Winterville Quilt Update

Hello Everyone! I’ve been making progress on my Winterville Quilt, pattern by Camille Roskelly of Thimble Blossoms. If you’ve been following along, I started this quilt in February and made a plan to make a section each month.

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This month, I finished the last 15 star blocks using mostly reds from Bonnie and Camille’s Vintage Holiday fabrics.

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It looks great just like this, but there is one more section to go.

 

Winterville_cover_smallThe corner snowflake blocks and trees are made, I just need to make the houses. That will be for June although if I get a chance, I’m going to try to get the fabric cut before then.

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I am really loving this quilt, and because I plan to finish the piecing in June, I’ll have lots of time to get it quilted before winter gets here.

I’ve also been working on a few things that I can’t show now, but I did take an hour to make this cute pin cushion on Mother’s Day.

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The tutorial for the Simple Sprocket Pin Cushion can be found here on Amy Smart’s blog, Diary of a Quilter. The design and tutorial is by Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane. She was a guest blogger on Amy’s blog last week. It was quick and fun to make. The only change I made was to use ground walnut shells instead of all fiber fill. I filled it mostly with the shells, then added fiber fill on the bottom. I haven’t had a new pin cushion in a while and I’ve enjoyed using it the past few days. The fabric is from the Pepper and Flax collection by Corey Yoder.

Just one more thing:

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This is the Snowbirds quilt I’m making for my nephew’s graduation. It’s a free pattern from Moda Bake Shop by Anne Wiens. The quilt top is complete, but I don’t think I’ll show anymore pictures until the quilt is gifted in June. I would like it to be somewhat of a surprise!

That’s it for now. Thanks for stopping by.

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The Art of Home Club Reminder

Hello Everyone! I want to remind you that Jacquelynne Steves is opening The Art of Home Club today for new members. You can sign up for the club from Wednesday, May 9 –  Tuesday, May 15. There is a new collection of embroidery/applique designs every month with instructions for projects to go with them.

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I made this quilt for the Whale-y Collection last summer.

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Sign up on the first day, May 9, and you will receive a bonus project. For just $9.95/month, you get so much more than just the new collection each month. There is a Facebook group for members only, access to Jacquelynne’s free BOM any time on the Club page, and mystery sew-a-long’s throughout the year. Also, the club votes on which charity the club proceeds go to each quarter.

Check it out to see if it’s for you. Remember, Jacquelynne only opens the club for new members several times a year.

Thanks for stopping by!

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April’s Progress Update and May’s List

Hello Everyone! I hope you are having a lovely weekend! We were busy with some yardwork and spring cleaning last week and this week I plan to make a trip to the local nursery for some flowers for my planters and to fill in around my perennials. It has finally decided to be warm and I think we are not going to get much spring.

Before getting to April’s list of accomplishments, I wanted to let you know that Jacquelynne Steves is opening her “The Art of Home Club” for new members on May 9. Each month the club offers a collection of embroidery and applique designs with suggestions and projects for using them.  I have been making samples for Jacquelynne for the past year and I’m excited that she has asked me to design projects for the collection in August. IMG_6295.1

Jacquelynne designed the embroidery and applique designs and I’m designing the projects and writing the patterns that will go with them. This is a peek at one of the embroidery designs. Can you guess what the collection is about? To see what I’ve made for Jacquelynne, check out the Art of Home Category on the sidebar. From Jacquelynne’s site:

The Club will be open to new members from Wednesday May 9 to Tuesday May 15, 2018.

A couple of exciting things- First, I have an AWESOME bonus for everyone who signs up on the first day (Wednesday May 9).

PLUS- a members-only exclusive BONUS BLOCK for our upcoming BLOCK OF THE MONTH. And, it’s really really really really really really really really cute. (Did I mention that it’s cute? And adorable as well….)

The Block of the Month is really cute, I know, I’ve already been working on it. The BOM will start in August. Sign up here to be notified first thing when Jacquelynne opens the club for new members on Wednesday.

Now for April’s accomplishments:

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As you can see, I accomplished quite a bit on my list. Some things I finished completely like the Be My Neighbor Minis and More,

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the 13 Winterville stars,

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and the three Swoon blocks. Most of the other things on my list were at least partially completed. 

I had a question on Instagram the other day after I posted my swoon blocks about how I get so much done. Well, these were blocks 7-9 out of 20 for the swoon blocks, but I started them in January 2017. I only made three of these blocks last year and am making an effort to work on them this year. Fortunately, I do have the fabric cut for all the blocks so I made these three while working on other projects.

 

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Chain piecing pile!

 

What I try to do is have fabric cut and marked (for half square triangles, flying geese, etc) for several blocks or projects at a time. I started this when I was making the Moda Blockhead blocks which were one/week. Then when I sit down to sew, as long as I can chain piece, I’ll work on several different things at the same time. I sewed and used the corner section pieces of the swoon blocks for dividers while making the sections of the house blocks for the Be My Neighbor quilt and the star blocks for the Winterville quilt.

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Here I have my next group of Winterville stars cut and marked and ready to sew.

Speaking of the Winterville quilt, I am keeping my schedule of block making each month.

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The Vintage Holiday fabric by Bonnie and Camille for Moda was released and I received my pre-ordered layer cake before we went camping a few weeks ago. I made the rest of my holly blocks and one tree block out of the new fabric. Most of the reds in the picture  for the star blocks are from this fabric line, too.

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Here are the finished sections of the holly and berry blocks. I can already check off part of number 4 on my May list!

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I also spent Saturday working on Item 1 on the list, Alex’s quilt.

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I don’t have a picture, but I now have two pieces instead of 4 for each of these blocks. The pattern is Snowbirds Quilt, a free Moda Bakeshop pattern by Anne Wiens.

IMG_6365.1Item 5 is May’s Minis and More mini. This month is our choice, anything summery. I’ve had this pattern by Thimble Blossoms and thought it was time to make it. I think I’ll use these fabrics by Corey Yoder. Pepper and Flax screams summery!

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The mini is only 14″ x 14″. I am trying to decide between making a pillow or a wall hanging. What do you think? Why don’t you think about making a mini for May. You can join the parade for June 1. You can go to Sherri’s or Michele’s site for the details.

I think that’s it for now. I need to start finding more time during the week to post about what’s going on, then these posts wouldn’t be so long. Thanks for sticking with me and stopping by.

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Be My Neighbor Minis and More

Hello Everyone! Today is the Minis and More Parade hosted by Michele and Sherri each month. April’s project was the Be My Neighbor pattern by Sherri.

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This was a fun mini to work on and I love my fabric choices.  The quilt measures 23.5″ x 23.5″ and is slightly smaller than the original. I wanted to use the border print from the Desert Bloom collection by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda. Since it is a directional fabric, I wanted my borders all facing the same way. That meant I had to cut the top and bottom border so it would fit within a 42″ crosswise cut of the fabric. To do this, the inner border is 3/4″ and I added the corner squares to make it work. The side borders were cut along the length wise grain of the fabric so the fabric is all going in one direction.

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I had two mini charm packs of Desert Bloom that Sherri sent me at the beginning of last year. I used that for the 9-patch and churn dash blocks, except the dark blues. They are from Fig Tree’s Coney Island Collection. The houses are from the Desert Bloom collection, Sundrops collection by Corey Yoder and Coney Island. The blue inner border is Moda Grunge by Basic Gray.

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I had fun quilting the mini and used Aurifil 50 wt thread color 2110, a pale yellow. I love that color and use it often. It seems to go with everything. First I stitched in the ditch around each block and the border, then I did a simple crosshatch in the 9-patch blocks, using my ruler foot and a straight ruler.

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I got a little more creative with the house blocks. I did a little clam shell for the roof tops and added curtains to the windows. I have a ruler to make the clam shells, but I couldn’t get it to work out right with the ruler, so I marked the clamshells with the ruler, then free motion quilted along the markings. I quilted ribbon candy in the sashing and inner border. It’s getting better each time I do it. I had a hard time deciding what to do on the outer border. I finally went with some McTavishing and I love the way it turned out! This is the first time I have used this style in a border. I think it works because the border is only 2″ wide.

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I found an old Amy Butler print that I was going to use to make my daughter some pajamas with when she was much younger. She didn’t want them so the fabric has been sitting in my stash for a long, long time. It’s nice that I found a good use for it and the colors work really well with the front. For these minis that I do each month, I try to use fabric that is in my stash instead of buying new. I even have my label on and the information recorded.

Thanks for stopping by and please visit Sherri and Michele to see the parade of minis. The pattern for next month will also be announced on their sites. It would be fun to have some new quilters join the parade.

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Our First Rpod Trip, In the Rain!

Hello Everyone! I hope you had a good week and weekend. We had a great trip in our Rpod, even in the rain. We went to Unicoi State Park last Sunday and were able to get set up before the rain started.

IMG_6290.1Compared to our popup camper setup, this was a breeze. We decided not to put the awning out because they were calling for high winds, which fortunately, we didn’t get.

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We were hoping to get a walk around the lake in before it rained, but we didn’t make it. Even in the rain, it was very pretty with all the “spring green” around us.

Once it started raining Sunday afternoon, there were very few breaks before Tuesday morning. We didn’t let it stop us from going to Helen, GA on Monday, though.

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Helen is a cute alpine village with restaurants, shops and art galleries just a few miles from the park. We had lunch, did a little shopping and then did a wine tasting at the Habersham Winery in town.

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This is the Chattahoochee River flowing through the town. It is definitely higher and flowing faster than usual.

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We bought a bottle of wine and headed back to the Rpod. We spent the rest of the afternoon drinking our wine and watching old game shows on Buzzr TV (we were only able to pick up a few channels with the antenna TV). I worked on an upcoming project for the Art of Home Club and my husband read some. A very relaxing afternoon!

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This is the seating and dining area in the slide out. The sun is shining because this picture was taken in our driveway on Saturday afternoon. We were having an adult beverage and enjoying it after loading and organizing it all afternoon.

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This was my corner. My Hand Crafter’s Carry-All Basket was a great place to store my stuff and keep things neat.

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The kitchen is great with lots of storage. Almost everything came out of the popup except the lamp. We watched a lot of YouTube videos about organizing your RV and someone had a small lamp and we thought that was a great idea. Even though the Rpod has great lighting, it was nice to have the lamp for ambiance. To see more pictures inside of our Rpod, go here.

On Tuesday, about 11:30, it finally quit raining for good. We were ready to get out and do a little hiking. We went to Dukes Creek Falls close by.

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From the trailhead, we could see Yonah Mountain. It’s always a pretty view with low hanging clouds.

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The trail was pretty easy to hike and it had a couple of switch backs going down the hill. This is a cascade on Dukes Creek before the falls. As you can see, there is a lot of water flowing down it.

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The cascade on the right is Dukes Creek and the large fall is Davis Creek. I don’t think I have ever seen this much water coming over a waterfall. It was roaring, too. We were there about an hour after it had stopped raining. I think we had gotten close to 4 inches of rain over the past few days. It was an incredible sight.DSC00612.1

We couldn’t see the full face of the big falls because the trail was blocked off. You can see that a tree fell and completely broke through a section of the walkway. I’m sure the view from the end would have been spectacular.

We ate our picnic lunch by the falls, then headed back to the campground.

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We finally had a few hours to sit outside and enjoy the sun!

It was great trip, even in the rain. I’m looking forward to our next trip in May.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Works In Progress Update and Other Things

Happy Earth Day Everyone! I didn’t realize until I started writing that it has been two weeks since my last post. Well I’ve been busy and not just with quilting and sewing. If you follow me on Instagram, @thequiltingnook, you’ve seen my progress updates, but I like sharing them here because I can usually go into more details.

Last Sunday I participated in my first Masters Swim Meet.

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The meet was held at GA Tech. It’s a very nice pool to swim in although the water was very cold. Swimmers ranged in ages from the mid 20’s through the 80’s. Everyone swam together, men and women based on your time, then the swims were broken down by age group and gender for scoring purposes.

IMG_6237.1I didn’t do too bad. The left set are from individual events and the right are for relays. Now I have to be honest, there were only a few swimmers in my age group, but still. I thought my times were good and I had fun. The next meet is in June, so I have a little time to decide if I want to swim then.

Then over the past two weeks, we sold our Pop-Up Camper and bought this:

IMG_6273.1It’s a Forest River Rpod. We just thought it was time to upgrade to a small RV. Even though we have to store it somewhere else (the pop-up lived in our garage), it will be easier to handle as we get older, plus it has a bathroom! We spent Saturday getting it all set up and we are leaving today for our first trip in it. Unfortunately, it is supposed to rain for most of the trip. That just seems to be our luck when we’ve traveled this year.

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Just a couple of inside pictures with my quilts and things in there. I made the quilt on the bed along time ago. It was a mystery quilt through the Quilters Club of America. I call it my VA Tech quilt because of the colors. We also hung my Happy Camper cross-stich and the Camper wall hanging on the bathroom wall. It makes it nice and homey inside. After we get home, I’ll have more pictures of the set up inside and maybe some outside if we get some nice enough weather!

Now for my Works In Progress. I made all the half square triangle blocks for the Snowbird Quilt, but I’m still trimming those and don’t have a picture. There are over 200 blocks and I get tired of trimming so I only do a few at a time.

I spent a day at our LQS with a friend. She was not able to attend the Invisible Machine Applique work shop I did for our guild so we got together and I taught her the basics. While working with her, I worked on these two blocks from Jacquelynne Steves Art of Home Club Mystery Quilt, Giving Thanks.

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Even though I like to hand applique, sometime Machine Applique is just faster. I’m looking forward to the next block in May.

I have also spent a lot of time cutting fabric for different projects. I sewed the strip sets for the Quilting Life BOM setting blocks and recut those. I’ve also made the last two blocks for the upcoming Save the Bees BOM by Jacquelynne, but I can’t show those now.

I went shopping for the backing for the Moda Blockheads quilt and came home with this,

IMG_6247.1This is Pepper and Flax by Corey Yoder for Moda. She’s been showing this fabric on Instagram for months now and I love it! One of the shops had all of it. I thought something springy or summery could be made with a layer cake, some fat quarters and the background. When I’ll have time to get to it, who knows, but I can just look at it for now.

Since I felt like I haven’t had a lot of time just to sit and sew, I made last Thursday a full sew day.

I started with these two projects:

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Be My Neighbor Mini by Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life which is April’s Minis and More Project and

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the star blocks for my Winterville quilt by Thimble Blossoms.

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I did lots of chain piecing with some Swoon block pieces thrown in as separators and they it turned into these:

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I did finish up early Friday morning, but it was nice just to sew without interruptions.

Well, it’s time to go finish getting things ready for our trip. Thanks for stopping by and reading my long post.

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Progress Check-In

Hello Everyone! I hope you are having a nice weekend! Today I want to do a progress check-in for March and April. Instead of doing the Finish-A-Long this year, I decided to do a monthly list and update my progress on the blog each month instead of quarterly. I’m a list kind of person, and since I have so many things going on at one time, this is a way for me to feel like I get things accomplished, even if projects aren’t finished.

IMG_6184.1I did pretty good in March. I kept up with the Winterville quilt goals, finished the Moda Blockheads top and finished the 6″ Quilting Life Block of the Month. You can see the other things on the list that were finished or partly finished to be carried into April.

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If you noticed the Save the Bees project, that’s Jacquelynne Steves new block of the month coming in June.

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This is a sneak peek of the 1st block. It’s going to be a fun BOM like all of Jacquelynne’s have been. I’ll let you know when you can sign up to be part of the free BOM.

You’ll can also see Succulent designs on the list. Jacquelynne asked if I would like to design projects for her monthly Art of Home Club (membership only). I said I would be honored and delighted too. She’s providing the embroidery/applique designs for the first group and I’m designing the projects to go with it for the August collection. I’ve been working on the designs and it’s very exciting. I’m also learning a lot about EQ8! I will let you know when she opens the club for new membership. The club collections are only available to club members.

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I was able to cut out the fabric for the setting blocks of the 12″ Quilting Life BOM. It was nice using EQ8 to design with because I was able to try different setting block ideas. I finally decided on the Courthouse Steps block. EQ8 is a good visual, and it tells you the amount of fabric and number of units needed, but you still have to calculate the number of strips you’ll need. I spent several hours doing all the calculations, but for me, that’s all part of the fun of designing. I’ll be making the strip sets later today and doing more cutting.

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One of the other highlights on April’s list is Alex’s Graduation Quilt. Alex, my nephew, will graduate from high school in June. I’m going to make this Snowbirds Quilt by Anne Wiens. This is a free download from Moda Bake Shop. I am using Adventures fabric by Amy Ellis for Moda. I also used this fabric for Corbin’s Quilt. The colors are great for the guys. I still have enough fabric from this line to make one more quilt. I have one in mind for us, but I’ll share that later.

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I spent yesterday afternoon marking half square triangles for Alex’s quilt, Winterville and Swoon blocks while watching The Masters. I have tried lots of different methods for marking and sewing half square triangles, but if I’m going to use the two at a time method, I find I’m more accurate using this marking ruler by Omnigrid.

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Just one more project to share for April, Be my Neighbor Mini by Sherri at A Quilting Life, one of the Minis and More Parade hosts. This looks like it’s going to be a fun mini to make. I have two mini charm packs that Sherri sent of her Desert Bloom fabric some time ago, so I plan on using that for the 9-patch blocks and using assorted scraps for the house blocks. That’s one nice thing about working with minis, you can use up your bits and pieces.

I think this list will keep me busy this month! Enjoy your week and thanks for stopping by!

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