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Thank you to everyone who entered the Olfa Birthday Celebration giveaway! It was so funny to hear how most quilters started with scissors and templates for their first quilts and wouldn’t have ever made another if it wasn’t for the rotary cutter.

And welcome to all the new readers of KD-Quilts.  I hope to get to know you all.  So leave comments, hop on over to Instagram and chat!  I love to talk quilting and knitting, and love to make new friends in this awesome crafty community that we have!

Now onto our winner….

 

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Olfa’s Birthday Celebration!


Happy birthday, Olfa! #olfa35
The rotary cutter. This simple little tool was (and still is) a life changer. 35 years ago, the quilting world was rocked and things became much more simple and accurate thanks to that little circle blade.

When I made my first quilt, I didn’t know if I would be quilting long, so I didn’t want to invest in a rotary cutter. Instead, I made my rectangle cardboard template and cut each rectangle with a pair of scissors. Ugh! I’m thankful fabric doesn’t have to be cut that way today!

When the lovely folks at Olfa asked if I would like to help celebrate their birthday, I was ecstatic! Help celebrate 35 years of my favorite sewing tool? Of course!! Part of the birthday celebration includes some bloggers making a block inspired by the rotary cutter. I was inspired by the trimmings that it creates. I love a big pile of tiny little bits of fabric!

Using the frosted 6.5 inch ruler and my trusty rotary cutter, I cut one inch x six inch strips of fabric in the colors of the cutter:gray, black and yellow.
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The strips got randomly sewn together.

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Now as we quilters do, chop up the freshly sewn piece into more pieces and resew. Keep going until it’s the size you want, then trim square.

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Add a white border to the left and right, then top and bottom. I don’t measure strips, I just use scraps and trim down to my pieced square. I made my block 6.5 inches, but you can make this whatever size you want.

 

Now onto super exciting things……Olfa has offered to give away a surprise package similar to the one here. It’s not this exact set, but will still be wonderful!!

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::To enter::

*leave a comment telling me about cutting out your fist quilt.

*for a bonus entries, follow the blog, follow KD-Quilts on Facebook or Instagram and leave a separate comment for each place you follow.

Giveaway will remain open until 8pm Friday July, 25. Winner will be selected via random number and the winners information will be passed along to Olfa. Good luck!

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Summer Patchwork Series:a new all day bag for me

Today I’m over at Elison Lane talking about my new bag as part of her Summer Patchwork Series.

 

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Now that I have two kids, I need a lot of stuff when I head out for the day.  This just meant I needed to make a versitle, super large tote. I’ve tested it out, PERFECT for the beach!

I love that it can be cross body, or carried by the handles. The softer (not interfaced) patchwork top easily flops over or folds down if I want to be using the tote as a project bag. When it’s folded down it really opens the bag up to see what’s inside.

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So head over to Elison Lane for a little more on this bag. And while you are there be sure to check out all of the other inspiring patchwork projects in the series. There are some crazy talented ladies sharing their gorgeous projects! Thank you, Jennifer for having me!
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A Must Read

So, by now I’m sure that most all of you have seen the book by John Adams (also known as quilt dad) titled Beyond Neutral.  Just in case you haven’t seen this yet, let me tell you, it’s a good one.

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John gathered his inspiration from nature, dividing the book into some element of the earth and a few quilts it inspired. Seriously, there are some fabulous designs in this book! John has done a great job with every detail of this book giving such easy instructions for the patterns.

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And I might be a little bit biased, but I think the Half Moon Bay quilt is my favorite….

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to read and plan my next project. I’m thinking Triton Cove looks fun…Maybe with some of my stashed Tula Pink….

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A Nursery…or a little closer to one….

 

Anchor QWe weren’t sure if we would be moving or not before our new little guy was born, so decorating his nursery was low on the list of things to get done.  And now that he’s here, it’s even lower on the list!  But even if it’s not decorated like I want it to be, at least he has a  couple of quilts to brighten up his space.

He has his alphabet quilt made by the members of my MQG draped on his glider, and now he has his mommy made quilt too.

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I used a pattern called Lemon Pepper that one of my friends passed along to me.  It was so nice to use a pattern.  When you’re nine months pregnant, then finishing when you have a newborn in the house, quilt math is the LAST thing you want to think about!

I decided it was super busy, so I wanted to add an anchor appliqué.  Unfortunately, I COULD NOT decide if it should go on the front or back.  I asked instagram and Facebook and everyone was split.  So I dI’d the only obvious thing, put it on both sides!  

 

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*disclaimer:  everyone has a lot of opinions on parenting, and that’s fine.  I wanted to say that I don’t put anything in the crib while my baby is in there, that’s just what I’m comfortable with.  The quilt was draped over for photos.  That said, please keep all items in the crib discussions to yourself.  Thanks!  

 

 

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Nine Months until Perfection

Yup.  It’s been quiet around here.  Well, quiet on the blog at least, at home, not so much.  We have been busy adjusting to life as a family if four and soaking in as many sweet baby cuddles as we can!

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And this lucky little guy has the BEST quilt that was made for him!  The ladies of the VBMQG surprised me with an amazing quilt that they all worked on.  Knowing that I love Tula Pink, they used her modern alphabet pattern (and lots of Tula prints too!) and gifted the most perfectly sized quilt!

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This quilt will be so wonderful for all those late night feedings, you better believe that I’ll be snuggled under it as well!!

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Clover Sunshine Plus Quilt

Clover Sunshine Quilt made by KD-Quilts

Finally.  I can finally show this quilt off!  My guild had decided that we wanted to support one of our members and have a challenge using only her fabrics.  So over the past six months, members of the VBMQG were using Alison Glass’ Clover Sunshine (and any other Alison prints people wanted to use) and created some gorgeous quilts.  Check out #vbmqg on instagram or the VBMQG facebook page to see some of the other quilts. 
Clover Sunshine Cross quilt by KD-Quilts

I chose to use some of the Alison Glass blenders along with Clover Sunshine to make a cross/plus quilt.  While it’s not an original quilt, or even a challenging quilt, it is something that I always wanted to make and these fabrics were just screaming to me to become a plus quilt

Swirls and Flowers Quilting

I quilted swirls and some pointy flowers, to sort of mimic some of Alison’s flowers in the favorites print in Clover Sunshine.Clover Sunshine Crosses by KD-QuiltsI used my binding machine for the first time on this quilt.  I must say, it was super fast not having to iron all the binding and it came out WAY better than any of my binding in the past.  I am officially a fan of that Simplicity Binding Machine!
Clover Sunshine Quilt with Copper photobombAnd camera hog Copper couldn’t let me outside taking pictures of a quilt without posing for the camera as well!  He’s a natural!

 

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Winter is a Time for Stitching

So I am a huge cold weather wimp.  I’m always cold, even in the summer.  I live in an area that doesn’t get much snow, maybe a little dusting once or twice a year. Not this year.  We have had a few weeks of the white stuff.  And even though I am always cold, I LOVE THE SNOW!!!

But when it comes time to being inside when it’s cold and snowy, I don’t want to venture far from the fire and quilts.  Especially not to go in my sewing room.  It’s over the garage and just never feels warm.  I swear I can feel cold air coming out of the vent even though I’ve had the heating guys out twice to check it out!  So needless to say, there has been a lot more knitting by the fireplace than sewing going on around here.

I’ve been working on a Brandywine shawl off and on between projects.  The yarn is the most luxurious cashmere/silk blend that husband picked out (all on his own) for a Christmas gift. I really wanted this to be done for Valentines day, but there is so much left to do, that I decided to just enjoy making it and it will be done when it’s done.

My Follow Your Arrow mystery knit along has been taking most of my knitting time.  It will be finished this week and I can’t wait to block it and see what it looks like off the needles!  It has been such a fun knit.  I’m debating starting a new one with some different clues and seeing how different it will turn out.  If you are a knitter, I totally recommend this pattern!  Seriously, so fun! You can check out all of the different pattern combinations on instagram with #followyourarrowkal

And of course I have socks on the needles.  2 pairs in progress right now.  Both are SO close to being finished too!

And slowly but surely, there has been some quilting going on…..

And now back to sit by the fire and work on warming up.   Hope you are all staying warm and happy wherever you are!

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City Bridges. A Finished Quilt

For some reason, this quilt has taken me FOREVER to make, get pictures of, blog about.  I had lots of love hate feelings for this quilt.  That combined with being so exhausted this pregnancy, and taking full advantage of the three year old’s naps and sleeping then instead of sewing.

I had all sorts of plans on taking pictures of this quilt when I was in Detroit with some old buildings as the background.  It was going to be awesome.  Really the best photo shoot for a quilt that I have ever done.  Obviously, that didn’t happen.  So when you are looking at these pictures, pretend the quilt is hanging in front of some falling apart downtown buildings and not just outside on a too sunny day.  Thanks!

City Bridges was completely inspired by a story book one bed time.  There was a train going over a bridge, and it screamed quilt to me.  I wish I still had the picture I took of the story to show you!   I had a bundle of Center City by Jay McCarroll just waiting for the perfect project, and this seemed like it would be just right!

I love this fabric line.  The mix of the purples with the reds and browns is just so perfect. (not to mention it looks great in my living room!)

I quilted straight lines in all of the white.  The skinny bits were quilted 1/4 inch apart while the fat zig zags are 1/2 inch apart.  In all of the print, there is loopy scrolls FMQ. I love how the solid Kona Berry back shows off all of the different quilting.  (and this is probably the 5th quilt I have backed in Berry this past year…)

So there it is, City Bridges, the quilt that took me entirely too long to finish, but so happy to have it!

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Warm Hands in Frigid Temps

      Well goodness, how is it January 10 already?! I had meant to do a big 2013 recap, a welcome 2014 post….and the days keep rolling by, without written posts. We spend Christmas through New Year with family in michigan. I REALLY needed that time away with family and it gets harder to leave every time. But as with all things; as nice as it was to be away, it’s great to be back home, organized and back to routine!

I did however manage a finish over the break. Colorwork/faire isle knitting was on my want to learn list since about the time I first cast on a knitting project.

And so, like I do with everything, I jumped in feet first and taught myself how or do it. It wasn’t hard at all. I just need to make my floats looser. I thought they were, but when I put them on, the fabric was still a little tight.

They fit beautifully! And the double yarn makes them really warm.

I’m thinking a striped cowl is in order now that I’ve overcome my fear of knitting with two colors!

What crafty fear have you overcome by just by jumping in?

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