Rainbow Hexi Mini Quilt

The quilting world is going crazy with hexagons right now. It seems like everyone has hexies on their mind. I had a friend approach me to make a gift for her co-worker. She didn’t really know what she wanted but she gave me a price point. So I started thinking and dreaming and going through my instagram feed for inspiration. Then I found some awesome hexi mini quilts that you display as art. I fell in love and so did my friend! I absolutely fell in love with a mini quilt from Heartmade Life (Click here to see her blog post about it) but I wanted to go brighter and bolder and this is what resulted!

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The recipient of this mini quilt is one of the happiest people I know. She always has a smile on her face and something positive to say. The bright and happy feel to this fits her perfectly.

IMG_0578 So many fun fabrics went into this. I think that is my favourite part about quilts like this. As I was putting it together I was reminiscing about other projects that some of these fabrics have gone into.

IMG_0591I’m going to have to make another one because it really wanted to stay right there in that cozy corner.

IMG_0577I want to make tons of these mini quilts and cover all my walls with them. It’s satisfying when a project comes together so quickly and adds so much fun and colour to a wall.

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Christmas Orders

I’ve been very absent from my blog. I’m sorry 😦  I finally got my dream of dedicated time to sew and I thought I would have tons of time to keep on top of my blog etc. In reality the extra time got eaten up by custom quilts and orders! I’ve been busy to say the least! I’m excited to get back some photos of my quilts this week and will be showing them off on here.

But I’m having a custom item sale! Head on over to my facebook page for the details http://www.facebook.com/fabricheart and see for yourself. I will only be taking custom orders until Dec 1st. After that time just my current inventory will be available.

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Summer Time Crazy

Life has been busy and full and fun and exhausting. I’ve been off on a few adventures and haven’t been sewing as much but I still have been doing a ton of fabric related things.

I left the Great White North to go on an epic fabric adventure. I neglected to take many pictures. I was having too much fun to stop and document. That must mean I should take the trip again, sometime soon! I went down to Philadelphia to meet up with some internet friends who are avid fabric enthusiasts. My friend mrs ptb makes had scored an awesome deal on some fabric and I needed to have a ton!  So I made the trip down to her because it was cheaper than shipping and plus road trips kick butt! Our friend mkelly decided to join in on the fun and travelled up to Philly to get some fabric too!

First things. My car doesn’t do American.

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No Problem! A few sticky flags and some rough estimation I was good to go!!

I had an amazing trip away full of food, laughs, fabric, fabric shopping and just great friends! I came home with 2 large rubbermaid’s full of fabric! I wish I had taken a picture. I need to take more pictures. I needed a new place to store all my new fabric and my stash. Having it spread between 6 different rubbermaid’s made it really hard to pick fabrics for projects. So now I have this! mts ptb has a bunch of fabric left and she is selling it through her stash shop if you need some deals go to http://www.mrsptbstash.etsy.com.

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Look at all the fabric! And there is still space for more!!!!

I’ve been spending a lot of time finishing up projects that I have had on the go for a long time. Like this quilt for my Mom that I started in 2012. Hi Mum! I love you!!! Notice that new fabric? I hope you like it!

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151 blocks done, only 20ish left to go. I thought I was done all the blocks and then I recounted and readded and determined I need to go back to school to learn the Maths.

I’ve also been focusing on projects such as this:

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Repairing doll clothes. Seamstress to the dolls. There is a happy little girl because of this. I live for those moments.

I’ve been dreaming of my next quilts and how I’m going to use all my fabrics. Then I saw this beauty!

 

Aviatrix Medallion by Elizabeth Hartman

I need to make one or five. I’m in love! So I’m going to!

I’m moving away from doing a lot of the smaller projects I use to do and I’m moving towards just making quilts and blankets. This is where my heart is. This is where I need to be right now. I’m looking forward to taking all my quilts in my head and making them a reality!!!

 

12 in 12 – Katie’s Quilt

I’m including this quilt in my 12 in 12 even though it was started well before April (or 2014) started. Finishing a project is very satisfying especially if it has taken a very, very, very long time.

This Quilt was a wedding present for Brad and Katie when they got married in 2012. Yep 2012. To be fair they knew it was going to be late because Katie and I hadn’t even discussed real fabric choices until after the wedding. I ordered the fabric in the Fall 2012. So this quilt took me about 1.5 years. YIKES! Yes we are still friends.

Katie requested a Dresden Plate quilt. Here is a truth. I had no clue what she was talking about when she requested it. I had to google that. What kind of quilter am I? I hope they don’t kick me out of the club. Just kidding there isn’t a club. Wait is there club?

This quilt has taught me soooo much about quilting. I think my seam ripper spent more time on this project than all the other projects combined.

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Katie picked out this lovely bundle of fabric from The Intrepid Thread which has started a whole line of other purchases from The Intrepid Thread.  large print

I for sure learned that I need to figure out how much fabric I need for a project before starting. Good thing when I ran out I still could find more of the fabric which is a small miracle because it took me soooo long to cut the quilt from the purchase date.

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Look! There’s Chars still in my tummy! That feels like a lifetime ago. Aren’t the fabrics beautiful?

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This quilt taught me a lot about chain sewing. So much quicker, easier and less thread.

62792_576216669083511_1831650275_nI still don’t have feeling in my finger tips from ironing these little suckers. Just kidding, kind of.

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I also learned that you should do a test block just in case. Like just in case your plates look flat and that they will work but in reality they don’t.

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Just in case you make all the plates without checking and then have to take one ray out of each plate. Yep Rippy and I spent a lot of time together when I discovered that little mix up.

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Ahh look at that! It works! I found a new stitch on my machine for attaching the centers. Who knew I had a blanket stitch? Not me!

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I think I delayed on this quilt a bit because I was intimidated by the size. It’s a King. I wasn’t sure I could quilt that sucker on my machine. So I did some research and I learned how to quilt as you go.

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So I quilted each block onto squares of batting the size of the block without backing. Then stitched the blocks together and then added the back. That way I only had to quilt straight lines on my machine. The only draw back is you don’t get the beautiful quilting on they back.

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Just lines but still pretty. I also learned that quilting as you go makes your quilt smaller soooo I had to add a border which I think looks amazing.

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Congratulations Brad and Katie on your marriage almost 2 years late!

 

Fabric Monday – Must-Stash Club

I knew what was coming in this months club before it arrived. The cat had been let out of the bag. It was still exciting and I still opened it at the mailbox because I was so excited!

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A rainbow of colours! It makes me so happy!

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These are Lizzy House’s Pearl Bracelet in the tonal palette.

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This month’s solids were a limey green/yellow, orange and deep blue. I love the deep blue!


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Block Tuesday – Diamond in the Square

I’ve decided to start working through Craftsy’s list of famous quilt blocks over the next couple weeks. They start really easy and progressively get harder. I needed easy this week. This child

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and this child

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have been sick most of the last week. They keep getting better only to come down with something else. All I hear is whining. I want to poke my ears out. I need a vacation.

So today I did the Diamond in the square using Gen X Quilter’s tutorial and here it is.

IMG_9293Under 5 mins! Woo hoo!!!

 

Block Tuesday – Gypsy Wife Month 2

I fell in love with this block!aaMonth two of the Gypsy Wife Block of the Month was called Pershing. It was fiddly. I ran into issues and I learned a lot. Story of my life!

This is the gentle version of the block.

aIt was my learning block that I did first. It’s so pretty you easily forgive the mistakes.

Then I did this bold patterned one.

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I wish I had done a couple of the cuts differently but it will do for now!

This is the version that I was sent and it is intense for sure!

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What one is your favourite?

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