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Jul 13 / Dani

Michael Miller Challenge Quilt

As part of the MQG, we have quarterly challenges whereby companies donate fabric which we are to use to create some sort of project with. This time, the fabric was from Michael Miller, one of my favourites (their fabric has a great base).

I had an idea that I wanted to make a bunting quilt, but I didn’t want to do turned or fused applique. So I came up with another idea!

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I basically made little triangle pillow forms, but didn’t stuff them (does that make sense?). I cut each bunting triangle out along with 10 white triangles. I put right sides together, stitched around the edge and left an opening, then turned them right side out. I pressed them and then I edged stitched them down in their location on the quilt. The white keeps the background fabric from showing through the bunting prints.

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I really wanted to try out some different quilting on this one. I used a wool batting, which means that the cloud quilting in the background is almost like trapunto. I didn’t quilt the clouds over the bunting – they just poof up off the quilt. Then I did some sketchy lines across the top of the bunting, so it would like a pencil line. That was the first time that I had taken the longarm off the belts and free-handed it!

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The backing is one of the prints from the line, just nice and solid.

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I am really pleased with how this came out! It is really soft and fluffy, and I learned a couple of new skills. Thanks Michael Miller and the MQG for the fabrics!

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May 13 / Dani

KSC Designs/Patchwork Threads Giveaway!

My friend Lindsay runs this amazing t-shirt company called Patchwork Threads. She creates all these super fun designs based on quilt blocks and other crafty goodies. But the great part is, they are not the “oh, you like to quilt, yay” shirts. You can totally wear them just as great shirts and few people would even know they are “quilt themed”.

When she asked if I would like to custom make some bags to go with her newest design, I couldn’t resist! I created just a few Limited Edition bags with heavy duty metal zippers, fun prints, and little arrow zipper pulls šŸ™‚

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And we are having a little giveaway on Instagram! Like me (@knitty34) or Lindsay (@patchworkthreads), then regram our photo with the tag #kscpwt for your chance to win!

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The giveaway ends on Thursday. Thanks for your continued support of small, women run businesses!

Mar 6 / Dani

Quilt for my Favourite Customer

A couple of weeks ago I had a customer order a baby quilt from me. But not just any customer, my very favourite customer. Before you think, “wait, isn’t that me?” let me s’plain. No, there is no time, let me sum up:

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None other than TJ’s wonderful 91 year old Grandma (I kid you not. She is 91. Ok in this picture she is 90, but jeez. I don’t look that good most days and I am 35!)

She knew she wanted something pink, but didn’t have any other requirements beyond that. So….off to my go-to baby quilt design!

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I call this one “Pinwheels and Piano Keys”. I came up with it a couple of years ago when I needed to use up a layer cake (40 10″ precut squares for the non-quilters). I like it because it is super easy to coordinate, easy to put together, but it makes a good sized baby quilt.

The fabrics in this one are mostly from “Vintage Baby” by Riley Blake, with a couple of others from my stash (Riley Blake layer cakes don’t have as many pieces as Moda layer cakes, so I added a bit in).

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For the quilting I went with Posies, as I thought it was girly without being distracting from the top.

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I’ve really enjoyed the few quilts I have been able to make lately with my new and improved piecing set up, which I talked about on my last post. Now I just need some more time to work on my own stuff!

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I hope both Grandma and the recipient like it and that it gets years of use.