I finished a quilt “unda da sea!”

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Happy quilt day!

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This quilt was inspired by the Sea Squared quilt pattern, free from Birch Fabrics.

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Most of the fabrics are from the Into the Deep fabric line by Michael Miller Fabrics.

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The dolphins and whales are from a random panel that was in my collection.  They had lots to say, so here they are on the quilt!

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Downton Abbey returns! God save the Queen!

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The quilt, not the lovely BBC programme.

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So happy to have my DA Christmas quilt back in the house.

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The amazing quilting on this one was done by Natalia Bonner, quilting book author and free-motion quilter extraordinaire.

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Natalia had free rein on the quilting.  The only thing I asked was to include…

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God save the Queen.  Very British, by golly.

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And here I am at Downton Abbey!

 

 

 

Tank heaven for leetul gulls

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It’s a girl!

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This precious fabric is the Little Red Riding Hood collection from Riley Blake.

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The big bad wolf and grandmother’s cottage are also adorably represented.

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And, of course, the mushrooms?

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Guess the name of the new little niece…

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The pattern is free on the Moda Bakeshop website  http://www.modabakeshop.com/2014/04/charm-party-baby-quilt-bonus-pillow.html

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After making the HSTs for the quilt, I ended up with smaller leftover HSTs.

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They became this little dolly quilt.  When Ava has a little baby, the baby can have a blanky like hers!

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I chose this fun Hawaiian print for the backing.

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I actually quilted this one myself!

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Mark Twain is in the house again!

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I probably should be more careful about folding Mark.  But look at that detail in his hair!

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I scanned the signature and stitched it out on my Destiny.  What a great sewing machine.

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The woodgrain in the fence makes you just want to run out and whitewash it!

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This amazing quilting was done by Deonn Stott, a true artisan.

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Every detail comes alive with her great vision.

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The paddlewheel blocks were quilted to look like, well, paddlewheels on a river boat.

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I embroidered a different quote on the quilt, one that felt more like “me.”

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Raccoons got into the Fireworks = quilt love

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Dusting off my keyboard, back with some yummy quilts!

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This pattern is Fireworks by Thimble Blossoms.

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The fabric is from the Acacia collection by Tula Pink.

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The solid is Kona cotton Pepper.

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The embroidery design is from Urban Threads, my favorite online source for machine embroidery.

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The quilt back is Tula Pink wide back Free Fall.

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I embroidered my quilt label in a subtle color – quite a change from my usual outspoken color choices!

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My new favorite throw was quilted by Lea Ingram here on Kauai.

 

Hawaiian quilt love ❤️

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Let the celebration begin, the Hawaiian quilt is complete and on the bed!

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Picture, if you will, my awkward self dancing an Irish jig.  Strike that.  An awkward hula.

Here I am looking Hawaiian, hula performance October 2014
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I am truly and utterly excited to debut my Hawaiian quilt.

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So if you are new to my party, each quilt block is made in a different batik fabric. The embroidery designs are by Anita Goodesign, from their Hawaiian Quilt collection.  Each block is comprised of four identical machine embroidered sections.  Each section took about three hours or so to make.  I’m tired thinking about it.

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A terrific embroidery design by Urban Threads ( urbanthreads.com ) was the basis for my quilt label.  I added text to document all the important information about my quilt.  Like the fact that it took me forever.

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Did I mention that my bed is a king size?  I started the blocks and refused to measure my bed to see how many I needed.  When I had finished 20 blocks, I laid them on the bed to see how close I might actually be from a quilt.  That was when I decided to use plain white borders.  But the borders had to be special, to be quilted so they would match the pizzaz of the quilt itself.

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This is when you call in the big guns.  Natalia Bonner, author and quilter extraordinaire, did a great job on this quilt.  I said I like bubbles, and feathers, and lines…oh my!  Check out more of Natalia’s amazing work on her blog Piece N Quilt ( pieceandquilt.com )

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One dilemma of a king size quilt is how to wrangle it to sew on the binding.   Let’s just say that it took a long time and some arm strength to get the binding on this puppy.  I draped it across my cutting table AND a sofa, repositioning it after every few feet.

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It was a trial by fire for my new machine, a Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.2.  I chose it mainly for the built-in walking foot.  Are you ready, foot?  Start walking!  (Short break while I dance the pony and sing “These boots are made for walkin!”)

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I’m elbow deep into another embroidered quilt, this one for Christmas.  Hey, it’s only November 2nd…

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