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2017 New Quilt Bloggers

Welcome to Week 3 of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop!  It’s been so great to learn about all these fabulous new bloggers in the past weeks.  I’m a part of the Better Bloggers Hive with Beth from Cooking Up Quilts as our Hive mama.  I’m excited it’s my turn to share a bit about myself!

IMG_20170222_181653_446My name is Sherry and I live in Minnesota (where just cotton batting is not warm enough)!  I started quilting a little less than 2 years ago and have become completely obsessed. By obsessed, I mean I sew and quilt at nearly every free moment I have (I even DREAM about quilting and quilt designs).  My blog name “Powered by Quilting” is in reference to it being my passion and what fuels my crafting journey (which is mostly Quilting).  I still work a “normal” day job that involves at times some heavy work travel.  So I started my blog to first update my friends and family with what I was working on and a place to keep myself accountable for what I set out to do with my busy schedule.  I even bought a travel Janome to bring on work trips with me so I can sew at the hotel at night (serious signs of an addiction).

I am starting to design my own quilts, but with the little free time that I have it’s a slow process for me.  I have a desire to make each of the quilts that I am designing which makes the pattern release process even slower.  However, the end products are quilts that I absolutely ADORE, and I hope you do too.

Here are some of the quilts I’m most proud of: 

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Spinning Vectors

This quilt is the very first pattern I designed.  I was love the movement of the flying geese, and it’s very beginner friendly.  The cascading of the ombre colors give it a happy rainbow effect too.  The pattern is for sale on Craftsy and Etsy.

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Unleash Your Inner Rockstar

This mini quilt is one that I designed and created for the Modern Quilt Guild Fabric Challenge by Riley Blake.  I love this because I think it shows my personality more than my quilting style for once. I love rock music and I love quilting so why wouldn’t a mashup work?  After all, we are all Rockstars in our own right.  You just need to own it.

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Moroccan Getaway –

This quilt was a monster for me especially since I started it a few months into my quilting journey.  I feel like I have some minor ADD because I couldn’t work on it more than a few blocks at a time.  The end result was completely worth it, but I don’t know if I’ll every have the patience to make one of these again.

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Bloom –

This was the first quilt I made with hand applique (or applique of any kind).  It’s a deviation of my typical style, but it was just too cute to pass up.  It also cemented my favorite type of applique – by hand and typically with a sew in interfacing to get the turned edge.

Other quilts that I have created can be found on my completed quilts page

 

Questions for you:

  1. What quilting technique do you love/hate and why?  (paper piecing, EPP, applique, etc.)
  2. Do you always go to the same blogger/site for tutorials or do you search for multiple via google or other search engine pr do you look for link up parties/tutorials?  (How do you look for tutorials?)

My Future Plans:

In the next year, I hope to:

  • Release 2-3 original patterns
  • Submit my quilts into the MN state fair and QuiltCon2018
  • Practice and become more comfortable with Free Motion Quilting
  • Participate in other design challenges that come up.  These have been surprisingly fun to do.

I hope you’ll join me in my journey on your favorite platform whether it’s here on my blog or Bloglovin’, my Instagram, or on Facebook.

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Check out this week’s posts from my other hive mates:
Sherry of Powered by Quilting (You are here!)
Diane of Cwilt
Liz of Savor Every Stitch
Sandra of Sandra Healy Designs

More new bloggers are also getting introduced by 2 other Hives run by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl and Leanne @ shecanquilt. I hope you’ll visit them as well.

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When In Shanghai…

I’ve been in Asia for work since the last post and am not leaving until later this week. So obviously during the weekend I searched for a quilt shop to buy fabric, because I don’t own nearly enough. I wasn’t having much luck finding a quilting shop, but I was able to find a fabric market. The fabric market was this huge mall of tailors who would make clothing to order. A large majority of shops also had different types of silk, cashmere, wool, and linens on display for people to pick from for their garments or to purchase the fabric, but no quilting cottons. I didn’t end up buying anything while I was there, but I did find a stall that had my name up in lights! The suits and dresses below were items that they display advertising their tailoring services.

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I eventually found a quilt shop, but their hours were during the day Monday through Friday. I won’t be able to visit due to my work schedule so it looks like no fabric purchases for me this trip.

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Since I did not bring my sewing machine on this trip, I came armed with lots of handwork projects. The first one I finished on the plane ride over was the binding on my Farm Girl Cake Block mini quilt for my sister. Her birthday was in March, but I figured since I wouldn’t see her until later this month I’m technically not late! This has been updated on my Completed Quilts page.

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I also brought the applique for my Modern Quilt Guild Fabric Challenge sponsored by Riley Blake. The challenge is to use the Creative Rockstar line of fabric with any Confetti Solids to create something quilted. I wanted to create a piece that encourages my inner sewing rockstar and to hang it over my machine in my sewing room. The devil horn hand symbol is commonly used at rock concerts to rock on. So the design is modeled with that in mind, but with “Sew On” as the saying.

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Now to get it quilted and finished after I get home at the end of the week, then submitted before the April 30th deadline!

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My life prior to quilting included cross stitching little figures on hard plastic so I can create some magnets. I created 6 of the 8 Mario Kart sprites for my husband finishing the last one in August of 2016. Since then, most of the times I’ve travelled my cross stitching box went with me. It’s taken me months to get where Donkey Kong is almost finished! I just now realized I’m missing a color of thread in my traveling box so it’ll need to be finished later. Only one more left to go!

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At one point I thought cross stitching was fun so I purchased the 2015 and 2016 cross stitch along by Clouds Factory. Cross stitching is so tedious! I bought the kits thinking that I’d actually have time and enjoy making them, but I have not started them nor do I have plans to get to them in the near future. Funny enough, I tend to do this with quilt kits! Purchase and hoard them, but never actually create the final product.

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4/18-4/25 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Friday PM and Saturday AM (other time for hand work projects)

Projects I want to work on:
MQG Fabric Challenge
Quilter’s Planner Block
Windswept
Cross Stitch

Goals for the Projects:
MQG Fabric Challenge: Finish the quilt!
Quilters Planner Block: Finish this week’s block and next week’s block
Windswept: Work on applique of the Dresden pieces
Cross Stitch: Start on Koopa, the last Mario Kart sprite

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Paper Piecing Design

Yesterday, I mailed by Maker’s Birthday Bash present to my partner!  I am so excited to share my process on how I made the diamond quilt I posted a few weeks ago.  Diamonds are the birthstone of April babies, so what better quilt to make!

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The Diamond is paper pieced from a sketch I made on graph paper.  I drew and redrew the diamond until I found the proportions to be correct for what I wanted.

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I then exploded the figure to the two different paper pieced parts.  If you notice, I numbered the pieces in opposite directions so the seams would lay in alternate directions.  One of my pet peeves with paper piecing is when all the seams are to one side.  It makes sewing the pieces together a little harder to have the points align.  I also designed this block to have a strip of fabric down the edges of the block after the pieces are sewn together to stabilize the block.

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Progress photos!

I decided to reverse the background in my 9th block because I was using gray as the diamond color. Once I got all the blocks done, I quilted the mini with my walking foot!

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I posted a paper piecing tutorial a few weeks ago that shows you step by step how to do the technique.  Now with some graph paper and some ideas, you can design your own paper piecing patterns! I think designing paper piecing patterns are fun and quick to do.  Some can get super complex and others can be used to simply extreme angles.

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Also the Giveaway winner from last week is Cecilia who commented on the post with my blocks correctly identified!  Please use the contact page to email me your details so I can get the giveaway prize to you!

An update for the Quilter’s Planner blocks from the last few weeks.  First up is Due North By Abby King of Hashtag Quilt.  This is a paper pieced block.  One tip is that the A6 and B6 pieces from the cutting instructions are unnecessary.   A5 and B5 are plenty large to cover both sections.

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Last week, the block was Intermingled By Bernie Kringle of Needle and Foot.  There are some corrections to the downloadable tutorial instructions.  Use the block labeling on the third page rather than the second.  There are a few blocks labeled with the wrong number.  Also piece #8 should be 2″x9″ not 8.5″  I wish I knew this before I started piecing because I definitely realized these errors as I was making it!

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This week’s block (I’m early!) is Spanish Tiles By Diana Mattoni of Red Delicious Life.  There is one little typo about the trimmed size the flying geese.  The correct size is 4.5″x2.5″ not 4.25″x2.5″.

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I also finished up the Megaman quilt for my husband.  He was so happy to have it finished because I definitely have a knack for starting projects for him, but never finishing them! Megaman is my finish #7 for the year and is updated on the Completed Quilts page.

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Last but not least this week, the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers blog hop is kicking off this week!  I am a part of the Better Bloggers Hive run by the awesome Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts.  My week is May 1, but there are giveaways every week from some amazing sponsors.  So check our Beth’s blog for the list of people participating in the blog hop this week!

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4/11-4/18 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
??? – traveling for work internationally!

Projects I want to work on:
MQG Fabric Challenge
Birthday Mini

Goals for the Projects:
MQG Fabric Challenge: Finish the applique
Birthday Mini: Finish the binding

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Blog Hop · weekly update

Blossom Blog Hop

It is Day 2 of the Stitching Stars Blossom Blog hop, and I get to share with you my project inspired by “Blossom.”  As much as I wanted to be inspired by Mayim Bialik from the Blossom TV show, I figured showing my blossoming quilting skills was a much better idea.  I also gathered inspiration from Cherry Blossoms to have that floral spring touch as well.  I started with wanting to create a foundation paper piecing pattern and I somehow thought a 5 petal cherry blossom inspired flower would be the best idea.  It takes a smarter person than me to create a repetitive pattern on a 72 degree angle. It ended up being way too complex for me and nothing looked good.

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So I decided to do an appliqued piece. I’ve done plenty of hand applique before so I sketched out an overall look of what I wanted the piece to look like.  I thought a mug rug size would be great!  I’m in a mug rug swap in May and was told they are typically 8″x8″ in size so that’s what I targeted.

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I forgot to take a photo of the poorly drawn PowerPoint art I did to create a flower petal to confirm the shape that I wanted.  But once I got the shape, I traced it to a piece of paper, and you can see the final design layout of what my Blossom project would be.  You can also tell which flower I started on and which one I ended with. (Hint: I got sloppier as I went)

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For the applique, I used sew-in lightweight interfacing to flip each piece and hand-appliqued them to the background.  The stems were made using 1/4″ bias tape maker and hand-appliqued to the background as well. I decided to try my newly learned free motion quilting skills by quilting this piece with paisleys all over.  This is the first piece I’ve ever completely free motion quilted, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.  It’s definitely scary for me to sit down and free motion quilt a project because I’m terrified that my quilting will ruin the piece.

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I think this turned out to be a super fun project.  The overall size seems to be slightly large for a mug rug, but I don’t think there are any set rules for sizing.  This is finish number 6 for the year, and the Completed Quilts page is updated!

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The Stitching Stars Blog Hop group is made up of ladies who all went to Sew Pro Convention last September in Chicago.  It’s been so helpful to have a network of great people to support each other as we all grow in our journeys.  What’s even more awesome is this giveaway quilt that had blocks contributed by people participating the blog hop!

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Special shout-outs to Lissa LaGreca of Lovingly Lissa for putting the blocks together into the quilt–she is also going to have the pattern for the quilt for free on her blog after the hop–and to Lisa Peterson of Lisa and Lorelai for quilting and binding this quilt!

How to enter the giveaway:  You will need to go to a Rafflecopter giveaway and complete the entries to enter.  The winner will be selected Sunday April 9.

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I am also hosting a giveaway for everything shown below, open to the US only (sorry to my international friends).

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How to enter to win:

  • Comment below with which 3 blocks I contributed to the giveaway quilt (hint, check my Instagram).
  • All followers of my blog will also get an additional entry to win!

Winner will be randomly selected Sunday, April 9, 2017.

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Here’s the Blossom Blog Hop lineup for the week.  Be sure to check all these fabulous ladies out with their Blossom projects!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Lissa LaGreca: Lovingly Lissa
Carmen Ross: See Carmen Sew

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sherry Shish: Powered by Quilting (You are here!)
Becca Fenstermaker: Pretty Piney

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Lisa Peterson: Lisa and Lorelai
Pam Cobb: The Stitch TV Show
Deanna Wall: Stitches Quilting

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Vanessa Behymer: Vintage Barngirl
Paula Mamuscia: Creations by Paula

Friday, April 7, 2017

Andi Stanfield: True Blue Quilts
Nancy Scott: Masterpiece Quilting
Anne Beier: Hudson Valley Quilts

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For those of you who are new to my blog, I end each blog post with my accountability goals for the week.  I usually have a recap of progress made within the past week, but I’ll continue the updates next week.

4/4-4/11 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Friday night and Saturday

Projects I want to work on:
Quilter’s Planner Block
MQG Fabric Challenge

Goals for the Projects:
Quilter’s Planner Block: Complete this week’s block
MQG Fabric Challenge: Finish the design for the text and start applique

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