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October 21, 2016
a hat for my girl from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

This week I finished knitting a hat for my daughter. She was so excited for it. She asked me several days in a row if I had finished her hat yet. :) I love that it's a quick knit, and you only have to make one....unlike socks and hand warmers!

The weather was beautiful yesterday, and my kids were off school, so I grabbed my "real" camera and had fun taking photos of her in her brand new hat. I LOVE this style on suits her so well. Charcoal gray and ...

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October 17, 2016
a quilter's palette complete from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday! Did you know that I started this link up party exactly 5 years ago today?!?!?! That's. so. crazy!!!! I'm so thankful for it, or who knows how many WIPs I'd have today. Accountability is a great thing! Thank you for sticking with me for that long!

I have another quilt finish today! This pattern is A Quilter's Palette, by the lovely Rita of Red Pepper Quilts. This was a fun quilt to make! I loved digging in the scrap bins and building the blocks one at a time. My friend ...

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October 7, 2016
trendy triangles-a completed quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I spent a lot of time on my sewing machine this week and it was good! My trendy triangles quilt is now complete!
This one has been in progress for awhile, as I mentioned in my last post. A few summers ago, my friend Holly gave me the triangle scraps, which were leftovers from a quilt that she was making from cotton + steel's very first fabric collection. I love the combination of the bright triangles with a variety of low volume prints.
For the quilting, I free motion quilted a simple loopy pattern ...

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September 30, 2016
another finished memory quilt top from Simple Dream Quilts

Here is another finished custom t-shirt memory quilt top.  
More custom quilts can be seen in my shop.  

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September 23, 2016
still running in circles from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I have another finished quilt to share today. Hurray! I started this quilt in the spring because I was teaching a class in Brainerd on curved piecing. A few weeks ago, I taught the same class in Minneapolis. I'm very glad to have the quilt completed already! There is a tutorial here, if you'd like to give curved piecing a try.

Most (if not all) of the fabrics are 30's prints. That means that the quilt has a vintage feeling already, even though it's new. I love that!
I did ...

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September 20, 2016
Wallflowers Row Quilt {Finished} from Little Bunny Quilts

This is one of those "long time coming" finishes! This is my (finally) finished quilt from the Quilter's Choice QAL that I hosted last year. You can click here and see all of my posts and tutorials!

My quilt is twin sized and uses the Wallflowers line by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew. 

There are three 12" block rows, three 8" block rows, two 6" block rows, and three 4" block rows. Between each row and along the sides there is a 1" finished strip of white fabric.


This quilt was quilted professionally, and each row is a ...

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September 16, 2016
blue and green from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I recently completed knitting my 18th pair of hand knit socks. They might be my favorite pair to date! I love this self-striping yarn. It made it easy to make two socks nearly the same size. (I was one row off on the green tip at the toes. So close!!!) The yarn is Regia Stripemania 6 Ply in the Forest colorway. I have a few kiddos who would love to claim them as their own, but I don't see that happening! As usual, I used my basic sock pattern, with ribbing on the ...

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September 9, 2016
crossed canoes quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I have another finished quilt to share this week....that makes two in a row! Hurray for the structure that the school year brings! Ha!

This quilt is based on a traditional block called crossed canoes. I drafted the templates in Illustrator and used those templates to piece the quilt. That was a new experience for me. It was time consuming and challenging, but definitely worth it. The first block I made was paper pieced and I didn't care for that method for two reasons: all of the bias edges and all the ...

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July 29, 2016
Memory quilt ..... my days at UCLA from Simple Dream Quilts

I'm finally hitting the point in my sewing/quilting where I feel I may reach my long time goal of "sewing for a living" sometime before I retire.....:)  After having made a t-shirt quilt for a local customer and receiving much attention and praise I have been receiving custom orders for more quilts from customers all over the country.  Personally I never thought I would enjoy custom orders. They can be quite unnerving, never knowing how to price for your time/materials,  unsure if the customer will happy with the end results and a load of insecurities that hit ...

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useful and pretty from Charm About You

More See It All Pouches, pattern by Laura Zuckerkuss. I enjoyed making various sizes and using different zips and fabrics. I also used interfacing and different weights of thread.

These bags are so handy with so many possible uses, I use mine for holding blocks and hand sewing projects. 

I really love this one with the lace zip and the adorable animal print - Menagerie, Indian Summer by Sarah Watson.

For some of them I used the gold sparkle vinyl again, it's so pretty!

This pencil case was the result of me not concentrating and trimming the zip off a ...

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July 22, 2016
dot your i's quilt top from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

This weekend I'm hanging out and sewing with my friends for our annual Gruber's quilt retreat. This is year 7 (!!!) and it keeps getting better and better. I've appreciated having the time to sew and laugh with my friends and sew some more. I'm super excited, because it gave me time to finish up my "dot your i's" quilt top! I started this project exactly one year ago. I'm thrilled to have it in quilt top form. Already!

There are a total of 396 hand stitched squircles in ...

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July 15, 2016
Mary's socks from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

This morning I finished my 17th (!!!) pair of socks to date. These are for my good friend Mary. She purchased the yarn (isn't it gorgeous???) and I had the pleasure of knitting them up. I hope that she enjoys them for a good long time! The yarn is from Spun Right Round and the colorway is graffiti.
I used my basic sock pattern, which is available as a free download here. I changed things up a bit by knitting the ribbing pattern on the ankle/leg section only. I used a plain stockinette ...

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July 8, 2016
a simple summer quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I've been on a mission to use up some scraps this summer. (Who am I kidding??? I am always on a mission to use up scraps. hahaha!) I had a tall stack of 6" squares that I have been collecting for years. It was high time to use them, so I had my daughter help me arrange the squares. When we were close to a twin size, I decided to cut about a dozen more squares to fill in the gaps.

There is something so charming about simple patchwork. I doubt that I ...

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July 5, 2016
Groovy Wishes -- Finally Finished! from Little Bunny Quilts

It might have taken a year and a half since the Wishes BOM with the Fat Quarter Shop finished, but I am finally finished with my version of the Wishes quilt!

Introducing Groovy Wishes!

You can check out all of my posts about this quilt here. I used Kona Charcoal as my background and the majority of my fabrics came from the Cabana Blooms collection with a few others mixed in.

I went back and forth and back and forth about if I was going to quilt this myself or not, but ultimately decided against it. It is pantograph quilted ...

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July 4, 2016
there are no words cushion from Charm About You

This is a very special make for me. One that represents loss, love, remembrance, friendship, community and compassion.

Last year when my friend Nat tragically lost her youngest son, I put a call out on social media asking for low volume nine patch blocks to make into a quilt. Quilters generously made and sent beautiful blocks from around the world and I was able to make three quilts for Nat and her family. You can read about the 'there are no words' quilts here.

The lovely Sharon Holland contributed a block to the quilt and also sent an extra one ...

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June 17, 2016
a scrapalicious quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

My scrapalicious quilt is finally done! This finish is especially sweet because it has been a work in progress at least since November of 2014. That's a bit of time...

I took it to a nearby park yesterday for a photo shoot. It's usually a quiet park, but while I was photographing it, a group of about 10 people who were on a nature walk passed by. Of course they did! It makes me a little bit uncomfortable to be caught in public photographing quilts, but I had to smile when one ...

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June 10, 2016
a pair of boxy pouches from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

The boxy pouch is something that has been on my mental to-make list for years. Literally, years!

I used this fantastic tutorial by Pink Stitches. (This is the larger size.) It was a fun project and there was a lot of squealing by me and my daughter over the finished product. Like a friend of mine mentioned, it has hello kitty, gingham and strawberries. What more could you ask for? Plus, it's pink!!!
I love that it's fully lined on the inside. I quilted the outside panels onto scraps of batting, then ...

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June 3, 2016
Sunny's quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I finished Sunny's quilt this week! Her graduation party is tomorrow and I am excited to hand deliver this quilt to her.
I used my simple flea market fancy tutorial for the pattern. This was my first time using Essex Linen (the color is flax) for the background of a quilt. It certainly behaves differently than cotton does, but I had no issues with it. I did a shrink test of the fabric before I began, just to be safe. My 6" test square only shrunk about 1/8", so I don't ...

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May 27, 2016
quilting and a placemat for one from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

Over the past few days, I managed to get Sunny's quilt basted and quilted! I was going to hurry and finish the binding so the whole quilt would be completed today, but I decided to savor the binding process rather than rush through it. I love that I get to enjoy the quilt while I put a million little stitches around the perimeter. It's a delight!

I did want to clarify something from my last post...the blocks for this quilt were pieced in under 3 hours, but adding the sashing took ...

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May 20, 2016
think on lovely things ~ Lady from Charm About You

It has been a busy week and I've been doing lots of teaching. Really nice groups of women that all produced lovely work and have given me so much inspiration for new projects and classes. So a small finish for today...

I finished another Farmer's Wife 1930's Sew-along block, a simple one compared to my last challenging block!

#50 Lady
We all have those times like the author of this letter, "My thoughts were dragging me down; in my mind huge storms were brewing". I chose the dark navy as a symbol of feeling "blue". Sometimes the ...

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