April 12th, 2014

Drive-By Posting

by Julie Hirt

Quick Post – I wanted to share another pillow I made using my Candy Flowers pattern posted at Moda Bake Shop.

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For this I used a Potluck Mini Charm pack, added some piping and used a zipper enclosure.

I think the bright Potluck fabrics make the pattern pop a little more than the original.

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You could make 4 of these using one regular Charm Pack.   I think they would make a cute baby quilt!

Have a great weekend -

 

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April 4th, 2014

Check it! Birthday Bash Goodies

by Julie Hirt

I’m participating in a Birthday Bash Swap where 8 of us are exchanging handmade gifts for each other on the recipients birthday month.   I, being ever so lucky, was the first recipient with my birthday being the end of February.  We started a little late in the year so I received my happy mail during most of March.

In hindsight, I should have blogged each of these gifts separately.  There is so much goodness in each one that I could take a dozen pictures of each.

My items are already in use *heart-heart-heart*.  Rather than round it all up, I’ll be linking to each blogger and the handmade item on their site (if available).  The pictures I’m posting are from the day they arrived and I shared my happiness via Instagram.

Amanda from What the Bobbin started me off with this bundle of awesome.

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It’s a cosmetic case with fabric that I’ve been lusting over and can’t get my hands on.  Those viewfinders are just drool-worthy.  My case has already been on a trip to the lake and currently storing some of my traveling products.   More info and pattern details here.  She also MADE those cute pins and sent me oodles of fun things including a flying geese ruler.  Give Amanda a visit and join in on her fussy cut swaps!  They are FUN.

Next up is a table topper from Renee of Quilts of a Feather.

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It totally makes me swoon.  Before she asked about using batiks I wasn’t sure I liked them – this SO changed my mind!  It’s absolutely perfect and reminds me the ocean and the little fish make me smile.  It’s on my nightstand.   I don’t believe Renee has blogged about it but you should check out her site. Her quilting is gorgeous and she makes it look easy. Just look at the fish scales!  I wish I had some of that talent.  (BTW – those hair ties are the best kind, they don’t leave hair dents)

Here’s Hootie! From Mara at Simon Says Sew

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Isn’t he adorable?   The pattern is Owl You Need.   He has little pockets on his belly and they were stuffed full of fun things including 3 buttons.  The buttons were puppies, 2 white and 1 brown – just like dogs!  She also sent the best needles I’ve ever used;  glass pins made by Little House. Hootie keeps me company on my sewing table and holds misc items for me. Definitely stop by and give Mara a visit!

Embroidery Pouch from Stephanie at Quarter Incher

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Yes!  It’s a great item that I didn’t even know I had to have.  First, the front of it is amazing – I love the black with the brights.  Second, I actually needed this to store some of hand sewing things in.  It holds a lot. A LOT.  You can find the pattern info here.   And… look at all the goodies!   Stephanie is pretty amazing with just her quilting abilities, but get this:  She just had a baby and pretty much blogged, stitched and quilted like a maniac up to the second she had him.  Yeah.  She’s a boss.  So, stop by and check her out.

Ellie Travel Case by Nicole at Snips Snippets

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I have to say this:  Nicole said this was her first swap (mine, too) and I’m SO happy it was to me. Ha! She totally spoiled me rotten with goodies. Like, seriously loaded that Travel Case up and it has more space than you’d realize.   You can find more pictures and info on the pattern here.  Fabrics, small open wide pouch, washi, candy… the list goes on, but the Travel Case seriously makes me happy.  I love the fabrics and it’s super functional.  Stop by to say hi and drool over the toy blocks she made (in the same link as above).

Huge Basket from Sarah at Sarah Quilts

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It’s LARGE!  I already have things stored in it and can think of a hundred reasons to make more of these.  She shares the pattern info here.  I’m using mine to store our outdoor plates and miscellaneous items I’m always lugging outside.  We eat outside a lot in the warmer months and that time is upon us. This basket will be greatly used and looks much prettier than the hideous grocery bag I was using.  Plus – look at the pouch (which would have been fantastic to receive by itself!) and all of the fun things she sent.  I’m really excited to use the metal zippers, I’ve never sewn with them before.  Sarah recently kicked off a DYO Sampler at Sew, Mama, Sew!  You definitely need to check it out.

Finishing up with Leona at Leona’s Quilting Adventures

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Fun, fun, fun!  My birthday bash wrapped up when I received these goodies from Leona.  The little basket is super cute and is currently on my cutting table to catch stray scraps.  I love the scrappy-ness of it.  She also sent some items I can really use and the doorknob notepad was a hit with the girls.  They like to put notes on the garage door like “get candy”, “pay Tori $20″.  Heh.  Leona’s sister recently passed away and she’s taking a break from the blog, but definitely check her site out and add her to future reading.  She’s involved in a lot of interesting swaps and likes to pay-it-forward.

 

Isn’t it all amazing?!  Quilters have got to be some of the most generous people I know and I’m thankful to be involved in the online community.  Right now I’m working on my gift for the next birthday girl, Nicole. I hope she enjoys her month as much as I did!  Big thank you to Stephanie for putting it together!

 

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March 30th, 2014

Candy Flowers Pillow

by Julie Hirt

I have a new tutorial up at Moda Bake Shop.

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I show my method of piecing several squares that I need to keep in a certain order and direction.  Not sure how others do it, but this works for me!

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It has a simple envelope style back.   To make this pillow all you need is a couple of Mini Charm packs (or 2.5″ scraps) and 3 fat quarters.  Tutorial is here.

Hope you’re having a great weekend.

 

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March 27th, 2014

Triangle Quilt Along

by Julie Hirt

Head on over to The Sassy Quilter.  Today is the last day to link up your fabric choices for a chance to win a prize!  I love prizes.

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I’ve had these fabrics sitting in a pile since late last summer. They were originally destined to be made into a herringbone / scrappy style chevron quilt.  I’m kind of over that.

The fabric requirements are posted here.   I’m 2 fabrics short, but since these are half yard cuts I’ll be okay.  I could always add more… I may even go bigger!

I don’t have a fancy triangle ruler, but I have a quilting ruler with 60 degree angle markings. That’s all you really need!

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I’m pretty excited to make this. Here is the only other equilateral triangle quilt I’ve made:

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Hope you join in the Quilt Along, I love triangle quilts and seeing all the different fabrics will be really fun.

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Isn’t she cute?  It’s a vintage thread holder I scored from @516vintage on Instagram.

Hey… I posted two days in a row!

 

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March 26th, 2014

Gypsy Wife March + Fussy Cut Swap

by Julie Hirt

Here are my March blocks for the Gypsy Wife Quilt Along.

I’m forcing myself to work strictly from my scraps (I need a reason to keep them), so it’s pretty hodgepodge.

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A little rant…  If I’m going to be honest, I have to say this quilt pattern is kicking my ass.   The block sizes are for ‘finished’ blocks, which I could care less about.  I really need to know the size the blocks should be when I’m making them.  After it’s all put together, I don’t really care what size they are (finished).  The pattern seems to jump all around and I just can’t follow it very well. Hmph.

That being said, I think it’s totally worth doing because the end result looks insanely awesome.  I’m sure other people can follow this pattern perfectly; my brain just doesn’t mesh with this one.  I will say, it’s definitely making me think.

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The Pershing block may be my favorite so far.  It was really fun picking out the fabrics.

 

Fussy Cut!  I love this swap.  It’s hosted with Amanda at What the Bobbin and I believe it will be an ongoing monthly swap with different themes.

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The theme was woodland. I may have missed the mark a little but fox live in the woods!  Probably not *these* fancy fox, but still.

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I think they look dapper.

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I’m also participating in a really fun Birthday Bash Swap with Stephanie at Quarter Incher.  I’m the first recipient and it’s freaking FANTASTIC!  I’m blown away by the generosity. I’ll have a separate post with all of those goodies.

Let’s see, what else…

  • Just finished up a small project for Moda Bakeshop and have another to work on. I think they’ll be published in April.
  • My design wall is –blank–.  Woot!  Which quilt to make next? I have a few ideas.
  • I need to make the April Birthday Girl her present.
  • Need to quilt a top I made last year, that I’m just not feeling.
  • Oh!  I still need to make my Scrappy Trip blocks for my hive. Yikes
  • A wall flag thing for my brother…

The list goes on but I’ll stop there.

So what are you working on?  Did you anything fun for Spring Break?

 

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March 16th, 2014

Stars Quilt

by Julie Hirt

My nephew, Cole,  is getting his first twin size bed so I had to finish it up. This quilt has been a work in progress for a while.

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Originally I planned on making like 30 stars.  That was just not going to happen.  Adding the borders definitely helped make this a finish.

Measures: 62″ x 86″ – the length is huge for me!

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Yesterday was a bright, sunny, 70 degree day.  Today?  35, windy and snowy.  Thank you Kansas.

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I used a combo of 3 different star patterns from the Oh My Stars! QAL from Thought and Found.  This is the Quattro Stagioni.

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Chevron Star pattern is here.

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And the Dimaond-Hearted Star.  You can find an assortment of her star patterns here.

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I am soooo happy with the quilting and how it turned out.  Super crinkle love.

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This is the first time I’ve quilted circles and definitely want to do more of them. I love the look of quilted pebbles and that’s still intimidating, so this is a step in the right direction.

I used my trusty Aurifil 50 wt in white for piecing and most of the quilting, and 50 wt in medium blue for the straight line border quilting.

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The interior blocks I did a wiggle shape changing directions every 3″ or so.  I used the blocks as a grid.

I really wish you could touch the crinkly-ness through a screen.   The process is definitely worth the effort.

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Someone help me get into true free motion where I can go all over randomly.  For some reason I still need a defined area and order or it freaks me out.  Feathers? Puh-lease. Terrifying!

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The backing is WideScreen by Carolyn Friedlander. It may be the only backing I ever use again.  The pattern is fun, it comes in multiple colors, and doesn’t require piecing.

Instagram friends:  Thank you so much for putting up with all of my updates on this one!

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Has anyone finished a true Oh My Stars! quilt?  The stars take a lot more time that I thought they would.  I admire you.   Seriously, look at all of these!

I love the final look but making it could very well end my love of quilting.

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Thank you for putting up with my picture heavy post!  Today wasn’t the best day to take them but I definitely got a few.

 

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