Friday, April 18, 2014

Starburst! A New Quilt Pattern!

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Before I get started, I wanted to let you know that we are having an Easter Sale on our website, enter the code EASTER during checkout to receive an amazing discount on our already low prices. So, go and check out our selection of beautiful precuts right now - or wait to see my new pattern and place an order for fabric as well as my new quilt pattern all at once. Okay - back to the new pattern...
So this pattern has been in the works for some time.  I gave some sneak peeks of this quilt last year. It has been sitting around my house and has been through a move without having the binding finished until 2 weeks ago.  I am completely happy with this design - it is exactly what I planned when I drew it out. 

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I wanted these "Starburst" blocks to be the show-off blocks of the quilt.  I think they turned out fantastic and because of these blocks I named the quilt - Starburst! 

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I used Happy Go Lucky fabric designed by Bonnie and Camille for Moda fabrics for the quilt top, as well as Moda Bella Solids 9900-97 for the background.  I used a fat quarter bundle and a jelly roll to complete the quilt top.  Don't the fabrics look fabulous together?

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The quilting on this quilt was just fun.  It is a dense filler with fun shapes filled around.  I really love how the strips in the center of the quilt were a perfect center to show off the quilting motif that I used throughout the quilt.  

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And, my stars.... these were so fun to incorporate into the design.  I always try to make sure the quilting ties in with the pieced design and these stars are perfect for my Starburst design. I love them! 

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This quilt top would be beautiful as a stash buster project as well.  The white background allows for the fabric to be just about anything.  

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This is my quilted orphan block!  I planned on quilting each Starburst block like this one, but the lines were a little off on two of the star points - so I decided to change the other three Starburst blocks.  This will serve as a reminder to me that I don't always love what I quilt up, but I am definitely not crazy enough to take the stitches out.  ;-)

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I am so happy to finally share this quilt with you.  If I had more time or hours in the day, you would have probably seen this before now.

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For the back I thought it would be fun to sew 4 solid fabrics together.  I think they look fantastic as a backing. 

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As always, I love the back.  It is so fun to see what a quilt looks like on the back. 

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The dark blue really shows off the white quilting thread. I used So Fine thread #401 for the top and bottom of the quilt. It is my go to thread.  
 
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The quilting texture is too much fun. 

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And, I love the help I get when I take pictures of my quilts.  My kids are trained to not step on my quilts, thank heavens!  I am happy that they enjoy the process of quilt making with me.
So - I hope you like my newest design! You can get your paper pattern here or your pdf pattern here.  It is a super fun pattern to put together, so enjoy! Also, stay tuned next week to find out all about my trip to Sparrow Studioz in Canada! 
Have a Happy Easter!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Checking in.....

It has been a whirlwind kind of week and it is hard to believe that the time has flown so fast.  I have made some incredible friends and I can not thank Matt and Bradie enough for inviting me to come to Sparrow Studios.  They are wonderful people.  I have had two retreats in four days with one more retreat on Monday and Tuesday.  So, it isn't over yet!  I just wanted to share a little of what I have been doing this last week.
That's me in the middle there talking quilting.  So much fun!
Talking feathers - such a treat.  It is always a little different quilting on a machine other than your own, but we have had a great time learning together.  I plan on sharing more of my trip when I get home.  In the meantime, I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

PS -  there is a sneak peek of my newest pattern, "Starburst" shown above.  I'll share more on that next week when I can!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Look Mom!! No computer!!

Look Mom, no computer! 
Okay!! So, I really hate pictures of myself - which is why I never post them if I don't have to.  But, I feel like I need to post this picture of me with my longarm (don't mind the unkempt studio which is still a work in progress).  Let me tell you why.  I have been sharing my quilting pictures via Facebook, Instagram and this little blog here.  Most of you have been following me from the get go and have been around for a few years,  so you know that I am a free motion quilty kind of girl. I use two tools when I quilt - my marker and my straight ruler, but the quilting is done by me. I control the movements of the machine, hence the phrase - free motion.  
  
Look Mom, no computer! 
I posted this picture on Facebook yesterday and was so thrilled to share with you all what I have been working on - at least a peek of it anyway because it is meant for my Canadian friends who are taking classes from me next week. Anyway, someone mentioned - yet again, probably the tenth time in a week - that "isn't it so nice that computers can do this."  First off - thank you for thinking my quilting is precise enough that my work is compared to that of a computer, I really do appreciate it.  But, don't get me wrong - I want credit for what I do. So, as you can see my in my picture - this is my A-1 longarm with no computer.  The computer would be visible at the top of the machine if I had one.  

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In posting this I also want to mention that I have no problem with computerized machines.  In fact, you have to be super talented to be able to design quilting, then program it into your machine and get the correct placement on a quilt.  I think that is wonderful when people choose to go that route and more power to them.  I feel it is quilting art as well.  

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I would never use a computerized program or machine and claim that I didn't.  So, I hope these pictures will help with any confusion.  

Also, when I post pictures, I am not looking for words of critics.  I know, that must sound terrible - but my blog and Facebook accounts are not open opinion forums where you can say hurtful things, although I love hearing the positive stuff!  I am a human being after all and I just want to set the record straight.  I am a free motion longarm quilter and I am proud of it!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Solar Flares in the works...

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You know when you have a crazy idea for a quilt and you just have to get it finished?  Well, that is the story with this quilt.  I have a lot to tell you about this quilt, it is something I have needed to get started for a while now, but just realized last week how it would look.  So, from drawing, to piecing, to quilting, I finished a good chunk of this quilt last week.  Then, my needle broke on my machine, ruining my rotary hook and I am waiting for a replacement hook to be sent overnight so I can finish this darn thing.  I hope you like it, at least what you can see of it now.  I will share the whole story behind this quilt when it is finished.  In the meantime, I will try and finish everything else that I am supposed to be working on since I will be leaving for Sparrow Studios next Monday.  Have a great week everyone.