MCM #65 – Quilter’s World, Summer Edition

“Just another manic Monday..”

I’ve got those song lyrics stuck in my head but I’ve changed the words a bit: “Just another Main Crush Monday..” Can you say song worm?!

I’ve got so much to crush on this week I almost didn’t know where to start writing. I made a lot of progress last week, and I’m pretty excited about it.

First, I have almost finished the quilt top for my mother-in-law. All that is left to do is add the borders. This baby is BIG. Before borders, it measures 81 x 108. So I’m still thinking about the border and the size I’ll use.  It’s also time for me to start thinking about a quilting plan for this one, but I’m going to put it on the back burner for a while. I have several customer quilts that I seriously have to get started on, so I’m going to have plenty of time to let the ideas percolate.

To make this quilt I’m using a yet to be released pattern written by Tish of Tish ‘n’ Wonderland and I love the way it looks with these colors. I’ll have a lot more to share about this quilt when Tish is ready; until then you can have this one pic to tease you.

Large Quilt Blocks

Last week I had a special request to make a Wild Goose Chase block. I naively said “Sure, I’ll make it.”  Just let me say, it took me waaaaay longer than I expected so I’m very happy to have this project checked off my to do list! I’ve written a post about the making of this block, and as soon as I get a bit more sewing done I’ll share it with you.

wild goose chase block

Pretty block. Pain in the arse.

In traveling news: this week I’m so excited to visit my sister and guild friends in Pennsylvania. We’re going to the AQS show in Lancaster and doing our own mini shop hop. It will be four days of fun, laughter, food, and tons of quilty inspiration. I’m super, SUPER excited to go on that road trip.

Did I tell you how excited I am??

And last, but definitely not least, I have some fan-tab-u-lous news to share. Last year I designed a quilt and wrote the pattern for Star Bright, a wall hanging, that is published in the Summer, 2017 edition of Quilter’s World. The magazine hits the newsstands in April and I received my copy on Friday.

Quilters World

It was difficult to keep this quiet for so long, but now I can tell you so you can run right out and get your copy of the magazine. 🙂 I’m very proud of the wall hanging; everything came together just right – the design, the quilting, the fabric. I just love everything about it.

Whew! Isn’t that a lot of quilty goodness for one week?? Now it’s time to revisit a few of the link-ups from last week’s party – we need to check in on all the quilty inspiration you all shared!

First up is Helen of Midget Gem Quilts. She bravely cut her plus blocks into fours and rearranged them to create her red lemonade quilt. I like all the low volume fabrics and the overall look is just so summery.

Photo by Helen of Midget Gem Quilts

 

Shannon of White Cloud Stitchery made a lovely quilt with this big liberty fabric star as the focal point. I’m so looking forward to seeing how she quilts all that negative space. For pictures of the finished top, hop on over to her blog!

Photo by Shannon of White Cloud Stitchery

And, if you’re looking for another project to add to your to do list, Sandra of mmm! quilts is hosting the Freefall QAL. Click on over to her blog (after you join the MCM party, of course 😉 ) because it’s not too late to join in!

Now it’s your turn! Please share those projects, tools, and/or fabrics that have you excited to be in your sewing space this week. You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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Music Saturday – 3.25.17

For today’s edition of Music Saturday I’m sharing a fun mash-up I found a few days ago. It’s a blend of the songs “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran and “No Scrubs” by TLC, with a bit of ‘Cheap Thrills” by Sia and “Closer” by The Chainsmokers thrown in.

The two guys who created this are Luke Conard and James Marshall and I love the way they blended these songs. The beat is perfect for some chair dancing while you’re quilting away! 🙂

Here’s the link to their YouTube video.

Enjoy!

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MCM #64 – Main Crush Monday is Back

First, I want to apologize to everyone for missing MCM last week. I needed a medical procedure and with the prep for that and the after effects of the anesthesia I was out of it for more days than I had planned.

Later, when I felt better I talked with Tish of Tish-n-Wonderland who said she would have offered to host MCM. I felt like such a dweeb for not even thinking of that!

Please accept my apologies for being gone – I will do my best to not let that happen again. And if something happens that I do have to miss a Monday, I now know who will be willing to co-host. 🙂

I feel like I’m up to my eyeballs in projects right now. All of them are paid (which is a very good thing), but it’s a bit stressful. It would be soooo nice if there were more hours in the day and there was another me running around to help!

I’ve been busy working on a quilt for my mother-in-law, and testing a new pattern for another blogger. The two are the perfect match. I was asked to make the quilt in shades of blue to match the bedroom, and I added a mottled yellow to give the quilt some extra movement. I really like the way it looks. I won’t show you the entire block or quilt top here until the pattern writer is ready, but I can share some of the components of the blocks.

Test Pattern Sub Blocks

Here are all the sub-blocks ready to be assembled. It has been easy to keep all the pieces organized and I’ve been lucky to not sew the wrong pieces together (sometimes that can be a real challenge!)

No bobbin for HST

However, I did have a “DUH” moment when I sewed all these HST’s together without any thread in the bobbin. LOL

Have you ever made such a silly mistake?

This week I’ll continue to work on this quilt, teach the last session of the Beginning Quilting class, and hopefully get a wholecloth baby quilt finished. The baby is due on the 26th, so I’m really pushing the deadline with this one!

Those projects are keeping me excited to be in my sewing room this week. How about you? What are you crushing on this week? I can’t wait to see what you’re working on. You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic -here’s how:

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Super Soft Baby Blankie

Do you remember this whole cloth baby quilt I made for my niece last year?

wholecloth baby quilt fmq

Orchid Minky Wholecloth Baby Quilt

Each month, her mother takes a progress pic of that sweet baby laying on this quilt. She is now 9 months old and is sitting on the quilt. Those babies grow so fast!

One of the things Baby Jenny likes to do is pick at the ‘bubbles’ on the minky side of the quilt, which I think is adorable.

Her momma doesn’t want her picking at her special quilt, so what’s a girl to do? Aunt Fefe to the rescue!

I made Baby Jenny her own special blankie that she can carry around wherever she goes, and pick at the “bubbles” all she wants. Love. One side is Minky, and the other is Soft & Cuddly from JoAnn fabrics. The blanket is so incredibly soft – I would love to have my own! With those owls! Adorable…

I will say that putting these two fabrics together and sewing them is a challenge. They are both soft, slippery, and a bit silky, so that makes them difficult to manage. It certainly isn’t perfect and nowhere near square, but Jenny doesn’t care so I decided I won’t worry about it either.

I’m going to make another one for her brother over the weekend. Hopefully, if the weather cooperates, I’ll get to see them at the end of the month. I can’t wait to see both of them. It’s been way too long!

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MCM #63 – Empty Handed

Happy Monday, and welcome to Main Crush Monday!

Happy March 6th! Already….can you believe we are into the third month of the year? I still feel like it’s January. Time is flying by….

Okay I have to confess. I feel like the party guest who shows up empty handed, with not even a bottle of wine for the hostess.  Meaning, I have no pics to share with you today of all the progress I made last week. And I did make progress.

I do have a snapshot of the borders on one of the customer quilts, and if you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen this.  These hearts were marked (by the customer- yay!), so quilting was pretty easy. I do like this stencil though, and might have to get it for myself.

I finished the quilting on two other customer quilts, trimmed HST’s for my M-I-L’s quilt, attended a binding class and taught a paper piecing class and beginning quilting class. So see, I haven’t been slacking. I was super busy all week but it was a fun week.

Both classes went really well. I had six students in the paper piecing class, and five had never PP anything. It was scary to see how confused they were at first. I promised them that it would all make sense by the end of class and they doubted me, but guess what? All of them grasped the PP concept, understood how to make their blocks, and finished them! They even asked for another class to build on the first. That’s the best feedback I could have received. 🙂

There are three more weeks in the Beginning Quilting class, and there are six students there as well. Our beginning project is a table runner, and I’m looking forward to seeing how each one will be different based on fabric choice. It’s a fun class.

I definitely will have progress pictures to show you next week on a few things I’ll be working on. I have another wholecloth baby quilt I need to finish and stitching that will be a lot of fun.

Now it’s your turn to share your crushes for this week! I know you are working on some amazing things, so show them off here. You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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