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July 26, 2014
Finished: Circular Knitting Needle Case from The Crooked Banana Quilts


So. Here I am again. Without a tutorial, but WITH something pretty cool to show you! I have been knitting a lot lately and my collection of needles has been growing. Particularly since I decided to buy an interchangeable circular needle set from Knit Picks. Up until now, those needles have had various homes around the house... sometimes at the bottom of my project bag, stuffed into a drawer full of sewing notions, stuck inside bins full of yarn. You get the idea. I just stashed them where ever I found space. BUT NO LONGER.

circular knitting needle roll case front


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July 21, 2014
A Finish for Friday... from Blueberry Patch

   Name: Running Neutrals
Design: Bento box blocks in neutrals
Size: 14" by  38"
Fabric: scraps, linen, and Kona Parchment
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in  off white, Matchstick quilting

I was commissioned to make a table runner for a friend to give as a gift to her sister.  The cruncher for me was that the sister is a big fan of neutrals and does not do colour in a big way at all.  What a puzzler!  Well, not really because I just grabbed my scrap box with all sorts of neutral scraps and got busy.  I used a ...

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July 18, 2014
sewing for my sister and a quilt back from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

My sister is headed to Guatemala to go to language school in about a month and she is working on building up her wardrobe. As a part of her birthday gift I offered to help her make some skirts for her upcoming trip. Yesterday we had a sewing day and we had much success despite my crazy kids' antics. Nothing like trying to install a zipper to the sound of the Indiana Jones theme song being played on the saxophone in the background. Good times!

I drafted the pattern from the book Flirt Skirts ...

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July 11, 2014
A Couple of Finishes from Georgia Girl Quilts

I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last blog post.  It’s been a little crazy around here with fixing up the house and a couple of long weekends out of town.  I’m hoping to get back into my quilting groove and start blogging regularly again.

I have a couple of finishes to share this week.  I finished my Schnitzel And Boo Mini Quilt last week, but decided to hold off blogging about it until I finished my quilt for the Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Fabric Challenge.  I literally just pulled that one out ...

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a few finishes from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday! It's been a crazy week, but aren't they all? I have a whole host of thoughts about summer and sewing and juggling and focus, but I think I'll save those for another day. :)

Last night I had the opportunity to speak to the Minnesota Quilters and my topic was Modern Quilts. It was a completely new talk for me, so I was very nervous. I usually steer clear from the "what is modern?" can of worms....but I shared a bit of my journey into modern quilting and did a trunk ...

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July 5, 2014
The Modern Quilt Guild/ Michael Miller Fabric Challenge Finish - YIPPEE!!! from Color Me Quilty

Fastest quilt finish I've had in the longest time. Yippee, I finished my MQG/Michael Miller Fabric Challenge quilt. And I'm pleased with the result - The Deconstructed Pinwheel!

The back

This was a fun quilt to make. The finished size is 40" x 55 1/2". I used Quilters Dream Wool batting and of course yummy three different colors of Aurifil 50wt thread.

That empty spool on my Pfaff is my fav, # 5004. Fortunately, I just order some more of it through Hawthorne Threads.

To all my U.S. peeps, Happy Independence Day! To everyone else, Happy Finished ...

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July 4, 2014
A Finish - “Owls of a Feather…" from Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner

You might remember some time ago I wrote about repurposing some gingham squares I had in my stash box for nearly 2 years!  When you run out of steam on a project and the original idea really isn’t worth it it’s ok in my book to make it into something else!


I finally finished my donation quilt!  The pattern is from creative Patchwork magazine by Sally Ablett and is designed for a pack of 5” charm squares.  Sally cleverly uses blank spaces to spread the squares out a bit with two borders and a skinny strip to frame ...

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Friday Finish: Bachelors Walk (my first Modern Quilt design!) from Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner

A Friday Finish at long last!  I'm so delighted to share these photos of Bachelors Walk finally Quilted, Bound, Washed and Crinkled!

I was a little nervous sticking it in the washing machine so I threw in three colour catchers.  Just in case!  Then a spin in the dryer, watching the timer, waiting for zero to flash, keeping my fingers crossed  that some of the pleats, I made during quilting, would shrink up and disappear into the never never.  I'm left with one small area of pleated badness but I'm living with it! 

When I asked our ...

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June 28, 2014
Design to Reality from Factotum of Arts

Making something from a design is always, for me a great accomplishment. I do not take a lot of my ideas/designs all the way to making it. Today, though, I have made this mini quilt top, which I may turn into place mats and a table runner.

The design I came up with for one of the “Quilt Design A Day” was this simple wonky chevron design.


That turned into this:

I paper pieced the wonky chevron design which is ~6″ x 10″. I am used peppered cottons for the chevrons purchased from my LQS (who also has an ...

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June 27, 2014
Making Clothes from The Crooked Banana Quilts

Lately I've been on a bit of a clothes making kick. I made an infinity/convertible dress, which I have no pictures of except this one from Instagram:

silver convertible infinity dress

I know. Super glamorous bathroom shot. I promise I'll get better pictures soon! It was really simple to make. Only took me 2 hours start to finish (I didn't hem anything though). I followed this tutorial minus the tube top part. I think I have enough fabric left to add one, though, so I might be doing that. It's such a fun dress, though! I might be making ...

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log cabin slippers = cozy toes from Charm About You

My feet are warm and snug in log cabin slippers, it's like having a little quilt for your toes! I used Ayumi's clever pattern from Stitch Magazine (Summer 2011). You can get a PDF of the pattern here. I'm a UK size 7 and have quite wide feet, I made the large size and there's a little room for wiggling my toes so feel super comfy.

I used the most beautiful Nani Iro binding from Miss Matatabi, which inspired my colours for the log cabins. For the soles I used Slipper Gripper, which I thought might ...

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Quilt Top Finish: MQG Michael Miller Challenge from Color Me Quilty

Funny how a looming deadline gets you moving on a project. It motivated me to get this quilt top finished so that I can get to the fun part, FMQ!!!

The top ended up larger than I thought it would be approximately 41" x 57", a nice sized baby quilt. I used all of the fabric (plus purchasing a little extra) of the challenge fabric and I added the warm dark grey solid. The goal for this weekend is to get is basted and start quilting.

Today, I'm linking up with TGIFF, Link-A-Finish Friday, Can I Get a Whoop ...

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June 21, 2014
baby baby baby from Charm About You

So my stall at the PTA fair didn't make me or the school a fortune but I sold a few little bits, had lots of admirers (of the stall not me - although one parent said she thought I was a student teacher not a mum and is now my new best friend!!), questions about commissions and just generally enjoyed the sunshine.

I was disappointed I didn't sell the baby dresses I had made because I think they are too cute. Lots of people loved them but I guess we've all had our babies (since we are at ...

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Working through the Stress from The Crooked Banana Quilts

In the interest of getting back into this whole blogging thing... Here is something I actually managed to finish during all this craziness. It hasn't been a productive few weeks, but the sewing I did manage was so calming! I really appreciated having a hobby that could take my mind off things for a while.

Without further ado...

just the essentials clutch exterior paper pieced star

I love how the orange and grey turned out together. The little star is paper pieced from a pattern I drew up myself. I feel like I put the strap on the wrong side, though. Is there a right side for ...

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June 20, 2014
A Finished Tree Quilt from Color Me Quilty

Finally, finally!!! I finished my Tree quilt. Pretty happy with the outcome. So what do you think?


 I decided on a faux piped binding with three chunks of the dark teal mixed added. I love the fact that the teal ended up going around the bottom corner of the quilt.


 This is the trunk of the tree that I see outside my sewing room window. I think I see the inspiration.

I am more than a little pleased with the Quilters Dream Wool batting, I will most definitely be using that again. The quilt is incredibly soft for having this ...

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machine quilting sampler, volume 2 from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

This finish is very exciting to me, mostly because it's been a long time coming (I started this baby in 2011!), but also because I had to dig deep to find the perseverance to get it done! As much as I wanted to quit some days, I stayed the course and finished it. Hurray! Finishing feels GOOD!!!

This is a machine quilting sampler, so each block is quilted in a different pattern. Some blocks are free motion quilted and some are quilted with a walking foot. Between this sampler and my first one ...

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June 13, 2014
A finish... Pinkness and Mint from Blueberry Patch

  Name: Pinkness and Mint
Design: Mine, Wonky Stars, 8.5" blocks
Size: 40" by 48"
Fabric: Warp and Weft assorted pink fat quarters with a touch of mint
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white on either side of each blocks

I finished this one on the weekend.  I used a lovely bundle of fat quarters from Warp and Weft and so have another finished project for the Warp and Weft Sewing Society.  I decided to make the star blocks smaller than I usually do and have the stars be the negative space, allowing the prints to really ...

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June 6, 2014
two flowers, one head injury and a crafty day out from Charm About You

I managed to finish machine sewing the first English Country Garden Block. I love it and am looking forward to doing the next two I've downloaded.

I've also completed the last appliqué block for my daughters butterfly quilt, it will be set on point with the other three blocks. This one is a free pattern from McCall's Quilting website.

I had planned to try and lay out all the butterflies and flowers and take a quick picture to show you but then I got a call from school...

Mr Bump here ran into a table and cut ...

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Malena's quilt finished from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I pushed hard this week to finish my niece's quilt. Since it was in progress so long, the finish was all the sweeter! (I got about 1000 mosquito bites while trying to photograph it. That was not so sweet.)

I used my Go! baby to cut out the circles, then I appliqued them (without fusible) onto solid gray background squares using a blanket stitch on my Janome. After all the applique was done, the top went together super fast!
I used leftover pieces of fabric from the front (plus a little extra stash ...

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June 5, 2014
Friday Finish - 3 log cabin cushions! from Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner

Remember the log cabin blocks I made as an exploration?  Well they are now 3 quilted cushions for the sofa!

Yes it has been a week of pillows around here!  A quilted pillow is a really fun quick project and I really enjoyed making these.  I'd been wanting to try out matchstick quilting so all 3 got the walking foot treatment!

The first one was quilted in a diagonal line.  I marked straight lines 1.5" apart to keep me aligned across the pillow and spaced the quilting 1/4" apart using my piecing foot.  Does this qualify as ...

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