Ava’s Quilt-WIP

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I have been working on this quilt for a little munchkin for quite some time! It started out as a lighthouse quilt in pink and tangerine (here and here). Then I morphed it into a strip quilt after seeing many in the bloggy world (prior to Rachel’s Festival of Strings I’m talking September of 2012). Then again I was rushing to finish for the Festival of Strings and well I missed finishing the top by an hour :/

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I’m okay with that because the top is done and it is so beautiful and scrappy; I normally don’t like scrappy! I decided to make the quilt look like concentric squares. I really love the affect of the broken up squares, the imperfection. I love the owls!

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This beaut will have the most beautiful back! I have Patty Young’s Textured Basic Shoreline Tangerine, Sarah Jane’s Out to Sea ship panel in blossom, and the pièce de résistance: Sarah Jane Out to Sea mermaid print in blossom!

I planned to applique a crab on the back as well but I haven’t found any cute patterns so I think I’m going to try to make my own template. I took Sarah Fielke’s Big Techniques from Small Scraps class on Craftsy and I feel confident I can do needle turn applique!

Check out the back view with the light shining through! Looks like stained glass :)

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If you are a regular to my blog you’ll notice my pictures have significantly improved! The Plum and June Let’s Get Acquainted New Blogger Blog Hop 2013 is full of great advice (like better pictures) and you can meet new bloggers!

I’m linking up for the first time to Lee’s:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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Quilt Show!

I just got back from my very first quilt show! I’m telling you if you have never been to one you should! They are full of inspiration. They have quilts from the entire spectrum: vintage, traditional, modern, modern traditionalism, and more.

I wanted to share some pictures I took. Some of my favorite quilts didn’t get to be photographed because I didn’t realize you could take pictures and then my phone I was using died :/

With out further adieu…

Quilt shows are also great places to shop! I purchased some really cool things from three vendors that I never would have seen if I didn’t go!

I bought Machingers and a machine quilting skillbuilder panel! I’m really excited to make the panel into a sandwich to practice my FMQ!

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Then I bought a bunch of fat quarters and 1/2 yard cuts. I love the low volume blenders and I couldn’t stop eyeing that adorable stripe with hearts! The low volumes are from Red Rooster, Dear Stella and Henry Glass. No information on the other selvages.

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Then I came across Amelia’s Garden booth; she is an online quilt shop and she stocks beautiful fabrics: Sarah Jane, Amy Butler, Joel Dewberry and more! I tried to hold some restraint when purchasing because I really wanted to buy everything she had! She also convinced me to try out Aurifil thread.

The quilt show I attended is going on for one more day! If you are in the Pioneer Valley/Berkshires/UMass Amherst area you must check it out! Hands All Around quilt show at UMass Amherst April 6th to 7th from 10am to 4pm!