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I’m a big fan of Gone With the Wind.  Most people who know me, know that.  So a few years back when I was invited to join a quilt swap of Civil War Reproduction 9 patches, entitled ‘A Quilt for Melanie Wilkes’, I jumped in on it without hesitation.

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And I LOVE the quilt I ended up with.  It’s huge, about king size, and it’s got such a great assortment of fabrics, so many more than I could collect on my own.  I sent it to Randi Allen in TX to quilt it, and she did a great job with it, an all over swirly star pattern, perfect for the patriotic theme of the fabric.

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Anyway, I’m so pleased with this quilt.  It’s really a workhorse quilt.  I often have a hard time using quilts that I’ve made because I’m so afraid they’re going to get torn up, or stained.  And after all the time and money that went into them, I want them to stay nice.  But this quilt is different.  It’s quite pretty to look at it, but understated.  It’s not flashy or showy, but the beauty is in the details; when you notice the quilting, or pick up on a really unique print in it.  It’s been used quite a bit. It’s super warm in the winter, and huge, so the perfect quilt to huddle under with my family to spend time together watching a movie. It’s the perfect quilt to haul to my husband’s ball games.  It’s big enough that all my girlfriends and their kids can sit on it and chitchat.  And it’s such a great blend of colors, no one would ever notice if something got spilled on it or stained.  It really encourages fellowship and friendship.  It’s very soft and a perfect amount of worn-in feeling.

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And I think that’s what Melly would have wanted.

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Several years ago there was a line of Gone With the Wind fabric that came out, and I snatched up a bunch of it.  I didn’t get around to actually making a quilt top out of it until a couple of weeks ago.  I used this great pattern by Violet Craft, that I modified just a bit to accomodate some of my larger prints.  In contrast, I call this my ‘Quilt for Scarlett O’Hara’.

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Different from my Melanie Quilt, this quilt will not see a lot of hard work.  This one prefers to just be admired and look pretty.  I think I’m going to have it custom quilted, it needs that special touch.  I want the quilting to be showy, dramatic, definitely something to be noticed.  This quilt will just be draped around the house somewhere, a life of luxury.

And I think that’s what Scarlett would have wanted.

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So, PS…I need a long-arm quilter.  Someone preferably who loves Gone With the Wind so they can help me capture the essence of Scarlett in the quilting.  I’m thinking perhaps some of her phrases in the sashing?  Know anyone?  Send them my way!

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Happy Leap Day!

I know Leap Day comes around every 4 years, but I honestly don’t ever remember having a leap day before.  Weird.

I finished my husband’s T-shirt quilt top.  Thanks to everyone that has commented on the last couple of posts.  I promise I read them all, but I didn’t quite get to the email thank you reply.  One thing I really liked was how Kat tucked some of the shirt tags into her binding.  I saved a couple and am going to do the same thing, neat idea Kat!

I’m really pleased with how it turned out.  This is the second t-shirt quilt I’ve done.  The first one I did for me, and it was much different.  I cut all the shirts the same size squares, and I used much stiffer interfacing.  The thicker stuff made it not so cuddly, and this one already has better drape.  Not sure if I’ll add borders or not, I’ll let hubby decide.  I like the puzzle piece arrangement.  It was a bit like a puzzle trying to figure out how to sew it all together, but a fun challenge.  Something I haven’t done before.

So I now have 3 tops ready to be quilted, and 1 quilt that needs finishing touches.  I’m moving in a couple weeks, so hopefully I can stay on track to get at least one quilt done each month.  And, once I move, I’ll get to start on my new sewing room redo, Yay!

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I finally finished the Hideaway quilt. I’m not sure what to call this quilt. It was the ‘Moda Hideaway Had a Lot of Potential but Went Downhill Quickly’ quilt, but that’s an awful big mouthful, so I’m just going to call it the Hideaway quilt. I quilted the middle with an all-over meander in a green variegated thread, which I regret. I should have used a lighter thread that blended in better, but oh well, live and learn.

After machine binding the last quilt, I decided to do it again since this is a monster big quilt. It went much better this time, and I’m pleased with the results. The other thing I really like on this quilt was the quilting pattern I did in the outer border. My 1st 1st of the year was the machine binding on the last quilt, my 2nd 1st was quilting a design other than meander. I did trees, and just absolutly love them. They were fun to do and actually turned out pretty good. It’s a bit hard to see on the front, but easier on the back. I’m much less afraid to try other patterns on my next quilts, so I’m excited about that.

So I have another OPAM finish for February, and quilt 2/12 for 2012. I’ve already got this quilt on my bed, and since our temps have just gotten colder, it’s been great.

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About 5-ish years ago, I decided I wanted to make my future mother-in-law a quilt.  I didn’t know anything about quilting.  But, I knew I liked quilts, other people liked quilts, and I knew how to work a sewing machine…..so how hard could it be, right?  I saw a picture of a quilt I liked online, and figured I could come up with how to make it.  So I drew out what it looked like, figured up some dimensions and went down to my local craft store to get some fabric.  I enlisted my mom to help me, who also at the time didn’t know anything about quilting.  The particular pattern I picked had lots of triangles, and I distinctly remember sewing them up and them not being the right size, but we thought, hey…enough steam and stretching and we can make them the right size.  I know, are you just cringing in your seats?  Anyway, I made the top, but didn’t ever do anything with it after that.  I decided not to give it to her for some reason, although I don’t remember why.  I’m glad I decided not to, looking back at it.  I might have never gotten married, HA!  My MIL, who I didn’t know at the time had also made some quilts, would have taken one look at it and told her son not to marry that girl 🙂  I did end up making her a proper quilt a couple years ago though, so all is well.

Anyway, I tucked the top away, but never intended to do anything with it.  I was cleaning out some things the other day and ran across it.  I hadn’t seen it since I made it, and it was funny to look back at it.  Not many of the seams match, and most of the points were cut off, but I love the pattern, and I love my fabric choices.  I think it’s actually a really pretty quilt.  I figured I needed to bite the bullet and either chunk it or finish it.

As I continued to clean out my fabric bin, I came across a piece of fabric that worked perfect for the back, and was exactly the right amount, and the same for binding.  I figured it was a sign, and the next day I had it quilted and bound.  I’m really pleased with the way it came out, and I’m really glad I decided to finish it.  It’s pretty small, I’d say about lap quilt size, and will be perfect for Avery to drag around some day.  Since I wasn’t too invested in the finished project, I decided to try machine binding for the first time.  2 sides came out pretty good, and 2 pretty not good.  But the binding step is my least favorite, so I’m glad I did it.  It will take a little finesse and practice, but I’ll definitely do it again.

So, first finish of the month for OPAM, and first quilt done out of the 12 I want to finish this year out of my WIP’s.

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Since I’m trying to get back into scrapbooking, I’ve started following the blog Write.Click.Scrapbook. Today’s posting is talking about all the new things in paper crafting coming out at this years CHA tradeshow, and she showed some pictures of new paper lines. I think y’all should check it out. Looks like they’re taking some cues from the quilters…lots of zigzags and hexagons in scrapbooking this year!

The name of this paper pattern is Honeycomb Quilt.  Maybe next time you need some quilt inspiration, you should walk through a scrapbook store!

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…So I Joined OPAM ’12

I finished my first quilt in 2008.  I finished 14 quilts in 2009, 7 in 2010, and only 3 in 2011.  That’s going drastically in the wrong direction.  I thought it would be really great to be able to finish one a month this year.  That might be a bit hard with the baby, especially when i go back to work, but I thought it would be a good goal.  I also decided that I’m not going to start any new quilts, or buy any fabric for any new quilts.  Everything has to be from the WIP list I already have going.  (‘Projects’ tab at the top of the page, if you’re interested).  I have about a million WIP’s, so I have a lot to choose from.  I can only buy fabric if it’s for one of those projects.  I was excited about all of them at one point, so I’m going to try to find that excitement again, and get some things finished up.

Then last week, I saw the OPAM information on Indigo Blue’s blog, and thought it sounded like just the ticket.  It stands for One Project A Month.  Since it was already my plan, a little accountability never hurts.  I even wrangled my mom into joining as well.  These projects don’t have to be quilts, although that’s what I’m going to try to accomplish.  I have quite a few that wouldn’t take all that much work to get finished.  But, again, the projects can be any ‘soft’ craft.  So here are my finishes for January.

I appliqued 2 onesies for Avery…

Appliqued this one as a baby gift for a soon-to-be-here sweetie…

And made this softie block toy for baby Abby as well.  It’s got this turtle on one side,

And an ‘A’ on the other.  The rest of the sides are either minky, chenille, or flannel.  These are a lot of fun to make.  Can you tell I’m having fun with the embroidery machine lately?

I’m trying to beat the calendar, and get the ‘was going to be zig zag but turned into bento box, going downhill quickly’ quilt done for January as well.  Thankfully I had already had it started, as I didn’t sign up for the OPAM until just last week, so had only a couple weeks to get this month’s stuff done.  If you want to sign up as well, I think you have until the 31st to do it.  Now to see if I can get the button in my sidebar…

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One Last Choice

Thank you to those that told me which layout you liked the best for my ‘going downhill quickly’ Hideaway quilt.  4/5 people voted for the layout my husband came up with.  Thanks.  There will be no living with him now. 🙂

I tried one more way.  It’s his idea, only on point.  This caused me to have to break up a few of the blocks.  I went ahead and cut some setting triangles and borders to put with it.  This is my only choice for settings/borders, because it’s the only print I had enough yardage for.  I absolutely love the border fabric.  Still don’t love the whole thing together.  But still pressing on.  And no, I didn’t press my fabric before I cut the borders.  I’ve slapped my hand for you already.

I’ve found it to be really helpful to post picks online, and then re-look at them.  I get a whole different perspective on what it looks like, other than when I’m standing 5 foot 6 inches above it on the ground.

So what do you think?  You can still say any of the ones from the last post are better…

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