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May 20, 2016
think on lovely things ~ Lady from Charm About You


It has been a busy week and I've been doing lots of teaching. Really nice groups of women that all produced lovely work and have given me so much inspiration for new projects and classes. So a small finish for today...

I finished another Farmer's Wife 1930's Sew-along block, a simple one compared to my last challenging block!

#50 Lady
We all have those times like the author of this letter, "My thoughts were dragging me down; in my mind huge storms were brewing". I chose the dark navy as a symbol of feeling "blue". Sometimes the ...

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faded stars mini quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

This could have been a pillow (it's yet another thank you gift!), but my friend preferred a mini over a pillow....which was fine by me. I'm happy to be done with pillows for awhile, anyway. Can you imagine?!?!

This mini was fun to make because it gave me a chance to play with some low volume binding triangles that I've been saving. Two side comments about this: my scrap categories are getting ridiculous, even for me. These patchwork thread catchers are a great way to store all of my ridiculous ...

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My Cut and Shuffle Plus Quilt at One Quilt Place in Fredericksburg, Texas from Late Night Quilter

It’s been an exciting 2016 for me, filled with lots of new beginnings.  One of the best developments in my life is the traveling I get to do… teaching longarm quilting classes at quilt shops and shows all over the country.  I love visiting new towns (buying lots of new fabric) and meeting quilters.

Row by Row Plus by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter wm

It’s hard to believe my good fortune… but this is the gorgeous little historical cottage I stayed in last week when I taught in Fredericksburg, TX. Fredericksburg is filled with Texas hill-country, small-town charm.  It has a Main Street with unique boutiques and restaurants ...

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May 13, 2016
socks, bibs and pincushions, oh my! from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday! The school year is winding down, so things are busy, busy, busy. I'm thankful that I have any finishes at all this week!

This is my 16 pair of hand knit socks to date. Hurray! These are for my oldest son, so now ALL of my kids have a pair of hand knit socks, or "Saturday Socks", as they are affectionately called in our house. My kids love them. I love that they love them! This yarn is a mix of bamboo, wool and nylon. It wasn't my favorite to knit with ...

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Appliance Handle Cover Redo - Q2 Finish #3 from Sew Crafty Jenn

Hello! This quarter is going so much better than the first quarter. I have been doing some form of sewing every day for 24 days in a row and I feel so accomplished! I've made great progress on my Pumpkin Passport cross stitch project and I have my 3rd finish to share with you today.


Back in February, I blogged about some kitchen appliance handle covers I was making for my aunt. They were intended to be a Christmas gift but I didn't finish them in time. Then, as I was adding the Velcro to what I though ...

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May 6, 2016
May is for makers // baby bibs from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!


I've joined in the May is for Makers campaign. For each of the 5 weeks in May, the idea is to purchase a pattern from an independent pattern designer and work on that pattern throughout the week. I thought that was a great idea/challenge, so I joined in. It's definitely going to take some intention and follow through, but I'm excited about it, too! (This was started by Lindsay of LRstitched and you can read her post about it here.)
My first pattern purchase is The Best Bib, by JCasa ...

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Q2 Finish #2 from Sew Crafty Jenn

Hello! I'd like to share my 2nd finish for Quarter 2 with you today. Max has been asking for new curtains for his bedroom for quite some time. He picked out a glow-in-the-dark fabric (no longer available) from the Blast Off collection by Connecting Threads and it has been washed and folded, just waiting for me to sew. I finally got around to doing just that while he was in school a couple weeks ago. He was very excited to come home and see them! It's hard to really see the pattern because it's so small but ...

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April 30, 2016
Triple Zipping from Blueberry Patch



I cannot remember how many triple zip pouches I have made over the years since Deb at A Quilter's Table wrote the tutorial but here is another one.  I used some of Cynthia's Sewing Studio fabric for Robert Kaufman.  The yellow scissors.  Cute!  And a needle book using the Nana and Company tutorial.  Just so fun!  Have a look!   Linking up with Amanda Jean for finish it up Friday. 






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April 22, 2016
a pretty pile of pillows from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

This week I worked on un-selfish sewing, which seems to leave a lot of room for self-doubt. :) My goal is to make about 11-14 throw pillow covers for gifts. Nice and easy, right? Ha!

As of last evening, this is what the first 5 throw pillows looked like. There has been a lot of power sewing going on over here this morning! (And a little bit late last night, too.)
I'm very happy to have the first 5 complete! Each pillow has an envelope backing (tutorial here)
and is stuffed with pillow forms ...

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April 18, 2016
maine morning mitts and procrastination from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

This week has been super busy, which hasn't left much time for sewing. I'm trying to go with the flow, but sometimes that is easier than others! Last evening, desperate for a finish, I pulled out my mostly completed fingerless gloves and knit the thumbs. Knitting thumbs isn't my favorite (at all), thus the procrastination.

Even though the weather turned warm this week, (we had our first 70 degree day! hurray!) I'm a Minnesota girl, so I wouldn't be surprised if I still need these a time or two ...

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April 15, 2016
fine ~ le challenge ~ bee basket from Charm About You


open internationally, ends 18th April

Just this morning I finished this adorable little basket and filled it with fabric goodness.


The pattern is from the project booklet designed by Fiona Calvert that came with issue 29 of Love Patchwork & Quilting, you can download the 2.5" and 3.5" clamshell templates here!


The bees are fussy cut from a 'Flying High' panel by Skinny Malinky Quilts, it's printed on Kona Highlight - which is hard to photograph and much brighter than it appears here! I'm looking forward to more ...

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April 1, 2016
scrapalicious quilt top from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday! Thanks for all the wonderful comments on my epic quilt top! I appreciate each and every one!

Once again, I'm thankful for the deadline that each Friday brings. Without that push, this quilt top would not be complete! At least not this soon.
This is my second scrap vortex quilt. (You can see the first one here. If you would like to make one of your own, the links to the scrap vortex QAL are on my quilt along page.) I was thinking about my quilting habits this week...and my compulsion to ...

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March 25, 2016
Friday Finish from Mama Spark's World

I now bring you back to quilty content!   I did manage to get some things finished at the quilt retreat last weekend.   I showed you the HSTs and the Splendid Sampler block.  Now I will show you my 2 actual finishes. I wanted to make this cat pin cushion ever since I won one in a swap.   I was very nervous about doing it though.   I don't seem to do a well working in 3D, LOL.  The

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ticker tape tiles mini quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

My kids have been home on spring break all week, so sewing time took a back seat....and that's ok! My kids are growing up (so fast!) and I wanted to soak up as much time as I could with them. I'm thankful that it's been a good week. We've had several spring breaks that were a little dicey. Ha!

I still needed a finish for today, so I turned these little ticker tape blocks (that have been a WIP for years) into a mini quilt. Each of the tiny ...

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March 11, 2016
Mrs and project cases ~ Mrs Morgan and Mrs Brown from Charm About You


Two more Farmer's Wife 1930's Sew-along blocks and two Work In Progress Bags are my finishes this week...

#71 Mrs Morgan As soon as I read the letter I immediately thought of this Penny Arcade print, perfect to represent the drama guild the community created to battle the "restlessness" of the "young folks who were...pulling out for the city". The brown print for the country and grey for the city. This block was hand pieced.



#67 Mrs Brown I like the message of this letter, "the best light is the one that emphasizes virtues rather than faults ...

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big and little from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

My first finish for today is quite exciting to me, mainly because I've had the supplies for so long. It is one of those projects that should have been quick and easy, but finding that hour or so to get it done took a few years. (Yes, years!)

I was in Duluth at Hannah Johnson Fabrics about two years ago. The owner, Janet, sold the chalkboard fabric to me, and she threw in the frames for free. The frames had been sitting, unused, in HER basement for a few years prior to my ...

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March 4, 2016
catching up from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

This week was one for catching my breath and catching up. I was quite behind on my bee blocks, so I spent a few days fixing that.

Top left: flying geese for Stephanie (tutorial here)
Top right: books for baby block for Cindy (pattern in the book Patchwork, Please!)
Bottom left: charming stars block for Terri (tutorial here)
Bottom right: improv herringbone for Shelly (tutorial here)

The star block was super fun to make and it's so simple. I want to make an entire quilt from that pattern some day. The herringbone block ...

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February 26, 2016
a big week from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

It's been a big week over here. Boy, am I glad it's Friday!

My middle child turned 13 on Wednesday, so no more little boy.... (sniff, sniff.) My husband thought it would be a grand idea to buy him a brand new drum set to celebrate this milestone. Things got serious pretty quickly! And loud. HA! Actually, he's a great drummer and it's exciting to be investing in his future in this way....even if I do have to wear hearing protection while I am sitting in my living room ...

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February 19, 2016
pixie basket from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!
Today's (start) and finish is a cute little project that you could probably make in less than an hour. Be warned, you MAY want to make about 100 of them. I know I want to!

There is a tutorial for the pixie basket here. Thanks, Heidi! This was the perfect project to brighten up a rainy day.
I used scraps to make this basket, of course, including the measuring tape pieces. They are actually from the selvage of the fabric. I couldn't bear to throw it away, so I'm thrilled it ...

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February 12, 2016
micro geese mini quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

Well, I already claim to be crazy, so showing you this shouldn't hurt my reputation at all, right?

These are left over scraps from the handles of the mini coffee cup quilt that I am working on. Most people would throw these scraps away.....and that is great! It's the sane thing to do. However, I had a feeling that they had potential. I trimmed the corners at a 45 degree angle, which produced instant fusible micro geese!
I had a lot of fun playing with different arrangements, but settled on this ...

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