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Facets + Plus Quilt Along Pt. 1

I am so far behind in everything but I am attempting to catch up! I’m taking part in the Facets + Plus Quilt Along that’s graciously  being put on by the amazing Amanda at This Mom Quilts. When I was looking at my fabric stash and deciding on different options I kept looking back at this striking Kaffe Fassett print.

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How gorgeous is this fabric by Kaffe Fassett?

There are so many people that say florals like Kaffe aren’t modern. I say, why can’t they be? So in choosing my fabrics, I’m using this along with some gorgeous blue Grunge by Moda (my absolute most favorite fabric) and some gray/silverish netting print fabric from Cotton and Steel.

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I’ve started cutting the pieces out and can hopefully find some time to sew this weekend!

-Mandy

Minis!

I just love mini quilts! They make me feel like I’m accomplishing something and making progress through my large quantity of UFO’s. I was lucky enough to participate in an Amy Butler/Low Volume Mini Swap on Instagram the past few months. I had two failures in mini patterns before the third worked out and I’m loving it!

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My mini quilt for my swapper out of Amy Butler and low volume fabrics.

All of my quilting on that was straight at varying widths and it all went in one direction. I thought it gave the quilt a really unique look!

I also am participating in our local modern guilds Mini-Mini-Swap where the final dimensions have to be 6″ or less. I found a 6-inch block and used a bunch of my Art Gallery Solids scraps to create it. (Which I adore!) I used the Starry Sky Block and Mini Quilt by Kylie Kelsheimer.

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My Mini-Mini-Swap for the local guild.

How do you like making mini quilts? Do you enjoy it or find it annoying?

Time Management Failures

I need an extra three hours in the day-does anyone else feel that way? I have this temporary job that I really like but it leaves me exhausted and wanting to go to sleep at 8pm. Not really great if you have lists of things to get done and projects to be finished. By the time the weekend gets around, between the job and the heat, I just want to sleep! Of course, I do hope this job turns full time permanently, because hello health insurance (among other benefits), but my stamina is not what it used to be.

Back to the sewing! I sadly haven’t been able to do a lot of sewing, though I am working on my favorite type, EPP. (There will be another post or 100 later on about that.) I’ve been working more on my shop and destashing what we have so we can hopefully get new inventory in. (Shameless promotion-@quiltologie on instagram is where we post our inventory and destash sometimes.)

For those who have a shop of fabrics and such that they sell, what type of items do you find that sell? For those who buy (and we love you all) what types of things are you looking for? We have some Rifle Paper Co bundles coming later this year but are also looking at the Kona colors. (How I love Kona.)

P.S. I’ll be participating in the Cloud 9 Block Blog Hop so keep your eye out for that later on!

2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

It’s finally my turn! I’ve been lucky enough to participate in this amazing group of new quilt bloggers and I’ve learned so much in the past few months! Today it’s my turn to introduce myself to everyone! My name is Amanda (or Mandy as my friends call me) and I’ve been quilting since I was 8 years old. (Over twenty years now!) My mom was instrumental in the process— she taught me how to sew and quilt.

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My mom, Pat, and I at QuiltCon 2016.

I actually ended up going to fashion design school after my love of sewing kept growing. I’m glad I went but I’m so much better at quilting and piecing. Growing up in Northern California there were a lot of quilt shops and quilt events that were fun to attend. Now I live in Las Vegas, NV and there aren’t many here. (Yet.)

One of my favorite quilts that I’ve done isn’t quilted yet but it’s going to be amazing! I was lucky enough to score some of the Rifle Paper Co. fabric at Market this year and found a pattern from an amazing girl to make it in! (We had gone to shop for our tiny little online store and found this girl!) The pattern is Painted Ladies by EyeCandyQuilts and it turned out stunning!  My friend Vicki from OrchidOwlQuilts will be quilting it as soon as she finds time and it’ll look amazing!

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Another project that I loved doing was a mini swap on Instagram.  It was pretty specific; Amy Butler and low volume prints. It actually took me three attempts to get it right. For my first idea the block ended up being so tiny to piece and frustrated me so that I decided to find something else. The next pattern I bought and tried ended up having errors in the writing and tons of confusion. (That’s a conversation for another day.) My third attempt came out perfectly and exactly what I wanted! My swap partner loves antique hunting and the Gypsy Caravan line so I combined those with negative space and got a pretty awesome looking mini quilt. I did straight line quilting of varying widths and love how it came out.

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This next quilt is the first one I entered into a quilt show. (Still the only one, actually.) I wanted to get over that ‘fear’ of the first and I entered it in the local show here. I was up sewing until an hour before the deadline to turn it in and there are quite a few mistakes on it. However, it was something that I both pieced and quilted and I’m really proud of that. I love how the hot pink accentuates the lines!

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Front of the Quilt

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Back of the Quilt

The last quilt that I love is a mini quilt that I made for my boss at the time. It was for her birthday but we soon found out that we were being laid off so it also became a little going-away present as well. She’s not a quilter but loves admiring them and I decided to make a little wall hanging using the Fractal quilt block pattern by pattisloniger. I added a colorful border and some more negative space for signatures from the team.

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You’ll have to excuse the toes; I didn’t crop this one.

After attending QuiltCon this past year as well as Quilt Market I really want to work on my craft and further my love of quilting and sewing. I’m working on bags as well since I’ve always wanted to brush up on those skills and have a quilting machine that I need to relearn how to use. (Before I throw it out the window.) I’ll be attending the SewPro Convention in Chicago in September to get more insight on the industry and figure out just what direction I want to take. I’ll also be attending QuiltCon next year so lots of things on the horizon!

Now I’d love to get to know about all of you! What’s something in the quilting or sewing world that has you dying to try it but seems too scary? My biggest problem is the actual quilting part. I’m a perfectionist and I’m hard on myself so having anything less than perfect is difficult for me. (Hence the straight lines.) What’s yours?

And craziness ensues…

So to my awesome readers and followers here, you are all angels. I’ve been gone for about a month, but it’s for a good reason. I got a job! For those who don’t know, I was laid off in April from my dream job. This is an accounting job, and only temporary, but I surprisingly love what I do! I’m just exhausted when I get home though. However, I’m working on getting better at this stuff. There will be a new blog post Monday and I will get back into the swing of this!

Thanks for sticking by me!

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HRT’s and Other Weird Things

Have you ever lost days, almost an entire week, when you’re sewing and working on multiple projects? I’m trying to get through the insane amount of UFO’s I have and I’ve lost track of my days.

Our modern quilt guild issued the challenge this month to create a block using half rectangle triangles. Most of us immediately turned to each other and said ‘huh’? I immediately went home and looked at some tutorials and my mind immediately went to my Tula Pink True Colors charm packs that were stashed on a shelf. How perfect would that be for this project?

I immediately got to work chopping up the pieces using the fantastic tutorial from the lovely a.squared.w and it worked like a charm! (No pun intended.) After I sewed all the triangles together I couldn’t resist the rainbow effect it gave.

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I started playing around with different ways to put it together and loved the star effect that the layout gave the quilt. I quickly put everything together and I’m so happy with the way it turned out!

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The final layout for the block.

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The quilt top without the extra borders. (I added those on last minute.)

I’ll be quilting it fairly quickly to try and enter it in a show so I’ll definitely post pictures when I’m through.

What are your experiences with half rectangle triangles? Do you love them or hate them?

Sewing with New Fabrics

I’m working on a quilt for our online shop so we can photograph it and show the fabrics in a different pattern than the fabric makers. I’m using the Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton + Steel fabric line and I’m completely in love with it! It’s so pretty with it’s designs and the fat quarter bundles, which we’re pre-selling in the shop, also include the voile, and canvas. (I have plans for a tote bag for those.)

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I’m using Essex Linen by Robert Kaufman for the first time with it and I’m loving how it comes out! Has anyone else used that fabric before? I feel a love affair coming on with that stuff. It’s perfect for my current project, a pattern by Eye Candy Quilts, but I’m also daydreaming about all the quilts I want to make with it. They just came out with a metallic version too and it’s so pretty in person!

Of course, I have to have my sewing assistants right behind me making sure I’m getting my work done.

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What are your experiences with Essex Linen? I’m curious to know!