My 6″ Sampler Quilt

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Well I officially have finished my 6″ sampler quilt. This quilt is one that gets a lot of questions about where the blocks came from. Probably 2/3 of them are from The Splendid Sampler, 35+ are from #jensfillerblocks (all available in my tutorials section), and I think 15-20 are from Tula Pink’s City Sampler book. There are 144 blocks in this quilt, with 1-1/2″ sashing (1″ finished) and a 5″ border around the entire thing. It finished up around 94″ x 94″, perfect for my bed!! It was beyond a labor of love. I cannot even guess how many hours I spent on this, especially with resizing 12″ blocks to fit. 100, maybe? More? All I know is I loved almost every minute of it and I really, really miss making 6″ blocks. They are fast, fun, and very satisfying to make something with pieces so small.

I do quilt a lot of my own quilts at home on my Juki (I also have a few long arm quilters with whom I work), but I knew this one needed an extra special touch. Some quilts just need it. I actually won a giveaway for a $100 credit to Marion of My Quilt Diet and this was the beauty I knew I’d use the credit on to help me make this quilting dream an affordable reality. I saved almost all of my Christmas money and used it to pay for the quilting on this. It was worth EVERY penny I paid.

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I chose a 108″ Moda gray solid for the background mostly because I was feeling lazy and cheap, but it was the PERFECT choice. Look at that quilting!!!!!! I chose Marion’s freehand graffiti motif and I could not be happier. She made this a true heirloom for my family to enjoy for generations. That’s the hope, right? 🙂 And now for a dumping of photos because I can’t pick just one or two to share.

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Moda Ribbon Challenge

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Chrissy of Sew Lux Fabric and I are so excited about this Moda Ribbon Challenge. Before we get to the fun stuff, here are the rules for the challenge:

1- The challenge runs from January 16th – February 10th.

2- Open internationally! Yes, you read that right. 🙂

3- You must incorporate the ribbon and it be a main feature (not just a loop on the side of a pincushion).

4- Post a finished project on Instagram with #ModaRibbonChallenge and #ModaFabrics by February 10th.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with. Chrissy posted a tutorial for this cute merit badge award mini quilt over on her blog. Make sure you go check it out if you’re looking for ideas!

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Now on to the extra fun stuff. Chrissy will be giving away a $50 credit to sewluxfabric.com! We have also partnered with Moda to offer these wonderful prizes:

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(1) Fat Eighth bundle of Freedom by Sweetwater

(1) Fat Eighth bundle of Early Bird by Kate Spain

(1) Fat Eighth bundle of Sugar Pie by Lella Boutique

(2) Moda tote bags from Quilt Market

(1) Moda Post it set

(1) Large Moda tin

(1) Medium Moda tin

(4) Small Moda tins

(2) Round Moda Tins

We will announce the details of divvying up the prizes a little later in the challenge, but those are some AWESOME prizes up for grabs. Free fabric sounds pretty great, right? Grab your Moda ribbon and let’s get busy!

2017 Quilting

I’ve had this post in my head for a long time and I hope I can finally do justice to the thoughts I have.

2016 seems that it was the year of the Quilt Factory for many of us, at least to me. Please don’t get me wrong, I am not judging any of you for what you do or do not do with your quilting life. I truly do not mind how many quilts you’ve made, be it 1 or 50. I just know that I have a hard time slowing down and I will not publicly admit to how many quilts I’ve made, but let’s just say it’s over 20. Some of those were for family members, some were for blog posts, but most were just because I wanted to make “that” certain quilt that either I had been dreaming of, or everyone else was making and I didn’t want to be left out. As I’ve been evaluating my 2016 these past few months, it’s made me TIRED. I don’t think I’ve slowed down willingly except for vacations when I was literally out of my house. It’s been so fun to learn so many new techniques and make new friends who love to quilt as well, but I am wanting 2017 to be less frantic, especially after this season of holiday sewing madness.

I’ve been asking myself how I want to change my habits to get quilting back to a hobby, not what it has been for me in 2016. Here’s what I’ve decided to do. It will be a total experiment and it may fail miserably, but I at least want to try.

1- I’ve decided to limit myself to 12 quilts for me and my house next year. Yes, 12 is still A LOT of quilts, but it is one per month and that’s something I feel good about. This does not include any shop sewing I may do and I haven’t exactly figured out how blog-related sewing fits in, but it’s a starting point. I have a list all ready to go and here are my “must makes” for now. I’m sure it’ll change a billion times before 2017 even starts.

  • Gingiber Christmas kit
  • Snail quilt (or flamingo quilt)
  • Tinker toy
  • Cherry Tree Lane
  • C+S diamond in a triangle quilt

2- I want to branch out and make more bags. I’d love a poolside tote, a necessary clutch wallet, a sewing machine cover (not a bag, but still). There’s no need to keep putting off learning new techniques.

3- I want to embroider more. I loved making my Daisy Chain Sampler and I’d love to find something to do next to keep my hands busy. Embroidery is a bazillion times cheaper than quilting, so that makes it a major win in my book.

4- I want to finish up my last of my monthly mini quilts that I’ve been putting off for literally a year. I have March, April, and Easter to make.

5- To make it easier to not buy as much fabric, I’ve unsubscribed from some email lists. I know, it’s a little nuts, but it has helped ease the pressure so much.

6- I sold off some of my stash so it’s not sitting staring at me, begging to be made into beautiful things.

I’m really excited to see how it goes. It could be a complete flop, or it could be amazing. I find that by stopping to try and make a few goals and evaluate things as they are right now, it helps me a lot when things get craaaaazy, as they certainly will.