Friday, May 21, 2010

Hurray for Blogger's Quilt Festival!

Blogger's Quilt Festival is here!

Honestly, this online quilt festival is one of the best things about blogging!  I love to check out everyones ideas and inspiration.

Welcome to my blog and please make yourself at home and click around!  It has been a busy spring for me: a few quilts here and there and excitement in starting up another chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild.

The quilt that I want to share this go-around is my Four Square Quilt.  I just finished it a few weeks ago.  I used all Simple Abundance fabric from Bonnie and Camille for Moda.  I ended up using a charm pack, a few fat quarters and some yardage.

This quilt was fun for me because a branched out into straight line quilting and pieced it as I went without much of a plan.  I really enjoy that process of just "playing around" and I am trying to do it more!

I am taking the leap into long arm quilting with a class on Monday so if you want to check back, I'll share my beginner's take on that.  Welcome to everyone in town for quilt market!!  We love Minneapolis and we hope you do too!

Thanks Amy for hosting this...such an exciting event!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I got to meet...

Sandi Henderson!!!!  What a fun time!  Sandi was so nice and gracious to sign our books and answer all of our questions.  (From left: Cheryl and her cutie, Sandi, Kristina and me. )

Sunday, May 16, 2010

{Everything I'd never done}

I just finished a little project; forcing me to try a whole bunch of techniques I'd always wanted to try but never got around to.  You know how it goes...the list of things to finish and fabric waiting to be cut for the next quilt.  But I rarely take the time to just sit and play.

Kristina asked if I would make a mini quilt featuring solids for a quilt shop display she is putting together.    Count me in!  I have never made a mini quilt before and now I understand what the huge draw quick and a great way to try things!

Try a quilt with just solids...check.  Try straight line, all direction quilting...check.  Modern pieced binding...check.  Practice wonky log cabin blocks...check.  Make a shop sample...check!

Thanks Kristina, I had a good time working on this one.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It's raining Hexagons!

Ok, here in Minneapolis April was May and May has been, well, April.  Cool and rainy.  I've been doing a little of this and that.  But a lot of this...

Angela has been too...we have come to the same conclusions regarding putting these together.  We both like The card stock hexagons.  (Is it totally lazy to just link up to her post, since I feel the same way?!)
Tula Pink's Nest fabric...can you stand it????

I have not posted in a while; I've been enjoying a busy May, wonderful Mother's Day and some other sewing projects.  I'll post more photos and we'll get caught up this weekend!

If you are local come on over to the TC Suburban Modern Quilt Guild Sewing night!!  Tonight, 5-10 at Quilted Treasures in Rogers, MN!!!!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Four Square Quilt

I've been calling this one the Four Square Quilt.  It is made from a charm pack, a few fat quarters and some yardage of Simple Abundance from Bonnie and Camille for Moda.  You won't see me using red very often.  I am usually a pink girl, the brighter the better.  But I love this red, especially the binding fabric.  The brown is fantastic too.

The back is a pale yellow small print with four pinwheels along the edge.  I made use of every last bit of this fabric!

What excites me the most is branching out on the quilting.  This is my first straight line quilting project and it was really fun, and easy (with my walking foot).

I am getting certified on a Gammil longarm on Monday and I am so excited.  I can't wait to try something new and hoping that it won't be too challenging.  I'll let you know...