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Summer sewing


It’s 6 am wake up call. Time for coffee, wake the girls up and get them something to eat, pick up the house, head out the door by 7:15 to be at 7:30 am swim team practice. I love our summer mornings but by the end of the summer we are all tired. I think we are all looking forward to seeing our school friends, starting back our school routine, having Saturdays back (no swim meets) and generally have a routine. That routine includes me having time to sew and stretch myself creatively. I do get creative over the summer some with the kids home but I try to be spontaneous with them and not do too much work. They also come in the sewing room and sew with me or draw or paint or talk or just hang out in the room…. And that leads to them wanting me to get them something to eat. Kids eat ALL of the time. Never ending hungry machines. 

So I have gotten some projects finished this summer but I am ready for some Fall sewing I have to admit. How about you? What have you been sewing this summer?


ModSew:: cotton couture baby quilt

I always love to make quick quilts and I think baby quilts usually fit in the quick category. I should make more of them because they are just fun… And well fast!

I have always enjoyed working with Michael Miller since I started the Podcast. I remember calling them blindly and chatting with Kait, the person I was transferred to, about ideas of how I could work with the company. I was super chatty and Kait was super patient. 

Fast forward several years and I now email back and forth with Kait often. We have worked on so many projects together and she has believed in me which gave me some much needed confidience in this thing called quilting. She really holds a special place in my heart. She is awesome.

Kait recently had a baby girl so a baby quilt was in order. And I knew it had to be a baby quilt made with cotton couture because most of the projects I work on for Michael Miller are cotton couture projects. I have had this rainbow napkin sitting by my sewing machine for some time – I couldn’t part with it because it always made me smile. And so I pulled my cotton couture colors inspired by the napkin and got to work. 

I really love how it turned out. I love the bright colors, rainbow colors are just the best, the bright backing, and well black and white polka dot binding. I love it. And Kait sent me the cutest pictures of her daughter smiling on it. My day was made getting pictures of a smiling baby on a quilt I made. Like day made x forever! 

Quilt info::

Rainbow couture

Pieced, quilted and bound by yours truly

June 2016

Fabrics for the front are cotton couture by Michael Miller. Backing is a print from ikea. Binding I am not sure but any black and white would work. 


ModSew:: Love Patchwork and Quilting issue 36

Ta Da!!!! I am so excited to share that I have a quilt project in issue 36 of Love Patchwork and Quilting.

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I love the take on the wave block but bigger. I love big blocks because it is less tricky with the big pieces and well a couple of blocks and you have a big quilt. Love P&Q wanted blues in an ombre effect. So below is the quilt Joanna Marsh and I came up with. I really love it.

We used several shades of Art Gallery Pure Elements for the ombre effect but I think any fabric would be cool in this quilt. It is fast and an eye catching quilt. I really enjoyed making this and Joanna was awesome to work with.

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I made a wave quilt for Heather Ross’s mendocino line for Windham Fabrics a couple of markets ago. I loved the pattern so so much because it is a big block and shows off the fabric line so well. For those that have asked… use this pattern and sub in those fabrics.

Go get a copy of issue 36!!!!

Wanna learn more about Love P&Q? Listen to Alice on episode 83 or Jenny on episode 051 (Jenny is now with Today’s Quilter. I think she need to come back on the podcast for a chat soon to chat about Today’s Quilter!)


Little Ruby Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop – The Finish

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And tada!!!! Here is my finished Little Ruby quilt I made using Tula Pink’s Chipper and Eden. With this pattern you use jelly rolls but for the background fabric I used what I had at home and I love the scrappiness that adds to the quilt.

 

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I tried to not think about the placement of the background fabric placement too much. I think I like it so much better with the randomness but I know that is so hard for some of you. I would encourage you to give it a try if you can.

 

I wanted to use Tula’s fabric because of how bright her prints always are and the sneaky little critters hidden in her art. I know my girls are going to love this quilt. I am sure they will take it to their room to claim as their own.

 

I like simple quilting. I always have and I know you can do a lot of awesome quilting with this pattern but I wanted simple. I was also on a deadline and waited until the last minute like usual. I do think I would have went with simple no matter what. I am comfortable with simple and I think it gives the quilt a good amount snugglier. (that has to be a word somewhere:)

Go check out Fat Quarter Shop for all of your Tula Pink fabric!

Also go check out the other bloggers showing off their Little Ruby quilts today.

Melissa from Happy Quilting

Angie from Gnome Angel

Erin Cox from Why Not Sew

Andy from A Bright Corner

Heidi from Buttons & Butterflies

Pat from Pat Sloan

Peta from She Quilts a Lot

Heather from Quilt Story

Megan from Quilt Story

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl

Gerri from Planted Seed Designs

Sherri from A Quilting Life

Rebecca from Bryan House Quilts

Sherri from This & That Patterns

Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon

Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts

Stephanie from Modern Sewciety

Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts

Carrie from Moda’s United Notions

 


MS episode 094:: Timna Tarr & Sherri from Rebecca Mae Designs

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Timna Tarr  homepage

Timna Tarr blog

Timna Tarr on instagram

The retreat Timna mentioned in the chat – Quilting in Vermont

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Rebecca Mae Designs

Rebecca Mae Designs on Instagram

Rebecca Mae Designs Shop

Dear Daughter Quilt Along

Dear Daughter Quilt Along blog posts

Rebecca Mae Designs tutorials

Sherri’s bundle at Fat Quarter Shop

Fat Quarter Shop gave us a code LUCKY1316 for 13% off!

It’s good for 13% off purchases, with a few exclusions like Flash Sales and Gift Certificates

The coupons run through 7/13/16

Quilt as you go tutorial

Aurifil Big Stitch post

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Orlando Modern Quilt Guild #quiltsforpulse information

If you are ready to mail stuff out the address is::

Alissa Lapinsky
c/o A List Hair Salon
106 South Woodland Blvd
Suite B
DeLand, FL 32720

MS episode 093:: CustomLabels4U and Tara Curtis, creator of Wefty

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Custom Labels 4 U 

Custom Labels 4 U – woven labels

Custom Labels 4 U – design your own stickers

Custom Labels 4 U on instagram (loads of ideas on their feed but I have included several below)

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Tara Curtis, creator of Wefty fabric weaving needles

 

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 Etsy Shop

Tara said to message her on etsy with your email and she will notify you a day before they are on advertised on instagram.

Tara on Instagram as @t_jaye

Also use the hashtag #weftyneedle to see how everyone is using their Wefty Needles

Tara’s blog T_Jaye has a lot of great video tutorials and projects

and don’t forget to check out Mathew aka @misterdomestic on instagram. He really has made some amazing fabric waeving projects.

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INFO for Orlando Pulse Quilt donations:

Please go to THIS LINK to find all of the information.

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Here are some things I am crushing on lately.

My girl Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting blew me away with this quilting on a Michael Miller quilt I sent to her. She is one amazing artist and I am just in awe of her talent. Check her out at @sewshabbyquilting

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I am loving all of the #seeitallpouch posts I have been seeing. Check out @laura_zuckercuss‘s feed for info. I mean that name is just too cool for school.

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Sarah Schraw has a new pattern out called Lawn Diamonds that is just amazing. She also has the most amazing instagram feed so go give her a follow @sarahschrawdesigns!

Posting this makes me realize I need to get Sarah Schraw on the podcast for a chat. I think we would have so much to chat about and I want to learn more about her. I need to work on that asap!

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Go visit our sponsor Becky from  Quilt Guild. Thank you Becky!

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Little Ruby Quilt Along, part 3 with Fat Quarter Shop

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This project just keeps getting better and better. I have to say I am wrapping my brain around construction a little because you don’t assemble the block but assemble the row. My brain has to really think about that because my initial thought is to sew the block. BUT it is coming together fast!

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Here is the YouTube video of assembling the blocks. The free pattern for Part 3 can be found here.

And please go check out the other quilters following along

Melissa from Happy Quilting

Angie from Gnome Angel

Erin Cox from Why Not Sew

Andy from A Bright Corner

Heidi from Buttons & Butterflies

Pat from Pat Sloan

Peta from She Quilts a Lot

Heather from Quilt Story

Megan from Quilt Story

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl

Gerri from Planted Seed Designs

Sherri from A Quilting Life

Rebecca from Bryan House Quilts

Sherri from This & That Patterns

Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon

Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts

Stephanie from Modern Sewciety

Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts

Carrie from Moda’s United Notions

And the Fat Quarter Shop is turning 13!!!!! Go check out their sale and also enter to win some great prizes!

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Little Ruby Quilt Along – part 2

 

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I have enjoyed working with the Fat Quarter Shop and this quilt along is so much fun. I mean the pattern is just too cute and it is really a quick quilt to make as well. I haven’t gotten everything ready to post but I wanted to let you all know where to find the next part of the quilt along. I will post some pictures soon of my quilt.

Check out the awesome video showing you just how to go about making the star blocks. Kimberly always does the best tutorials!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WQCMrunOmI

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In case you missed the first post on the quilt along check it out here.

And check out the other bloggers who are participating

Melissa from Happy Quilting

Angie from Gnome Angel

Erin Cox from Why Not Sew

Andy from A Bright Corner

Heidi from Buttons & Butterflies

Pat from Pat Sloan

Peta from She Quilts a Lot

Heather from Quilt Story

Megan from Quilt Story

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl

Gerri from Planted Seed Designs

Sherri from A Quilting Life

Rebecca from Bryan House Quilts

Sherri from This & That Patterns

Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon

Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts

Stephanie from Modern Sewciety

Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts

Carrie from Moda’s United Notions



MS episode 092:: Christa Watson from Christa Quilts

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Machine Quilting with Style, Christa’s first book. Also have a listen to episode 077 when she chatted about this book.
Christa’s Shop, The Precut Store
The new Julian Fellowes show on amazon, Dr Thorne. (affiliate link)

Stephanie’s Podcast Picks::

Heather Dubrow’s World

Bon Appetit Foodcast

Allegedly with Theo Von and Mathew Cole Weiss

Elise Gets Crafty

Fat Mascara 

Masterpiece Studio (PBS podcast)

I also mentioned

Joe Rogan (this is a podcast my husband listens to. Just a warning:: there is a lot of bad language usually)

Serial (loved the first season and not really the second season)

Christa’s Podcast Picks::

Hip to Be a Square

Hobbies up to Here

Explore Your Enthusiasm

The Simple Show

Seamwork Radio

Link to another list of podcasts to listen to (From Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams):
https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/03/04/updated-podcast-list-march-2016/