Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Around and around....and..........

224 times to be exact

Around each of the 56 blocks inner Kona Ivory border.  You know what though?  I will take it.  I thought it would be a bother,but it is rather relaxing.  A little at a time and I will get there.  No fretting here.  The Aurifil thread makes it even nicer.  Plus on Wed.  I will be having a sewing play date with my quilting buddy, Brittany.  Yippee!!

Guess what????  Ya'll are so AWESOME to me!  Y'all left me the best comments last post and gave me your vote as I had asked.  Thank you so, so much!  

This is how I press my seams.  I like to use as little ironing as possible when paper piecing so as not to disturb the seams so much.

Look at all those seams butted up against one another.

Armed with my walking foot to get over those rough spots of thickness.


#2 won!

The next day I printed out the templates for May's BOM and got right to it.  This was an easy block to piece until I had to put all the pieces together.  There was a pic of how to do the A pieces.  No pic for the B pieces.  After trial and error I was able to get it all figured out.  So I thought.  Then came the realization that there would be a frayed edge exposed in the grey center.  Oops.  This was going to bug me.  What to do?  I measured the block out and it was about 1/4" bigger than the 6 1/2" it should be.  This obviously worked in my favor.  I stitched over a little closer to the marking on the paper for 1/4" and viola!  As you can see in the pic the corners are a little hodge podge.  In my defense,that was the shape of the template given.  No problem.  Once I am done with the year,I can hide those edges in a seam allowance as best I can and move ahead:)

I promised a quilt top pic!  Here she is!  The other side of the double sider.  I had to get it near my easy on the eye Nikko Blue Hydrangea.

Nothing better than that!!

OK I gotta talk about the trip to Raleigh!  Ayden and I had an amazing time with Pam.  See the two in the background there?!  This was the 1st place we visited and the BEST by far.

The owner was tops!!!  So friendly, sweet, and she even had Ayden helping her with boxes and unwrapping a new Halloween fabric line.  He loved it and was rewarded in chocolate.  Who can beat that?!

The house used to be another quilt shop before Cary Quilting Company took the reigns.  This place is 82 yrs old and a diamond in the rough!!!  I recommend it to anyone!  Anywhere lol

Charm is written all over it.

Fabric wreath











CARY QUILTING COMPANY
I got some Simply Color Leafy Stripe by V. and C. in Aqua and a darling hedgehog pattern.  I also ordered the quilt pattern that goes along with it and it will come in the mail I was told.  I have had a thing for hedgehogs in fabrics lately.

We decided that Wish Upon A Quilt was next in the line up.  We went there last year as well.  Great store!  Lots of FQ's and Kona was on sale for $5 something a yd!

Westminster Philip Jacobs Feathers in Soft
Out to Sea by Sarah Jane My Favorite Ship in Sky
Far,Far Away by Heather Ross Playing Horses in Natural

We visited one more shop and then went to lunch at Tony's Oyster Bar and Restaurant for some shrimp nachos.

On a whim, we decided on Bernina's World of Sewing where we had the most luck of the day.

Flea Market Fancy DS Bouquet in Turquoise
Full Moon Forest by Tula Pink Trees in  Pink score!  done by Pam!
Salt Water by Tula Pink Submarines and Seaweed in Coral
Flea Market Fancy by DS Posies in Turquoise

This stack has yum written all over it:):):):)

Oh and look at what Pam sewed for me!

The paper dolls are  her and I as friends!  Isn't that the BEST gift ever?????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Thank you,thank you Pam!!  She has more of them that she has sewn and posted here.

Maybe some hand embroidered faces for these two in the future;)

It was a long,FUN packed day!!!!!

To reward ourselves, because we weren't rewarded already enough  we went to an ice cream shop specializing in homemade ice cream in front of our last quilt shop.  It was divine!! 

Someone had to do it!!!!  It was tough!

Relaxing

Playing games in the car with Ayden while traveling from one quilt shop to the next

Talking to other quilters in the area

Enjoying the weather 

REAL tough

I recommend it.



Sara


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21 comments:

Susan Owenby said...

Everybody moving... everybody groovin... hey hey! (well, that where my brain goes after around and around and around!)

Your squares are looking awesome! Cary Quilting Company is about five miles from my front door and I still have not stepped foot one in there. I need to make it happen, thanks for the review!

Janine said...

Your paper piecing is wonderful! And I love your quilt top :)

Jessica said...

Aww, that is the most AMAZING gift! Quilty gifts from quilty friends are the best. Great fabric score and gorgeous quilt top (and hydrangeas!!)

Esther F. said...

Lovely new stash! And the dolls blocks is super cute!
Esther
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Jackie Kirner said...

Oh my gosh - all those seams - looks daunting (but I may give it a try anyway!) Beautiful results you have there.

Cary, NC? I'll be heading to Fuquay Varina this summer - think I'll add your shop to my must do list :-)

Tanyia said...

those paper pieced blocks are awesome but kinda scary I have to say! lol

Those little paper doll shapes are adorable!

I am stopping by from the WIP post, hop by if you get a chance! http://domesticdeficitdisorder.blogspot.com/2013/06/wip-wednesday-june-12th-edition.html

hydeeannsews said...

what a lot of fun you've been having. i'm going to try fitting in some quilt stops on our summer travels. too bad i'm not going to raliegh. but maybe in the fall!

Kirsten said...

I really like those paper pieced blocks and you found some great fabrics for your stash!

Cathy said...

lovely blocks! I am making the big ones. Your littles are awesome!

snips said...

Your paper pieced blocks are awesome!
Love the colours :)

Julie said...

Oh my goodness so many fabulous projects! Your paper piecing is awesome! It has to be my favorite part of the post.

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said...

Wow!! I am so impressed by your paper piecing! I have never even tried it. and i LOVE your quilt top- gorgeous!! I just started a new quilting link party today- Needle and Thread Thursday. You should hop over to link up and share all of this awesomeness!

-Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Hilary said...

Those paper pieced blocks are amazing! I've visiting from Needle and Thread Thursday :)

hilary
www.youngtexanmama.com

Kelly Young said...

Thanks so much for the link up at Needle and Thread Thursday.

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Maartje Quilt said...

Such magnificent piecing! Beautiful colors. Awesome!!!!!

Michelle said...

That hedgehog is the cutest pattern ever, and I love the paper dolls. Thanks for letting us drool over all of your goodies!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Looks like you had a great time. Those hydrangeas are gorgeous!! On a random note (because that's what it's all about, right?) one of my friends wanted to name a daughter Hydrangea, if she had a girl. Then her married name turned out to be Nickodemus, which is rather long, so she is reconsidering....

cherylj said...

What a beautiful quilt and thank you for showing the back of your paper piecing. It is nice to see "behind the scenes" to learn how to piece better and more accurately.

P. said...

I am in awe of your paper piecing. Also your fabric haul (love that feather fabric). Sounds like a great time!

The Sassy Quilter said...

You got some great finds! I really like that block, but whoa...a lot o seams. My hydrangea is just now blooming, very pretty.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

You have been busy! Glad to see my choice (block #2) won out. You found some great fabrics on your trip with Pam and Ayden. I love that feather fabric!