Archive for November, 2014

November 7th, 2014

A Quilt Finish! Equally Fancy

by Julie Hirt

I love this line of fabric! It’s called Fancy by Lily Ashbury for Moda. There are so many great stash builders in here.

When I first started quilting I had a jelly roll and didn’t know what to do with it. I liked the look of the rail fence but not the jumbled-ness with all of the fabrics. I realized using white gave it a crisp and clean look that I liked.

The first version I made was back in 2010 and I called it Big Whimsy, it was the 3rd quilt I made.

When I was thinking of ideas for the Bake Shop, I remembered Big Whimsy.  It’s beginner friendly and uses 2 jelly rolls so I put together a quick tutorial.


It’s such a simple, basic block but I really enjoy it.


This is also the first quilt I finished up on my newly acquired longarm.  I was soooo freakin nervous and now I have an overall better feeling for the machine and it’s not so scary.  The pattern I tried is kind of a swirl then echo it a few times, then swirl and echo, repeat.  Eventually I got in the flow and it went fairly well. I love the final texture!


Kind of hard to get pictures of the quilting, but there it is.

Next week I’ll be heading out of town for a few weeks (Bahamas, here we come!) but I do plan on getting quite a few things crossed off my to-do list when I return.



November 5th, 2014

Beginnings of a 9 patch

by Julie Hirt

As soon as I saw the Mimosa fabric line I *had* to have it.


Since I’m having a love affair with this line I wanted to make a new bed quilt for myself.   KING SIZE!  143 x  7.5″ blocks!  Yikes, what have I done?


It should look something like this and it will be a smaller size king using 143 blocks. I may need to add a little border but as long as it covers the mattress with a small overhang it will be fine.

I’ve only just started but I do have a handful of blocks finished.



In other news…….. Guess who now owns a longarm?!

YES!  I can’t tell you how excited I was when my husband gave me the “ok”.  I ended up with a HandiQuilter Avante 18.  It’s a few years old but less than 120,000 stitches (which is like 2 quilts I think) and she’s a beauty.  The lady I purchased her from is retired and having back problems so she never got around to using it.

So now that I have a longarm, I have decided to step up the game and make myself a king size quilt that I can quilt all by myself.

I finished my first quilt on Suzie (that’s what I’ve named her, it was the name of the lady she was purchased from) a few weeks ago.


I played around with a cheater panel a little but figured the best way to learn was to jump right in.  I saw a similar technique on YouTube and it was a good beginning pattern for me.

I’ll be sharing pics of this quilt soon, I just wanted to show you a bit of the quilting.  The quilt is a pattern for Moda Bake Shop that will be posted in the next few weeks – and I have another holiday pattern coming up right after that.

So I’ve been a little busy even though it’s been kinda quiet around here.





November 1st, 2014

Scrappy Bee – Round 7

by Julie Hirt

Signs ups are OPEN!





We use Quiltville’s Scrappy Trip Along the World tutorial using 6 fabric strips. The block you mail needs to measure 12.5″. It is very important that we all use the same tutorial and follow the pattern.

Quilt shop quality fabrics. You are receiving quality fabrics, make sure you are sending the same. This mainly means no Joann’s or big box store fabrics, with a few exceptions like Kona, Denise Schmidt and Juliana Horner. If you are questioning a fabric, ask the recipient or your group.

Mail your block out by the correct date. I know life happens and sometimes gets in the way. But, if you say you can’t mail out your blocks in time and your group sees you posting photos of other projects, it’s one of those “umm…” moments. You know? Just be considerate.

There are 6 people per hive, you will make 5 blocks and receive 5 blocks.

When you sign up you may suggest yours blocks be made with color preferences: dark center strip, no black, low volume, brights, etc. Do your best to honor your hives preferences.

Need to be willing to ship internationally. There are quite a few international members and that’s what makes this fun and truly a “Scrappy Trip Around the World”.  It can be expensive and I do my best to limit the international members to 2 per hive.

The rounds take place 4 times per year:

  • Sign ups May 1 – 6 | Must be mailed by July 15
  • Sign ups August 1 – 6 | Must be mailed by October 15
  • Sign ups November 1 – 6 | Must be mailed by January 15
  • Sign ups February 1 – 6 | Must be mailed by April 15

Sign up HERE.

Make sure you are a member of the Flickr Group and check in regularly!


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