will be sitting against it. I think it will ground some of the brights that are in the quilt. We’ll see.

All of the Batik Quilt Fabrics

All of the Batik Quilt Fabrics

I will also be taking 3 other classes:

Machine Quilting: Beyond the Basics – I am excited about this one so that I can learn to do more than just my meandering that has become my normal.

Tumbling Blocks – I have always admired these from afar but have never had the guts to attempt one. They seem so hard! I will be great to learn how to make them now without having to teach myself.

All About Zippers – I am not horrible with zippers by any means but this will be nice to expand my horizons as I don’t feel that I am great. ¬†Plus, if it isn’t a regular zipper than I have no idea what to do with it.

This is going to be such a fun trip and I can’t wait to go soak up as much information as I can.

I have so much on my plate right now that June will be busy but I wouldn’t want it any other way. I¬† love being able to jump in between projects when I am ready to work on something else for a while. Hopefully my super secret project will be done in the next week and then I can show it off and start working on my potato chips.

Happy June!!

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