Day 462

The no-sew trend continues which is unfortunate but the charm squares keep trickling in. I had two envelopes arrive and one was great but the other was fantastic!

I knew this one would be exciting to open, and I was right.

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Since the fabrics were so fantastic, I decided to repeat (and take more time doing) the colour/value exercise from Mighty Lucky club that I did a couple of days ago.

To recap! Arrange the squares 10×10 in random order, so as they came out of the package.

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Then random order again but with veto power to re-arrange.

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Then in the order of personal preference. I wanted to try a value progression again so this…

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yielded THIS!

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Here’s a side by side comparison:

Lots of fun. I’ve never been given an all modern batch of charms before so that was very nice.

Linking up with the Needle and Thread Network, My Quilt Infatuation, and Sew Fresh Quilts. I don’t have time to sew this week but I still have time to look at other peoples’ awesome quilts.

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Day 458

Doing something small is better than nothing at all, especially when scrappy charms are involved.

Today’s mail brought a lovely batch of 100 charms to me all the way from Lyn in Wales! And since I’ve been backsliding something terrible about the Mighty Lucky Club I decided to take advantage of the mail. November’s able leader was Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts and the lesson was “Effective Fabric Selection.” Here is what the exercise was:

Choose 100 21⁄2″ squares (or any size squares you wish to use).

Hey, guess what came in the mail today!

Now, throw them in a basket or a bag, shake them up and pull them out, one at a time, and place them on the design wall in the order that they were pulled. Work from left to right to make a 10 x 10 array. Take a photo to document your results. How did you like the results?

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This was as they came out of the envelope.

Position them according to your personal preference in a 10 × 10 grid on a design wall. (A fun side activity can be to time yourself, just to see how long it takes you!) Take a photo to document your results.

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I went for a sort of value exercise, sort of colour wash effect. But was done hurriedly.

Remember, these were all someone else’s fabric; I was just playing around. But lots of fun.

Also lots of fun is sharing with others, so I’m linking up with My Quilt Infatuation and Busy Hands Quilts. Happy weekend everyone!
 

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Day 420

This week got off to an exciting start, which should make up for the fact that I’m now starting week three of a cold sequence. I’ve had back to back colds for two weeks and I’m not better yet. (Yes they were different colds thank you very much. The novelty has worn off and I’m all done with colds now, please go away.)

Ahem. (And cough cough cough.)

“Too Good to Waste” was well received at the show last week and someone wants to buy it and have it in their house and she’s not a quilter OR related to me AND she wants to pay me money. Real money, not chickens or free babysitting or anything like that. So I’m pretty chuffed.

Also the Mighty Lucky club run by Lucky Spool just announced their 2017 roster of teachers, all of whom gave away a free subscription. And I won one! Stephanie at Spontaneous Threads is the fabulous lady who hooked me up with that.

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We need a pretty picture so we’ll go with this one of the lobby of the AGGV, taken by W last year when she was only four.
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Rainbow minis, a finished quilt, sort of

Once upon a time in a far-away land…well it was actually fall of 2011. And it was here. Ahem. There were some bare walls in the children’s bedroom. The brave and smart husband asked the talented and beautiful wife if she could make some quilts for decoration. The wife needed no further urging to make quilts…

Here is the story of a mini quilt I made and what happened next.

In fall of 2011 I bookmarked a pattern on the moda bake shop website I had liked (this of course was before I started making my own patterns). I didn’t think I wanted to make an entire quilt but this pattern would lend itself nicely to a mini.

I made this quilt:

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When I was trying to decide how to quilt it, I thought I could make an inverse version.

So I made this quilt next to have a pair:

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But for some reason lost in the passage of time I made some strange spacing decisions. It has bugged me and B. ever since.

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This summer I had had enough of this terribly spaced quilt. The MQG had a sew day on Instagram and combined with the August appliqué mighty lucky challenge I set out to do a remake.

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What does it mean when you still have the fabrics you used five years ago?

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Success at last! A perfect matched set of mini quilts.

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Original on the left, new companion piece on the right.

But wait…I made the originals during my “snow” phase, when I thought snow was whiter than white. I also didn’t have a Kona card to show me how wrong I was.

So now what? My remake doesn’t match! Quite a few swear words were said.

Time for version four:

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Good thing I STILL have fabric left over.

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I think I should rename this project the philospher’s quilt.

 

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Ta-done! I had wanted to link up with the Needle and Thread network for this sort-of epic project but missed the window due to being trapped away from home at a mechanic’s. But loads of people link up mid-week with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts so I’ll be over there, hanging out. And with My Quilt Infatuation too…Friday will be here soon enough so I might as well get some lovin’ from linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts!

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Oh and voting is on now for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. My quilts are “Modern Hexies” in the modern category and “Get to Know Me” in the mini quilt category.

Even if you don’t vote for mine do please go look at all the other quilts. There’re some beauts this year.

Rainbow minis, a finished quilt, sort of