Monday, February 6, 2012

this weekend I...

Retro Flower for Love circle

1.  Made a new Retro Flowers block, this time for the Ara Jane.  She's called for bright, warm flower blocks for our February Love circle quilt (with do. Good Stitches).  This block is made in a Honey Child print by Jennifer Paganelli.  I want to make a 2nd block for her, but I'm stuck on fabric choice...

Outfoxed & Sweetwater stashings

2.  Prewashed some goodies from Pink Castle Fabrics. I finally bought some Outfoxed by Lizzy House (a good selection of Outfoxed is also in stock at Fresh Modern Fabric, Whipstitch, and Sew Modern).   Love this collection!  And also restocked those Sweetwater text prints that I've been binding quilts with as of late.

Racecars for Liam's birthday

3.  Celebrated Liam's 5th birthday with a little this and a little of that that added up to lots of fun.  He came out after bedtime last night to remind me that we forgot to let him choose a birthday movie to watch.  This sad fact was weighing heavy on his mind.  He'll get to choose his special movie yet.  Never fear!


Loulouthi Tiles binding

Loulouthi Tiles finishing

4.  Oh, this is a big one... FINISHED my Loulouthi Tiles quilt!  It's entirely hand-quilted and entirely large and entirely bright and beautiful.  I do love it.  Pictures to come...

Sewn fast

5.  During the binding I managed to sew completely over and past one pin.  Yeah, I thought there was something strange going on at that part....  The needle even pierced the purple plastic ball a bit and sewed the pin down fast.  I had to rip seams to get this girl out.  I really should change my needle now, eh? 

6.  Let's see... what else.  Hmm... read a good bit of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (book club) and enjoyed quite a few birthday (and non-birthday) treats.  Yes, quite a nice weekend.

Wishing us all an entirely lovely, entirely sweet and entirely creative week!

30 comments:

  1. Birthdays are the best. I can't wait to see your monster tiles all finished!!

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  3. I love your retro flower block and I'm looking forward to seeing the loulouth tiles :)

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  4. Ack, my first post came out in the wrong context... I guess I meant to say you must be really talented to get your machine to cooperate sewing through the pin like that. I'm actually surprised it did that because most machines would have choked up and turned themselves off.

    And thanks for enabling my new-found obsession with text prints... hehe.

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    1. Haha, no problem Amber. You're right - I was shocked I was able to sew over it like that at all. And glad that my machine and I survived =)

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  5. Okay, so you've made me a believer of these Retro Flower blocks. I think I just might be using the pattern for the throw quilt I'm gearing up to make for my living room (with the lovely selection of fabric that my mom got me for my bday)!

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    1. Well, there you go! The only thing about these blocks is you have to be sure to use fabrics that don't mind being cut up small, since there are 4 pieces to make up each "petal". Have fun!

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  6. sounds like a fun weekend. and wow, sewing through that pin is pretty impressive! I broke a needle last night, haven't done that in a while! :)

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  7. Your quilt looks fabulous! You machine bind??? How do you do that? I've always sewn the binding on one side, flipped it over, and hand stitched. Takes FOREVER. Please please PLEASE share!

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  8. Can't wait to make Retro Flower blocks in Curves class! A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - one of my favorite books! You did have an awesome weekend!

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  9. Happy Birthday to Liam! Wow, five! That's a big one! :) Well, I am actually using that top Lizzy House print that you have in teal, in the red-orange colorway for my retro flowers block. It is a tricky block for sure!

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  10. Yay for Liam! It sounds like a proper celebration, for sure! I can't wait to see your Loulouthi Tiles! It's so amazing to have a handquilted treasure like that. Wow! Your Retro Flowers block for dgs looks wonderful! I'm hoping I can finish my second one this week!

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  11. Sounds like a fun weekend! I can't wait to see more pictures your Loulouthi Tiles quilt, I'm sure it's beautiful! Also, impressed that your machine sewed through that pin! Those Kenmore machines are tough! :)

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  12. I'm fascinated by your zig zag binding application. I'd love to see that from the front, too. I hand sewed binding to the back of two baby quilts on Friday and Saturday, and it took FOR-EV-ER. Different machine options for sewing binding to the back would be awesome to see!

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    1. Oh, you should check out my binding tutorial: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2011/11/zigzag-binding-tutorial.html

      Yes, I love binding this way - so fast!

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  13. What a fun weekend. I listened to your interview. How nice to hear your voice!

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  14. what a fun weekend rachel! birthdays are always so fun! i can't wait to see more of your quilt. it looks beautiful!

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  15. Sounds like you had a great weekend, Rachel! I love that LouLouThi quilt. Can't wait to see it!

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  16. Oh, I have always loved A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I have to get my son on that soon, though he does sometimes resist "Mommy's List," which recently included A Secret Garden. :-)

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  17. cant wait to see your tiles quilt in all its glory

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  18. Ooh! I'm so excited about your Loulouthi quilt! Well done for finishing it! I love weekends that include a bit of finishing, a bit of outside with the family and some yummy food. :)

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  19. What a mean mummy missing out on that film choice ;o) If it makes him feel better, my mummy made me make my birthday dinner on Saturday and didn't even have anything for me to eat for lunch on Sunday, so I had to drive home 200 miles to get food!

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  20. Wow, the pin??? Love your machine binding, going to try it! The retro flower is beautiful. Going to have a crack at that too.

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  21. during my last attempt at FMQ, I sewed one of my basting pins to my project. I needed a seam ripper to get it out, too. Nice to see I'm in good company! :)

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    1. Oh, yes, I've done that before with FMQ. As if you're supposed to be able to watch those pins in addition to everything else. As if!

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  22. oh, gosh, that's totally an error i'd make if i machine-bound quilts. i've definitely sewn through the plastic tops of flower-head pins. heh.

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  23. Ha, ha! That pin really GOT it good!
    Your Retro Flower block is very eye catching. I love it!
    Your blog makes me smile.......it's bright and you are smart and whitty! Thank you.

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  24. I'm awarding you a Versatile Blogger Award:
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    To pay it forward, create a post that mentions the award. Include 7 factoids about yourself in the post. Then list 15 blogs on whom you'll bestow a Versatile Blogger Award.

    LeAnn

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  25. Yay for a packed weekend! The quilt looks amazing. And thanks for shooting the captive pin before you liberated it. That was a good laugh! :D

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  26. Wow -that pin getting sewn in is something else...hope you haven't knocked the timing out on your machine...eek

    oh and yes...change the needle! :o)

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