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Star Blocks

I recently pulled out a quilt top that I had cut out years ago (maybe 2010?), and decided it was time to get started again. It's a good thing I still love the pattern (Starry Eyed Quilt)! I used leftovers from a friend's quilt and other layer cakes that I had on hand. I originally planned this to be a Christmas quilt, and though I'm having to fix some old stitching on the squares, I'm really taking my time with this one and making sure everything lines up right. I'm really excited to see how this one turns out!

marcelle medallion quilt top

 I finally finished my Marcelle Medallion quilt top!

Marcelle Medallion Quilt Top

I can't tell you how much I love this quilt top. It certainly was a beast to make, and it seemed like I wouldn't finish for years, but I was able to spend a couple of days at a quilting retreat working on it and finally knocked it out.

Marcelle Medallion Quilt Top

The geese were the trickiest part for me, because they were the least forgiving out of all the borders. Next time I'll cut them large so that I can trim them down to the right size (most of mine were too small). The crosses were actually my favorite, even though they were time-consuming. One of my favorite parts of quilting retreats is the opportunity to bounce ideas off others. Many ladies were more than happy to help me think through the prints for the solid borders, which was a great help. We were able to tone down the crazy color explosion of earlier borders and really tie the whole top together with the solid borders. Thanks for your help ladies! I'm so excited about how this turned out. Next comes the hard part - how to quilt it! Any suggestions?

an owl and a squirrel

Oliver the Owl

I'm finally all caught up on my Woodlands Sampler. This is Oliver the Owl! I really love the falling leaves and acorns in this block. The owl is so adorable!

Sitka the Snowy Squirrel

And here is Sitka the Snowy Squirrel. We have a lot of squirrels in our neighborhood, and my pup loves to chase them, so I was excited to do this block. The sparkly falling snow is a lot of fun.

Fall Woodlands Sampler

 I really love how all of the fall blocks look together.

Woodlands Sampler Progress

 Here's my progress thus far. Just one more month to go!

a tote for a swap

Now that it's been received, I can finally show you what I made for our Imagine Circle (do. Good Stitches) swap partner!

Imagine Circle Swap Tote

Imagine Circle Swap Tote

Imagine Circle Swap Tote

Imagine Circle Swap Tote

I had a really, really hard time sending this away, but I'm glad I did, because she liked it! I noticed from stalking her Flickr photos that she likes plus blocks, texty prints, scrappy things, and rainbow colors. One of the items on her wish list was a tote, plus favorite colors of pink and teal, so I managed to get them all into one tote for her. I even used some of my absolute favorite seed garden print on the back (don't worry, I have more!), and that was the first time I dared to cut into it.

Imagine Circle Swap Tote

The pattern is the Perfect Quilted Tote by Elizabeth Hartman, and I really loved the pattern. Elizabeth is extremely thorough in her directions (I believe this pattern topped 30 pages!), so it's very easy to follow. I'll definitely be making another one of these for myself!

a little shopping

As anyone knows who has been there, it is impossible to go to the International Quilt Festival and not do any shopping. What fun would that be?

Quilt Festival

I thought I did a good job of not buying too much. :) I'm REALLY excited about the mirror ball dots - these have been sold out for a while. The zombie fabric is my favorite. It's just too cute. And I picked up some Flatten starch alternative. Has anyone tried this out yet? It looked like it sprayed a lot more evenly than most I've used before, so I thought I'd give it a try.

HMQG Get-Together Door Prize

I also won a door prize at the Houston Modern Quilt Guild get-together! Woohoo! I won these pretty fabrics and a gift certificate from Pink Chalk Fabrics. There were so many door prizes! Thanks to all the sponsors for donating to the event!

quilt festival

Now that I'm in Houston, it's very easy for me to go to the International Quilt Festival, which just finished up last weekend. There were so many beautiful quilts in the show.

Jack by Sandy Curran
This quilt of Jack Nicholson cracked me up - it looks JUST like him!

Wind by Masanobu Miyama

And I'm in love with this quilt. It felt like you could reach out and pet this dog.

Together in a Friendship World by Geta Grama and Quilt.RO Group

I think this was my personal favorite. I"m always a fan of optical illusions, and this hexi sphere looks like it's coming out at you! 

Favorites
1. The Starry Night by Kye Sun Woo, 2. Roses in the Window by Carol Morrissey, 3. Photographer Darling by Noriko Nozawa, 4. Last Summer's Leftovers by Rahna Summerlin, 5. Indie Vibrations by Amy Friend, 6. Gathering Hearty Roses by Aiko Miyata, Norimi Tashiro, Nobuko Kotani, and Reiko Terui, 7. Fireworks Quilt by Tara Faughnan, 8. African Collage by Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy, 9. Universal Ties by Nancy Ota

Some more of my favorites. The rest of my pictures from Quilt Festival can be found here!

fabric friday

I've been doing a little stashing.

Glasses

Some Geekly Chic that I missed out on a while ago. Apparently I hit the jackpot!

Ghastlies

And some Ghastlies that I've been wanting for ages. I may have gotten Christmas Ghastlies instead of Halloween Ghastlies, but no matter. They're still awesome.

Ghastlies

I mean, look at that kid. Haha! I'll have to add some bright colors to this pile, though - it's such a muted line!