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A Tiffany Quilt for Nina

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The lack of central heating in my apartment really dictates what I do in the evenings.  Unfortunately it tends to inspire me to be very lazy, snuggling up under a quilt on the couch versus sitting at my sewing machine.  Every winter I am shocked by how much the insulation sucks in my apartment!  But now since I’ve been nudged to blog, I need to show yall I haven’t been 100% lazy (maybe just 60%…ha!).

Soooooo…I finished Nina’s quilt!  Forgive the picture quality, these were taken inside…I swear we are in monsoon season!  But I couldn’t wait any longer to show this one off!

I really love the back on this one, it’s a perfect pink (that is really hard to photograph) and I love that it’s pieced!  AND that I had the foresight to put my label in the part that is pieced…versus my typical lower right hand corner.  I’m not sure where that comes from but like clockwork I ALWAYS put the label in the lower right hand corner!

Ok, here are a few more pictures.

I used the Tiffany Quilt pattern by Red Pepper Quilts.  Red Pepper Quilt’s pattern uses more natural tones but I REALLY like this one in the bold, pink, green, grey tones. 

This quilt will be great to snuggle under (I’m resisting the urge to break it in for Nina!).

Brooke, your quilt is up next!!

Written by Kyishia

June 8, 2012 at 10:00 pm

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Disappearing Nine Patch- Completed

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To say I’m pleased as punch with myself would be an understatement!  It has taken me ages (well not really but a great deal longer than usual), to finish the quilting on this quilt.  I tried “straight line” quilting for the first time and have finally embraced my walking foot, and boy am I glad I did.  In true Kyishia fashion, I have quilted this one within an inch of it’s life …I like alot of quiltng ;-).  The diagonal quilting in two directions created a plaid like look which actually looks more like a traditional quilt or what I envisioned traditional quilts to be.

I really, really like how this one turned out.  At first I wasn’t sold on the fabrics, it’s just not my usual palette, but there is something about a finished quilt!  I also pieced the binding, a bit of orange and blue and I like how this turned out as well.

The back is pieced with leftover fabrics from the front, along with a few prints I forgot to incorporate in the front (how does that happen!).  And I like the back as much as the front!  Love when that happens!

My pictures are so much better outside!  I don’t think taking pictures in the house does the quilts half as much justice, despite the winter winds and lack of daylight savings time I must make more of an effort to take pictures outside.

I’m glad this one is off my sewing table and finally finished because I RECEIVED A FABRIC DELIVERY!  This arrived just in time for me to get back to Nina’s Quilt.  This quilt is for sale in my etsy shop, go over and have a look!  Did you notice anything different?  I’ve been working on my branding, I have new business cards (pictures to come soon) and changed the banner in my Etsy shop.  What do you think?

Written by Kyishia

May 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm

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Just In Time

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It feels sooooooooo good to have a quilt for my own home.  I’m so excited to have this quilt done just in time for winter.  It’s getting below 50 in the evenings and living in an apartment that is poorly insulated and without central heating means this is RIGHT ON TIME!

Let me remind yall, I LOVE FABRIC WITH WORDS!  This whole back has words….BONUS!!!  I went all out on this something special for us…it was professionally quilted by Jeannette and she did a fabulous job.

For some reason this label looks even better on my own quilt ;-).

I have hoarded another two bundles of fabric for quilts I would like to make for myself…but it’s back to focusing on my paying customers and burning through some fabric in my stash for baby quilts to go in my Etsy store. 

I really love how neutral the colors are…I’m sure my other half will be thrilled not to be sleeping under a pink and green quilt ;-).

I can’t wait to snuggle up with this tonight!

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May 21, 2012 at 8:04 pm

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Error!!

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So this is why you should say no to drugs….I must have been on something when I released yesterday’s post…there were no pictures!  And of all of you who read it, no one commented on that!  Now, that’s strange! 

At any rate…I’ve updated the post and actually finished it (so I have now communicated all I wanted).  Go back and have a look here.

Have a great day!!

Written by Kyishia

May 17, 2012 at 9:30 pm

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Nina’s Quilt- Top Finished! UPDATED!!!!!

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I haven’t posted pictures of my latest fabric delivery because it honestly wasn’t that exciting! I purchased a flat rate envelope full of various kona solids for a few different projects so I thought I would spare you ;-). Some of these solids were needed for Nina’s quilt, remember my false start? Well I’m ALL DONE NOW! When I was looking at this quilt laid out on my design wall the floor I wasn’t 100% sold, it is very bright and I’m used to quilting with a base color (cream or grey) to bring everything together but once I sewed the whole quilt top together….I WAS IN LOVE!!! I attempted to shop for backing and binding this weekend but it was just too hard for me to visualize since the whole top wasn’t together. Since the top is so bright I am leaning toward something a bit more subdued for the back (in the pink & green colorway of course)! Do you have any thoughts?

I sewed the remainder of the strips together into stacked coins for the back so this will be another pieced back! I love using left over fabric in this way!  I received a fabric package this week and coincidentally there was fabric that coodinated perfectly for the back!  Unfortunately I had a baby quilt in mind when I ordered the fabric so there wasn’t enough and alas I’m waiting on another shipment!!  (This is turning out to be the story of my life with this quilt).

Now I’m headed back to the sewing table to start working on my other custom order! I’m amazed I’ve cleared my WIP so quickly!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~UPDATE~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

So this is what I get for releasing posts from my ipad before viewing them!  None of my pictures posted AND I was trying to tell yall about my Saturday morning fun outside fighting the wind and trying to get some shots of this quilt!  Ugh!  Well at least I figured it out and was able to updae with some pictures!  More of this quilt to come when I receive the rest of the backing fabric.

Written by Kyishia

May 16, 2012 at 11:05 pm

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Disappearing Nine Patch Baby Quilt

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I have been fighting off a cold for over a week now. Despite spending several days at home from work and committed to my couch, I have still managed some productivity. Remember “my quilt“, I sent it off to be professionally long arm quilted (a very first for me), by Jeannette. Jeannette is another American living in Australia and she was in one of my quilting bees. She offered a bee discount (and I love a good sale) so I saw this as the perfect opportunity to have one of my quilts professionally finished. And she did an AMAZING job!! I received a fabric delivery this week that included the fabric for the binding so I hurried to finish sewing the binding on Friday in anticipation of Saturday’s Scquilter’s meeting, if you are interested in some pictures, head over to the blog (because I have not taken any yet!). I promise to do an outdoor photo shoot of my finished quilt once I complete the hand sewing of the binding….this alone may take me another month or two. Saturday at Scquilter’s was great. I had a fantastic time catching up with the other women who share my passion for quilting, and never hurts that there were a few my age as well ;-).

This week I also spent some time at Claire’s house doing a bit of sewing and running my mouth (like I like to do!). Sewing is so much fun with company!

Claire also helped me pull together a bundle for a new baby quilt. I’m in stash busting mode right now so I pulled out some fabrics and Claire was gracious enough to throw in a few pieces of Bliss fabric. Time flew by and it was time to go home before I knew it! When I got home I was still in the sewing zone so I cut all the squares required for quilt…talk about productive!

Claire convinced me to approach this differently than I initially anticipated, sewing three rows of three squares and then cutting down the middle (see picture to the right). These came together SO FAST!!! I was able to pick this up throughout the week (between my naps on the couch) and this top was finished before the weekend!

The picture quality is not the greatest, since we no longer have daylight savings it’s dark at 5pm which makes it impossible to get outdoor shots (unless I actually don’t snooze 3-4 times and get up to do it in the am!).

I pieced the back…really not sure why I haven’t done much of that lately because I really like the look of it! Now the quilt is sitting on my sewing machine to be quilted. I should have more pictures of this quilt by the weekend (fingers crossed) and if you happen to like this one then it will ultimately go for sale in my etsy shop!

Written by Kyishia

May 7, 2012 at 9:09 pm

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More Custom Orders

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So there are only a few people who can “jump the line” and sneak in a quilt order to be made ASAP and one of these people did just that this week! Fortunately I was off a few days and waiting on more fabric for a few of my in progress quilts so I had plenty of time and opportunity to knock this out.

Nothing pleases me more than making a quilt from fabrics on my STASH!!! I really need to work on reducing my stash and making more quilts based on what I already have versus the yummy fabric I fall victim to at sales and while perusing the internet.

This pattern is my go to pattern for charm squares these days. I like my modification with a 4″ border and yall know I don’t usually incorporate borders on my quilts. I had two charm squares and the tumblers are so easy to cut that I cut and pieced the top in one sitting.

Hometown has been my favorite fabric released lately. I really LOVE this fabric, I LOVE fabric released by Sweetwater because alot of it has words! And I so love fabric with words on it!

I have a fat quarter bundle of Hometown still remaining in my stash but Leisha must be pretty special for me to agree to use some of my fav fabric for her request!!

I finished this quilt over three days. Day 1 I cut fabric and pieced the top (including the border) and I cut the backing fabric. I had some extra wide fabric for the back so all I needed was one piece of fabric (I LOVE WHEN THIS HAPPENS!!!). Day 2 I cut the batting and had to do some piecing since I miscut (ugghhhh!!). Luckily this didn’t take much time at all and I got right to the quilting. I also made the binding and let me tell you this binding is FABULOUS!!! I had just enough fabric to make the binding for the quilt. I’m a fan of paisley and it was a small miracle that the light blue matched PERFECTLY! Day 3 I sewed on the binding and started hand sewing the binding to the back.

This quilt came together really quickly and I’m glad. At this rate I will be able to get it in the post early this week and it should arrive well before the baby shower!

This quilt is a custom order for Leisha but for those interested there is a baby quilt still for sale in my Etsy store!

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April 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm

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