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December 15, 2017
tea pouches from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I have a small finish today, but it's a finish nonetheless! Considering this crazy time of year, I'll take it! :)
I made these handy fold-up pouches to give to a few of my friends that enjoy drinking tea. They were a fun little project and I can see several more in my sewing future. It's fun to mix and match different fabric combinations. Picking the fabric takes almost as long as sewing them up. I'm not complaining, though...I love playing with fabric!
The pattern is called Handy Fold-Up Pouch ...

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City Sampler Finish!! from Dizzy Quilts

I'm so excited to finally be sharing my City Sampler quilt with you today! This quilt has been in the making since August 2016 when I participated in the #100days100blocks QAL organized by Angie at Gnome Angel.

This is also my 5th finish off the 2017 FAL list for Q4!!


Each of the 100 blocks was pieced with scraps in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, black, brown, purple and pink. I chose to sash the blocks with Kona Ash which makes the colours really pop.


I had a lot of fun fussy cutting some of the fabrics in the ...

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December 11, 2017
One NICU Top Finished from The Quilting Reader's Garden

Here's my first completed top from that bag of scraps I showed you in the last post.  This is my 6th enlargement of a Nearly Insane block.  Mine is 30" finished.  The Nearly Insane one finishes at 5".  I fussy cut the sheep for the 16 patch. It's a bit dark but I think some Mom will want it for her little boy in the NICU. I then went on to finish the units for Bonnie's Part 2.  I made my

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One NICU Top Finished from Quilting Reader's Garden

Here's my first completed top from that bag of scraps I showed you in the last post.  This is my 6th enlargement of a Nearly Insane block.  Mine is 30" finished.  The Nearly Insane one finishes at 5".  I fussy cut the sheep for the 16 patch. It's a bit dark but I think some Mom will want it for her little boy in the NICU. I then went on to finish the units for Bonnie's Part 2.  I made my

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December 8, 2017
gingham quilt complete from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

Last Saturday evening I finished my gingham quilt!!!! I waited until I completed the coordinating pillowcases (all 6 of them!) to put the quilt on the bed. Otherwise I would procrastinate for at a least a year or two to actually sew them up. Ha! I put everything on my bed last night and I'm soooo pleased with how it all came together!
The quilt uses only 5 fabrics: White, Pink Flamingo and Pearl pink (all Konas) for the top. The binding (lotta dots in coral reef) and backing (apron in coral reef ...

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And Baby Girl Makes Four from Dizzy Quilts

A colleague is having her second baby soon. I made a quilt for her first baby so of course I had to make one for her little baby girl.



I purchased the Giraffes in a Row pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts because, let's face it, it was perfect for this little baby. My colleague already decided this baby girl will be her last - her little family of four is done.

I chose Kona solids in eight different shades for the giraffes, Kona silver for the background and Kona black for the eyes.  The binding is scrappy, made with leftovers ...

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December 1, 2017
almost finished and some wool garland from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday and Happy December!

I made serious progress on my gingham quilt this week! I debated rushing through the hand binding just so I could have a finish for today, but then the voice of good reason showed up. (Hurray for that! hahaha!) I decided to slow down and enjoy the process instead. I'm currently 1/4 of the way done stitching the binding to the back. I look forward to snuggling up with it as I finish it this weekend. I love hand binding!
 
(As an aside....I dream of having a stack ...

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A Christmas Stocking for Baby James from Dizzy Quilts

Becoming a grand-mother (or Mamie) has brought me a kind of joy that's really hard to explain. There's something so special about holding your child's baby. And when you have grand-babies, you really get to experience the whole thing without all the stress of being a new mother, without all the sleepless nights and without wondering if you're doing things "wrong". You've been there, done that, got the T-Shirt!!

This is little Madison in her Halloween costume

This is baby James with his gorgeous smile which melts my heart
Having grand-babies also means I get ...

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November 24, 2017
moody quilt complete! from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday! I hope all of you in the U.S. had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Much to my surprise and delight, I was able to finish the moody quilt this week! Woohoo! It's amazing what a deadline (self-proclaimed or not) will do. Hahaha! I finished the quilt at 12:15am on Thanksgiving day. I gave it to my brother in law to sleep under that same night (morning, actually...) which was a was a LOT of fun! He was surprised!
The pattern is called chain of diamonds from the book No Scrap Left Behind. I ...

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Holiday Placemats: Another Finish from Dizzy Quilts

I am killing my 2017 FAL Q4 list people! I’m happy to share my holiday placemats today because they are: 
  • My first holiday finish of the season (I know – I’m crazy late!) 
  • My 4th finish off the 2017 FAL Q4 list 
  • The result of some fun experimenting 
  • Super cute! ☺ 


I say these were the result of some fun experimenting because I used my Hex N More ruler for this project and didn’t really have a plan other than wanting to play with the ruler and use up some fun holiday charm packs I had from a couple ...

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November 17, 2017
5 ways to upcycle a linen jumper from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

The Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild had an upcycle challenge, which was due at the November meeting. The rules were to use 3 different materials that were not originally quilting cotton (fabric off the bolt) and make something from those materials. I thought it was a fun and interesting challenge! Being frugal by nature, I HAD to join in.

I started with a black linen jumper (full length dress) that I wore about 20 years ago. I always figured that I could use the fabric for something....someday. This challenge was just the push I ...

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A Modern Log Cabin Finish from Dizzy Quilts

During the 2017-2018 year, the Montreal MQG is hosting a really fun activity for its members - a skill builder challenge where we present a traditional block every month and encourage our members to modernize the block.  All of the blocks made by our quilters will be put together in charity quilts at the end of the year.

I was presenting the log cabin block at the November meeting this week. To get ready for my presentation, I decided I needed to finish my green log cabin quilt which had been on my FAL list for many, many quarters!


I used ...

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November 12, 2017
Finished Top from Quilting Reader's Garden

I finished that scrap baby top.  All the centers were left overs from other baby quilts made this year.  In the end, I left the letters the way I first had them.  Since the other quilts like it were well received, I decided to go with that setting.  Most of the solids were from a bag of scrappy strips a friend gave me.  Thank you, Deanna! It's lighter than it looks. Apparently early morning

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Finished Top from The Quilting Reader's Garden

I finished that scrap baby top.  All the centers were left overs from other baby quilts made this year.  In the end, I left the letters the way I first had them.  Since the other quilts like it were well received, I decided to go with that setting.  Most of the solids were from a bag of scrappy strips a friend gave me.  Thank you, Deanna! It's lighter than it looks. Apparently early morning

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November 10, 2017
tag arithmetic quilt top complete from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

Well, the new project that I started this week DID help my focus, believe it or not!

I'm so happy to have a completed quilt top to share today. It felt amazing to make this in a day and a half. Woohoo! I really like what Andrea said in the comments of the last post about quilt kits being like paint by numbers (in a good way!). I have to agree!
At the last minute, I decided to add in one fabric from my good neighbors line (which is from a few years ...

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November 8, 2017
WIP Wednesday - Still lots going on! from Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner

Keeping up a blog relies as much on habit as it does on making things to show but sometimes, the time it takes to write up a blog post, is lost to fun things like visiting family home for a month, secret sewing projects for new classes & workshops, designs for publication and guild work and the not so fun things like cleaning the house, reactions to the flu jab and ironing the clothes!







Having said all that, I feel the pull to the blog very strongly every now and again as the act of writing about WIP's and design ...

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November 3, 2017
Quilted, Bound and Finished from Quilting Reader's Garden

My mod baby quilt is quilted, bound and finished. It measures 32" square and will be for the NICU unit at our regional hospital. I'd seen the pattern online and thought to try it.  It's a easy and quick pattern. After quilting the last baby quilt flat with all the FMQ, decided to do just squiggly lines on this one. It'll do.  For speed I like to bring the backing from the back forward to

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Quilted, Bound and Finished from The Quilting Reader's Garden

My mod baby quilt is quilted, bound and finished. It measures 32" square and will be for the NICU unit at our regional hospital. I'd seen the pattern online and thought to try it.  It's a easy and quick pattern. After quilting the last baby quilt flat with all the FMQ, decided to do just squiggly lines on this one. It'll do.  For speed I like to bring the backing from the back forward to

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marmalade quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

It's an exciting day! I finished hand stitching the binding on my marmalade quilt this morning!
This is the first quilt finish I've had since May. That's like 6 months! (WHAT???) I'm still trying to figure out how that happened. I guess it really doesn't matter that much. It's not like I'm running out of quilts or anything. Hahahaha!
The pattern is called Cartwheels, which is free on the Moda Bake Shop. I made this version with a layer cake instead of a jelly roll. Because of ...

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October 28, 2017
Quilted, Bound and Shown. from Quilting Reader's Garden

Commission quilt is done.        Quilted, bound, and shown to recipient: It's a t-shirt quilt. That's why it was so hard to guess the quilting motif.  Some of these fronts of the garments have a lot of paint on them, so all I could do was go around the designs. Measures 55" by 59". Quilted on my domestic Juki. Still have to clip some threads. My mom put the top together and then handed

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