At least my quilts are going to QuiltCon...

Monday, February 2, 2015

Well, I had to cancel my trip to QuiltCon back in the fall...I have to have surgery, and my surgery date was immediately before QuiltCon dates. So I cancelled everything - hotel, my volunteer times, my classes.

Then my surgery date got bumped (D'OH!).

Then we bought a house and need to move mid February. And my surgery date is now rescheduled for early March. So it all worked out in the end.

Nonetheless, I'm a bit sad that I'm not able to travel to Austin this year. Not a bit, really, but quite. I had been saving for the trip for 2 years and was so looking forward to meeting people I'd only met online; to view all of these gorgeous quilts in person. To take classes from amazingly talented quilty gurus...to shop! to see Austin.

(to get a MUCH needed break from ...ahem...motherhood...for a few days)

So! I'm excited to plan for the next QuiltCon. But - I'm excited - two of the four quilts I submitted are in Austin right now! They were accepted for judging! My first category judged quilts. I'm really looking forward to receiving the feedback so that I can improve my skills.

On to the quilts!

Fractured Churn Dash: Michael Miller Spring Cotton Couture Challenge

The rules for submitting for this challenge was that the Spring Cotton Couture colors had to be dominantly used in the quilt; the front of the quilt had to be only MM solids (the binding and backing could be Michael Miller prints).

The outer borders of each churn dash in the quilt are the Spring Couture colors; the centers contain various Cotton Couture colors, in a gradation of shades from dark to light, top to bottom:
 I also included shades of black and greys bordering a few of the blocks, accentuating the angles of the quilt. I also quilted the quilt with a simple, 1" spaced, diagonal line pattern.

I had a lot of fun with this quilt - when it comes home from Austin, it'll be heading up to Canada - my mum has called dibs on this one.


Migration
This quilt is one of my favorites. It was my very first Bee quilt and features Kate Spain's "Serenade" line of prints for Moda.

This quilt top was a labor of love. Several of the blocks, once received back from their sewers, were incorrectly pieced or trimmed, and needed to be ripped apart and re-done.

I initially arranged this top in three more traditional orientations, ripping each apart, not happy with any of them. I needed to do something different.

I had a lot of fun with this quilt. It was pieced entirely on the fly; I had to do a bit of math with the angles...but it was a lot of fun. The binding is one of the prints from the line - the woodgrain in tan.
 The gorgeous quilting was done by Melissa at Sew Shabby. I highly recommend her - she's fantastic:

I'm glad that my quilts are going. I'm sad I won't get to meet some of you there, but for those whom are going - if you see one of my quilts there - will you take a selfie in front of them and tag me on Instagram?? I would LOVE that!!
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Work in Progress Wednesday: Classic meets Modern quilt top #1

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Oh my goodness.
Every waking moment for the last several weeks has been full to the brim with kiddy and house-y related things. This has kept me away from my sewing much more than I would like, but, that's life!

I thought I would share the WIP I've been trying to work on when I have any down time (ha!)....it's my first of two quilt tops I'll be assembling for the Classic meets Modern QAL I hosted last year here on my blog.

 ...several years ago I was at a quilt show and was partaking in a bit of shopping, when I came across a charm pack of moda's Vintage Modern. When we last moved, it was parked in a bin and I only just came across it in the fall this past year and knew it would fit the theme of my aqua and red blocks perfectly. I decided to use it as corner pieces in the sashing, and I think it looks really pretty.

I also have a few FQs and bits and pieces of Vintage Modern I've slowly collected over the years, and thought it best to integrate it into the backside of the quilt.

But: when it came to cutting the fabric up to make blocks and such I couldn't.  I needed a way to showcase the beauty of this line while making the back more interesting than just using huge pieces of the stuff.

So. What better a way to showcase the line than set-in circles?
I'm plugging away now on these circles. Takes a while, since I'm (obviously) a pinner...but that's okay. I love piecing circles!

Linking up with Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday!
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Classic meets Modern QAL: Quilt Tops: How's everyone doing?

Friday, January 23, 2015


Just thought I'd check in with everyone participating in the Classic meets Modern QAL and see how your quilt tops are coming along!

Prizes for the randomly chosen linked up quilt top will be announced in the coming weeks - I'll give you plenty of notice...

Here's what we have so far!


   

    An InLinkz Link-up
   
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The chaos that is the Sew at Home Mummy household...

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Oh. My. Goodness.

Well, 2014 went out with a BANG!

We spent the 4 days over the Thanksgiving weekend haggling over this beaut with its sellers:
Don't you love that door??? Although, the yellow may need to go...
our 1960 midcentury modern house. WOOT!
...and then spent the next few weeks with inspections and lawyers and contractors.

We close on the house at the end of this month, so I've been busy scheduling movers and permits and moving boxes (yes! moving boxes! check these out: The Chicago Green Box) and all the rest of the stuff that goes with moving.

On top of that, December was my busiest month for Etsy sales, which I'm really happy about. I'm never going to be a millionaire, but it keeps me busy and makes me happy!

As well, we were SO lucky to have my parents fly the entire family down to Mexico to spend the holidays in the 85F weather (oh man, it was nice!). We had an absolute blast, and Audrey was in her absolute glory:


...we spent every day on the beach or at the pool, and the kids had a blast. Ewan was a bit fussy for the whole trip, but what can you expect from a 1 year old?

So!

I'll be busy with house-y stuff for the next month or so while my husband and I make some improvements to it before we all move in in mid-February. I get to bust out my DIY skillz I've been squelching for the last 4 years whilst we rented.

Boo ya.

Look out.

Might have to rename the blog "DIY & Sew at Home Mummy"

I jest.
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Cotton + Steel Lovers: a fun contest...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I thought I'd share a fun contest the Fat Quarter Shop is running right now with you Cotton + Steel lovers:

Here's the link to their post with the instructions - it's a Pinterest-based contest, so if you don't have a Pinterest account, you'll have to sign up for one to participate. Warning: Pinterest is pretty addictive!


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