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Deck-ade the halls – Vintage Ornaments

Deck-ade the halls by Mdcy9
Deck-ade the halls, a photo by Mdcy9 on Flickr.

Here is the next block in the Fat Quarter Shop QAL! This one turned out so cute, I love it! It did seem to take me forever to finish, definitely the smallest piecing I’ve done, especially compared to the large scale Heartthrob top I’ve been working on. But well worth it because these ornaments turned out adorably ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m excited to get going on the next couple blocks of this quilt, now that the smallest blocks are out of the way.


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Test driving triangles

Test driving triangles by Mdcy9
Test driving triangles, a photo by Mdcy9 on Flickr.

This is a pillow cover I made to break in my new triangle template. I want to make a big quilt with bigger triangles so I thought I should practice on something smaller first ๐Ÿ™‚ I learned some good lessons, like not sewing too wide a seam allowance over those points or else they disappear! Also to be careful because these guys are cut on the bias and they can stretch out quite a bit. The fabric is Cameo by Amy Butler and Free Spirit Designer Solids in Chamois. I’m so excited about doing more with triangles!


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Heartthrob – a work in progress

This is my newest project, the pattern is called Heartthrob and I found it over at Lella Boutique.ย 

As soon as I saw the pattern I thought it would be perfect for the Honey Honey fabric by Kate Spain my Mom gave me a few months ago. When she gave it to me she said she wanted to give me some girly fabric because I’m surrounded by boys in my little family ๐Ÿ™‚

The top is mostly finished, I just have to complete the borders and decided what type of backing and binding to use. I’m really excited about getting this one finished!

The hearts came together easily and I loved working with this larger scale pattern it was so much fun!

 


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Sisters’ Ten Block of the Month (Jan-Jun)

I started my first Block of the Month in January, Anne Marie from Gen X Quilters is hosting it this year and I loved the modern layout of this quilt ! I’ve enjoyed every month and have learnt a great deal about different techniques like Half Square Triangles and Hourglass blocks as well as accurate 1/4″ seams. I was not aware at the beginning of the year I was NOT sewing with a 1/4″ foot, so I’m going to have to do some adjustments when I put the quilt together ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are the first 6 months of blocks:ย 

These are the January blocks, and my first experience with Flickr and taking pictures of quilting ๐Ÿ˜€

February blocks, one of my favorite months

March block, called School Girls Puzzle…it’s my favorite block so far!

And April, Lady of the Lake

This is May – As I went to square up HST’s I notice they were WAY smaller than the instructions said they should be and I noticed I cut out the 9″ sized block ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I usually pick out the fabric for one block, cut some of it out and sew some of it etc. and this month I decided to cut it ALL out first and then sew it all at once. Arg, so annoying I cut everything out too small, it was so de-motivating…I decided to just sew a white border around these blocks to fit them in with the rest of the quilt as opposed to starting over and cutting the right 12″ size.

June block – didn’t pay attention to the dot direction on the 2nd block, so aggravating, but I’m not going to change it, just going to chalk it up to ‘added character’

So that’s it, my January – June blocks ๐Ÿ™‚


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Deck-ade the Halls – Star Studded

I completed block #2 for the Fat Quarter Shopย Deck-ade the Halls QALย called Star Studded. I went back and forth for a while on fabric choices before settling on the aqua and red. These didn’t make a big impact on me initially after seeing a few in the Flickr group, it wasn’t until I spent HOURS working on this to finish it that I appreciated it. These little stars look so simple to make, and they probably are for some people, but I just don’t have the experience yet doing small size piecing to think it was so simple!

I love how they turned out, now I just need to get going on the next couple blocks…I’m definitely not keeping up ๐Ÿ™‚

 

I have been looking for a Christmas quilt pattern for a couple months to use up my Joy by Kate Spain fat quarters. I sketched a design out but I don’t have any software at this point to make it digital and I’m far too lazy to figure out fabric requirements and measurements by hand. I don’t remember where I saw this QAL for the first time, but once I saw the finished quilt I thought it looked like a great pattern to use. The Fat Quarter Shop ย is hosting this QAL on their blog and I’ve completed the first block, Three Wise Gingerbread Men.

I used a couple Christmasy stash fabrics, and the aqua color if from the Joy line. I think they turned out really cute, but I am not used to this fussy style of piece work, it felt like it took my FOREVER to cut out, sew and press this block.


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Welcome!

Hello!

Welcome to Coral Forrest ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m a newbie blogger and am not 100% sure what I’m doing here but I thought an introductory post was in order to attempt to articulate why I started this blog.

I was inspired to start this blog by the dozens of quilting, sewing and cooking blogs I’ve been following for the past few years. I wanted a place to journal my own creations and keep track of what I’m working on and what I’ve completed. I’ve started sewing samples for my Mothers quilt shop and also wanted a way to document those quilts as when I’ve completed a project I hand them back to her to display and eventually sell in her store, never to be seen by me again!

I will post current work-in-progress projects as well as completed projects. I don’t have a schedule or quota to fill for number of posts, it will be largely dependent on how much sewing I’m fitting in. I may post an occasional recipe or update on whats happening in my little family too.

My blogs title ‘Coral Forrest’ comes from my love of everything outdoors and the ocean. Being in nature is my happy place,