I’m going on a Staycation. Over the past year I’ve been one busy girl, hurriedly finishing up one idea/project and moving straight to the next. I’ve been blessed with lots of new opportunities but to really give 100% of myself and my creative abilities, I need a break! I’ve finshed up my priorities and this seems like a great week to give this a shot.

Which means I’ll roll outta bed when I want, I’ll binge watch all the Real Housewives, and I’ll take Daisy on longer walks.

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My house will be clean. My refrigerator (or ice box which is what we call it in Oklahoma) will be spotless and organized. My shower will be squeegeed and free from streaks.

I’ll take my time driving. Hell I might actually go for a drive ‘just cause‘.image

I’ll drink when I want and eat what I want. I’ll enjoy the smell of the blossoming trees with my windows open while it lasts. I might nap. I will cook dinner.

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I’m definitely going to take my time and flip through every page of these books I’ve collected over the past year. I might even make something from one.

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Or I might not…it’s my Staycation and I’ll do what I want!

The shop will still be open and I’ll be answering convos and emails. Your orders will ship on Friday. Thanks friends. I’ll be back next week!

New Clambake kits are ready to go. The last Clambake was a big success and you have shown me that you’re not intimidated by curves. That they’re actually pretty simple!

Curiousities Clambake kits

I used Jeni Baker’s line from Art Gallery, Curiosities. “Inspired by the many small wonders in life, Curiosities invites you to explore the world around you. A sophisticated color palette with a vintage twist transports you to a whimsical garden. Curiosities is dedicated to Jeni’s bunny George, who is ever curious.“-Art Gallery

Curiousities Clambake kits

Aren’t these little bunnies the cutest?! It’s the perfect quilt to get your spring mood going.

Paige did some fabulous quilting for me. Swirls in the borders and a sweet pop up flower in each clamshell.

Curiousities Clambake kits

If you remember from the last Clambake post, all of the clamshells are easily attached to the top border, glue basted on and top stitched with your machine. No pinning. No hand sewing!

Curiousities Clambake kits

Each fabric from the line is used in the quilt. The border is a teal pressed flower. The binding is a navy dragonfly. Clambake measures 55″ x 62″ and is a perfect lap quilt.

Curiousities Clambake kits

Kit includes all the fabrics for the quilt top, binding and the pattern. As always, I try to share useful info to ensure a successful sewing and quilting experience, so helpful tips and tricks are posted on this blog post HERE.

Clambake KITS, PATTERN, and APPLIQUÉ KIT can be found now in the SewModDesigns Etsy shop.

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And you can also find all of these plus the Curiousities line at our upcoming show in Napierville for the Riverwalk Quilters Guild.

Friday, May 13th 2-7 pm and Saturday 9-5 pm
NIU campus in Naperville.
1120 E. Diehl Rd.
Naperville, Il. 60563

We hope to see you there. It’s going to be a great show!

Two more rounds left for the CLMQG Medallion Border Challenge!

My goal for this challenge, other than actually completing it on time, is keeping it small. When the task/color for last month was chosen as a red Dresden block, I knew I wouldn’t have a problem. I’ve been making bitty Dresdens for a while now. I got this one covered.

CLMQG edallion border challenge

Do I really need to to point out the red. Nope, didn’t think so. It’s everywhere! I made 40 half Dresdens for a total of 200 Bitty Dresden blades..whew. Lots of fun work ya’ll!

CLMQG medallion border challenge

I took this baby all the way to Florida. I was the only nerd on the beach under an umbrella sewing 40 Dresdens by hand.

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Red✔️ Dresden✔️ I also added a small red Dottie border between the 2nd & 3rd borders for some sort of separation.

CLMQG medallion border challenge

What’s next months challenge you ask? Orange is the color. Scrappy stars is the task. But wait, there’s more! We have to incorporate this green icky fabric in it somehow. As little or as much as we want.

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My quilt so far measures—. This one will be a challenge for sure!

To read about the previous border challenges click below…

Border task 1
Border task 2
Border task 3

Spring break happy easter

SewMod will be on a short break for Easter & Spring Break. If you place an order March 25th, 2016-April 3rd, 2016, your orders will ship April 4th, 2016. Thanks so much for your patience while we enjoy our short Holiday with family & friends.

Have a Happy Easter everyone!

Lorrie💕

So I know you’re wondering what prettiness I came up with for my 2nd border. Well…I wanted to do 2 rows of clamshells for my curves but once again I became distracted and time got away from me. So I put my medallion on the design board and walked away. Then I would walk back again, audition a few things, then walk away again. Only to do this, what seemed like a few thousands times, and end up with one row of clamshells which inevitably ended up looking like a scrappy scalloped border lol. Whew. All that to end up with scallops!!

Clmqg medallion border challenge

Curves ✔️ Carnation Pink ✔️

CLMQG medallion border challenge

Anyway, the end result is still fabulous in my eyes and that’s all that counts. This challenge, even though it’s time consuming, is sparking a bit of creativity in me. I knew when I started it, that I wanted scrappy, embroidery, beautifulness. And so far I think I’ve achieved my vision.

Clmqg medallion border challenge

Like everything else I design, I kinda fly by the seat of my pants at first and my ‘scallops’ didn’t end up meeting where I wanted in the corners. But I’m not gonna fret. Embellishments can fix that! I have cute buttons to add as a ‘distraction‘ after the quilting is complete. Do not add embellishments like buttons and sequins before sending to the quilter. That’s a big no-no!!

Clmqg medallion border challenge

And obviously I’m taking my sweet ass time on the embroidery work…I’ve still only finished the two corners. Time seems to escape me these days, between family, the guild commitments, SewMod, and all of the wonderful opportunities so far this year.  I wish I could clone myself!

March’s task is dresdens and the color is red. Dresden blocks are a plenty! If you Google dresden quilt block you will find so many creative ways to make one. I’m looking forward to this one for sure!

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Find the medallion and border #1 HERE & HERE.

Good morning everyone!

One of our CLMQG members is hoping to sell her practically new Bernina 440QE. If you’re interested, leave a comment and I’ll put you in touch with her. This baby needs a new home!!

**Stock photo

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“The aurora 440 QE – A sewing machine for everyone and every application.
The aurora sewing machine is a sensation, making sewing easier than ever before. A wealth of new functions and the greatest possible ease of operation make the aurora a sewing machine for everyone and every application. The aurora 440 QE is the first sewing machine in the world to be equipped with BSR (BERNINA Stitch Regulator) – the exclusive BERNINA innovation for free-motion stitching with consistent stitch lengths even at variable sewing speeds. The BSR makes free-motion quilting easier for novices and pros alike.”-Bernina.com

Check out the attached photos for more info…don’t ya just want to take her home and whip up a fabulous project!?

Bernina

Bernina

 

I’m participating in the CLMQG Medallion Quilt Challenge which I talked about last month found here.

I did decide to go ahead with the embroidery in the corners of my center. I hemmed & hawed over it a while, knowing full well I’d do it even though that much embroidery was going to be a lot of work. I just think it needed something to fill the space. Most importantly though, it does not change the initial design elements, it’s just an addition…kind of like embellishments to the medallion.

Clmqg medallion border challenge

And if you’re gonna do something, it might as well be fantastic, right!? I have two corners completed and working on my third.

Clmqg medallion border challenge

To recap last months challenge, we needed to implement a snowball block with a red-violet color. I added the tiniest snowball blocks I could, which I think were 2.5″ finished on the corners with some of the Timeless Treasures bicycle fabric scraps I had left and added a crochet trim to make the separation from the center to the border. I felt like since the center was going to be so busy with the dresses and embroidery work, that the next border needed to calm it down, which is why I only added snowballs to the corners.

Can’t see the red-violet? Here’s an up-close. Remember…it can be a little or a lot of the color. I chose a little…

Clmqg medallion border challenge

Perfect right!?

Now I’m working on February’s challenge, border #2.  The task drawn was ‘curves‘ and the color was ‘carnation pink’.

I think I can handle February’s challenge! Does anyone see where I’m going with this? You’ll have to check back for my progress on this border which I should have completed soon. My next meeting is this Sunday. I’d better get busy!!

clmqg medallion border challenge

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We hope to see you this weekend for our first quilt show of 2016! New fabrics, kits and patterns will be available. If you happen to see something you’re interested in on the blog or in the shop and would like me to bring it or put a hold on it for you, I’m always happy to do that. Just convo me and I’ll put your name on it.

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“A Twist On Tradition” Quilt Show
Sponsored by Pride Of The Prairie Quilters
Saturday, March 12, 2016 9-5
Sunday, March 13′ 2016 9-4

Richland Grade School
1919 Caton Farm Road
Crest Hill, IL 60403

Stop by the booth and say Hi!

Join us for the Crimson Tate lecture & workshop at the Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild.
Sunday March 13, 2016
11:00am Lecture/Discussion
1:00-5:00pm Workshop
The location for our meeting, lecture, and workshop is:
Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center
611 South Main Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Crimson Tate workshop
The CLMQG will host fabric and pattern designer and quilt shop owner extraordinaire Heather Givans of Crimson Tate at our March meeting! She will deliver a one hour lecture/open discussion on the topic of fabric design at 11:00am followed by a quilting workshop on her “Succulent Garden” pattern (pictured below) from 1:00-5:00pm. She will also have fabrics and other goodies from her Indianapolis shop available for purchase during her visit.

Crimson Tate workshop

 

CLMQG members may attend the 11:00am lecture free of charge.
Guests may attend the 11:00am lecture for a $5 fee.

Registration is REQUIRED for the quilting workshop. For more information regarding the workshop or lecture, please visit the CLMQG website. Don’t delay. Registration ends Saturday, March 5th, 2016. We hope to see you there!

Ok, one more baby kit. Ok, maybe another one very soon but let’s just start with this one. It deserves a post all on its own. It’s so stinkin’ sweet it makes my teeth hurt!

Milk sugar flower baby kits

This is Elea Lutz Milk, Sugar, Flower line from Riley Blake. I ❤️❤️ her fabrics soooo much! MSF is reminiscent of vintage fabrics and nursery decor. Sweet and full of cottage charm. Magpies, strawberries, & little bunnies and kitties all rolled up into my most favorite line of hers yet…at least until the next one comes out in April. And let me tell ya…I’m pretty excited about that one too!

Milk sugar flower baby kits

I figured what better way to show off these prints than in the Lucky Stars quilt pattern by Atkinson Designs. I’ts scrappy, just they way these fabrics would have been back in the day.

This pattern is super simple too. And don’t forget to check out the blog post I wrote about an easy way to square up your stars without the fuss. You can find that by clicking HERE.

Goodness, I just love retro and 30’s prints…The stars set on an aqua dottie background. I think that extra touch makes it feel even more vintage.

Milk sugar flower baby kits

This KIT can be purchased with or without the backing fabric. With the backing included, you’ll recieve a complete quilt kit, the fabrics for the top, the pattern, backing & binding. Each option can be found in the SewModDesigns Etsy shop.

Even better is that this quilt finishes to a child’s lap quilt, measuring 45″ x 60″. So that means the quilt will be with them from baby to toddler to child…a keepsake. Or if you’re like me, you’re keeping it for yourself!!

Daisy even loves this quilt!

Milk sugar flower quilt kits

Create your handmade heirloom for a special little girl!

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