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Shimmer Blog Hop and a giveaway!

Shimmer Fabric by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman

 I am very pleased to be a part of the Shimmer Blog Hop to celebrate Jennifer Sampou’s latest fabric release.  Shimmer is fun, sophisticated, textural and the best part…it shines!

Last Spring, I made a quilt for Market from Jennifer’s Studio Stash line and I’ve been using the fabrics in my projects ever since.  I really love fabrics that add visual texture and come in beautiful colors.  The current line, Shimmer, certainly does not disappoint and the projects in the lookbook are stunning.

Shimmer Fabric by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman

I had fun making the Cargo Duffle featured in the lookbook and Jennifer is lucky I didn’t keep it for myself!  The dresses in the book are positively drool-worthy.

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When Jennifer asked me to be in the blog hop and design a project, I jumped at the chance.  I had this image in my head of a quilt with tons of shimmering X’s on a neutral background.

Shimmer X Quilt from Better Off Thread

The block I used is called “Road to Tennessee”, but I changed the proportions to make the X’s thinner and more delicate.  I didn’t realize when I came up with the design that I’d be sewing together 268 3″ squares and 536 2″ squares, but it was well worth it!

Shimmer X Quilt from Better Off Thread

 The background color is Kona Pewter (one of the newest Kona colors) and it is the perfect shade of gray with a hint of warmth.

Shimmer X Quilt from Better Off Thread

 I angsted over the quilting and then decided to sew simple, wavy, lines to add texture.

Shimmer X Quilt from Better Off Thread

Check out those great prints!

Shimmer X Quilt from Better Off Thread

I pieced the back using leftover Shimmer I had from making the Cargo Duffle.  Look at it shine!

Shimmer X Quilt from Better Off Thread

 View from the back.

The quilt measures 47″ x 59″ and it is currently glamming up my living room.

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Be sure to check out all the other amazing bloggers and the fantastic projects they are creating from Shimmer.

 Blog Hop Schedule:

April 1- Robert Kaufman/Jennifer Sampou
April 2- Janice Ryan- Better off Thread
April 3- Alissa Haight Carlton- Handmade by Alissa
April 4- Julie Herman- JayBird Quilts
April 5- Natalie Barnes- Beyond the Reef
April 6- Stash Books- C&T Publishing
April 7- Amanda Jean Nyberg- Crazy Mom Quilts
April 8- Lee Heinrich- Freshly Pieced
April 9- Cheryl Arkinson- Naptime Quilter
April 10- Christina Cameli- A Few Scraps
April 11- Elizabeth Hartman- Oh Fransson
April 12- Faith Jones-Fresh Lemon Quilts
April 13- Gemma Jackson- Pretty Bobbins
April 14- Katie Blakesley- Swim Bike Quilt
April 15- Amy Smart-Diary of a Quilter
April 16- Laura Nownes, Jennifer Rounds, Pati Fried, Darra Williamson- See How We Sew
April 17- Holly DeGroot- Bijou Lovely
April 18- Jennifer Sampou-Wrap Up
April 21- Jennifer Sampou- Announce Winner of Giveaway

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At the end of the Blog Hop, Jennifer Sampou will be giving away an entire fat quarter bundle of Shimmer.  Check out this luscious stack of fabric:

Shimmer Fabric by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman

To enter the giveaway, new readers should sign up on Jennifer’s mailing list and  comment on her blog before the end of the hop.  Be sure to comment about your favorite projects and why. Existing followers are automatically eligible to win.

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I also have a charm pack of Shimmer to giveaway to my readers! 

Shimmer Fabric by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman

 To enter to win the charm pack, just leave me a comment.  I’ll announce a winner by random number generator on Friday, April 4th.

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You can check out Shimmer on the Robert Kaufman Website

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And if you can’t wait until the end of the giveaway, The Cotton Patch is taking pre-orders.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Oregon Coast Mini

I am going to tell you the unbelievable right now.  I actually finished the mini from the contest I held last July! Can you believe it?

The winner was Jill, with her idea for the Oregon Coast/Highway 101, and here is the resulting mini:

Highway 101 mini quilt by Better Off Thread

I was originally thinking I would make something more abstract and less literal, but I couldn’t get the idea of a quilted road sign out of my head.

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I found a sign image in the “Oregon Coastal News” and created a life-sized template in Photoshop for my quilt pattern.  I couldn’t find definite proof that this was ever an actual Highway 101 road sign (I even scanned Google Earth for an hour looking for the current sign.), but it’s art, so I get to take license!

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Since it’s an Oregon quilt, I definitely wanted to use an Oregon based fabric designer.  I chose Madrona Road by Violet Craft.  I love every fabric line she has released and this line is so iconic to the Oregon countryside.  Madrona Road also goes well with my very favorite color right now; Empire Yellow by Art Gallery Fabrics.

Highway 101 mini quilt by Better Off Thread

I love how the hand stitching on the letters looks like dashed yellow lines on a road.  That was a very happy accident.

Highway 101 mini quilt by Better Off Thread

I debated on the quilting and decided to do swirly, floral doodles, to mirror the graphics in the fabric.

I really want to make more of these.  I would love a Pennsylvania Turnpike and California 101 version to hang in my home.

I hope you enjoy your mini, Jill!

A-Maze Finished (and a FREE Craftsy Pattern)!

A-Maze Quilt with Architextures: A Craftsy Pattern by Better Off Thread

I FINALLY finished my A-Maze quilt!   I wanted to make  a quilt to showcase all those yummy Architextures fabrics by Carolyn Friedander before I used them up in other quilts. I don’t often use one fabric line in a quilt, but I LOVE these fabrics so much.  I wanted something simple and linear, so the fabrics are the focus.

A-Maze Quilt with Architextures: A Craftsy Pattern by Better Off Thread

I decided to do my favorite wavy quilting on it, and I also added in some large pebbles, to echo the curvy lines and circles on the Architextures fabric.

A-Maze Quilt with Architextures: A Craftsy Pattern by Better Off Thread

The binding is scrappy on one side, using each print from the collection.

A-Maze Quilt with Architextures: A Craftsy Pattern by Better Off Thread

The back is one of the ledger prints paired with Kona Peacock.

A-Maze Quilt with Architextures: A Craftsy Pattern by Better Off Thread

The finished quilt measures 60″ x 70″ and it’s really quick and easy to make.  It’s also a great pattern for a man (my husband has already claimed it for his couch at work).  I love sharing with all my wonderful readers, so I wrote up the pattern and it’s a free download on Craftsy.  You can find it here.

Happy Halloween!

Superhero Baby Quilt

Superhero Baby Quilt from Better Off Thread

I am finally able to share this finish, since I gifted the quilt last weekend to my friend, Carrie.  She and her husband are big superhero fans, so as soon as Carrie told me she was expecting in October, I earmarked this fabric for the baby.

Superhero Baby Quilt from Better Off Thread

The fabric is Superhero by Illustration Ink for Robert Kaufman.  My friend, Ramona, gave me a pile of it last year (thank you, Ramona!), so I was very
happy to finally have the chance to put it to use.  I sashed it with leftover skinny strips (1.5″ strips).

Superhero Baby Quilt from Better Off Thread

I like to lay quilts out in Photoshop first, so here was my original layout.  I didn’t do any exact measurements.  Once I had the diagram finished, I just started cutting and sewing.

Superhero Baby Quilt from Better Off Thread

I’m still getting comfortable on my mid-arm machine, but I finally decided to try something other than a meander.  I did a puffy cloud/windy swirl design over the entire quilt.

Superhero Baby Quilt from Better Off Thread

Part of the fabric collection is a panel (I had two of them).  I used most of it on the front of the quilt, but I had two newspapers left over.  I put one on the back of the quilt and cut my leftover fabric into strips.  I want to make the other newspaper into something for Liam.  He was very excited about the quilt and such a good sport when he found out it wasn’t for him, but for “Little Liam” (Which is what he has named the baby.).

Superhero Baby Quilt from Better Off Thread

The full back of the quilt.

Superhero Baby Quilt from Better Off Thread

I *think* it measures about 52″x 62″.  I forgot to measure it!  It’s just right for laying on the floor to play with the baby.

Congrats, Carrie and Steve!

Moda Bakeshop Pattern!

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I am excited to announce that my Sunny Diamond Zig-Zag quilt is over at Moda Bakeshop today as a free download!  Please stop on over and check it out.

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Fat Quarterly Issue 14: Summer

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The Issue 14 of Fat Quarterly is out today and I am thrilled to say that the pattern for my “No Strings Attached” Quilt is in it!

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I had so much fun designing and sewing this quilt that I made TWO.  Featured in Fat Quarterly is a 59″x 71″ couch quilt made with Indian Summer by Sarah Watson.

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 I also made a smaller, baby quilt, version using Don’t Be Crabby, by Laurie Wisbrun and various solids.

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Because two isn’t enough, I still want to make yet another version, using only scraps.  This quilt will utilize even your tiniest scraps and the giant triangles make it go together quickly.

Head on over and check out the issue!

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Quilt Market

I was not fortunate enough to attend Quilt Market, but maybe someday! I’m a sample sewer for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, so I did get to be there in spirit. I wanted to share (ok, show-off) the items I made.

A big thank you to Latifah from The Quilt Engineer for most of these photos!

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The first piece is this bag, which is aptly named “The Awesome Bag”.  It’s a really cute, easy, bag to make (if you aren’t afraid of buttonholes), plus it’s reversible and you can lengthen and shorten the strap. How awesome is that?  There is a free tutorial by Elsie Marley right here.

The fabrics are RK Railroad Denim and London Calling 3.

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Next was this little girl’s dress made from Blythe by Rebecca Bischoff fabrics.  The dress pattern is Figgy’s Scirocco Dress.  I turned right around and used the pattern again to make Emmeline’s Easter dress.

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I want more of that dot on the bottom tier!

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This quilt was made for the Studio Stash(by Jennifer Sampou) display.  It’s only 36″ and each square is 6.5″, so I really thought it would be quick, but I was so wrong! It’s all paper-pieced, so that’s piecing and matching 144 triangles, plus ripping all the paper out. Then my husband and I spent an hour just looking at the layout to make sure the dark and light colors were evenly disbursed (he’s such a good husband!).

This did give me an idea for my bee block next month, though, which I need to get organized!

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I’m not normally a fan of batiks, but there are some prints and colors in this collection that are really pretty.  I really love these leaf prints and that yellow is amazing in person.

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I decided to have fun with the quilting, so I did 7 different patterns in the negative space and repeated them diagonally.  I did all the quilting on my Juki.

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You can see it here at Quilt Market, being displayed with my finally piece, the giant bolster pillow.

The pillow was also for the studio stash display and it’s a 40″ long bolster.

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I was going to use a zipper, and then I decided it would add more interest to gather the ends.  I just made it up out of my head while I sewed, so there is no tutorial.

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Thanks for looking and have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Finished: Geese in the Forest Quilt

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Geese in the Forest, Twiddletails, Flying geese quilt

After 3.5 years, I finally finished my “Geese in the Forest” Quilt! I started this quilt back in November 2009, when my son was 2 months old.  Two moves and another baby (now a toddler) later, it’s done!

Here are the stats:

Pattern: “Geese in the Forest” by Twiddletails

Size: 60″ x 60″

Number of Flying Geese:  459 (front and back)

Fabrics: Vintage Bed Linens for the geese, Kona White for the background and Architextures Black for the binding.

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I quilted wavy lines going in various directions on my Juki TL200Qi.  This is my new favorite quilting pattern. It adds so much wonderful texture, but it is quite time-consuming!

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A view of the quilting from the back.

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The quilt is so colorful, so I decided to use Architextures Black  for the binding.  I love how it acts as a frame.  I think everything I’ve made lately has a bit of Architextures in it!.

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I made some extra geese for the back, because how can I resist a rainbow of flying geese?

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I love it so much that I want to hang it on a wall.  Maybe I should make one that is half-sized as a wall hanging.  Check back in 3.5 years for the finish!

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Linking up with The Let’s Get Acquainted Monday Link-up at Plum & June.

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Scrappy Trip Around the World: Finished!

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It is complete!  My Scrappy Trip Around the World Quilt is done and currently in use on my couch (while I write this blog post, in fact!)

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It measures 70″x 80″ which is big in comparison to quilts I normally make and it fits on my queen-size bed, so it may live there part of the time.

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The fabric was a fat quarter bundle of Anna Maria Horner’s Little Folks Voile that I purchased some time ago with plans to make a quilt for the living room. It is SO soft and snuggly and the kids love cuddling under it with me while we read books in the morning.

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After having various trials and tribulations while machine quilting (which you can read about here), I ended up changing the batting back to my old standby (Warm & Natural).  I both machine and hand quilted, with a minimal amount of straight lines to retain the softness of the top.  I also found the spray baste to be more problematic than helpful with the slippery voile, so I ended up basting with straight pins and re-smoothing often.

The hand-quilting thread is Wonderfil Spagetti in Stormy Blue and Lichen.  I love, love, LOVE it and I managed to find some at one of my local quilt shops.

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The back is Robert Kaufman Cambridge Lawn in Aqua and it is just as soft as the voile front. I used Anna Maria Horner’s “Innocent Crush” Mixed Signals in Striking for the binding.

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The quilt washed very nicely (this photo is post washing).  I washed on delicate and dried on normal and it looks exactly the same post wash as it did pre-wash, minus a couple inches for shrinking.

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Linking up with TGIFF at Sewing by Moonlight

Disappearing 9-Patch Class for Beginners

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I am going to be teaching another class at Sew Modern at the end of February and it’s specifically for new quilters (time to convert some new minions to our cause). It will be 3 Sunday sessions and students will learn how to cut, piece, quilt and bind a 40″x40″ Disappearing 9-Patch Quilt.

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I made the sample this week and the fabric is Notting Hill, by Joel Dewberry paired with a few matching Konas (Sew Modern has every single color in their store!).  I had a really tough time choosing between the Notting Hill colorways.  They are all so pretty!

If you live in Los Angeles and have always wanted to learn to quilt or know someone who wants to learn, sign on up!  Details can be found here.

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Linking up with TGIFF at Quokka Quilts.