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Stay at Home Round Robin, Part 1

My quilt guild is having a “Stay at Home Round Robin” challenge this year.  This month our center block was due.

I decided to give myself some additional challenges (you know, b/c there’s nothing else going on in my life at the moment) that included the entire quilt had to be made from my stash.  So I decided to use my some of my enormous stash of batiks.

It was actually more challenging to come up with a center block than I anticipated.  Let’s also add in I did this under some pressure as our meeting was Tuesday evening at 7pm (an hours drive away for me) & I started at 3pm that day.  And when I say started, I mean I started thinking about what I was going to make……(and yes, a dear friend predicated that was going to happen & she nailed it.  Again. 🙂

Given that I didn’t know what the remaining borders were going to entail (we would draw a different one each month from a pot of suggestions), I wanted to do something that kept my color choices open.  That meant something with a lot of color.

After trolling my modern quilting board on Pinterest, I ran across the flying geese in a circle paper piecing template.  It was perfect.

I really like how I was able to make a color wheel out of my stash.  Who knew I had so many different batiks!

Next month’s challenge is to use some half square triangles.  I’ll just think about that in June. 🙂

Defining the Negative Space

Ta da!
Here it is!

This is my longarm guild challenge piece!

This is actually a part of a special exhibit at MQS this year.  Everyone has the same fabric & made the same pattern, but we all quilted it in our own style.

My style is very geometric & this is a great example of that.

I also like to play in the negative space.  I want to add depth & dimension to those areas & see how they can transform into new spaces, taking your eyes along new paths in a quilt.

I hope to have more pics of my fellow guild members’ pieces when MQS rolls around.  I love to see how different quilters interpret the same piece.  I have had a sneak peak at a friend’s piece & wow!  did she she do a great job!  I can’t wait to share those pics!

Random Thought Thursday!

– It’s a pajama quilting day in the studio!

–  Rizzo says “hi”, but would like to go back to his nap.  Being interrupted by me to take photos of him is tiresome- it’s a tough life around here.

– I made the most amazing rolls this week!  Used the bread machine just to make the dough- then formed them into rolls & baked in oven at 350 for ~30 minutes.

– They are even better the next day when you make them into a sandwich with a cooked egg.

– A dear friend gave me some quilting magazines this week.  I now have a severe case of ADD.

– I’m soooo close to being finished with the Batik BOM quilt top.  One more solid day of sewing & I could have that sucker assembled.

– This week I successfully drove to my friend’s farm in Iowa.  This may seem small, but it’s quite a feat in my book, as something always seems to happen to me out there- I get stuck in mud, I get lost, my GPS goes out- it’s never good!

– I’m working on a new quilt design for the MQS Fabric Challenge.  The creative juices are flowing!  So many ideas, so little paper to scribble them onto- I wish I could just take a snapshot of what’s in my head & put that on Pinterest.  Would save so much time.

Ok, enough randomness for today!  Must get back to sewing!

Challenge #1

Hey! It’s been wonderfully busy over here- my days are full of quilting, knitting & cooking- I can honestly say I can’t remember being this peaceful.

I’ve also started challenging myself. A mini project completed every week. This happened by accident- I had some leftover log cabin blocks that I had sewed incorrectly for another project decided to pull them out & make something. Laid them out on the floor, tried some different arrangements & came about with this:

And instead of letting is sit on the shelf to be quilted in, oh, let’s say, about 5 years from now, I popped that sucker on the quilting machine right then! Used some of the music note fabric for the backing. (This is fabric from my mom’s stash. It’s been used on who knows how many projects, but I can tell you it’s magical- because EVERY SINGLE TIME I dig that fabric out of the bins, there’s always more. ALWAYS!) I used a favorite quilting pattern from Munnich Quilt Recipes, dug out some matching fabric for a binding & voila! A very nice little runner.

Granted it’s for Christmas & this is April, but hey- it’s done, I used stash, & I didn’t spend one added dime on this!

A Weekend of Decoupage

I found a new hobby! Decoupage!

See what I made!

Baby Blocks:

These will be necklaces:


Way too much fun with the Mod Podge this weekend. I can’t believe I haven’t used this since I was a kid!
On a quilty note, I’m giving myself a personal challenge. Take some stamps, put them on fabric & design a wall hanging type thing with them.
Here is my stamped fabric:

Now off to design!