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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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faded stars mini quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

This could have been a pillow (it's yet another thank you gift!), but my friend preferred a mini over a pillow....which was fine by me. I'm happy to be done with pillows for awhile, anyway. Can you imagine?!?!

This mini was fun to make because it gave me a chance to play with some low volume binding triangles that I've been saving. Two side comments about this: my scrap categories are getting ridiculous, even for me. These patchwork thread catchers are a great way to store all of my ridiculous ...

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My Cut and Shuffle Plus Quilt at One Quilt Place in Fredericksburg, Texas from Late Night Quilter

It’s been an exciting 2016 for me, filled with lots of new beginnings.  One of the best developments in my life is the traveling I get to do… teaching longarm quilting classes at quilt shops and shows all over the country.  I love visiting new towns (buying lots of new fabric) and meeting quilters.

Row by Row Plus by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter wm

It’s hard to believe my good fortune… but this is the gorgeous little historical cottage I stayed in last week when I taught in Fredericksburg, TX. Fredericksburg is filled with Texas hill-country, small-town charm.  It has a Main Street with unique boutiques and restaurants ...

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May 13, 2016
socks, bibs and pincushions, oh my! from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday! The school year is winding down, so things are busy, busy, busy. I'm thankful that I have any finishes at all this week!

This is my 16 pair of hand knit socks to date. Hurray! These are for my oldest son, so now ALL of my kids have a pair of hand knit socks, or "Saturday Socks", as they are affectionately called in our house. My kids love them. I love that they love them! This yarn is a mix of bamboo, wool and nylon. It wasn't my favorite to knit with ...

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Appliance Handle Cover Redo - Q2 Finish #3 from Sew Crafty Jenn

Hello! This quarter is going so much better than the first quarter. I have been doing some form of sewing every day for 24 days in a row and I feel so accomplished! I've made great progress on my Pumpkin Passport cross stitch project and I have my 3rd finish to share with you today.


Back in February, I blogged about some kitchen appliance handle covers I was making for my aunt. They were intended to be a Christmas gift but I didn't finish them in time. Then, as I was adding the Velcro to what I though ...

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May 6, 2016
May is for makers // baby bibs from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!


I've joined in the May is for Makers campaign. For each of the 5 weeks in May, the idea is to purchase a pattern from an independent pattern designer and work on that pattern throughout the week. I thought that was a great idea/challenge, so I joined in. It's definitely going to take some intention and follow through, but I'm excited about it, too! (This was started by Lindsay of LRstitched and you can read her post about it here.)
My first pattern purchase is The Best Bib, by JCasa ...

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Q2 Finish #2 from Sew Crafty Jenn

Hello! I'd like to share my 2nd finish for Quarter 2 with you today. Max has been asking for new curtains for his bedroom for quite some time. He picked out a glow-in-the-dark fabric (no longer available) from the Blast Off collection by Connecting Threads and it has been washed and folded, just waiting for me to sew. I finally got around to doing just that while he was in school a couple weeks ago. He was very excited to come home and see them! It's hard to really see the pattern because it's so small but ...

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April 30, 2016
Triple Zipping from Blueberry Patch



I cannot remember how many triple zip pouches I have made over the years since Deb at A Quilter's Table wrote the tutorial but here is another one.  I used some of Cynthia's Sewing Studio fabric for Robert Kaufman.  The yellow scissors.  Cute!  And a needle book using the Nana and Company tutorial.  Just so fun!  Have a look!   Linking up with Amanda Jean for finish it up Friday. 






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April 22, 2016
a pretty pile of pillows from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

This week I worked on un-selfish sewing, which seems to leave a lot of room for self-doubt. :) My goal is to make about 11-14 throw pillow covers for gifts. Nice and easy, right? Ha!

As of last evening, this is what the first 5 throw pillows looked like. There has been a lot of power sewing going on over here this morning! (And a little bit late last night, too.)
I'm very happy to have the first 5 complete! Each pillow has an envelope backing (tutorial here)
and is stuffed with pillow forms ...

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April 18, 2016
maine morning mitts and procrastination from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

This week has been super busy, which hasn't left much time for sewing. I'm trying to go with the flow, but sometimes that is easier than others! Last evening, desperate for a finish, I pulled out my mostly completed fingerless gloves and knit the thumbs. Knitting thumbs isn't my favorite (at all), thus the procrastination.

Even though the weather turned warm this week, (we had our first 70 degree day! hurray!) I'm a Minnesota girl, so I wouldn't be surprised if I still need these a time or two ...

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April 15, 2016
fine ~ le challenge ~ bee basket from Charm About You


open internationally, ends 18th April

Just this morning I finished this adorable little basket and filled it with fabric goodness.


The pattern is from the project booklet designed by Fiona Calvert that came with issue 29 of Love Patchwork & Quilting, you can download the 2.5" and 3.5" clamshell templates here!


The bees are fussy cut from a 'Flying High' panel by Skinny Malinky Quilts, it's printed on Kona Highlight - which is hard to photograph and much brighter than it appears here! I'm looking forward to more ...

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