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January 22, 2019
My WIPs List for Q1 of the 2019 FAL from Dizzy Quilts

I realize I haven't really been here in a while and I also realize I'm crazy late posting my list for Q1 of the 2019 FAL (because the link-up closed days ago!), but I thought I'd put it up here anyways. Maybe it's going to help me get back to the machine and to the blog!

I haven't been away from the blog or the machine because something bad happened or anything - just work and exhaustion! I just have not been able to find the time or the energy to sew and because I haven ...

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January 11, 2019
progress from Making A Lather

I haven't really done anything to show. But, I have been working a little on each project.
I have the rows together for Christmas snowflake. I will be teaching this in March to my guild, and I need to have something to show the end of the month.


I have been cutting strips, sewing them, and cutting them for a scrappy twirl quilt.


And I have all the quarter block units done for good fortune quilt. I can't believe how many quilts are already finished.

note
I am linking to:
Finished or Not Fridays   my last week ...

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January 7, 2019
APQResolution! from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I'm jumping in!



Every year, the folks at  All People Quilt host a UFO Challenge to assist quilters like me that end up with a long list of unfinished projects.  

Just how does it works?


You download their challenge chart and list 12 projects you want to make progress on in 2019.  Every month, they will draw a number and that is project you work on that month.  You can share your progress on Instagram or on Facebook.

January is item #3.


When I made my list, I already knew what item was going to be for January, so ...

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November 9, 2018
UFO Progress from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I have been making a concerted effort to try and complete some of my UFOs.  At the beginning of August, I made a list of all of my projects and saw that I had 24!  Gulp!!



This week, I just finished another quilt top which will bring my list down to only 17!
It hasn't been that low for a really long time.




It looks like I first shared these blocks back in September of 2017.  I tried to finish at least one block a month.  When I had nine blocks done, that is where the project stalled.




So ...

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October 25, 2018
Pollinate Progress Party from Blossom Heart Quilts

I am so incredibly chuffed with how my Pollinate quilt is coming along. It’s definitely one of those projects where I had a spark of inspiration as to how I wanted the quilt to look, but have had my fingers crossed the whole time I’ve been stitching, hoping that it’s going to turn out like what I had planned. And it is!

Pollinate quilt progress by BlossomHeartQuilts.com

I’m still loving my choice to mix up spots of fussy cutting with just simply slicing and dicing the fabric. It’s saved me so much time, but also means that there are pockets ...

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October 16, 2018
Same Old BS (Burgoyne Surround) from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Back in the beginning of August, I did a quick count of all the projects I had in the works.  I was dismayed to see it has risen to 24 items.  Ugh!  Since then, I have been making an effort to get that number down to under 20 again.  I am happy to report, that number is now 18!




And I am still motivated to get that number even lower.

Remember these pretty Burgoyne Surround blocks I was making?



I just moved them to the design wall in my sewing room and hope to focus on getting them made into ...

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October 3, 2018
Cherish Quilt Progress + Lightening Bugs by Heather Ross from Blossom Heart Quilts

I am plodding incredibly slowly through my Cherish quilt. And my deadline keeps getting pushed further and further back, to the point where I HAVE to get it done by my daughter’s birthday in March or I run the risk that she’ll have outgrown it! Thankfully, she still likes seeing peeks of it, and she doesn’t care if it’s a full bed-sized quilt worth of EPP or not, she just wants a mummy quilt. So, the plan is to do a couple more fully-pieced hexies, and then possibly some that are half-pieced (i.e. the outer ...

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August 3, 2018
A Focus on Finishes from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Okay...It is time for me to get a little more control in my sewing room!

I knew I had been starting all sorts of projects and ignoring the piles of projects littering my sewing surfaces but I found out today in black and white just how bad things had gotten.



As I dug deep in the piles to document all the projects in various stages, I soon had a whole page full of projects needing attention.  Some projects are on-going and a few I just might adopt out in September during the next Quilty Orphan Adoption event. (The last ...

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July 18, 2018
My Pollinate Quilt from Blossom Heart Quilts

I have quite the temperamental relationship with EPP, but I think we’re starting to come to terms with each other. It turns out that I enjoy EPP when I’m not a sewing machine churning out the same block over and over, which is why my Cherish quilt is taking for.ev.er. But when there’s small blocks, and larger blocks, and varied sections to piece together? I quite enjoy it! So when Kitty Wilkin aka Night Quilter invited me to sew her Pollinate quilt, I was on board with it. Because you should see what you get ...

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July 3, 2018
Year Of Finishing – Month 4 from Blossom Heart Quilts

Phew, I knew that the past few months would be intensely busy, but I didn’t quite foresee that I wouldn’t even be able to bind one simple quilt that I was aiming to finish in March! I did at least finish the quilting on my Milky Way Sampler quilt, and the binding was made… and then used for another project, ha, oops! I had an aim of finishing 12 UFOs and WIPs over the course of 2018, and that goal is still achievable! It just won’t have happened one per month as expected. AND THAT’S OK ...

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May 25, 2018
Modern Quilt Guild Mystery Medallion Challenge Mini Quilt from Blossom Heart Quilts

Whew, that title is a tongue twister! All of which to say is that my local modern quilt guild is hosting a mystery medallion challenge this year, and I’m making mine as a mini quilt. Our Swaps and Challenges coordinator has come up with a list of 7 mystery prompts that she gives out every 4-6 weeks. We then complete at least two borders on our medallion quilts with whatever method and technique we like to interpret the given prompt. It’s been a lot of fun so far!

For my medallion quilt, I decided a few things:

  1. I ...

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April 29, 2018
Custom Order, Small Items and a Treasure Box from Grandma's Red Needle

It's Sunday again and time for an update on what I've been up to lately. 

In my previous post I mention I had a custom order to do.


The customer wanted the name 'Lisa' added to it and more hair on the nurse. 
The hair was not a problem, just some FMQ. I don't have an embroidery machine so had to hand embroider 'Lisa'. It's a long time since I've done this kind of embroidery, some ripping, but I think it turned out OK. 

I made a couple of mug rugs from a panel last ...

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April 27, 2018
Year Of Finishing: Project 3 Update from Blossom Heart Quilts

I’d say that “eagle eyes may have noticed that I haven’t shared any update on my Milky Way Sampler quilt”… but clearly I place way too much faith in how closely you keep up to date on what I’m working on, haha! That or the guilt is weighing heavily… That’s more likely, actually.

The truth of the matter is that March and April have been kicking my butt, as will May and June to be frank, with deadlines and school holidays and public holidays and pupil free days from school (today… ahead of Anzac Day tomorrow ...

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April 17, 2018
En Provence and other UFOs from Grandma's Red Needle

JEEZ! Where did the last 3 weeks go?! I must have been busy! 

First of all, THANK YOU EVERYONE who left a comment on 'which color on border' to choose on my scrappy UFO! You can see the UFO here. All good choices! I have yet to decide, but I'm leaning towards black or the dark blue.... 

Yes, I have been busy and I have worked on some of my UFO's.
I have a flimsy and that is Bonnie Hunter's 'En Provence'!


This is the very first time I do a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt. My goodness ...

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March 24, 2018
spring birch trees from Making A Lather

birch trees
Today is the rainbow scrap challenge at Soscrappy. And the color is green.
I found 8 - 12 inch pieces of green in my scrap drawer for birch trees. 2 light 4 medium and 2 dark. I really enjoy sewing these. I can get all crazy with the rotary cutter. I have several sets of strings made ahead, and I can just cut them into strips when I am ready. I am keeping with 1 1/2 inches and 2 inch slices so that the leftovers will fit each other to build additional strip sets.





There are lots of ...

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March 12, 2018
Sewing Sunday and Creative Mess from Grandma's Red Needle

How does your sewing table look like today?
Here's my creative mess! :) 


My sewing table didn't look like this yesterday, what happened?! 


When I finish an item, or items using the same fabrics, I tidy up the sewing table for fabrics and threads used. Leftover fabrics cut into squares in different sizes and stored away in boxes. (I have to attack those boxes one day!)  Not always I know what to make next and I tend to pull out fabrics to see if I can come up with some ideas. 


As you can see from the photos above ...

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March 8, 2018
A new relationship... from Sew Preeti Quilts

In summer, I long for a chilly breeze; in winter I long for a fire.
At desert, I dream of the seven seas; at sea, it is the dry land I desire.
Since it is winter, I am naturally dreaming about Spring. Here is a little mini, I made - A trio of Tulips.

A Trio of Tulips

Garden Blooms

Blogland: It has been a while.
Me: This happens when one is on a honeymoon
Blogland: Honeymooning with Paul - You are such lovebirds.
Me: Not with Paul.
Blogland: Someone else? Does he know?
Me: Yes, he was the one who insisted ...

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March 4, 2018
Attacking a block swap UFO from Grandma's Red Needle

'Hello' from a cloudy and wet Sunday evening this side of the globe! 
Surprise! It's raining! We are getting the outer cloud bands from cyclone 'Dumazile'. It is expected to pass between Madagascar and Reunion Island, but we all know how unpredictable these storms are.... We had a couple of sunny days earlier this week and we were able to do some yard work. My goodness! With all the rain we have got this year, the garden has become a jungle! Still lots to do, but that has to wait! 
What's better than to stay inside sewing?! :) It ...

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February 19, 2018
It's Sunday.... from Grandma's Red Needle

... and time for a new blog post! 

What have you been up to this week? Have you finished any items or perhaps some UFO's? 
I've been working on several items and actually have a few finishes. 

Did you know 'Pantone Color of the Year 2018' is Ultra Violet?
Before I started quilting, there were colors I didn't like at all and one of them were purple in all shades from light to dark. Gradually I began to like purple and I have made a few items in different shades of purple.
I had a beautiful fabric depicting ...

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February 18, 2018
This Episode Has No Title Episode #86 from Hobbies Up To Here

WARNING! This episode of Hobbies Up To Here is unfiltered, barely edited, and very, very real. My mom and I sat down after numerous failed attempts to record an episode and what we created is hilarious and very all-over-the-place. We jumped from topic to topic, occasionally forget what we were talking about, and we even … Continue reading This Episode Has No Title Episode #86

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