Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Groove!

So I've decided to participate in my first (real-time) quilt along!  Pile O Fabric is hosting a Groove Quilt Along.  The pattern is from Carolina Patchworks.  I plan to make a crib-size quilt since there's just too much going on right now to take on a big project!  It'll be my first attempt at curved piecing.  Hopefully that goes smoothly :)

My completed Groove coloring page - fabric ordered!

I chose to use Kona Cotton Solids in mango, daffodil, asparagus, sage, and eggshell.  It may sound like a recipe for a disgusting health shake, but it looks so beachy and pretty! 

There is a nice PDF coloring sheet on the website that I used to lay out the colors.  And the colors are slightly off-looking.  That's what happens when you just copy over the swatch from the fabric website.  They're all a little more muted than shown above.  Now I've got to buy the pattern!

If you're interested in quilting along, there's a button on the right side of the page that will take you to the main page for the quilt along.

I'm also working on hand-sewn binding for my Charming Stars quilt.  Slow and steady.  It's just over halfway finished!  And I basted the Birds of a Feather quilt today.  It was my second attempt at spray basting - it seems to be okay so far, minus the fact that some of it ended up on the floor (oops, they say on the bottle to put down paper or something, and you should probably follow the instructions).  We'll see how it holds up during the quilting process!  Oh and finally, I pre-washed some fabric (*gasp* - from the girl who never prewashes anything) that I am using for a super awesome quilt to be shared later.  Hopefully I will finish it in time to try to get it into the Quiltcon show coming up this winter!

That pesky pebble quilting is taunting me!  It would be nice to be able to just check one UFO off the list!  Charming Stars will be the first to go!

Linking up to this week's WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!

26 comments:

  1. I'm waiting for fabric for the Totally Groovy QAL as well! Love your colour choices!

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  2. I agree! These colors are fantastic! Can't wait to see your quilt.

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    1. Thanks Nicole! Stop by again in a few weeks for some progress photos :) I'm anxiously awaiting my fabric in the mail!

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  3. I so love your colors!!! wow! :)

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  4. I'm still trying to pick colors for the Groovy QAL -- I just can't make up my mind!

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    1. It took me a while! I'd been thinking about it and yesterday finally sat down with my color card and made some choices!

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  5. Ooohh, looks yummy to the eye more than the stomach and yet it still made me hungry reading your post - should've had breakfast!

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    1. Now that you mention it, I'm hungry too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Pebble quilting yeah that is a doosey--hope you get it worked out:) What a great QAL to join in on!

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    1. Thanks Sara! The pebble quilting looks awesome (even though it is sloppy), but it's just so much more painstaking than I ever imagined it would be! It seemed so fun and liberating at first. haha

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  7. This is going to look wonderful Melissa. I am so excited to see your progress. We shall conquer some curves together :)

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    1. Thanks - I've been tracking my fabric. It should be here tomorrow! EXCITING!

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  8. Love the colours you chose for Groove - very summery!

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  9. Yes, you did a great job picking out colors! I'm following so I can see your progress. :D

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  10. Great color choices! I am a bit of a 'quilter come lately' to this QAL and am working to get up to speed. I tend to struggle with color choices and would like to expand my selections a bit. Can you tell me how you filled in the PDF electronically? Would be much easier and more accurate to be able to copy the color swatches than to try to match colors manually. Did you have to use Photoshop or an advanced version of Adobe? Thanks for the help!

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    1. Thanks, Lori! I used Adobe Acrobat to make the PDF into a JPG and then opened it in photoshop. I'm a total novice and it took me FOREVER. But it was certainly more accurate. If you don't have photoshop, I know there's some sort of shareware photo editing software you can download for free that's basically the same as photoshop. One tip - if you're going to use the paint can to fill in the areas on the drawing, make sure you extend the lines on the drawing the whole way to the border - the first paint can I tried ended up painting the entire thing blue :)

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  11. Drooling over your colors on that quilt drawing! The eggshell, perfect, looking forward to seeing this take shape!

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    1. Thanks, Jill!! So far I've got the fabric washed... now I need to get it pressed, starched, and cut! It's going to be a long road but it'll be worth it :)

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  12. I love the colours you choose! Very summery!

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    1. Thanks, Nat! Unfortunately, summer seems to be slipping away too fast! At least I can re-live it through these colors :)

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  13. Oh boy, you are really making me want to jump in and make one of these quilts! Such a good idea to try it out on a small baby quilt!
    Also, you might want to check out my most recent blog post:
    http://sewinsomethin.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-liebster-blog-award.html

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    1. Awwwww thanks so much Tiffany!!!!!! I really appreciate it :)

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