Giveaway at my new blog!!! And other exciting news.

When I first started this blog, I just wanted to document my projects in one place. I didn’t put a ton of thought into how it looked or what I was posting because it was just for me. Once I starting meeting and interacting with a bunch of rad bloggers who had their stuff a little more together, I started thinking more about my blog. I really want it to be a place I’m proud to write at and where I can really start to develop my style. I decided that the best way to continue my journey was to design a new blog.

So let me introduce to you my new little quilty space on the internet, michellebartholomew.com !!!
new-blog

Going forward, all of my new posts will be from my new site! And I loaded all my old stuff on there too, so everything’s in one place. I’d be thrilled if you’d go have a look (and perhaps even follow me there?!). And as a thank you, I’m hosting a giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Etsy gift card over at my new site!!!!

Head on over to the new site for all the giveaway details.

I almost forgot the other exciting news… It’s my birthday today!!! I love my birthday so I’m SO excited to share this exciting news with you on my favorite day :)

-Michelle

ps. I closed the comments over here. I’d love to hear from you at my new site :)

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Baby Quilt Design Contest

I love contests and I love designing quilts, so when I saw that Threadbias was having another quilt design contest, I jumped right in. I normally design my projects on paper or take my ideas into photoshop, so it was a fun change of pace to try out their tool.

CritterPatchBabyQuilt-web

Here’s my baby quilt design, I call it Pathways. I think it would look super cute with this fabric line and would also be striking in bold, saturated solids. I’ve never made a quilt based completely on my own design before. It’s basically strips and half-square triangles, but I’m still not sure if I can pull it off. I think I’m going to give it a shot though. At the rate my friends are having babies, there is always a need for a good baby quilt.

There’s still some time left in the contest if you are interested in entering.
https://www.threadbias.com/blog_posts/baby-quilt-design-contest-featuring-critter-patch

ps. It is snowing here. Goodbye summer… and fall?

Life Assorted

Hola friendos! The last two weeks have been a complete blur and I’ve totally missed reading about everyone’s projects. But I’ll catch up, promise! While I catch up on my blog reads, here’s a little of what I’ve been up to…

We recently returned from a trip to Glacier National Park. Holy smokes, this place is gorgeous. We hiked 24 miles in two days and my feet are still angry. More excuse to sit down and sew :)
grinell glacier

What could be better than working on my EPP project at a campground in the park? I love that I can say that part of this quilt was made in Glacier NP. This is where I’m currently at on this project. I absolutely love how slow it is going. Weird huh?!
eppdiamonds

When we returned home, I had 4 days to get my sister’s bridal shower quilt done before her wedding. I had the top pretty much done, but that was it.
quilt front

I decided to use all the extra scraps (especially the yellows and purples!) for a pieced back. I’ve never really pieced a back before, so that was a new challenge. Not exactly one I wanted on such a time crunch.
quilt back

I seriously was still binding this as we entered the town where my sister lives. I finished the last few stitches and then we went inside and I gave it to her! Unfortunately that means I don’t have any finished pictures of this. Perhaps another trip down to see her is in order.

And in other exciting news, my sister is married! This is us right beforehand. Happy times!
wedding2

For being an amazing matron of honor (I totally was), my sis gave me an etsy gift card. Best sister ever! Part of my gift card was used on this:
kona

Kona Color Card!!!! I live sooo far from any solid fabrics and I kept ordering weird colors online. This is going to be a life saver.

And here’s my latest fabric purchases. I didn’t buy them to use together, but they look pretty great, so I might have to change my mind.
fabricstack1

Last but not least, I found the cutest iphone wallpaper the other day that totally makes me think of quilts & happiness…
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You should totally get it too and we can be pwbffs! (phone wallpaper best friends forever!)
Tinybop Hexagons by Tuesday Bassen on Poolga

WIP Wednesday: Summer Sickness

Hey buddies. So I skipped last Wednesday’s post because I wasn’t feeling well and didn’t want to follow up my photography post with a bunch of questionable-at-best iphone progress pics. But I’m still feeling bleh, so I’m going to put my pride aside for the sake of documentation :)

First up is my EPP project. I actually have one block completed now, but I took this pic last week when I was deciding on color combos. I’m trying to use a bunch of my vintage & 2nd hand fabrics in this so the colors are… interesting. I’m not usually a scrappy fan, but so far I’m liking the direction this is taking.
epp

My picnic quilt has been officially renamed to picnic quilt 2014. But I will not let it become picnic quilt 2015, promise. I did have a mini breakthrough with it and finally tackled more of the scrabble block.
scrabble
My mother-in-law looked at it and shook her head and said “you know we have a scrabble board you can borrow.” So I definitely have support on this going forward, hahaha.

I also finalized my fabrics for my swoon blocks.
swoon colors
For the background of the block, I’m using some dark chambray I splurged on. I’m in serious love.
chambray

Last but not least, I made some progress on my sister’s bridal shower quilt! I cut a bunch of 5in squares and laid them all out. I am actually pleasantly surprised with how this is looking.
bridal shower quilt
The fox square was a placeholder because I’m apparently not great at counting and forgot a grey square. This has been remedied.

This picture gives you a little bit better idea of the colors. I went with a super muted purple and yellow to make it work for my taste. I’m hoping it’s not too subtle for my sister.
bridal shower quilt rows
Sewing them into rows went fairly quickly and this morning I woke up early and made an attempt to get some rows put together before work.

But didn’t get far before the seam ripper had to come out.
seam ripper
I usually don’t sew long rows together and I don’t know if I will again. Boo.

In other news, this weekend, the nearest “big” town is having a quilt show! I’m hoping to hit it up on Friday so I’ll be sure to take plenty of pics of what I find there. :)

WIP Wednesday: New Projects Galore

The past week has been light on the sewing time and heavy on the planning time. Perhaps it’s the promise of fall and thoughts chilly nights under a quilt (or ten!) that has brought on this onslaught of inspiration. Here are a few of my current projects and a few more that I’m starting this week:

Picnic Quilt
If you saw my weekend post, you got a sneak peak of my scrabble block! If you ever want a taste of losing it, sew together 225 1.5-inch squares into a board game layout. I have been not as motivated to work on this, but I need to just push through.
Here’s a ROUGH sketch of the quilt layout:
picnic quilt sketch2
I’ve been itching to make some swoon blocks, but don’t really want to do a whole swoon quilt at the moment, so I’m throwing them in here. And I’ve really been wanting to try my hand at flying geese so they weaseled their way in too.

Mal’s Bridal Shower Quilt
At my sister’s bridal shower a few weeks back, I had everyone write marriage advice or well wishes on squares of white fabric to be put into a quilt for her to enjoy.
text blocks
I wanted to use her wedding colors in the quilt, but I didn’t have much in my stash (lavender and yellow just aren’t my thing… sorry sis!!). So I placed a few fabric orders and I’m praying the colors will go together. Since it needs to be done in 3 weeks, I went with a quick (but hopefully cute) design:
diamond mock up

EPP diamonds
Since I finished my first hand quilted project in May, I’ve really missed having something to work on in the evenings when I’m watching a movie with the husband. Sarah from Sarah Quilts posted about her EPP hexie project and it was just the inspiration I needed.
basting diamonds
I fell in love with some quilts made with the diamond shape, so I decided to go for it! My goal is to incorporate at lot of my vintage fabrics into this one! I’m working with 2 1/2in diamonds so it should go together fairly quickly (for what it is :)).

Quilt blocks with scraps from finished quilts
Ashley from Wasn’t Quilt in a Day posted a while back about making a “fabric scrapbook” of sorts, with each block being made from scraps from one quilt you’ve made. Since I give all of my finished quilts away as gifts (so far :)), I love the idea of getting to keep a little piece of them with me. I definitely want to do some sort of star block, maybe this Seaside Star pattern?

Have a great rest of your week! This weekend we’re heading to Oregon to visit family so I’m excited to bring a bunch of my EPP diamonds along. Hooray for portable projects!!

-Michelle

WIP Wednesday: On my bind

After auditioning tons of fabrics from my stash for the binding of the baby D chevron quilt (that just weren’t quite right), I found these sweet little red polka dots hiding in the corner of my closet. I don’t know if I should be really excited I found them, or concerned about my hoarding :)

Baby D still has not made his/her grand entrance, so I think I will get this done in time. I think the baby will like the dots.
sewing binding

Let’s just ignore the fact that it looks like I’m sewing crooked :) I’m sure I straightened things out.

I think my favorite part of quilting is hand sewing on the binding. I love how relaxing hand sewing is and it’s nice to have that time while finishing up a project.
binding hand sew

I’m guessing my next post will be pictures of the finished quilt! I’m excited to get my camera out and have some fun taking quilt glamour shots :)

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced