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October 13, 2017
biased quilt top complete from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I had the chance to sew a fair amount this week and it felt soooo great!

I finished my biased quilt top! (There is a tutorial here, if you'd like to make one of your own.) The blocks were constructed by foundation piecing onto phone book paper, which, I think, is lots of fun. I'm one of those weird people who actually likes ripping off the paper backing after the block is complete. ALL of the fabric used in this quilt was from the scrap bin. I made a significant dent, but ...

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Ocean Path Finish from Dizzy Quilts

After our Thanksgiving family get-together, once the kitchen was clean and everyone had gone back home, I decided to go down to my sewing room and finish my Ocean Path quilt.


I purchased this pattern from Quilt Theory a while ago and I put the top together at the beginning of the summer, but then it sat there for a few weeks. I finally basted her in August but then it sat some more until about 2 weeks ago when I decided to start quilting it.

For the blue triangles, I knew I wanted to practice some dot to dot ...

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October 6, 2017
home again from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

Yesterday I arrived home from a 10 day teaching trip to Florida. I visited 4 different guilds while I was there and it was a fabulous trip, but I am so happy to be home! I haven't sewn anything in about 2 weeks, so today I'm going to highlight some of the work of my wonderful students and a few things that people brought for show and tell. I hope you enjoy the inspiration!

All of these are photos of the students' work. Each one of these projects is based on quilt ...

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September 29, 2017
washi dresses 4 & 5 from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I recently did some garment sewing and I'm happy to report that I finished two more dresses! These are becoming a staple in my wardrobe and I'm very happy about that! (You can see version 1 here, version 2 here and version 3 is at the end of this post.)

The pattern is called the Washi Dress and it's by Made by Rae. I can't recommend it enough! I'm very lucky to be able to sew up a size medium with no adjustments whatsoever, and it fits me perfectly ...

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HST Quilt Finish from Dizzy Quilts

It feels so good to share a quilt finish with you today! The last time I had an actual quilt to show off was in July, when I finished my baby nautical quilt.


I started this quilt one evening this summer because I was basically procrastinating working on my FAL Q3 list. The truth is, none of the projects on my list were really exciting me so I was playing with my fabric stash - re-organizing, sorting... you know!

And then I came across some leftover layer cake squares: a bunch of solid coloured squares, a little stack of white solid ...

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September 22, 2017
marmalade quilt top from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday! Boy, that came around fast, didn't it?

I pieced most of the blocks for this quilt at a retreat this past summer. A few weeks later, I assembled the blocks together. This week I added the borders on the right and the left, increasing the size just enough to make it a twin size quilt. Woohoo!
I used a much hoarded layer cake of Marmalade fabric from my stash...it's old, but it's so good! It was finally time to use it! (Fabric was designed by Bonnie and Camille for Moda ...

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September 15, 2017
Emma & Myrtle market bag from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

This project has been on my list for a long time, and I'm not sure why it took me so long to get around to it! I ended up making this bag the same weekend that I made my range backpack.  It was a pretty intense weekend of sewing, but the feeling of accomplishment was outstanding! :)

The pattern for the Market Bag is in Anna's book Handmade Style. I used my new fabric line, Emma & Myrtle, for the patchwork pieces. I thought it was a good pairing, keeping with the vintage style ...

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September 11, 2017
range backpack from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I sewed this project during the summer, so it's actually been done for a couple of months, but I'm eager to share it with you today. The pattern is called the Range Backpack by the amazingly talented Anna of Noodlehead. (The PDF pattern is available for purchase here.) Of all of the things that I've made, this is probably the project at the top of the list that makes me want to exclaim, "I actually made this!!!!" Hahaha!

The pattern calls for waxed canvas, which I ordered from AL Frances on ...

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July 21, 2017
pincushions and dishtowels from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I've got more pincushions to share today. Man, I love these things!

 Day 15--solid scraps in braid formation
 Day 16--denim scraps with wonky hand stitching
Day 17--diamond quilting on Essex linen. I'd like to make one of these in every single color! I used Essential thread by connecting threads for the quilting. It's nice and thick so the quilting lines really stand out...just what I was after!
Day 18--this iconic pattern is from the book Patchwork Please. I've been wanting to make this one for years, and it didn ...

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Nautical Baby Quilt for Grand-baby #2 from Dizzy Quilts

In exactly one month, my second grand-child is due and I cannot wait to meet him.  And of course, you know I was going to have a quilt ready for him when he finally got here!

His parents decorated the nursery with a nautical theme... lots of blue and grey with a touch of red and chocolate brown.  As soon as I got the theme and the colours, I spent some time on Pinterest to gather inspiration and then got my paper and markers out to come up with a design.


I then texted the design to my daughter-in-law to ...

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July 14, 2017
pincushions 8-14 from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I've actually done a lot of sewing this week, but it is all for gifts, so I can't share the results quite yet. I have also been keeping up on my one-a-day pincushion challenge. Making a pincushion every single day is not for the faint of heart. Each pincushion takes on average about 1 1/2 hours...that's if things are going well! Ha! I have been enjoying the challenge, though. It really pushes me creatively and I love that!

Here are the pincushions from the last week....

 day 8
 day ...

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A Piece of Me Pouch... from Dizzy Quilts

Last week, Lucy who blogs at Charm About You released a new pattern: A Piece of Me Pouch.  I read about it on Saturday (I do all my blog reading on Saturday morning while drinking my coffee) and right away purchased a copy of it.


We were celebrating my step-daughter's birthday on Sunday so I decided this little pouch would be the perfect gift for her.  Her favourite colour is purple so I pulled out two purple fat quarters and got to work!

This was a super easy and fun make!

I picked a fun stripe for the binding ...

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July 7, 2017
more pincushions! from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I'm a week into my one-a-day pincushion challenge in already! I can't believe it! Here are the finished pincushions from the past few days....

day 4-the front, which uses leftover scraps from day 1 (...because I'm crazy like that!)
I pieced and quilted the back of this one, so really, it's two in one!
day 5--an old school knit pincushion in DK weight yarn. (I'm working on a pattern for these little guys, but I'm still in the prototype stages....it takes awhile!)
 day 6--I'm calling this ...

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June 30, 2017
this quilt needs a name and Maine morning mitts from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

Last evening my machine was humming because I was in a race to beat the sunset. I wanted to capture a decent photo of the quilt top before the light escaped. It's a tricky game to play, as my son says, but I'm thankful that I won. :)

You guys! I'm so happy with this quilt top! It needs a good name, so if you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
If you've been following along with the quilt along, you already know that this is a slightly ...

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Madison's Wall Hanging from Dizzy Quilts

As soon as I finished Ava's wall hanging last week, I knew I needed to make one for my little grand-daughter Madison.


I used scraps for this banner as well - all in pinks and purples - and for the background, I used some Kona Charcoal (I think!).  I really was hoping for more contrast between the purple star and the background, but it's not so bad.


For the quilting, I used Aurifil 50 wt in Dove (#2600) and quilted some FMQ flowers.


The backing is a Cotton & Steel print from a couple of years ago - I love those cute ...

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June 23, 2017
thread catchers and more from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!
This week I decided that I needed to make a half-dozen thread catchers (pattern is available here) with the mini charm packs that I picked up at spring quilt market. I wanted to use them before too long, or I knew that I would hoard them until the end of time. (There is enough fabric in that category already! Hahaha!)
I used three different fabric lines: the good life, by Bonnie and Camille, Flower Mill, by Corey Yoder and First Romance by Kristyne Czepuryk of Pretty by Hand. (All by Moda Fabrics.)
I like ...

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Ava's Wall Hanging from Dizzy Quilts

My step-daughter is moving into a new apartment on July 1 with her boyfriend, who has a little girl: Ava. I thought it would be nice to make a little wall hanging to decorate Ava's new bedroom.


I used the Spell It with Fabric patterns by Moda Fabrics for the letters. They are so easy to make and I love the size; each letter measures about 9 1/2" high by 8" wide. For the diamond, I downloaded Libs Elliott's Electric Diamond paper-pieced pattern by Sariella.com.


I used pink and purple scraps as well as a fun ...

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June 16, 2017
pincushions! from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

Hey, did you know that I love pincushions? (Hahaha!) This week I finished a bunch of them! I love making them because they are so cute, fairly quick to finish and they make great gifts. I've been giving them away nearly as fast as I make them, which is actually a good thing!

I'm calling these "granny pincushions", which are knit from scrap yarn. I love them so much! I remember my own dear grandmother had a pincushion in this style, but it was rust, teal and gold, if I recall correctly ...

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June 9, 2017
socks for Z from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

Late last night I finished knitting my 20th pair of socks to date. That's a pretty exciting milestone! I loved knitting them, even though it seems like they took forever. These are for my 16 year old son, who loves gray as much as I do. Hurray! For my next pair of socks, I've decided that I'm going to try to knit two at a time. I don't have a problem with second sock syndrome (not wanting to make the second sock after the first one is finished), but my ...

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June 2, 2017
pink flamingo gingham quilt top from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I finished my gingham quilt top! Piecing a king size quilt in less than a week during the first week of summer break may not have been my smartest idea ever, but it's done! Hahaha! I love how it turned out!!!!

This baby is huge, measuring about 108" x 100". I'm pleased that there is plenty of overhang on the sides, so it should still be plenty large after quilting and washing/drying. I did not use a pattern at all, I just did my own quilt math. (It was pretty simple ...

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