Half a Hexie

On Saturday, I sat down with Doctor Who, cut into 3 yards of solid orange and blue, and taught myself how to make hexagons! I love this little guys! I find it so calming and relaxing to just sit and sew a straight little line. I’m planning on making this bigger and bigger until I’m tired of sewing these suckers together.

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Earlier, I mentioned that I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to make anything of my Solids and Alligator flannel due to a fall out with the friend for whom this quilt was for. After a lot of thinking, I figured that continuing with this quilt will help in the healing process. Plus, if my friend and I ever make up, it will be ready and waiting for them.

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These lonesome hexies wanted to say “hey!”

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If I plan on making an entire quilt out of these hexies (which I’m guessing are about 2 inches), I’lll have to make a whole lot more! Cutting these thing out is so tedious to me… But I have Doctor Who to keep me company!

-Linking up to W.I.P Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

P.S. – Remember to check out the Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side! Nominations begin tomorrow (Nov. 1). Look for Butterfly Path (#388), we’re in the Best Categories of Throw quilt, Home Machine Quilted quilt, and Quilt Photographer.

P.P.S.- Happy Halloween!!!

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Entry

So, for the heck of it I decided to enter Butterfly Path into this fall’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival! Here we go…..!

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Welcome all ye Festival goers! I present to you Butterfly Path!
I started this quilt in June 2012 to put in my county fair’s quilt show. We won the creativity award! Anyway, she was made using the collection Papillion by 3 Sisters for Moda. She is quilted stitch in the ditch style (BTW, this is my very first quilted that was actually “quilted”). She’s my baby.

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats
Finished quilt measures : 42″ X 57″
Special techniques used : Chevron pattern w/o triangles
Quilted by : Me (Inès)
Best Category: Throw quilt, Home Machine Quilted quilt, Quilt Photographer

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Ta-Da!! Its Magic!

Warning: Here comes a picture post!

Do you guys remember this regular, ole picnic basket?

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How about now? Ring a bell yet?

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Good! As you all know, I planned to turn it into my own custom sewing basket after I saw one on Pinterest. Well guess what!? Its done!!

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The outside is spray painted a solid white. Pretty bland, I know. But…..

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Shazaam! Not bland on the inside!

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The basket bottom is lined with a solid “happy orange” as I like to call it.

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The top is also lined with “happy orange” and also has a pocket with elastic in it. The pocket is a light orange with red/orange polka dots.

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I am in L-O-V-E with this ribbon! It has hedgehogs!!! I lined everything with this and even made a little bow for the top.
I am uber excited to fill this baby up and use it like crazy! I’m so happy that it turned out good (IMO). I am not a DIY-er so that just makes this all the more special to me. Also, I am working on making a new matching pincushion that looks like a hedgehog…. So far, it looks like he’ll be so ugly he’s cute…I can live with that! Im also making a matching thread caddy (because we all know I need another!)
In the end, I used 4 fat quarters, 1 1/2 spools of ribbon, 2 cans of spray paint, a whole bunch of hot glue, and the basket. I would estimate it at costing $40 total. So maybe its not the cheaper way to go, but now I have a basket that’s 100% me, and that’s priceless. (I’m sure someone that’s a better bargain hunter would be able to make it for a lot cheaper.)

P.S.

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Guess who else likes it!

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I can’t end this post without a cute kitty pic, now can I?!

The Week the Woman Didn’t Sew

This week has been rough to say the least. I wont go into details but I had a hard fallout with a very close friend and all I can do is hope and pray it gets better. Anyway, I haven’t touched anything close to crafty. I had this crazy notion in my head that I would have my Orange Quilt done by Friday. Yep, you guessed it. No improvements what so ever. One reason that hasn’t happened is because I have no clue where my thread went. I think it was my Devil Kitten; she has quite a knack for getting herself into my sewing supplies. I did get a chance to talk to a hand quilter, though, and she gave me tips to keep my stitches on the back straight. Does that count as progress?
I’m kind of in a quilting funk. This is by far my least favorite part of the quilting progress. So I was planning on cutting into the fabric I got for my Alligator Quilt (I got the fabric over the weekend and never showed you; its nothing special, just a solid blue and orange) but the quilt was for my friend and now I’m reluctant to even make it. I’m not sure what to do about it.
Maybe tonight I’ll make another thread caddy. I’m so anxious to sit at my machine, I’ll make anything!!

Ma, Look What I Made!

Look what I made again! Its another thread caddy/needle holder.

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I made this one for my mom because she thought mine was so cute and because she started her first quilting class. We brought her to the dark side, muhahaha! Anyway she loves it and so do the ladies in her class. She didn’t even have to show them before they started oohing and awing.

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This one is a gazillion times better than my first one. I kind of want to make myself another one… You can never have too many, can you?
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I absolutely L-O-V-E these little guys! They’re sooo handy and adorable!

On a side note, I found out what was wrong with my sewing machine. I had the wrong sized bobbin in…. Oops. In my defense, no one has ever told me there were different sized bobbins!

Butterfly Path

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Isn’t she pretty?!? I finished this quilt in the beginning of August and put it in my county fair’s Quilt Show. I literally finished it right before it had to get dropped off… Yikes, I’m not cutting it that close ever again!

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The fabrics are all from the collection Papillon by 3 Sisters for Moda. This is 100% Butterfly, from the top to the backing to the binding. I used a chevron pattern (and I didn’t have to use any triangles!) by Crazy Mom Quilts.
This is quilted stitch in the ditch style, which you can really see on the back. The only thing I’m not uber crazy about is the binding. Its just not the right shade to me, but I can live with it.

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This was a huge milestone for me. It was the very first quilt that I actually “quilted.” I mean, there was no way that I could have tied it with this pattern. I think it turned out pretty well overall!
In the end, the Fair Judges placed me second in the Junior’ Division. Which is pretty good most of the time, except when there are only two people in your category. At least I didn’t get second out of one (and yes, I know someone that that has happened to.) On the plus side, I got the Creativity Award! I really wish I could see my score sheet so that I know what I could improve on, but o well.

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*please ignore the icky indoor photos*

Lazy Days

Its been a lazy day today, one perfect for quilting but sadly that hasn’t happened yet. It has been a long week and I’ve been dragging so when I got an evening off, I wanted to just chill out.
Speaking of chilling out, the weather has dropped up here in Ohio and it is perfect quilt-cuddling weather! So while I have no quilting progress to share with you, I do have this adorable pic of my kitten Lady Marie to share:

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What’s cuter than a kitty in a quilt?!?!?

You Can Quilt! 2011

This was my very first full quilt! Prior to this, I had only pieced a little Churn Dash block at my Joann’s Quilting 101, which I still lovingly have. I have to give my grandma a ton of credit for helping me with this. We pretty much trucked through the whole top in on full day. I got all the fabrics from a little quilt shop that my grandma goes to called Fabric Crafts by Rosalie. This lady was sooooo sweet and helpful and thanks to her, we realized the pattern in the project book was wrong (which I’m pretty sure I ran into this past year). Her shop is in her home and her poor husband practically lives in a quilt. They’re everywhere!

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I used a lime green, stripes, and a solid black to create a stair step pattern using a Rail Fence pattern. Ms. Rosalie taught me to keep my eye to he black, which came to play in last year’s quilt.

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I added this adorable zebras and I’m in love with them!
The quilt was tied and that was by far my least favorite part of the process for that year. I figured out that it was a poor needle choice that caused me all my problems. I remember the judge wrote on my score sheet that I could have asked for help after I told her about all the trouble I had. I completely disagree with that because its my project and I should do it myself. How exactly do you get help with tying a quilt without someone physically doing it, its not something you can guide someone with.

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Looking back on this quilt now, I realize that I did make a lot of mistakes. Especially in the binding, but that is a tricky part. The craftsmanship is that of a newbie. I am very proud of it, even if I may or may not regret the color choices! 😉 At my 4-H County Judging, I ended up getting the first County Award. Basically, I got Second Place. The girl that went to State to show (got First) had a really nice double sided quilt. I wish I could remember how she did, but I can’t. Anyway, she deserved it.

{Quilting Progress}

For the past week, I’ve been working on hand quilting my Orange Quilt. I have five blocks done and I’m working on my sixth…. Only 28 more! Whoo-hoo. O, and that’s only the striped squares, as I haven’t decided what I’ll do with the orange and green squares.

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I’m really enjoying hand quilting. It’s really relaxing and I love that it’s so portable! My only complaint is that my back will start hurting after a while but I’ll deal. The hand quilting has been leaving me worried about deadlines… Especially with my 4-H quilts. I want to get in another couple quilts for the practice but I cannot be rushed. I’m hoping to have my Orange Quilt finished by November so that I can start my Alligator Quilt and have that ready for Christmas. And then after that I’ll hopefully work on starting my 4-H quilt.

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I am having trouble with one thing and I have no clue what I’m doing wrong. So, here, take a look:

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Eww, right? My top stitches are mostly very straight but if I turn it over, the back stitches are all wonky. Its not bothering me a whole lot yet (but it still bothers me some) but I’m really concerned that I wont be able to figure out whats going on and this is what all my quilts will look like. Yikes, I hope not! Does anyone know what’s going on???