I am no longer actively blogging here but I’d love if you could join me at my new creative lifestyle blog A Girl in Paradise.
I hope to see you soon.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Time For Something New

You may or may not have noticed but it has been very quite here at A Girl in Paradise. 
 
There has been a lot of changes in my life recently, some good, and some bad, but changes all the same.  Change can be good though, it gives us a chance to take inventory, and decide where our priorities lay.  For me it has been my health and my family.  Now I feel refreshed and ready to start something new.
 
I have been blogging here at A Girl in Paradise for 3 years now, and it has been great.  I have learned so much from this awesome community of bloggers and I will be forever in your debt.
 
When I created this blog, oh so many years ago, I didn't really have a plan, I just wanted a place to share the things that I made.  Now I have a better vision of what I want to say and it is time for me to create a new space where I can share more of my life, and not just my quilts.  (Although, quilting is a big part of my life so it won't be left out.)
 
This blog will remain here, so you can still refer back to anything you have pinned or bookmarked.  I just won't be actively posting here anymore.
 
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Hooray! The kids are back to school!

I know that sounds awful but yesterday was the first day of school for us and I can't wait to be on a normal schedule again.  This year is also the first time in 12 years that I will have all my kids in school and a little freedom during the day to get stuff done.  I don't know what I am going to do with myself. Just kidding, I know exactly what I am going to do with myself.  
 
Sew. Blog. Exercise. 
 
There may even be a 5K in my future, we will see, but all I know for sure, this year is going to be all about trying new things.  I must admit though, I have missed the kids, and the best part of my day is picking them up at the bus stop in the afternoon. 
For now I have been working on my to do list and getting all those unfinished projects done.  The first order of business was my Hello Sunshine quilt.  It has been neglected for far to long and it feels great to be working on it again.    



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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Little Christmas Sewing...

How cute are these?  A couple of weeks ago I saw this tutorial for Tree Trivets over at Stitching and Bacon and I have been itching to make some ever since.  So, since yesterday was dark and raining, I took some time to make a few.  They were easy to make and took me no time at all.  I think they are adorable and plan to make a few more for Christmas gifts. 
 
 
 
 
  
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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Negative Space Challenge Quilt

The Tampa chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild had a negative space challenge and yesterday was the big reveal.  I entered this quilt as part of that challenge.  The rules were simple,  make a quilt top using negative space.  This quilt went through many changes through the design process but in the end I am very happy with the results.  I definitely had to step outside my comfort zone for this one, but isn't that the best thing about a challenge, pushing yourself to try new things.  
Here are some of the other quilts that were part of the challenge.  Truly, I am inspired by them all. 
 
Georgia chopped up a quilt she wasn't happy with to create her entry.   
 
Katie's quilt was inspired by a Corgi legend and she was the winner of our little challenge.  You can read more about her quilt here
 
Ellen's quilt was inspired by lanterns from the movie Tangled.  I can't wait to see what she does with the quilting. 
 
In the mist of packing for a move Elizabeth managed to put together this quilt.  Don't you just love the pixilated aqua background?  You can read more about her quilt here.
 
Before this design even took shape I knew I wanted to use this line of ombré solids by V and Company.  I liked the idea of having many shades within the same color palettes. 
Again, here are some pictures documenting the process.  This quilt also contained a few firsts for me... strip piecing on the 45, which I have done before, but not using this technique.  Also, I tried out a new type of thread and a new pair of quilting gloves.  You can read more about what I thought about them here.
 
The details:
This quilt measures about 36” by 58” pieced together in chevron strips.  For the fabric I used the Simply Color collection by V and Co for Moda and kona white.  The was binding was pieced using the remaining fabric and the back was a single piece of kona white.  The quilting is a straight line that follows the flow of the quilt, using Superior Thread's Rainbows color #837 called Spring Fling.
 

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Now Available on Craftsy - Modern Folded Star

I have received a couple of emails of late that people are having a problem downloading the PDF instructions to my Modern Folded Star via Google docs.  I not sure what is going on with Google docs, things look good on my end, but since people are having trouble with it, I decided to offer it as a free download through Craftsy.  Enjoy! 

You can read more about this project here and here.



You can download your free PDF pattern here.

You can also download a free PDF pattern via Craftsy here.


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Friday, July 12, 2013

New Fabric Friday - Pearl Bracelets

Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics  has come out with 2 new color ways in the Pearl Bracelets print, Luster and Vivid.  They are perfect for stash building and why I just had to have them.  
The Luster color way has to be my favorite.  It comes in 12 different low volume shades that just make me happy. The colors in this line open a whole new world of color combinations for me. Just imagine the pinks and greys in this line paired with some low volume text prints... The quilty possibilities are endless.
The Vivid color way was also a must have because if you have been following this blog for any length of time you know I love bight cheerful colors set against a white background.  I was happy that this color way included some of the colors that I am always looking for in my stash but never seem to have on hand like the purple and brown.
 
 
Have a great weekend. 
 
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Good Fortune Quilt

Originally I designed this quilt as a Moda Bake Shop tutorial but because of poor communications on both sides that never came to be.  I am not terribly upset by this, I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, this quilt was just not meant to be a Moda Bake Shop quilt.  It now can be whatever I want it to be, I am just not sure what that is right now.  Instead I am just enjoying the moment of a job well done.  I am very proud of this quilt for many reasons, the main one being the design. 
I designed this quilt to efficiently use 2 jelly rolls with very little waste.  It is a modified Bright Hope quilt block that uses the traditional robbing Peter to pay Paul setting, meaning that both blocks are the same but they are pieced together using opposite color values, which gives the quilt it's positive and negative appearance. 
 
I am also very proud of this quilt because when I use pre-cuts I look at it as a personal challenge to use as much of the pre-cut fabric as possible.  The biggest challenged I  faced in the design of this quilt was that I didn't want it to look like a string quilt.  How do you do that if all you have is strips?  In the end it required a lot of quilt math but I figured it out and I love the results.
For the backing I used a single print that was pieced together. Usually I like to incorporate my scraps into the back but because there was very little left over in the way of scraps, so I made this pillow instead. 
Here are some of the pictures that I posted along the way. I find the process just as important as the finished quilt.  If you are on Instagram or Twitter and want to follow along you can find me at @agirlinparadise. 
The details: This quilt measures about 64" by 82" with 154 bright hope blocks pieced together in a 11 by 14 layout. For the fabrics I used a jelly roll of Good Fortune by Kate Spain for Moda and a Bella Solids white jelly roll also by Moda. For the backing and the binding I used coordinating prints, that were also part of the Good Fortune line by Kate Spain. The quilting is a basic straight line that follows the quilt block, using white Aurifil tread.

Thanks for stopping by, and for all your continued support. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Have a great day!

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