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Hey Everyone,

During the summer Bizzy Lady and I stay very busy. So I haven’t had a lot of time to do quilting but I have to try to fit it in during the summer. I am leaving next week for a business trip and I will need to take some hand projects with me.

The Hexie Block of the Month for July is a cutie ice cream cone. wpid-hexie1.jpeg

I have selected my colors and this is what I came up with. wpid-20140721_205816.jpg

I have also completed June’s Hexie BOM. wpid-20140719_131516.jpg

I also found a little time to complete two more blocks for a quilt project I have been working on since last October. Its a Michael Miller pattern that I fell in love with. Darling Mums Quilt

I wanted to showcase this modern style fabric that I purchased awhile ago. I didn’t want to cut the fabric up and take away from its pattern, so I thought this quilt design would be good.

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I hope everyone is enjoying your summer and is having a wonderful time quilting.

Until next time….

Diva Dane

 

 

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Greetings From Jamaica

Hey Everyone,

For the last week Bizzy Lady and I and one of our other friends spend my birthday in Jamaica. It was so amazing. We were at the Riu Palace in Montego Bay. The resort staff were the nicest people we have ever met. The were so accommodating.

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It was wonderful. I concurred the Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Ricos. It was an experience I will never forget. The Dunn’s River Falls and Park is an amazing flowing falls that extends across more than 183 meters or 600 feet. It took us about 1 – 1.5 hours to climb the entire falls.

Dunn's River Falls Jamaica

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We also took the Cool Running Cruise to get to Ocho Rios.  That was so relaxing and the water is so beautiful and clear.wpid-img_20140710_162233.jpg

My birthday was July 10th and the wait staff brought me a birthday cake and sung to me. Also when we got back to our room they had the room decorated for me.wpid-img_20140710_195825.jpgwpid-img_20140710_195906.jpg

Of course quilting ideas were everywhere. These are a few that kept my mind going.wpid-img_20140707_160538.jpgwpid-img_20140707_160437.jpgwpid-img_20140707_160450.jpg

We are glad to be back but I would love to go back one day.

Until next time…..

Diva Dane

 

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Diva Dane’s Michael Miller Challenge

Hey Everyone,

I hope y’all are doing good this morning. Well today starts my first day of vacation. I’m loving it already. Next week Bizzy Lady and 1 of our other friend is going to Jamaica to spend the week there for my Birthday!!!! I’m so excited. I have never been there before. I have so much running around to do today it isn’t even funny.

I am glad to say that I have finished my Michael Miller Challenge. The binding is on and everything. I started this project thinking what should I do that would be different and fun, something that I have been wanting to do but haven’t. I saw a design that I liked and then I started sketching the quilt pattern.wpid-20140703_071531.jpg

Once I came up with my designs, I had to decide what solid colors I was going to incorporate. My final decision was Grey and White. After that long process I wanted to sew one block to see how it would turn out and this is what I came up with.wpid-20140608_195607.jpg

Then after I saw that one block, I was in love and after that I went to town. I still had two colors from the challenge yet that I didn’t use. My mind went into overload to think how can I add those two colors to my piece. The light bulb went on and I said I will add them to the sides as if they were bordering the whole quilt.wpid-20140608_200520.jpg

 

This is my final product and I am very proud of how it turned out. I am also proud of myself because I did my own quilting.wpid-20140629_213901.jpgwpid-20140629_214121.jpg

 

Until next time….

Diva Dane

 

 

 

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I’m On A Roll

Happy  Hump Day Everyone!!!!

As Bizzy Lady mentioned, we had a lot of fun on our Shop Hop. I was like a kid in a Candy Shop. It was so much fabric, tools and fabric that I didn’t know what to do. My favorite store was Creative Quilt Kits. That’s where I spent the most.

I also purchased the Diva Wallet Pattern and this is my masterpiece.wpid-img_20140623_211317.jpg

Here is a sample of fabric that I purchased. I’m in love with the Pepsi Fabric. wpid-img_20140621_193459.jpg

So this past weekend I also reorganized all my fabrics and color coded them. I even made a tube full of projects that I have all put together that I want to work on. This is my next task to go start completing those projects. One of the projects is a messenger bag and I saw on Mommy by day Crafter by night Blog (http://www.mommybydaycrafterbynight.com/2011/12/little-birdie-told-me-messenger-bag.html). I had the fabric all picked out and bundled together since April.

I finished the bag tonight and this is the end result.wpid-20140625_194810.jpg wpid-20140625_194738.jpgwpid-20140625_194758.jpg

I have also completed my Michael Miller Challenge Quilt. I sewed the binding on tonight as well. Once that is completed I will showcase that quilt. I can’t wait to show it off.

Talk to yall Later…..

Diva Dane

 

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Crafty Weekend

As Diva Dane mentioned, we went on the Modern Traditions Michigan Shop Hop. There were 6 shops on the hop and we got to 5 of them. (We got hungry.)

Shout out to Pink Castle Fabrics (#pinkcastlefabrics) in Ann Arbor, MI. Everyone was welcoming and very helpful. The shop has great fabric and a wonderful selection of solids. Diva Dane and I are part of their Color Inspirations Club where we get a lovely package of solids at the beginning of each month.

Shout out to Creative Quilt Kits in Brighton, MI. Great selection of fabrics. The staff was very hospitable and patient while Diva Dane and I designed on the fly and took a fair amount of time trying to make up our minds. They invited us to come to the monthly sew in. Although the shop is a ways away from us, Diva Dane and I will try to attend a session since it is on a Friday evening.

Shout out to Quilting Season in Saline, MI. The staff was great. We always like to talk shop, you never know what you may learn. We had a great discussion on thread. Now I have some research to do on the topic. (Look for more on the topic of thread in a future post.)

Shout out to Quilters Garden in Fenton, MI. They have a wide range of colorful fabric.

Shout out to Lake Street Mercantile in South, Lyon. They have a great staff and were very welcoming. They have a very charming store in what seemed to be the heart of downtown. They had some interesting fabrics we had not come across before.

Some of my loot….

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We also purchased the Diva Wallet pattern (don’t you love the name) from Creative Quilt Kits designed by Jessica VanDenburgh (sewmanycreationsny.com). It calls for a 8″ wallet frame. The pattern referenced Amelia’s Garden (sewameliasgarden.com) as a source to purchase the frame. I completed a wallet this evening. I really enjoyed making the wallet. The instructions were clear, easy to follow and came together quickly. My wallet…..

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Until next time….

Bizzy Lady

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My Quilting Experience

Happy Friday Everyone,

How are yall doing? My week has gone well. Over the past weekend I watched the Jacquie Gering “Creative Quilting with Your Walking Foot” class on Craftsy Online Classes. I love this class and  learned alot in the process.  I have always been nervous of quilting because I thought I would mess up a quilt top that I put so much work in. Bizzy Lady would tell me that I could do it. After being part of Modern quilt groups, I’ve learned there aren’t precise ways of quilting, like when quilting a traditional quilt.

I had a quilt sandwich already prepared so away I went. I liked her demonstration of a swirl style stitch. This is what the quilt looked like before the quilting. 

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The quilting process went faster than I expected and this is my end result.

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I have then sewn on my binding and I am ready for some hand quilting this weekend.  I will be glad to say I have marked off 1 UFO from my long list.

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I am so excited Bizzy Lady and I are participating in a Modern Traditional Shop Hop in the Metro Detro Area tomorrow. Its going to be a busy day and we are starting out early.

Come back to see what fun items we purchased.

Untill Then…..
Diva Dane

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Beginner Applique Class

Hey Everyone,

Bizzy Lady and I taught our second beginner Applique class to members of  Great LakesmAfrican American Quilters Network (GLAAQN). Our class was very productive and we enjoyed all of our students.  We had 12 students.  We hope everyone learned how to applique and will complete their quilts. Here are a few pictures of our student’s quilt tops.

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Kaye

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Wanda

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Pat

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Emma

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Lynn

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Peggy

We hope everyone learned and enjoyed our class. We are waiting to see finished projects.

Until then….
Diva Dane

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Diva Dane’s Quilting Moment

Hey Everyone,

I want to wish my Mom a Happy 71st Birthday tomorrow. Love You!!!

I am behind in my Hexie Block of the Month for May and June.  I have started on May’s block which is a butterfly.

This is what I have so far. wpid-20140612_221918.jpg

June BOM is a flower and I haven’t even decided what colors I’m going to use for mine.

On one of Bizzy Lady and I Joann shopping trip we found that Fiskar has hexagon punches. We got a large and extra large size.

While I was on my trip, I started using the large size hexies to make a design.

This is what I have so far. wpid-20140612_065255.jpg

 

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In the previous post, Bizzy Lady let everyone know that we are part of the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge. I have designed my quilt and made all of my blocks. I just need to put my quilt top together and then start quilting as you go.

This is a sneak peak of my challenge. wpid-20140608_195459.jpg

Until next time..

Diva Dane

 

 

 

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Designing

I have a number of projects in the works and a few require original designs. Each year the neighborhood we grew up in has a reunion the 2nd Saturday in August. Over the last couple of years, my husband and I have been making shirts to commemorate the occasion. Each year I try to come up with a different design. So I am in the process of auditioning designs on my trusty embroidery machine. I will be posting pics when I finalize the design.

Diva Dane and I are participating in the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge hosted by The Modern Quilt Guild. We were given Michael Miller fabric from the Petal Pinwheels collection to make anything quilted. So I pulled out the graph paper to get busy on my design. I first had to find inspiration so I took to Pinterest. I like Art Deco and Mid Century Modern designs so I began perusing related boards. Below is the resulting design.

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Now that the design is done, I can’t wait to get started.

Until next time …….

Bizzy Lady

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Finally Home

Hey Everyone,

I am so glad to be at home. I got back Friday afternoon. I was so happy that I was able to visit 2 quilt shops while I was in Lebanon, PA.  The one store, Martin’s Fabric Barn, had a large collection of Moda Fabrics. I asked the owner if I should ever need anymore fabric, while she ship it and the lady said yes. I was very happy about that.  These are two pictures of the fabrics that I purchased.

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Another highlight of my trip was that I was able to go back to Hershey, PA.  We went to What If’s Restaurant and they still had the Pineapple Infused Vodka Martinis. wpid-20140604_184751.jpg

I missed quilting a lot. I’m so happy to get back into the groove of things and get my quilting on. I have been quilting a little bit today.  So come back to see what I have been working on.

Until Then…

Diva Dane

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