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August 15, 2019
Love Letters from Liz Makes Crafts

After the intense quilting I did on Reel Window, I wanted to work on something relatively simple and straightforward: block-based, minimum planning, and no marking is the key. I looked through my frighteningly large stash of quilt tops, and pulled out Love Letters.

Love Letters is based on the pattern Glitter Pen by Cheryl Arkison. Or, more precisely, I think I read in the blurb that the design came from her daughter who was only 6 at the time. (How amazing is that?) It's a black-and-white with a pop of color type of quilt, which I love. For the ...

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August 13, 2019
Finished: running around Mama's cottage from Fabric Engineer

I finished the top for this baby quilt a while ago.  It took me the birth of a baby girl (and an empty quilter) to finally get it finished.

The pattern is on Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  (Although I'll admit I figured out my own instructions to get the size that I wanted.)  I used a random charm pack that I had gotten for purchasing "too much" fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop.  It is called Mama's Cottage.

I added some solids to it to help balance out the colors and tone down the emphasis on pinks ...

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August 8, 2019
Minikins: Charm School Wallet from Liz Makes Crafts

The Charm School Wallet is my 3rd wallet of the year, and possibly my favorite so far. It is designed by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness as part of her Minikins Season 2 collection. I absolutely adored the fabric I used, which is one of those rare finds in a quilting store when I wasn't even looking for it. It's from Starlight by Katia Hoffman, and my only regret is that I didn't buy more at the time. I paired it with a black Moda grunge, which is a lot more interesting than a solid black fabric ...

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July 13, 2019
Fremont Tote from Liz Makes Crafts

I'm about to go on a 2 week trip (including a 14-hour flight with a 7 year old ... wish me luck) to Shanghai, and I wanted to make a bag for the trip. I wanted something that was roomy, versatile, and able to withstand the rigors of weather and travel.

Enter the Fremont Tote designed by Ellie Lum of Klumhouse. I was in love with this bag as soon as I saw it, because there's lots of hardware (which I love), it has a great look, but feels very hardwearing. That's probably due to the materials it ...

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July 9, 2019
Pixel flowers from Fabric Engineer

My niece needed a new quilt.  We went to the fabric store last time she was in town and she loved the bright colored fabrics and fabrics with flowers.  While I didn't buy any of the fabrics that she loved, I still tried to go with the same themes. (Also, her mom wanted a quilt that would grow with her, which makes a slight difference.)

I modified a quilt block from the 2017 Quilter's Planner called Lauren's Doodle block.  As the original stood, it didn't shift the flowers over every row.  It wasn't quite what ...

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June 29, 2019
Reel Window from Liz Makes Crafts

If I rated my quilts based on the amount of time they spent on the frame, Reel Window would rank at the top. By a long shot. I think this quilt spent a record of 10 weeks on the frame. I had a lot of other fun things in my life distracting me, and I just kept procrastinating on working this quilt. Actual number of hours that went into quilting this quilt is ... probably ... 16? 18? I don't really keep track. Maybe I should.

The pattern is called Open Your Window by Zen Chic, and the fabric is also ...

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June 7, 2019
Harris Clutch Wallet from Liz Makes Crafts

I've clearly been on a clutch wallet kick lately, because even though I only made the Day Trip Cell Phone Wallet a month or so ago, I just finished another clutch wallet: the Harris Clutch Wallet by Diane Spencer Ogg.

What made me particularly excited about this wallet is the fabric I used. While auditioning for this, I found some yardage in my collection that I totally forgot about. I've come to the point in my stash where I no longer really know what I have, apparently. (But that's a problem for another day.) I was very ...

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May 3, 2019
Cross Stitch from Liz Makes Crafts

I had been on a swirl diet. I was using swirls too much (or so I thought) so I decided to force myself to not use swirls for a bit. For several quilts in a row, I stayed away from swirls.

Well, the fast didn't last very long, because I missed them too much. At the end of the day, swirls are the easiest and most versatile design in my arsenal. They're a high bang for the buck design because they're fast, forgiving, and they look much more difficult than they really are. So ... I'm going ...

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Squarely quilted from The Academic Quilter

Hi all, and happy May weekend! I hope you are all doing really well and enjoying the spring. Unbelievably, the weather here has been terrific, so much so that I managed to get some great pictures of today's finished project.  And I've been working outside every day this week, though I did stop yesterday when I saw a snake in the pachysandra.  That's the one thing I genuinely despise about this area-- snakes. They just creep me out completely.  Although we have a creek in the backyard, so I don't know what I was expecting.

Not ...

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April 26, 2019
Minikins: Day Trip Cell Phone Wallet from Liz Makes Crafts

I've been on the hunt for a cell phone wallet lately, so I gathered all my patterns and decided that the one that fits my needs the most is the Day Trip Cell Phone Wallet by Sara Lawson from her Minikins Season 2 collection.

However, I was a bit scared to make this because I've heard quite a few comments on Facebook about how this project is challenging for a domestic sewing machine. I even looked into commissioning someone else to make it, but it'd take a few months and I wanted it now, so I decided ...

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April 9, 2019
Moonlight from Liz Makes Crafts

My latest finish, Moonlight, uses Erica Jackman's pattern, Harper. It's a fun and easy quilt using basic Drunkard's Path blocks.

Some quilts are easy for me to to come up with quilting ideas for, and some are really really hard. For me, Moonlight was particularly challenging because of the printed background. Usually my quilts tend to have printed foreground components and solid backgrounds, so when I have a printed background, I really don't know what to do. The usual fillers I like to do in the background would all be too busy for the already busy ...

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April 7, 2019
TGIFF: Burn My Sage x2!! from Hobbies Up To Here

In September of 2018, my mom and I got the chance to go on a retreat with a great bunch of ladies from the Southern California Stitchers group. It was one of those things that was just meant to be. Through our Flosstube channel, a fellow Flosstuber, Heather, suggested we check out the Facebook group. … Continue reading TGIFF: Burn My Sage x2!!

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April 2, 2019
Unchained from Liz Makes Crafts

My latest finish is a significant finish for me, not because the quilt or quilting itself is significant, but because of the mental process I went through when I'm quilting it, and I named it Unchained for two reasons.

First, of course it's a play on words, since it's an Irish Chain. The pattern is from Jenifer Dick and Angela Walter's book Nine-Patch Revolution. I did modify the size of the blocks so I could use a jelly roll, but the layout is the same.

More importantly, I named this quilt Unchained because by quilting it ...

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March 1, 2019
Rafters from Liz Makes Crafts

Last summer I worked on a quilt top from a quilt along run by Christa Watson for a pattern called Dot 'n Dash. It was a simple jelly roll quilt that was quick to put together. After a few intensely quilted quilts, I was in the mood for something simple, so I pulled this top out. I already had a plan and was just getting ready to quilt it when suddenly, I decided to abandon all my previous plans and try something unexpected.

I tried to talk myself out of it, but once I had a "vision", I couldn't ...

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February 15, 2019
Totality from Liz Makes Crafts

In the summer of 2017 there was a solar eclipse that crossed large swaths of US, and my husband’s parents happen to live in an area where there were several minutes of totality. So we drove down, armed with eclipse glasses, to see this amazing sight.

To commemorate this experience, I decided to do it the only way I know ... by buying fabric and making a quilt. I went to Spoonflower and picked out a bunch of sun and star themed fabrics from a lot of different artists. Spoonflower, though expensive, is amazing for finding completely unique fabrics, and ...

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February 9, 2019
Leftovers - finished! from Fabric Engineer

Due to poor planning with a recent wedding quilt, I had a ton of leftover HSTs.  So I made another quilt.  Honestly, I love this one, probably more than the original.

We had freshly fallen snow on the day I took the pictures and I took advantage of it.  However, it was also freezing out and my fingers started getting numb quickly.  It limited the amount of pictures I took.

I think on of the reasons I like it is the double sashing.  The slight color change really adds something.

For the quilting, I did chain squares (Angela Walters) in ...

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January 25, 2019
Seahorse Sanctuary from Liz Makes Crafts

Elizabeth Hartman's Neighborhood quilt in her book Modern Patchwork is one of the earliest quilts on my queue. I added it a few years ago, determined to work on it some day, but my biggest challenge? I didn't know what fabric to choose.

My favorite part of the pattern is that each little house has a window where Elizabeth placed some fussy cut birds. That was adorable, and I knew I wanted to do something similar. Yet I could not find the right fabric in the right scale that also had coordinating fabrics to go with it. That ...

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January 11, 2019
Skyline from Liz Makes Crafts

It took a year of procrastination, but Skyline has finally been quilted. It's a great one to start the year with, though! Besides my script-generated Haphazard quilts, Skyline is the only quilt that I have "designed", and by that I just mean that I didn't use somebody else's pattern.

I love sampler quilts, but I don't like traditional sampler layouts, so I came up with this after seeing Art Gallery Fabrics's display at QuiltCon one year. Their display was inspired by the Miami Skyline, and it was simple blocks (made of cardboard, probably?) where each ...

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December 21, 2018
Finished: purse from Fabric Engineer

About two years ago, I made myself a messenger bag.  It was getting well used, so it was time to make myself a new one.  (I find it a bit funny that I seem to want a new one every two years.)  This one held up much better than the first one, but there were still some items I wanted to change.

First of all, I decided that I'd try using interfacing.  I've only used interfacing for T-shirt quilts before, but the last purse was a bit floppy.  I also wanted a smaller purse, so that I would ...

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December 14, 2018
Paradox from Liz Makes Crafts

Paradox is my last quilt finish (and likely last project) of the year, and I think it is a very good one to end on! When Zen Chic announced the Fragile collection almost 2 years ago, I squealed with excitement because I was head over heels in love with it. But then, when the fabric eventually arrived, I could not cut into it. It was just too beautiful.

Around the same time, I saw Fat Quarter Shop offer a quilt kit called Paradox using Fragile precut into jolly bars. I immediately went for it so that I could get a ...

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