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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Finish Along 2016 Quarter 1 Results and Q2 list

Time sure flies and it's already time to report on the end of Quarter 1 in the Finish Along!

I have exactly 2 things complete (only 1 from my list,) but it's been a pretty busy year already. In the past few months, my family has visited Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic and Poland so I haven't gotten much sewing done, but things are settling down now I hope!

1. Commission - comfort quilt for girlfriend - Finished!
2. Baby quilt for nephew due in March - Started the Dog Gone Cute quilt with a pattern from Sew Fresh Fabrics. She hosted a sew-along at the end of last summer. 
 3. 2 gift place mats for niece and nephew - not yet started
4. Succulents wall hanging (Love & Patchwork Mag Issue 19) - fabric chosen
5. Playhouses Doll Quilt (Fat Quarterly Issue Issue 9) - partner project for me & little Bean - not yet started
6. Purple Zippered pouch birthday gift - not yet started


Q2
1. Pillowcase - My friend brought back some beautiful silk fabric from her recent trip to Dubai and asked me to make her a pillowcase. Apparently sleeping on silk is rumored to help prevent wrinkles - I'm on it! I want to make a double sided case I think, but I haven't worked it out yet. 
2. Doggie Quilt for nephew - I have 3 more doggies that are already cut out and just need to be put together. I'm hoping to get this one done pretty quickly.

3. (2) 1 hour baskets - these will be baby themed and go along with quilted gifts.
4. (2) gift place mats - still for my niece and nephew
5. Pouches - need to make 2
6. Playhouses Doll Quilt - hope to make time for this one too as my little one is pretty excited.
7. Baby girl quilt gift - I am looking at an underwater theme for a certain beach baby.
8. Succulents wall hanging
9. Picnic quilt - I would love to use this cute bundle that has been in my stash for years!
10. Easter baskets - probably will use the 1 hour basket pattern as well and this cute bunny from Sugaridoo!

I imagine that many of these will be rolling over to Q3, but a girl can dream!


Linking up just under the wire with
FMT

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Positivity - a comfort quilt finished

A special quilt..

Back in December, a girlfriend from high school asked me to make her a comfort quilt. I had been thinking about it for some time as I've watched her valiant fight against adenoid cystic carcinoma. She is about the most joyful person I know and has defied every odd and diagnosis. She is truly an inspiration to me personally and I'm grateful she has chosen to document her journey via web and facebook videos.

Naturally, such an important request caused a lot of indecision. I knew the colors she wanted, but she left the design up to me. The awareness ribbon color for this particular cancer is burgundy with cream, so I started there. I had two distinct ideas for the quilt that I decided to merge together. Ok, I had like 10 ideas that had to be narrowed down. Given her always positive attitude, I thought a whole quilt of plus signs would be super cool - and they're also reminiscent of crosses. She wanted a fairly neutral palette which I found challenging so I decided to jazz up the back a bit with some color and inspirational words. Here's what I came up with:
The background is Kona natural and I used a few other Kona solids including burgundy, steel, coal and purple as well as a variety of prints including some Flea Market Fancy and Glimma.

From there I went on to the back. I used the 24" paper pieced Take Wing pattern from Lillyella. Finding just the right colors and fabrics was a real challenge! In the end, I love how it came out against the Kona ash background.
I also picked a few positive phrases to include and the back came together.


 For the quilting, I started by outlining the center butterfly and then just quilted simple straightish/wavy lines.

I like the effect from the front too.
 And now for a shot of Positivity wrapped around her beautiful owner. I'm so happy to say she likes it and the smile on her face made it all worthwhile!

FMT

Monday, March 7, 2016

Winner!

Actually I'm talking about me! After 3 years of participation in the Finish-Along,

I was randomly chosen by Adrianne in the 4th Quarter for my son's Christmas/birthday quilt!

My prize? 
3 Patterns of my choice from Sew Sweetness!  
It was fun browsing through her shop and in the end I chose these 3 great bags. 
Sew Sweetness Tudor Bag
Sew Sweetness Hyacinth Bag
Sew Sweetness Camp Stitchalot Bag
Clearly, I need to put them on my Finish Along list for the year, right? Thank you again Sara and Adrianne!

FMT

Friday, March 4, 2016

Quilter's Planner Cover

I recently had an opportunity to have a girls' sewing weekend with my friend Ms. E who came all the way from Geneva to hang out with me. As usual, there was lots of chatting and snacking with a little shopping & sewing thrown in. We decided our joint venture would be working on our Quilter's Planner covers.

We studied the over 300 pictures at #quiltersplanner on IG and got loads of inspiration and a couple of tips before getting started:
1. A pretty lace bra strap would make a good elastic closure
2. Since the cover fits quite snugly, one might benefit from adding 1/4" to the final size.

After lots of deliberation, I decided that Noteworthy would make a great choice for the main fabric. It's full of doodles, goals and bucket lists - perfect! For the front, I also decided to try a Butterfly Charm Block from Lillyella. I've been searching for a project for these cute butterflies.

Finished product!
For the back cover, I pieced in my label and here you can see the silky elastic strap. I don't know who makes their own bras, but I'm glad to have found this - and in a variety of pretty colors!

 Here you can see the leather bookmark.
 For the inside, we just went with simple slip pockets on the front and back.


Once my cover was complete, I realized that my Ipad would fit in the zipper pocket. The only problem was that I couldn't get it in through the zipper. Since I carry it all the time, I decided it was worth it to alter the zipper tabs a little bit in order to make it work.
Success!!
And here's Ms. E's gorgeous creation
 A sweet Liberty fox and a spool of Aurifil naturally!
We're proud to have added our covers to the (now) more than 400 #quiltersplanner posts! And here's a peek at my pattern in the Nov pages of the planner - so excited! All of the weekly blocks can be found here. thank you again to Stephanie for the opportunity to be published and for a great tool.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Finish Along 2015 & 2016 Quarter 1



Hello again! I am so excited to embark on a 3rd year in the Finish Along. This has given me such a gentle but consistent motivation to get my projects planned at least and I've gotten more completed.

In Q4 of 2015 I had a list of 9 projects to complete, but with travel and little sewing time, I didn't finish much.
1. Finish Birthday quilt.  - Finished!
2. Dusseldorf pouches - Finished and gifted!
3. Paper airplane pouches - not done
4. Quilt for mom - not yet done
5. Quilt for friend's new baby - can't even quite remember which baby this was for lol
6. Quilt the stinking bee quilt that has been hanging around all year - not sure where this is in my sewing jungle.
7. Make something from my toppling stack of Lotta Jansdotter fat quarters - not yet done
8. Christmas table runner - not done
9. Fairy pillow (using PP pattern from Tartan Kiwi) - not done
It was a pleasure having Adrianne from On the Windy Side as host and cheerleader for the 2015 Finish Along!

Bring on 2016! I have 8 quilts in various stages of completion, from a pile of blocks to flimsy tops that I would love to finish this year, but I'll have to work them in 1 at a time. My quilting goals for 2016 include working on my blog photography and having more scheduled sewing time and FINISHING things! Finish Finish Finish!

Speaking of which, here is my Finish Along Quarter 1 list:

1. Commission - comfort quilt for girlfriend
2. Baby quilt for nephew due in March
3. 2 gift place mats for niece and nephew 
4. Succulents wall hanging (Love & Patchwork Mag Issue 19)
5. Playhouses Doll Quilt (Fat Quarterly Issue Issue 9) - partner project for me & little Bean
6. Purple Zippered pouch birthday gift

Wish me luck and I'll be following along with everyone ~ #2016FAL and follow @finishalong on Instagram!
FMT 

Monday, January 4, 2016

2015 - Year in Review


Happy New Year!

Although I don't think I made a formal announcement, I decided last January that this would the year of saying, "NO." It was a difficult decision, but I did not participate in any swaps or bees for the entire year, even though Instagram tempted me many times! In past years I have felt like I was doing a lot of sewing and not having much to show for it in my own home. It is very nice to have quilts made by talented ladies from all over the world hanging on my walls, but I wanted to concentrate on my own projects in 2015. As an added motivation, I did participate in the 2015 Finish Along. I must admit that I did pretty poorly with completing my lists, but I did get more sewing done and even had the chance to teach at a quilting retreat, participate in a new Bloggers hop and had a quilt block published!

January
Preppy Stroller Quilt
Catvent Knitting Bag
February
Graceful Dancer Mini Messenger Bag
March


1 hr basket
Noodlehead divided basket

ballerina pillowcase
April
Stash Bee
Dad's Birthday Quilt
June
Swoosh pouch

Confetti Stars Improv

July
1 hour teacher baskets
September
Treasure Map Block Design
October
Tidal Pool test block for Molli Sparkles
Kitchen Placemats
Drawstring Ballerina tote with zippered shoe pouch
Birch Trees for Patchwork in the Peaks
November
Radschlager pouch
December
Flying circle of geese wreath wall hanging
Star Plus quilt for Jamie

Looking forward to lots more sewing and being super organized (with the help of the Quilter's Planner of course) in 2016!!

FMT


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