I’m NOT the only weird one. . .

That’s what I think when I’m with all the other amazing ladies (we haven’t had any men attend yet ;-)) that attend the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild meetings. I guess many of us quilters and crafters have always created alone. Of course the internet has opened up a wide community but, it’s nothing like being in person with people that are just as passionate about your art as you are. Yay! This is so much fun.

My family and friends are extremely supportive and appreciative but, I think I can see just a hint of  ‘she’s just a tad bit touched’ in their eye as I’m passionately describing my latest quilting exploit. But, the Modern Quilt Guild is like my support group. We can all be weird about this together and it feels like we’re finally at home with people that understand us!

It is both fun and inspiring to see all the creativity that comes out of the guild. And, this month to see all the creative potholders – wow! And the awesome show and tell quilts. Here’s a few pictures so you can get a glimpse of the fun! Enjoy!

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Going Potholder Crazy!

The Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild had a potholder swap for our December Holiday Gift Exchange. At first I wasn’t extremely excited but, when it came down to it I had an absolute blast. There was a problem though. We had to design ONE potholder. 😦 One potholder? Are you serious? That was excruciating for me! So, instead of one, I designed FOUR! I know, I know. That’s a few more than one but, I had fun AND I got to try out some new techniques that I hadn’t tried before. The biggest thing that I got out of making potholders is that they are like a tiny mini quilt. Like a one block quilt. Anyhow, here are the potholders that I designed. Let me know what you think. The photos aren’t that great because I waited until I got to Home Ec. for the guild meeting to snap photos and wrap them!

Striped Delight
I’m really into solids and I have a sketch in my quilt sketchbook to make a quilt using 1″ strips (1.5″ strips with 1/4″ seam allowance on each side) of a variety of solids. So, I decided that my first potholder would be a mini version of this – with 1/2″ strips. I LOVE IT! I can’t wait to make a quilt like this. Very modern and chic. And fun as a potholder. Of course this one had to be circle. I just love circles – and it really seems to balance the linear design of the 1/2″ strips. The details were fun too because I put lots of colors on the back too – even inside the pockets have different colors – I didn’t take pictures though.

Improv
So, I’ve never done the improvisational log cabin block that everyone does. For some reason, I’m more drawn to clean lines and exactness in my quilts. So, this of course was my chance to do it. I had just bought a few pieces of the Alexander Henry Lorenza fabric in the Onyx colorway so I decided to have a go at it. I paired it with a couple of really weird Kona Cottons that I had bought for another project and they matched perfect. I bound it in Kona Cotton Cerise – one of my current favorites.

Strings of Strawberries
I hadn’t yet convinced myself to invest the energy in string piecing a whole quilt but, I’ve always wanted to try it. So, here was my golden chance. I had fabric left over from my Strawberry Disco Fields quilt and pulled a couple of other prints from my stash. It turned out to be a lot of green and a little red and black sprinkled in. So, I highlighted the green and just put one print on the back – a green and white polka. But, there a surprise inside! A little more of the Very Berry fabric! Once again – I didn’t get photos of the inside but, you’ll have to trust me!

Squares in Circles
When pulling fabrics from my stash, I had a stack of black and white next to a stash of green and whites and I just loved the combo. I just had to do something with this. I, as most of you have since established, love circles as well. So, I just pieced squares of various alternating green and white & black and white fabrics in a little patchwork block and then I pieced this into a black circle which I then pieced into a whit background.  I had fun with concentric circle quilting lines on this one. I also love the back. Pretty simple. But, I’ve always loved the Disco Dots fabric by Michael Miller in Black and White so I had to highlight it. The back is a little bit of a mistake. My intention was to have a green and white print at the top where the white is but, I think I placed it upside down. Oh well, another perfect mistake!

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And the Winner Is. . .

Sorry for the delay! I ran the Random Number Generator yesterday but, didn’t finish with my post. Anyhow I’ve been having so much fun this week with the potholders (for the swap that we had at the LA Modern Quilt Guild last night) I decided that the lucky winner will get to tell me what colors that she wants so that it will match her kitchen(or whatever other colors that she wants)!

And the winner is. . . . drum roll please. . . number 67 – Lynne! I will be emailing you shortly. Please respond back with your mailing address and the colors for your potholder so that I can get it in the mail by the 12th!

And, I know how much fun I had with the last potholders I made that I can’t just make one. So, I decided to pick another winner – or to let the Random Number Generator pick another winner. And the second winner is . . . Number 22 – Valerie! Once again, you can pick your colors and I’ll try to come up with something fun. Expect an email from me soon!

Thanks everyone for participating! And, I can’t wait to do it again.

Cheers!

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Wonky Circles and Echino. . .

(If you’re looking for the Giveaway post click here.)

So, I’ve been thinking about this quilt for awhile and I finally got started on it. I bought an Echino panel from The Urban Craft Center in Santa Monica and I wanted to highlight the panel when I used it.

So I decided not to cut the panel and to create something fun to go on the back (or the “other front” since I love reversible quilts). Ever since I started piecing circles using the Dale Fleming method, I’ve been thinking about different ways to use the  method and wondered how it would work for “wonky” circles. The design is to make four sets of “concentric” wonky circles to go on the back. Well, really late last night I made the first one. Let me know what you think?

I have quite a few other solids – colors that I pulled from the Echino fabric panel – and each of the four sets of “concentric” wonky circles will be different. Here’s the next set of solids that I’ll use:

Tell me what you think?

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Giveaway!!!

Yeah! It’s Giveaway Day over at Sew, Mama, Sew. I almost missed it but, Beth allowed me to slide in at the last minute! (Thanks Beth!) Anyhow, I’m giving away three Michael Miller Plain Jane Gray fat quarters (pictured) AND, I don’t have pictures of the finished item yet but, we’re making pot holders for our holiday swap at The Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and I’m going to include at least one of these. It’ll be a very cool pieced pot holder.

I’ll pick the lucky winner by using a Random Number Generator – just comment on this post to enter! Oh, and yes, I will ship internationally!

Enjoy! and make sure you stop by Sew Mama Sew so that you can sign up for more yummy giveaways. Just click on the button below!

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Squeezing in a little quilting!

So, it’s been a busy last couple of weeks and disappointingly I haven’t been able to work on my quilts much. As a result – I haven’t been able to blog at all. 😦 First it was a  week long trip to San Francisco for work. Then it was Thanksgiving and a 3-day weekend cruise to Mexico. While I enjoyed both, there was absolutely no way to squeeze quilting in. This week, I’ve been trying to get caught up and of course I’ve been quilting – continuing to work on MY quilt. I love the way it is turning out too! I was able to cut out most of the quilt before I left on my first trip and the last two nights I’ve been working on chain piecing my blocks. First was the gray. It’s Kona Coal of course.

Next was the black borders. Here they are all ready to be chain pieced.

And here they are all put together!

That was all I planned on doing but, I just had to start to lay it out to see how it’s going to look:

I’m so excited! My boyfriend came over and immediately claimed it as his own! I told him he would have to share it with me. Can’t wait until it’s done.

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Flora & Fauna

So, I’m realizing that there’s something about me and black in quilts. Even when I do baby quilts – they tend to have  a little black in them (or a lot). It’s not intentional. I guess that’s just what I’m drawn to. Especially when it is paired with bright rich contrasting colors. Ooooh!  So, I guess that it should be no surprise that as soon as I saw this amazing new line Flora & Fauna from Patty Young (Michael Miller) I knew I had to have it. At the Fat Quarter Shop they say that it should be available in December. Well, it’s December! OK. OK. I’ll stop being impatient. But, I just can’t wait until it comes out. I don’t even know what I’ll do with it yet but, I love everything about it. I know I’ll get at least the Stone palette. But, the others look yummy as well.

Just look at the Mustard. . . Oh, and the Raspberry with the green. . . even the turquoise is wonderful and delicious! I guess I’ll have to wait. . .

I also visited Patty’s blog MODKID Boutique and found the most wonderful items made from her fabric line. She has some adorable pattens for girl clothes but, if you have a second, take a look at the doll clothes patterns that she has for American Girl dolls. I’m not really into doll clothes but, her patterns are SOOOOOOO cute – they make me want to make some!

Oh well, enough cuteness for one day. I guess since I have to wait on these anyway, I’ll just have to be resigned to dream about what quilt I’ll design out of these. . .

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