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No Objections: Keeping it Real

I have posted in the past (here) and (here) about the Open Door Art Studio and wanted to share their current exhibit, No Objections, because the title seems a good one for me right now.The past week or so has been completely out of control in terms of being so busy. I usually hate it when people talk about being "busy" because it kind of seems lame, but I kind of feel like I am losing my mind.My busy-ness is a good thing: I have a job, a wonderful pair of kids, I couldn't be more excited about my quilting...

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Rainbow Flying Geese MiniQuilt

I finally finished this little Quilt Top! The blocks were inspired by the pillow cover "flying rainbow" in the book PillowPop. If you haven't checked out this book, I highly recommend it for your quilt book library.As the name indicates, the patterns are for single "block" projects intended for pillows, but they are all really inspiring for other projects, too.Once I made the four blocks, I tried out different ways to lay them out:Even though I ended up sewing them together in my originally planned setting, I really like them set in rows, too. How cute would this be...

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Quilters’ Book Club project: flying geese

I was a bit overambitious when I took this project to Sewing Summit last week. I was expecting to have more open sewing time for personal projects. Oh, well. I got these bits sewn during lunch hours. The design for these blocks is inspired by the book, "PillowPop", which is our September Quilters' book club feature. I mentioned in my post about this book that the patterns would be really fun to adapt to any kind of sewing project, not just for pillows. I am going to make a Mini Quilt using four of these blocks. The geese will "fly around"...

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Sewing Summit Sew Sweet!

image by Alicia Dirago of WhimsyBoxMy dream is to design quilts, write patterns, and share my love of the craft! It would also be nice to make enough money to quit my day job, play with fabric, and take vacations whenever I want. One can Dream, right?I took a bunch of classes at Sewing Summit last weekend to learn about blogging, networking, building a creative business...all very informative. You will be seeing some exciting changes here, I hope.I even met a few Sew-lebrities, like Pat Bravo (above), whom I was lucky enough to sit next to at dinner on...

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Quilting Celebration!

I am back from Sewing Summit, and you know what that means?we have a Sunday Funday Giveaway winner:Margaret,you are the lucky winner to help celebrate the finish of my Marcelle Medallion quilt, you are receiving the Love Quilting magazine and the fat quarters. Thank you so much to all the regular readers of this site, it means a lot to me to have your (virtual) company.I learned a lot at Sewing Summit and have some things to share, but guess what? I am whooped. Long day of traveling with my boys (why do they only fall asleep right when...

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A Rainbow of Color!

I am heading off to Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City tomorrow! so excited. Be sure and leave a comment and let me know if you are going to be there, too. I am taking fabrics with me to make a mini quilt based on the Flying Rainbow block from our September Book Club book, PillowPop. These beautiful rainbow scraps will be the geese. I am loving the colors!! It took me FOREVER to decide on the fabrics so that they made a nice blendy rainbow. Should be a fun, quick one to make during open sewing time. I won't be posting...

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Sunday Celebration: Marcelle Medallion

I (finally) finished my Marcelle Medallion quilt top! It seemed like a long haul to get those cross blocks on for the outer border, but (non-quilting) life gets busy sometimes.I love this view of the borders. I intentionally used light fabrics for the brick border, hoping it would contrast with the dark flying geese, but now I think it blends too much with the floral fabric border and is too Mushy. Oh, well, live and learn.I did the brick border differently from the pattern. The instructions to make the brick border like mine are posted here.I do love how...

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Medallion Mania

Doggonit.I wanted to have my Marcelle Medallion top finished to post yesterday. Now it is today and it is still not finished.I am still working on the cross blocks for the last border. I like how they are looking, but I just have this little peek to show for my efforts.I am debating about adding another "last" border, maybe to make the dark a wider frame?? I am kind of ready to be done with this one because.....I  have my next medallion quilt waiting to be started!This is called Midnight at the Oasis by Jen Kingwell, and the pattern...

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Quilt Flashback: 2004

I have been quilting for a pretty long time (for someone my age, that is). My mom, aunt and Grandmother quilted and sewed all during my childhood and I made my first quilt as a kid. I didn't really get seriously into it until after I graduated from college in 2001.Last month when I visited my sister in Seattle, I got to revisit this quilt that I made for her and Sean (my BIL) back in 2004. The leaves were pieced with hand-dyed fabrics in solid colors, with bits of batiks mixed in.I was in a phase where I...

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Making Fabric

Fabrics....taking a teeny break from my Marcelle Medallion quilt (on the last border!) to start my project for the Double Wedding Ring challenge hosted by the NY Modern Quilt Guild. I am "making" fabric....the solid blues at the top will the insides of the rings and the hot pink and orange patchwork will be the borders. I am using my Notting Hill fat eighth bundle along with lots of prints and solids from my stash.In keeping with the traditional wedding ring pattern where the rings are made up of pieced segments of fabric, I am making these strip sets in...

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