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Front and Back of my new quilt

Things have been quiet on my blog for the last few weeks because J, Simon and I were busy packing up our lives in Ann Arbor and making the move to Boston. Leaving Ann Arbor was bittersweet for us, because while we were excited to move on to the next steps in our lives, we really, really loved living in Ann Arbor. Not only was it a great little town, we were lucky to make some amazing friends while we were there.

A closeup of the blocks

For me, leaving the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild (or A2MQG) was something I dreaded. I found such a home there, both within the guild, where I was constantly and generously inspired by my fellow members, and within the individual friendships that grew out of a shared love of fabric and sewing. So you can imagine the emotion I was feeling when I was surprised with the most amazing gift just before our move– my friends had coordinated the guild to have members contribute blocks made from Denyse Schmidt’s Flea Market Fancy fabric (so generously donated by Brenda from her shop scraps– and I use the term scraps lightly, as you can see this is a formidable amount of fabric!), and put together a quilt for me to take with me on my move. I also appreciated the other fabrics that made their way into this quilt; Brenda added a bit of hope valley as she knows how much I love it. Emily added some DS quilts fabric, and Rossie and Dorie added some original Flea Market Fancy, which was such a sweet addition!

Quilt by the A2MQG

When I opened the box, I was speechless. Well, I may have actually said “are you fucking kidding me?!?!!” which was meant to convey how surprised and floored I was by this gift. It could not possibly be more perfect. And the more I learned about the quilt, the more I knew I will treasure it forever.

My new quilt made by the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild

My dear friend Anna set up a flickr group to coordinate the block making, and a number of members of the guild took time to make blocks. Emily took the time to quilt it, and Anna hand finished the binding. Jenna’s contribution takes the cake– she hand stitched the label, which is our A2MQG logo. Look at those french knots on the trees! Brilliant, and so unexpected. It really completes the quilt, and puts all other quilt labels to shame.

Best Quilt Label Ever.

I want to thank the entire guild, and every person that contributed to this quilt:
Anna, Emily, Brenda, Ashley, Rossie, Dorie, Jen, Lynn, Jenna, Ronit, and Ginia
You guys are amazing, and I can’t begin to thank you enough for this amazing gift.

The back of my A2MQG quilt

I couldn’t bear to take it out of my sight as we packed up and left Ann Arbor, and it rode next to me in the car on our way to Boston. I still can’t believe it– no one has ever made me a quilt before, and I know exactly how much time and energy it takes to make such a meaningful gift. It makes the transition to a new town a little less scary, as I can see in front of me what great friends I have every time I look at my quilt. Thank you all, so, so much.

My new quilt

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Flea Market Fancy quilt

My flea market fancy quilt is done, and I couldn’t be happier with it!! Like so many others, I loved this line of fabric (before I even knew who designed it or what it was named!) so much, and when I had a chance to scoop some up last year I didn’t hesitate.

FMF detail

ready for a picnic

I wanted to highlight each print, and I think that part of the beauty of this line is in the colors used for the prints, so I went to my local quilt shop (which, luckily for me, stocks all 220 colors of Kona cotton solids) and picked out 4 colors that coordinated with each print. Once I had the squares done, I had a dilemma about sashing color, and I got such good input from my blog readers! Ultimately, I decided to sash in white, but I still wanted a touch of gray, so I added a border to frame the quilt.

on the porch

FMF quilt on the bridge

For the back, I used a chevron print I had in my stash, along with some grays and leftover strips of solids. For the binding, I used the Kona cotton color raisin.

FMF quilt back

This is the first queen sized quilt I’ve made, and it took quite a while to quilt! I did it all on my trusty little Husquvarna, and I broke the quilting up into a few different sessions so I didn’t get burned out. Also, it involved a lot of binding– I think it took me longer to hand finish the binding than it did to quilt! I really enjoyed the process, though, and now I get to sleep under this baby every night! When I bought the fabric I said that this was my plan for it– I wanted it to be something I enjoyed every day, and I’m so glad I took the time to make this quilt for myself.

FMF quilt hanging out

FMF quilt hanging out

on the ground

Also, thanks so much to my sisters who helped me take photos of the quilt– it was so big it took both of them to hold it up. It’s a good thing they’re both tall!

My sisters

FMF quilt on the porch

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fabric stack

Things have been a little busy around my house lately– my sisters were visiting from out of town (I was so sad to see them leave this morning!), and while they were here I wrangled Liv (my younger sis) to fold the rest of my fabric for me! She’s just started sewing, and is already able to identify lines of fabric and designers! I promised her a little fabric in return for her help 🙂

As we were organizing my stash, and I was taking note of the many, many projects building up, I thought it was time for a really realistic check-in with my projects. I don’t usually put this all out there, because I tend to be working on so many things at once it feels overwhelming to actually write them all down! But, work is picking up a bit and I really need to prioritize my projects.

fabric color inspiration

Before I spill the beans about everything I’ve got going on, I snapped a few pics of fabric I pulled for a new quilt. I started with the 4 fabrics (in the pic above) from Heather Ross’s far far away 2 line. I didn’t actually use these in the quilt– but I loved the color combo so much I wanted it to guide my fabric choices. I’d been wanting to do something with orange in it, and this really helped shape the palate.

So, then I broke each color out individually and found fabrics that stayed pretty true to that tone:

oranges

greens

blues

magentas

Then, (and here’s a true work in progress shot!) I cut them all up. And I’ve been sewing them together, and should have a new quilt to show you soon!

In progress

I also finished the binding on my flea market fancy quilt– I have the big reveal of the whole quilt (which I realize I haven’t yet shown!) later this week.

almost finished

So, here’s the damage–

Things I need to finish soon:
1. Do. Good Stitches Bee Blocks
2. For the love of solids swap items (this is half done, and I have a plan for the rest!)
3. Habitat challenge blocks for the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild (due at our next meeting… next week!)

Things I have in progress, but that don’t have an immediate “due date”:
4. Felted scarves (a custom order– one blue, one green)
5. Felted scarves for the fall craft show
6. Ocean inspired quilt (commissioned for a wedding– needs to be done by the end of September. All the fabric’s cut, just needs to be sewn)
7. Binding on 2 baby quilts for my etsy shop (yep, just the bindings are left. Almost finished!)
8. Throw quilt using the fabrics pictured above! (all blocks are made, just need to be squared and sewn together)
9. Wall hanging for my mom (blocks are made, and need to be squared)
10. Hope valley filmstrip quilt (all the pieces are cut– just need to sew them together!)
11. curtains for my living room (fabric is ready to be cut, and I keep imagining how good it will look when they’re done!)
12. Scrappy quilt (I pulled out all the scraps I want to use for this one and totally know (in my head) what it will look like– just need to get sewing!)

Argh, it sounds like a lot, but I always manage to get things done! I think it helps to be realistic about the WIP list– last night I sketched out 3 new quilt designs I’d love to try, but clearly I need to focus some attention on my current projects first! My ideas always seem to outpace my ability to sew them– Does anyone else have this problem?

Also– one last thing– Lee (from Freshly Pieced, who hosts the WIP Wednesday each week) has entered a design in the connecting threads fabric design contest, and she needs votes for her design! You can find her design (“Flourish,” by Lee Heinrich) here. Check it out if you have a chance!

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