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October 31, 2014
Celestial Spheres (Part 1): Winter Solstice from Factotum of Arts

I received some happy mail a couple for weeks ago, that I knew would be perfect for a recent QDAD design (not shared yet on my blog). I love these Handcrafted prints by Alison Glass, the colors are so vibrant.

This is the first of a series of quilts inspired by the colors of Winter’s peak – the winter solstice. I love the grey and cooler colours which I think are perfect for this winter theme. The Handcrafted prints worked well with the background fabric which is from Botanics, Carolyn Friedlander.


The quilt is 30 x 30 ” with circles at ...

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FIF: first Sharon quilt from With Strings Attached

 The three municipalities that comprise our community do some things alike but other things differently. Case in point: Hallowe'en.  Beach Park and Zion had trick-or-treating on Sunday afternoon, October 26. It was sunny and warm.  Winthrop Harbor is having trick-or-treating today, Hallowe'en. It is blustery and cold. All those Elsas and Olafs are going to be frozen for sure!

We woke up to find that a critter had gotten into one of the pumpkins on our front steps.  A couple of hours later a squirrel was feasting on the pumpkin seeds.  (I don't carve our Hallowe'en ...

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12 Trees in Oakshotts: A Finish from Blueberry Patch

  Name:  12 Trees In Oakshots
Design:  12 Trees by Helen Howes
Size:  36" by 64"
Fabric: Oakshotts, colour shot bundle
Quilted: by me with Aurifil  40 and 50 wt in many colours

I finished 12 Trees on the weekend.  On Monday after school, I rushed outside in between rain and before darkness hit.  I just made it.  The light was fading but the colours of the Oakshotts are so vibrant that the lower light levels didn't seem to matter.  So... what can I tell you?  I used so many colours of Aurifil in the quilting.  A mix of 40 ...

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Cheri d’Amour from Factotum of Arts

I am finally catching up with a few finishes/posts after being bogged down a little at work, and spending a fabulous weekend away. Yes, it was a girls weekend at a friends cabin on Lake Hickory, NC. The fall weather was fantastic!! We had a blast with great company, food and wine.

Before I left for the weekend, I finished up the quilt top and back for Cheri d’Amour.


A QDAD design, I had always designed this quilt for Cherie fabric by Frances Newcombe. I changed the original design slightly with the placement of the top and bottom ...

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October 24, 2014
Finish it Friday - a pretty simple cushion! from Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner

Before Halloween next week and the Christmas sewing starts I thought I'd better get a few to do's off my list that have been hanging around a while.  So I have a small simple finish to share with you today.  

My friend Sarah wanted cushions to spruce up her new living room and earlier this year we made the Tula Pink Camper Van.  To go with this Sarah picked a dog applique pattern by Lynnette Anderson which reminded her of her old Labrador Holly.  I finally got around to finishing it off as a cushion for her last ...

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October 17, 2014
Baby Blue Two from Blueberry Patch

 Name:  Baby Blue Two
Design:  4" squares
Size:  36" by 42"
Fabric: Stash/scrap fabrics including some prints from backed in  flannelette and cotton
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in grey

This quilt was like dealing with sourdough starter because I used a bunch of leftover 4" squares from a baby quilt made last year.  I just had to add a few more squares.  I guess I got a little square crazy when I made the last one.  As it turns out, I even used the leftover backing from the first quilt for the back of this one ...

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"you can't rush art" quilt finished! from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I finished my quilt! This one took me on quite a journey. It feels so personal and like such a milestone for reasons I can't express. I will say, however, that I am absolutely pleased with how it turned out. I think the amount of photos to follow prove that. :)



The top is made up of 100% scraps. Mainly Kona cottons, but several other brands make an appearance including a few shot cottons and a few Oakshott scraps.
Spiral quilting was done in a light gray Aurifil thread (color 2600).
Binding is Kona ...

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October 10, 2014
"you can't rush art" quilt top from Crazy Mom Quilts

I'm quite excited that this quilt top is finally finished. I am no where close to running out of solid scraps, but I was growing tired of adding "just one more row". I think that happened about 3-4 times before I felt like it was done. The quilt top measures about 70" x 90". That is one big lap quilt! It makes me wonder if I should trade in my king size design wall for something smaller? Hahaha!
It was definitely a labor of love and perseverance. But totally worth it! (The quilt is sideways in the photo, because ...

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October 3, 2014
for the love of kawaii and using small scraps from Charm About You

I've been doing so much hand quilting recently that I definitely needed a little escape and I've spent some time at my machine whizzing up some quick makes. I'd come across this pattern 'Double Zippers Pouch' and thought I would give it a go. I needed a little bag and a larger one so I changed the dimensions from those given in the tutorial. I got it a little off with the first small bag and the lining is actually too big really but since it's stuffed inside and no one can see I didn't ...

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teal socks from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

This week I finished my 9th pair of socks to date! Do you know how hard it is to photograph socks alone on a gloomy day? It's not easy! After several failed attempts I popped out onto my front step and I had an acceptable photo in no time. Hurray for fall! :)

It's cool and blustery here, so these babies are going to get broken in (and covered in a whole lot of thread)!
Now it's your turn. Please link up your finishes. Thanks for joining me for finish it ...

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September 26, 2014
Flying Geese Cushion from Charm About You

I made this a little while ago and forgot to share it here. It's a flying geese cushion that I will be teaching as a class at Patchfinders.

I hand quilted it with Sashiko thread and I'm especially pleased with my covered zip on the back! I had to snap some pictures quickly while I was at work because it's on display. The class is full now but I've put a tab to list all the classes I'm teaching at the top of my blog. Hopefully I will be teaching more in the new year ...

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patterns from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I've been working on updating all of my patterns using my new template, working toward a consistent, printable pattern line. It's a TON of work, but I'm s l o w l y getting there. It's starting to become a reality!!! (Woohoo!)

These four are DONE. (Complete with barcodes and everything. I feel so official!) I have a few more in the works....and a hundred ideas to work up after that. :) I can't even begin to fathom how many hours are represented here...but I think it's ...

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September 13, 2014
My son’s first sewing project from Factotum of Arts

I am so exited to share this finish this week. It is my son’s first sewing project.

Don’t you love it when your child takes an interest in what you do? My son and I have always done art/craft projects together. Since I have taken up sewing, and he has gotten older (just turned 7), we don’t do as many projects together. Last weekend, he asked to have a go on my sewing machine….I think he likes the buttons on my new Janome.


We decided to make an iPad stand for his teacher. He did ...

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September 12, 2014
The Wedding Quilt from The Crooked Banana Quilts

Okay, guys, I finally have something awesome to show you. Are you ready? Let's pretend I took really awesome pictures and wasn't totally rushing 10 minutes before I had to get ready to leave, okay??

star in star wedding quilt

BAM. Star in a star in a star, self-drafted pattern. Then I added the fun border to make it a little bigger. It finished at about 85x85.

star in star wedding quilt

Look, a slightly different angle! I couldn't stand back far enough to get a straight on shot of the whole thing without the sun glaring off the camera lens... *sigh*

star in star wedding quilt close

See the glare?? And I ...

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Finished February Hearts Wall Hanging from Little Bunny Quilts

Another little finish this week -- hooray!

I managed to finish another one of my calendar wall hangings for February.

The inside of the background is various baby pinks and the outer ring are various hot pinks. I cut out X, O, and heart shapes to decorate the outer ring in reds and burgundies.

I actually did all of this satin stitching the same time that I did the finishing satin stitching on my January snowman just so that I could get more done while my settings were just right!

I patchwork pieced my large heart together using large pieces of ...

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I made this the other day... from Blueberry Patch

I made this the other day.  I made it to try out a theory.  I am pleased to say that it worked.  Can you see it?  Yep.  It is a zippered covered journal.  Squeal!  This, for some reason, gives me great joy.  I will say that the zipper I used is not a favourite.  I had a vision of a fantastic metal zipper but do you know how hard it is to find a long metal zipper that does not look like it is made for a logger's winter coat?  I think, however, that I have solved this problem ...

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Terri's quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

You may or may not know this, but finishing things is a big deal to me. My dad always impressed on me (and my siblings) "if you are going to start something, you need to finish it!" The end. I'm passionate about finishing what I start and sometimes I even adopt other peoples' WIPs and finish them! (No, I'm not offering to finish your WIPs!) :)
This past summer at the annual Gruber's retreat, Terri showed this quilt top that she had pieced a few years ago at that same retreat. Isn ...

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Mama & Baby Pips from Because I Sew So

It's finish it up Friday and I have 2 quilts to show you today.  These quilts started when Abby suggested a quilt along over on Instagram following Camille's Jelly Filled Quilt Pattern.  Since this was at the start of my Sewing with Camille challenge I was excited to have some friends to sew along with on one of the patterns.  The blocks for this quilt come together super quick and I found that it was fairly easy to chain piece 3-4 at a time.  For some reason I have a hard time doing much more than that although ...

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September 5, 2014
a long time coming from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

This quilt has been a LONG time in the making...over 5 years! And it ended being a baby size. Ha! At one point it had larger borders on it (although I was never completely happy with them) and I had even pieced a backing for it. Needless to say, this is one of those quilts that changed directions many times. It happens! And I'm very happy with how it ended up.

The other day I was showing my husband the quilt top and he suggested that I chop off some of the ...

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Finished Argyle Quilt from Little Bunny Quilts

It's finally finished after a long, long time as a WIP!

This is an embarassing admission, but this quilt has been sitting at my apartment only needing the binding sewn on since May. Oops.

I hand stitched the binding on the back, so it took me quite a few hours of watching The West Wing on Netflix to finish it!

This one is going on our bed later today!

Pattern: blocks from Tula Pink's Honey Honey pattern, setting designed myself.
Size: Queen
Fabric: mostly from City Girl line by Kitty Yoshida for Benartex with others mixed in ...

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