Swoon, one is finished. :)

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Swoon patterns, Bonnie and Camille fabrics, the two go hand in hand like that perfectly sweet couple who have been in love since they first set eyes on each other. Over the last couple of years, the original Swoon pattern has been tweaked by Camille Rosekelley to include a mini pattern, a patch work pattern, and a Swoon 16 pattern. FYI, they’re all gorgeous and look so beautiful using any of the fabrics from the countless B&C fabric lines.

My love for Instagram is no secret (hello inspiration) and the #swoonalong was the push I needed to complete not one,( well, okay, I’ve only actually completed one so far) but two of the Swoon patterns. I managed to finish the original (that I started last year -whoops) and get the top done of the Patchwork version. Love them. They come together in such a beautiful way, and if  you haven’t done one, I highly recommend it. They are a classic.

 

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Little Ruby, and Courtyard Tiles

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The name Ruby is one of my favorites. But, that isn’t surprising to me because one of my favorite people ever was named Ruby. My Grandmother. So, when Bonnie & Camille released the Little Ruby collection, naturally I was drawn to it. The colors and patterns go so well together.

I held on to this fat quarter bundle for a long time, for me anyways, waiting for just the right pattern. When I saw Courtyard Tiles, I knew it was the one. This pattern cuts quickly, pieces quickly, and looks very much like curved piecing, something I haven’t attempted since the Meadow quilt.  http://myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.ca/2014/10/courtyard-tiles-pattern-is-finished.html

I’m pleased with how well this one has come together so far, and how the pattern leaves very usable scraps. Lots of 2.5 inch strips remain, and I will probably use those for a scrappy border. I’ve even held onto a baggie of teeny tiny triangle scraps thinking I may attempt my first mini quilt. I guess I just can’t bear the thought of wasting any of Ruby. ❤

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Sparkle Quilt 2, and an Instagram repost from MSQC! :)

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My ego may never need stroking again. To top this amazing week off, Missouri Star Quilt Company reposted my photo of my finished Sparkle quilt. If you’ve read this blog at all, you’ll quickly see how often I use their patterns. The tutorials that Jenny puts out have been so inspirational for me. I find them so well done and reachable for a newbie like myself. I am literally fan girling here over her (or their Instagram person ) reposting my photo. *sigh* Amazing.

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We’re in a Magazine!?

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When you first start out quilting, there’s a plethora of resources to gain skills and inspiration from. Some of my favorites are magazines. One of my favorites of those, is American Quilter. Imagine my excitement to open up the latest issue today and see my daughter and her quilt, as well as my quilt, featured in an article in that very publication.

It.Was.Amazing. I have been sharing the news everywhere, so my apologies. The entire thing began with a writer spotting my alphabet quilt at the Heritage Park Festival of Quilts this past May and contacting me. Such a sweet lady, and she asked further questions about Little’s quilt and the children’s display. Fast forward to today, and she has photographed and featured my quilts on her blog, and now written this article where several quilts from Calgary and the Festival are being showcased for the entire reading community for AQ. So thrilling. Here’s a link to Kim’s blog.  http://www.kimhansonquilts.com/quilts-in-the-summer-chief-mountain-and-beautiful-waterton-lakes-national-park/

 

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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. ❤

Lizzy House Meadow Quilt, Part 2.

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I’m finished! Yahoo! Well, I’m finished of the baby version. The Mendicino fabric was a hit with the kids, so with lots of enthusiastic encouragement, I finished up the small Meadow for the baby.

Somehow managed to get all m pieces cut for my full-size Meadow, but I have a few other projects to finish up before I get to piecing that.

I know there have been issues for some people with the pattern for the Meadow lying flat, or rather, not. To be frank, few of my quilts are done with the precision required to lay flat, so I had no issues with the Meadow. If you’re looking for a fix, #fixmymeadow is the Instagram search you’ll want to do.

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Lizzy House, and the Meadow Quilt Part 1

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Where do I start? I was browsing Pinterest one night, and a particular quilt caught my eye. Like, really caught it. I had to make it. Immediately. It spoke to me on many levels and was just so beautiful. After days of looking for the pattern, I asked the lovely ladies of my guild ( http://calgarymqg.blogspot.ca/  )  on our FB page if anyone knew where to buy the Lizzy House  (http://www.lizzyhouse.com/ )   “Meadow” pattern.

I found out pretty quickly that there is no pattern. Cue the waterworks. The only way to make a Meadow quilt is to attend a class on it taught by Lizzy, or have her come to you and teach a group. Well, cue more waterworks upon finding out that Lizzy was planning on retiring the pattern and taking a much deserved break. The odds were not in our favor.

QuiltCon, and some determined ladies in my guild, who also had this on their quilty bucket list, made contact with Lizzy. Just a few short weeks later, Lizzy was coming to Calgary. Dreams come true much? Yes.

Lizzy came to Calgary to the Threaducation Centre (amazing place by the way  http://www.threaducationcentre.com/ ), and taught three full days of Meadow classes. I believe I heard one person even flew in from New Zealand just to take it.

Lizzy is funny, real, and was incredibly open with everyone in attendance. The day was awesome, as were the ladies attending. All in all, it was such a great experience. I now understand why the pattern is passed on in the traditional hands on way, and I couldn’t agree more. It was a gift, and I will treasure it.  I’m so grateful that the stars aligned, and this was able to take place. I’ve been suffering with debilitating pregnancy related nausea on and off for the last month, and literally prayed to be well enough to attend this class. If you ever have the chance to attend one of Lizzy’s classes – take it! You will be so glad you did.

Please, be forgiving of my photos. I have never been strict with myself about seam allowances, but they’re very important with this quilt. I have a long way to go, and spent yesterday completing a 9 block version for a baby quilt. I’m happy to report that being careful about the  basics have paid off, and each block was better than the last. So, don’t let my crooked lines etc. be any indication of the Meadow quilt. Lizzy’s technique is flawless, my skills on the other hand, have a way to go. But, making a beauty like this sure makes the trip enjoyable.

 

 

Learning My ABC’s

Middle Little is the most energetic creature I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Her thirst for knowledge is the only thing that rivals her energy level. She’s been wanting to learn to sew (sit on my lap while I sew) for ages, so this weekend, she did.

We found the perfect project, an alphabet quilt using the free patterns from the Spell it With Moda Blog Hop from a few years ago.  http://blog.modafabrics.com/2014/02/spell-it-with-fabric-setting-directions/

It took a lot of hunting and gathering to get all the patterns, but each and every blog the hop brought me to was impressive, and I would recommend it to everyone.

With three girls, and another on the way in the Spring, I’m hoping to finish four of these.

Here’s the start of two. I used jelly rolls for the letters, and yardage for the background. They come together really quickly and the kids already love playing with the blocks.


  

I’m No Gymnast, but I Can’t Resist Cartwheels

This is the third Cartwheels quilt I’ve made from jelly rolls. I can’t resist how quickly this top comes together, and I love the look of the pattern.

This one was made with Prairie by, of course, Moda (http://www.fatquartershop.com/moda-fabric/prairie-corey-yoder-little-miss-shabby-moda-fabrics ) . The pattern is free in the Moda Bake Shop (http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/08/cartwheels-quilt.html ).


  
  

Swoon Part 1

Bonnie and Camille fabric, it’s beautiful. Every line they put out is gorgeous. Camille designed the quilt pattern “Swoon” a few years ago (http://thimbleblossoms.bigcartel.com/product/swoon-pattern-142-pdf-pattern ) . I put off attempting it because the large block size was intimidating to a newbie like me.

Today, I finally took the plunge, and I’m so glad I did. The pattern is well written and easy to follow. My first block came together in just a few hours, and for future ones, I’ll cut several at once.

I’m making this version with some of my Miss Kate ( http://camilleroskelley.typepad.com/simplify/2014/03/id-like-you-to-meet.html ) fat quarter bundle I’ve been hanging on to forever.

If you’ve been swooning after Swoon, go for it. It’s a beautiful block.