Monday, July 21, 2014

Post 32- Celestial Star QAL

After a few weeks of good vacationing, I'm itching to get back to quilting again.

I have more than a few project deadlines coming up. A wonderful group of Handi Quilter owners from across the seas have adopted me into their FB longarm group. I feel pretty lucky to have their friendship. They are always so encouraging and creating the most inspiring quilts! 

Many of the group joined Lisa Calle's Radiance wholecloth challenge and are hoping to display their wholecloths at a show somewhere overseas. Since I took a class from Lisa back in May and wanted to quilt up the design I made in her class, I decided joining the challenge would be just the thing I needed to get this done. (Yep, I work better with deadlines than without!) An update on that project will be coming sometime later this week.

I also recently joined the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild for a sew-in at Thimbles and Threads in Draper. What fun! Not only did I make some good progress on a project, but I met some awesome gals! One of them introduced me to the blog fromblankpages.blogspot.com and the Celestial Star quilt-a-long. 

With all of my other projects and customer quilts, I was hesitant to join the quilt-a-long. But it sounded so fun! So here's my compromise...I'm joining but only making one 18-inch block. So here's what I have done so far.

The first step was purchasing the pattern and coloring some grayscale designs.


They're all fun designs, but my fav is the bottom left. 

I want to use one of the fabric bundles I bought at shop hop. 
Here are the choices:






The next step...coloring the design in some of the fabric collections.


There must be something going on with the bottom left pics, because once again that's the winner!
I really want to make some use of the Christmas fabric I bought, so I think that'll be my fabric choice. 

Stay tuned for more Celestial Star QAL and Wholecloth fun!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Post 33- Summertime Fun


I'm sitting here in the middle of this beautiful Idaho scenery feeling very blessed. There's truly nothing that compares to making memories with family.

I've had so many opportunities this month to spend time with those who mean the most to me. We started the month by flying out to Southern California with my parents. 

Back when my little family consisted of just three of us, we lived in San Diego for a short while. I always say it was my long vacation. It never really felt like home, since we had no extended family around, but the weather and beaches were paradise for me.

There are a ton of theme parks we could have dumped our money at, but our destination was the beach. It was the one place I thought both teenagers and a  toddler would have fun. 

I think I got it right. What do you think?




Highlights from our trip (beside the beach):

Staying at the beautiful Loews Coronado Resort and jet skiing and kayaking in the ocean. 

Eating at our favorite restaurant in Coronado. Mmmm...love the tacos!


Seeing the San Diego temple. It's so beautiful! 


Visiting the Long Beach Aquarium.


Whale watching tour. I didn't get a picture, but a whale actually surprised us and came up alongside the boat for a breath of air. It was quick but amazing!



We ended the trip at Newport Beach. The waves were out of control. It made for the best boogie boarding but it was dangerous enough to take the life of a lifeguard that day. It was a sad ending to our fun vacation.


After a few days at home we headed to Idaho for two family reunions. 

I grew up in Idaho, and while I have no desire to suffer through the cold Idaho winters again, I do love the beautiful Idaho summers. I have wonderful memories of camping and four-wheeling my summers away as a child or spending time at my grandparents home in the tiny town of Shelley, Idaho. So many fun memories!

And that's what I hope we are creating for our kids- Fun Memories!

The family flag my son designed and grandma sewed.


Swinging on the front porch of the cabin.


Eating bugs and dust on the four-wheelers.


The main cabin.


Our little cabin.


I love this pic of Mia helping Grandma do dishes!


More water fun! It's cold, but you either get used to it or get numb!






I had to put this pic in for good measure. Everyone plays Grandmas games (whether they like it or not)!


July has been busy but filled with so much fun! Before we know it summer will be over and these will all be distant memories! Memories that we will all look back on with fondness. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Post 35- Quilt Market Quilt #4

I got out of bed before 6:00 AM for the first time this summer. My husband and I are 'training' for a half-marathon. It'll be his first half-marathon and my first since before I was pregnant. I use the term 'training' loosely because we decided to do this somewhat last minute and we know we are totally unprepared. But there's nothing like paying money to run a race to help get your butt out of bed and in workout mode!

I had forgotten how quiet and beautiful the world is that early in the morning. I had also forgotten how much more I can get done in the morning while the little one slumbers! It's been nice to sleep in for half of the summer, especially after getting up early to get the kids off to school during the school year, but I think it's time to start enjoying the early morning peace again on a regular basis! It might just be a great time to get some blogging in. :)

I am finally posting about my last Quilt Market quilt, although this was actually the first one I quilted for RJR Fabrics. It features the Pride and Glory fabric line by Dan Morris, which will be available in August. You can see the fabric line on the RJR website. I love the pattern and fabric placement. I think the quilt is stunning!


I have a ton of pictures. Unfortunately, none of them are very good quality because this had to be shipped out so soon after I finished it. :( 



I used a double layer of Hobbs 80/20 cotton/poly batting to make the quilting pop. And I used Superior Omni thread for the top and bobbin.


The feathers were all freehand, but I did use rulers for those curved and straight lines.






As you can see in the next picture, sometimes I draw out my feathers with a disappearing purple marker first, just to make sure I'm filling the space completely.









I'd love to make this quilt for myself someday. We'll see though.
Seems like there's never enough time for all the quilts I want to make.

Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Post 36-WIP Wednesday Hexie Tablerunner

I'm super late in getting into the blogging community, but because I recently found Bloglovin' things are changing! 
Through Bloglovin' I found a bunch of awesome quilting blogs. Today I'm joining Lee at FreshlyPieced.com for WIP (Work-In-Progress) Wednesday for the first time. 

A few weeks ago I quickly sewed together this very long table runner. I just moved and am trying to add some color (and some quilting) to my new home.


Look at those wavy borders! I thought about taking them off and resewing them, but at the suggestion of a quilt friend on FB I decided to just quilt them down.

I always look to the fabric for quilting design inspiration.
 I fell in love with this hexie print.

Quilting hexies would take forever freehand with a ruler, so I checked my digitized files. No luck!
 Time is money! So I looked at my favorite websites (Karleeporter.com, mycreativestitches, intelligent quilting, and digi-tech) to see if someone had already created a design (at a reasonable price), but once again No Luck!

So off to the computer and my awesome Art & Stitch program.
I'm not an expert at Art & Stitch, but I know enough to get by.

I added a few guidelines to keep the design lines straight.

Repeating the design. This is the step that shows what the final design will look like on the quilt.
After formatting the design, I saved it to a thumb drive then skipped over to my quilt machine. It's exciting to finish a design and see it quilted out (thus the skipping)!


Here's my library of designs on my machine. Can you find my hexie design?


The design resized and repeated. Now time to quilt it out!

And Voila!
I love it!

I know there's been some debate about computerized quilting versus freehand, freemotion, hand-guided, etc. The truth is they are both effective and beautiful ways of  quilting a quilt. I love the preciseness of computerized quilting and the freedom of freemotion quilting. There are things that I can do with one that I can't with the other. They both require creative effort and practice. 
It's really just a matter of utilizing all the quilting tools at hand to efficiently and effectively produce the quilting you want. And I'm so glad that I get to incorporate both into my quilting!






 
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