Whew!

Sorry for the radio silence, somehow it is the 26th of February already! I’ve been stitching away almost every spare minute in between working, helping a LQS upgrade their website, and putting in an offer on a house. Did you spend last weekend glued to social media looking at the photos from QuiltCon like I did? Here is what I have been working on the last two weeks:

I put the final stitches on in the binding of my latest Plus finish, Plus no. 4. She was quilted by my friend Amalia and is headed to the wash this evening and will photographed and gifted next week.

I tested the Belts & Buckles quilt pattern from Rebel Craft Media – it is a great pattern and I cannot wait to share it with you. Check out #beltsandbucklesquilt on Instagram to see what everyone is up to.

I have a furry assistant this morning. #sewingathomecon

A photo posted by Elizabeth (@andpins) on

The progressive quilt that I participated in during last year’s Mid-Atlantic Mod won First Place in the Bee or Group Quilts Category at QuiltCon! I am beyond thrilled to have participated the quilt with the wonderful group of women. A huge congratulations to Rose who won the top, quilted it beautifully, and submitted it to QuiltCon.

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1st Place, Bee or Group Quilts
Playing with Little Bits by participants of Mid-Atlantic MOD 2014
Columbia, Maryland
Mid-Atlantic MOD 2014
Pieced by: Rose Daley, Anna Levengood, Jill Stafford, Jessica Skultety, Jessica Levitt, Robin Tillsworth, Rachel Singh, and Elizabeth Timmons
Quilted by: Rose Daley

What have you been up to lately?

 

 

 

August Diamonds | Layers of Charm

I am thrilled to be participating in the Layers of Charm blog hop with the Fat Quarter Shop with the debut of August Diamonds – my first big finish of 2015 – and a giveaway! (Giveaway is now closed!)

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Layers of Charm is a quick, easy pattern that uses a layer cake and a set of charm squares to create a dynamic & fun quilt. I seriously spent more time debating on which layer cake to use and determining the layout of the fabrics than I did actually sewing the top together! This is the second short cut pattern by the Fat Quarter Shop that I have used. My grandmother’s quilt started with their Jelly Roll Jam pattern.

You can get the free pattern here: Layers of Charm
Make sure you check out their video tutorial!

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I finally decided on August by Sarah Watts for Cotton + Steel and a stack of Navy Bella. The prints are 10″ squares and the diamonds were formed using 5″ charm squares. Do to the timeframe involved in this quilt, I sent it to my friend Tia Curtis to have it quilted. She did custom typography in the prints and geometric lines in the navy diamonds.

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I am completely thrilled with how this quilt finished! So much so that it will have permanent residence in my house after the Southern Comforters of Bowie quilt show in March.

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The photos were pre-wash since I was running out of daylight, but it crinkled up beautifully!

To celebrate the launch of another awesome pattern, the Fat Quarter Shop has generously agreed to give away a layer cake of Playful by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel to get your creative process started. (Giveaway is now closed!)

To enter to win, check out the Fat Quarter Shop, tell me what combination of layer cake and charm squares you would use to make a Layers of Charm quilt, and use the Rafflecopter below to let me know your details. I will let Mr. Random pick a winner at 9pm EST on Friday, February 13th.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to Lori S. who said that she would use 3 Sisters Favorites Layer Cake and Lorikeet Bali Scraps Charm Pack!

Quilt Details

Title: August Diamonds
Pattern: Layers of Charm by Fat Quarter Shop
Front: August by Sarah Watts for Cotton + Steel and a stack of Navy Bella charm squares
Back: Gray Widescreen
Binding: Netorious in Toy Boat
Quilting: by Tia Curtis
Finished Size: 57 1/2″ square

 

January Bee Blocks

January is done! Did you blink and miss it like I feel I did? January was a busy month: new year’s, shipping my Schnitzel & Boo Mini, stalking the mailbox to see if mine has arrived (ps. it hasn’t), and turning 33. January also included some colorful, complicated feathers!

Janet from the Philly MQG selected feathers for her bee blocks. I was so nervous to cut into my pieced strips that I played with some paper first.

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Cutting the paper first was a huge stress relief! I went on to successfully piece two feathers, a blue and an aqua one.

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Janet provided us with the background and quill fabric with directions to make scrappy, monochromatic feathers. I dipped into my scrap bin and stash to make these two beauties.

andpins_JanBeeBlocks_FeathersBlueI think these blocks were more stressful than my string circle block last summer!

What are you up to, any complicated bee blocks in your life?

 

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