Quilt Show Highlights

Sunday, 14. September 2014 21:03 | Author:

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Some of my favorite quilts at the 2014 Great Alaska Quilt Show
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Modern Quilting Display

Friday, 12. September 2014 22:31 | Author:

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We put together a small modern quilting display at the Great Alaska Quilt Show happening this weekend. The quilt show looks amazing. I’ll snap photos of some of the stunning quilts when it’s daylight.

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Adventures in Modern Quilting

Thursday, 11. September 2014 21:38 | Author:

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Modern Baby Quilt (44” x 44”)

I belong to the Modern Quilt Guild and a local group here in Anchorage. We were recently invited to talk about our group with other quilters in a nearby city. Since we will also have a small display at an upcoming local quilt show, I decided to make another improvisational quilt. I used a few different neutrals, some left over text prints and scraps from my Love Letters Colors quilt top.
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The back was randomly pieced with scraps and 1/2 yard pieces of coordinating prints.
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I quilted it with some square spirals, straight lines and free motion words that say ‘happiness, love, joy, dreams, wonder, be yourself, laugh, play, never give up, always try’ I thought these would be wonderful phrase to include on a baby quilt.

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Dances Everyday

Wednesday, 10. September 2014 21:29 | Author:

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I’m not sure why ballerinas have my attention lately. Maybe it’s a cousin who is a real-life paid ballerina or maybe it’s seeing a friend’s kids in dance class.
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These girls are so fun in their simplicity and I finally found a use for the tiny metal wands I purchased almost 10 years ago.
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She dances everyday (9” x 13”)

This ballerina can be yours – she’s listed in my Etsy shop here.

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Loves a Tutu

Tuesday, 9. September 2014 20:56 | Author:

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Another sweet ballerina
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on a yellow background with a tiny wand
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She loves dressing in a tutu (9” x 13”)

This ballerina can be yours – she’s listed in my Etsy shop here.

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Draw Near Creative Woman Notebooks For Sale

Monday, 8. September 2014 21:35 | Author:

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After making notebook covers for me, I used the rest of my fun fabrics to make 6 more notebook covers.

They are listed in my Etsy shop if you want to have one at home with you.

I also figured out the name of the fabric line – Draw Near by Janet Wecker Frisch – there are a few shops online that have some:
Hancock’s of Paducah
Fabric.com
Etsy: here, here and here

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Wish Come True

Sunday, 7. September 2014 21:24 | Author:

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A dark purple grunge background with a girl in a fluffy tutu holding a tiny wand
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A fused patchwork brown floor and tiny pink ballet slippers
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Her wishes come true (8” x 13”)

All that equals one of my favorite ballerina girls to date.

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Sketching – Outdoor Adventure & Rainbows

Saturday, 6. September 2014 21:28 | Author:

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Top two sketches are just silly
Bottom left – I want to make into a quilt
Bottom right – my odd version of the leaning tower
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During surprise rain on Saturday, we saw one complete rainbow and a minute later a double rainbow started to show.

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Ballerina Stitching and Tutu How To

Thursday, 4. September 2014 20:41 | Author:

I thought you might enjoy a few in progress photos and instructions on how I do a ballerina with a dimension tutu.
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Remove all of the the release paper from ballerina except on the arms and iron the girl to the background.wpid-IMG_6515-2014-09-4-20-411.jpg
Create a tulle tutu. I hand gather 4 layers for tulle – the strips are about 5 times the width of the ballerina’s waist. The gathered tulle is hand stitched to a piece of ribbon slightly wider than her waist with the end tucked under to be the exact width of her waist. I then trim the tutu to the desired length.
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I outline stitch around the twice on the skirt, legs, shoes, face, next and hair and once on the bodice. I don’t have any stitching on the arms which still have the paper on them at this point. This lets me do mod tot the stitching without having to move the tutu around a lot.
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Place the tutu on the girl and outline stitch around the ribbon.
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Remove the paper from the arms and follow the stitching on the bodice to get to the arms. Since I can’t fuse the arms in place without melting the tulle, I turn my feed dogs back on and slowly sew once around the arms once instead of using free motion stitching. I leave my darning foot on while I do this so I have a bit of control for turning. For the second pass on outline stitching I do normal free motion stitching.

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Ballerina Stitching and Tutu How To

Thursday, 4. September 2014 20:41 | Author:

I thought you might enjoy a few in progress photos and instructions on how I do a ballerina with a dimension tutu.
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Remove all of the the release paper from ballerina except on the arms and iron the girl to the background.wpid-IMG_6515-2014-09-4-20-41.jpg
Create a tulle tutu. I hand gather 4 layers for tulle – the strips are about 5 times the width of the ballerina’s waist. The gathered tulle is hand stitched to a piece of ribbon slightly wider than her waist with the end tucked under to be the exact width of her waist. I then trim the tutu to the desired length.
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I outline stitch around the twice on the skirt, legs, shoes, face, next and hair and once on the bodice. I don’t have any stitching on the arms which still have the paper on them at this point. This lets me do mod tot the stitching without having to move the tutu around a lot.
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Place the tutu on the girl and outline stitch around the ribbon.
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Remove the paper from the arms and follow the stitching on the bodice to get to the arms. Since I can’t fuse the arms in place without melting the tulle, I turn my feed dogs back on and slowly sew once around the arms once instead of using free motion stitching. I leave my darning foot on while I do this so I have a bit of control for turning. For the second pass on outline stitching I do normal free motion stitching.

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