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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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July 26, 2014
Finished: Circular Knitting Needle Case from The Crooked Banana Quilts

Hiiiiiii!

So. Here I am again. Without a tutorial, but WITH something pretty cool to show you! I have been knitting a lot lately and my collection of needles has been growing. Particularly since I decided to buy an interchangeable circular needle set from Knit Picks. Up until now, those needles have had various homes around the house... sometimes at the bottom of my project bag, stuffed into a drawer full of sewing notions, stuck inside bins full of yarn. You get the idea. I just stashed them where ever I found space. BUT NO LONGER.

circular knitting needle roll case front

BECAUSE NOW I HAVE ...

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July 21, 2014
A Finish for Friday... from Blueberry Patch


   Name: Running Neutrals
Design: Bento box blocks in neutrals
Size: 14" by  38"
Fabric: scraps, linen, and Kona Parchment
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in  off white, Matchstick quilting

I was commissioned to make a table runner for a friend to give as a gift to her sister.  The cruncher for me was that the sister is a big fan of neutrals and does not do colour in a big way at all.  What a puzzler!  Well, not really because I just grabbed my scrap box with all sorts of neutral scraps and got busy.  I used a ...

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July 18, 2014
sewing for my sister and a quilt back from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

My sister is headed to Guatemala to go to language school in about a month and she is working on building up her wardrobe. As a part of her birthday gift I offered to help her make some skirts for her upcoming trip. Yesterday we had a sewing day and we had much success despite my crazy kids' antics. Nothing like trying to install a zipper to the sound of the Indiana Jones theme song being played on the saxophone in the background. Good times!

I drafted the pattern from the book Flirt Skirts ...

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July 11, 2014
A Couple of Finishes from Georgia Girl Quilts

I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last blog post.  It’s been a little crazy around here with fixing up the house and a couple of long weekends out of town.  I’m hoping to get back into my quilting groove and start blogging regularly again.

I have a couple of finishes to share this week.  I finished my Schnitzel And Boo Mini Quilt last week, but decided to hold off blogging about it until I finished my quilt for the Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Fabric Challenge.  I literally just pulled that one out ...

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a few finishes from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday! It's been a crazy week, but aren't they all? I have a whole host of thoughts about summer and sewing and juggling and focus, but I think I'll save those for another day. :)

Last night I had the opportunity to speak to the Minnesota Quilters and my topic was Modern Quilts. It was a completely new talk for me, so I was very nervous. I usually steer clear from the "what is modern?" can of worms....but I shared a bit of my journey into modern quilting and did a trunk ...

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July 5, 2014
The Modern Quilt Guild/ Michael Miller Fabric Challenge Finish - YIPPEE!!! from Color Me Quilty

Fastest quilt finish I've had in the longest time. Yippee, I finished my MQG/Michael Miller Fabric Challenge quilt. And I'm pleased with the result - The Deconstructed Pinwheel!









The back



This was a fun quilt to make. The finished size is 40" x 55 1/2". I used Quilters Dream Wool batting and of course yummy three different colors of Aurifil 50wt thread.

That empty spool on my Pfaff is my fav, # 5004. Fortunately, I just order some more of it through Hawthorne Threads.

To all my U.S. peeps, Happy Independence Day! To everyone else, Happy Finished ...

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July 4, 2014
A Finish - “Owls of a Feather…" from Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner

You might remember some time ago I wrote about repurposing some gingham squares I had in my stash box for nearly 2 years!  When you run out of steam on a project and the original idea really isn’t worth it it’s ok in my book to make it into something else!

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I finally finished my donation quilt!  The pattern is from creative Patchwork magazine by Sally Ablett and is designed for a pack of 5” charm squares.  Sally cleverly uses blank spaces to spread the squares out a bit with two borders and a skinny strip to frame ...

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Friday Finish: Bachelors Walk (my first Modern Quilt design!) from Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner

A Friday Finish at long last!  I'm so delighted to share these photos of Bachelors Walk finally Quilted, Bound, Washed and Crinkled!


I was a little nervous sticking it in the washing machine so I threw in three colour catchers.  Just in case!  Then a spin in the dryer, watching the timer, waiting for zero to flash, keeping my fingers crossed  that some of the pleats, I made during quilting, would shrink up and disappear into the never never.  I'm left with one small area of pleated badness but I'm living with it! 


When I asked our ...

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June 28, 2014
Design to Reality from Factotum of Arts

Making something from a design is always, for me a great accomplishment. I do not take a lot of my ideas/designs all the way to making it. Today, though, I have made this mini quilt top, which I may turn into place mats and a table runner.

The design I came up with for one of the “Quilt Design A Day” was this simple wonky chevron design.

QDAD_WonkyHerringboneB_25June2014

That turned into this:
QDAD_WonkyChevron_QuiltTop

I paper pieced the wonky chevron design which is ~6″ x 10″. I am used peppered cottons for the chevrons purchased from my LQS (who also has an ...

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June 27, 2014
Making Clothes from The Crooked Banana Quilts

Lately I've been on a bit of a clothes making kick. I made an infinity/convertible dress, which I have no pictures of except this one from Instagram:

silver convertible infinity dress

I know. Super glamorous bathroom shot. I promise I'll get better pictures soon! It was really simple to make. Only took me 2 hours start to finish (I didn't hem anything though). I followed this tutorial minus the tube top part. I think I have enough fabric left to add one, though, so I might be doing that. It's such a fun dress, though! I might be making ...

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log cabin slippers = cozy toes from Charm About You


My feet are warm and snug in log cabin slippers, it's like having a little quilt for your toes! I used Ayumi's clever pattern from Stitch Magazine (Summer 2011). You can get a PDF of the pattern here. I'm a UK size 7 and have quite wide feet, I made the large size and there's a little room for wiggling my toes so feel super comfy.


I used the most beautiful Nani Iro binding from Miss Matatabi, which inspired my colours for the log cabins. For the soles I used Slipper Gripper, which I thought might ...

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Quilt Top Finish: MQG Michael Miller Challenge from Color Me Quilty

Funny how a looming deadline gets you moving on a project. It motivated me to get this quilt top finished so that I can get to the fun part, FMQ!!!


The top ended up larger than I thought it would be approximately 41" x 57", a nice sized baby quilt. I used all of the fabric (plus purchasing a little extra) of the challenge fabric and I added the warm dark grey solid. The goal for this weekend is to get is basted and start quilting.

Today, I'm linking up with TGIFF, Link-A-Finish Friday, Can I Get a Whoop ...

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June 21, 2014
baby baby baby from Charm About You


So my stall at the PTA fair didn't make me or the school a fortune but I sold a few little bits, had lots of admirers (of the stall not me - although one parent said she thought I was a student teacher not a mum and is now my new best friend!!), questions about commissions and just generally enjoyed the sunshine.

I was disappointed I didn't sell the baby dresses I had made because I think they are too cute. Lots of people loved them but I guess we've all had our babies (since we are at ...

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Working through the Stress from The Crooked Banana Quilts

In the interest of getting back into this whole blogging thing... Here is something I actually managed to finish during all this craziness. It hasn't been a productive few weeks, but the sewing I did manage was so calming! I really appreciated having a hobby that could take my mind off things for a while.

Without further ado...

just the essentials clutch exterior paper pieced star


I love how the orange and grey turned out together. The little star is paper pieced from a pattern I drew up myself. I feel like I put the strap on the wrong side, though. Is there a right side for ...

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