A Trip Down Madrona Road

Our KC Modern Quilt Guild joined the parent MQG to participate in the winter challenge.  We were each given a fat eighth of these yummy fabrics.

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I tried my best to avoid getting sucked in since there were so many other projects needing to be done by Christmas.  But once I saw these in person, I was hooked.  The requirements were to make a quilt, at least 18″ X 18″ and modernize a traditional quilt block.  My concession to time was to keep it small and I did get finished a whole week before the reveal.

Madrona Road Challenge Feb. 2013 001  I used a sawtooth star with improv centers.  I was determined to NOT buy any more fabric so I used mostly scraps from the half square triangles.  The yellow background is Cotton Couture in straw and it was so soft to work with!

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The quilting is my favorite part.  I used a swirl for the center and sewed wavy lines out from it in a starburst pattern.  The idea came from Angela Walters’ first book Free Motion Quilting.

Madrona Road Challenge Feb. 2013 003At our spring retreat last March we each received a KCMQG label.  Perfect!

If you’d like to see some of the other AMAZING projects from this challenge click here.  They are worth a look.

Countdown to QuiltCon: 7 days

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Quiltcon Linky Party

QuiltCon is less than two weeks away!  They are hosting a link party for those attending and are asking for participants to share information so we can get to know one another beforehand.  Here’s my list:

1. My first sewing machine was a Singer treadle that my mother bought me for $30, I think.  I was eleven or twelve.

2.  I have two daughters and two cats.  Finn and Louie are almost filling the void since the girls Imageare mostly out of the house now.

3.  I married my hairdresser.  Yes, he still cuts and colors my hair but it’s in our kitchen and I don’t have to tip him.

4.  I have kept a list of every book I’ve read since 1965.  I think I’m up to 1300+ books.  Not as many as you’d think, but several years were spent in college and taking care of babies while teaching.  My favorite contemporary authors are Jane Smiley and Richard Russo.

5.  My husband and I both enjoy traveling.  London is at the top of my list with Paris and Hawaii following closely behind. 

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Fraternal Twin Quilts

You know how sometimes something really awesome happens but then there’s a flip side which isn’t so awesome?  After much time, effort, worry, not to mention $$$, my nail tech is expecting twins in March.  First time mommy at 41!   These little boys will be sooooo loved especially after all they have been through to get them.  I’m thrilled for her and her husband.  My selfish self is sad because after fifteen years I have to find a new manicurist.  We share similar tastes in books and movies so I looked forward to visiting with her every two or three weeks.  I’ll miss that.

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I received most of the rainbow charms in a swap with fellow KCMQG member Crafty Tammie a year or so ago.  I knew I wanted to make a chevron quilt from the beginning but I had to experiment with the half-square triangles to come up with the second quilt.

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The quilting is very simple and I love the jungle themed backing.  I’d seen this fabric by Tim and Beck for Moda online but I found it at my local quilt shop when I stopped by for something else.  The binding is from Joann’s and left over from a previous project.

These are the last baby quilts I have to make for awhile.  I love sewing them but after finishing five since last May I’m ready to move on to some grown-up projects.  Stay tuned……

QuiltCon countdown: 19 days

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January Blocks

I finally finished my twin baby quilts and will have pictures as soon as it’s warm enough to take them outside.  The weather is crazy right now…cold, cold, cold, then a 50 degree day then back to the freezer!

Dream Circle Jan. '13 001

This first block is for the Dream Circle at do. Good Stitches. Jeanette borrowed the idea for wonky stars from Faith at Fresh Lemon Quilts who used the tutorial by Victoria at the Silly Boodilly.  Got all that? It’s hard to see the light/white stars but I think it will be more obvious when all the blocks are together.

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In our KC Scrappy Bee Mary Kay asked for wonky crosses again this month, but she suggested rectangular blocks instead of square.  She provided the black and white fabric and we each choose the color for the solids.  This quilt will be amazing, I’m sure!

Since it’s my month for the Design Camp Bee I’m waiting for my house blocks to show up in the mailbox.  I’ve received one already!  I’ll be sharing them all next week, I hope.

Countdown to QuiltCon: 28 days

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January Design Camp 3

It’s my month to host Design Camp’s improvisational bee “Think Outside the Block.”  What fun it will be when eleven amazing creations start showing up in my mailbox, and just in time for my birthday, too!

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My daughter picked up this cute fabric at Ikea in Dallas while she was on Spring Break last March.  I love these graphic houses and decided they would be a perfect backing for a sampler of improv designs.

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These are the Kona solids I found to match.  From the top they are denim, spearmint, plum, baby blue, oyster, and pepper.  I can’t wait to see what the “Campers” come up with!

I need to finish up one more baby quilt then I can concentrate on our KCMQG winter challenge.  These beauties are from the Madrona Road collection by Portland Modern Quilt Guild member Violet Craft.

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You can read about it on the MQG blog here.  I’ve got my idea mapped out and I only have until Feb. 14 to get it finished.  Yikes pikes, that’s pretty soon!  I’m off to the sewing room…

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Goodbye 2012

Our family had a lot going on in 2012, not all of it bad but too much of it was so I’m not sad to see it end.  I didn’t meet my yearly quilting goal either but I came pretty darn close.  This Perfect Quilted Tote for daughter #2 was finished in time for Christmas.  It came from an Elizabeth Hartman pattern and can be found here. This is the tall tote and I’m definitely making the smaller one for myself soon.  Directions were easy to follow and very clear.

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I used Tonya Ricucci’s book Word Play Quilts for the monogram.   Because of the wonkiness, mistakes are nearly impossible.  A very good thing.  The main flowered prints are from the Spellbound Collection for Art Gallery Fabrics that I won at our KCMQG retreat last spring.  The dark blue swirly is Chloe by Jennifer Young for Benartex.  The purply pink dots came from Connecting Threads and the green polka dots are Ta Dot by Michael Miller.  Top and bottom bands and straps are Kona Cotton in Windsor.  The light blue solid is another Kona, maybe robin’s egg, I’m not sure.

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The back is very cute, too.  What made this so much fun to sew is the quilt-as-you-go technique.  I love it for small projects like this though I can’t image doing a bed-sized quilt this way.  I know some people have had great success so maybe it’s not so bad.

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The lining is neatly finished with one zipped pocked and one open pocket.  I used a magnetic snap for the first time and it was easy peasy.  I’m pretty sure the bag will get lots of use and feel confident it will hold up for a long time as long as she doesn’t try carrying a laptop and a couple of textbooks around in it.

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Our backyard is the last photo I shot in 2012.   You can’t really tell it’s snowing, but there were lovely, fat flakes coming down most of the day.  Lucky for us the temperature was high enough it didn’t stick much on the streets.  I hope your 2013 is as beautiful and peaceful as this scene and that you have a warm cat on your lap while reading this.  Finn and a big mug of coffee make this a perfect way to start the new year!Finn 001

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November Blocks

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First up is for the Dream Circle at do.Good Stitches.  This cute modern pinwheel tutorial is from Moda Bake Shop and designed by Karin at Cascade Quilts.  Laura is putting together the quilt for Project Night Night.  Love those colors!

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Since our guild brought Denyse Schmidt to Kansas City for two workshops in October, Lauren from KC Scrappy Bee requested small  paper bag improv blocks surrounded by this luscious khaki solid.  I’m not sure who makes that smooth and soft fabric but I love it. This is a big block at 16 x 16 but fun and easy.

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This block gave me the most trouble.  Amy from Design Camp #3 requested a “dwelling of some person/creature from a fairy tale.”  My first inclination was a castle but I wondered if that was too obvious.  I scoured Flickr for inspiration but didn’t come up with anything I liked better. The roofs on the two towers ended up a little wonky so I think it looks more like something from Arabian Nights and I’m good with that.  The only fabric I added was the dark gray for the windows and drawbridge.

I’ve received my instructions for the December blocks and I’m anxious to get started with them!  As my daughter who’s home from Arkansas for semester break would say, “Happy Holidays y’all!

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