I hope yall are having a good weekend. I have been on call for work all week so I have staying close to home.
Bizzy Lady and I have been very busy and haven’t had a lot of time to post as frequently as we want. Hopefully we will get back on track. It was nice to see that some of you responding to our previous post by taking the poll. A lot of our readers want to see more projects and how to do post. Stay tuned, we are working on a fun new small quilt for everyone to use for their personal use.
I have been seeing a nail polish quilt on Instgram and of course it was a bright shiny object to me. The free quilt pattern is on Fat Quarter Shop website. I am so in love with this quilt. It is very fast to construct. I completed my top, cross stitch quilted and added the binding. I think I will be making another one.
I also made a small quilt with fabric choices that I thought were cool.
I was designing the backing and decided I liked it to much and will make it a top instead.
So it’s going to be a two part series using black and white fabric to tie them together.
Bizzy Lady and I are super excited because, we are attending AQS in Grand Rapids, MI this week. We are taking two classes and two lecture sessions. I can’t wait to go shopping. I want to purchase Auril Thread and a cool new quilting tool.
From time to time Bizzy Lady and I want to know from you all what you would like for us to blog about. We have so many things going on and so little time to blog about everything that we are working on.
This is a great time to hear back from our followers. We want to make sure we keep our blog exciting enough for you to keep coming back each day.
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I am also happy to say that Bizzy Lady and I will be attending Quilt Con in 2015.
Hope to hear from yall. The next time I talk yall will hear from me, I will be in Colorado.
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.
I have selected my colors and this is what I came up with.
I have also completed June’s Hexie BOM.
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.
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.
I hope everyone is enjoying your summer and is having a wonderful time quilting.
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.
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.
We also took the Cool Running Cruise to get to Ocho Rios. That was so relaxing and the water is so beautiful and clear.
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.
Of course quilting ideas were everywhere. These are a few that kept my mind going.
We are glad to be back but I would love to go back one day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is a sample of fabric that I purchased. I’m in love with the Pepsi Fabric.
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.
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.
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….
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…..
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.
The quilting process went faster than I expected and this is my end result.
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.
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.