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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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Sketchy Doodle Potholder from Color Me Quilty

Last week I made a set of potholders, which has inspired me to make a few up for Christmas presents. Oh yeah, it's that time of year again. I talked to my stepdaughter and asked if she wanted to team up. She's a fabulous  baker. I thought that a set of potholders and a loaf of applesauce cake or zucchini bread would make a lovely gift. She can make the sweet treats and I can make the potholders.

I love to doodle, always have, what a perfect way to inspire some new potholders. For the set this week ...

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August 29, 2014
FMQ Potholder Set Completed from Color Me Quilty


I like to practice free-motion quilting, so I decided to have a little fun and create a set of  potholders. I might as well make something useful while practicing. I used two layers of batting, the bottom layer of Insul-Bright and a top layer of Warm & Natural. The thread was a variegated King-Tut, Aurifil 50wt bobbin and Aurifil Invisible thread for the binding.

The quilted designs were just free-form feathers with a lot of echos. Then I just trimmed each one to 9"x 9". Lucky for me, I had just enough leftover binding from another project to ...

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goodbye summer from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

This was the last week of summer vacation for us, so I took most of the week off and spent it with my kiddos. We spent some time with their cousins and then we spent some time preparing for school. It included a 24 hour cleaning stint (their room was a disaster area!!) so cleaning that was a HUGE accomplishment. I'm counting it not only as my main finish for the week, but also a personal victory that all 4 of us lived through it and still love each other. Ha!

I did ...

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August 22, 2014
weekend of wips from Charm About You

I have made some good progress with the projects I'm doing but still have a lot to get on with!

Another quilt top finish this week, one I will be teaching at work. It's a Japanese + x quilt made with gorgeous Arizona by April Rhodes. It's not often I make a quilt using all one fabric line but I really do love Arizona. The colours are so beautiful and I love the Southwestern American theme.

Apologies the picture was taken in weird light - I'm so busy this was the best I could manage! I will get ...

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EPP did not get the best of me from Crazy Mom Quilts

Hello and welcome to finish it up Friday!

I'm sooo very excited...I finally finished my "Oh My Stars" quilt top!! Isn't that an appropriate name for it? It is English paper pieced (EPP for short), which means that it is completely stitched by hand. I never ever thought I would completely hand stitch a quilt top, but hey, I've done a lot of things that I seem to have fallen into! Ha! Looking back, I'm quite pleased with my choice of fabrics (30's and polka dots) for this quilt, because it should continue to ...

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All Buttoned and Zipped Up! from Color Me Quilty

My old purse is looking a little shabby. Not surprising really, I made it a year and a half ago. So I decided it was time to make a new one. I have a pattern by Lazy Girl Designs called the City Bag. I have made it a few time (here, here and here), I really like this pattern.

One of the best parts of this bag are the buttons and zipper pull, aren't they WONDERFUL! They are handmade out of glass. My friend Bonnie Scott of Joyful Adornments makes them. You really should check out her website, she ...

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August 15, 2014
My rose star quilt top from Charm About You

I finished my rose star quilt top...

It will need trimming along the sides and of course I will be hand quilting it. I have a quilting plan and Aurifil thread ready to go!

There's 5,467 pieces in this quilt top... ok kidding I haven't got time to count them!! But it's a lot. All the papers were cut out from printer paper, then hand basted and hand pieced with Aurifil 50wt 2600 and 2610.

All done by hand and all done by me, except for one beautiful block made by my wonderful friend Nicky - she ...

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A Modern Scottish Baby Quilt Finish from Color Me Quilty

I did have fun designing and making this quilt for a very special cousin. My family is of Scottish descent and  my cousin's husband is also. As a matter of fact, my cousin's husband and family recently visited Scotland. So my goal in making this quilt was to incorporate a Scottish theme. That is easier said than done with a baby quilt. Thistles and plaid made it to the top of my list to use.

I used three shades of yellow and pieced a gingham top.
I used a tattoo design of a Celtic Thistle and used reverse ...

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scrap happy again from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I have two quilts that I'm working on hand binding at the moment, so hopefully next week is a BIG finish week. In the meantime....

I managed to finish yet another scrap happy purse! I believe that this is my 4th one. My son said that they all look the same. Now, I don't think he necessarily meant it as a compliment, but I took it as one! :)  I forgot to add the magnetic snap to this one (doh!) but I think it will work anyway.

This is scrap project # 83/101 ...

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August 9, 2014
A Finish for a Friday: All About Scraps from Blueberry Patch

   Name: Darlene
Design: Quilty, July/August 2014 issue
Size: 60" by 82"
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white, straight line grids
Fabric, Binding and Backing:  Scraps, Kona White, binding in pink and white stripe by Bonnie and Camille, Marmalade line, backing, pieced stash fabrics

I started this quilt on a whim last week.  It was really about trying to deal with my over flowing scrap boxes but scraps seem to magically multiply.  Despite my efforts and the presence of a quilt, there does not seem to be any appreciable difference in the levels of the scrap boxes ...

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August 8, 2014
a memory quilt top from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I'm always amazed what a little FOCUS-and a deadline-will do. I started this quilt on Monday!!! As I posted earlier, I'm making a memory quilt from my late Aunt Janet's clothing. It is a custom order from my cousin, and she will be giving the quilt to her dad for his birthday in a few weeks. I've done a marathon of cutting, fusing, trimming, and sewing this week!

Deconstructing clothing is messy! I used woven interfacing (Pellon SF 101) for backing the knit fabrics. 272 squares of denim, knits and ...

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August 1, 2014
little connections 3 quilt top from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I just finished sewing up my little connections quilt top this morning. Hurray for the push to finish something for Friday! It keeps me focused and boy do I need it.

I used Dreamin' Vintage fabric by Jeni Baker plus various fabrics from my stash. It measures about 60" x 71". I started this one last weekend, so I'm THRILLED that it's already a quilt top!

I'm very thankful for my clothesline, which makes taking photos so much easier. Today is a rare windless day, so that's even better!

Now ...

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