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Amy Butler's Stash Contest!

Me YOUR Stash contest from Amy Butler!
Me YOUR Stash contest from Amy Butler!
Check out Amy Butler's Stash Contest.  She spoke to Jolly Jaber's (Fat Quarter Shop's) blog, click the link above for the details.
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My new Ditigal SLR 3100 with the 60 mm Marco Lens

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In an earlier blog post, I mention improving the photo taking aspect, and you could see my photos from yesterday, that I need work.

I mentioned that I purchased a new camera and I want to share some photos. Most of the photos are of my garden, over the past few weeks, but I took one of my Bear Paw (laundered many of times) quilt. You can see you can pick up all the details, including that dog hair. So, this lens would be perfect for highlighting quilting.
I couldn't help throwing one in of Cal.













Ditigal Quilt Memory Lane

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I decided that I was going to organize my digital photos of my quilts. I figured if I was going to suggest it (a few posts ago), that I should try and do it myself. So I basically went through all the files on my laptop, all those quick uploads, phone pics, etc and place them in folders.

I learned several things:
I used to be much thinner and younger.I have a lot of great memories and had to try and stay focused on the task.I used to be much more productive in my quilt production.Apparently 2011 was the year of starting new things (house, job, and many quilts). Not so good on the finishing.And I need to get my butt in my quilt studio (the Quilt Cave as Steve calls it) and the GYM! In the next few weeks, I hope to crop these and really create an online Quilt Diary (still researching Flicker vs Picasso, etc). However, I hope you don't mind that I share a few... Additionally, I hope the rest of you do the same. We need pics!

Michelle's Abbreviated Quilt Journey:
My First Q…

New York Beauty Sew Along? Have you seen it?

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I've seen the New York Beauty Sew Along on the sidebar, in the blog roll, but I haven't had time to do much research. Then I saw Kati's block, from the Blue Chair, and I had to read more....

Kati's NY Beauty Block:




They say, that they will be working with 10 New York Beauty blocks, and you can get a preview of the blocks here. Each block instruction makes one 8" x 8" block (as shown in the graphics); you can either assemble 4 of the same block to make one large 15.5" x 15.5" block (as pictured above), or you can mix and match to make something beautiful!

Here are the approximate fabric requirements if you are planning on making all ten 8" x 8" blocks:

- 10 fat eighths for main fabrics (or 5 fat quarters or scrap fabric)
- 1-1/2 yards background fabric
And here is the schedule for the block tutorials (We are a little behind but the tutorials are still available):
March 5 - Kim from My Go-Go Life {Week 1 Block 0}
March 12 - Sara from Sew Sw…

You could be the next McCall's Quilt Star

You could be the next McCall's Quilt Design star.  You just need a design, quilt... and your next step could be fame.  Check it out.  McCall's Quilt Design Star™ 2012
This year amateurs compete against amateurs.   Anyone paid for their designs has to compete in the Pro group.
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Garden Path Quilted and Binded - Feb Stash Buster

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A few weeks back I quilted Garden Path (my Feb Stash Buster) and finally got it binded.  This quilt got lugged everywhere...  during it's "binding stage".  It was so nice outside, I had to take it out.   Cal wanted to be in the photo...  He is so cute!  I really must invest in something to hang quilts, but in the meantime the fence post did the trick.




I'm very happy with the quilting. 

Constellations Quilt - My version turned into a Galaxy

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Life has taken over the last few weeks, apologies for lacking in the posting department.  In between life, I've been playing around with the Deb Tucker's  LeMoyne Star Ruler.  Love it. 

I started off with making test blocks, then I move onto Deb's free pattern that came with the ruler.... then I didn't want to waste any blocks, so my Constellation Quilt is a Galaxy Quilt - no surprise there.  Believe it or not, it is only 46"x46" some of those starts are 3".

A quick overview of the technique...

You cut your strips according to Deb's instructions... then sew them together, then cut them into units.

Then sub cut the triangleoff.

Then sew the triangle onto the unit...

Then press them (according to Deb's instructions - very important to come together properly).

Cut the units down with the ruler (apologies, I missed this photo).

Then sew the trimmed units together to create a square (note:  this units are sitting on a 4.5" ruler - - can you say small).

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