Sunday, April 5, 2009

My Quilt Updates

The quilt for my new little niece is finished and in the mail. I changed some of my plans on the border. I was inspired by Camille's quilts with ric rac. I called my friend Gina Halladay and frantically ordered enough ric rac to sew around the border. Love it! I was going to sew it down but someone suggested that a baby would love touching the loose edges. Good idea, stiffy! I chickened out of appliqueing Savannah Lynne Tardy along the border so I had her name quilted along the border.(thanks, Maggi Honeyman) Also there are 2 Aunt Lisa's in this family, so I am Aunt Izzy. Maggie also quilted "made by Aunt Izzy" in the corner. I can't let the other aunt Lisa get credit for the quilt. Can I? Emily quilt is in the mail, give Savannah a big hug for me. Bear with me while I talk about myself a little more!

Yes, I was a cover girl on the April issue of McCalls Quilting. (no honey, not the cover of the sports illustrated swimsuit issue!) I just found out that this quilt will also be hanging in Paducah, KY. Wowser! Well, it will be hanging in Hancock's of Paducah's store, not in the actual show. I think I could still be able to say I had a quilt at Paducah, right?!

One thing you will not see in the magazine is the back of any of my quilts. Each year I choose a theme for my quilt backs. 2 years ago everything I made had plaids or wovens on the back. Last year was the year of the dots, the bigger the better for my quilt backs. This year is pieced backs. This is my attempt to use my stash, you know make room for new stash while helping the environment and the pocketbook. (or at least that what I tell my husband)

I took a quick picture of the back before I had to SHIP MY QUILT TO PADUCAH.

How time flies? My first post as modalissa was right before I headed of to Quilt Market. At the time, I gave you a preview on my Honeybun TM log cabin quilt. At least twice a year I make a quilt using as many different moda fabric collections as I can. I know this is psycho, but it makes me happy sewing and thinking about each of the designers.

This week I received my copy of McCalls Quilting- June 2009. There on page 40 (same as my age :-) is my log cabin quilt. I forgot how much I love this quilt. It is so easy but the way the blocks are sewn makes it look as if there are staggered seams. Basically half the blocks start with a dark center and half start with a light center. Maggi quilted it and really made the quilt sing! This quilt is scrappy and so to get your started on your very own, I am going to give away my extra strips from this project. There I go again, helping the environment and your pocketbook. All you have to do is guess how many pieces are in the quilt.

A couple of clues:

Not how many different fabrics, how many pieces. Simple multiplication- pieces in a block X how many blocks plus corner strips.

Tricky part- I have pieced the back, so this is where you just have to blindly guess. Sorry had to make it interesting.
Okay I admit it, they use a picture of me from when I was 40. Thank you, Beth!

I will draw a winner on April 19th. That way if you go to the show you can see the quilt in person. The AQS show in Paducah is April 21- 26.
I thought I would add a picture of the Prize. I will even throw in the blocks in all stages and the wonderful storage box holding the strips.



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63 comments:

  1. Wow...could I really be first? Here's my wild guess....1116. The quilt is beautiful and yes, you can say it was at Paducah!

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  2. OH I love that Baby quilt and I agree having that ric rac so its tactile for the baby is wonderful.
    Your log cabin quilt is beautiful
    MY FAVORITE you have made/shown so far, just beautiful.
    ok thinking 1" strips finished , 1040 pieces of fabric in the quilt.
    oh my I just may have to do this as well.
    Great ideas for the backing of quilt, actually love the backing you showed, makes the backing more interesting
    Kathie

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  3. Beautiful quilt. I'm going to guess 987.

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  4. My quess is 550, probably low but I still love to havre the cahnce to win.

    Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

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  5. omg what aa cute baby quilt!!!

    and yes it counts as having a quilt as paducah!!!

    oh and i have the new mccalls...love, love, love your scrappy log cabin.
    my guess is 1024.

    i love scrappy backings. it's like having 2 quilts in 1.

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  6. The quilt going to Paducah is the one I have been working on, I also finished two more squares recently. Love the log cabin one!! A guess on how many I would say 1111. hehe easy right? Well wishin everyone luck!!

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  7. I am going to guess 880. How fun to have your quilts in magazines!

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  8. I am going to guess 992. Congratulations on both of you magazine features. That is terrific and exciting. I will check them both out.

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  9. That is an adorable baby quilt!
    I will guess 1050 pieces in your log cabin.

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  10. I just got that magazine and was drooling over that quilt...Love it!! I am going to guess 1525.

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  11. Wonderful quilts all around - you are amazing. Now for the number of pieces in the log cabin...
    I guess 1,654. I would love to start my own.

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  12. 2,140
    It's is a beautiful quilt. It would be nice to have the strips.
    Great Job.

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  13. Ok I'll guess 720 and holding my breath.

    Beautiful quilt,

    Sheila

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  14. I'm loving all the ric rac popping on quilts everywhere. Yours as darling! Congrats is in order too on so many counts!! I opened my magazine to courthouse steps and absolutely was dying! It is a must make!!

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  15. I love the log cabin pattern. It was the first pattern I quilted. My wild guess is 968. I hope I am close!!

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  16. I love the baby quilt...what a lucky baby...and the quilting is absolutely beautiful! I've noticed your quilts...I always look to see who the designers are..and I love both of them. So, now for my guess...I'll say 1205...thinking that the back is scrappy...but not as scrappy as the front!

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  17. Thank you for sharing your quilts! My guess is 1080. Now to go and buy some magazines...

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  18. I love the quilt and was glad to see it when my magazine arrived the other day. I'm guessing -- I'll say 1,000.

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  19. YOU ROCK!!! That baby quilt turned out sooo cute!!!!

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  20. Beautiful quilts. I look forward to seeing your cover quilt at Paducah.

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  21. Hello again Lisa! As always, it is great to hear from you!

    1st- Your niece is going to cherish the quilt that you made for her! The colors give it a modern touch!

    2nd- Congrat on your cover! I never knew a Covergirl....next you will be a Supermodel!

    3rd-I guess that we will all have to take a trip to Hancock's in order to experience your beautiful quilt! BTW-I am also into piecing the back of my quilts. I mean, we paid good $ for the leftover fabric! And who wouldn't want to show off all of their MODA fabric!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  22. McCalls Quilting is one of my favorite magaizines. I have a subscription to it and I saw your name on it!! It is fun when I recognize a name!! My guess will be 1110. Thanks!! Love your baby quilt!!

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  23. Love how your baby quilt turned out. I love the rickrack. My guess for your quilt is 1190 pieces. Wish I could have had a peek at the back, so I could have been more accurate. = ) Thanks for the chance to win. Fun!

    jessierey@msn.com

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  24. I'm going for it and I'm guessing 2009! Wow. That's a lot of stash busting!

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  25. I'm going to guess 1170. I love your quilt and what a great idea for the quilt backs.

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  26. Cute,cute baby quilt I love the ric rac! Your other quilts are awesome too, you are a busy girl! wish I were going to Paducah.
    Nadine

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  27. Love the quilts! My guess is 1240 pieces. I think pieced backs add more interest....
    Lisa

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  28. Hi Lissa,
    wow, the quilt for your niece is stunningly beautiful ~ she'll surely love it now and when she's grown up. Such a special gift!
    Congrats on being featured in a great magazine {I got a copy of the April issue some weeks ago and I was really excited to recognize you ~ told my boyfriend: hey, I know her through blogging ;o)}.
    As for the number of pieces in your beautiful quilt...hmm...I'd say 1,222.
    Cheers, Julia

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  29. Fabulous quilts, Lissa.
    I received my April issue last week -- what fun to see published works of such talented people I've discovered in the bloggy world!
    My guess is 1027.

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  30. Hey cute gal! Love your picture....it looks like you now. You totally are the cover girl...Love your quilts too.

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  31. Love your quilts!
    My guess is 1101

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  32. I love the ric rac in the baby quilt. And I love the log cabin quilt. My guess for number of peices is 1540.

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  33. Woo hoo. That's a lot of strips. I notice the photo shows more blocks than is listed on the pattern??? Hmm, I will guess 485 including the strips for the back. Seems low compared to some, but I'm sticking with 485.

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  34. Love that ric-rac addition! I have no guess for you - but congrats on the publications :)

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  35. I think there are 648 strips in the top. Then you said there were some in the back. I don't know if the whole back is pieced, but I am going to guess 1000 strips total.


    I LOVE that baby quilt. Now I want to make one!

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  36. Your baby quilt turned out so cute! I love the ric-rack! It was a good thing! Thanks for sharing! Congrats on your publishings....one day those other covergirls will be 40+ too!!

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  37. Love all the quilts. That baby quilt is beautiful.

    My guess is 987.

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  38. I'm going to update my earlier post: I think the total is 1004.

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  39. THe rick rack touch was adorbale and what a cute quilt! Congrats on all of your publications. THats wonderfull! My guess is 1200... 80 blocks @ 15 steps per block.

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  40. Love the ric-rac! I need to try that!!! I will make a very un-educated guess and guess 1286. I have no idea if that is high or low. But I would LOVE to win!!! Thanks!

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  41. I'm going to guess 1040 pieces all up...lol, what a fun competition.
    I love that quilt you made for your niece, the colours the design - especially the rickrak - lets just say I love everything about it, what a blessed little niece to get that from her Aunt Izzy :o)

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  42. Gorgeous! I will guess 1222. Congratulations Cover Girl!

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  43. I've had this quilt marked as one of my 'Must Do's' since I got my magazine...it is beautiful. Well, since we are flying blind on the back I'm going to guess 1098...Y??? Because we like you...lol...but I'm not sure I'm counting enough for the back. Ah well, sounds good and considering your other pieced back, I'm thinking you just love working with the fabrics and piece count doesn't intimidate you. Other than cutting out my pieces (when I'm not using Moda's wonderful new pre-cuts which I adore and am rapidly running out of) I don't worry at all about piece count, I just love the sewing...completely theraputic and I love to get lost in it. Okay, enough of that, yup, 1098, that's my guess, though I think I'm probably a bit short. Beautiful quilt. I'm hoping to do mine with Hartfield Honey Buns (hoping is the key word here, if I can get enough) That one is Camille's fault, I won one of her give aways and the Hartfield Honey Bun and adorable patterns were my prize...I adore anything purple, and elegant to boot. Good luck to everyone and thanks for a fun, mind bending give away. Nancy aka teenietaters@msn.com

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  44. A couple things:

    1. I am so in love with that baby quilt. I need a stack of solids and some templates pronto so I can copy you exactly. LOVE.

    2. So many beautiful quilts... now, when do you have time to sew?

    3. I'm going to play it "Price is Right style". 1 piece. Then if everyone else overbids, I win right? ;-)

    As always, you rock!

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  45. Congratulations on your quilt patterns being published and being shown in the show. That is awesome.
    I am going to guess 2600 pieces.

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  46. Oops! My comment went away when I tried to post. Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS! I recently recently read your entire blog and fell in love with the log cabin quilt. Now I can have the pattern for it. My brain is too tired to multiply, but I'll be really excited for the winner of your leftover strips. And CUTE, CUTE baby quilt!

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  47. Lissa I received the selvages and the great bag! Thank You so much, When that big box showed up on my doorstep I was so very excited! I love it all, Thanks again!!!
    My guess is 877 pieces.

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  48. Congratulations!!
    My guess is 800 pieces. Such a fun quilt.

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  49. 1242 is my guess - thanks for the chance to win suce beautiful fabric - and I absolutely LOVE the baby quilt. Quilting the names on it was a great idea!

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  50. Congrats on your cover girl quilt...absolutely gorgeous! I wasn't planning a trip to Hancock's, but now I've got to see your quilt in person...
    My guess for how many pieces in your Carolina Courthouse....how about 1334...did I read you used Honey Buns? I haven't bought any of those yet...oh, boy...my credit card is still recovering from my last purchases. Do I sound easily influenced? My knees start trembling at the mention of M-O-D-A - LOL. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  51. What a darling baby quilt; I'm sure it will be treasured. Also love the "Paducah" quilt, too. My guess for your strips is 1,261 and I'm hoping that I don't win because I'm trying to stash bust also. I don't need another "project" but it's fun to play along. Love your blog.

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  52. Enduring Elegance is simply stunning and I have already started collecting fabrics to make it. I posted about it on my blog the ay I bought the magazine! Tragic eh? I'm making three boy quilts this year so I'm busting to make a girlie one as soon as they are done.. Funky baby quilt - the ric rac makes it.

    Thanks for sharing the design with us!

    Happy Stitching...Ann :)

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  53. Love the quilt! I'm going to guess 1234. Congrats on being featured in McCall's!

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  54. What a great scrappy quilt - I'd already planned to make one. I'll guess 1082 pieces.

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  55. The themed hacks are such a neat idea!

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  56. I love, love, love your Aunt Izzy quilt! And the ric-rac... what a perfect touch!

    And you covergirl you! I saw you on Keepsake's cover too! I love all that you do and make. You're like the Adam Lambert of quilt design... I can't wait to see what you're going to do next!

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  57. hi lissa.
    beautiful quilt. i'm guessing 1147 cuz 47 is my fav. number.
    i just ADORE that quilt you made for your neice! it's gorgeous. WAY better than anything the OTHER aunt lisa came up with! :)
    brigette

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  58. Just wanted to let you know that I love the way you set the log cabin on point. I think it is very clever and turned out great!

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  59. I love what you did with the baby quilt and leaving the little bits flip up! Hmmm, maybe that's how I can finish this VERY BRIGHT baby quilt I still have hanging on my design wall.. time to get that baby done and outta here!!!
    thanks for inspiring! Love that quilt on the cover, I don't usually buy quilt magazines, But I actually have that one laying here! Because I love the colors of that quilt! Nice job!

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