ModSew:: #FLUTFOURRR – Florida/Utah Four Friends Round Robin Quilt

ModSew:: #FLUTFOURRR – Florida/Utah Four Friends Round Robin Quilt

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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. Flutfourrr image

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. fluttfour 2

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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Love Patchwork and Quilting – Batik Blast Quilt

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I love working with Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine. I have had the honor of several quilts being featured their magazine and every single time it is like Christmas when I get to see my quilt in the magazine. I worked with Me + You Fabrics for the first ever batik quilt in LP&Q. Yea! I am so excited to have a first and this quilt is just the best.

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The variation of prints in the pinks, blacks, and whites really give this quilt so much texture. I am not a big fan of just three colors in a quilt but I really love how this turned out. It took my heart strings. And did I mention this is a big quilt too. I love a quilt that I can use on the beds as well as curling up on the couch. I have a feeling my girls will be taking this one.

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This is the same pattern I used to make my Spool Dreams Quilt for the Carrie Bloomston lookbook. This pattern has all kinds of options for fabric choices. It really changes the look of the quilt too with the pluses being the dominate focal point with some fabric combos while others the spools really shine. Have fun with it. I can’t wait to see what you make.

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For a limited time Love Patchwork and Quilting has a special subscription price for those of us in the US. Go here to check out how to get a years subscription at an amazing price. If you are in the UK or elsewhere check out their specials for you too.

HUGE thank you to Daniela of Modern Stitch Studio for her pattern design and help!

MS episode 141:: Svetlana from S.O.T.A.K. handmade

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Svetlana from S.O.T.A.K. handmade is someone I have followed via her amazing blog and social media accounts for a long time. I love her classicly modern patterns and playful handmades. I also love seeing how she mixes fabrics in her projects. Her latest posts boast bags made with waxed canvas which makes me want to make my own version right away. Svetlana is fearless with her creative endeavors which range from making bags to quilts to hand stamping her own prints. We chat about her patterns, her creative process, and I ask all the business questions because I am a huge admirer of her business model. I get all of the information about her gorgeous photographs of her makes and why she has decided to keep her personal life out of her business life. She seriously has some of the cutest photographs on her blog and social media. I left this conversation so inspired to think about my own business in a new way as well as my creative life. Svetlana also has an amazing resource of tutorials that I will make sure to link to in the show notes.  (more…)

East Meets West Quilts – Book Review and Giveaway

 

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I love improv quilting and when I saw Patricia Belyea’s new book, East Meets West Quilts, I was intrigued. I couldn’t stop looking at the colors of the fabrics, the quilting, and the binding. I know binding isn’t usually something I get excited about but I really loved how Patricia showed the purpose and beauty of a faced binding. I really want to try that technique out and that says a lot because I don’t hand bind very often.

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MS episode 133:: Laurie Baker from Modern Quilts Unlimited Magazine

 

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Laurie Baker from Modern Quilts Unlimited joins us on todays episode to share more about being an editor for the magazine. Modern Quilts Unlimited recently changes some things up including bringing on Laurie as the new editor, updating the look of the magazine, and redesigning the website. Laurie wants to reach more modern quilters and has attended various functions to meet more makers. We chat about the redesign of the magazine to give it a fresher look and also Laurie’s quest to find contributors with amazing projects. I know so many listeners would love to submit a project to a magazine so we chat about how you would go about doing that and I have included a link in the show notes. I hope you enjoy the episode.

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