2016 blogger’s quilt festival {golden girl mini quilt}

Golden Girl Mini Quilt {Blogger's Quilt Festival} - Gypsy Moon Quilt Co.

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This is my first year participating in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival and I am super excited to be joining in! BQF was started by Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side eight years ago as a way for bloggers to come together, share their creations and inspire each other!

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She also hosts #IGquiltfest in the Spring, a week-long quilt photo challenge on Instagram, which I had the opportunity of participating in earlier this year. Not only did I get a chance to meet so many wonderful and talented quilters, it was the first time I truly got to experience the incredible love and support of this amazing quilting community and I’m forever grateful for that!

Make sure you head over to Amy’s blog where you can check out all the BQF details, see all the gorgeous quilts and vote for your favorites (voting opens Monday!) This is my entry for the Mini Category.


Golden Girl Mini Quilt: tales of a quilt show reject…
sort of.

Back in June, I wrote a blog post with a little sneak peak of the very beginning stages of my Modern Mini Showcase Quilt and its scrappy log cabin blocks.

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Remember the ending of that post when I said Tomorrow I hope to have them bordered, quilted and bound? Ohhh, man… that was the cutest! Totally didn’t happen, BUT after a few sanity-testing months of what seemed to be a constant rotation of sewing and seam ripping, I finally finished my mini beast AND entered it into the VMQG Quilt Showcase – where it was politely turned away because I accidentally flubbed on the fabric requirements and I didn’t make it to specifications (which very plainly called for solid fabrics only). Oops! Lesson learned and moving on…


Plan schman:

When I start making my quilts, there are basically two thoughts that go through my head:
1) I have no idea what I’m doing.
2) I really hope I don’t slice the tip of my finger off again. 😣

Because I usually don’t have a plan for how the quilt will look in the end, I mostly just make it up as I go along – adding and taking away blocks and borders until I’m happy. I also don’t exactly know what my finished quilt size will be because, well, quilt math. So with that, I give you the ridiculous process of my mini monster quilt! 🙃

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The method to the madness:

Initially wanting to sew borders around my log cabins, I laid the blocks out onto two different gorgeously soft and luscious cuts of Kaffe Fassett’s Shot Cotton that I picked up in a fabric shop in Portland several years ago. I love the way each of the two fabrics worked with the blocks to create such contrasting moods. Terra Cotta (left) gives them a much warmer feel while the Galvanized (right)  reads more cool. Ultimately, I chose the cool gray to  make my upcycled vintage florals and corals really pop.

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Because the lightweight Shot Cotton is so soft (and I didn’t yet fully understand the amazing powers of starching) when I started to quilt the top, I had major issues with it stretching and pulling, so I ultimately decided to rip the stitching, remove the Shot Cotton and go with a heavier weight fabric for the border.

Luckily, I found a similar gray that I’d previously cut from a pillowcase that I thought would work perfectly. 😁

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I re-framed the blocks and added a creamy caramel border in an attempt to help balance out the dark gray and draw some focus back to the florals.

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Not pictured: me quilting the quilt, hating the design and ultimately skinning the quilt… then abandoning the project to drown myself in large amounts of chocolate, wine and Gilmore Girls.


I finally started the quilting again – and although I really did like the look of the border, I couldn’t help feeling that the dark fabric was just too overwhelming and it didn’t showcase my vintage florals the way I wanted. Sigh of all sighs. The quilt was skinned a second time, out came the seam ripper and gone were the gray and cream borders.

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You can find my Quilt Skinning post here.

 

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Block abuse: exhibit A

 

After I laid all the blocks out by themselves, I was so much happier with my decision to remove the dark border. The florals instantly stood out more, giving the quilt top a softer look.

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I’ve really been wanting to incorporate my collection of vintage lace into my quilting projects for a while now and with the overall softness of the floral quilt top, I felt the delicate lace would be a perfect addition.

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I stitched the lace onto strips of light gray fabric, then sewed them onto the quilt, bordering the log cabins. By taking away the dark gray border, the quilt was a bit smaller than I wanted, so to make up for it, I bordered the lace with a light gray fabric, then added a final border in a rich espresso.

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For the quilting, I was feeling a little adventurous and decided to attempt stitching with gold metallic thread for the first time ever, because what could go wrong, right?? I’m pretty sure I held my breath during the entire process and stitched slower than I even knew was possible, but the end result was so much better than I anticipated – and now I might just quilt everything with metallic thread for forever and ever because it makes me so happy. I mean, just look at it! It’s so shiny!!

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For the binding, I initially wanted to go with a vintage floral, but not wanting to draw attention away from the florals in the quilt itself, I decided to go with a warm neutral instead. Digging through my stash, I found remnants of another upcycled pillowcase that I’d long forgotten about. You can see some of the original stitching from its former life in the photo below (love)!

 

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So, there she is! And even though my little rebellious and mighty mini wasn’t eligible for the Quilt Showcase, I’m incredibly happy with how it turned out and learned so much in the process.

Though she be but little, she is fierce! 


Be sure to visit Amy’s Creative Side to enter the GIVEAWAY for the chance to win a Baby Lock Soprano! And don’t forget to check back on Monday when voting opens!

Are you participating in Blogger’s Quilt Festival? I can’t wait to see all the gorgeous entries!

xo.a

 

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Five things to be happy about {five things friday link-up #15}

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“It was a beautiful bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.”
― Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

It’s the very first Friday of Fall and I hope you’re all having a beautiful week! Happy Five Things Friday, friends!

Here are this week’s five things at random from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book, 14,000 Things to be Happy About, plus a five-photo-roundup of things that made me smile this week. Read on for the link-up rules and info.

Five things to be happy about:

  • the only sounds at night being the conversations of tree frogs, crickets and owls
  • tulips, then apples, then peonies blooming
  • not being too grown up for anything
  • driving along country roads, leaves whipping in the wind, through woodland valleys that smell of the earth
  • gentle light falling through panels of frosted glass

Five smiles photo-roundup:

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Now it’s your turn! Check out the rules below and link-up your own posts with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week.

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY LINKUP RULES

1. Share your post with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week. Include a list, your five-photo-roundup or both! If you need a little inspiration, visit Barbara’s website and click on the big yellow Happy House for a randomly generated list of 14 things to be happy about. Refresh, repeat and be happy!

2. Link back to this site so others can get the link-up info too (you can use the button below)!

3. Comment on this post and include the URL of your Five Things Friday post, so others can visit your blog (myself included)!

4. Most importantly, visit a few other people’s blogs from the comments and leave them some motivating comment love. Let’s encourage each other – we’re in this together!

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*If the code doesn’t work for you, try grabbing it here.


I can’t wait to visit your blogs and see what you’re happy about this week!

xo.a

 

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Watch me WIP {facet+plus QAL #3}

Facet plus QAL Quilt Along - Gypsy Moon Quilt Co.

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This work-in-progress is dedicated to the gorgeous and short-lived months of Summer… who came in, stole all my sew-jo and didn’t even look back. I really thought I’d get more sewing done, but you know the old saying… “Summer — is today Tuesday or Saturday?” 😜

With that said, TODAY is the Facet+Plus QAL wrap-up and GIVEAWAY and it’s all happening right now! So hop on over to Amanda from This Mom Quilts‘ blog to see her gorgeous quilt reveal and check out the progress being made by the other F+P QAL participants!

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Here are some of my progress shots from the QAL so far…

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I decided to go with a pretty white and floral fabric for the background with wine and lavender fabrics for my plus signs.
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I’m so happy with the way the two purples work together in the facet design of the pluses.
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I decided I needed some contrasting color and took a few cues from Amanda’s original fabric selection post and added in the mustard floral and creamy tan fabrics.
I still have a bit of work to go (and a little minor surgery to perform on one of those pluses) but I’m loving the look so far! I didn’t have very much of the floral background and wine colored fabric to begin with, so the top is a lot smaller than I envisioned… I’m thinking of adding a white border with accents of the lavender and possibly the tan too. We’ll see!

Stay tuned for a full blog post on my Facet+Plus QAL when I have it finished! Until then, happy sewing!

xo.a

 

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Five things to be happy about {five things friday link-up #14}

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“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Hope you’re having a beautiful week! Happy Five Things Friday, friends! 

Here are this week’s five things at random from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book, 14,000 Things to be Happy About, plus a five-photo-roundup of things that made me smile this week. Read on for the link-up rules and info.

Five things to be happy about:

  • finding a drive-in movie and watching from behind the fence
  • seeing the thinnest sliver of the new moon hanging in the sky at dusk
  • a five-year-old playing with scotch tape
  • pinking shears
  • eating a chocolate Easter bunny’s head first

Five smiles photo-roundup:

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Now it’s your turn! Check out the rules below and link-up your own posts with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week.

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY LINKUP RULES

1. Share your post with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week. Include a list, your five-photo-roundup or both! If you need a little inspiration, visit Barbara’s website and click on the big yellow Happy House for a randomly generated list of 14 things to be happy about. Refresh, repeat and be happy! 

2. Link back to this site so others can get the link-up info too (you can use the button below)!

3. Comment on this post and include the URL of your Five Things Friday post, so others can visit your blog (myself included)!

4. Most importantly, visit a few other people’s blogs from the comments and leave them some motivating comment love. Let’s encourage each other – we’re in this together!

FTF pink jpg

<a href=”https://gypsymoonquiltco.wordpress.com/category/five-things-friday/”><imgclass=” wp-image-3167 aligncenter” src=”https://gypsymoonquiltco.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/ftf-pink-jpg.jpg” alt=”FTF pink jpg” width=”250″ height=”250″ /></a>

*If the code doesn’t work for you, try grabbing it here.


I can’t wait to visit your blogs and see what you’re happy about this week!

xo.a

 

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2016 Cloud9 new block blog hop {raspberry swirl quilt block tutorial}

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Welcome to the very first day of the 2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog hop! This blog hop is being sponsored by Cloud9 Fabrics and features a bundle of their organic Cirrus Solids – this amazingly gorgeous and oh, so soft “Berry Harvest” bundle was curated by none other than our super awesome hosts, Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs and Stephanie @Late Night Quiter!

All of the new quilt blocks being created for the design challenge will be assembled together by magical quilting fairies (aka the blog hop hosts) and donated to charity! So, be sure to hop on over to the other blogs that are being featured this week (see the list at the end of this post) and check out all the wonderful new blocks – and maybe even make a few for yourself!

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Raspberry Swirl quilt block tutorial:


Materials:
The Cloud9 Fabrics used in this tutorial are:

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» Cutting:

Click here for half-square triangle tutorial

From Iris fabric, cut:

  • 1 square – 3 ½ x  3 ½
  • 1 square – 4 ½ x 4 ½ (cut to make 4 half-square triangles)

From Lilac fabric, cut:

  • 1 square – 5 ¼” x 5 ¼”
  • 4 rectangles – 2 ½” x 7″
  • 6 rectangles – 2 ½” x 5″
  • 1 square – 4 ½” x 4 ½” (cut to make 4 half-square triangles)
  • 1 square – 3 ⅜” x 3 ⅜” (cut to make 2 half-square triangles)

From Shadow fabric, cut:

  • 6 squares – 2 ½” x 2 ½”
  • 1 square – 3 ⅜” x 3 ⅜” (cut to make 2 half-square triangles)

From Amazon fabric, cut:

  • 4 squares – 2 ½” x 2 ½”

»Assembling the block:

Unfinished block: 12 ½” x 12 ½” (use a ¼” seam allowance) 

1) To make the center diamond-in-square, cut the Lilac square diagonally twice, to create 4  quarter-square triangles

2) Sew two lilac triangles to opposite sides of the Iris square (fig. 1). Press the seams to the Lilac fabric (fig. 2). Repeat with remaining 2 triangles (fig.3)

3) Trim to 5″ square

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Fig. 1
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Fig. 2
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Fig. 3

4) Sew two 2 ½” squares of Shadow fabric to each of the 7″ x 2 ½” Lilac rectangles, one at each end (fig. 4)

5) Draw a diagonal line from the top inside corner of each Shadow square to the bottom outside corner. Sew along drawn lines. Trim the corners ¼” away from each seam (fig. 5). Press seams toward triangles (fig. 6)

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Fig. 5
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Fig. 6

6) Sew one 2 ½” square of Shadow fabric to each of the 2 ½” x 5″ Lilac rectangles, repeat step 5 to trim away corners (see pieces 1 & 2 in fig. 8)

7) To make two Lilac and Shadow half-square triangles (fig. 7) from your 3 ⅜” squares, refer to my previous HST tutorial here

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7) To complete the 6 steps shown in in fig. 8, first sew your 2 ½” x 5″ rectangles to each side of center square. Sew together one of the 2 ½” HSTs to a 2 ½” x 7″ rectangle. Attach to the top – then do the same for bottom units to complete the square (fig. 9)

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Fig. 8
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Fig. 9

8) Sew one 2 ½” square of Amazon fabric to each of the 7″ x 2 ½” Lilac rectangles like you did in step 6

9) Draw a diagonal line from the top inside corner of each Shadow square to the bottom outside corner. Sew along drawn lines. Trim the corners ¼” away from each seam, as shown in fig. 5. Press seams toward triangles (fig. 10)

10) Repeat steps 8 & 9 for each of the 5″ x 2 ½” Lilac rectangles.

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Fig. 10

11) To make four Lilac and Iris half-square triangles (fig. 11) from your 4 ½” squares, refer to my previous HST tutorial here

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Fig. 11

12) To complete the Raspberry Swirl block, assemble each set of 2 ½” squares, HSTs and 2 ½” x 5″ rectangles together, as shown in fig. 12 then sew both units to either side of your center square. Repeat for top and botton units to complete the block.

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Fig. 12

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There you have it! 😄 I’d love to see your Raspberry Swirl blocks! If you’re on Instagram, tag me at @amandawardxo and use the hashtag #RaspberrySwirlNewBlock 💜

Don’t forget to check out the other featured blogs listed below – and be sure to enter the GIVEAWAY on Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl’s blog for a chance to win a Cloud9 Cirrus Solids bundle of your own!

2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop Schedule:

Monday, September 12th

Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Abigail @Cut & Alter
Janice @Color, Creating, and Quilting!
Lorinda @Laurel, Poppy, and Pine
Melva @Melva Loves Scraps
Renee @Quilts of a Feather
Kathryn @Upitis Quilts
Kim @Leland Ave Studios
Amanda @this mom quilts
Holly @Lighthouse Lane Designs
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Jennifer @Dizzy Quilter
Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Anne @Said With Love
Suzy @Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Kathleen @Smiles From Kate
Amanda @Gypsy Moon Quilt Co. « That’s me!
Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Anja @Anja Quilts
Daisy @Ants to Sugar

Tuesday, September 13th

Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Miranda @I Have Purple Hair
Jennifer @The Inquiring Quilter
Sarah @123 Quilt
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Jen @Patterns By Jen
Jennifer @RV Quilting
Amanda @Quiltologie
Sharon @Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Jen @A Dream and A Stitch
Jen @Faith and Fabric
Carole @Carole Lyles Shaw
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Susan @Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Katrin @Now What Puppilalla
Amista @Hilltop Custom Designs
Nicole @Handwrought Quilts
Marla @Penny Lane Quilts
Silvia @A Stranger View
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Carrie @the zen quilter
Mary @Quilting is in My Blood
Velda @GRANNYcanQUILT

 

Wednesday, September 14th

Host: Stephanie@Late Night Quilter

Kathy @Kathys Kwilts and More
Paige @Quilted Blooms
Mary @Strip Quilts Pass it On
Allison @Woodberry Way
Seven @The Concerned Craft
Olusola @Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co.
Ann @Brown Paws Quilting
Jodie @Persimmon + Pear
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Kitty @Night Quilter
Francine @Mocha Wild Child
Shelley @The Carpenter’s Daughter who Quilts
Jayne @Twiggy and Opal
Geraldine @Living Water Quilter
Shannon @Shannon Fraser Designs
Lisa @Sunlight In Winter Quilts
Jessica @Quilty Habit
Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
Deanna @Stitches Quilting
Denise @Craft Traditions

 


Happy sewing!

xo.a

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Five things to be happy about {five things friday link-up #13}

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Drizzly days and chilly nights, first day back to school, fiery fall-colored leaves and caramel apples & fair rides. Another fantastic week to be happy about!

Wishing everyone a happy Five Things Friday😊

Here are this week’s five things at random from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book, 14,000 Things to be Happy About, plus a five-photo-roundup of things that made me smile this week. Read on for the link-up rules and info.

Five things to be happy about:

  • the center of a cinnamon bun
  • going back to the drawing board
  • jumping into bed with a good book
  • fried mozzarella and marinara sauce
  • the place where one sock in every load of laundry disappears to

Five smiles photo-roundup:

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Now it’s your turn! Check out the rules below and link-up your own posts with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week.

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY LINKUP RULES

1. Share your post with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week. Include a list, your five-photo-roundup or both! If you need a little inspiration, visit Barbara’s website and click on the big yellow Happy House for a randomly generated list of 14 things to be happy about. Refresh, repeat and be happy! 🙂

2. Link back to this site so others can get the link-up info too (you can use the button below)!

3. Comment on this post and include the URL of your Five Things Friday post, so others can visit your blog (myself included)!

4. Most importantly, visit a few other people’s blogs from the comments and leave them some motivating comment love. Let’s encourage each other – we’re in this together!

FTF pink jpg

<a href=”https://gypsymoonquiltco.wordpress.com/category/five-things-friday/”><imgclass=” wp-image-3167 aligncenter” src=”https://gypsymoonquiltco.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/ftf-pink-jpg.jpg” alt=”FTF pink jpg” width=”250″ height=”250″ /></a>

*If the code doesn’t work for you, try grabbing it here.


I can’t wait to visit your blogs and see what you’re happy about this week!

xo.a

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Five things to be happy about {five things friday link-up #12}

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Last weekend, the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild held its very first Modern Quilt Showcase where I was lucky enough to have two of my quilts on display! Sooo, in honor of a most magical and amazing show – and to continue the celebration – I’m doing things a little bit differently this week and making my five smiles photo-roundup all about the quilt show!

Hope everyone is having a fantastic Five Things Friday. 😊

Here are this week’s five things at random from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book, 14,000 Things to be Happy About, plus a five-photo-roundup of things that made me smile this week. Read on for the link-up rules and info.

Five things to be happy about:

  • rare-book rooms in great libraries
  • carrying cups of coffee out to the porch to enjoy the morning sunshine
  • wondering why abbreviation is such a long word
  • big red barns
  • watching Christmas lights twinkling on a cabin home

Five smiles photo-roundup:

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VMQG – We quilt the crap out of it

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Taking it all in after a successful first attempt at creating his very own modern mini.

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Proud mama moment seeing my daughter (and VMQG’s only junior member) standing next to her very first quilt on the Mini Showcase wall.

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My Vintage Floral Improv Cross Quilt on display at the VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase – made entirely from vintage and repurposed materials. Click here for full blog post

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With my Vintage Diamonds Quilt at the VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase – made entirely from vintage and repurposed materials. Click here for full blog post.



Now it’s your turn! 
Check out the rules below and link-up your own posts with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week.

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY LINKUP RULES

1. Share your post with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week. Include a list, your five-photo-roundup or both! If you need a little inspiration, visit Barbara’s website and click on the big yellow Happy House for a randomly generated list of 14 things to be happy about. Refresh, repeat and be happy! 🙂

2. Link back to this site so others can get the link-up info too (you can use the button below)!

3. Comment on this post and include the URL of your Five Things Friday post, so others can visit your blog (myself included)!

4. Most importantly, visit a few other people’s blogs from the comments and leave them some motivating comment love. Let’s encourage each other – we’re in this together!

FTF pink jpg

<a href=”https://gypsymoonquiltco.wordpress.com/category/five-things-friday/”><imgclass=” wp-image-3167 aligncenter” src=”https://gypsymoonquiltco.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/ftf-pink-jpg.jpg” alt=”FTF pink jpg” width=”250″ height=”250″ /></a>

*If the code doesn’t work for you, try grabbing it here.


I can’t wait to visit your blogs and see what you’re happy about this week!

xo.a

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