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Making Progress!

Remember this quilt I was working on? Well, the other day I made progress! For one, I finally pieced together all the blocks. For the longest time I had the blocks laid out in the middle of my sewing room – it was annoying having to walk around them so I pieced them together (only took me 30 minutes!).
Then I thought, might as well baste it now. That took me a little longer, mainly because of my baby bump.
Basting a quilt is a workout having to squat and reach, repeatedly. It was my first time trying it with my 15 lb belly/baby weight! I’m at 29 weeks already…time is flying by! (photo above: I like to use curved pins when basting. It makes life easier).
I happened to find the perfect thread to go along with the color scheme. I chose gold for the quilt top, and purple for the backing. Purple and gold…(gooo Huskies!) 😉
Inspired by the fabric, the thread and the fact that basting (in my opinion, the least fun part of quilting!) was over, I threw the quilt on my sewing machine and started quilting.
Thanks to my amazing Pfaff Grand Quilter (it’s super fast), I finished quilting in about 30 minutes. You might have to click to enlarge the picture above to see the actual quilting. I just did straight lines and made diamonds. I like it simple!

I told you I made progress 😉

If you like the fabric collection I used, I have it on sale at my new shop. Click HERE. The quilt top requires 8 fat quarters. I’ll have the tutorial up shortly.

Happy quilting!

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Moda Bakeshop Shipment!

One of my favorite things is receiving a box full of yummy Moda pre-cuts in the mail! I got my fix Friday evening – what better way to to end a long Friday at work!? The collection I’m using is called Hometown by Sweetwater for Moda. I absolutely love the dark greys and reds with polka dots and newspaper prints. I’m lovin’ this modern-urban look.

And what makes this fabric ultra cool is it features almost every city you can think of in the U.S. Do you spot Seattle below? 🙂
My tutorial will use 4 charm packs or 1 layer cake pack (you’ll need to quarter the layer cake into 5″ squares), and also 1 solid jelly roll. But I’ll post alternative yardage as well, because sometimes it’s less spendy to cut your own fabric. Trust me – I know how expensive quilting can be!

Stay tuned for my tutorial!

Happy Quilting!

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Bundle of Joy

I had been tracking this package stalker-style and greeted the UPS man before he even had a chance to get out of his truck. With how bad my fabric addiction is, I’m afraid one of these days my husband will find me huddled in a corner petting a jelly roll, referring to it as “my precious” like Gollum.

I just love receiving bundles like this… 🙂

This fabric collection is called “Dolce” designed by Tanya Whelan by Free Spirit fabrics. It’s not a new collection, but it was on sale! Last I checked they still had some on sale, here. Anyway, more fabric to inspire me and to add to my stash.

Speaking of my stash, I thought I’d give you a glimpse. This is about 1/3 of my stash. The two bigger baskets on the middle and bottom shelf are where I throw my fabric scraps. My latest and greatest additions found a home on the top shelf. 🙂

The basket on the top left are fabrics ‘next in line’ for a quilt. In fact last night I finished a quilt top using Riley Blake’s Rainy Days and Mondays collection. I’ll be posting that one soon. 🙂

Anyway, that’s it for now. Just a quick mid-week post to say hi and happy quilting!

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Gummy Bears

When I see this quilt, all I can think of are gummy bears. The picture below explains. Putting a bag of gummy bears while quilting is a bad idea, because people like me end up eating the entire bag without even realizing it. I feel gummy even as as I type this.

Anyway, I’m not quite finished with this quilt. Just about done though! I plan to quilt it and bind it this weekend.

In my last post I mentioned I had to travel for work last week. While out of the rainy city of Seattle and in the desert of Nevada, I found their local quilt shop (being a fabric addict, I needed a hit). 🙂 And of course I bought ‘rainy’ themed fabrics. :-p I must have been missing Seattle subconsciously.

Happy Friday everyone!

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Fabric + Chocolate = Happiness

Quilt Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting In The Rain - Fabric + Chocolate = HappinessChocolates while sewing…could I ask for more?! Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

On a different note, I’m going to be traveling this week for work which means less time to sew. :*( However, in a hurry to cram some last minute sewing therapy before my trip I managed to start two new projects. It’s probably wise to stick to one project at a time as to not get overwhelmed, but I couldn’t choose which fabrics to use first so I did both. Problem solved!

Anyway, I won’t tell you what these projects are until I’m completely done. But I will give you a glimpse or two. Here’s the first one:

Quilt Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting In The Rain - Fabric + Chocolate = HappinessYup, those are charm squares. I got to use my new walking foot and quilted some random and fun straight stitching. This is the first time I’ve ever used a walking foot…and i LOVE it. Should have gotten one sooner.

Quilt Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting In The Rain - Fabric + Chocolate = HappinessMy second project was in the first picture above (with the chocolates). I’ll be using each and every one of these lovely prints to finish it:

Quilt Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting In The Rain - Fabric + Chocolate = Happinessoh yeah…
Quilt Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting In The Rain - Fabric + Chocolate = Happiness8-[ )**

Quilt Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting In The Rain - Fabric + Chocolate = HappinessThe above prints are a collection by Michael Miller called “Meadowsweet 2,” designed by Sandi Henderson.

That’s it for now. Not sure when I’ll be able to do my next post…but until then, happy quilting! 🙂

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