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April 19, 2014
My mum’s mad skills from Factotum of Arts

My mum has been visiting the last few weeks, and has done a wonderful job looking after my son and us, during track out (school vacation). This past week we had a blast in New York….that’s my Mum!!!MumNY

My Mum is a fabulous seamstress, who has made our kids clothes, my ball gowns and 1930′s outfits for the Hawkes Bay Art Deco weekends in New Zealand. This is the first time, my mum and I have talked about fabric and sewing. She had mentioned that a woman in her book club had this great teapot skirt. We ...

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I Finished Something! (Sort Of) from The Crooked Banana Quilts

This is the Week of Birthdays, which will be followed by the Weekend of House Guests. Which actually may end up being called The Weekend of House Guests who Melted because the AC Broke. Yeah. It's that kind of week. And with temps already reaching the mid 90s, boy do we need that AC!

But anyways. Look! The churn dashes! They are finished! And I am please to report that Mario is very happy with the way they turned out :)


It's actually bigger than this. There is a 4th row on the top. But it was too tall ...

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April 18, 2014
Friday Finish: The Low Volume Rainbow from Where Jane Creates

I actually finished this baby up a few weeks ago, but life has been crazy and Friday has slipped past numerous times without me posting.


This finish was my February goal for ALYOF and while I didn't get it done in February, it was finished in early March.

This was my first real go at improv piecing, and I love it... it was a fantastic way to use up loads of scraps and hard to use fabrics.


The quilting took forever. It was straight line quilting, but I used seven colours of thread, one for each colour of the ...

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Swoon (Finish It Up Friday) from Because I Sew So

My favorite block

My Swoon quilt is finally finished.  I haven't even had a chance to take good pictures of it yet but I just couldn't wait to share it with you guys.  My parents bought me the quilt kit such a long time ago and I waiting a long time to get started.  I finally finished piecing the top last year and took it to the long arm to be quilted around October of last year.

Should have known it wasn't big enough.

My long arm quilter started having problems with her machine and needed to ...

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Picadilly quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

 
Last night about 11:30 I finished hand binding my Picadilly quilt. I just LOVE it!
Fabric is Picadilly by Denyse Schmidt from JoAnn's with a few stash additions. The block measurements can be found here.
Pieced backing influenced by the quilts of Gee's Bend. (I have the book out of the library and have been pouring over it every few days. It's so good!)
I quilted it with a simple stipple in white Aurifil thread.
 A shock of pink and red polka dot binding finishes things off nicely.
 A few ...

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April 11, 2014
rockets and robots quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

Sometimes you have to make a quilt just because you have the fabric, right?

I've had this fabric stack pulled and set aside for quite some time. Once in awhile things get added to or subtracted from the stack, but the same color story remains the same. A few weeks ago my friend Mary and I had a sew day and I needed a simple project to work on. So, I grabbed this pile and I started cutting strips without doing any math. Just cut and sew. It's fun to do once ...

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Assembling The Cancer Resource Center Quilt from Color Me Quilty

Yesterday I worked diligently on the Cancer Resource Center (CRC) quilt. To complete the quilt, I needed to three additional blocks and a border to a section. All done QAYG, of course. Since this is an emotion quilt, I wanted to add some emotional words, but subtle and let the guild members blocks shine.


 At first, I was just going to use the grey 50wt Aurifil, but then I remember I had some orange 28wt Aurifil. I think it really adds to the blocks.

 This little strip was added on to a section that I have joined. I used the ...

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April 8, 2014
feeling bright from Charm About You



I haven't been working on my own embroidery much recently so it's always nice to make a custom cushion to keep my needle warm.


I used a bright mix of fun fabrics for this one and backed it in a super soft brushed cotton print I got a while ago. Flannel or brushed cotton?? Pretty sure it's the same thing, what do you say?



That's not the only bright thing going on today because the delectable Molli Sparkles is over at le challenge with a bright tale to share! Head over for a good read.

Le Challenge

And ...

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feeling bright from Charm About You



I haven't been working on my own embroidery much recently so it's always nice to make a custom cushion to keep my needle warm.


I used a bright mix of fun fabrics for this one and backed it in a super soft brushed cotton print I got a while ago. Flannel or brushed cotton?? Pretty sure it's the same thing, what do you say?



That's not the only bright thing going on today because the delectable Molli Sparkles is over at le challenge with a bright tale to share! Head over for a good read.

Le Challenge

And ...

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April 7, 2014
Autumn with a Twist Quilt from On the Windy Side

I am more than happy to have this finished quilt to share with you today.  The top had been basted for a couple of weeks and this weekend I finally had time to sit down and quilt it.  After a couple of weeks with almost no sewing going on, it was lovely to be at my machine.  Absence really does make the heart grow fonder!

Autumn with a Twist Quilt

This quilt is just a simple equilateral triangle quilt.  It's the third one I've made and I'd make another tomorrow!  If you're interested in making your own, you can check out ...

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April 6, 2014
Nap Like an Egyptian quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday! Today is also my day on the RJR Solids Blog Hop brought to you by Brenda of Pink Castle Fabrics and RJR Fabrics.

I had a chance to play with the cotton supreme solids from RJR and I was impressed. The fabric has a nice weight to it (not too thick, not too thin), it is easy to work with (very little fraying, which is super!) and the quality is fantastic (very smooth with no blemishes). I was also impressed with the colors--so vibrant and pretty!
It took me several weeks to decide what ...

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March 29, 2014
Finished Purse! from The Crooked Banana Quilts

I have been a project-finishing MACHINE. Seriously. Last weekend, I made a purse! And I have another quilt top to show you. But it will have to wait until there's enough daylight for pictures :)

But look! Purse!

sew sweetness accordion bag qayg

It's the accordion bag pattern from Sew Sweetness that I got in my Pattern Parcel. Except instead of making the front flap accordion-like, I made it a quilt as you go panel. First time I've ever done QAYG, but I really love the results!

sew sweetness accordion bag lining

I used some fun, happy dots for the inside.

sew sweetness accordion bag qayg flap

My old bag was looking so sad ...

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March 21, 2014
Scrappy Chevrons Top- Finished! from The Crooked Banana Quilts

As promised, a big finish! Okay, it could be bigger. I just haven't mustered the courage to baste this gigantic monster, so it isn't quilted. But still! This has been in progress so long, it still feels like a huge accomplishment!

scrappy chevron quilt top

Okay, so we had like 10 minutes to do this before Mario had to go to work. And it's huge and Mario wasn't tall enough to hold the thing up without it touching the ground...

scrappy chevron quilt top


So we moved so he could stand on the circle of bricks around the tree. Didn't help as much ...

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March 14, 2014
Sunkissed Trails from Because I Sew So

I have been calling this quilt Sunny Trails from the beginning because that was the name Corey used when she made it for Moda Bake Shop and since I was using the Sunkissed line by Sweetwater it worked.  But as I was sewing on the binding I decided Sunkissed Trails was just as appropriate of a name and I just liked it a little better.  So I have now dubbed this one Sunkissed Trails.

So much prettier than my typical laundry

Finished front of quilt
Overall this quilt was fairly easy to put together because Corey has a great pattern ...

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March 6, 2014
Purple S-block Quilt (aka S is for Spurple) from On the Windy Side

Woohoo - I finally have a finished quilt to show you after what feels like quite a gap between finishes!  I started this quilt at the very start of February (in a class with Kaffe Fassett!!!), and I've been working on it fairly steadily ever since.

S is for Spurple 

Now that it's finished, I absolutely love it.  This is a quilt where I really pushed myself with colour and fabric choices, and I'm truly happy with the outcome.  The process has given me a boost of confidence and I feel like I'm a better quilter as a result.

S is for Spurple 

The s-block ...

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March 1, 2014
Friday Finish from Where Jane Creates

I'm struggling big time with the whole "February is Over" concept... seriously, where did it go? My February's are always manic, between back to school, back to work and all my kids having birthdays this time of year. I am quite glad to be seeing the back end of this month, to be honest.

I have one measly finish for the month, which I finished a few weeks ago, then never got as far as taking photos of (did I mention February is also a rainy month here?). This is a long standing UFO that I never really ...

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February 28, 2014
Finish it up Friday--Baby Quilt from Sew Enjoyable

I made the top at the end of 2013 and just finished quilting, binding and labeling just in time. The baby was born a week ago! Now I just have to deliver it.


The theme for the baby's room is Sailboats. I didn't ask about colors, just thought I would do my own thing. I had bought a cute brown and blue flannel last summer that I was dying to use, so brown and blue sailboats came to be!!


The flannel needed to be one inch wider, so the leftover blocks came to the rescue and made it ...

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ticker tape cards from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I should really call this post "down the rabbit hole". :) I had a lot of little scraps of fusible web (I use Lite Steam a Seam 2) leftover after making my waiting blocks. Since I have a hard time throwing anything away, I thought I'd use them up by making ticker tape cards.

It was great to attach the scraps with fusible web rather than to sew through the card stock. I used a pressing cloth when I ironed, to protect both the iron sole plate and the paper. They are a little ...

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Charmed from Color Me Quilty

I did finish my Charming Squares quilt this week, that's three quilt finishes in the last three weeks. I don't expect I will be able to keep up this pace, but it is nice to get some of these lingering quilts finished. I had a little fun with the photography. There is this great giant turtle (or is it a tortoise) at a playground in Ithaca. It's very cold, maybe it needs a quilt?










Wasn't my husband a good sport for getting up there and holding my quilt? He did it even through he thought I ...

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February 24, 2014
S is for Stitch quilt and an easy border tutorial from Charm About You

This is my first quilt finish of the year and I'm hoping to set a precedent of making quilts that I'm really proud of and love. I made this quilt for my dear friend's new baby boy.


It features cute embroidered panels from the book S is for Stitch, though the tree is from Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection and the jelly and pineapple were my own little doodles.


The embroidery was stitched on the absolutely gorgeous Lakehouse dots in white on white, such a great fabric to have in your stash. I made the embroidery into ...

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