Wow. It has been a LONG time!

I surely have not realized how long it has been since I have blogged.   I have completed two quarters of school.  The first quarter, I made four A’s. 

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The second quarter, I made two A’s and one A-.

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I have about a year left until I graduate – 4 more quarters I was originally scheduled to go only three more quarters – but some of the quarters were scheduled at 20 hours.  While I am good – I don’t think I am that good to get all A’s doing that much!  I decided to extend my graduation out one more quarter and take less classes.

In other news, I have not sewn a stitch in a while.  I have been on break for a week, but since it was Christmas time, I was busy wrapping gifts, (being a bum around the house) and getting ready for Christmas.  Now that Christmas is over and I still have about a week and a half left until school starts again, I plan on rectifying that situation soon – I just have to clean up all the presents and things that got piled in my sewing room after that big day.

I Triple Dare You

To Dresden!  And I took the dare for myself.

I give you Ānuenue – (pronounced “āh-noo-weh-noo-weh” ) – which means Rainbow in Hawaiian. 

if you are just joining me, for the hop, I have lived in Hawaii for the last 5 1/2 years.  We are scheduled to move back to the mainland this coming summer. I have loved our time here and will miss all my friends that I have made here. 

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Every day you see can a rainbow here.  When we move back to the mainland in a few months, I will miss my Hawaiian Rainbows.  I had to make me something to remind me of them and my 6 years in Hawaii.

I dyed the fabrics for this using procion dyes.  I started with Clear Yellow, Sapphire Blue, and Fire Red.  Though not a “true rainbow” as it would have been if I Had used the cyan, magenta, and lemon yellows, but I still like it – because Sapphire blue and fire red are my favorite dyes in those colors.

 

Here is a snapshot of them batching (along with a few other things) from my phone the day I dyed fabric.

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and here are the fabrics after the dye process.

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After the dresden was appliqued to the quilt top and then sandwiched, i  used painter’s tape to mark the grid-lines for quilting.  I will have to say though, this is the first time my grid-quilting has come out so flat and pretty.  My Janome 6600 integrated walking foot really did a good job! 

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When I visited some of the blogs on Thursday, Friday, and Monday, I was inspired to do the following.

Here is “Puanani” (pronounced Poo-ah nah-nee) which is Beautiful Flower  in Hawaiian. Sorry for the not-so good photo – it was really rainy today so I couldn’t take it outside to photograph it.

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I was inspired by these blogs’s posts:

Debby Kratovil Quilts  – inspired by her vortex quilts I saw that the circular shape didn’t have to be just a traditional dresden blade; it could be other things.  From there I wanted to try to make them uneven sizes.  That was the start of this quilt.  That vortex quilt really opened up my eyes to dresdens!

Busy Bee Quilts – inspired the white space in-between the colored blades.

I started working on this quilt on Saturday.  I had the two different sized dresdens and was playing with them to see what to do with them.  I was at a stand-still and thought I would just post this “sneak peak”  below and hopefully find more inspiration after my day of the hop.

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Sunday I couldn’t do anything; we had bad weather and with the threat of the power going off, I really didn’t play in the sewing room at all.

Then Monday morning, inspiration struck again!

Rosemary B – showed me the solution to a problem that I wanted to do if I overlapped the “petals” of the dresdens and have it look like two flowers together; by having shorter blades in between.  I trimmed the one blade that was the problem and voila! problem solved!   Sunshine Girl’s beautiful cog quilt helped with this inspiration too!

Quilting Lodge – inspired the double center for the flower.

Thank you everyone for the great inspiration for my quilt.  I can’t wait to see what everyone else’s blog’s brings!  I was able to finish this up Monday morning (because I have guild tonight- Monday night) and I have to post at 6pm the night before, which is when guild is for me.  The little quilt only finishes about 12×16 – but I couldn’t have made it without the ladies from this hop!

 

And since you have stayed with me this far, here is a treat for everyone:  A tutorial on how to make the rainbow-striped binding that I used for Anuenue.

Be sure to check out the other blogs that are taking the dare today:

January 29th, 2013

A Peach in Stitches <<<—— That is me!

Nancy W @ “that Other Blog”

L3 Designs

Bungalow Bay Quilts

Quilted Delights

Quilt Crossing

Lixie Makes it

A Quilting Sheep

Charlotte’s Creations

Quilt-n-Queen

Domesticity and Other Ponderous Things

Sew Much 2 Luv

A Quilt and a Prayer

Amanda Murphy Design

Little Mushroom Cap

Kathy’s Quilts

Sandra Kaye Design

I am a Winner!

My November Schnibbles was a winner!!  My name was drawn to win an awesome prize from Carrie Nelson (of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company fame!) from Sinta’s and Sherri’s parade!

This came in the Mail on Monday afternoon:

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There was no doubt about the contents of the package once I saw this:

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I knew exactly what was inside… or so I thought.

Boy is Carrie VERY GENEROUS!!

Not only did I receive a gorgeous bundle of fat eighth’ of MARMALADE – which is perfect.  I was wanting to buy this but since my husband is retiring from the military next summer, I am pinching pennies and trying to be a really good girl and not buy anything – not to mention the fact that I am also moving back to the mainland next summer too.

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When I opened the box there was other things inside:

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Her brand new Crumbler template (which I can’t wait to try out!! and was thinking of asking Santa to put it in my stocking!)

There was also this in the box.

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What could it be?  Let’s get a closer look at the tag on it:

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Now, Moda is my absolute FAVORITE fabric company (hint, hint moda… if your listening Winking smile – I will definitely love to “test” some fabrics out for you… Smile ).  I was intrigued by the little tag and was wondering what was inside…  Let’s see, shall we?

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Two cute striped kitchen towels.  Christmasy!

Also these:

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Aren’t they adorable? 

Thank you SO MUCH Carrie! May you have a wonderful Christmas!

BLAH!

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This is how I have been feeling lately about quilting.  Nothing is inspireing me.  I dont feel like working on any of my projects. 

I go into my sewing room and sit there.  I go through the motions of trying to organize things, but I really dont feel like being in there. Some applique is going on in the livingroom, but not really.  I feel in a slump.  I dont know if it is due to the pressures of my kids being out of school and it starting next week, or the fact that my husband is working different hours, he now leaves for work at 8:30 instead of 5:30 ruining the time I like to sew.  It could also be the fact that my house is a mess and I feel I can’t get caught up on the housework, then I feel guilty if I go sew instead of cleaning.

Hopefully I will get out of this slump soon!