September 10, 2013

Super Mario Bros. Quilt Top

Super Mario Bros. Quilt Top



So glad this monster of a quilt top is finished. I made the blocks with Angela's Super Mario Quilt Along group. It was made some vibrant Kaufman Kona cottons here.

Reference photo of Kona Colors for the Mario QAL
click picture to see names of kona used

from the Fabric Shack.  I love how this shop cuts fabric in quarter yards and have the best price for kona! They have great customer service too. Fabric amounts and the discussion we had on what fabrics we used was helpful as we are fans of many differents solids. It did not seem to matter whether the fabric was cut in fat quarters or regular cuts of fabric. Fabric Shack cuts its quarter yard fabric in 10 in cuts too! Nice, huh?

All of the patterns are here in google docs, but I took the patterns and modified them to allow for less piecing as you can see in this Goomba 

Super Mario Goomba

or cloud.

Piecing Mario cloud
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I got creative and modified and added and modified additional blocks.

Beetle
Beetle

Red Fish
Fishy

Piranha Plant
Piranha Flower

Spiny
Spiny

Koopa Troopa
Koopa Troop

You think I would learn and keep things simple. :) 

Here is the backing. I thought a test pattern would be fun and I needed to use up the scraps from the top. Not sure if I like it, but I wanted to play and not order more fabric. The extra blocks have made this about 90 by 90 inches. Even though I made it for my husband I think my son might steal it as it is perfect size for a full bed.

Super Mario Bros quilt back


I am thinking of an all over meandering of rectangles and squares. I continue to rethink it over and over again as I want it to be perfect. I wish I could be less of a perfectionist. So I am hoping for a Christmas finish for this quilt. 

September 7, 2013

Taking Stock of Things

I have been spotty about the blogging this year, but I just haven't had time to devote to the computer. This morning I took a picture of tops and backs that have been finished in that time. These are UFOs that have been taunting me. Now the fun part...quilting.

taking stock of things



It was a good break. More pictures forthcoming soon.

June 21, 2013

Green Tea and Sweet Beans Quilt

I am working on blocks from Jennifer Kingwell's pattern Green Tea and Sweet Beans. I need something that includes some hand applique and varying techniques. I intend to finish all the applique blocks by hand and adapt the others to be made by machine. As far as a stack of fabrics, I have none. I am going to make each block with what I have that makes me happy. Hopefully they all will fit together. I do have many of the same fabrics so this quilt will fit my stash well. Some linen and text fabrics will be added to the mix and I have been collecting lots of dots so this should be fun.

Green Tea and Sweet Beans Quilt Block


Green Tea and Sweet Beans Quilt Block


Green Tea and Sweet Beans Quilt


On another note, my Canon Rebel camera does not seem to be working well with capturing light very well. I am completely frustrated with it. Even outside pictures get overexposed easily on the Auto setting. I dropped it while hiking last year and broke the basic lens, which I bought new, but the camera has never been back to normal. Does anyone know whether these cameras can get serviced/tested like sewing machines can?  Maybe I should go back to the basic Canon Powershot version. Buy a better lens than what came with the camera? What do you think?

May 31, 2013

The Supernova Quilt

I have been saving, swapping and swooning over these fabrics for years. I finally cut into them and a few others.

The Next Challenge



I thought the Supernova quilt from Quilting Modern would be perfect for them.

Supernova


It wasn't as scary to cut into this group of fabrics as I thought. Although I was muttering under my breath when I cut a strip of swimming sisters a half inch too short. You know that feeling?  I even had some park slope leaves in the stash! I've been working on this for the past couple of weeks for only 15 minutes at a time. I will admit I am a hopeless copycat. Wouldn't you?

I've "claimed my blog" through bloglovin, as most people have, since Google reader will be no more. Care to follow? That was easy. I love how a summary of random blogs is emailed every night, of blogs I follow, to mix things up.  It will automatically transfer all the blogs you are currently following in an instant as well. Less work is a good thing.

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May 25, 2013

Why a break?

I've been blog hopping this morning and found a thread off of this post and that post and thought I would share it with you. It's about quality in the sewing and quilting industry. To get the whole picture, I also recommend the follow up posts too.

I do love Maddie's rules. It's spot on why I been out of the loop for so long.


Kids before quilts, 
Quality over quantity,
Marriage before making another commitment

That and my body was/still kinda is on the fritz. I have been dealing with gluten intolerance, so it is medically necessary for me to follow a gluten free diet to be healthy. I'm not just following some weird celebrity diet fad. It didn't help that gobs of my hair was falling out and gluten, which is like a poison to my body, is brutal towards your skin. Horrible especially when people judge you on looks and I felt like a 13 year old with thinning hair. To have those outward signs as well as internal ones was depressing. My skin has finally cleared of acne and irritation, and my hair is growing back. Trying to eat in a whole different way is frustrating. Restaurants, socializing, can be impossible. I have a lot more unpolite symptoms, before you think I am just a vain horrible person, but if you're wondering, you can check out the link here. And last summer I had tests for thyroid cancer. I had a cyst the size of a golf ball popped up over night on my neck in June. Freaked the hell out of me. Apparently one of the many small nodules on my thyroid busted a blood vessel in my neck. No cancer, I'm fine, but it makes you reflect. Between the thyroid stuff and gluten induced vitamin deficiencies making me sick and exhausted, I didn't want to create anything for a long long time. Now I am getting it under control. Trying to anyway. 
I hope that explains my blogging break. Missed you all.