Mandala Quilt. Man, I like this one.

I think I have now got more projects on the go than I can reasonably finish. At least this Summer. However, this one came together so quickly and easily that I had to see it to the finish line asap.

If you haven’t seen any of the Violet Craft patterns before, take a look. http://www.violetcraft.com/  They’re beautiful and really well written. I have bought a few more of her paper piecing patterns and am really looking forward to getting started on them. This one is the Violet Craft Mandala Quilt. http://www.violetcraft.com/pdf/the-mandala-quilt-pdf-pattern photo 1man2photo 1 (2)man3photo 3thumbnail_photo%205[1]thumbnail_photo%203[1]thumbnail_photo%204[1]thumbnail_photo%201[2]

The Mandala is a great way to use up some stash or favorite fabrics. I’ve already started a second one, again, using all different colourways etc. I’ve searched #mandalaquilt on Instagram, and founds lots of examples, and the ones with matchy fabrics are just as stunning.

I think this one, with all it’s flaws (operator errors), will be hung on the wall. This new house is huge and we have empty walls just crying for some love.

For now, it’s back to the pool. Enough typing on my phone. Back to Summer with the kids. ❤

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Heritage Park Festival of Quilts 2016

Baby M’s first outing, at 5 days old, was to the Heritage Park Festival of Quilts. So many times driving by the signs for this I had scoffed and this year I (we) couldn’t wait to go. My mom was in town, and it was so much fun knowing I could finally take her to this. She had seen the ads for it, but the timing never quite worked out. And this year, Biggest Little had a big surprise for her as she and I were both first time entrants.

Biggest had heard about the show, and since her quilting interest had been awoken, she was interested in making her own quilt to have in the show. I am so proud of how dedicated she was. I know a few kids her age would have had a lot more help with their projects than she did. Big asked for direction on  each step, and I showed her, helped her get started, and watched in awe as she completed each one on her own. She truly made her quilt from start to finish. Shopping for and choosing her fabrics, cutting, piecing, and yes, even making her coordinating binding. She even used my machine to stitch a poem into her quilt.

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Big completed her quilt in one big weekend, and swore me to secrecy from her Nana that we would surprise her with the fact that Big had made her own quilt and entered it by just showing it to her Nana the day we were at the Festival. What a kid. The show was great, her Nana was very surprised, and we all had a great day.