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The Madelyn: A Girly Modern Baby Quilt Gift Set

So, I just completed a quilt gift set for a coworker. He and his wife were the first friends that I had in the last couple years that have had a baby girl. I love baby gifts and I love little boys but, it’s just something about being able to create a truly girly baby gift. So, I saw the Frolic line by Wendy Slotboom in the fabric store and just knew I had to use this fabric as the inspiration for the quilt. What is cuter than fabric with a collection of owls, possums, squirrels, and woodpeckers on it? And it’s paired with pinks and yellows and greens? So cute. Then I picked a bunch of Kona solids and other fabrics to coordinate and I went to town. I knew exactly what pattern that I was going to use. I had sketched this out for a very colorful quilt a while ago (made with solids of course) but, I was excited to try it with prints. I do love how it turned out. It’s so delicate and girly. And so out of my comfort zone with the colors. I love it! I even got a chance to use one of my decorative stitches on my machine that I never use. The decorative stitch added such an extra dimension of girliness too! Let me know what you think about it!

Here’s the quilt with the ball on it.

Here’s a detail shot of the quilt. The squares are 1.5″ square. And there are two lines of decorate stitching in each of the two white panels. Oh, and you can see a peek of the back with that striped pink and white minky on it.

I usually make “Bibs, Burps, and Balls” to go with baby gifts. I made three bibs and three burp cloths.

Here are the bibs by themselves.

Bib detail. On the gray bib i just added a few straight line stitches.

On the bib with white, I put a line of the same decorative stitch that was on the quilt.

Here’s a little detail from the ball. It’s not as round as I would like it but, it’s still cute!

And, what’s a gift without a card? I also used the decorative stitch here!

Here’s the inside of the card.

And, here it the gift all wrapped up!

Now I’m ready to make this quilt in a colorway that more reflects me! :-) Here I come solids!

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A Really Awesome Giveaway: Congrats R0ssie!

So, if any of you are into modern quilting and DON’T know about the flickr group Fresh Modern Quilts, then you don’t know what you’re missing. But, I suspect it’s not that many of you because the group has just surpassed 2,000 members! In celebration of this R0ssie is having an amazing giveaway with 29 – yes, that’s right 29 – awesome giveaway items. These giveaways items are from some of the most amazing contributors to the Modern Quilting world. Check it out and sign up to win here.

Just a sneak peek at some of the amazing giveaways:

Signed Copy of Denyse Schmidt Quilts! (Photo courtesy of R0ssie)

Fabric Pack from the Awesome Malka at Stitch in Dye & a Pillow Pattern (Photo courtesy of R0ssie)

Fabric from Lucie Summers (Photo courtesy of R0ssie)

And, yes, there are 26 more. You have to check it out.

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Bee Blocks for March

This weekend I got caught up on all of my Bee Blocks! The first two are  for the amazing Jenny from Home Ec for the Bricolage and Butter Bee. They were a lot of fun to make! The great thing about bees is that you get to play with fabric that you never would use yourself. I love the linens that Jenny chose and the warm and cozy feeling of the blocks when they were finished. I hope you like them Jenny!

Bricolage & Butter Bee for Jenny, Block 1

Bricolage & Butter Bee for Jenny, Block 2

Second are blocks for Greta for the Fussy Cut Bee, Group B. So much fun and so many bright colors. This is going to be an awesome quilt when it’s all put together. The floral fussy cut centers of the log cabin were lots of fun. Greta, I hope this is what you were looking for!

The Fussy Cut Bee - March Blocks for Greta, Block 1

The Fussy Cut Bee - March Blocks for Greta, Block 2

I’m also have about half of my blocks back from the Bricolage and Butter Bee. They are sooooo awesome! Look at those colors. I carried around all of the blocks that I have so far for a few days because I couldn’t keep my eyes off of them! Here’s a sneak peak from Lauren. I’ll share all of my blocks with you when I get them.

Bricolage & Butter Bee - Blocks from Lauren to ME!

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Boardwalk Quilt & More Coming Soon. . .

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. It’s been a lot going on in my world, which of course is no excuse. BUT, if it’s any consolation, I have some really exciting things coming up here soon. Look for the first post on the 5th of April (So, it looks like we’ll be launching sometime in May. Stay posted!).

In the meantime, I took a few pictures of my latest quilt creation this weekend. It is a quilt that I made as a throw for my bedroom. It is called “Boardwalk”. I had a hard time naming it but, my friend Chris suggested “Boardwalk and I thought it was perfect. The long vertical stripes do put you in mind of a boardwalk. I love the colors and the vibrancy of this quilt. I debated over the white binding and even took it to the LA Modern Quilt Guild meeting to get everyone’s vote. I got lots of great advice but in the end they encouraged me to be daring and go with the white. I’m so happy I did. It wasn’t until the binding was completely sewn on that I knew I had made the right decision. I did have a challenge with the mitered corners for a 1″ binding (finished width). Maybe I’ll add a quick tutorial on this because I love the effect of the 1″ binding. I’ll post more pictures soon.

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Moment – Japanese Fabric Store

I just so happened to be in Torrance, CA taking care of some business this afternoon when remembered a discussion post over at the LA Modern Quilt Guild about a new Japanese fabric store on this side of town . . . I just can’t resist oogling over beautiful fabric so of course I had to find it. Just walking in the store I knew I was in trouble!

It’s called Moment (I love that name) and it was pretty awesome. It’s the largest selection of Japanese fabrics that I’ve seen – they say the largest in the US. I snapped a few photos with my camera phone. They’re not that great but, they give you a glimpse of all the awesomeness! Aside from fabric, they had great trims and lots of other goodies straight from Japan – all sewing related. And if you purchase fabric, they’ll give you a free 2 hour sewing lesson!

Hope you enjoy the eye candy!

Echino selection at Moment

Fat Quarter Selection

Adorable Linen Trims

Cute Felt Animals

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What exactly does “modern quilting” mean?

What does “modern quilting” mean? I’m sure each of you has your view on this. And some of you are very opinionated about it. :-) Well, you’re being invited to share your views on the Modern Quilt Guild site. There will be posts every day this week.

Check it out and don’t forget to chime in.

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