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November 20, 2015
Jen Goes to Retreat from Never Just Jennifer

This October I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a retreat for the first time!  It is sponsored by my local quilt guild and really quite affordable.  The last two years I haven't been able to attend because it actually fell on the weekend we got married and then our one-year anniversary and since I figured my then-fiance/now-husband wouldn't appreciate me missing both of those events to go quilting..... well, you get the idea.  But this year it was the weekend after, and damn it all, I was going!  

I think I brought every WIP I have ...

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catch-all fabric baskets from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

Well, it feels like winter here, so it was time to crack out the butterfly fabric! :) I actually used fabric from my stash this week--a noteworthy event to be sure. Ha!

Last summer my friend Michelle gave me a little fabric basket/tray as a gift, and I have found it so useful for corralling fabric scraps on my sewing table while I work. I have a lot of scraps, (ahem!) so I thought I would sew up a few more baskets. These were a fun, quick project to make that could be used ...

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November 13, 2015
starry pincushions and wool acorns from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I was sick most of this week and when I actually started to feel better, I overdid it. (You would think I would know better by now!!!) Despite that fact, I managed to sew up a few pincushions. I certainly don't NEED another pincushion (or 6 more, for that matter!), but need has nothing to do with it! I did empty a scrap bag, so only 556 scrap bags left to go. (Hahaha!) I love these pincushions so much, and it will be hard to break up the set, but most of them ...

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November 6, 2015
mini coffee cups from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

First off, thank you so very much for all your kind comments on my 9 year blog birthday post. I appreciate each and every one! xo

Today I've got a few mini quilts to share. I came up with this design to go with my good neighbors fabric line. I had to test out the pattern on other fabric first, so I have two versions to share. One with a scrappy background and one without. I love seeing different versions of a single pattern anyway, so it all works out! :)

I went through ...

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October 23, 2015
the frugal gal mini quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

Thank you all so much for your kind comments about my crazy little half square triangle project last week! And thank you to those of you who weighed in on whether I should turn it into a pillow or mini quilt. In the end, I decided on a mini...for practicality reasons. I couldn't imagine letting anyone lay down on this! I'm happy to report that it is already hanging on my sewing room wall.

This piece is heavily quilted with a 1/2'' diamond pattern, which creates a beautiful texture. Since ...

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Simply Mini Swap from Never Just Jennifer

Back in August, I think I signed up for my first ever mini quilt swap.  It's entirely managed on Instagram.  You can find it by searching #SimplyMiniSwap for the full group or #SimplyTeamConni for my pool.  For some reason I always seem to miss the sign-ups but I managed to catch this one and it seemed completely doable.  The instructions?  Make a mini quilt.  That's it.  No extras, just a mini quilt.  Well the mailing deadline is this Saturday and I'm embarrassed to say that my partners mini isn't done yet but I'm off to ...

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October 16, 2015
finish it up Friday, 10/16/15 from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I wanted SO badly to have this project finished today, but at some point you just have to admit defeat. At least I got the top assembled, so it's one step closer!

This project started out innocently enough, as all crazy projects do. I was trimming down half square triangles and the remaining bits were just under 1" square. That's too big to throw away, obviously, so I bordered each one with a big gray frame. I added white sashing to set them apart.
The half square triangles finish about 1/2 ...

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Friday Tally 10/16 from Love Makes the Quilt

I did my Friday morning tally of what I accomplished this week – a lot of little step progress (which is always better than nothing) and one little coaster out of the 11 I put together out of my scraps.  One little coaster.  Hmmm.

This has been a week that the homefront got more of my time than anything else.  I was fortunate enough to dog sit for DD (she brought along a 34  pound bag of dog food – that alone was enough to make me nervous!)  This is Riley, sometime playmate and sometime nuisance to Max:

riley 1

See- Riley can’t ...

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October 15, 2015
Twice as Nice Super-Hero Twin Quilts {two finished quilts} from Never Just Jennifer

Wow, it's been a month again...  how did that happen?  So much is happening right now.  Partly because I lost my sewjo again, the change in the seasons and my struggle with seasonal depression (and the loss of light) and an intense desire to watch re-runs of SVU on Netflix and eat cookies, and partially because of work demands and things that need to get finished at home before the snow comes in (winter IS coming).  If you really missed me I have been active on Instagram.  I vow to be more active here in this space moving forward ...

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October 13, 2015
ladder leap in Konas from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

Well, I did it! I finished a big quilt this week and man, it feels good. This twin size quilt is called Ladder Leap. A big thank you goes out to Cindy for giving it a great name!

I designed this quilt to be sewn up in my good neighbors fabric, but the fabric wasn't available when I was designing and testing it, so I used Kona cottons for the first go round. Once I sewed up the quilt and knew the measurements were accurate, I set the top aside and it hung ...

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October 3, 2015
A Couple Finishes from Sew Crafty Jenn

Hello everyone! I'm a day late posting this because my computer was having Internet issues yesterday. But that's okay. Max was home from school Mon-Wed of this week with a wheezy cough but is now feeling much better. So I didn't get anything done the first half of this week. We did work on his little sewing project for a bit on Wednesday. He added some more decorative stitching and some ribbons around 3 edges. He wants to make another square and sew it to the first one so we're waiting to add more ribbons. Then ...

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October 2, 2015
my stumbling Clam Shell block, discounts and a winner! from Charm About You

It was a beautiful sunny day today, I sat and stitched in the garden and finished the Clam Shell block for my green tea and sweet beans quilt. I had to give it a quick rinse with cold water to get rid of the pen marks (I use this Sewline Styla pen and really recommend it!) and then hung it to dry in the sunshine.

I traced the clam shell template on to the fabric using my lightbox and then used needle turn appliqué to stitch them in place.

I used some of my very favourite and special fabrics on ...

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October 1, 2015
My Favorite Quilt Ever – Modern Paper Pieced Stars from Late Night Quilter

Happy October!!!  Are you feeling the signs of fall yet?  Not so much here in Austin… we’re still enjoying the heat.

If you’ve seen my Instagram feed, you might have seen my pictures of a quilt I finished longarming last month for a wonderful client named Rachael Ferrera.  This is Rachael’s own layout, using paper pieced stars from a number of sources.

I love it so much that I think it would make a beautiful cover for the 2016 Quilter’s Day Planner.  I’ve been busy working with Rachael to get permission from all the various ...

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September 25, 2015
More Halloween Fun from Love Makes the Quilt

The last few days have been nothing but rain – over 8 inches!  At one point half the backyard had several inches of standing water, and I really didn’t want a pool.  When asked if I had survived the deluge, I had a typical quilter’s answer:


“I confined myself to my sewing room…and I’ve been cooking up stuff!”


Playing with these gremlin guys just never gets old, and was just the thing for a couple of rainy days.  I opted for a different border and wavy edge and bias binding.  After finishing the binding my machine, I ...

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September 18, 2015
2 Finished Quilts from Sew Crafty Jenn

Hello everyone! I'm excited to finally have 2 of my quilts finished and ready to go to the long-armer tomorrow. These were supposed to be finished in March but going into the hospital and having my daughter 12 weeks early put a hold on them! So now they are ready and should be done in time for Christmas. First up is Double Crossed. The yellow under it is the backing. It is twin size at approximately 70x84.

Then it's my $5 quilt. Now, I should clarify. The entire quilt did not cost $5. One of my local quilt ...

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A plus pillow from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I need another pillow cover like I need another pincushion (hahaha!), but it turns out I needed a finish most of all!

This was a single block that I made at camp stitch a lot in Jacquie's slice and insert class back in 2013. I liked it enough to keep it, but I didn't have the energy to turn it into a full quilt. So, yesterday I added a border to make the block a little bit larger and I quilted it up. It makes a dandy pillow!
An envelope backing (in ...

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September 14, 2015
When you are on a roll… Finished Sewing Machine Cover from Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner

Having had so much fun quilting paw prints this past week, I decided to take a leaf out of Jasmine’s book and  keep going to finish up a project or two. Dog Gone Cute is done but I'm saving the finished item for my turn on the blog hop next month.

Remember this sewing machine cover that I made way back in March? It’s based on the Ornaments quilt from Angela Pingel’s book called A Quilters Mixology: Shaking up curved piecing. I can’t believe its been sitting covering my machine, pin basted and unfinished all ...

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September 11, 2015
finish it up Friday, 9/11/15 from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I have a lot of little things to share today....

My first project is a simple patchwork dish towel. I've been wanting to try this for quite some time but I never got around to it. I bought the flour sack towel on Monday and here it is, Friday, and it's finished. Woot! That is almost unheard of around here, but I could certainly take more of that!
I pulled a bunch of 2 1/2" squares from the scrap box and sewed them together without overthinking it. (That's always the ...

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September 9, 2015
Midnight Mystery Quilt from Sew Crafty Jenn

Hello everyone! Back in May, Cheryl over at Meadow Mist Designs, announced a mystery quilt that she designed to run from June 2015-March 2016. I have never done a mystery quilt before but I like Cheryl's style so I thought I'd give this one a shot. She's calling it the Midnight Mystery Quilt and you can click on the button below, or in my sidebar, for more information.


Connecting Threads ran a sale on their Patriotic fabric line in June so I picked up the yardage I needed for the entire quilt, including the backing and binding ...

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September 4, 2015
I can change my world with colour from Charm About You

I created an embroidery a little while ago and used the design to create a colourful patchwork hoop which is featured in Issue 14 of Quilt Now this month (and on the cover!! yippee!). 

It is really fun to mix embroidery and quilting since I love them both! I enjoyed playing with my scraps and laying out what would become the log cabin. Often times I use my floor as a design board and this helped me visualise how it would ultimately look:

Hoops are easy ways to brighten up your space or to give as little gifts and this ...

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