26 July 2014

MQG Michael Miller Challenge

Edit:  There are a lot of awesome projects entered into this competition.  I made it to the top 9 out of 750 entries for my Michael Miller Challenge Quilt.  I am in shock and doing the happy dance!  MQG wanted a name for my quilt and honestly I don't really name my quilts but just did not wanted to say untitled, so I had my husband named it for me.  He is good like that. :)  He also named my first pattern for me.  This quilt he named "Keperra".  Which is a suburb in Brisbane Australia.  Michael Miller will pick the top 3 and winners will be announced on Friday 1st of August.  

So excited to share with you today my entry for the Modern Quilt Guilds Michael Miller Fabric Challenge.  The MQG gave members a fat 1/8th bundle of fabric to play with and we could add more Michael Miller print fabric or more solids from any manufacture.  I purchased more of the challenge fabric and added some couture cotton to the prints. 


I designed this quilt just by playing around with graph paper and color pencils.  I did not want to cut the fabric up to much as I wanted to make sure you could see the design on the fabric.  I included a mix of half square triangles and bigger rectangle and squares.  I even threw in some tricky seam sewing just to add to the fun.  Really I did not think out the contraction that much beyond the design on the paper.  Each square on the paper was going to be 2 inches so I counted up the squares to make each piece and added 1/2 inch.  I cut and sewed my way across the design. 



I quilted this on my Juki TL2200QVP long arm machine using Glide thread.  I tried to assign a free motion design to each of the different fabrics I think this helps move the eyes through the quilt.  The boarder area I tried to do a mix of straight lines, circles and curves to build a frame around the center.  





I also designed the back for this quilt using left over fabric from the front.



The finished size is 41" tall by 48 1/2" wide.  I have not decide if I will hang this on my studio wall or it would also make an awesome modern baby quilt.  This also finishes off my July goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes

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Abby 

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18 July 2014

Watkins Star - Pattern Tested

Middle of July already?  This has to be the fasting moving summer that I have had in a long time.  Still not accomplishing much but hope to really pick it up and catch up on all my projects by end of month.  I am optimistic.  :) I had my Dancing Stars quilt loaded up on frame and my wheels decided to not play nice. So my machine is tore apart and waiting on a tech to get back to me to let me know how they can fix it.  Totally stressing me out as I have so many things to finish up before our big move.

I did manage to test a pattern for Amy over at Sew Incredibly Crazy.  Amy's pattern is called Watkins Star great for beginners and went together really quickly.  I used Kona Ash for the background and it is hard to tell but the areas that look white are actually white with tiny grey polka dots from the Riley Blake Willow Fabric line.  I fussy cut the trees for he center blocks which come from Michael Millers Backyard Baby.  I used Kona Indigo to frame the trees, I am still not sure about this choice but it does look better in person and I think once I finish it off it will be good.  I plan on using Kona Indigo for he binding and I am sure that will help greatly tie it all together.  The rest of the fabric was from my stash but I forgot to note the names.






Once my machine is up and running again I will quilt this one up and hopefully have it on my Etsy shop for sale before to long.


The pattern is available over on Amy's Crafsty Shop if you are interested.

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Cheers,
Abby

13 July 2014

Birthday Gift For My Mom

My mom’s birthday was at the end of June my boys went to the store and got her some chocolates.  I had here come over and pick out some fabric so I could make her a new bag.  She has wanted a bag that zips close so nothing falls out.  We looked though all my patterns I already have and she decided she wanted a Two Zip Hipster.  This worked out great as I just made one for my aunt so I was all practiced up. 

Since it is summer I did not manage to get it to her the week of here birthday.  I know I am a bad daughter but I did get it to her the following week so I figure it so it is all good. 

We got a new camera in the house last week, a DSL that is just way to fancy for me.  I am trying to convince my husband to do all my photography for my blog and Etsy shop.  He is learning so hopefully my pictures on the blog will greatly improve. ;)  He was at work when I finished this bag so I thought I would give it a go.  I think they did not turn out too bad.  





Since the blue fabric is so light I sprayed it with fabric protector to help keep it clean.

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Abby 


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08 July 2014

Finish Along Quarter 3 Goals

Third quarter has snuck up on me.  With the house on the market and the endless cleaning to keep it looking presentable   Kids are like tornado's especially when you are trying to keep a clean house, dirt just follows them in the door.   Sewing has had to take a back seat.  I am hoping to change that this quarter.  I really want to finish up a couple quilts tops that I have had sitting on my shelf before our big move back down under.  

So for this quarter my goals are to finish 3 quilts.  Not even sure how I am going to do this but I will just get moving and see how it goes.   The binding will be the killer part as it takes so long to hand bind. 


1.) Dancing Stars - the background is various navy fabric but the picture makes it look more like purple.  This was on my original 1st Quarter goal but I just never got it quilted so I am going to try again. 











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Abby

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04 July 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes - July Goal

Time to set my July goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes.  Last month I set a small goal and I completed it so this month I am going small but this one has a secondary deadline so I really want to finish.  So my goal for this month is my entry for the Michael Miller Challenge Quilt for the Modern Quilt Guild.  

I did a sketch of what I wanted so really I just need to cut, sew, piece, quilt and bind easy right? Did I mention the deadline is the 25th and it has to be finished not just a top?  I am sure I can get it done if I just get moving and focus.  

Here is my starting. 


So there you goal my goal for the month, now I better go get sewing. 

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Abby 


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Round Robin - Lisa's Quilt

This month I had Lisa's quilt to add to for my round of the Improv Round Robin I am participating in through Modern Quilting Facebook Group Page.  

This is what was sent to me. Lisa's starter block is in the middle and another Robin Member added the boarder around it.  This picture is not the greatest the colors are much brighter. 


Here is my addition.  This is the first idea that popped in my head when I took the quilt out of the box.  I am so glad Lisa included some Batiks as I found I only had a few prints in my stash from when I made a bag a couple years ago.  


I added a boarder of Kona White around and then added another boarder that I did some improv triangles on.  I think it turned out well and helps balance out the very busy middle.  Now it is on to the next member to add her magic. 

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Cheers, 
Abby