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April Finishes

I’m a little behind schedule here posting about the two quilts I finished last month. Since then I’ve been working on some smaller projects that had hard deadlines so I neglected to get this up sooner.

First is my Denyse Schmidt improv quilt.  As I mentioned last October, I attended her lecture for the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild and the follow-up workshop.  I ended up with seven blocks of various sizes and had no idea what to do with them…..until I saw what Shea had done with hers at one of our meetings.

DS improv 5I used chocolate brown Kona instead of Shea’s charcoal gray and I think mine is bigger and more off-center.

DS improv 4

The back is Moda Grunge, I’m not sure what color.  The photo makes it look very orange but it’s much more red.

DS improv 2     DS improv 1

I quilted the blocks with a boxy maze-like pattern and my go-to waves on the borders.

DS improv 6
Instead of binding the quilt I used the facing method I learned about from Valori Wells in one of her workshops at QuiltCon.  I think it looks good on this type of quilt.

hand hexie big stitch 002The second finish was a long time coming.  I started the English Paper Piecing probably two years ago.  Many hours of guilt-free TV watching ensued.  I wanted to use up some of my 30s reproduction scraps but I’m sure I ended up buying more than I saved.

I looked all over the internet for a good way to finish this off, without much luck.  Everything I found had you either appliqueing the flowers onto a really big background or cutting edges off.  Neither of those seemed like the best options to me.  So I cut the  foundation paper and pieced those for the edges before applying the border.

hand hexie big stitch 003

I then decided to big stitch quilt the entire thing.  I used a wool batting which made the stitching much smoother.    I think I’ll have to keep this quilt after all that work.

hand hexie big stitch 004


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November Blocks

November '12 Dream Circle 001

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!

November '12 for Lauren 001

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.

November '12 001

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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Mug Rug Swap

I look forward to the second Thursday of every month because it’s KCMQG night!  For last week’s meeting we could make a mug rug to swap.  The only “rule” was it needed to be made improvisational.  I had just finished my first blocks for my new Think Outside the Block swap and decided that it would work well if I just made it smaller.

The black and white charms came from a recent swap through Crafty Tammie.  (Love reading her blog!) It’s a little big bigger than it needed to be–not quite placemat size but almost.  Here’s the one I received from Paula.

She blogs at Paula’s Stitch Witchery and has some great quilts you should check out.  Isn’t this just the cutest thing ever?  The goldfish on the left, where my mug sits, is labeled Whit and the one in the right, for my cookies, is Swimmy.  I love it!  It’s going to reside right next to my keyboard.

We have our first ever quilt retreat coming up at the end of March.  I’m so excited!  I’m going to be showing off in the next week some of the goodies the participants will receive as well as door prizes.  They are awesome, I promise.

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