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Happy Birthday Janena

Hello Everyone!

Today is my baby sister’s birthday!  She is super sweet and for that reason I have been working on a special present just for her….all week!  LOL!   Your quilt is call the Plus Quilt and used various fabric with Amy Butler Dots.  The size of the quilt is 60 inches by 70 inches.  One of my larger quilts but not the largest.  Pop Pop has the largest quilt, so far.  The quilt is binded in a pink and purple strip.  This quilt made me think of my sister as I was putting it together.  It’s so fun and lively…just like her!   So Nena, here is!  Your very own quilt:

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Sorry for the dark pictures, Sis but you can always facetime ….for a closer look.  I will be putting your gift in the mail on Friday after guild!  The ladies must see this modern plus quilt up close. IMG_0778

Above is the back of the quilt.  I really think you will enjoy the back, Nena, one print says “BLAH, BLAH, BLAH”  and the print with the flowers is called MOXIE.  I pray you get just enough Moxie under this quilt!  The last print is hop scotch…since I always remember you hopping around as a kid annoying me.

The picture below shows a bag for you to fill up,  an up close look at the quilt label and a closer look at the straight line quilting.
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In the middle of me working on Janena’s quilt, I got my happy fingers on a Amy Butler Hapi Design Roll.  I woke up early this morning, feeling restless, and decided to baste, quilt and bind this Hapi quilt top.  I binded it in some yellow Tula Pink and backed it with some Anna Marie Horner viole.  It was so easy quilting this …I really though working with the viole would be difficult but I really worked well…and it feels AMAZING!

IMG_0783Well that is all for now, I am going to get some coffee and a breakfast snack!  Once again…HAPPY BIRTHDAY NENA!  I hope you feel as special as you truly are.

With Love,
Kerrie

 


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A Quilt for My Mom

Good Morning!

Well, it’s Friday and I have a finish to share with you guys.  My Mom just recently had surgery and the day before her surgery, I received this text from her:

Where is my Blankie?

I made my mother a small quilt when I first started and I felt not only was it time for an update but she would also need something special for her recovery.  So while she was searching her house for her “blankie” I was creating this!

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I used a shot cottons Jelly Roll and let me just say these pictures do the quilt NO justice.  This rainbow is  the most stunning rainbow.  If you want to make something similar, it’s too easy!  I finished this quilt in a day!  I pulled off each strip in the order it came in and sewed each strip to each other.  Then I backed it with 2 yards of fabric and a half yard of bias tape.  The backing I chose was  a deep ruby red  and this stunning binding.

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I quilted it with Aurifil on my Bernina (Princess Bea).  I love how the quilting thread looks different in each strip of color.

IMG_0644If you want to know more about this quilt, check out my Mom’s blog here.

I will be linking at the blogs on the right along with Crazy Mom Quilts.  Don’t forget to enter my 100th Post Giveaway, here!  Today is the Last day!

Until next time, Sew Pretty!

Kerrie


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Work In Progress

Hello!

So I am working on a quilt for my sister this week.  Her birthday is in January and hopefully I am right in thinking …she does not look at this blog.  My sister loves bright colors and boy will this quilt be bright!  I am using the plus block pattern from Love Patchwork & Quilting Issue 1.  If you are not already getting this magazine …get it!  It is amazing!!

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I decided to use my Amy Butler dots along with some low volume prints.  So here are my blocks:

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I want to make a 4 x 5 layout, so I have a good number of blocks left to do.  But let me say these blocks come together so fast!  So what do you think?  I am now pondering how I should quilt these very modern blocks.

I am linking up to the blogs on my sidebar, so if you are visiting….Welcome!  Also, don’t forget to enter for a chance to win in my 100th Post Giveaway!

Until next time, Sew Pretty!

-Kerrie


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Panic At the Disco

Good Morning!

A couple of months ago I was on Facebook and i saw this picture:

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This quilt is from Urban Outfitters and is super expensive.  It is currently unavailable.  Just the same, I saved the image and decided I wanted to make a quilt.  In December, I went with a friend to Spool and got a 18 fat quarter Shot Cotton bundle.  On the way home, I decided this bundle would be used to create a quilt from my inspiration above.  I then cut all my fat quarters to 6 inch squares and  to draw my quilt top layout.IMG_0496

I then, made the center block.  I made just enough half square triangle units to make the center star.  I put it together and saw some wonky-ness…so I took it apart and trimmed each HST unit to a 5 inch square.  After I put the trimmed blocks together it looked so much better that I trimmed 100 more block down.  To put the quilt together, I used my layout, design wall and time to get it just right.  Here are the results: IMG_0675 IMG_0676 IMG_0678

I may still add a border but for now the top is done!  Last night I was telling my husband what i really liked about the quilt was the chaos around the star.  It makes me think about how I can only control myself and not everything around me.  With that said, I have named this quilt Panic at the Disco, which is a saying my husband and I use in our Special Education classrooms.  Here is an example:

Me:  How was your day at work?

Him:  Panic at the Disco but  I’m good.

Our students can often need so much from us and in the midst of the daily action all you can really do is control yourself and your reactions.  I think that is what makes you a great teacher is your reaction!

I hope you enjoyed my quilt story :0)  Don’t forget to enter my giveaway  as I celebrate my 10th post and  my 1st year in blogging!  Enter here.

Until next time, Sew Pretty!

-Kerrie


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From Start to Finish…

Hey Guys!

I hope you are having a great day!  Today, I thought I would share how I plan a quilt.  I often work from a pattern but sometime inspiration strikes me.  When this happens I have to pull out my graph paper and attempt to draw what is in my head.  Everything starts with idea then I grab my sketch book, a pen and my colored pencils.

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I then use my red pen to draw a set of darker grid lines.  Today I am thinking about how much  I love the scrappy trip around the world but I wish the blocks could be bigger.  What If I combined the scrappy trip around the world and the St Louis 16 patch.  IMG_0588

I decide I want to use my Kate Spain fabric for this quilt ….I am calling it the Scrappy Trip 16 Patch.  What you guys think?

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Next, using my colored pencils, I match a fabric to a pencil so I can draw out the possible quilt.  
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Now I am almost ready to get started.  I decide I am going to place a white strip in the middle of each Scrappy Trip 16 Patch so I outline that first.

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Now I am ready to start filling in the remaining blocks.   This is what each Scrappy Trip 16 patch will look like.  Are you following me?

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Here is my sketch all colored in.  I think I am in love!  I really like how it looks like a pixelated plus.

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Here is the finished quilt.

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I think it looks a lot like the sketch!  I am in love with it.  IMG_0798

So what you guys think?  Tomorrow I will be posting a tutorial for this quilt.  This will be my first time doing such a thing and I must admit I am a little excited!  Stay tuned!

Until next time, Sew Pretty!

Kerrie


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My Tsuru Weekender

Hey Guys!

Well, I have made a milestone in my sewing!  I finished my weekender.  I FINISHED MY WEEKENDER!!!!!  I am a bit excited over ….just a little LOL!  I took a class with the wonderful Al from A Thousand Needles at my favorite spot in Atlanta, Fabricate Studios.   I decided to forgo all the Peltex and instead opted for the quilt as you go method.   I have heard many horror stories about this bag and let me tell you…I had a few moments that I needed to walk away from it but I never threw it….So kudos to me ;0)  I honestly enjoyed every stage of this bag and was crazy enough to cut out along with quilting two bags.  One is for me and the other is for my Mother in Law.  I will show you the quilted panels of her bag…as I am all out of Jean Needles (which are needed for construction).

For my bag, my fabric choice was Tsuru by Rashida Coleman Hale.  If you remember my Dot Dot Dash bag,  I made both bags to match so I would have a set for traveling.  Pretty cool, hun?   I really love the Tsuru collection.  It’s bright cheerful and sooo me.  I added some pearl bracelets in pink and yellow along with essex linen in Chambray and a Kona solid.

Here is a picture from the bag being in progress, once I completed all the quilt as you go panels.    I used the  Bloomin’ quilt as you go tutorial from Let’s Eat Grandpa as a guide.  I really like how it turned out.

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Here are the panels from my other bag.   These panels came together very fast because I made blocks that I then quilted down.  For the bigger panels, I used my beloved Alexander Henry Bistro fabric.  I just could not cut it up ….it’s too perfect!  Plus my Mother in Law loved it so much she got a yard herself just for this project.  For the pocket panels, I created a jeweled heart because she loves Jewelry.    IMG_0856And now for the big reveal!

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Everything is not perfect about the bag, but over all I think it’s pretty perfect. LOL.  We will see how the next one turns out once I get some Jean needles.

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I will be linking up to Sew Cute Tuesday and Fabric Tuesday today.  If you are visiting from there, please leave a comment so I can go check you out!

Until next time, Sew Pretty!

Kerrie

 

 


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Words for Pop Pop

Hey Guys!

Sunday is Father’s Day and today I will be putting a special present in the mail.  I had this great idea to make a quilt for my Grandfather.  I ask members of my family to give me a word that described my Pop Pop to them.  I then took some of those words and embroidered them onto the back of the quilt.   With some help from my Mom, I was able to put all my words for Pop Pop in good use.  This project was fun to do and filled my TV time with purpose. Below are more pictures enjoy!

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I used Wonder Under to attached the embroidery to the back of the quilt.  Then I used a zig zag stitch out a wonky star that imitates the large star on the front of the quilt.  IMG_0822

Here is the quilt front quilted and binded.  I love the green binding!

2013-06-14 09.56.32 amAs always, Until next time… Sew Pretty!

Kerrie