long time!

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My oh my! I had hoped to be back here before now, but as it turns out, moving is a lot more work than I imagined! (Previous moves were without kids and with significantly less stuff.) I incorrectly thought that the challenging part would be the part heading up to the move. Not so. Getting all the stuff out of the boxes has been far more work! Despite what I thought of as stellar labeling skills, I’ve managed to misplace many of our things – the bolts to the bed frame, a dining room chair, all of Hazel’s winter gear, which I just found today in a box labeled ‘Hazel – outgrown clothing, etc’. Note to self – ‘etc’ should probably not be used when labeling moving boxes.

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But anyway, we’re mostly back to normal, and even though my sewing table had to live in the garage for a couple weeks, it’s now set up again and I’ve been doing a bit of sewing to make up for lost time.

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I opted to work on this quilt, since it was the last packed and I was smart enough to pack all the fabrics along with the sections I had already sewn. (I labeled that box ‘sewing – last packed’, which is also not very descriptive…) Max has also been bugging me periodically about ‘his quilt’, and I’m certainly powerless to resist a three year old’s request for a new quilt!

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I didn’t have much of a design wall set up, so I just decided to let it go and sew pieces together completely randomly. It came together quite quickly, as I used lots of solid white to create more of a minimalistic herringbone design. The prints are mostly Denyse Schmidt’s Hadley line, along with some Cotton + Steel basics.

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The colors in this one lent themselves so well for a quintessential Vermont fall foliage photo, but the weather didn’t cooperate, or when it did, I found myself without any adults around to hold the quilt up. I’m hoping Max can brush up on his photography skills so he can start taking the photos for me!

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(I realize you can’t really see the quilt here, but look… pretty trees!)

Previous post about this quilt can be found here.

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instead of packing…

…I may have started a new quilt. In my defense, I packed a few boxes, then took a little break to cut and arrange a few strips. It can’t be all work all the time, right?! The kind folks at Freespirit sent along a few fabrics from Denyse Schmidt’s Hadley line recently and as I was packing, I realized how nice this line looked with those Cotton + Steel basics (those basics seem to go well with everything!). I decided to cut them up for this fun minimalist herringbone quilt. I was going to stick with just the fabrics they sent me, but in the end I felt I’d like to see a few more of the Hadley prints included, so I ordered a bundle from Westwood Acres.

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Max has already claimed this one for himself, so it looks like I’ll be making it bed-sized. White is likely a bad choice for a three year old (marker-obsessed!) boy, but I figure by the time this one is no longer looking so fresh, I’ll have made something else for him.

Our closings and move are all scheduled for Friday, so this one will be packed away shortly and continued after the move…

 

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friendship bracelet quilt

The old blog may be a bit quiet for the next few weeks while we work on packing and moving. I packed most of my fabric and quilts and it was a tad embarrassing. It’s easy to ignore all those things packed away in various closets, but harder when they’re all boxed up in front of you!

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In the midst of it all, I felt I should quickly sandwich and quilt something. This quilt had been waiting for a while, so I pulled it out and  and gave it the straight line treatment.

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These solids are Alissa Haight Carlton’s Modern Solids, made up as half rectangle triangles (though the design could just as easily be made with half square triangles – I just happened to be playing with rectangles at the time!). I had a fat quarter of each color, so you may see here and there where I didn’t have quite enough fabric and had to add in something similar.

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The backing is pieced with all the leftovers, including a bunch of leftover triangles. It was kind of a fun challenge, as I was down to smaller pieces, with barely enough to get a backing made.

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Ah, there’s something I really love about quilts out of all solids!

Previous post about this quilt can be found here.

Modern solids can still be found at Marmalade Fabrics (on sale!) and at Pink Chalk fabrics (also on sale!)

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