cotton + steel

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(Rashida Coleman-Hale’s Moonlit & Melody Miller’s Mustang)

I’ve wanted to attend Quilt Market since I started sewing, and now, all these years later, I finally got the chance. It was fun and overwhelming and inspiring, all at the same time. I met so many wonderful people, and even though it would have been nice to have more time to talk, even the little snippets of conversations provided a little picture of many of the people I’ve followed online for so long (many pics in my Instagram feed if you’re interested!).

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I didn’t do the best job checking out all the booths, but did find myself visiting the Cotton + Steel booth quite a number of times. The ladies of Cotton + Steel truly outdid themselves. It was so fun to see all the excitement surrounding these new lines – 5! plus a great selection of basics, arriving this summer.

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I only managed to snag two bundles during Sample Spree, but even with just two lines, I’ve been able to spend quite a bit of time arranging and rearranging these fat quarters into fun little bundles.

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I love how the colors in each line coordinate, and when you add in the line of basics…there are just so many possibilities for pulling together your favorites.

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This aqua, navy and yellowy-green combo is a favorite, so I decided to see what else in my stash might coordinate. Perhaps these?

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Then I did the same with these pinks and corals.

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I realized after the fact that this resembles the colors in the quilt I’m currently working on, as well as the second version of my In Flight quilt I made a few months ago. I’m predictable, I suppose!

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Anyway, I look forward to adding the other collections (and basics!) to my collection come July. You too? You can pre order these collections now at Westwood Acres or Pink Castle Fabrics.

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solid friendship quilt top

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I always feel I have to explain my quilt names, which I suppose means they’re not really named as well as they might be. I’m stumped each and every time, and nearly every time I show Morgan a photo and ask his opinion. Unfortunately he’s usually as stumped as I am (maybe more stumped? Next time I’ll list his suggestions and then you’ll see!). After asking him about this one, I pointed out that it was reminding me of a friendship bracelet, and a quick google image search told me I was right. The fabrics are Alissa Haight Carlton’s Modern Solids, so ‘solid friendship’ it is.

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But I’m getting ahead of myself! You may have seen that Alissa designed a line of solids called Modern Solids II – they’re crossweaves (warp and weft threads are two different colors which come together to make the color you see), and as such have a beautiful depth that other solids don’t have. She was so nice to send me a fat quarter bundle ages ago, and while I wanted to immediately sew with them, well, you know how things go. A while back I drew up a little design while coloring with Max (oh man – it was 4 months ago!), but then it was set aside again. After I finished my Liberty Jubilee quilt, I was inspired to pull this one back out, since it also used half rectangle triangles.

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I drew out the design multiple times, using colored pencils to kind of give me a guide for the colors, and from there it was pretty easy to determine how many I needed of each color. Half rectangle triangles are not quite as easy as half square triangles, but I love the look (I talked a bit about making half rectangle triangles in this tutorial). A Bloc Loc ruler seems as though it would make this process easier, but I don’t have one, so this time around I attempted to paper piece it. It mostly worked, though please don’t look closely, because there are definitely a lot of points that don’t line up! Luckily it’s not that noticeable from a distance, so overall I’m still pleased!

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My usual quilt holder-upper was working, so Max attempted to fill his shoes. A good effort for sure, but he might need to get a bit taller first!

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Hazel – 10 months

Around about this age it becomes a bit tricky to get a decent photo of a baby on a quilt! This time around I bribed her with a shopping rewards card that had just arrived in the mail. Good fun.

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Anyway, I’ve said it before, and I have to say it again – Hazel really is the happiest, most easy going baby. She’s still not a great napper (she’s still not even great at sleeping during the night, which is, um, tiring…), but it’s hard to complain when she’s so pleasant all the time. She’s desperate to walk (to keep up with Max?) and squeals in delight when she catches sight of her walking toy.

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And Max even seems to find her amusing from time to time – progress!

Hazel is laying on an old quilt - my Summer Sherbet Plus quilt. I made this one when I was newly pregnant with Max and still feeling sick all the time, and I still can't really look at this quilt without feeling sick. This one will be heading back into the quilt closet!
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