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September 13, 2019
A Pink Basket Finish from Dizzy Quilts

Grand-baby #5 is coming next month and her mom asked me a while ago if I'd make her a basket for the nursery. I made an Easter Basket for her big brother last year and it's been used in his room ever since.

I absolutely love it when the kids ask me to make them stuff and so I immediately started searching through my stash for the perfect pink fabrics (my daughter-in-law confirmed the nursery would be pink).

Last week was a little bit hectic, but I managed to make Ella's new basket.

I used the same ...

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September 6, 2019
My first pair of me-made pants! from Dizzy Quilts

Let me start by saying taking pictures of finished quilts is a lot easier than taking pictures of me wearing me-made clothes! I'm either going to buy myself a tripod and find somewhere to take pictures or I'll have to make sure someone is available to help when I finish something.

Anyhow, I made some pants! These are the Seamwork Moji.

I made them out of a very inexpensive double knit from The colour is black and extremely difficult to photograph so I apologize for the lack of proper detailed photos.

The Moji pants are a ...

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August 30, 2019
Intertwined Finish! from Dizzy Quilts

I'm noticing now that I've been on a Plus quilt kick lately - but the truth is I'm trying to make quilts from the books and patterns I already own and there are so many quilts I want to make from the Modern Plus Sign Quilts book by Cheryl Brickey and Page Alexander!

Intertwined is another one from the book that I finished and photographed last weekend.

I used my long-hoarded Alison Glass fabric along with some Kona White for the background. The Alison Glass prints are just gorgeous - the colours are so saturated!

I quilted it with ...

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August 23, 2019
Trellis Vines from Dizzy Quilts

I pieced this quilt top back in the Spring, got it basted a few weeks ago and then during my recent vacation, I finally got it quilted and bound. This is Trellis Vines from the 2019 Quilter's Planner Magazine.

I didn't take notes about the fabrics I used and it's been so long now I really don't remember. But they are all Kona solids in greens and a light grey for the background.

I once again went with flowers quilted with the FMQ foot on my Juki sewing machine. I really love this design - it's ...

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August 9, 2019
Postage Plus Finish from Dizzy Quilts

After what feels like many, many months, I finally have a finish to share. I have to say - being able to sit down at my machine for any length of time and actually get stuff done feels really good.

Postage Plus is a pattern from the book Modern Plus Sign Quilts by Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander. This specific quilt was designed by Cheryl. I loved the book's version so much, I pretty much copied it - used blue scraps for the plus sign in the middle along with Kona solids for the bars (not sure which colours exactly).

This ...

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April 19, 2019
A new dress for Madison from Dizzy Quilts

I finished my first project off the Q2 FAL list!

The pattern is the Everyday Playdress by Love Notions. I made the cross-over bodice (it comes in a standard bodice too) and I love it!! I'm not an experienced sewer when it comes to garments but this dress was so easy and so much fun to make. The pattern calls for a knit fabric and I used this adorable Cloud 9 fabric I've had in my stash for a little while now.

The only issue I had with this dress is that I stretched the bodice a little ...

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March 23, 2019
Flock of Geese for Madison from Dizzy Quilts

My grand-daughter Madison who turns 3 in April moved into a 'big girl bed' a little while ago and of course, I had to make her a new quilt! Madison is a frilly, girly girl who adores princesses and everything pink. So her new quilt had to be pink. The good news is I had lots and lots of pink (and pinkish purple) scraps so this entire quilt was, once again, made from my stash.

The pattern is Flock of Geese by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs. This pattern came with the 2018 Quilter's Planner. In the planner ...

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February 2, 2019
Emerald Pillow Finish from Dizzy Quilts

I have my first finish of 2019 to share today! I actually finished it last week, but I had to travel to Phoenix, Arizona for work this week so wasn't able to blog about the pillow until now.

I listed this on my Q1 list for the 2019 FAL here. I'm very pleased to have this one done because it had been sitting on my sewing table since November. This is a pattern by Andrea of 3rd Story Workshop and I actually made the whole top during a workshop with Andrea but then never got the opportunity to ...

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October 4, 2018
2018 FAL - Fall Mug Rug Tutorial from Dizzy Quilts

During its October meeting next week, the Montreal MQG is doing a mug rug swap - a fall themed mug rug to be more precise. Also, the Finish-Along team is hosting tutorial week right now and I was up so thought I would marry the two and write up instructions to make a Fall themed mug rug.

By the way, if you have finishes to link-up for the 3rd quarter of the Finish-Along, go here.

Fall Mug Rug - Finished size: 6.5" x 7"

This is what the finished mug rug looks like. I used scraps for mine - some Kona Black ...

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September 28, 2018
Irish Vortex by Shannon Fraser: Pattern Testing from Dizzy Quilts

Although things have been quite busy over here lately, when Shannon Fraser of Shannon Fraser Designs put out a call for pattern testers, I just had to do it!

But because things have been so busy, I decided to go with the baby size (the pattern will be available in 7 (yes 7!) sizes from baby to King). And I'm so happy I did! The pattern is super easy, quick and fun and the finished size is perfect for a table topper or a wall hanging (24" square).

And that is why I went with Halloweeny or Fall colours ...

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September 7, 2018
Linked Within from Dizzy Quilts

I have another finish from the 2018 Quilter's Planner Magazine to share with you: Linked Within.

Linked Within was designed by Paige Alexander of Quilted Blooms. I loved Paige's version so much I went with the same colours but used Kona Ice Peach as the background instead of white. The orange is Kona Torch and the turquoise is a Cloud 9 print I've had in my stash for a while.

The backing is a super soft flannel - it doesn't match the colours on the front at all, but I don't really mind. For some reason ...

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August 31, 2018
York Pinafore Finish from Dizzy Quilts

I made another garment!! And it fits me... and it has pockets!!

I originally bought this tartan fabric as a quilt back, but when Helen's Closet launched their York Pinafore pattern back in May and I saw one of her testers' version in a plaid, I just had to make one.

The pattern is such a fun and easy make! I'm a really slow sewist and it took me about one day to put this one together (with the usual interruptions such as feeding the family and walking the dog). I did take the time to finish the ...

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August 24, 2018
2018 Quilter's Planner Sampler Quilt Finish from Dizzy Quilts

When I got my Quilter's Planner last Fall, I immediately knew I was going to make the Sampler Quilt designed by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs. (I love pretty much everything Cheryl does!) I also knew I was going to use green scraps for this quilt (my green scrap bin was FULL).

I started off making one block every month grabbing whatever green and background scraps I could use. But then I fell behind in June. This month, I had 2 weeks off so decided to catch up and while the scrap bins were out, I went ahead ...

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August 16, 2018
TGIFF - A Regatta Finish from Dizzy Quilts

Welcome to TGIFF!

I'm really happy to share my latest finish with you this week for a number of reasons: It's my first finish in what feels like a long time. We've had an unusually hot summer here in Montreal and working under a quilt just hasn't been very fun. Also, my work life is completely out of balance right now - I'm spending way too much time working lately (and staying up way too late in the process) so no time spent at the sewing machine.

Another reason for my giddiness at sharing this quilt ...

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June 14, 2018
Rick Rack Runner from Dizzy Quilts

It seems the busier and crazier things get at work, the more time I need to spend in my sewing room. Well this Rick Rack Runner is my 9th finish off my Q2 2018 FAL List - my most productive quarter yet - so you can imagine just how much time I've spent in my sewing room!

This is a pattern from the Modern Plus Sign Quilts book written by Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander. I have been meaning to make another table runner for our dining room for a while now and when I saw the pattern in the book ...

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June 8, 2018
Josef Albers Inspired Mini #3 from Dizzy Quilts

It was my birthday this last weekend and my family was nice enough to leave me alone all day Saturday and most of Sunday. Plus, I took Monday off and it was pouring rain here so I got to spend a few hours in my sewing room.

During that time, I designed, pieced and quilted my Josef Albers inspired mini #3. (You can see mini #1 here and mini #2 here.)

I love pink and purple so those are the colours I chose for my third mini in the series: Kona Eggplant, Crocus, Bubblegum and Orchid. There's also some ...

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June 1, 2018
Sunny Skies - A Baby Quilt Finish from Dizzy Quilts

I'm still working through my stash of patterns and trying to use up scraps whenever possible (and I swear - no matter how many scrappy quilts I make, I don't seem to be able to make a significant dent in those scrap bins!). This week, I finished a baby quilt based on Shannon Fraser's Pink Lemonade pattern. I called mine Sunny Skies because of the colour combination I ended up going with.

Shannon's pattern was written for three main fabrics, but it was really easy to figure out how to make the quilt with scraps. So I ...

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May 25, 2018
A New Cleo Skirt from Dizzy Quilts

I'm super happy to show off another me-made garment - this time, a skirt. I don't wear skirts very much because I don't find them super flattering on me, but skirts are pretty easy to make and I need the additional practice. Also, I had a really nice Art Gallery woven print in red that I thought would look pretty in a skirt.

I used a Made by Rae skirt pattern - the Cleo skirt because there is a Creative Bug class that teaches you every step of the skirt construction pattern in addition to a bunch of really ...

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May 18, 2018
Layered Diamonds Lap Quilt Finish from Dizzy Quilts

I am a huge fan of the design team over at Quilt Theory so was really sad when they announced the team wouldn't be producing anymore patterns - although most of them will continue to offer patterns on their own website.

Anyhow, I thought it was a fun coincidence that I finished one of their designs recently.

Layered Diamonds was design by Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting JetGirl for Quilt Theory. I love Yvonne's work and have made quilts based on her designs a number of times already. This one was no different - it was fun, quick, very well explained ...

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April 6, 2018
Baskets from the Easter Bunny from Dizzy Quilts

This last Good Friday, on a whim, I decided to make Easter baskets for the little ones. I wanted to make three of them and didn't have much time, so I needed something quick and easy.

I found this really good tutorial and, as luck would have it, had the perfect fabric in my stash (that's one of the advantages of having a pretty large stash).

I didn't have any interfacing though so quilted the outside of the baskets instead and it worked out very well.

How cute are these bunnies?!

This one has a bunch of ...

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