Sunday Stash, it has been a while

I love my tracking spreadsheets. That is how I can say with utmost confidence that I haven’t bought fabric since last year. Since November 20th in fact.

I broke that record this week with a few acquisitions. Nothing terribly fun or because I loved it. Necessary purchases.

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A bit of black for binding this quilt:

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And yardage for a quilt backing.

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I showed a friend a picture of that fabric and this quilt and asked what she thought. She said “if there is fabric that perfect for that quilt why haven’t you bought it yet?!”

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So I left her fabric store and bought it.

Here’s the selvedge for people who care.

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Now to trim and bind and stitch, and layer and baste and quilt and trim and bind.

Sunday Stash, it has been a while

Day 490

…the day we revisit the rainbow log cabin quilt, and the long arm.

The most recent picture of the quilt was taken on December 10, 2015. Skimming back over the blog tells me on December 30, 2015 “I packed the quilt away under the bed until my FMQ skills improve.” Over a year ago.

But now I own a longarm so I loaded this up to get it done. I last used the longarm exactly three months ago. I skipped couple of my turns and didn’t make time for it so I’m a bit sad about that too.

I’m trying to figure out what to add to all the rainbow sections. Right now there is a cool curly bracket shape, but what should I add to either side of the bracket?

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Here’s the centre of the quilt before all the {}{} and the [][] in the grey/white sections.

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Day 490

Blog hop – my day

Hello, and welcome! I’m Nicole and I like quilts. I like ALL quilts but I like modern quilts and improv quilts the most (even if that’s not what I always make.)

2016 Advice and Tech Helpfor New Quilt Bloggers (1)

Some of you are regular readers but I hope lots of you are here via the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop hosted by: Stephanie @LateNightQuilter, Yvonne @QuiltingJetgirl, and Cheryl @MeadowMistDesigns. I’m in Stephanie’s group and we’re called “Hive Society.”

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Button designed by Alli @Woodberry Way

I started quilting in 2007; I was on maternity leave, I had disposable income for the first time, I was bored. And I was ready to admit out loud that I liked quilts. I didn’t know anyone who quilted. I didn’t even own a quilt. I only knew about quilts from books like Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the Prairie. I signed up for a learn-to-quilt sampler class and got some mad skills and an abiding love of quilts. I didn’t finish a quilt until 2010 but I haven’t stopped since.

I’ve made 51 quilts since 2010 and I have another 15 in progress so choosing just a few to show you was pretty tough. My style is a bit of everything which also complicates things. So I went through my trusty spread sheet and chose the ones I liked best or made me smile when I remembered them.

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“Batik Wave,” 2013, 28″x22.5″

This quilt was juried into two shows, one national and one international, and it took second place (viewer’s choice, small quilts) in my guild show in 2013. This quilt was a huge success for me and it gave me a lot of confidence.

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“International Scrap Vomit,” March 2013, 98″x98″

I made this quilt at the same time as the “Batik Wave.” This quilt made me fall in love with 2.5″ squares and scrap quilts. It was also the first time I really did something online: I swap fabrics with Katy Jones of “I’m A Ginger Monkey” fame and a lot of other people too, I participated in the quilt-a-long. And to brag just a litttttle bit, there are 1,824 unique print fabrics. One duplicate.

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“Ugly Xmas Sweater Quilt,” Jan 2015, 40″x65″

This quilt makes me laugh and makes me happy. It has its own blog post  which explains the story, the process, and has details for some of the ugly fabrics.

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“Rainbow Log Cabin,” ongoing, 86″x86″

I started this quilt in the fall and it has lots of posts. Right now it’s half quilted. 3/4 quilted? Can’t remember. It’s languishing in half-quilted quilts purgatory.

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“15 Minutes of Play/xandplus quilt,” ongoing, 58.5″x88.5″

This one is another good-feeling quilt. I started it in late November at a workshop I took with Victoria Findlay Wolfe. That was pretty exciting. Katie Pedersen sat across from me. That was exciting too. Also exciting? Not buying any fabric for this. I did mooch some orange solids from friends to add variety but everything else was from stash. I can now close the bin of blue fabric. This quilt also has lots of posts about it.

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So why did I start a blog anyway? I started reading cooking and baking blogs in 2009 then slowly found quilting blogs. It was September 2015 when I got flat out jealous. I was reading someone’s blog and thought “why does she get a book deal and I don’t?” and later in the same week on someone else’s blog I thought “why does she get to teach at QuiltCon and I don’t?” Well, they both put themselves out there and people know who they are. So I gingerly started this blog. It’s going well so far (no books deals or teaching gigs though). I try to sew something every day and I try to blog about it every day. Some days are easier than others.

According to my prompt sheet for the blog hop, there are some scripted bits to cover:

  1. My blogging tip: you can’t be anyone else, so be yourself. And take pictures.
  2. My quilting tip: if you stitch something, press it.
  3. Your dream vacation spot, favorite book, favorite movie, favorite tv show, and/or a random fun (trivia) fact about you: I will go with a random trivia for this one. Everyone is surprised to find out how short I actually am. My personality makes me seem taller than 5’1″ (155cm).

And that’s me! Thank you for visiting my blog and for reading this far.

If you are interested in some super awesome prizes be sure to visit the three hosting ladies (CherylStephanie, and Yvonne) and enter there. Here’s a list of what’s up for grabs this week.

Have fun visiting all the other bloggers out there. And happy quilting.

Blog hop – my day

Day 161

Yay for sewing! It’s been a shocking two weeks since I pulled out my sewing machine. But B had Brownie badges needing to be sewn, then we did the camp blanket. And since the machine was out….

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I made me a rainbow! These are some tiny scraps from my giant log cabin quilt. But this tiny bit of goodness will be part of my new name tag for my guild’s challenge this month.

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And I didn’t cut my thumb off this time. Yay for getting better at things!

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Day 113

Working on the self-portrait tonight and now I’ve got two cubes appliquéd to my background with some stitch in the ditch throughout. Trying to figure out what sort of quilting I should do in the background. And if the binding should match and be subtle or if it should be really fucking loud.

And in sad news today, I put the rainbow log cabin quilt in a giant bag under my bed. That is where all the half-quilted quilts go to languish and this makes #4. Plus three tops waiting for their backs. I continue to be caught between Scylla and Charybdis; my lack of free motion quilting skills slows me down, and I do not have enough time to quilt my quilts and improve my skills.

I hope the classical reference is sufficient to forgive my earlier vulgarity. Pulling out all the big words tonight!

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