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Untitled Blooming 9 Patch With Mixed Fabric

17 Apr

Last month was about working on quilts with knit fabric. This month is all about the silky print polyester! This piece is about one third of the way done, and hopefully I’ll have an updated photo for you by the end of the week. I’ll be honest it wasn’t easy, but now that I have it down, I’m really finding it easy to work with. I made a promise to myself to use of fabric in my stash, and this silky print has been in it for quite a while. there are about 5 bolts of other polyester fabrics I want to use up, and trust me, I already have designs for them, just need the time to sew them! Wish me luck!

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‘The Woods’ Quilt

13 Apr

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I’m not typically an earth tone person, but hey, I’ll tell you what… This shit is on hit! It’s made from quilting cotton, and knit acrylic fabric, that I even knit myself at work. I’m really digging the texture it lends this quilt. It also gave me an excuse to use up some brown jelly roll strips I had left over from another project.

Now I just have to find time to quilt it… Wish me luck!

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Quilt For Equality For NIU

27 Mar

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For those of you who remember, I have a quilt at the Pick Museum of Anthropology at NIU. Well, I offered to make a replica quilt for The Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality. They accepted, and I finally got around to starting it. Well, I did quite a bit of sewing this weekend, and I finally have the top together, and I eve started quilting it last night! The museum exhibit was extended, so I’m hoping to drop it off before the show ends! Fingers Crossed!

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Knitted Some Fabric For Myself

19 Mar

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The nice thing about working in a knitting factory, is that when I need some special fabric for a special project, I can just make it.

The down side is, quilting with knits in a bitch. All the stabilizing, and gluing, and stitching… But you know what, it’s going to be totally worth it! At least that’s what I keep telling myself… More Pictures after the jump… Continue reading

I Started A New Quilt

18 Mar

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I started a new quilt… not that I don’t have a bunch started. We all know how that goes. I’m also trying to go through all of my damn jelly rolls. I did a count, and I have over 70 jelly roll packs. Here is one down!

I’m not sure what I’m going to name it yet, but something about it screams “On Fire”. Can you tell I have a quilt type??? Hopefully I’ll finish this soon.

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Making The Mesh For Distortion – A Prayer For Zachary

16 Feb

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I’m totally cheating with my embroidery machine! It does the best applique! And for this project, it’s perfect. It’s almost comedic to look in my sewing room right now. It’s covered in ribbon, fabric scraps, thread, and starch based glue. I just buy Elmer’s by the gallon. They sell it at Walmart for like 10 dollars, and goodness knows I’m using it by the gallon. ‘A Prayer For Zachary’ did have to take a back seat this week with the blizzard we had, and I got a throat infection. It’s like this avian flu just won’t leave me alone. Don’t get sick, it’s for the birds… Literally! (More Pictures after the jump.)

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Heaven Is A Warehouse Store In Pilsen…

5 Feb

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Yesterday, a friend and I ventured to the Textile Discount Outlet in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. It is trip everyone should take. I’m not going to lie, being a suburb guy, the drive into the city is never easy… Having only one functioning eye, I can assure you, highway driving is never fun, and highway driving in the city is never a picnic. I made the trek however!

It was such a blast! For any true fabric lover, hours can be lost here… Perhaps even days! I need a second trip, just to take it all in. The building is amazing, and the stock is even more so. You can find everything! Upholstery fabric for days, weeks even, and the lace and tulle selection is unrivaled. The staff is super amazing and helpful, and I had quite a bit of fun shopping with my quilting cohort!

Their quilting fabric selection was quite large, and now that I’m working on some art quilts, this place contains endless possibilities. I need to go back sooner rather than later. Perhaps once it warms up a bit… Like in a couple weeks… Or maybe once I finish some of these projects before I start 12 new ones…. Who knows!

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