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I was a little late to the party but apparently I was fashionably late because it's still going on. I jumped into the Nested Churn Dash quilt along and it's been lots of fun. My friend Quiltjane of Want it , Need it, Quilt! started this fun quilt along and has had a bunch of stellar guest bloggers giving great tips and suggestions. Run over to Craftsy and grab the pattern (it's only 2.00) and get on InstaGram with the tag #nestedchurndash.
Here's what I've done so far:
Here is the first block I did. Bright pastels and stripes. These are big 24" blocks so you get a lot of bang for your buck. I really like the stripes and colors in this one and it was fun to pick through my stash.
I used glue basting the whole time and it really helped me keep my seams and corners nice and accurate. I get my glue tips from Cristy at Purple Daisies, LLC (they are a must have!).
This is my second block. The colors are sweet and soft and I think it's nice but it's not my favorite. Maybe a little too safe?
By my third block I'd figured out that it was smarted to cut everything at once and chain piece. I also figured out I was happier if the center block coordinated with the outer fabrics.
So here is the finished block. I love it.
I'm going to continue on in these colors and see if I can't get a whole quilt out of the deal. Yay!
Check it out and share your pictures on InstaGram (and follow me @jonagiammalva)! Have a great weekend and keep sewing!
I finally splurged on a new machine (the Juki TL-2019Q) and it's the smartest thing I've done in quite awhile. I'll give more details on it in a later post but I'm sure having fun.
I made these blocks back in January of last year and then got distracted but since I had 4 I figured I could make a mini quilt to practice on. So I found this sweet yellow fabric in my stash and used it for sashing and edging.
I bought some Quilt Halos from my friend Cristy Fincher (and some other goodies, including the Supreme Slider, to get me started on the right track) and they are a dream. They hold the fabric securely so I can do my free motion quilting while simply holding the halos on each side (like a steering wheel) and moving the quilt around in the design I want.
I have to confess, I'm pretty impressed with the designs I did. You can see where I started on the left of the corner going upward and by the time I finished the outer edge (on the lower right) I'd really gotten the hang of it and was starting to try a few new things with decent results.
Here it is after I'd finished quilting. I tried to do something different in each block (see the huge swirl on the upper left block) since this is a practice quilt.
I bound the edge while watching Sharon Schamber's (she's Cristy's mom!) Binding the Angel video. This is truly the prettiest and most well done binding I've ever sewn. And the mitered corners were soooo easy (mine are usually very inconsistent and frustrating).
Here's a cute little close up.
So here is my finished quilt. I'm going to put some little loops in the back and hang it on my wall in my sewing studio. And on to the next!
Happy Monday! Have a great week and try something new! You'll be glad you did!
We all love fabric and it's always a real treat to see the up and coming fabric collections, sewing patterns, gadgets and notions... But the best part of Quilt Market is always, always, always the people. We speak the same language, we understand each other, and we are all each others' biggest fans. People come from all over the world to attend Quilt Market. The best people ever. I'm sure of it. Here are just a few of them.
Bari Ackerman of Bari J. (whom I first met at market 5 years ago and now she's my local bestie!) and Jane "Quiltjane" Davidson. I love both of these women and I'm lucky enough to get to see Bari often since we both live in the Phoenix area. But Jane lives in Brisbane, Australia (where the BeeGees grew up!) and I only get to see her at market. She's simply the sweetest, funnest gal and she showers us with TimTams. I love her.
Here is my pal Scott Hansen stitching during school house. I'm pleased to say he finished his project in time and then spent some time at a "Man Spa" getting all shaved and spiffed up for the rest of market. The life of a man-quilter. You can also find Scott on the cover of the Shirtless Man and Spicy Burrito Calendar (it's for a good cause and you can look at shirtless men, burritoes, and quilts all year!).
Here are Mary and Barb from Me and My Sister for Moda. I don't get to see them as much since Mary moved from Phoenix to New Mexico (dangit). They are always loads of fun and giggles.
This is Valori Wells' booth but that's Jenean Morrison cracking up about something in it. Jenean had a great school house presentation. Her presentations are always fun because they feel interactive (she asks questions and we ask questions and it's all a hoot). She's the best.
Here is Vanessa Christenson of V and Co. in her booth over in the Moda corridor. I like Vanessa. She's chipper and kind but spunky. Oh, and beautifully talented. My kind of gal.
Here is my friend (and neighbor!) Heather Bailey chatting with some gals at her booth. Sometimes I run into Heather when I schlep up to the corner market here at home but there's something fun about getting to chat at Quilt Market. It's a special event and we are both wearing makeup.
The Modern Quilt Guilt Meet-up is always loads of fun and another opportunity to run into some great folks. Here are my homies Christy Fincher of Purple Daisies, LLC (her business with her mom Sharon Schamber) and Alyssa Lichner of Pile o' Fabric, and Bari. They are all my local friends and for some reason it's just exciting to get together at market even though we can get together at home any time.
Here is Camille Roskelley and her cute husband Jarom. I always wonder what the husbands think about having to stop and pose for pictures all the time. Jarom looked like he had it all figure out by the time I came around for a picture. Camille is a warm, fun gal and she gave me some great Disneyland advice (we're both fans).
Here are Alyssa Haight Carlton and Jacquie Gehring giving away prizes (lots and lots including a baby lock serger!) at the MQG Meet-up. They were very popular that night. I didn't win anything but that did not lower my opinion of them in any way.
And Scott again (check out those new sideburns from his man spa visit) chatting with the ever nice, Kate Spain. Two nice people have a nice (I'm sure of it) conversation (while being stalked by me). Nice.
These are just a few of the people who make market worth the trip (and expense). I've never met a mean person at quilt market (well, maybe just one but I've banished her from my psyche). The folks are just as friendly as they are talented. That's why it's worth going.
What a sweet treat to wake up to on a Monday! The UK site of Stitch Craft Create has included my blog in there Top 25 US Quilt Blogs list. Wow.
I'm in great company so be sure to go over there and check out the other blogs on the list and pay them a visit. You may find a great gift idea (you'll definitely find loads of inspiration)!
Have a great Monday and keep on sewing!
Fall Quilt Market 2013 in Houston was a whirlwind of busy, buzzing activity. Fun, exhilaration, exhaustion, late nights, sore feet, blissful fabric foray. This time I went with my BFF (best fabric friend) Jamie and I think we hit all the high spots but it still didn't feel like enough time to cover everything (yet I was so glad when that plane took off homeward bound).
Here are some highlights:
Heather Bailey's booth was stunning and took the 1st prize spot for a single booth. It's a great accomplishment considering she and Isaac were planning a double booth and had to buzz-saw it down to a single size just a few days before market began. This stunning paper pieced butterfly stole the show. Heather's newest collection is Lottie Da and it's her first quilting weight collection in awhile and it's classic Heather with it's vibrant colors and fresh flowers. And the best part is she's got another collection coming out at the same time! True Colors is a collection by Heather and 3 of my favorite designers Joel Dewberry, Jenean Morrison, and Anna Maria Horner. I'm thrilled to see all of it and I think you'll love it just as much as I do.
Here is a better look at the whole booth. So pretty.
Here's a better look at some things made from Lottie Da. You're going to love it!
The Aurifil booth was a fresh slice of The Price is Right with the putting greens everywhere. Get the ball in the hole and the prize is a nice spool of their very awesome thread. I tried twice and tanked both times. It's harder than it looks.
Tula Pink's booth was classically funky, especially with those stars on the floor. Her new collection is called Fox Field and the colors are out of this world.
Here she is at her school house presentation. Such a quilt!
The girls over at Marie-Madeline had another darling booth (which they stuffed into a van for the 10 hour drive with themselves, their grandparents, and their luggage!). Run over to their blog for some great pictures so you can truly appreciate the cuteness. They are the sweetest gals and their patterns are absolutely wonderful.
And some of the biggest news was the launch of Cotton & Steel by RJR Fabrics. It's the brainchild of the folks at RJR and designers Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Alexia Abegg, Kim Kight, and Sarah Watts. Watch the video here (you'll love it).
Here is Sarah Jane Studios newest collection (and newest baby in the "boy tent"!) called Wee Wander and it's a very special and whimsical collection. Horses, fireflies, and stars.... another must have.
And Anna Maria Horner has another rich and colorful fabric collection. It's called Dowry and you will love this as much as you love her other collections.
That's it for now. More pictures coming. Keep on sewing!
I couldn't help it. So many folks were doing the Scrappy Trip Along that I finally decided to give a block a try. It was so much fun and once I had my 6 fabric strips cut it only took 25 minutes to sew the block together. I'm not sure what my finished project will be (a lap quilt?, something cute to drape over the couch?....I'll figure it out). I know I want some good pinks and oranges in there and something dark to make it interesting and not too washed out.
Here are my first two. I re-positioned some of the strips from the picture above in order to have the dark color going through the middle on all of them. I like it! And, as a former fabric store owner, I have oodles of scraps to play with.
I even splurged on a 2 1/2 inch ruler (normally 18.99 but I had a 50% off coupon). So I'm building a stash of strips and having some fun. No rush, just fun.
You can go to the flickr page here, find the neato tutorial here, use the hashtag #ScrappyTripAlong to find it on Instagram, or just google "Scrappy Trip Along" or "Scrappy Trip Around The World" for oodles and oodles of inspiration. Let me know if you can fight the temptation to join in!