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Quilting Giggles

August 23rd 2014

It all started on vacation, jog your memory here, I bought this beautiful fabric at Country Quilts and Bears over near Clearwater, Florida.

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I have been visiting them for the last several years when we go on vacation and there’s always something I want NEED to get.  What you can’t see is that along with this bundle is a charm square pack for which I bought matching yardage and coordinating binding fabric.

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I have always enjoyed buying fabric, even as an amateur, but since I came to appreciate quality quilting cotton my addiction collection has included fabric from Me and My Sister Designs.  No one would have known it, including me, except as I was organizing my stash (now that I pay attention to names) I noticed I have some of their Twirl line.

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It was one of the first charm packs I bought. I especially enjoy the fresh and bright color palette their collections have, they remind me of watercolors.  And while I usually enjoy just ogling the fabric on my shelves, when I find (or create) the right pattern or project to incorporate it, I really don’t mind cutting it at all.  And that’s what happened with Giggles.

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After I got back from the shop, I started sketching and trying to figure out a pattern but a charm pack would not be enough of course, so my husband was such trooper, he took me back a couple of days later so I could get coordinating solids. (They have a great variety of Kona solids)  When we got there, it was 30 minutes before closing and I wanted fat quarters from several bolts of different solids. Yeah, they wanted to kill me since it was a Friday afternoon and minutes before closing, and Susan told me just as much. ; )  As we joked, I told her to just cut “skinny quarters,” so she started cutting two fabrics at a time and we made it out with ten minutes to spare! Phew!

Needless to say, the pattern I sketched back then was not in my Zone of Genius (read The Big Leap) but I did manage to create a pattern in which those lovely watercolors will be the perfect complement.

Quilt Math

I have been playing working diligently to get it finished and I hope you will like it when it’s done. As it turns out, I had to buy an additional 3 mini charm packs to complete the design. (No need to cut so many squares on my own!)

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So this post is really just a teaser for pattern #5 and I am sure you are wondering what happened to numbers 2-4? Well they are in testing phases so no reveals yet.

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In the meantime, I have some HSTs to trim.

I’m baaaaaack!

July 5th 2014

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Wow! I have to say that it’s been a while since I have just relaxed and enjoyed this beach vacation, it was much needed this year. Funny enough, the vacation was preceded by this comment from my son “But you’re the Summercrafter!” when he heard me say I was leaving Audrey (my sewing machine) behind. Of course, on the eve of the vacation, I tossed and turned with the idea and the next morning quickly threw everything together: sewing machine, fabric, notions, tools, and brought her along after all.

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When we got there, my family was memsmerized by the TV of all things! Meanwhile, my feet couldn’t walk down the path fast enough

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until the sea said “hello!”

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The waves welcomed and conversed with me, one after another, for whole time we were there.

The other phrase that sort of defined the trip were my own words “Vacation is for doing what you don’t normally do.”

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This sentiment opened the door for me to read (found the perfect book set in Nantucket!), sketch patterns, watch movies and embroider.

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“B is for Beach.”  Yes. I DO craft on the beach, I didn’t make that up you know…

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Unfortunately however, I was not able to use Audrey much this trip, there was no way for me to press seams. (And my shoulder thanked me for the break)  So what do you do if you can’t sew? Go buy more fabric of course!!

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The local shop is called Country Quilts and Bears if you happen to be near Clearwater stop by. I always find something in there I HAVE to have and they are always so helpful!

Everyone did their own thing. Either reading, watching cable channels we don’t have or frolicking in the pool with new friends. I just wanted to sit out and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the beach, which I don’t do enough of.

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And my honey joined me for a little while everyday.

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We walked on the beach every evening although the sunsets were clouded.

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Even with sunscrreen, hats and umbrellas, the effects of the sun were inescapable.

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And of course I took my handy, dandy vacation tote!

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Here is a sneak peak at My beach

(Hope the video works!) Enjoy!

Making Room and some eye candy!

May 16th 2014

A sort of transformation has been taking place over in my Craft Corner. It’s more of a defining of sorts, actually.  I finally realized what I “DON’T” want to do which has helped to define my future job track. Due to my affinity with fabric, I have noticed (and you have too, I’m sure) a natural gravitation towards quilting. Don’t get me wrong I still love to craft and draw, felt and bead, but quilting has taken preference. So the next logical step was to reconfigure my space to accommodate that.

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Since its inception the solid doors of the Craft Corner were to store fabric to protect them from the sun. But now door number three is housing Fat Quarter and half-yard bundles.  I simply added cardboard to the inside of the frosted glass to keep the light out!

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And here are some of the bundles I recently purchased strictly for business purposes as I design new quilt patterns!

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Here are some scrappy bundles!

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I tied these together to remember they are a collection.

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I know what some of you are thinking but mixing fabrics of different quilting quality is not a good idea. I’ll use that other fabric over there for other projects. No worries!