Sewing with The Guru

The Guru (aka my Mom) and I love to work on projects together! And we’ve just finished two. First up is a quilt for our friend Lisa. We made her a Designer Star with the blues of Saltwater. The background is FreeSpirit Solid in Pearl. It’s a soft grey and I love it! It works great with cool colors. Lisa loves blue and the ocean, so Saltwater was an easy choice.

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We went ahead and washed it so she could use it right away. It crinkled nicely! I quilted with an all over shell design.

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Once of my resolutions for 2014 is to label every quilt. I have the labels…why don’t I use them?! I’ve started early and been labeling like a madwoman. Spoiler alert: The Guru’s real name is Ann:)

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Our second quilt is for my sweet Aunt Laurie! Laurie celebrated a significant birthday on December 19. The Guru is one of four kids (she’s number three) and Laurie is married to her older brother John. So all of the siblings (except John; I’m sure he got her something better!) and their spouses decided to go in together and make Laurie a quilt. The Guru did the piecing and I quilted! Laurie lives by the ocean and likes blue. (This seems to be a common theme…) We again chose Saltwater! This time we made a Lazy Sunday!

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And I labeled it! Mack the Chihuahua offered some assistance.

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I really wanted to keep this one! I quilted with my usual infinities. And we bound in the stripe.

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Last week, The Guru went down to her hometown. She took one of my quilts to show off. I told her that it wouldn’t be a bad thing if the binding got sewn while she had it;) Pauline was a huge influence on The Guru’s love of sewing; she’d lived near my grandparents. The Guru also visited with her other sewing idol, her Aunt Ann! Ann could do things with a needle and thread that I’ve never even thought of. She snapped a photo of Pauline looking at my quilt! I feel lucky to learn all the things these ladies taught The Guru.

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Now back to Christmas sewing. I haven’t started my brother’s quilt, but that worked out last year! So, away we go!!
xo LC

City Sampled FINISH!

Today’s the big day…I’m finally getting to show you my City Sampled quilt!! I made it with Tula Pink’s new book City Sampler: 100 Modern Blocks. I showed y’all my 100 113 blocks here! (I needed more because I set them on point:) And my quilt has returned home from the quilter!!! I’m so excited! And I’m in love…

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This quilt has been in the works since long before the book was even published. I’m a HUGE Tula Pink fan (stalker?) and I had decided that I had to have some of each piece of fabric she had ever designed. Not some of each line…I wanted every print. Since her early lines are out of print and hard to find, I had to search far and wide. I had a lot of them, but I was definitely missing quite a few. Lots of my online sewing friends REALLY helped out (especially Mel!) and I finally got them! So this quilt has a piece of every fabric she ever designed. Every. Single. Fabric. When the book came out, I knew it was the perfect project. I repeated a few, but most of them are just in one block. I chose a rainbow layout, but more blend rainbow than row by row of color.

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The quilting is by Sheri Collette of Maxine & Me. She did a FABULOUS job. I’m thrilled! She and I came up with the idea of radiating quadrants with various patterns. I wanted it to look like it was quilted from the back without actually being quilted from the back. It was a great collaboration and the quilting really complements the quilt. Kudos Sheri!

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Speaking of the back…I used a Prince Charming quilt back. It was a gift from some of my Sew South friends during our reunion weekend. Thank you Christen, Christina, Chrissy, Holli, Kim, Melissa, Nicole, Sarah, Tessa & Xandi!! (Sorry for the less than excellent picture…this quilt is HUGE and The Guru is 5’2″!)

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At the bottom, I put all of the selvages from Tula Pink’s first eleven lines. And a little label. And my Tula Pink autograph:)

20131003-112442.jpgI’m really in love with the back!

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This is my favorite block. The Full Moon Forest owls are just awesome!

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And my favorite section of quilting! Sheri is amazing!!

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And more quilting I love! She definitely used the fabric to inspire.

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I also have to give a shout out to Joan Schnute! She hand sewed my binding for me. I’ve been crazy busy the last few weeks and it was a dream to drop off the quilt and pick it up the next evening with all the binding complete! Thank you Joan! If you’re local and you want her card, just let me know!

I hope y’all like my homage to Tula! And in case you’re wondering, City Sampled will be living with me:)

xo LC

City Sampled with Tula

Have y’all seen all the amazing City Sampler blocks cropping up all over the internet?! There are some awesome blocks in Tula Pink’s new book City Sampler: 100 Modern Blocks. I’m teaching this as a nine month class at The Little General right now. (It’s full, but if you’re interested, a new session will start at Sew Original in January.) My quilt is currently being quilted…I cannot wait to show it off! But in the meantime, I wanted to share each of my blocks!

These blocks are seriously fun to make! They finish 6″, but there are A LOT of pieces! Because I decided to set my blocks on point, I needed 113 blocks. I made thirteen blocks twice; I often altered the second version a bit. I used 100% Tula Pink fabric. I had saved up every piece of fabric ever designed by Tula and used each one in this quilt. I did not supplement with any other fabrics. There are about eight that I used twice. I owe a HUGE debt of gratitude to lots of my quilty friends that helped me with prints that I was missing! There are too many to name, but Mel was a HUGE help!! Thanks friends:)

Enjoy the eye candy!

xo LC

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