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    Madrona Road Challenge Finish

    After mulling over it for a few months – we’ve known about the challenge for a while before we even got the fabric – Wednesday night I got my vision for my Madrona Road Challenge piece. It is pieced using the wonky nine patch technique which Oh Fransson explains really well here. The Madrona Road Challenge is a national challenge with guilds across the US participating. There’s no “winner” but it’s a fun way to get folks thinking creatively. The Columbus Modern Quilt Guild’s guidelines were to do something on the Stars and Stripes theme, and have it at a max of 30×30 inches. We were given 7 fat eighths to work…

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    Scrappy Trip Along Works in Progress

    So, I generally pride myself that I am pretty good at not starting a million projects at once, instead focusing on a few at a time. This is mainly because I don’t have room to store a million projects and because a lot of stuff I do is for a client or has a deadline associated with it. I have even started trying to use up my scraps from a project immediately after a project. For example, I had some half square triangle leftover (I saved those dog ears that I cut off to make these shooting star blocks) to make this chevron (zig zag, etc) quilt section. However, I…

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    Winners! And Bathing Your Quilts

    I put some turquoise binding on my newest rainbow quilt, I have fancy pictures in the fancy camera but it’s Sunday morning and I don’t want to drag it out. It’s four shades of turquoise kona cotton. I like the subtle variation. And I randomly selected some winners of my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway – yikes, 350 comments! There were sooo many awesome jokes, it was a delight checking in every few days. I was surprised how many folks said they don’t know any jokes – well y’all – I ALWAYS have many jokes on hand, day or night. You could run in my house in the middle of the…

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    How I Machine Sew Binding

    I won’t bore you with a bunch of stuff about binding from start to finish. There a lot of great places to learn about binding, like from Jaybird Quilts or from Sew Happy Geek. I just have one thing to sort of add to the conversation. I machine sew my binding on. Some people hand-sew it, and I’m sure that’s great, but eh, not for me. Generally, people say that when you machine sew your binding, you should sew it onto the back of the quilt, and then fold it over to the front. Here’s where I’ll toss out my opinion: Instead, I sew my binding onto the front of my…

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    Uh-Oh, OSU Quilts

    At our last Columbus Modern Quilt Guild meeting, we swapped fabric and made each other wrist pincushions. Look how cute! My partner gave me red and black fabric, which I thought was very fun and dramatic, but it was pointed out to me that they are OSU colors. And then, I accidentally made a pair of scarlet and gray quilts. I say “accidentally” because I meant to make the quilt on the left as a backing for the quilt on the right. But I ended up liking the left quilt better, so I made two more backs. I really like those a lot too, but decided not to let this…

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    Things That I Will Make Happen!

    Time for some goal setting. Basically a list of all the projects that I have on the burner for this quarter of quilting. I am joining up with this Finish A-Long. And while I’m at it, Freshly Pieced. This process reminds me of when I used to work for Americorps and had to put together quarterly reports on all our regional projects, except way less typing, nagging, and/or weeping over broken printers at 2 am is involved. First, I need to finish this into something for my soon-to-be world’s cutest niece: Matt’s sister is also expecting, but he wants to make quilt one “himself” (which actually he did make most of the…

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    Cathedral Window Block

    I found – and finished ! – this block. Here I have photographed it in front of something that looks like barnwood, because I love Regretsy.  I really love the colors! As an obsessive process point – the windows are a little wonky because my squares I started with were not exactly, exactly square. I thought, eh, what’s a smidge here and there? It’s a lot, people. But not enough to scrap the block. I am thinking of making it into something for my new little niece that will be born in June (!!!!). But that got me thinking that maybe having the little white Red Riding Hood in the…

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    Pretty Little Lost Projects

    Sooo, I’m so excited to say that I won a fat quarter bundle of A Walk In the Woods courtesy of Happy Quilting Melissa (who has an adorable baby, among other amazing quilting talents) and the Fat Quarter Shop. Excited? Delirious? I don’t normally win things. This was basically better than that kabillion dollar lottery prize everyone is fussing about. I have a whole list of quilting goals which are written on a whiteboard above my desk. HOWEVER, when this fabric arrived in the mail, what choice did I have but to cut straight into it, to prove that it was real, and really mine? I have been wanting to make a…

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    Rearranging Triangles

    I love that stage in working with Half-Square Triangles (HST’s in quilt language) where you can totally change your design and make all kinds of crazy patterns. Like diamonds! Or some kind of flying geese/chevron hybrid! Or maybe a more centered diamond. Yesss…. I wanted these to look like stained glass, or more quiltily – like when you hold an unfinished quilt top up to the light and you can see all the seams. I love the way that looks, and am trying to replicate it. The problem with these lovely triangles is that it makes me want to make ALL THE QUILTS! Too many options can be a bit…