Its All About the U!

Its no secret that auction-goers love quilts and my Alma Mater’s annual auction no different. I offered to make a quilt, so I created my own pattern that would reflect the school. Here’s what I came up with:

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So I started out by foundation paper piecing the lettering. I’ve been using Quiet Play’s Just My Type alphabet. I am not an expert paper piecer but everything is going smooth. I actually really love paper piecing, which is something I never thought I’d say!

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I drafted the block U myself and am now in the process of attaching the U to its background. Of course I used my go-to method of appliqué, freezer paper. I am not quite halfway done with this part.

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The entire quilt will be made using Town and County by Pepper Cory for Studio E, mainly in the green and gold brush stroke print. I’m taking my time on the quilt because our auction isn’t until November. Hopefully it will be a hit!

On a separate note, my LQS was having a nice sale over the weekend to move some old fabrics to make room for the new stuff. Of course I took advantage and bought some half yard cuts for a new project. My new project is a 30s farm scene that I’ve had floating in my mind forever so I’m finally getting down to it.

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The 30s prints are from various collections. I love 30s prints because they are so soft and nostalgic. The green is an uber soft textured solid from the Peppered Cottons line.

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WIP Wednesday

Finally, I was able to find freezer paper! And boy do I have plenty of it now…

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150 square feet to be exact! I’m set for life.

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Once my week clears up more, I’ll start on my Strike Out!quilt. As I said before this is my first time with appliqué and I am a little nervous. I have read through numerous tutorials and it seems easy enough, so cross your fingers! And stay tuned!!

-Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Fabric FTW

I was able to hit the store over the weekend and got my fabrics for my Strike Out! quilt.

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Blue: Background
Yellow: Accent Stripe
Red: Accent Stripe, Bowling Pin design
Gray: Binding, Accent Stripe, Ball design
Black Minky: Backing
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Solid Black Cotton: Bowling Ball
Off-White: Bowling Pin

I’m really excited to start this quilt, but also a tad bit scared. This will be my first try at appliqué (freezer paper) and also my first time using minky? Any tricks or tips for either First??

P.S.- While driving, I passed a thrift store that had a sign outside advertising quilting stuff! Hopefully I have time to stop in someday this week to see what they have… I mean, who doesn’t like a deal?

Ah Sugar Sugar

Sugar, ah honey honey
You are my candy girls
And you’ve got me wanting you!

Yesterday, while shopping, I came cross the most gorgeous fabric I have seen for awhile.

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To quote the ladies at the quilt shop, Honey Honey by Kate Spain for Moda is “sickeningly pretty.” I don’t know what I’m going to do with it, but I will have a piece of these beauties!

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Don’t we all wish we were his pretty?!?

The only thing I don’t like about is line is the name; does anyone else think of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo when you hear Honey Honey?
Of course, I also think of that song Sugar Sugar.

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…I can’t believe the loveliness of loving you…

Bag O’ Happy

My super fabulous Quilting Year is off to a rocky start. I’ve done absolutely nothing concerning quilting since the beginning of January and I’m in withdrawal! But with the holiday, I was able to head out to my local quilt shop and brought home a nice big Bag O’ Happy. I picked out all my fabrics for my Quilting Self-Determined for 4-H.

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All but one of the fabrics is from the collection California Girl by Joanna Figueros, Fig Tree & Co. for Moda. The green polka dot is from Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.

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This grouping of fabrics will be used for four patches and the centers of stars.

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The yellow and green fabrics will be used for star points and the cherry-like fabric will be used for the snowball blocks.

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I love this large floral! This is destined to be the backing.

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After a $130 bill, I’m super excited to start this quilt! Hopefully tonight I’ll get everything ironed out and start cutting. I am kind of scared to cut though because that cherry-like print is exactly how much I need and I emptied the bolt at the shop. Yikes! Does anyone else get cutting anxiety??

A Busy Day for the Mailman

The delivery man sure had his hands full at my house today! I got two packages and I’ll share one today and the other later.
My first package came from Connecting Threads. Connecting Threads is an online quilt shop that, I must say, is fab-u-lous. They have adorable fabrics and a wide selection too.

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This is my very first online fabric buy and I am very happy with it. I was able to get custom cuts and the shipping was also fast (considering it had to cross the whole country.). My only complaint is that the fabric appeared darker in the picture online than it actually was.

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This is “A for Alligator” from the flannel line Wild Ones. This is absolutely perfect for a project that I have in mind! Its uber soft and cuddly and I cant wait to start working with it!!

I haven’t had time to quilt any more of my orange quilt so its still patiently waiting on my sewing table…all lonely… Poor thing…