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My Myrtle Beach Week

Hey Guys!

I have been absent…because I was at the beach with my Happy Husband!  I think that is best reason to be absent by the way…LOL!  So what did I do at the beach?…  I went swimming, rode my bike on the beach, ate some great food, laughed  a lot and sewed of course!  Of course I would bring my sewing machine to the beach!   My Happy Husband loves to relax at the beach and I like to be busy.  After the second day of relaxing I was wide open and would wake up at 5am.   I would sew from 5am until the HH got up at 10 or 11am.  While at the beach I made two quilts (one I finished & one I quilted) and starting cutting another.  I know…it crazy but I had so much fun sewing at the beach.  Here are some pictures of all the fun I had and the quilts of course!

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Bikes at the beach is a must!  I think next year we will just rent one…driving that far with bikes on the car was not fun.

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On Memorial Day, we drove to Quilting at the Beach.  They were closed!  This is the HH pointing and laughing at the “closed” sign.  I went back the next morning and the whole store was on sale… 25%!   Plus they had a clearance section that was CRAZY!
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The resort we stayed at was right by Barefoot Landing, where they had TIGERS!  No lions or bears but really cute Tigers and baby cubs.  It was interesting to see them at the beach.
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This quilt is for my Grandfather for Father’s Day.  I will tell you more about it soon because it has some special features to it.  I got the tutorial from In Color Order.

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I went to Shake N Shake for the first time …I really only remember the Shake!  LOL

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Here is the HH riding his bike.  I had to have proof because my Mom would not have believed us otherwise.  IMG_0754

We rode our bikes all the way down the beach ….here we are taking a break.  It was so beautiful out there! IMG_0761

French Toast at Dino’s Pancake House.  This is my Mom’s favorite breakfast place and it is now mine.

IMG_0762Here is the quilt I finished.  This star quilt is so fast!  I finished the top in a day …add some easy quilting and you are done!  That is all for now!  I will be back tomorrow to share my process on planning a quilt.

As Always, Sew Pretty!

Kerrie

 

 

 


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A Week of Sewing & More

Hey Guys!

Last week was a great week for me!  I did a lot of sewing, celebrated my 3 year wedding anniversary and spent the weekend celebrating my Daddy’s birthday!  Be warned this post may be a bit long ;0)  I have a lot of pictures to share.

On Monday, I started my Dot Dot Dash Bag class at Fabricate Studios (my most favorite place in the world).  I will be finishing that bag tonight in class, so i will be show you that tomorrow!  The bag is by Sew Sweetness, you should go check out her blog to see more about that.

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On Wednesday, I celebrated my 3 year wedding anniversary.  I think we are getting old because we kept it really simple, opting to see a special early preview of Star Trek into Darkness along with some ice cream and cookies.  It was still very special just the same.

On Thursday, I had my guild meeting, The West Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild.  It was fun seeing everyone’s projects and sharing mine too.  Show and Tell is one thing that I loved about kindergarten and I love it even more at guild. LOL

On Friday, I hit the road to spend the weekend with my family.   I went with sewing machine, mat, notions and my collection of Shelburne falls to make a sewing bag with my Mom.  I printed out the Aeroplane Bag Pattern by Sew Sweetness and well, here are the pictures…along with some more for fun.


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Although we used the pattern, when it was time to box the bottom of the bag, she did not want to do it.  What could I say but sure Mom!  She loved it but I think next time we will make a simpler project.  Below is the inside of the bag.

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After finishing my Mom’s bag, I decided to work on my panels for my bag.  I finished the B panels, handle and then packed it up.  I will finish this bag once I get back to Fabricate.  What do you guys think?  I will be posting a pattern review once I finish it….hopefully this week!

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Along with sewing, I had a great time with my son.  This kid is too funny sometimes.  We watched kid soaps on the Disney Channel, rode bikes, had breakfast at McDonalds and even picked me out a new bike…when we realized mine was put together wrong.
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You can’t see it in the picture but my bike was missing a bolt on the wheel and something was wrong with the gears.  Walmart was amazing because they attempted to fix it …then later let me exchange it for another bike.

On Sunday, it was my Dad’s birthday and my brother and his wife came to the party.  We never get to see each other, my sister in law in I ….she is really crafty too!  Once she got there, I pulled out my sewing machine again and whipped out the fold over clutch for her.

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Isn’t it amazing!  We made it quilt as you go since, I had extra canvas.  I think I may make myself one today…maybe!  That is all for now….I am back home with my Happy Husband and two very sleepy dogs.

Until next time, Sew Pretty!

~Kare


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St. Louis Sixteen Patch Squared

Hey Guys!

Since I got back on Friday, I have been working on two little quilts for two special birthday boys!  I decided to do another St.Louis 16 Patch, which as I told you in previous post that it comes together really fast!  Well, let me first explain about the St. Louis 16 Patch.

I first saw it on Instagram, if you are not following me there I take lots of pictures!   Stephanie from SKBurton Designs posted a tutorial for this pattern.  It is super easy and here is the link.  You can read along there to find out how it came about.  There you will also find a flicker group to join or search for inspiration.  I hope you go check it out!

After making the quilt for my Grandmom because the boy’s birthday is on Saturday, I knew it was the right choice.  I used 18 fat quarters that I grouped into set of 2.

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The fabric collection I am using is called Shore Thing and I got this particular fat quarter set from The Fat Quarter Shop online (and they ship everywhere in the world).  I added some fabric from my stash to get all 18 fat quarters and on Sunday my husband allowed me to sew even though I was still under the weather.  I finished all 18 blocks and used me design wall to figure the layout of each quilt. Here are the pictures:

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Above (Quilt #1) At first I thought I would put a block from each fat quarter set in each quilt but the white center block and the flamingo print really did not make that work.  Then I decided to make the white block the center block and use sets of two…to make a plus sign.  Thank got for a design wall!

Below (Quilt #2)  I really like the flamingo print!  It was my favorite in the line but when it came to arranging these blocks I needed some help.  Darcy from Modern Cozy helped me out and i finally got it right!  If you get a chance check out her blog!

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Today I worked on the quilt backs and I will be back tomorrow to share more about that.  But before I go, I wanted to pick my goal for the month of May for the Lovely Year of Finishes:

May Goal:  Finish Bentley quilt!  

Now that the top is done all I have left is to piece a back, baste and quilt!  I think that is totally possible. Until, next time Sew Pretty!

~Kare


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Fresh Start & New Finishes

My Grandmom and my son.

My Grandmom and my son.

Hey Guys,

I am sure you have been wondering where I have been…well I have actually been to Philadelphia.  I went to see my Grandmother who was recently in the hospital and today I heard news that she stood up and took two steps.   This means she is well on the road to recovery.  I am relieved now that I am once again at home with my sewing machine…I mean husband ;0).   I have so much to share with you guys!  I finally finished the Cloud Song!

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Front of Cloud Song:  This quilt was much harder than I though but overall it was really fun to put together.  Quilting it was really hard to do …it was hard deciding what to do.  I ended up making diagonal lines 6 inches apart and I think I pretty happy with it. 

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Back of Cloud Song:  The back I did some appliqué.  I used a blanket stitch to finish it off.  I think the blanket stitch is my new favorite.  

That is not all!   Even though I was unable to post for my lovely year of finishes, I did finish my quilt top for Bentley.  Here are the pictures:

I really love all the colors!

I really love all the colors!  I can’t explain why it too me so long to finish but I finally get to join the Scrappy Trip Around the world club.  :0) 

Last but not least, I have one more quilt to show.  As soon as I found out my Grandmom was is the hospital,  I started making a quilt for her recovery.  That is how much I believed she was going to be okay.   A friend helped me finish it a day before I left to go to Philadelphia and I carried this quilt with me on the train, then later to the hospital.  Here are the pictures:

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Here is the quilt folded.  I used the pattern called the St. Louis 16 Patch.  This pattern comes together really fast..I mean we finished the quilt in one day!  The quilt measured finished 60 by 60 inches.  

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Here the quilt is folded to show the back of the quilt.  The fabric is from the collection Madrona Road by Violet Craft.  You can buy it at the Fat Quarter Shop.  

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Here is the quilt opened up.  I really love the colors! My Mom said it reminded her of candy because my Grandmom really loves every type of candy.  

Well that is all for now, I am sure that is enough!  LOL  I hope you are having a great day ;0)

Until, Next Time Sew Pretty!

~Kare


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Free Motion Quilting

Hello Guys!

I have been finishing some quilting, working on others and having fun since the last time I wrote.  On Saturday, I participated in my first Sew In with the West Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild.  We came together and worked on projects, shared talked and laughed!  It was great fun!  Afterwards, I went to the Atlanta Sewing Center to take my first Bernina Class, which was on buttonholes.  I walked in, tired from the Sew In confused because the class was TWO hours long on BUTTONHOLES!   Let me tell you, buttonholes deserve two hours ;0) … plus the instructor showed me how to use my darning foot or “The Free Motion Foot.”   After she showed me, I went home and made this:

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After playing around, I started reading Beginner’s Guide to Free Motion Quilting by Natalia Bonner.  If you are embarking on the FMQ journey like me, YOU NEED THIS BOOK!  You do, go get it!

On Sunday, I went to my Maple Leaf Rag Quilt class.  I worked on that quilt for awhile with my classmates/friends then I went home and made this:

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This is the front.  I stabilized this nine patch by stitching in the ditch and then making a grid to practice making single arches. Some looks like arches others…not so much but it is practice.  Below is how it looks on the back. IMG_0396

Then I wanted to try stippling and loops on a block I made a long time ago.

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This one, I feel better about then the previous one.  I will be doing a lot of practice so I can do one of these designs on a quilt. Below is the back.
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This is a picture from the book Material Obsession 2.  Fabricate Studios is where I am taking this class, the Maple Leaf Rag Quilt.  It is made of scraps.  I have finished almost all of my kites, which make the star pattern.  jazzhands-mapleleafrag-600x3361After making all kites, I am ready to make a plan for the spider webs.  Here are my plans:

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I plan to use low volume fabrics for the spider webs.  I have made kites in the color groups above and I am really excited as this quilt top comes together very slowly.  VERY SLOWLY ;0)

I will be linking up today to Better Off Threads, which I was very surprised to see my apron was featured on today’s post!  Make sure you check her out and link up!  If you are visiting from there today, please leave a comment!  I love getting comments ;0)

Until next time, Sew Pretty!

~Kare

 


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Work In Progress

Hey Guys!

I have been chugging along with my projects!   Today I did some quilting on my Cloud Song and I worked on some blocks for my Block of the month.  I am really loving this fabric!  Here are some pictures for you!

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The fabric is Alexander Henry and some Kona Solids.  IMG_0381

The picture is at a weird angle but this block is called the Double Nine Patch.  I like it but I think it is a bit busy. IMG_0378

This is a variation of the Rail Fence block, more like a pin wheel.

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This block is the Rail Fence but it looks more like chevrons to me.   Well that is all for tonight.  I think I will relax with the Happy Husband and prepare myself for the task of quilting, then on to the next project!  Until next time, Sew Pretty! ~Kare


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Another Start…

Hey Guys!

I have become bold and hung some batting from my door curtains to make a “design wall.”  Here are some pictures for you!

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This fabric is called Textured Basics by Patty Young.  I am making this quilt for another little girl her name is Jocelyn and she is full of color herself!

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I was going to make ribbon stars but my husband had me lay out the blocks like this and I really liked it.  Working on the design wall was very fun, allowing me to move things around.  I am really proud of how it is turning out! 

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~Kare