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Monday, August 31, 2015

Fabri-Quilt New Blog Hop

Well it's finally that time!
My Blog Hop mates have created some really awesome blocks so far and it's only Day 1! In addition to seeing all sorts of great new blocks WITH tutorials, there are chances to win fabric bundles from Fabri-Quilt! 

Check them out!
Host – Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Kelly @Quilting it Out
Martha @Once a Wingnut
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
Andrea @The Sewing Fools
Bernie @Needle and Foot
Silvia @A Stranger View
Wanda @Wanda’s Life Sampler
Sandra @Musings of a Menopausal Melon
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Jess @Quilty Habit
Diana @Red Delicious Life
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Margo @Shadow Lane Quilts
Renee @Quilts of a Feather

We even have a Pinterest Board created by Jayne to make it easier to see, follow and be inspired by all the Summer Block Designs! Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

What a summer!

Well hello there! It's been a busy summer with lots of fun, relaxation and a bit of travel. Once we returned from beautiful & HOT Croatia, the last thing I wanted to do was sit at the sewing machine. Plus, the sewing room was a disaster when we left and my fairy godmother forgot to visit while I was gone. Cleaning before creating is no fun!

Rab Island, Croatia

Lim Fjord
Split, Croatia

Lake Bled, Slovenia
Well, back to reality!

Early last month I signed up for a special Blog Hop in conjunction with the New Quilt Bloggers.
Each participant was tasked with creating a new quilt block and providing a tutorial on their blog. We then send in our blocks to be made into one of three charity quilts. The theme is summer and I spent a lot of time looking for inspiration while on my trip. One cool thing that caught my eye while on the road was the cool, modern, painted windmills. This isn't what I ended up choosing as my final block, but it was tempting! 
It was tough to get a good picture with my husband at the wheel trying not to ever let our speed dip below 100. Gotta love the autobahn.  
Despite the warning, we didn't see a single polar bear squaring off with a coyote
Fave/scariest sign at the ferry crossing

The hop starts next Monday 8/31 and my turn is Sep 3. I sincerely hope to be finished fighting with EQ7 by then :). It didn't like my Windows 10 upgrade, and I've been having issues ever since. 

See ya soon! FMT

Monday, July 13, 2015

Finish Along Q3

This year is just zipping along, isn't it?

I've rethought my list of finishes and have some small trips planned in the next few months, but hopefully can get these things completed:

1. Birthday Quilt for my son. I started with this idea and made one column, but I'm not in love with it.

I'm thinking of shelving this for now and using this long-treasured set of charm packs to make Scattered - a pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew.

2. Ballerina drawstring bag
I've used this pattern from Tartan Kiwi and am still trying to figure out how to incorporate it into a drawstring backpack without distorting the design. I'd also like an exterior zippered pocket someplace.

3. Placemats - still need 2 for kitchen table!
4. Paper airplane pouches (a few of these have been requested by friends.)
5. Dusseldorf pouches (making a few for a craft fair)
5. Finish bee quilt
Wish me luck ;)
linking up

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Finish Along Quarter 2 results

..or lack thereof.

I've been sewing things, but haven't knocked many things off my list this quarter. Guess my list wasn't very well thought out or realistic - whoops!

I finished only 2 of 11 items.

1. Ninja pillow - no progress except that I've lost the fabric someplace in here.
2. Picnic Quilt using Crabtastic - no progress
3. Succulents Wall Hanging - nada
4. Granny's Quilt - no progress.
5. Mod placemats for new kitchen table - no progress.
6. Improv table runner - no progress
7. Shopping totes - nope
8. Finish up bee quilt - I did finish this top, but it's not quilted yet. Half credit? 
9. Ballet bag - no progress except for printing the pattern. 
10. Confetti Stars - Finished!! 
11. 1 hour basket - Finished x 4! 

Moving on to a more productive Q3 and linking up my couple of finishes to the party


Friday, July 3, 2015

One hour (or so) baskets

After my practice/gift basket a week or so ago, I felt ready to tackle 3 more "1 hour baskets"assembly-line style as thank you gifts for my daughter's preschool/kindergarten teachers. These will be the last handmade teacher gifts for awhile because apparently in German public schools, holiday gifts are given as a class and not individually and end-of-year gifts are not given. phooey!

Honestly, while I was frantically stitching away late last night, I did wonder about my tendency to pressure myself  with making a handmade gift just because I can make something. When I finished, my already sore back and neck were throbbing in protest. According to my math, I calculated that I could make 3 simultaneous baskets in an hour since I had taken the 3 previous days to get everything ready. Nope... took me like 3 hours.

Kaufman Quilter's Linen in Charcoal w/ Juggling Summer

Kaufman Quilter's Linen in Raffia w/ Simply Style

Quilter's Linen in Silver w/ Simply Color/Simply Style
 If I'm really honest (which I will be for a moment,) I don't think the teachers fully realized the value of these handmade gifts. How do I know? Not one of them sobbed at the beauty and perfect marriage of these fabrics - hmph!  Generally speaking, I know people here are not the most emotive (unless you do something wrong in traffic- then you'll be told off immediately,) but dang! Can I get a hearty "Thank you!?" Can't you see that I've shared my precious stash of Quilter's Linen with you? Can't you appreciate how beautiful it looks with Simply Style, Simply Color and Juggling Summer? Don't you know how long I've been holding onto these and looking for the perfect project? Can't you give me one tear or at least a joyful moan? Just kidding..sorta. I am grateful that they've loved, taught and nurtured my daughter for the last 2 years, which is why I haven't gone and snatched them back.
In the lining seam, I put my new label from Ikaprint. I'll take some pics and share for next time! 

My daughter loved stuffing the baskets with flowers, hand cream, tea, pencils, chocolate and a little Prosecco! 

Proud little Wildchild and Kindergarten graduate
FAL Q2 goal list

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New Blogger Hop & a little shopping

Hello again! I don't know how it's already the end of June! The month is slipping by and the school year is finally coming to an end. I was on a roll with getting some sewing done, but the World Cup has slowed me down a bit - have you been watching? Exciting!

Speaking of which, we had the opportunity to attend the USA/Germany soccer match a couple of weeks ago and managed to get our ugly mugs on TV. We even got a message from back home saying one of our family members had seen my son on CNN jumping around like a lunatic after our 2nd goal.

So anyway, it's Week 2 of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop and my Hive has 4 new places I hope you'll visit.

Wanda of wandadotson.com (IG: wandaslifesampler)
Tish of tishnwonderland.blogspot.com (IG: tishnwonderland)
Brianna of theironandneedle.blogspot.ca (IG: theironandneedle)
Sandra of thebiasedge.wordpress.com

I've been fooling around with a new pouch idea and I have been wanting to try EQ7, so I jumped in and got it yesterday! My naughty confession of the week is that I hate reading instructions and since I'm savvy enough with the computer, I jumped in and started using it to design a PP block. The result?

hahahahahaha! What a mess! I had to hang my head in shame and start watching the instructional videos. I did have a little better success on my 2nd attempt, but I haven't watched the video on where the heck it saves your designs, so I can't see it.  Oh wait.. let me look again. 
ok here's a simple block idea

So far, I like EQ7, but some of the instructional blog posts I found were at least 4 years old, so I'm hoping it's not obsolete tomorrow! Do you have the program? What's your favorite thing about it?


Tuesday, June 16, 2015


With all the airplane paraphernalia and talk going on in my house, it's no wonder that this
Paper Plane Pattern posted w/permission from K@QP
recently caught my eye on Craftsy! Kristy has several really cute and FREE paper pieced patterns on her Craftsy page & her blog Quiet Play is awesome- check her out!

As I set about choosing fabrics, I realized it would make a great little going-away gift for a friend and fellow pilot's wife whose family is returning to the US. I debated making a wall hanging, but in the end, decided that a pouch might have more utility for her.

I just love how it came out!
 I just love the Noteworthy line and I think it really suits her personality.
 The "sky" background is Kona bluebell.  I quilted gridlines and then added her name and the flight path in a variegated blue pearl cotton.
Pretty, right?
The back is made from a few more prints in the collection and it's finished with a cool zipper pull. I sure hope she likes it! 

A tip: These are some of the great places I like to link up to on a Tuesday! Helps me to get acquainted with other awesome bloggers and get inspiration.

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