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May 19, 2017
big nines-a completed quilt top from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I'm not completely sure, but I think the month of May just might be the end of me. Man, it's been busy! If I've been sewing, it's mostly been something that I can't show yet. So, for sanity sake, I whipped up this little quilt top. I needed to see something completed, and quick like! Something bigger than a pincushion. Hahaha!

I used 10 different solid fabrics from my stash in this quilt. The white blocks are Kona cotton (Snow) and the solids are from a variety of different ...

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May 12, 2017
nine mini nines from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday! Is it just me, or did Friday come around awfully quick this week? ;)

I carved out some time to finish up the (9!) mini nines pincushions that I started a few weeks ago. I really dislike production line sewing, but having this many pincushions to photograph at once makes it ALL worth it!
I hand stitched the openings closed on half of these while my younger son was getting some teeth pulled, and I finished up the other half of them when I was waiting for my older son's band concert to start ...

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Lunch Bag for Debbie from Dizzy Quilts

Things are slowly getting back to normal at work so I've been spending a little bit more time at my sewing machine. I wasn't in the mood to work on a big quilt plus I have a business trip to Denver coming up at the end of the month so decided to make myself a laptop bag.

I found a tutorial, purchased some interfacing and some fusible fleece, cut up some long hoarded fabric and then disaster struck...  The tutorial was written for experienced bag makers, did not have clear instructions and skipped some pretty vital steps.  Anyhow ...

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May 8, 2017
the subtle quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish up Friday AND the final day of the No Scrap Left Behind blog tour. I appreciate all of the kind comments that were left along the way. It's been fun to finally show the quilts I worked so hard on behind the scenes for months on end. (Secret sewing is not easy!)

Today my friend Amy, of Diary of a Quilter, is sharing her beautiful take on the subtle quilt. Amy and I have been long time blog friends and we've even been quilt market roommates a time or two. I had to chuckle when ...

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April 28, 2017
friday mash up from Crazy Mom Quilts

Hello, hello! Today's post is going to be a mash up of finish it up Friday AND day 5 of the No Scrap Left Behind blog tour. I hope that you were able to finish more than I managed to this week!

My friend, Erin, of Why Not Sew, is the featured stop on the blog tour today. If you aren't familiar with Erin, you really need to go check out her work. She makes beautiful things and she is as sweet as can be! She is sharing the ADORABLE pillow inspired by the mini nines quilt. I ...

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April 21, 2017
noodlehead pencil pouch from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

A few weeks ago, my friend, Anna, generously shared a tutorial for her canvas pencil pouches(available here) and I've been wanting to make some ever since. Actually, she showed the pouches on her blog before that, and I have wanted to make them since then, so it's been awhile! She has such a great style and aesthetic.... it's hard to not want to copy everything she makes. Her work is so inspiring!

I finally took the time to make a pouch yesterday, and I absolutely love it! It was a ...

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April 14, 2017
harvest sweater complete from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

Last year, my one crafty goal was to knit myself a sweater. It's April, so I did not meet my timeline, but I am still very pleased that my harvest sweater is complete! I am over the moon with the results!!! After blocking the sweater, it has just the right amount of slouch and it feels so cozy. I don't know that I'm going to ever take it off. Hurray!

I am neither a photographer OR a this photo was a huge stretch for me. (Thank goodness for cropping ...

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April 7, 2017
terrific tulip mini quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

Last week, I had the chance to help out my sweet friend, Katherine, by testing her new block pattern called terrific tulip. It's a great pattern and it was a lot of fun to sew up! It was also a good exercise in following directions. (I am usually writing them, not following them. It was a nice change of pace! Ha!) Isn't the block cute?
This morning, I quilted it up and turned it into a mini quilt. It measures about 12" square. I think I love diamond crosshatching most of all ...

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March 31, 2017
the happy quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!!!!

On the first day of spring, I finished my happy quilt. What perfect timing! I absolutely love this quilt, which means I took a ton of photos to share with you. I'm going to let the photos do most the talking today, with details about the quilt at the end of the post.



I fussy cut the text block to highlight the year 1997, which happens to be the year that I married my husband. Awww. :)

Pattern: Waiting, which is available for purchase here. It is newly updated, to include 3 sizes!
Technique ...

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#QuiltsforQc Finish from Dizzy Quilts

You might have heard about the #quiltsforqc initiative the Montreal MQG launched on January 30 after the horrible shooting at a mosque in Quebec City.  The response we received from quilters the world over has been amazing, humbling and a little overwhelming.  :-)  You can read updates on the Montreal MQG's blog here.

I did make a couple of blocks to contribute to the cause, but I also decided to finish a few quilts. Today, I would like to share my first #quiltsforqc finished quilt.

I just love those house blocks - I love how different they all are... some pretty ...

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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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