Creative Road Block

My creative juices have hit a wall with one specific project.  The wonderful Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness send out fat quarter bundles of her new gorgeous Fantasia line earlier this month.  I was very elated to receive it in the mail.

I had an idea to remake a quilt that I had done and had someone in mind to be the recipient.  The fabric is playful, wonderful, whimsical, and very springy.  Have you seen it yet?

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It has unicorns too.  The 10 year old Lisa Frank lover in me is dying.  Lisa Frank is/was awesome!!!!!!!!!

fantasia unicorn fabric

 

fantasia unicorn fabric

The original idea I had needs to be scrapped.  The recipient may not appreciate the awesomeness of this fabric, even though they would appreciate the quilt.  My friend Melissa saw the fabric a couple of weeks ago and started gushing over it with me.  Then an idea came to her that was perfect.  So perfect, I can’t quite share, but it’s going to be great.  I’m going to share the finished quilt here, but not who it’s far just yet.

That’s where the problem starts now.  What will this finished quilt look like?  After scrapping my original idea, I cut the fabric into 5″ squares to have ready for something else.  Now I’m on the fence about that.

I have sent Hubby on a mission to Jo-Ann’s to acquire some batting to use as a design wall.  Will he make it out alive?  Drown in the Kona solids?  Get lost in the licensed prints?  He just wants an excuse to get out of the office.  Wife in distress and coming to her rescue can get him out of the office early, usually.

What do you do when you’ve hit a creative road block?  What helps you?

Once the Pdawg is in bed tonight I will take over the living room floor and lay out some options.   Look for them on Instagram.

 

Charm Dash Quilt Along – Homage to the Amish

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Ms. Midge you created a wonderful pattern for charm packs. She put out a call for bloggers in January and so glad I emailed her.

Following a pattern is not normally my thing, but I set out this year to try new things. As soon as I saw the pattern I knew the colors I wanted to use. Solids, lots of solids with a black background. Why black you may be asking? No clue other than I have a bolt of it sitting in my sewing space that was looking neglected.

See trying new things: black background, using a pattern and being apart of a blog hop.

I had a number of solids scraps left over from cutting the Bright Birch Quilt squares and wanted to use them. The olive greenish color is a bit out of my normal color palette. Most came from my scrap basket that is currently overflowing. (That’s a whole other project)

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Cutting the fabrics was not difficult and had very little waste. I appreciate when a designer creates without much waste in cutting and trimming. I have avoided some patterns that I’ve been oogling for a while because there is so much waste in cutting and trimming. Who wants to waste good fabric?

For a baby sized quilt I needed 12 blocks and I opted for no borders. I made labels for each of the background pieces to help with organization. I would encourage anyone making this pattern to do something similar, helps to keep things straight as you’re piecing.

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I started by blocks in February at the IMQG Sewing Retreat. Another quilter said, “the black makes the block look Amish.” Hmmm. I had not seen that in my design choice but think the name Homage to the Amish is quite fitting.

charm dash block

My plan was to have this quilt prior to a road trip a couple of weekends ago. I had really wanted to try hand quilting it to fit with the Amish theme.  Of course that didn’t happen so the quilt had to come with me on a business trip to Iowa. Yes, I brought my sewing machine in my carry on. TSA was quite surprised.  I quilted most of this from the comforts of my hotel room in Dubuque, Iowa.  Prior to leaving I had it all marked and basted.  Straight lines in an off centered X kept coming to me as I was basting.

charm dash quilt basted

Too bad I ran out of thread on my trip.  Can you say late night sewing upon my return??  How else would I operate, I mean seriously.  Hubby and I turned on the Walking Dead episodes we were behind on as I finished up my quilt.

For the binding I went bright orange solid.  The backing is perfect for the little guy that will get this quilt.  This fabric has been in my stash for a few years waiting for this couple to have a baby.  That baby I was holding the fabric back for is now a toddler, oops.

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I’m loving the density of this quilt.  It’s not too heavy and is still snuggly.  Pdawg gives it his seal of approval, I mean stomp.

charm dash quilt

charm dash quilt

If you can’t tell this quilt is going to NYC, not very Amish.

charm dash quilt

If you are looking for a charm pack pattern to add to your collection, you should really consider picking one of these up.  Pop over and get your own copy of the Charm Dash pattern instantly on Etsy.  

Ms Midge

Catch up with all the other bloggers during the hop, the schedule is below.

 

Friday 13th March – Sarah Goer –  Things I Make

Monday 16th March – Linden Vine –  Vinelines Quilting

Wednesday 18th March – Crystal McGann – Raspberry Spool

Friday 20th March – Anita LaHay – Day Dreams Of Quilts

Monday 23rd March – Progress Report – Ms Midge

Wednesday 25th March – Tsoniki Crazy Bull –  Me Being Crafty

Friday 27th March – Tisha Nagel  –  Quilty Therapy

Monday 30th March – Progress Report – Ms Midge  

Wednesday 1st April – Kathy Gordon –  Kwilty Pleasures

Friday 3rd April – Angie Wilson –  Gnome Angel

Monday 6th April –  Roslyn Russell – Sew Delicious

Wednesday 8th April – Abby Rudakov – Things For Boys

Thursday 9th April – Final Post and Linky open  – msmidge.com.au

 

Bright Birch Quilts

bright birch quilt Rachael finished her version of the Bright Birch Quilts at the IMQG retreat last month.  She did quilt as you go for each block and the back in a checkerboard pattern.  She was so sick during the retreat from a cold that her medicines were making it hard to get the layout.

For those of us lucky enough to know Rachael, she loves color, the brighter the better.  Here checkerboard is a yellow and pink.  She went bold for the sashing and binding on the quilt.  It’s a tomato orange-redish color.  Honestly, the color scared me a bit, but this is perfectly her.

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We followed the same pattern but have very different results.  Love these together.

bright birch quilts

bright birch quilts

So much color and goodness.  Wonder what blocks we could make next?

 

I did not give my son a Pinterest worthy 2nd birthday

Pdawg celebrated his second birthday last week, so a couple of Saturdays ago we had a party for just the kids.  We planned for an indoor play place since it is March and the parks are swampy messes right now.  Plus, it’s a great way for toddlers to run around and be loud.  Our house can’t support 15 toddlers running lose.

I’m going to be very honest and say that I didn’t want the stress of a perfect birthday party either.  I want to enjoy the day and my time with our family and friends.

porter's  2nd birthday

For his birthday I wanted to do something special but not over the top.  I just don’t have time for that.  Of course I went to Pinterest for ideas and found a number of them for a dinosaur theme.  The kid loves dinosaurs right now.  Is it bad that we know all the words to theme song to Dinosaur Train??  I found these wonderful dinosaur tails on Pinterest.  Here is the tutorial that I used.  I made a few for the party so the kids could run around and ROAR if they wanted to.

handmade dinosaur tails

Hint:  scour the the remnants bin at Jo-Ann’s for good deals on fleece.  I used felt for the spikes to make it easier.

The tails were a huge hit at the party.  P loved running around in them.  They are very easy to make and were a nice break from my quilting projects.

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All the food was snacks and placed in Rubbermaid tubs and the cupcakes were from Super Target.  OH THE HORROR!  I love Pinterest for inspiration but I work full time and in my free time I want to spend with P, hubby, and/or exercising.

Maybe as P gets older I will be more detailed with party planning.  The kid barely realized it was all for him.

All I know is the kid loved swinging and balled when we made him get out of the swing.  Sorry kid, time was up.

porter's birthday

 

The kids in attendance had fun and were wore out.  Success.

Some of my IMQG mom friends.
Some of my IMQG mom friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas in July Bloggers

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My favorite blogging series of year is coming up…Christmas in July.  I’m looking for contributors for this series.  Do you have a tutorial in mind that would make a great gift, home decor, anything winter/Christmas related?  Join me and the other bloggers I have lined up as we share inspiration in July.

I would need your completed tutorial by July 1st so I can complete the schedule for the month of posts.  I ask that you cross promote on your blog and social media.

If you’re interested email me at quiltytherapy @ gmail dot com.