Workshop Fun

Hello everyone! Hope you are having a great week. It’s been busy here. We’ve been getting things ready for my daughter who starts school next week in Pensacola. She’s going to move into an apartment and we are leaving tomorrow to help her move in. I took Monday for me though, to attend a my first workshop. It was presented by my guild, The Silver Comet Stitchers. Guess who the instructor was?

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The wonderful Pat Sloan; pattern and fabric designer, instructor, author, blogger and pod cast host. She is also one of the hosts for the The Splendid Sampler. Visit her website for all kinds of fun things. She blogs, hosts quilt alongs, has tutorials and lots of other goodies. Check it out if you haven’t visited it before.

The workshop was called Trash Bag Quilts. She taught a technique of taking scraps and leftover fabric to make new fabric. You can see the quilts behind her all have blocks using this technique.

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As I’ve said before, fall is one of my favorite quilting themes so I have lots of fall fabrics. I had fun putting some fabrics together out of my stash. I used up the last of the green leaf print and the maroon leaf print. The technique is not about throwing everything you have together, but controlling it. If you get a chance, take the workshop to learn all about it.

The blocks we made in the workshop were a star and a log cabin.

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This is my finished star. I found that I had fun putting the fabrics together to make something else. I plan on making two more star blocks, then making a table runner. I hope to have it finished sometime in September.

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These are the blocks by the group. You can see how different they all are and they all look great. Some used the made fabrics everywhere in the star, others did what I did and had a single fabric in the square points. I did made the log cabin block, but didn’t use it during the workshop. The ones with the cross in them are the log cabins. Not what you expected is it.

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You can see the log cabin quilt behind Pat. I had a great time and learned something new. I also have several ideas on using this technique so stay tuned to see if they turn up.

Pat also gave a talk at the guild meeting that night. Like me, she started out in the computer world. She took her love of quilting and designing to the next level and made it a very successful career.  Pat’s fabric Hometown Girl for Moda is what Jacquelynne Steves used for Maggie’s First Dance BOM.

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I’m using it for my hand appliqued version. The next block will be out on September 5. Be sure to check it out then.

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I also made this mini a few years ago using some fat quarters and a mini charm pack of Pat’s fabric One for You, One for Me (with a few other fabrics thrown in). Pat has such a fun style. The pattern is Summer Star Mini by Sherri McConnell.

Hope you enjoyed the workshop recap. Thanks for stopping by.

Brenda

 

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Third Finish-A-Long, Q3

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Hello everyone! Hope you’ve had a pleasant weekend so far. Summer is winding down and I’m looking forward to some cooler temperatures soon. However, it also means the beginning of school. Our daughter is moving into an apartment this year at school, so we’re going to help her move at the end of the week. It’s been fun having her at home, but I think she’s ready to get back.

Anyway, I have a finish to share with you today.

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It’s July’s Mini Quilt for “a year in the garden” stitchery by Jenny of Elefantz. I haven’t stitched one of these in several months, so it was fun to get back to it. The border is from the Little Ruby collection by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. I used DMC floss for the embroidery.

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I decided to quilt this one a little differently. I used my open toe embroidery foot and outlined the main stitchery pieces. Then I played with some of my machine embroidery stitches to see if I wanted to use any of them.

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I liked the loops, but because they are so small, I thought it would take a long time to do them. I went with the long wavy line. The only problem with doing it this way is that I had to break my thread a lot so I wouldn’t stitch over the embroidery. If I had free motion quilted it, I could have stitched over previous lines.

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I ended up spending about an hour knotting and cleaning up the thread ends. All because I didn’t feel like spending 10 minutes setting up the machine for free motion quilting. But if you don’t like to free motion quilt, check out your machines stitches for quilting ideas.

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Here it is on my stand in my sewing room. I was finally able to take April’s off. I hope to get August’s done by the end of the month. (I still haven’t done May’s and June’s, but now I have 9 months to get those done)!

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I also finally finished my last two Blocks on the Grow for Quilts on the Go for June. This is block 22 from “The New Hexagon” by Katja Marek.

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This is block 24. Now for those who may be doing the Quilt a Long, mine looks a little different. I didn’t have the book with me when I started sewing the pieces together, so I thought this was how it was supposed to look. I didn’t realize that the triangles weren’t lined up the right way until I had sewn it all together. Well, I decided it looked fine and wasn’t going to redo it. I saved the papers, so if I want to do it again, I can.

By finishing these 2, I am officially half way through with the blocks. I have started piecing together the first one for July.

Just one more thing. On Monday, I’m going to spend the day in a work shop with Pat Sloan. She is coming to our guild, The Silver Comet Stitchers. I’m excited to meet her. She is hosting the The Splendid Sampler quilt a long and she also designed the fabric that I’m using for Maggie’s First Dance BOM hand applique.IMG_1663 (2)

I will share more after the work shop. Thank’s for stopping by.

Brenda

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Winners and This and That

Hello everyone! Hope you’ve had a good week so far. I’ve been busy with a lot of different things this week. First though, I want to let you know who the winners are for Maggie’s First Dance prize, the Modified Tree table runner and fabric kit and the Lap App.

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Julie won this great prize from EvaPaige Quilt Designs. I hope you enjoy making it. About 75% who commented preferred a more modern style tree even if their overall quilting tastes were more traditional. That’s how I am. I like the swirly type of trees even though I prefer more traditional style blocks over the more modern look.

 

 

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The winner for the Lap App is Nicole. I hope you enjoy it Nicole. Thanks to all who left comments and are now following Joyce on Instagram. Some of your comments made me want to be able to give more than one away. If you would like to purchase one for yourself, you can find them at The Lap App StoreNancy’s Notions, and Paper Pieces.

Just so you know, I randomly choose winners by putting numbers in a container and drawing one out. I then scroll through the comments, starting with the first, and count until I reach the drawn number.

This week, I’ve been working on several things.

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First up, I finished some more 4-patch blocks for Jake’s Disappearing 4-patch. I’ve been doing these in between working on other things.

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I decided to go with Calico Days Fabrics by Lori Holt for this months Minis and More hosted by  Sherri and Michele. I’m adding a few extra fabrics to round it out. The pattern is IMG_1726Handmade Mini by Thimble Blossoms. I planned out which fabrics were going where a few days ago and hope to get it cut out today. Not to late to get started!

 

 

 

 

I also got July’s Blocks on the Go for Quilts that Grow fabrics picked out and glued to their papers. At night while watching the Olympics, I’ve gotten most of June’s appliqued to the background.

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Starting at the top, they are number 20, 21, 23, 25 and 26.  I still have 22 and 24 to applique to the background. I hope to get all of July’s finished plus two from August, then do the other 2 for August and September’s in September. I was keeping up until I let them until this summer.

 

One last thing from this week:

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I made these coasters for my daughter to take back to school. She picked out the mini charm squares for the top two, then saw some half square triangles I had taken out of Maggie’s Dance Block 3 and started playing with them. She decided she wanted coasters out of those too. The top fabric is Valley and the bottom is Sun Bright, both by Sherri and Chelsie for Moda. I used charm squares from Bright Sun for the backing.

That’s it for now. I’m going to go cut fabric. Thanks for stopping by.

Brenda

 

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Q3 Finish-A-Long Number 2

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Welcome! Today I would like to share my second FAL for the the 3rd Quarter.

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It’s the Everyday Skirt by Liesl + CO. The fabric is a Robert Kaufman Lawn.

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It’s nice and lightweight, but now that I’ve worn it, it wrinkles a lot. I had to press it for the pictures after I wore it to church.

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It fits slightly below the natural waistline. There are pockets and side panels that helps it lay flat on the sides and in the back.

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There is a double elastic back waistband using 1/2″ elastic which I think gives it a nicer look than a single larger band would. If I make this skirt again, I would probably make it one size smaller or at least the back smaller. There is a lot of fabric in the back, although with the side panels, it does lay flat.

The Everyday Skirt was very easy to make. I had it made and machine hemmed in about 3 1/2 hours (not including cutting time). I purchased the pattern at a LQS.

It’s been fun getting back into some fashion sewing. As stated in my previous post, the top I have listed for the FAL is not going to be finished. Maybe I’ll try to find something for the fall.

Thanks for stopping by.

Brenda

 

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Weekend Update

Hello everyone! Hope you’ve had a good weekend so far. I wanted to remind you that today is the last day to leave a comment to win the EvaPaige Quilt Designs Christmas Tree table runner and fabric kit here or the Lap App from the Lap App Store here. I’ll announce the winners later this week.

I have a few things to show that I’ve been working on this week. I thought it was a good time to switch gears a little bit and I finished my skirt that is on my 2016 FAL list.

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No pictures yet, but I hope to take some later today.

 

 

 

 

 

I also started working on the top that was on my list.

Everything was finished to the point that I could try it on and see how the fit was. The size was right, but something about the cut of the top bothered me. I set it aside for a day and tried it on again. My son saw it on me and said it looked like a doctor’s smock. I had just been thinking the same thing. The neckline is very high and I’m not sure I would like it even in a different fabric that would drape better. I decided to stop working on it, no use making something that I probably won’t wear.  I’m going to take it apart and use the fabric for something else.

I started July’s stitchery for “a year in the garden” by Jenny of Elefantz.

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I finished the embroidery last night while watching the Olympics. It should be a great two weeks for handwork. Now I have to prep the embroidery piece, finish the edges and quilt it.

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I finished both blocks for Maggie’s First Dance BOM  Block 4 by Jacquelynne Steves. I was sewing the pieces together for the embroidered version and wasn’t sure I liked the fabric combo that I had chosen. Does that ever happen to you?  Be sure to check in again on the first Monday of September to see which fabric I went went with.

This week I have something new to work on.  The Minis and More (hosted by Sherri and Michele) project for August is

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I had just purchased this pattern at the end of July when Thimble Blossoms was having a sale on all her PDF patterns.

I have three fabric choices picked out:

The first is Calico Days by Lori Holt, the next is Prairie by Cory Yoder with the Ambleside gingham by brenda riddle designs, or some Strawberry Fields Revisited by Fig Tree and Co. I’ll have to add to the Prairie, so that may be out. I also have a mini charm pack of the Strawberry Fields so I’ll have more options to go with there. I’ll have to decide soon so I can get started on it.

evapaige-ad1This week I also signed up for the Teal Mini Swap. It’s a fundraiser for Ovarian Cancer Research. You have until the August 29th to sign up.You’ll get your swap partner and fabric by September 2 and have until September 30 to mail your finished mini or mug rug to your partner.  Please consider doing this for a worthy cause. You can find out more information here.

Well that’s it for now. Thanks for stopping by.

Brenda

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Maggie’s First Dance Free BOM, Block 3

Welcome everyone, to the Block 3 blog hop for Maggie’s First Dance Free BOM by Jacquelynne Steves. It’s not too late so go here to sign up. This month’s sponsor is EvaPaige Quilt Designs and we’re giving away this awesome “Mod-ified Trees” pattern and fabric kit. Read through the entire post to see how you can have a chance to win.

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Now onto this month’s block. I have to tell you, it is my favorite one. Here is my embroidered version…

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If this is your first visit, the fabrics are Bright Sun by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda.

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I used Jacquelynne’s Note Cards to Color for inspiration for adding just a bit extra to the embroidery design.

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I used a backstitch for the motif design and added a running stitch inside the flower centers. The dark coral balls were made with a french knot. I think this is just such a happy flower.

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Here are all three blocks together. I can’t wait to get the 4th block and setting blocks done.

I’m also doing a hand applique version out of the kit that I won from Jacquelynne for last year’s free BOM.

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That is still a happy flower no matter how it’s done!

Since I do a lot of hand work, I wanted to show you a product that really helps keep my hands, arms and shoulders from getting tired. If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen me reference it with some of my handwork.

It’s called the Lap App and was designed by my quilty friend, Joyce Haskins. For more information, go here.

Photos courteous of The Lap App Store

The Lap App has a place to put your spool of thread, scissors and a magnet to hold your needles. It also comes with a sand paper tracing and marking surface and an ironing cover. It also has two star wheels to make adjustments just for you.

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This is mine and I keep some Clover clips, a thimblpad (usually have a couple because I lose them),and an assortment of needles (top right corner) right there within reach.

I use mine to rest my hands on for embroidery, hand applique and English paper piecing. I’ve taken it to the beach, the pool, on the porch and I use it in the car when we travel. It also fits nicely into a moderate size tote bag.

Joyce makes all the covers and puts them together. The wood is birch and pine and is handcrafted in South Carolina.

Joyce is going to give a Lap App to one my readers. Please note, the other bloggers for Maggie’s Dance are not involved with this giveaway.  For your chance to win and to find out where you can purchase one for yourself, go here.

Now for your chance to win the “Mod-ified Trees” pattern and Fabric Kit by EvaPaige Quilt Designs…

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leave me a comment by 11:59 PM on August 7 to tell me if you prefer a modern style Christmas tree pattern or a more traditional style. I really like this tree design and think it would fit very nicely with my Christmas decor.

Make sure you visit all the other bloggers and leave a comment for your chance to win and see all the creative goodness that is going on with Maggie’s third block.

http://greydogwoodstudio.com

https://farmhousequiltsblog.wordpress.com

http://thecraftyquilter.com

http://www.evapaigequiltdesigns.blogspot.com

http://gogokim.blogspot.com

http://lilypadquilting.blogspot.com

https://thequiltingnook.wordpress.com  (That’s me)

It’s always so interesting to see how everyone completes their blocks, so be sure to share your completed blocks at the following places:

I also wanted to tell you about a Teal Mini Swap that is benefiting Ovarian Cancer research.

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It is being hosted and organized by Beth from EvaPaige Quilt Designs. You can find out more information about how the swap is organized here . She also has a Facebook page where you can find all the details and register . I hope you take the time to check this out for a worthy cause.

Thanks for sticking with me to the end. I hope you have fun making this months block!

Brenda

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Lap App Giveaway

Hello everyone, I have a giveaway just for my readers. If you are visiting for Maggie’s First Dance BOM, the other bloggers are not involved with this giveaway. You can also scroll to the bottom to find out about the giveaway since you’ve just seen most of these pictures.

Since I do a lot of hand work, I wanted to show you a product that really helps keep my hands, arms and shoulders from getting tired. If you follow me on Instagram (@thequiltingnook), you have seen me reference it with some of my handwork. It’s called the Lap App and was designed by my quilty friend, Joyce Haskins. You can visit her web site here.

Photos courteous of The Lap App Store

The Lap App has a place to put your spool of thread, scissors and a magnet to hold your needles. It also comes with a sand paper tracing and marking surface and an ironing cover. It has two star wheels to make adjustments just for you.

I use mine to rest my hands on for embroidery, hand applique and English paper piecing. I’ve taken it to the beach, the pool, on the porch and I use it in the car when we travel. It also fits nicely into a moderate size tote bag.

Joyce makes all the covers and puts them together. The wood is birch and pine and is handcrafted in South Carolina.

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Here are Lydia and Joyce (right) using them at our once a month quilting meeting place, the lobby of the Renaissance Hotel.

Joyce is going to give a Lap App to one my readers. Again, please note, the other bloggers for Maggie’s Dance are not involved with this giveaway. 

For your chance to win, visit Joyce’s Instagram, @lapappstore, and follow her, then come back here and leave me a comment that you started following her.

You have until 11:59 PM on August 7 to leave your comment. Your comment must be on this post, not on Maggie’s Block 3 post in order to win. 

If you are interested in purchasing a Lap App, you can find them at The Lap App StoreNancy’s Notions, and Paper Pieces.

If you are a hand worker, I know you will enjoy using the Lap App as much as I do. I want you to know that I am not getting compensated for this endorsement. Joyce was kind enough to offer to give one away and I took her up on that offer.

So follow Joyce on Instagram and leave a comment here for me that you did for your chance to win. Thanks for stopping by.

Brenda

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