New from Japan

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I absolutely love all things Japanese. So over the years I have acquired a few Kimono bolts. Today I received another bolt used for Juban Kimono. It has a beautiful bias pattern of little storks.

If you have no idea what a Juban is, it is the lightweight under Kimono. Kimono bolts are 14″ by 14′. Much smaller than western yardage. A Man’s Juban is typically deep rich earthy colors and woman’s are usually pinks and bright reds. They come in small prints, and I adore the Maple leaves and Sakura blossoms. I use them for a myriad of things, but I plan to use some for quilting. Let’s see where this adventure takes me.

New Fabric finds and notions

As every quilter, I am always adding to my Stash. I also can’t turn down a deal. So I was overjoyed to win two 6 yd pieces of Vintage Shirtings and dress prints by Barbara J. Eikmeier.

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I was looking for for 120-11141

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But am more than happy to add the other two to the stash.
As a side note she has come up with a wondeful BOM and when completed it finishes this..

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The BOM is also the reason I can’t find the fabric I was looking for, but I can understand.

As for my other stash adds. I got a new set of blades, so needed. I was cutting my mat more than the fabric.Next I finally got pieces on the 2001 Harry Potter prints. There was no way I was going to pay $25-$50 for a FQ on Ebay. So like all things patience is a virtue. And eventually I found a reasonable seller.

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And Lastly I got my daily dose of Remants…

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All Ruler folded and ready to be put away. Till next time, Have fun Stormin’ tge Castle.

The Force (Star Wars) Quilt

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I decided I needed a small Star Wars quilt. I had all the Fabric but needed a pattern.  Where was inspiration going to come from. Then like a bolt of lightning I was struck by a book at Quilter’s Paradise. 

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It was Quilt Dad’s Beyond Neutral. I buy very few books, as the internet/pinterest has so many ideas. But I had to have this. It is now one of my favorites. Such simple patterns that look complicated when finished. For this project I used the Half moon bay pattern.

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This pattern is so versatile.  I have thought of many other projects yet to be started with this. But it was perfect to showcase my Star Wars Fabrics.

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I Fussy cut a few squares and let the others land where they may. The sashing and tips were a blue crosshatch. Then I straight line quilted it.

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The binding I used both an orange tonal and white Kona and stitched the Kona in straight lines so that both gave the feel of the Rebel Uniform. The backing was a blue tonal with Gold. And I fussy cut another Star Wars for the label.

Dia de los Muertos “Day of the Dead” Wall Quilt

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Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos is one of my favorite holidays. I remember my class trip in around 3rd grade to our Met museum to visit the “Day of the Dead” exhibit. It was so magically colourful that I fell in love. Both with the culture and the holiday.

My first quilt projects were Day of the Dead inspired and a good quarter of my Stash is various Skull/Frida Prints.

So here is one of my Favorites

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I started with a Disappearing four patch. I cut it twice and the sashed in white muslin to create the center.

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I then sashed wider around the center added in the side pieces and then added in pieces for the top and bottom and squared it up before sashing in red Kona. I quilted it with a Jean topstitch thread in red. And bound it with a black swirling fabric. Backing was a folk print and labeled it.

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Hand stitched blanket stitch for the label created that folk art feel. And I was again in love.

Fancy Fox by Elizabeth Hartman

Ok I know, this is a very popular block. And rightly so Elizabeth Hartman has done an excellent job creating some very cute and addicting quilt blocks. I wanted to try them out so I created my first to test it

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But I didn’t want to create a whole quilt just yet. So the choices were either throw the block into a box for later use. Create a mug rug (strongly debated). Or create a small wall hanging. Wall hanging won out.

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Sorry I don’t live in the most beautiful area. So a picture of my alley way was the best I could do at the time.

Little Monsters in Bow Ties Baby Quilt

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I wanted to do something for my co-worker who was expecting a bouncing baby boy. And I wanted to try the 3D bow tie pattern by the Gourmet Quilter.

So I watched her video and using scrapes I bought at Quilter’s Paradise I created these.

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I wanted to create a rainbow quilt. So each block was created in a specific color and sashed with a tone on tone white with dots. I righted the blocks so that the Bowties looked as though they were being worn.

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I then used my EZ dresden ruler to cut 3 1/2″ rainbow pieces that went around the quilt and in the center.

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I also created 3D pinwheels and 3D wave blocks. But as I was assembling the top I figured I was over zealous and my math was off. For it would have turned out to be full sized instead of a baby quilt. So into a box those blocks have gone, to be used later on.

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I then cut blocks from David Textiles “Where the Wild Things Are” prints and various Little Monsters prints to finish the top.  I bound it with a Riley Blake Candy stripe and backed it with the cutest monsters with Bowties print in Baby Blue.

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She loved it but won’t let the Baby touch it as he is still in the pukey phase.

Poppin Purple 3 Dudes Quilt

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I just recently finished a lap quilt for a co-worker. She was creating a very beautiful bow-tie for me so I wanted do do something for her. I knew I wanted to use the 3 Dudes Quilt pattern

http://land.missouriquiltco.com/three-dudes-quilt-1/?utm_source=msyt&utm_medium=lp&utm_campaign=tms11

Now it was time for the fabric. At first I ordered MICHAEL MILLER’s Brambleberry Ridge ROSEMILK by Violet Craft

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I thought it was beautiful. My co-worker was of a differing opinion. So it was back to the drawing board.

Next I thought about her spending time in Yosemite with family and friends. She relishes this every year. So I ordered Quilting Treasures “Whitetail Ridge” MOUNTAINS, BRANCHES, and FORREST. 

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http://www.quiltingtreasures.com/shop/category/new-fabrics-b2c/remington-whitetail-ridge-1/?page=1

But after ordering and talking to her again I wasn’t feeling the project. She gave me an artisan yarn website she liked and the color purple. So I decided to take a trip to a Quilt Shop I love. Quilter’s Paradise is a dream…
http://www.quilters-paradise.com/

I walked around and looked at everything. Talked to the girls, and through trial and error I decided on mostly Cotton + Steel with a few others mixed in. So here is my finished project, before Binding. Sashing was added in last minute. I decided it needed sashing after laying out the squares.

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Next I bound and Labeled it ready for gifting.

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I hope this helps and inspires you.