My Mind is blown!

Hi! I’m about to blow your mind. Ok maybe a lot of you won’t feel this way. I know my fellow fabric enthusiasts will agree that this is the bee’s knees. Unless they have already seen it before then you may think I’m just late to the party. Story of my life. Ok so here goes!

There is this website called Palette Builder 2.1. On this site you upload a photo of anything. Fabric, a piece of art, your face or whatever! I chose this photo:

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Look at that cute face! Once uploaded this is the magic part. It spits out this!

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It tells you what Kona solid colour matches the picture! No more guessing! I always end up ordering a variety of fabric in the hopes that I can get it close. This is my new favourite tool!  Go play! Upload a million photos just for fun (I did)!

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Fabric Monday – Fabricworm

I’ve spent a lot of time on the Fabricworm website over the years but I haven’t actually purchased from them. They always have a amazing selection of fabrics but their prices aren’t always as good as I can get elsewhere. I don’t mind spending a little more on fabric if I can get the selection that I want with stellar customer service but sometimes the bottom line forces me to shop elsewhere. Anyways, Fabricworm had some organic fabric that I needed for an order which is still coming into stock in other shops so I took the plunge! Their website is easy to navigate and has great search capabilities.

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Birch Organics (Lt – Rt): Up Up and Away Shroom, Pinwheels, Elk Teal, Elk Multi, Skinny Chev Orange and Orange

This whole order was for the Elk Multi and the orange skinny chev. The elk have been sold out for a bit. I’ve had people contacting me trying to find out if I had any to part with (which I didn’t). I’m excited to have more of these guys back in stock. I got the elk in Teal as well because the teal is so pretty! I would love to work completely with organics but the market to sell these isn’t that big. People have a hard enough time paying a fair price for a quilt let alone the additional price of organics on top of that. Someday!

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Alison Glass, Sunprint Collection X and Plus (Lt to Rt) Grass, Clementine, Stone, Ocean and Camellia

This next collection I added to my order for some pops of colour.

Alison Glass, Sun Print Collection X and Plus (Lt – Rt) Grass, Clementine, Stone, Ocean and Camellia

I’m a bit disappointed in the grass. I looks more dirty yellow in person than something that reminds me of grass. The Camellia is much brighter pink in person and I love it!

This last fabric is a bit controversial. In the quilting world it seems to be very black in white on the materials that make up the top and back of a quilt. Cotton. 100% cotton preferably high quality cotton. BUT I’ve seen some working with some linen/cotton blends mixed in. So I got this.

IMG_9411Momo, Linen Mochi Solids in Putty. I’m excited to use this in a quilt. It is  70% cotton 30 % Linen blend.It feels thicker and scratchier than plain cotton but I know how lovely linen is once broken in.   So exciting! (ducking and hiding from the purists)

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.

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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 – Hawthorne Thread Haul

I shouldn’t be allowed to fabric shop online when I’m stressed. Or mad. I probably shouldn’t be allowed to fabric shop unsupervised. This is one of the last fun orders I’m allowed to put in for the year. It’s only May and I’ve been cut off! There is a good reason which I’m very excited about but I can’t share with you yet. The only way I can put in more fun orders like this is if I get a huge increase in quilt orders. Which I am happy to say seems to be happening. I have a Christmas order already!!!

I’ve declared this the summer of the dress! I have a hard time finding a dress that fits well. I just don’t get it, Fat Bottomed Girls are suppose to make this rocking world go around but they forgot to make dresses that fit us well. Either the top is too big and the dress doesn’t fit over my hips or it fits my hips but the top is way too big. I have cut the skirt liner out of so many dresses because the bottom actually fits but the designers put in a hip hugging skirt underneath and that is always too small. So I’m going to attempt to make a bunch of my own and I picked 4 fabrics but I’m not completely sure I will use each one in a dress.

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Art Gallery Fabrics, Urban Mod, Roundabout by in Night

I kind of really like those crazy circles!

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Alison Glass, Sun Print Feathers, Feathers in Rouge

I’ve been eyeing these feathers for awhile for a dress. I can already picture it in my head. Now to find a dress pattern that matches that vision.

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Pat Bravo, Essentials, Illusion in Dust

I’m not too sure if this pattern is just too much for a dress or not. I may sit on this one for a bit. I may have been better off getting this one in a knit if it came that way.

This next one I really love but I’m a little hesitant to make it a dress. Is it too much? Is it too old lady? It would make an awesome quilt back if it doesn’t make it into a dress.

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Art Gallery Fabrics, Floressence, Meadow Aroma in Splash

 

So the whole point of this order was to purchase some voile for the dresses. It is lighter weight and has a better drape. Everything else in the order was to fill the box so that my shipping costs were spread out over more fabric. Somehow I neglected to actually buy and voile. I put it in my cart and took it out. I thought I had left one in but I guess I didn’t. OPPS! So here is the rest of my fill the box order.

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Sweet as Honey Collection (Lt-Rt) Bee Sweet in Morning, Cherished Deer in Bergamot, Honey House in Peach, Orchard Blossom in Autumn and Orchard Blossom in Spring

 

 

I’ve been wanting some of this collection since before it came out. I love it even more in person! Bonnie Christine is spot on with this line. The colours are fabulous. I wish I had bought more!!!

I feel like this fabric needs to go into a very geometric quilt.

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Camelot Cottons House Designer, Penelope Collection (Lt – Rt) Greek Cross in Aqua, Waves in Aqua, Galley in Aqua and Baubles in Aqua

I was drawn to the above fabric because of the colours. The waves remind me of a chevron that I had before that I loved. The fabric just seemed so fresh and fun.

Next up we have Poppies! I know a particular someone out there is now thinking ‘what can I get Amanda to make for me with this?’. The answer is Anything you can dream of!

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Beth Studley, Meadow collection (Lt – Rt) Poppies in White, Stripe in Teal and Poppies in Gray

I fell in love with the gray poppies and then I had to add the white poppies and then you need a coordinate just in case. Right?

Ok these next ones are so pretty and soft!

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Pat Bravo, Essentials Collection (Lt – Rt) Passionate Spirit in Mist, Passionate Spirit in Salmon and Passionate Spirit in Teal

 

Are they a damask? I love the tiny repeat of the ornate bit. I love these!  The colours are perfect for the quilt I’m planning for Char Char. I can’t wait to start working on it!!

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Michael Miller House Designer, Mod Basics Collection (Lt – Rt) Tile Pile in Canary, Tile Pile in Dirt and Tile Pile in Sunset

Love these! The dirt and canary are so pretty but that sunset is amazing. It’s just the right colour of orange. Not in your face and not too washed out.

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I love fabric mail!

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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Theme Thursday – Fuzzy

I missed last Thursday. The theme for last Thursday was slow so maybe it’s appropriate that I am really, really slow at getting to that post. I have a post in mind for it but the weather and my schedule hasn’t allowed for it. Soon maybe.

Let us skip to today. Fuzzy. My life feels fuzzy right now. I don’t know if it is spring time or if life just has piled a lot on me right now but I have no clue where my time is going or what I have done with it all. The whole of last week is fuzzy. I do remember sewing stuff. I do remember being frustrated that I don’t have enough time in a day. So here are some pictures from the last week or so. To keep with the fuzzy theme they are mostly all fuzzy because they are from my iphone which has a case on it that makes everything fuzzy. Tada! Sticking to the theme for the win!

One day I left the freezer door open. I didn’t realize until 3 days later. 
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Those bags all had to be disposed of. Good news our city composts meat products. GREAT NEWS the rum balls are still good! Many of my pockets have sprinkles in them because if you want to snack on them when kids are around you have to hide the rum balls in your pockets. This also may be why the last couple weeks are fuzzy. JOKING!

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These cuties are driving me nuts. Case in point, I got up at 5am to work this morning. I enjoy the quiet of the morning and the uninterrupted sewing time. Then Char Char woke up at 5:45am. What a brat. She is currently sitting in my lap while I write this. I thought I knew how to multi-task before kids. I was wrong.

I had a few exciting request this week. My friend who is a doula wanted contoured cloths for a mother’s forehead during labour. Here is the prototype. photo 1 (4)

Nothing like a 7am selfie! Then I made the real deal.

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They are 2 layers of hemp and a layer of fun flannel. They keep their cool and hold a lot of water without dripping. I’m thinking of making this a regular item in the shop and making some kid sized ones. What do you think?

I had a request for a Baptism gown with a quick turn around time. I cursed this gown. Is that inappropriate? I remade the top at least 5 times and then ran out of lace.

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In the end I finished it and mailed it off. The recipient is very happy with it and it has grown on me. Sewing tiny clothes is so much fun once I figure out my pattern.

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I wanted to make a dress for myself this week. I ordered in fabric just for it. A lovely panel scene. I finally got around to looking at the fabric and then I saw this. photo 2(1)

They cut the panel right in the middle of the scene. TWICE! WHY? I called and they are sending me a replacement so in the mean time I just HAD to go get new fabric for a dress. This is what I got:bold bouquetBold Bouquet by Joel Dewberry. I love it. The dress is half made. I was hoping to have it done this morning but Char Char ruined that dream. Doesn’t she want her Mum to look cute? Hopefully naptime will be fruitful today.

I cut a quit for a custom order! Now to hopefully find time to sew it together this weekend!!!

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And lastly you get to see my back. I’m getting ripped!

photo 1(1)Happy fuzzy Thursday! May your day be fuzzy too!

 

 

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.

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