MCM #72 – Back to Our Regular Schedule

Good Monday everyone – Welcome to Main Crush Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, and celebrated Mother’s Day in your own special way.

Did you enjoy meeting all the wonderful bloggers who participated in the 2017 New Quilt Blogger’s Blog Hop? I found so many new blogs to follow and it is my hope that you did as well. In case you missed any of the introductory posts, you can find them here:

Week 1 – 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop
Week 2 – 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop
Week 3 – 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop
Week 4 – 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

Now that the blog hop is finished, Main Crush Monday is back on its regular Monday schedule. Which is good, because Main Crush Tuesday just doesn’t sound as cool. 🙂

I didn’t get to spend much time in my sewing room last week. With summer right around the corner there’s been a lot of outdoor work to keep me busy. I’ve also been busy organizing and moving furniture in the sunroom, which is where the longarm will live. It’s coming home tomorrow!!!! I can’t wait for it to get here, and I’m looking forward to sharing with you all the ups/downs I know I’ll experience while learning to use her. After she gets here all that will be left to do is name her. I think something like ‘Please Be a Miracle Stitcher so my Quilts Look Good’ would be an awesome name, but suggestions are welcome….

One project that I am making progress on are the test blocks for my newest quilt pattern. Look at these beautiful prints:

layer cake piecesThese colors just make me soooo happy. The prints were in a layer cake I bought when I went to Lancaster, PA with my sister. I can’t tell you who designed them as the layer cake wasn’t labeled at all. I think it was an in-house pre-cut from the quilt shop. But they look beautiful together and I absolutely love the way the blocks are coming together.

So, some progress is being made as the pattern is written and I’m almost ready to put a call out for testers. If you’re interested just let me know in the comments.

In other news, Wednesday morning I’ll be heading to St. Louis for Quilt Market. I know! This is my first time attending market and I’m pretty psyched. And a bit nervous – normal “traveling in a different city” kind of nerves. I think going to market is totally crush-worthy! I can’t wait to meet people in person, even though that is pretty far outside my comfort zone.  If you’ll be there I’d love to meet you!

Hopefully I’ll remember to snap some pictures so I can share my trip with you. I tend to forget to snap a pic and then wish I had them later. I’m going to make a real effort to remember I want pictures!

Now it’s time to check out some of the great projects you have been crushing on.

Did you see Afton’s Wonderland quilt she recently shared? I adore all the detail she added in the quilting, the applique, the making of the blocks. Those red words she added slay me – they’re the best. Go see the full quilt on her blog, Quilting Mod.

Photo by Afton of Quilting Mod

Rose of SomethingRoseMade made these really cute little pin puffs. Be sure to read her story on why she decided to make them!

Photo by Rose of SomethingRoseMade

Vicki of Vicki’s Crafts & Quilting showed how she quilts her “squiggles and wiggles” design. It’s always interesting to me to see how a design is stitched, and I’m happy Vicki shared this on her blog.

Photo by Vicki of Vicki’s Crafts & Quilting

Now it’s time for you to share what you are working on this week. I would love to see the projects that have you excited to be in your sewing space. You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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MCM #71 – Main Crush Monday

“I’ve got nothing for you. Grab your stuff and head back to camp.”

Those are the words Jeff Probst utters each week to the losing contestants on Survivor. Sadly, that’s the way I feel today about my Crush this week – I’ve got nothing for you so I’m grabbing my stuff and heading back to camp…. LOL

I have so much to crush on but not much to show for it. This is what’s happening in my corner of the world:

  • My new long arm is sitting at the dealer’s shop and will be delivered next Tuesday. Yay!
  • I’m working on test blocks for a new pattern I’ve written but they’re not ready for me to share just yet.
  • I’m working with a wonderful graphic designer to develop a new logo, website, and pattern templates but don’t have anything I can show just yet.
  • My jelly roll race quilt top is finished, but I’m not quilting it until I have my new machine so I can practice with it.
  • Customer quilts keep coming in at a record pace and are taking up a lot of my time. I’m sooooo thankful for them.

See, lots going on and I’m crushing on lots of projects but no pretty pictures just yet. But soon, very very soon!

So now we are going to celebrate you! We’ve had great link-ups to the MCM party, even though things are a bit off kilter right now due to the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. Main Crush Monday will be back on its regular schedule beginning next week so it will be easier to remember to link up. Let’s check out some of the great projects you are working on!

Lena of Quilt Art by Olena finished her Lily the Dragon mini quilt. Go check out the quilting on this piece if you haven’t seen it. It looks so good!

Photo by Lena of Quilt Art by Olena

 

There are dragons in the air – Yanicka of Yanicka Quilts is planning to quilt her mini dragon quilt. Look how cute:

Photo by Yanicka of Yanicka Quilts

Ioleen turned an orphan block into a pillow which she shared on Instagram. You can see her pillow here.  In her words, ‘waste not, want not.’ My Dad used to say that all the time…

And one more share…..Quilting Gail is making these beautiful paper pieced blocks using a “don’t sew through the paper” method and jelly rolls. I need to learn more about her PP method.

Photo by Gail of Quilting Gail

 

Now it’s your turn to share your crushes for this week. You can link up anything that has you excited to be in your sewing space, and the link can be a blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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Week 4 – 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop & Giveaway

Welcome to Week 4 of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! This is the last week of the hop – I can’t believe how quickly time has flown by! We have had so much fun hopping and reading all the introductory posts, and I’m excited to introduce you to this week’s participants from the Better Bloggers Hive.

(If you are looking for the MCM linky party, we will party tomorrow, Tuesday May 9)

I hope you’ll find time to visit these creative bloggers and read their introductory posts:

Sue of Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Jennifer of Dizzy Quilter
Tara of Quiltersstash
Paige of Quilted Blooms

More new bloggers are being introduced by my co-hosts: Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl and Leanne @ shecanquilt I hope you’ll visit them as well.

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2017 New Quilt Bloggers Week 4 Giveaway
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We are so thankful to the generous sponsors of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! This week you can enter to win one of these prizes:

Fat Quarter Shop – $50 Gift Certificate
Aurifil 12 Large Spool Bundle
Hawthorne Threads – $40 Gift Certificate
Meadow Mist Designs – Winner’s Choice of (2) Digital PDF Patterns
The Quilter’s Planner – 2018 Planner
Story Patches – Starter Kit
Make Modern Magazine – A 6 month subscription
Devoted Quilter – Winner’s Choice of (2) Digital PDF Patterns
Quilting Jetgirl – Winner’s Choice of (2) Digital PDF Patterns
Cooking Up Quilts – Winner’s Choice of (2) Digital PDF Patterns
she can quilt – (1) Digital PDF Pattern

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!

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The giveaway will run from May 8 through May 12 11:59 pm EST and is open to entrants 18 years or older. Winners will be announced Sunday, May 14th!

Happy Hopping! 🙂

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MCM #70 – Check This One Off the List

Welcome to the Tuesday edition of Main Crush Monday. 🙂 I hope you’ve had some time to visit the new bloggers introduced yesterday for the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. If not, take time today and be sure to enter the giveaways. We have a great list of sponsors and it would be wonderful to show them your support.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a few pics I posted from my trip to Paducah over the weekend. Getting to go to the AQS show was a last minute opportunity that I couldn’t pass up and I had the most amazing time. There is soooo much inspiration in the quilts I saw, and I came home ready to start up the sewing machine.  I was so inspired I was able to finish the quilting on a top pieced by my sister. There was even a break in the stormy weather and so I grabbed a few quick pics.

Custom Quilting DetailAs soon as Sis sent me a pic of the quilt I knew that I wanted to quilt the shapes she had pieced in the white borders and I couldn’t wait for her to send the top to me.

Quilting Detail SLQTo echo the shapes, I made a paper template and used a water soluble pen to outline the twist. The quilting is dense back and forth straight line quilting.

SLQ

Checkerboard quiltingThe checkerboard design was easy to recreate – I marked the lines for spacing and did the same dense back and forth quilting.

For the center panel I used a ruler and stitched diagonal lines about a 1/2″ apart. I love the texture that diagonal quilting adds to a quilt. It just might be my favorite design.

For the rest of the quilt I simply stitched in the ditch along all the borders. I thought about stitching something more dense, but with the print in the fabric it wouldn’t show. I also wanted to keep the quilt cuddly and soft so I held back on quilting it too densely.

Sis used Warm & Natural Plush batting and wow, I really like how it makes this quilt feel! It was easy to stitch through and the quilt is so snuggly. I may have to try that batting in one of my own quilts.

Finished Deer QuiltThis quilt gets mailed out today, so it will soon be delivered to its new home and I can check it off my to-do list. Yay!!

New Machine Update: Handi Quilter shipped my long arm on Friday, so it is making its way across the US this very minute. Whoop! Definitely a lot for me to crush on this week!

Now let’s check out some of the crushes you linked last week:

Cindy of Stitchin At Home used phone book pages for foundation piecing her string blocks for her quilt. Now that’s smart!

Photo by Cindy of Stitchin At Home

Look at the colors Linda of Pieceful Kingdom is using in her quilt Jol. This will be so pretty – I really like that color combo.

Photo by Linda of Pieceful Kingdom

Anna of Sew Knot Often Enough finished this beautiful quilt in cool colors. It is to be raffled at a benefit and I hope it raises lots of money. I’m obsessed with the cool colors against that gray background!

Photo by Anna of Sew Knot Often Enough

Okay – party time!

I hope you’ll link up what you are crushing on this week…anything that has you excited to be in your sewing space. You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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Week 3 – 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop & Giveaway

Welcome to Week 3 of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! We have had so much fun during the first two weeks, and I’m excited to introduce you to this week’s participants from the Better Bloggers Hive.

(If you are looking for the MCM linky party, we will party tomorrow, Tuesday May 2)

I hope you’ll find some time to visit these fantastic bloggers and read their introductory posts:

Sherry of Powered by Quilting
Diane of Cwilt
Liz of Savor Every Stitch
Sandra of Sandra Healy Designs

More new bloggers are being introduced by my co-hosts: Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl and Leanne @ shecanquilt I hope you’ll visit them as well.

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2017 New Quilt Bloggers Week 2 Giveaway
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We are so thankful to the generous sponsors of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! This week you can enter to win one of these prizes:

Fat Quarter Shop – $50 Gift Certificate
Aurifil 12 Large Spool Bundle
Hawthorne Threads – $40 Gift Certificate
Meadow Mist Designs – Winner’s Choice of (2) Digital PDF Patterns
The Quilter’s Planner – 2018 Planner
Story Patches – Starter Kit
Make Modern Magazine – A 6 month subscription
Devoted Quilter – Winner’s Choice of (2) Digital PDF Patterns
Quilting Jetgirl – Winner’s Choice of (2) Digital PDF Patterns
Cooking Up Quilts – Winner’s Choice of (2) Digital PDF Patterns
she can quilt – (1) Digital PDF Pattern

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!
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The giveaway will run from May 1st through May 5th 11:59 pm EST and is open to entrants 18 years or older. Winners will be announced Sunday, May 7th!

Happy Hopping! 🙂

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