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moda love quilt

I found a new toy tool!!  Its a project creator that lets you choose your favourite Moda fabrics and patterns and put them together into a visual masterpiece {like the above}!  Its sooo great!  I know its probably a ploy to get me to show Moda more love…but…well…its working!!  I am such a sucker for visual aids!  I don’t have any quilting software {and don’t plan to anytime soon} so this is really great!  I have such a hard time figuring which colours will work from different fabric lines when looking online.  So, there we go!  Go on over to Moda Fabric Matcher to start your own little project folder…and have fun!!

{As you can see, I’ve squeezed in a little turquoise here and there…ok…so I’m a little attached to that particular shade…so sue me…!}

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Pinwheel quilt

Well, the quilt I am posting for Park City Girl’s Quilt Festival is about to fly this nest to live with another family…  Its amazing how attached you become to your labours of love…oh, where’s my hanky?…sniff..sniff. ; )  I’ve had a brilliant time sourcing materials, choosing patterns, piecing and quilting this baby sized quilt for a colleague’s first baby.  I have learnt so much through the process, and I am so glad!

For this quilt I sourced all of my fabric online from Sew Mama Sew and had it flown over from the States {to my home in England} with my family’s luggage when they visited this summer.  While I love each and every fabric I selected – not to mention the great service at Sew Mama Sew – I learnt that I prefer to choose my fabrics in person, rather than online.  I am learning that I am at my best creatively when I can use my senses intuitively – especially touch.  It is exciting to see my creative process develop more and more…

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I followed a specific pattern for this one, and I was very glad I did.  Being relatively new to the quilting scene, I felt it gave me foundational principles {i.e. machine stippling, colour-work, etc.} and expanded my knowledge of what works – which is always good!  These foundations give me the confidence to brave my own designs and bring in the organic creativity that I so love in all my crafting!

DuckiesI guess the thing I loved most about this quilt is that it was made for a fellow wife who also has a cross-cultural marriage {she is Finnish + he is English} and is, for the moment, raising her first child in a country that isn’t her home and in a language she continues to learn.  Being in an American/English marriage, myself, and living in a country I didn’t grow up in, we have a connection even though we have nearly nothing in common culturally.  We understand each other.  And it makes me happy that through the everyday challenges of living and being married cross-culturally we can encourage each other through the differences we share together.  And I think this quilt is my way of giving a little piece of ‘home’ while she’s in this strange place called England.

Behind every quilt is a story!  To see more quilts and some of the amazing stories behind them, click on the Park City Girl’s Quilt Festival button at the sidebar.  And grab a box of tissues – you’ll be in tears as you hear these people’s stories! Enjoy!

Today I’ve got sewing on the brain… {a big surprise, I know…}  I am working on 2 projects for friends and family but both are in the prepping stage and not the sewing stage…so I just need to keep at it and soon I can whip out my Silver Sewer! : )  For the time being, here’s a little bit of today for you:

Green tomato and material

Green tomatoes my dear man picked this morning from the garden, and the fabric I can't wait to start snipping into for this project here!

I found my sister-in-law-to-be’s blog and new etsy shop {see her folksy shop too}…and I am so excited for her so I thought I’d show her off here! : )

The project that's keeping me sane as I prep the others...thank you purl bee! : )

Ooh!!!  I just got a tip from my husband that a nice parcel has just arrived in the post…and its addressed to me…! ; )  I think some of my waiting’s over because {if I’m right?!} I believe that’s my rotary cutter and ruler {among other lovely accessories} for my quilting project…  I can start cutting + piecing today – yay!

Its been a fun-filled Summer for my husband and me! We’ve had family visiting from the States for the first time on two occasions and a 4-week trip to West Africa sandwiched in the middle… We’ve been busy little beavers hosting in our small bungalow and being hosted in one of the warmest parts of Africa (both the weather and the people)! We are so grateful for the opportunities we’ve had and the bit of rest we’ll have going into the end of this season!

But now I feel like I am officially back into the blogging world. I honestly haven’t properly checked my feed reader in over two months and I haven’t even thought of posting for longer. But my routine just went back to normal mode here in my little home, and I am looking forward to seeing what has been going on around me in the creative world out there…and even more, I can’t wait to join it once more.

Upcoming project:

Pinwheel Baby Quilt at Moda Bake shop by Jodi at Simply This and That

Pinwheel Baby Quilt at Moda Bake shop by Jodi at Simply This and That

Just want to say a quick thanks to Burda Style for linking to the Weekend Designer for tips on design and pattern making – its a wonderful resource!  Looking forward to using it in the future!

weekend designer

Explore for yourself all the delicious advice and step-by-step instructions for piecing your own clothing (including this dirndl) and other accessories…  have fun!

Our Little Family

today at the nest

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