Sew On The Go is authored by Michelle Renee Hiatt, who is the designer for her own pattern line Sew On The Go as well as Modern 180, a modern pattern division of Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design. Additionally, Michelle is a certified Studio 180 Design Instructor, as well as a certified Professional Process Expert (LSSMBB); she uses her process improvement techniques and applies them to her quilting and teaching others how to simplify their piecing while improving the quality of their quilt making. Michelle Renee is known for her humor, enthusiasm and encouragement! Michelle can be reached on her website @www.Sewonthego.netor her

Saturday, March 31, 2012

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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Friday, March 30, 2012

My new Ditigal SLR 3100 with the 60 mm Marco Lens

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.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ditigal Quilt Memory Lane

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:
  1. I used to be much thinner and younger.
  2. I have a lot of great memories and had to try and stay focused on the task.
  3. I used to be much more productive in my quilt production.
  4. Apparently 2011 was the year of starting new things (house, job, and many quilts). Not so good on the finishing.
  5. 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 Quilt (1998) However, this photo was in 2003 on the day my sister brought Madeline home, I flew in from Chicago)

As many of you have heard, I took a quilting break after my grandmother passed, but started up again when I heard my sister was pregnant with Madeline. Here is me working on Maddie's 1st quilt (in our house in Chicago) and Lee opening it up at the shower:

In 2004, I made a Quilt for my brother in-law for graduating law school. This was the first time I did pieced sashing and triple applique - and I thought I was going to kill Fons and Porter for the idea...
In 2005, I moved to PA and took my first quilting class at Generations (with Maryanne Brooke). Still one of my favorite quilts. It's on the RV Bed.

Through 2005-2006 my siblings requested quilts... Lee (Sister) - Wanted something modern, I just played this by ear and it turned out great. Lauren (Lee's 2nd daughter) still thinks this is her quilt since she was always on the couch with it.

Harry (Brother) - It killed me to make a Dallas Cowboy quilt. Some might recognize this patten from Generations Strip Club. I think it was the Wine something something - LOL:

Steve needed a Quilt too - He picked out the fabrics on our trip back to IL. Of course he wanted flannel - so my first flannel quilt -

Moving into 2007-2008. We can't forget mom. This was out of that book (can't remember the name) that I bought three times. I did make three quilts LOL:

One of my all time favorites (it's in the girl's guest room). This was from one of the Generation's Friday Nights. I really need to make another one of these.

2009; the Hunter Star Phase... Several of the FuN girls took a class at Generations. I think Kathy and Keeley did more of the teaching.. I still need to quilt this Quilt. I did make 2 others that I gave as gifts that year. Mary Marge helped me quilt them on her new Gammill.

This table runner, was a Christmas gift for Lee.. OMG, I thought Mo was going to kill me for trying to figure out a mystery pattern with Fat Quarter.. that Friday night. I don't know how many times we had to re-calculate.

Anna's Baby Quilt... The Split 9- Patch that Amy/Laura shared on one of the Camps or Friday nights. Some of you FuN ladies may remember Anna's mclarge one was for her first birthday - Valarie Well's Giraffe flannel fabric that I couldn't cut to0 small, so I ended up with a x-long twin... still looking for that photo).

Then 2010, another favorite. MaryAnne quilted this beautifully. My friend loves it, I miss it.. This was from a Stashbuster at Pennington Quilts. We repeated it at a Fun Quilt night. Need to finish that one. 

Then, who can forget the Bear Paw. I believe this was Generation's Summer Camp 2009 or 2010.. I finished it in 2010. Whenever I look at this quilt, I think of Sara, Joye, Heidi, Cindy, Di, Jenn and I laughing our butts off the whole time at Camp. Love this quilt, I pull this on almost every night, as it sits on the back of the couch.

Cal loves it too:

Then, there was Christmas 2010, when I decided to make all three nieces the same quilt.... Do you remember that October Camp, OMG, I thought I was going to have a melt down with those blocks. Everyone tried to help. Thankfully, Cindy, Jenn, and Diane had much more patience than and I... and, if it wasn't for Cindy's binding skills, the girls would still be waiting.

And then, I swear, other than the Pennington Quilt Samples, I think this is the only quilt I finished in 2011.... Started plently...
Unless, anyone can remember another... How sad.

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did. It actually was a FuN Quilt Club memory lane too.  I love my quilt group in PA.  We have so much fun, I just wish I could get over there more.

New York Beauty Sew Along? Have you seen it?

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 Sweetness {Week 2 Block 5}
March 19 - Megan from Canoe Ridge Creations (Week 3 Block 1}
March 26 - Kati from From the Blue Chair {Block 8}
April 2 - Jeni from In Color Order {Block 7}
April 9 - Amy from Sukie Don't You Know Who I Am? {Block 6}
April 16 - Katy from The Littlest Thistle {Block 3}
April 23 - Lee from Freshly Pieced {Block 4}
April 30 - Amy from amylouwho {Block 2}
May 7 - Lindsay from Lindsay Sews {Block 9}

Check it out, if nothing else it will be inspiring!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Garden Path Quilted and Binded - Feb Stash Buster

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

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 triangle off.

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).

 Then you sew the units together into pairs and then blocks...
Don't worry, they clean up nice, once you trim them down.


Use your creative juices and put them together....

I'm so excited.  Jan, at Pennington, asked me to teach a Workshop on it in May.  I love this ruler... my mind is already working on some other patterns.

Has anyone else tried it?