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Wednesday
Jan302013

QuiltCon Linky Party

The Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a little link party, so that we can all get to know each other before the big event! I'll admit, I'm a little skeptical of getting to know everyone, as I think there are hundreds if not thousand(s) of people going to be there, but it's always fun to play along!

 

 

 

 First, they asked to post a pic of yourself, so here I am... and five things that you may not know about me. 

1) Throughout my whole childhood, (K-HS graduation) my parents home schooled me. Whenever I tell people this they are always so shocked as I don't fit whatever home schooled mold they have in their head. I like to think of this as a good thing! ;) But for however much I hated it during those teen years,  now looking back I'm so thankful for it.

2) When my husband and I were married seven years ago, we didn't care a lick about furniture and design...my how times have changed! Check out our business, Remnant

3) I have run 3 half-marathons and one full marathon in Santa Barbara.

4) I quit my secure job teaching fifth grade in Menlo Park, CA to peruse the dream of the 90's in Portland, OR. ;) 

5) It was my dream to be like Martha Stewart, growing up my mom and I would watch her orginial show (the good one) everyday. We viewed it as one of my "classes." 

 

 

 

I look forward to meeting lots of you at QuiltCon! 

Tuesday
Jan292013

QuiltCon Charity Quilt

First off, thanks for the feedback on my honesty post! You guys are the best! ;) 

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Throughout January, I've been sewing up a storm! This charity quilt top is just one of the projects I finished.  Quilt Con is less than a month away, but months ago, people from all over the world submitted blocks as part of the QuiltCon challenge. With the leftover blocks, guilds were given blocks to then make quilts for Austin Children's Shelter. There are enough quilts being made for each child to receive their own! I volunteered to piece together the blocks into a twin size quilt. Other friends from PMQG, pieced the back, quilted it, and bound it.

Above are the blocks that I recieved. I had a hard time at first deciding on how to piece all of these blocks together. At first I thought that gray would be the best to use as the background. But as I thought about a little girl or boy receiving this, gray didn't seem like the right fit. Not too cheerful! Also, there were two blocks that didn't seem to go as well with the rest. I decided that each block should have a gray border, once I added this to the two "outsider" blocks, it really made a big difference in making the whole quilt cohesive.

Next decision, what to use to piece the blocks. Honestly, I was trying to use what I had on hand rather than make another trip to the fabric store. After taking inventory of my solids, I had quite a bit of blue. All of a sudden it clicked, Starry Night! That would be the name and concept for this quilt.  

I laid out the arrangement of the blocks that I liked and started to improvisational piece together the blues. However, I choose too dark of a blue and it was starting to stand out too much. When looking at it, your eye is drawn too much to the dark blue. I posted a few pics on Instagram and got advice from my quilting pals and they all agreed. Sometimes your seam ripper can be your friend. :)

I really enjoyed improv piecing this top together. It was also amazing that this came out to just the right size, and I had just the right amount of fabric! 

Here's a finished pic of the final quilt, I really hope that this quilt makes some little guy feel extra special and loved! Don't you just love the back that Susan and Anne made?!

This quilt has inspired me to do lots more improv piecing...I love how you don't know exactly what it will look like in the end, but it often is better than you imagined. What do you like about improv piecing?