Hey, it's me, the worst quilt blogger, ever! Okay maybe not the worst, but lame at least. My last post was in August and that one doesn't even really count - sorry about that. I have lots of reasons for not blogging as much including one being Instagram - it's just so portable and fast. But others things are keeping me off the computer as well, like my growing longarm business and my growing girls. My oldest is now a kindergartener and my youngest will be joining her soon. So many mixed emotions about that one. In addition, I have been terrible about taking real camera pictures of my quilts. I love photography and the whole process but it also is another time consuming hobby that gets pushed aside too often. My birthday was this past week and I decided while the little relished were at school, I would go take some pictures of quilts that I have completed this past year. Ones that still haven't been properly shared even on IG. I also treated myself to a Photoshop upgrade while I was at it ;).
Do you ever have a quilt that joins your Quilt Bucket List and you just can't get it off your mind?
Loaded question, right? During Quilt Market 2015, Victoria Finlay Wolfe (VFW) debuted her new fabric line, Mostly Manor, and along with a stunning lone star quilt, Family Album Quilt. At that moment, I knew I was going to make that quilt. Some day.
Fast forward a bit to when the The Quilters Guild of Dallas announced its show theme, "A Charmed Life." The rules for the theme are simple - your quilt can have only one shape in its piecing; however, the shape can be different sizes and trimmed along the edge. Umm, duh - easiest decision ever!
I was also pleased to see that VFW made this beautiful quilt into a pattern WITH templates! Score! The pattern and templates were a bit pricey ($69) but really not more than what you pay for specialty ruler and I definitely plan to use these again.
Deciding on the fabrics was another challenge. I wanted to use Alison Glass' newest collection, Seventy-Six, but it wasn't set to be released until Oct 2016 and then it was delayed a couple weeks after that. Since the quilt top needed top be finished before Jan 5, there was a bit of a crunch. So over the Christmas break, I worked on it and finished it up Christmas day (my Christmas gift to myself).
I do have to say that this quilt is easier and faster than it looks. Once you get the angled piecing down, it's really a matter of staying organized. I did deviate from the pattern in one place. Instead of squares in the final corners, I used diamonds in keeping with the show rules.
For the quilting, I went with an all-over sketchbook design using monofilament (invisible) thread. I even recorded the design and hope to use that on customer quilts in the future!
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Thanks so much for taking the time took look at my blog and have a great day!