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Monday, May 18, 2015

Instagram and a New Finish

I feel like I've gone over to the dark side.  Okay, so I'm being a little bit dramatic, but yesterday I went to my monthly guild meeting, where we had a presentation on how to use Instagram, and I was totally strong-armed into setting up an account.  Again, I'm totally being dramatic, but the fact that I am so entrenched in social media and the modern quilting world, and had not yet taken the plunge into Instagram has been the topic of some good natured teasing lately.

So it's done, and I'm glad I finally jumped into it.  I resisted for so long because I didn't want to over-commit myself to yet another social media platform, and because I love blogging so much that I didn't want this side of things to suffer.  By all accounts though, Instagram is the greatest thing since sliced bread, and super easy to use, so you can find me there at myquiltinfatuation!

This weekend, I finished up my latest quilt, and incidentally, my next pattern (in the works).  The diamond shape, with the negative space reminds me of a faceted diamond ring, so this pattern is called Girl's Best Friend.  I made a quilt in this pattern a couple of years ago, but I never wrote the pattern.  I have made some modifications to it since that first incarnation, and I like this one much better.


I really love the colors in this quilt, and I'm not one to use a ton of brown in my quilts.  This Joel Dewberry Aviary fabric is just yummy though. The palette feels very calm and warm to me.  The fabrics were specifically chosen to match a friend's bedroom, and I can't wait to give it to her.


I bought half yard cuts specifically so that I would have a quarter yard leftover of each print for the back.  I like how the front feels very airy with all of the white, while the backing is an explosion of print.


The chocolate brown pebble print fabric on the binding ties the whole thing together so well.


I had just enough small scraps leftover to make a couple of throw pillows for her bed to match the quilt.  They are backed in the same Tiffany blue damask, and have the same brown pebble binding.  Each pillow is 16 inches.

I'm so excited to take these to school tomorrow and give them to her, and I hope she loves all of them!



19 comments:

  1. How could she not! They came out great!

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  2. I really like both the quilt and the pillows. I try to save up my scraps when I'm doing a quilt for a gift just so I can make a matching pillow cover. I love the brown and blues! And your backing is beautiful!

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  3. IG is the best! It correlates well with blogging. You can't go wrong. :) She is going to be thrilled!

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  4. How fun - keep blogging though - I am the slow to instagram people too! I just made your Strip Tango pattern - and am blogging about it tuesday It was a lot of fun! Thanks!!

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  5. I resisted Instagram for a long time, but I'm really glad I joined - there's a lot of great quilters on there who don't have blogs. I'm @wendysquiltsandmore if you're looking for friends on Instagram.

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  6. Gorgeous quilt and pillows! Well done! Good luck with the Instagram; I, too, have resisted getting into it as can't be bothered with keeping up with another platform. I will be interested to see how you go with it.

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  7. Such a lovely quilt, both pattern and colours are really appealing!

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  8. I just beacme your 53rd follower. I am at TillWeQuiltAgain- I look forward to seeing you there. It is so... much fun! Beautiful quilt! Love everything about it. Welcome to the IG world

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  9. Very cute pattern. I just started following you on IG, I am MeadowMistDesigns

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  10. I wish someone would enlighten me about Instagram. I cannot get it to download for me correctly. Grrr. Glad you are on your way with it and it is wonderful. Now, I need to give it a nth try. Thanks for the vote of confidence for it. The quilt and pillows are wonderful. I'm sure others, as well as I, are anticipating the arrival of the pattern.

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  11. What a lovely gift. I love Joel Dewberry and your new pattern is great! Congrats on making the plunge to join IG. I love the community there and the ease of posting quick progress shots. (I've also become a bit addicted to swaps.) I think it does add a challenge to blogging, but I'm sure you'll find a balance. IG: @sarahmgoer

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  12. Very pretty quilt and pillows, she is sure to be thrilled. Yes, keep blogging, I just cannot get into more social media (I haven't done Facebook either).

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  13. Love the palette; sings to me on a couple levels. Tumblr is really neat; I'm loving all the eye candy there.

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  14. Such cute finishes, especially with the throw pillows. Very nice touch. And glad you made the leap to instagram. I felt the same way you do, and while I'm not an aggressive user, I do like it (I'm RedDelicious109). Now Twitter - will never happen for me!

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  15. I know exactly what you mean about Instagram teasing. I finally joined in Feb after much grief about not having an account. I'm still not a regular. I don't want my blog to slide as I prefer to tell a little story rather than a quick sentence. That said, it has been fun to put up quick little things here and there. Just started following you on IG.

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  16. quilt looks great, not such a fan of instagram, do look but have to learn how to post pics to it and have not a clue what it means when the #is used! From what I have seen once people use instagram they do not blog as ofetn

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  17. back again Kelly how do we find you on instagram please?

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  18. Beautiful quilt! I didn't used to like brown at all, but after using it in a couple of quilts, it's become one of my favorite accent colors. It makes those blues and greens all the brighter.

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