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This mustang print from Melody miller’s Mustang line is a definite favorite, and I immediately wanted to see it in a quilt. I’ve had this antique quilt pinned for a while and thought it might be a fun way to show off those mustangs.

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Not being much of a planner, I found I didn’t have the right solids on hand, except for a couple double gauze solids. I decided to go with that medium blue, but quickly found that not only did I not have enough, I couldn’t even find it available online at that time. No problem – I figured I’d add in the gold as well, but of course I didn’t have enough of that one either. In the end I had to pull out four different solid double gauze solids to come up with enough background fabric. It did change my design, but I think it was for the best!

I probably would have just randomly placed the squares, but once my background become color blocked, I thought it would be fun to group my four main prints. I kept a few of the squares ‘blank’ (used the background fabric rather than a print), and cut all the triangles for my flying geese by hand for more of an improv look.

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When it came time to quilt it I first considered some wavy horizontal quilting. I quilted a few lines and then spent time ripping them all out when I found it wasn’t quite what I had in mind. Instead I went with some narrow straight line quilting on the diagonal. As luck would have it, I found a beautiful variegated thread by Sulky that changed from gold to grey to yellowy-brown and works so perfectly with the four background solids.

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(a little crosshatch quilting in a couple spots for fun!)

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And the backing – mustangs, of course, along with the perfectly corresponding RJR aqua solid (toy boat) for the binding!

Previous post about this quilt can be found here.

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a Friday giveaway from Llama Fabrics

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I’m pleased to be able to bring you a giveaway for your Friday, thanks to Llama Fabrics! If you’ve been reading for a while you may remember a few other giveaways offered by Chio of Llama Fabrics. They’re always generous, and they always include her gorgeous photos of beautiful fabrics!

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Chio provides so many great fabrics in her Etsy shop, and she definitely has some of the best prices around! She is focused on her customer service and offers great communication and super fast shipping, with most orders going out the same day. (I speak from experience, as I often wait until the last minute to order and then want the fabric immediately – and Chio always comes through!)

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Today Chio is letting the winner have their pick of any one of these three great new lines to arrive in her shop. Each bundles is a fat quarter bundle and you can decide from these great lines – Winged by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery, Jolly Farms by Makower UK for Andover, or Far Far Away by Heather Ross for Windham. (You know I’d pick Far Far Away, how about you?)

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Please leave a comment here for a chance to win! One comment per person please, and as usual, while you don’t have to visit the shop in order to enter, I hope that you will take a minute when you have time to see what Chio has to offer. And if you want to keep up with her latest fabric arrivals, be sure to follow her on IG or on Facebook! I’ll select a winner on Sunday evening. Oh! This giveaway is open to all! Thanks, Chio!

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Update! We have a winner! Random.org selected #340, Laura, who said –

“The photography is seriously the best I’ve seen. I think I would pick Winged but the photos make it all look irresistible.”

Congrats, Laura! And thank you to you all for reading and entering!

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P.S. Great new logo, right?

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city gym shorts!

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The free city gym shorts pattern was posted on the Purl Bee recently, and I had it printed out the same day. [And yes, it’s as great, and as fast!, as I thought it would be!] Since then, I’ve been a bit obsessed with making (and wearing!) these shorts. I like the chambray paired with the Liberty, so I haven’t veered from their design, though if you check the #citygymshorts tag on IG, you’ll find them made up in a variety of fabrics.

I find the Liberty to be a bit thin (not so much for shirts, but perhaps a bit thin for something covering my bottom half!) so I opted to use a layer of Liberty along with a layer of voile. I cut two pairs of each front piece (one each of the Liberty and one each of the voile) and just treated it as one fabric (I think Meredith mentioned doing this?). I really like the extra little bit of weight it provides. So far I’ve made the three pairs above, and also a plain chambray pair, which I was wearing while taking this photo, and I have a lightweight (unlined) pair nearly completed for pajama bottoms.

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And of course Hazel needed a couple pairs as well. Nothing cuter than a little one who’s just learned to walk wearing teeny little gym shorts!

I couldn’t get my act together to get photos of us actually modeling these shorts, though you can see a partial photo of mine here and a pic of Hazel in hers here.

Liberty of London and chambray fabrics purchased locally at Nido (also available online). Liberty is also available at Jones & Vandermeer, Pink Chalk Fabrics, and DuckaDilly.

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As an aside, if you're looking to start a Liberty collection, Pink Castle Fabrics is offering Liberty of London Stash Boxes for a limited time. It includes 45 fat sixteenths of Liberty of London prints - an instant collection, and a great way to get a nice variety for a patchwork quilt!

There are also a few spots left in the Westwood Acres Liberty club (I have a subscription, and love getting a surprise selection each month!).

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