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August 29, 2015
I think I see a whale from Blueberry Patch

    Name:  I think I see a whale
Design:  Plus 4" squares
Size:  48" by 48"
Fabric: Kona Silver, lovely wee whale print from Sew Sisters, Navy crosshatch, Doe by Carolyn Freildlander 
for Robert Kaufman, Kiss Dots in Fog by Michael Miller and stash fabrics
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in grey in cross hatch
Binding:   Navy crosshatch, Doe by Carolyn Freildlander 
for Robert Kaufman
I finished this baby quilt last weekend.  It is for our son and daughter in law's friend's baby boy who has not yet made an appearance.  The design specs included navy, grey ...

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August 28, 2015
doughnut pincushion from Charm About You


I think my one true love in quilting is English Paper Piecing ❤

The practice of putting the paper and fabric together and stitching up patterns with perfect points is so satisfying. It's not the fastest method but it is the most rewarding for me. Smaller projects can be done quickly though, like this adorable doughnut pincushion kit I got from Sew & Quilt.


The kit contains pre-cut fabric squares in vintage prints, all the paper pieces you need, the pattern and instructions. Sew & Quilt stocks the most gorgeous fabric so you know you will have a cute pincushion! 


I used ...

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Finished Blitzen Basketcase Quilt from Little Bunny Quilts

It only took three years. but this quilt is finally finished! You can check out finish #1 and finish #2 from this week too!

Click here for all of the posts on this project! This is my first and only Christmas quilt!


This quilt has been three years in the making and I finished the top over a year ago! This is the problem when your preferred long arm quilter is in Michigan!


The border has a leafy vine and the blocks have a scroll work pattern in each block! I am so happy with how this one turned out ...

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in the middle quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

This quilt, called "In the Middle", has been completed since late last year, but I only recently received it back home. I've been anxious to share it....I really like this one!
The pieces were cut out using a Tri-Recs ruler, which is NOT a 60 degree ruler, but it has a similar visual effect. It's nice to actually USE those tools that you pick up on a random shopping trip. (What a novel idea, huh?) I originally cut out the background from various white triangles, but somewhere in the process I ...

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August 21, 2015
A finish... Offset in Emily Colours from Blueberry Patch

    Name:  Offset in Emily Colours
Design:  Offest by Springleaf Studios
Size:  60" by 80"
Fabric: Stash fabrics and scraps
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white in close straight lines


So I started this when my holidays started this summer and in-between a few trips and various berry picking and farm obligations, I finished it before our quilt guild meeting last week.  Just under the wire in fact as I sewed on the binding that morning.  I was dreading sewing the binding as it was so stinking hot.  I ended up using my big sewing table and resting ...

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hexi pin cushion from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

It's been a few weeks since I made a pin cushion, right? (Just two, I guess! Ha!) I needed a finish for today and the hexi block I made last April was just sitting around, waiting to it to become a finished object. So, last night while my husband and I were watching a movie, I hand stitched the block onto the gray background. I wasn't completely sold on the gray right away, but after I quilted it up, it looked so much better. I guess it just needed the texture.
I ...

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August 14, 2015
A Finish: Idea Design Create from Factotum of Arts

It has been on my list to finish since April, and its finally done.  I think it is one of my favorite quilts, I have made. Idea, Design, Create.
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This quilt was designed to show my design process of making one block – Mind the Gap. The pattern, for this final block, is available on Cloud 9’s blog and in my quilt it is Block 9.
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The design process shown in the quilt is:

  • Block 1: decide on size, single square
  • Block 2: Decided on an uneven split (ie. two parts).
  • Block 3-5: Was deciding on how many white horizontal ...

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baby row by row quilt--finished from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

A few weeks ago I stated that I would love to get down to 20 WIPs by the end of the summer. Well, that may seem unlikely, but any finish (without a subsequent start) is a step in the right direction!

This week I took some time to baste and straight line quilt this baby quilt. It's an alternate project in my craftsy class....I thought it would be nice to have a baby sized option in addition to the bed size quilt offered in the class.
I love that it shows a ...

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August 8, 2015
Can-Can Girls & the Rainbow Chorus Line: Giveaway from Factotum of Arts

It could be a headliner for a show but no its even better ;-). I finished one of my WiPs from Wednesday. The Rainbow Can-Can girls, which is my contribution to Laura’s (@littleandlots) sisterhood of the traveling quilt. Rainbow Chorus Line Here’s a close up of Miss Red…I love her shoes!! Miss Red
I think Miss Blue is my favorite as that catches your eye first but if you look a little longer then I also love Miss Green and Miss Orange. Best news though, I know Laura loves them already!! I hope that also excuses me (at least a little) for being ...

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August 7, 2015
How about a REALLY cute potholder? from Blueberry Patch


I was playing the other day with some awesomely wonderful new fabric from my super talented buddy Cynthia Frenette.  The line is called "Let's Eat" for Robert Kaufman.  Cynthia gave me some of her advance yardage to have some fun with.  The line should be arriving in stores soon and the cherries with the little dots are just the bees knees.  So I made a potholder using NanaCompany tutorial.  So darn cute!  Linking up with Amanda Jean for finish it up Friday!  And I finally got going on Instagram.  Seriously, what took me so long?  Anyway, I put a ...

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July 31, 2015
Happy from Blueberry Patch




   Name:  Happy
Design:  4" squares
Size:  37" by 42"
Fabric: Stash fabrics and scraps
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white in cross hatch

We had a great Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild sew in last Saturday and among other things, I got a great start on this baby quilt.  I like to have simple and distinct projects to work on at sew ins.  This baby quilt was just the ticket and I got a great start on it on my featherweight after completing a gift for my mum.  More on that later!

Yes, this is another baby ...

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doe quilt complete from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I'm excited to have another quilt finish to share today!
This quilt started out as a contact print pillow cover, but as I was making it, I decided to add large
borders and make it a wall/baby quilt size instead. I'm so glad I made that decision! This is a bit of a departure from my usual work, but I love it for that reason. It's good to stretch yourself once in awhile!
 
For the fabric, I used a mini charm pack of doe, plus Kona cotton in white and ...

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breezy summer cushion ~ Rodgers of York #MyHomeMade series from Charm About You


Today I am making up a simple cushion, perfect for a quick make to help brighten up your space! This is a basic tutorial suitable for beginners and there are useful tips for everyone to ensure a great finish.


 Supplies:
2 x square pieces of fabric measuring 50cm x 50cm
30cm zip
sewing kit
iron
cushion inner

I used my sewing machine for a fast finish but you could hand stitch if you don't have access to a machine.

Tutorial:

Firstly you need to decide which direction your fabric is going, if it's stripes do you want them ...

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Advice for the Quilty Inclined from Late Night Quilter

Dear Stephanie v2I finally finished up my first cozy rag quilt, made from some hard-to-find flannel Marmalade, by Bonnie & Camille. It was relaxing, thought-free sewing at its best.  My kids and I love cuddling up with it on the couch.  The snapshot of it made the perfect backdrop as a header for my newest project….

I’m starting something new in my blogging life called Dear Stephanie, which ties to my career as a psychologist. Friends frequently ask for my thoughts on tricky situations  because of my background… so I figure, why not just write about my opinions here?

Once a month ...

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July 24, 2015
oh my stars! quilt complete!!! from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!
 
Late last Friday night, I put the final stitches in my "oh my stars!" quilt. I still can't believe that I hand pieced an entire quilt....and I can't believe that it is actually DONE! I started the quilt back in April 2011 and it was inspired by Jess' travel quilts. (She has a video tutorial here, that I used to get started.)
This quilt was a labor of love, to say the least! I started by cutting out my own templates (2" 60 degree diamonds) from cardboard. I English paper pieced ...

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Finished August Wallhanging from Little Bunny Quilts

A real, live finish!

I was able to finish up the satin stitching Tuesday night, did the quilting on Wednesday night, and added the pockets and bound it last night!

And ta-da!


I did a curly swirly meander for the quilting, similar to what I did for this baby quilt, but on a smaller scale. Here are some close up shots of the satin stitching and the quilting:

Stems...


Lil' bee in the corner...


Flowers... I did end up using bright yellow, but I am happy with how it stands out!


Another lil' bee...


For the backing and the hanging ...

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July 17, 2015
(nearly) wordless friday from Charm About You


second Igloos block from Green Tea and Sweet Beans done :)


linking up to finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts

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a quilting marathon from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I finished 5 quilts this week! 2 minis, one baby, one lap and one twin size. That's not crazy at ALL, is it? Ha! (I'm exhausted!!!)

4 out of 5 of the quilts that I finished are for my upcoming fabric line Good Neighbors for Connecting Threads. It was deadline week, if you couldn't tell. :) The fabric is scheduled to be released in early September and I'm starting to get a little excited. (And a little nervous!) I love a stack of quilts...even if just the backs are showing ...

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July 11, 2015
So Much Fun! from Blueberry Patch




I made this the other day.  It is a project from Krista's Make it Take it book.    I didn't use selvages though... I opened up the box I store all the little bits of vintage fabric in and cut up a bunch of 2.5" squares.  I did add in some non-vintage black and white prints for contrast but aside from the binding, and those black and white squares, this was made out of fabric dating from the 40s through to the 70s.  I recognize some of the prints from my childhood as my Mum sewed a lot ...

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July 10, 2015
a different finish from Charm About You


This is not my usual sort of finish. No fabric involved but it was something I have wanted to do for a while (don't worry there's some pretty fabric at the end of this post!). We have an area of our kitchen counter that gets used for dumping letters and various paper stuff and it drives me mad! I bought this from ebay in the hopes that I could start clearing off the counter and organise the paper clutter:


But I'm not a gardener and it's a bit twee for my liking so I broke out ...

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