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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WIP Birch trees

I'm working on a few class samples for later this year and here's what I've come up with so far...

I'm telling myself I'm stopping because I need some good light to take pictures

but really I don't have a good idea of where this is going, so I'll enjoy it as it is and move on to the next sample!

Also, I've only heard back from one winner of the SMS giveaway, so I'll be redrawing this Friday if I haven't heard from winner #2 by then!!


Linking right on up to Freshly Pieced & Sew Fresh Quilts &WOW

FMT

Monday, May 11, 2015

Winner Time!

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway as part of the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! I was so excited to have received over 300 entries and I'm excited by the new connections I've gained on IG and here!

Without further fanfare, the winners are:


and
Congratulations to both of you - sending emails now and I hope you enjoy your Liberty!
FMT

Thursday, May 7, 2015

WIP Confetti Rainbow Stars

Hello again! I'm all bloggin 2 days-in-a-row like a regular!

If you're looking for the SMS Giveaway, step right this way!


I've recently been exposed to paper piecing - thanks to the lovely and patient Karen. I don't want to say I've gotten "addicted," because that would imply that I'm good at it. Let's just say I've become "attracted" to printing out cool PP patterns that I see and cutting at them and stacking them on my window sill. (FYI there are a TON of freebies on Craftsy.)


Anyway, I came across this free pattern called Confetti Star, and decided to use some of my rather large pile of charm squares.


I intended to just see where inspiration takes me - which has meant a lot of time just staring at it.
Clearly, there was a problem. I wanted to keep the color wheel arrangement, but the orange & green didn't go well together. Luckily for me, I got a little treat in the mail yesterday!
After a good look through this gem, I spotted a quilt called "Squareburst" (which can also be seen on the Amazon sneak peek page.) Sidebar - how the HECK do you copy a pattern that doesn't actually fit on your printer??? I was struggling with that nonsense for way too long lol . 

Anyway, here's what I came up with. 
Squareburst Color Wheel
 and it fit right in!
Confetti Stars Improv Rainbow

now to stare some more and figure out the rest.. Linking up to WIP Weds @ Freshly Pieced. & Sew Fresh Quilts & WOW

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SMS Giveaway Day 2015

Welcome friends! I am happy to welcome you to my blog and the first SMS Giveaway day for this year! I hemmed and hawed and ultimately decided to join in and hopefully jump start my blogging habit!

As a little intro, I am an American currently living with a pilot hubby and the 2 younger of our 4 kiddos in beautiful Germany.  Here's a little something I've been working on for the past couple of days..

Mochawildchild improv paper pieced star throw rainbow
an improv, rainbow, paper pieced star throw lol. Descriptive enough for ya?

On to the giveaway! Up for grabs I have 2 cute little Liberty of London themed gifts.

There will be 2 winners! The prize consists of a tiny Hello Kitty Liberty of London themed tin (2.25" x 3.5") and a set of 20 assorted 4" Liberty charms! I've been collecting these during my time here in in Germany and they will be hard to part with! 

Set 1 Hello Kitty in London & Liberty Charms
Set 2 Hello Kitty in London & Liberty Charms

The back of each tin - closeup
 How to enter: Just leave me a comment - any comment! Followers of my blog (or IG: mochawildchild) can have a 2nd entry/comment. That's it! I am happy to ship internationally and the deadline for entries is Sunday - 2 random winners will be chosen Monday.

Happy entering!

Monday, April 13, 2015

FAL / Q2 Goals

I'm fresh from a 2 week sewing hiatus and excited to get started. My parents made their very first trip to Germany, so we've had 14 days of exploring, relaxing and spending some great time together. I haven't seen them in just over 2 years, so this was a really special time.

That said, I'm also fresh from my most successful quarter since I began participating in the FAL last year. I finished 6 of the 7 projects on my list. My secret? No bees and swaps this year!

It has been so difficult  not joining the themed swaps that seem to pop up weekly on Instagram. I've also taken a break from the Doll Quilter's Monthly Swap and Stash Bee. I felt I was sewing a ton and I didn't have much to show for it which can get discouraging! I'm very gratified that the result has been sewing for my own home and kiddos. I haven't quite worked out how to use the word, but I think I'm also "chuffed."

Anyway, onto Q2!

1. Ninja pillow - the 1 rollover from last quarter.
2. Picnic Quilt using Crabtastic - an older bundle I've had a few years. I'm thinking either a rolling stone or simple squares pattern.
3. Succulents Wall Hanging using this pattern  from Material Girl Quilts
4. Granny's Quilt - I won't need this for a few months, but I'd like a bloomy pattern.
 5. Mod placemats for new kitchen table
6. Improv table runner
7. Shopping totes - need to make a few sets for Mother's Day
 8. Finish up bee quilt - I only need to make a couple of blocks to get this up to size and then I can finish it up and get it on the bed before it's too warm!
9. Ballet bag - maybe a drawstring backpack for the munchkin.
10. Continue with Confetti Stars 
11. 1 hour basket from this tute to replace my Noodlehead one for now ;) 

 I have high hopes this quarter, but there's nothing super urgent here so we'll see how it goes!
Linking up FAL Q2

FAL / 1st Quarter Goals Update - 6 out of 7 isn't too bad

  1. Noodlehead Basket  - finished, used for a few weeks and then whisked away by mom so I need another! 
  2. Preppy Stroller Quilt - finished & gifted to adorable baby Logan! 
  3. Birthday Quilt - Finished and gifted to my Dad for his 60th Birthday. He loved it although it's pretty warm in AZ already lol.
  4. Wonky Pinwheels - from Stash Bee 2014.  Finished!!! 

  5. Messenger Bag for Beans - Finished! I used the Mini Messenger Bag pattern from The Littlest Thistle and her bag came out really great and has already visited Munich and Paris! 
  6. Ballerina Pillow Cover - Finished! 
     
  7. Ninja pillow cover -unfinished and rolling over to Q2 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Stash Bee - my fave finish

Just last week, I had another exciting finish: my Stash Bee quilt. In July of 2014, I sent out instructions and a sample palette for a Wonky Pinwheel block (inspired by Greenleaf Goods) to 12 lovely ladies. Over the course of the next several months, the blocks came rolling in.

In early October, I got the blocks sewn into a top and was very pleased with what I was seeing.
Sometimes my bee mates included fabrics that I wouldn't always have necessarily chosen, but they all work together! I even have a couple that are closer to silk than cotton and they give a nice little surprise feel when you come across them. That's what made this project so fun - other perspectives make this quilt far more interesting.    
The gold and grey floral adds a silky surprise
In an effort to force myself to get this one finished, I put it on my Q1 list and it worked! 
 The back was a bit of an experiment. As I fancy myself addicted to paper piecing lately, I decided to play around a little. I used this letter set from Craftsy to make myself a label.

 The back is half Kona ash and half Kona white and just love how it came together around the letters and the binding is Kona navy. You can see that the quilting is a simple diagonal and a double straight gridline.

Ready for naptime! 

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linking up On the windy side
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