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There’s an article in there written by yours truly!

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About what we’re all up to with our modern quilting!  Needless to say, it’s exciting to see this:

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And I never showed the finished “Yellow Pop’ Quilt ’cause I had to wait for this to come out first, so here it is…

Yellow Pop

I’m in love with the yellow stripy binding.

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Hope that your weeks are all off to a good start.  Happy Monday!

That’s certainly what I did with this quilt, so that’s what I’m calling it.  It’s on our bed and staying there!  I love it and so does my husband.  Not girly at all this one… I really like the simple graphic nature of this quilt. I offset the columns a bit giving it an asymmetry that I’m loving.

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The fabrics? Konas Medium Gray, Coal, Charcoal, and the RK Gray Quilters Linen (which I LOVE by the way) are all in there.  The background is Kona Ash.  And then the yellow is a Kona as well – it’s Butterscotch.  The one patterned fabric is a Heather Baily print.

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I pieced together a back with the remaining fabric.

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It’s already being enjoyed by everyone!

Embracing Gray being enjoyed

As a side note – thanks for all of your comments on straight line quilting. It’s clearly a topic that a lot of people are thinking about.  Moving my quilting in different directions is something that I’m eager to do and I feel I might surrender to some long arm classes… I am tiring of stippling, and am not very attracted to many other simple free motion patterns.  Straight lines really appeal to me though and the options are endless, but impossible to achieve well on my machine.  I’m all about making quilts at home from start to finish, but at a certain point there are limitations… I just know the second I go and try long arming one of my quilts I’ll be ruined and never want to quilt a quilt on my home machine again.  What to do? Oh the trials and tribulations of a quilting obsession!

With months flying by, my bee commitments have gone down from an insane five bees to a manageable two.  I’ll admit that it’s much more enjoyable to be a part of a bee when you remember which bee and person the block you’re making is for! These are both for Bee Imaginative.

For Kate:

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And for Elizabeth:

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I’ve always encouraged people to quilt their big quilts in their little machines because it CAN be done. But I find it significantly easier to stipple a big quilt than straight line quilt it. You can work your way through the quilt in a more manageable way.  Do you agree?  I’m only talking about BIG quilts here…

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This one is huge.  Huge. The goal was 95″ x 100″ but my 90″ batting ended up not being quite wide enough so it will end up being about 92″ x 100″ (don’t you love that a quilt will still fit your bed if you chop three inches off??).

I wanted to straight line quilt it.  I wanted to do horizontal straight lines, every 3/4″ to 1″ over the whole thing.  But my machine is limiting me.  For the first time in my quilting life, I am consciously aware that my machine can’t do what I want it to.

I simply can’t straight line quilt a quilt this big for two reasons. 1) my machine will pull at the layers (even with the walking foot) and inevitably it won’t look as clean as I want it to and 2) that’s a whole lotta quilt to fit through the throat of my machine.  I find it possible with stippling in that you can shove and push and maneuver the quilt as you please – but with straight line quilting it all has to feed through in one straight motion.

So – to any of you avid straight line quilters out there – are there secrets I don’t know about?  My thinking is that it’s just probably way past time for me to upgrade on my machine, huh? Oh Janome Horizon – how I love you and covet you.


Well honestly everyone, words can’t quite say it… so I will let the numbers do the talking:

$10,510!!!

That’s how much money we raised for Action Kivu!  $7500 for the sewing workshop and the rest to help Congolese children go to school.  Can you believe what we can do when we all join together to help?  I am overwhelmed with happiness and emotion about it.  You have all proven to me, yet again, just how compassionate and generous this amazing online sewing community is.

An enormous thank you to each and every one of you who donated or helped by blogging, Facebooking, Tweeting, telling your friends and just generally spreading the word.  It was all of us working together that made this such a success!

Because it has gone so well and the needs in eastern Congo are so great, I’ve decided that I’ll be holding this fundraiser annually.  Can you commit right now to giving again next year?  I do hope so.   Perhaps you read this news report last week about the recent mass rapes.  Every day there are more women and children who need the help we can provide.  So we will do this again in August 2011!

In the meantime know that Action Kivu is ALWAYS in need of donations. They are a tiny organization that does not have any large funders or donors.   They always need any help you can give, at any time you can give it. If this organization struck a chord in you, consider setting up a regular monthly donation.  Perhaps you’d like to organize a bake sale, a charity quilt, or whatever you can think of – any sort of fundraising helps.

From here, know that I’ll be posting photos on my blog of the results of our amazing fundraising! We will see the sewing machines, the new location for the sewing workshop and the benefits of the money we’ve raised here together.  Again, thank you all so so much for your amazingly generous donations!!

Photo by Candice Knezevic/The Enough ProjectPhoto by Candice Knezevic/The Enough Project

And the fundraiser fabric pack winners??   The Heather Ross fat quarter pack goes to Larri Manos, the Colorwheel bundle to Stephanie Wood, and the Flea Market Fancy pack winner is Sheridan Powell!  Congrats to the winners and one more thank you to each and every one of you who gave!