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January 10, 2020
Handmade Gifts from Dizzy Quilts

I didn't make many gifts this year - I was a little short on time unfortunately, but I did manage to get small things done.

First was a secret Santa gift for the office exchange. The person I was matched with really likes pink, candles and tea. So I decided to buy her a scented candle, a tea cup and I made a pink one-hour basket to put them in!

I used fat quarters I had in my stash and some By Annie's Soft & Stable to give the basket some structure and make sure it wouldn't collapse with ...

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January 3, 2020
A New Grey Seamwork Clarke from Dizzy Quilts

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a new Elliot Tee I had made with a grey jersey I purchased from which unfortunately is no longer available. Well, when I finished cutting that Elliot Tee, I noticed my Seamwork Clarke pattern still on my cutting table (I made my first Clarke back in November). I had more than enough of that grey jersey so I decided to cut myself a new Clarke!

This new version was a definite success! The fabric is much more fluid than my last one so I don't have that tent look. But ...

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January 1, 2020
2019 FAL - Q4 Finishes from Dizzy Quilts

We have reached the end of Quarter 4 of the 2019 Finish-A-Long!!  Of course, this means it is now time to link up those finishes from the list you linked up in October. We hope that you have been able to complete a lot of the UFOs from your list and have had an overall successful year.

The 2019 FAL is hosted by a great community of bloggers. This year our hosts are:

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December 27, 2019
Cielo Quilt Finish from Dizzy Quilts

The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is probably my favourite time of the year. I'm on vacation and after the crazy busy week leading up to the Holidays, it's amazing to be able to just relax with no commitments or deadlines.

The quilt finish I'm sharing today is another one from the book Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder. This is now my fourth finish from the book, so I'd definitely call this book purchase a success. (Here are links to the other quilt I've made from the book - Rustic, Marfa Lights and ...

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December 20, 2019
A New Zipper Pouch for a Friend from Dizzy Quilts

As some of you know, I'm step-mom to three amazing children. When their dad and I got together, he had been separated from his children's mom for a long time. I'm a firm believer that for blended families to be successful, all parents must be able to get along so the kids' mom and I became friends. She's a really great person and she's basically part of the family.

I know that she's always liked the stuff I make for the kids and for the grand-kids, so when her birthday came around this last ...

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December 18, 2019
Star Bright Christmas Quilt Finish from Dizzy Quilts

For some strange reason, the small Christmas quilt I made a few years ago and which we have always used as a tree skirt was not in our Christmas box when I took it upstairs this year. So we decorated the tree at the beginning of December, but I had to put a small "Christmasy" quilt under it this year. Until now!

I took a few days off after a work trip to Denver this month and decided to make another quilt for the tree. I really wanted to use a pattern and fabric I already had so went searching ...

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December 13, 2019
My Grey Elliot Tee by Helen's Closet from Dizzy Quilts

One of the very first garments I made for myself was a Helen's Closet pattern - the York Pinafore. You can read all about it here. Since that first pinafore, I purchased many of Helen's patterns. They are extremely well drafted, well written and they are classic, basic pieces we all need in our closets.

In addition to the York Pinafore, I also made a Blackwood Cardigan (blogged here) and a practice Elliot Tee.

A couple of weeks ago, I thought it was time to make my "real" Elliot Tee. I've had 3 yards of a stretchy fabric ...

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November 24, 2019
2019 FAL - Quarters 2 and 3 Winners! from Dizzy Quilts

 The time has come to officially announce the winners of Q2 and Q3 of the Finish-A-Long and award some wonderful prizes from our fantastic sponsors.  We had 398 finishes for the second quarter of 2019 and we had 400 finishes for the third quarter which is really brilliant, keep it up!

Without further ado, here are the winners picked by Random Number Generator for Q2 and Q3 of the 2019 Finish-A-Long:

The Q2 winner's choice of One Large 12 Spool Collection from Aurifil goes to Mary who blogs at Quilting is in my Blood.  She finished this beautiful "camping ...

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November 22, 2019
Marfa Lights Finish from Dizzy Quilts

I'm back with another quilt finish entirely made from stash and from a pattern I already own! Marfa Lights is from the book Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder. I made another quilt from the book a while ago: Rustic.

I chose two shades of blue for my version of Marfa Lights: Kona Celestial for the background and Kona Bahama Blue for the "lights". I didn't have quite enough of the Celestial to make the full 60 1/2" x 64 1/2" quilt so I made the top and bottom borders a bit smaller. The finished size is ...

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November 15, 2019
The Cielo Top - Practice Version from Dizzy Quilts

When I signed-up for Closet Case Patterns' Learn How to Sew Clothing online class, I also got access to three of their latest patterns. I already made the Pietra pants and blogged about them here and now I've made a practice version of the Cielo Top and Dress.

The good:

I really love how easy this top came together and the pattern instructions are simply fabulous. I like the fit at the shoulders and the length is good (I added 3 inches at the shorten/lengthen line).

I also absolutely love the crazy big sleeves!

The bad:

Because this ...

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November 8, 2019
Big Blue Finish from Dizzy Quilts

I'm a huge fan of big quilt blocks. I mean, what's not to love - you only a few to make a fairly large quilt. So when Kitchen Table Quilting came out with their Giant Block Series in 2018, I made the first blocks as soon as they came out. But then work and life got crazy and sewing wasn't a big priority anymore so although I continued to download the instructions for each block, they never got pieced.

Then a few weeks ago, I was scrolling through my pattern library looking for something quick for a baby ...

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November 1, 2019
A coin purse for my sister from Dizzy Quilts

A little while ago, my sister asked me if I could make a coin purse for her. I had to travel to Denver for work last week so didn't have a whole lot of time to sew, but a coin purse is really quick and easy so I decided to get it done!

A simple Google search resulted in me finding this tutorial. I then found some Rifle Paper Co scraps and the perfectly matching zipper right there in my stash! This pattern is perfect for some gorgeous prints because except for the zipper on the front, the design ...

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October 25, 2019
My new Pietra pants from Dizzy Quilts

I'm really sewing garments out of season, but I really want to use up the fabrics and patterns I already have so I went ahead and made my Pietra pants muslin even as the temperatures dropped near freezing!

You can't really tell by the picture, but it was actually 5 degrees Celsius when I took these pictures!
I made View A of the Closet Case Patterns Pietra pants in a straight size 18. I did shorten the pants by 2 inches but that was the only modification I made.

I love everything about this pattern and the instructions ...

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October 18, 2019
Orange Zola Quilt - Another Baby Quilt from Dizzy Quilts

I have another baby quilt finish to share with you today! I purchased the Zola Quilt pattern from Erica Jackman on a whim a little while ago and when my daughter asked me for a baby quilt for her cousin, I immediately thought of this one.

This is a fat quarter friendly pattern and I had loads of orange fat quarters in my stash. I paired the orange with a Kona White solid and I'm really liking the look. This is a pattern that looks complicated, but it's, in fact, pretty easy to put together.

I quilted it ...

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October 11, 2019
Wonky Plus Signs Finish from Dizzy Quilts

I'm back with another plus sign quilt! This time however, I decided not to follow a pattern and use a bit of improv piecing to make wonky plus signs. These are so much fun because there are no seams to match up - they are perfect when you're tired and need a more relaxed, less precise kind of piecing.

I used black, white and grey scraps for the background squares and pink and purple scraps for the plus signs. I didn't have quite enough scraps for all the plus signs so decided to leave some of the background ...

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October 10, 2019
2019 FAL - Q4 Proposed Finishes from Dizzy Quilts

Hello everyone! It is time for Quarter 4 of the Finish-A-Long (FAL)!

As you can see, a new quarter of the Finish-A-Long is starting today.  If you missed participating the earlier in the year, you can join us now for a brand new start. Those of you who did join us for any of the first three quarters, thank you and I do hope you finished some things and plan to continue on with us for Q4.

So let's start!
You can now link up your list of projects that you want to finish in Quarter 4 of 2019 ...

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October 6, 2019
2019 FAL - Q3 Finishes Reminder from Dizzy Quilts

Today I'm popping in for a quick reminder that the Quarter 3 link up for all your finishes closes on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11 pm EST.  So you still have a few more days to finish that project or two and link them up to be eligible for prizes.  The link up can be found HERE or on any of the 2019 FAL hosts blogs.

A few reminders for linking up:
  • Please only one finished project for each post that you link up, so that each finish can be an entry in the (random) prize draw. 
  • Please ...

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October 4, 2019
My New Blackwood Cardigan from Dizzy Quilts

I purchased and downloaded the Blackwood Cardigan by Helen's Closet months ago, but haven't had time to sew it up until now. I even had my fabric washed and ready to go for months so when I finally found the time to work on it this week, I took my time to make sure it would be as close to perfect as possible.

The fabric is a cotton jersey designed by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman. The fabric is medium weight with a good amount of stretch and is sooooooo soft! It would be perfect for T-shirts, camis ...

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