There are rare times in my life I get to go away to magical places. Okay one time but it was amazing. I got an email from Pamela who coordinated the sewing retreat, Quilt Bliss. She wanted to trade out advertising for a ticket to the retreat. I said yes before asking anyone in my family. It was a bold move for me. I figured if I didn’t go it would still be worth it to get to know Pamela. In my heart I really wanted to make it work so I could fly out to Utah. It is the land of the creative or at least where a lot of sewists and creatives live.
My husband and Brother in Law made it work so that I could go. I booked my plane tickets for the wrong weekend. YEA! Huge blow to my budget but I made it work to get new tickets and go. I don’t leave by myself often, because I am a homebody, but I knew this would be a great reason to step outside of my comfort zone. Oh and a local friend was going to go with me and had to back out at the last minute. Someone named Melissa scooped up her ticket and would be my roomie. Like we were sharing a king size bed and had never met. So a true adventure it would be.
So with some projects packed and no real plan for the retreat since I had never attended a retreat and didn’t know what to expect. I arrived to a beautiful and HUGE cabin in the snowy mountains of Utah. I met everyone and Melissa, aka @sewshabbyquilting, my new roomie, and I hit it off right away. I loved her soul from the minute we met. We set up our sewing machines in this huge room full of all of the other retreaters. WOW it was amazing. It was like my bliss for sure. We sat by Diane, aka @littlebirdquilting, and Emily, aka @emmaraejames, and Emily’s mom. We all got to know one another as we sat and sewed. It was truly magical.
Once we made it home we all decided to make a round robin quilt. Actually it was Melissa’s idea. We all were in and decided to make the center blocks and then mail it off for the next person to add to and so on. We came up with some loose rules on each section. I think it was triangles, crosses and then open choice. So my center block was my idea of palms and palmettos of the south. I was blown away by what everyone added. I mean look at the amazing fabrics they choose to add. WOW!
I backed it with a Michael Miller Minky from Sarah Jane Studios. It is the perfect minky because it isn’t stretchy at all. I even pieced several pieces and it didn’t stretch at all! I long arm my quilts so stretchy minky is no fun. I also didn’t put batting in this quilt because I live in the South and I like some quilts to be snuggly without being too warm. This is the perfect combination for that, just a quilt top with the minky backing. I lightly quilted it with straight lines and used Cotton and Steel’s Sulky 50 wt thread in hot pink. Since making this quilt I have started adding a plain white fabric in between the two layers to help it not be too see through without adding a lot of weight.
If you want to check out the other quilts in this round robin just check out #flutfourrr. I most certainly will be in another round robin because this quilt challenged me to think outside my comfort zone. I really loved every single part of the process.
Have you ever participated in a Round Robin like this? Did you love it or not?
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I am on the Front Yard Photo Hop today for Sandra Clemmons‘ new line with Michael Miller Fabrics. I love, love, love this line and how versatile it is with the prints and colors.
I decided to make Sandra’s Maple Blouse pattern with several of the prints from the line. I can’t tell you how much I love the final result. I have already worn the sleeved version twice, which is every day since I made them!
The sleeveless version is so comfortable and, well, I live in Florida so it is a must. I used the cute bunny print in that perfect blue.
The sleeved version is just one print and I was worried it would be too busy but it works perfect. I have worn this so much and my husband can’t stop telling me how much he loves it. I do too!
Being the person I am I couldn’t follow directions exactly. I lined the bodice which isn’t in the pattern but I used this technique when making the washi dress from Made by Rae. She has videos on it. BUT there is a catch… I didn’t plan ahead enough for the arms so I used some bias tape on that part. AND I hadn’t finished the closure for the back in the picture above but it still wears awesome. My husband said I shouldn’t finish it. Ha!
You can see above that I did the full lining on the bodice part and then the bias below that for the arm hole. It works out perfect and gives it a little contrast as well.
I have to confess I didn’t prewash my fabrics but I did make a bodice in between my size and the next one up and used the full length. After I washed the blouses they actually fit perfect but I think this is because I made a little adjustment up in size. I really love this pattern and I will be making so many more. I love how this fits and there are so many ways you can customize the pattern.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you go check out how to win your own Front Yard fabrics!
I always love to make quick quilts and I think baby quilts usually fit in the quick category. I should make more of them because they are just fun… And, well,
I have always enjoyed working with Michael Miller since I started the Podcast. I remember calling them blindly and chatting with Kait, the person I was transferred to, about ideas of how I could work with the company. I was super chatty and Kait was super patient.
Fast forward several years and I now email back and forth with Kait often. We have worked on so many projects together and she has believed in me which gave me some much needed confidence in this thing called quilting. She really holds a special place in my heart. She is awesome.
Kait recently had a baby girl so a baby quilt was in order. And I knew it had to be a baby quilt made with cotton couture because most of the projects I work on for Michael Miller are cotton couture projects. I have had this rainbow napkin sitting by my sewing machine for some time – I couldn’t part with it because it always made me smile. And so I pulled my cotton couture colors inspired by the napkin and got to work.
I really love how it turned out. I love the bright colors, rainbow colors are just the best, the bright backing, and well black and white polka dot binding. I love it. And Kait sent me the cutest pictures of her daughter smiling on it. My day was made getting pictures of a smiling baby on a quilt I made. Like day made x forever!
Pieced, quilted and bound by yours truly
Fabrics for the front are cotton couture by Michael Miller. Backing is a print from ikea. Binding I am not sure but any black and white would work.
Custom Labels 4 U
Custom Labels 4 U – woven labels
Custom Labels 4 U – design your own stickers
Custom Labels 4 U on instagram (loads of ideas on their feed but I have included several below)
Tara Curtis, creator of Wefty fabric weaving needles
Tara said to message her on Etsy with your email and she will notify you a day before they are on advertised on Instagram.
Tara on Instagram as @t_jaye
Also use the hashtag #weftyneedle to see how everyone is using their Wefty Needles
Tara’s blog T_Jaye has a lot of great video tutorials and projects
and don’t forget to check out Mathew aka @misterdomestic on Instagram. He really has made some amazing fabric weaving projects.
INFO for Orlando Pulse Quilt donations:
Please go to THIS LINK to find all of the information.
Here are some things I am crushing on lately:
My girl Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting blew me away with this quilting on a Michael Miller quilt I sent to her. She is one amazing artist and I am just in awe of her talent. Check her out at @sewshabbyquilting
I am loving all of the #seeitallpouch posts I have been seeing. Check out @laura_zuckercuss‘s feed for info. I mean that name is just too cool for school.
Sarah Schraw has a new pattern out called Lawn Diamonds that is just amazing. She also has the most amazing Instagram feed so go give her a follow @sarahschrawdesigns!
Posting this makes me realize I need to get Sarah Schraw on the podcast for a chat. I think we would have so much to chat about and I want to learn more about her. I need to work on that asap!
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