Friday, April 19, 2013

Loads of progress, not to mention fun!

I promise this is my last Stash Bash post! I'm starting to feel my hangover fully wear off, now that I've gotten everything unpacked and put away at long last. :)

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Firstly, I have to tell you I sat with some seriously cool and fun people at The Stash Bash, who worked on some awesome projects. I sat with the Birmingham MQG gang of Katie, Marla, and Kim. Katie whipped up the beautiful quilt on the left here using Les Amis (and basted and quilted it!) and Marla stitched up the one on the right, from Elizabeth Hartman's Modern Patchwork book. These girls literally kept me in stitches throughout the weekend. So glad I got to meet them and hang out with them!

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I also got some beautiful goodies from Katie, including this beautiful pouch, stuffed with a fun charm pack of Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Camille, in the pouch swap on Saturday. Katie also gave me a twin to this pouch along with a fabric covered clipboard. Seriously, how did she know that I love clipboards?!?! So sweet!

As for me, I packed a bunch of projects with me to work on at The Stash Bash, not sure of what I'd be in the mood to work on. Once I arrived at the sunny, yet cool and quiet location in Hampton, GA, I unpacked my car and set up my sewing machine.

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I started right in on my Aeroplane bag first, and knocked it right out before we even had dinner that first day!

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After the bag, I wanted to work on a new quilt, using some of the Urban Chiks' Dream On yardage and charm packs I've been hoarding for a long time. I used Jeni's great patchwork chevron tutorial from the Moda Bake Shop, but I upsized the quilt a bit to make it large enough to cover my bed. I haven't gotten a good picture of the whole thing yet because it's so big, but once I quilt it, I'll make sure to get some better pictures.

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By Day 2 of the retreat, I shifted gears and worked for a bit on an improv project using Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley. I didn't get very far on this one before my quilty ADD kicked in and the desire to work on something else drove me to another project.

Hope Valley improv project in progress

My husband has requested I make him a mariner's compass quilt, using the same Madrona Road Memoir print I used in my A Light in the Dark mariner's compass mini, so I packed up some fabrics and templates to get started on that for him at The Stash Bash. I managed to get through one block, Which Way North. I haven't spent a ton of time plotting this quilt out, so I'm not sure exactly how many blocks I'll do just yet, but I would guess at least 16 or so, so you'll be seeing lots more blocks like this one in the coming weeks.

Hey @jdsal02 it's a block for your quilt!. #thestashbash #timeforastarbucksrun

Last but not least, I worked on a little bee block, using some beautiful Ruby by Bonnie & Camille. I made a simple zig zag block, and I can't wait to see how the whole quilt comes together soon. I got a sneak peek at the other blocks, and I can tell it's going to be a stunner!

Busting out a bee block before #thestashbash is over today...


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I hope you've had a great week, and I hope you have a wonderful Friday!

14 comments:

  1. Wow! The Stash Bash looks like it was an amazing time. I really love the Mariner's Compass block. Have a super day!

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  2. Wow, such beautiful stuff. I especially love the mariners compass and the fabrics. Nice job.

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  3. I love the Mariner's compass...I bet that would be awesome as a medallion quilt with one big compass in the center then multiple borders surrounding it...maybe stars and anchors!

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  4. Love 'em all...it's so fun to be in a group a sew. Thanks for sharing the inspiration!

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  5. love that mariner's compass. I really love that little (or pretty big) pouch with the leather!!!! love!!!! still sad I missed ya coming through Lake City.

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  6. Gosh, you have a lot of fun projects going on right now! The Stash Bash looked like a great time from what I saw on IG. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  7. Beautiful projects!
    My husband has been after me for YEARS to make him a Mariner's Compass quilt. Maybe I will get on the ball this year! :) I love that background. I got to see your quilt at QuiltCon and it was a stunner in person too!

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  8. Great projects. I can so relate to quilter's ADD.

    Will your mariner's compass blocks all use the same background fabric?

    Cheers, K

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  9. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one with quilting ADD. I cannot even count how many in progress projects I have going on right now and packing for any sort of retreat freaks me out.

    Your progress looks great!

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  10. You accomplished quite a bit there. The Dream On quilt top is GORgeous!!!

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  11. I like the mariner's compass block.
    Reads like you had a lot of fun.

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  12. Love the patchwork chevron quilt. You had a bit of a chevron time!

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  14. Are you trying to make the rest of us look like a lazy bunch ;) No, seriously, quilting is always fun but noting beats quilting with friends.

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