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March 17, 2017
dot your i's-a completed quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I'm extremely thrilled... my "dot your i's" quilt is complete! I have a bunch of photos to share, then I'll recap the details of the quilt at the end of the post.

Started: July 20, 2015
Finished: March 12, 2017
Inspired by: Carolyn Friedlander's Aerial Grove Quilts. Squircles technique from her book Savor Each Stitch. (Each one was hand appliqued.)
Background block size: 4" cut, 3 1/2" finished.
Squares used for the squircles: 2 1/2" cut
Quilting: I hand quilted in the ditch with gray perle cotton, then ...

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March 10, 2017
bright birch trees 3-a completed quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

Last evening, just before 10 pm, I put the final stitches on the binding of my third bright birch tree quilt! (You can see the first one here. The second one is here. The pattern is available here.)

This pattern proves that every scrap deserves a chance! The blocks in this version finish a touch larger than 12" square.
I paired strips of scraps with a variety of solids from my stash. There are so many tiny details in this quilt. One could sit and look at it for hours. I love quilts like ...

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March 3, 2017
three zip pouches from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

This week has been an extremely busy one. Since I had so little time to sew, I'm going to share the zipper pouches that I made for my kids around Christmas time. I never got around to blogging them, so I'd like to think that today is a good time for that. :)
This first pouch is for my middle child, who loves penguins. I used scraps from a friend to make the pouch. After I gave it to my son, he told me that I had already made him one very much ...

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February 24, 2017
bruiser quilt complete from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

It's been over a month since I finished a quilt. That seems like a long time. Hahaha!

I am so glad that this one is finished! I absolutely love how it turned out! I started calling this the bruiser quilt as a joke, but the name stuck. The pattern is called All Sizes, and it can be found in my book, No Scrap Left Behind.
There are a whole lot of triangles in this quilt, but making them in batches (10, 20 or 50 at a time) really helped to break up the ...

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Bed Runner for Mom from Dizzy Quilts

A couple of years ago, my mom sold her house in the suburbs and moved into a condo in the city. Her new condo is super modern and when I went for my first visit, she mentioned that she would love a black and white bed runner made by me for her new bedroom.

During the Christmas holidays a couple of months ago, I started playing with my black and white scraps and decided it was time.  So I made 12.5" slab blocks in black, white and grey and threw one piece of red in there for a pop ...

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February 17, 2017
LOVE hoop art and a finished scarf from Crazy Mom Quilts

A few days ago, I attempted to make a pincushion with the word LOVE on it, but it turned out waaaay too big, so I turned it into hoop art instead! I've been kicking around the idea of making something like this for a long time, I just didn't realize that it would be this week! Ha! The letters were pieced improvisationally. I ran out of red fabric (ridiculous, but true!) so I made the L from a print rather than a solid. I love that it is a little bit scrappy!
The hoop was hanging up, empty ...

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February 10, 2017
bruiser quilt top and a bowl of pincushions from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

First off, THANK YOU for your kind comments and excitement about my book! I appreciate each and every one! Your support means so much!

I managed to finish my bruiser quilt top this week! I had a hard time getting a decent photo of the entire quilt before I sent it off to the quilter. I was in a hurry, so that certainly didn't help. In fact, I was in such a pinch that I actually de-threaded it in my van before I shipped it off. De-threading is a pain. De-threading in a ...

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February 3, 2017
kindness pillow from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I finished my kindness pillow cover yesterday. It's definitely not perfect, but I am so glad that I took the time to make this project. It will be nice to have a visible daily reminder of my word for 2017. I purchased a king size pillow for the insert. It's a snug fit, but I managed to avoid popping any seams while stuffing it into the pillow cover. Hurray for that!
This solid fabric is something that I picked up at the thrift store for a couple of bucks a few months ...

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January 28, 2017
a trio of pincushions from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I had very little sewing time this week, so all I managed to finish is these three pincushions. I guess that's better than nothing!

The black and white pincushion was made from scraps leftover from piecing my kindness pillow top. The other two were made from patchwork pieces that were floating around in my orphan block pile. At least they are usable items now! I think they make pretty cute pincushions.

I've also put my favorite tools for making pincushions in the photo. The first is invisible thread. It's a bugger ...

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January 20, 2017
courtyard-a completed quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I'm calling this the courtyard quilt. It's just a slab of fabric scraps (all solids!) surrounded by Essex linen in flax. I love the simplicity and I think I actually prefer the scraps floating on a solid background rather than an entire quilt made from scraps. The negative space highlights the patchwork quite nicely. It was pieced very much like my scrap vortex quilts. (Those tutorials can be found here, if you scroll to the bottom of the page.)
On quilts like this I enjoy mixing up the quilting. For the patchwork ...

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January 13, 2017
Summer Solstice {Finished Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

While I technically finished this on New Year's Eve, this is my first finish share of 2017! My Summer Solstice quilt is completed!

I made this as a part of Melissa at Happy Quilting's Summer Solstice QAL last summer. I finished the quilt top in September with the QAL schedule, but put it aside because I wasn't ready to quilt it. As you might have seen on Instagram, I pieced my backing and was able to do the pin basing the week after Christmas and I did all of the quilting and binding on New Year's ...

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A cover for my Quilter's Planner from Dizzy Quilts

For Christmas, I bought myself a Quilter's Planner. I typically use an electronic planner for work and I was starting to also plan my quilting projects and blog posts in there, but having everything I need for a quilt project in one place just made sense to me, so I went ahead and ordered the Planner.

And boy am I glad I did! I'm literally in love with my Planner...

So much so that I decided to make a cover for it.  I found the free pattern on the Quilter's Planner website (the pattern is based on ...

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January 6, 2017
i like orange-a completed quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday! I hope your New Year is off to a great start!

I finished my quilt called "I like orange" this week! I started it in a class with Denyse Schmidt back in April of 2015.

Choosing just 2 colors for this quilt was challenging--I would have rather chose 122 colors. That's more my speed! Ironically, when we were given "permission" to add more colors, I chose to stick with just the two. I put my own spin on the pattern by piecing smaller blocks within the larger blocks. I LOVE those little blocks ...

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December 30, 2016
WIPS: Rest in Peace Zombies from Life In Pieces

The joyful hubbub of the holiday season has definitely lessened.  Now My Guy and I are enjoying our end of the year vacation days.  We spent yesterday morning tackling our over stuffed walk in closet.  It's amazing what stuff accumulates on the shelves in there and what's hidden in those piles.  We'd been looking everywhere for my keys to My Guy's vehicle for the last few months. I was convinced they had fallen out of my purse.  But we found them in the purse I was carrying last Christmas!  We're about a quarter done with ...

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December 23, 2016
straightforward quilt complete from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

Despite all the craziness of the week before Christmas, I managed to finish a quilt! I'm pretty excited about that!

I'm calling this the straightforward quilt. It is just a simple stash quilt, but I so enjoyed making it. I love the larger pieces and the mix of pinks, corals and grays.
I free-motion quilted each row of patchwork with two lines of loops in peach thread.
I love coming up with a backing from the stash because it's one big puzzle with many possible solutions. It took a bit of ...

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December 9, 2016
high rise quilt complete from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

My high rise quilt is complete! It feels good to have this quilt finished, since it was a WIP for over 3 years. And, it feels especially good to get something this large finished in December! I've got a lot of photos to share, and then I'll give details about the quilt at the end of the post.

Finished size: 62" x 87" (it hasn't been washed yet)
Background fabric: Essex Linen in the color Flax by Robert Kaufman
Block background fabrics: Oakshott Shot Cottons (Similar to this Lakes bundle)
Mini ...

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November 30, 2016
come sew with me from Charm About You

I am super excited to be teaching 'Sew a Stitchy Pie Needle Case' at Simply Solids in Huddersfield on Saturday 11th March. You will learn some embroidery stitches and create a cute needle case for organising all your sewing needles. It is perfect for hand or machine needles, allows them to be neatly labelled and stored securely.

I finished the class sample using Aurifil floss in a limited colour palette and a touch of metallic Aurifil Brillo thread. I am loving grey and yellow together at the moment but wanted to lift it slightly so added in the turquoise for ...

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November 21, 2016
pincushions! from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

It's been another busy week, but I have some small finishes to share today. Small, but pretty darn cute!

I made these pincushions as samples for my local quilt shop. All 4 of these designs are in my pattern Plenty of Pincushions, Volume 1. I had to make new pincushions because I couldn't bear to part with the originals. Turns out these won't be easy to part with, either, even if it is only for a time! :) These are scrap project #186!
I decided yesterday that I'm going to try ...

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November 18, 2016
Peek A Pouch from Charm About You

This week I finished a fun make, perfect for a quick gift or to hold small treasures! It would be handy for keeping a few make up bits in too because it's made of laminated fabric and vinyl. 

The free pattern is Peek A Pouch by Laura Zuckerkuss, which she let me pattern test for her. Laura provides excellent step by step instructions and tips for working with these fabrics. The tutorial really makes it so easy!

I happened to have scraps of this gorgeous Loulouthi laminated fabric by Anna Maria Horner, that someone (so sorry I have forgotten ...

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November 11, 2016
All the Pretty Colours from Blueberry Patch

    Name:  All the Pretty Colours
Design:  from Kaffe Fasset GLorious Patchwork: Pieced Stripes Quilt
Size:  76.5" by 82"
Fabric: Stash fabrics, backing Anna Maria Horner
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 40 and 50 wt straigh lines, 1/2" apart

So this was fun!  It is a glorious explosion of colours.  All the colours of fall wrapped up in one quilt.  This is a quilt from Kaffe Fassett's book Glorious Patchwork.  The design is called Pieced Stripes quilt.  But that is just a bit boring.  So, I am calling this All the Pretty Colours. The pattern just tells you ...

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