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November Accomplishments

And just like that, November is gone. Well, it actually left last week but that’s ok. So, how was November you ask? (even if you didn’t ask, I’m telling…lol) It was great! I didn’t get as much done as I wanted but I feel it was still pretty productive. And I can’t complain about the 4 day Thanksgiving weekend. A much-needed break.

What happened in November?? Well, as I am writing this on Dec 8th, I feel the Twelve Days of Christmas song coming on…

12 Instagram mini quilt blocks

11 bobbins of thread

10 more IG mini quilt blocks

9 feet of binding

8 more IG mini quilt blocks

7 glasses of wine

6 more IG mini quilt blocks (DONE!)

5 Swoon blocks

4 borders added to a second IG mini quilt

3 nights of handsewing binding

2 Christmas Pillows made

and

ah-mazing Tula Pink Swag!

Sorry about that. I had too! Ok. Moving on….

Those IG mini quilt blocks took a lot of my time. I even spent our guild sewing day working on them. I mean, look at this…this is a 3″ block:

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Here is the “for scale” photo. As you can see, small. So small. Not sure I will ever make this one again. If I do, I will generate up a paper piecing pattern for it. Without that stability, some of the smaller half-inch squares started to get a bit wonky.

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All in all, it turned out magnificent. I added a border to not only bring it to size but to also keep all those small edges from unraveling during quilting and binding. This way, everything was secure. It went out today and I can’t wait to see what my partner thinks about it!

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And while we are on the topic, I had a participant in my IG mini quilt group that couldn’t fulfill her obligation so Julie and I stepped in and teamed up to make her partner something great. Julie made the center block (its like an altered log cabin…so great!) and I added the outside curved geese borders. They brought it up to a good size and gave it a bit more playfulness. This one also went out today but she doesn’t know that we are the ones that made it. I figure she will find out eventually (my names is on the box) so I felt there was no harm in posting it here.

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After sitting for over a year now, I am bound and determined that this Swoon quilt will be finished by Spring. (Hopefully sooner if I can figure out how to piece a 120″ x 120″ backing in my room that isn’t much larger than that. Oy!) I have decided that instead of doing one block here and one block there, I am just getting them all finished at once. So, I have made a Swoon assembly line. I have 5 left and they are all being worked on at the same time. I have a system and for some crazy reason, it works! These suckers are so big (24″ each) that it’s like putting together 16 mini quilts to make one large one.

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What else…oh, 2 Christmas Pillows. Chrissy over at Sew Lux made up these pillow kits and I scooped two of them up to throw on the couch this Christmas. They don’t really match any of my stuff but then again, none of it matches each other so I figured, why not? I did try a new technique out though while making them and once I got the hang of it, these little things flew right along.

I am holding the pillow top with one hand and taking the pic with the other and as you can see, everything is hanging there (the first 3 rows have been sewn together). Because of the way that it was pieced, there are no rows to worry about mixing up or pieces that get turned around. Everything is where it should be. Once you get to this point you just keep sewing the rows together until you get to the bottom. Its hard to see but if you enlarge the picture you can see the threads holding all the rows together.

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Here are my 2 pillow tops. They are basted and ready for quilting as soon as I get the Swoon blocks done and off my table. Hopefully this week.

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And lastly, my favorite part. I have an Angel who got me some Tula Pink stuff while at the International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh last month. A brochure about her new line coming out next year, a sticker (which now lives on my sewing machine) and the highly coveted, rare, numbered, and autographed deck of playing cards. I may have squealed a little when I opened this (ok, a lot)!!

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And that my friends, was my Nov. Well, that and the first week of Dec but who’s really counting. I have a Chem final coming up followed by the holidays with family. Can’t wait!!

 

🙂

Jess

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A Little Bit of Everything in October

October is over?? Wow! It went fast. Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before you know it. I have a lot to share today so I hope you like pictures!!

Lets see…Last time I posted, it was about a mini quilt. My ThimbleBlossoms mini quilt to be exact. Well, that got finished and turned out quite good if I do say so myself. Take a look:

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This was the fantastic package that I got back from my partner! A Tula Pink mini quilt, lots of little goodies, some non-chocolate candy and a wonderful ornament.

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I love Christmas so I can’t wait to hang this up. Look at these little pieces of fabric all folded up. It’s the perfect colors and suits me to a T. Overall, it was a great swap for my first one.

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Speaking of swaps, I have finally started on my Instagram Mini Swap Quilt. After getting thru another Chem test (aced it!!) I figured it was time to get cracking. I have to mail this bad boy out at the beginning of December. I am doing this terrific pattern that requires 1″ 4-patches. Doesn’t that sound awesome! I thought it did until I started working on it. Oh, I still love it, it’s just taking some time to get used to working with pieces this small again. It’s been a while! Don’t worry though, it will be amazing when I am thru working my magic on it.

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I think I also told you that I was going to be handsewing most of October? Well, I was. I even had a needle go thru my finger because I am really bad about not using a thimble of any kind. It all paid off though, I won a couple of ribbons at the Quilt Show!!!

Mario took second place in the Juvenile category. I don’t see him as being juvenile and originally entered him into another category but apparently the judges disagreed. In the end, it all worked out.

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The Salt Water Metro Rings Quilt below, took Honorable Mention in the Lap Quilt category. I pieced it and Julie quilted it. There was some good competition in this category so this makes me very happy.

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Christmas Countdown didn’t place but, since I didn’t expect any of them too, I am not even a bit disappointed! It was still so fun to see it hanging up. As was all of them. Just an overall neat experience. I especially liked seeing people stopping to view them. Kind of cool!

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The quilt show pick up turned out to be long and then it was rainy and cold out so I went home and cuddled up on the couch and finished the binding on this 3-year-old table runner. Yep, you read that right. Year 1 = make it & use it unfinished. Year 2 = Use it unfinished. Year 3= realize that it will never get finished unless you finally give it to Julie. Now I will be able to use it properly this year! hahaha

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I also finished another Swoon block in this month. Definitely a bit girly with the pink, but in person, it looks really nice with the green complimentary fabric. I also fixed my 3 Swoon blocks that had mistakes in them. I am down to 4 or 5 blocks left and I can put a quilt top together. As soon as my IG Mini Quilt is finished, these are next.

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And lastly, I whipped up a pattern test for Chrissy over at Sew Lux Fabrics. She has a great online store and if I ever have a question, she is right there with an answer willing to help out. As an added bonus, she is so close to me that I get overnight shipping on most everything I order. This is her Machine Sewn Mini pattern and its adorable. The machines came together in no time and there was no paper piecing!! This one is going in the pile to be quilted. I thought about doing it myself but I don’t want another Thanksgiving table runner situation. 🙂

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Whew, I think that does it for October. My intention is to blog more often I have been doing good until this past month. Everything just kind of all hit in a span of a few weeks. Glad to have a lot of stuff off my plate.

November will be for the IG Mini Quilt, a sew day at the guild, another Chem test, Thanksgiving with the hubby and maybe some Swoon blocks worked in.

🙂

Jess

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Quilting, Piecing, and some Space Dust

Sometimes I don’t know how to start off a blog post. Hi? Hi y’all? Hola? What’s up yo? What about just, Hello? Ok, Hello.

Whew, now that the awkwardness is behind us, lets move on to the good stuff. And I do mean good stuff. Because anything that begins or ends (or sings in the middle) of Tula Pink is all the goodness I need in life. And, this one ranks right up there. I got to spend the past weekend with Julie and on top of getting 8 Block of the Month blocks done, and 2 other backings, we got this ray of sunshine quilted.

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I love this quilt. The colors. The design. So much so that I already have another one planned!

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Close-up of the Nautical themed quilting.

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On the frame, being worked on

I just need to get binding made and then get it sewn down. Debating on putting this one in the Fall quilt show here in New Bern. It’s not perfect but it’s pretty dang awesome.

Moving on, but not really too far, is the QAL that I mentioned I was starting. It is being hosted on Instagram by John Adams and Paul Hallinger. The pattern is Space Dust by Tula Pink and I am using the same fabrics that she did in her original design. I have had them hoarded for a while not really knowing what I wanted to do with them. When I saw this happening, I knew it would be perfect.

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Fabrics picked out, 45 page pattern ready to go

I sat down a couple of weeks ago and got my first row sorted and ready to go.

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The whole quilt is paper pieced, which I am no stranger too, so I was able to whip up my first few blocks pretty quickly. I will say though, paper piecing with larger sized pieces is much harder than doing it with smaller squares. These bad boys end up being 7″ x 10″ each.

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After getting the hang of this particular pattern, I was able to get 2 rows busted out in about a week.

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I am almost done with Row 3 now and I can’t wait to get back to work on this one. The original pattern calls a LOT of extra white to be added to the sides to bring it to a large Queen size. I think I have decided that I am going to leave mine without the sides and make it into a wall hanging for my sewing room. It will be a very large one but how could all this Tula Pink fabric yumminess not be amazing as a backdrop for my new room??!!?

See you soon!

🙂

Jess

 

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Another Finish It Up Friday

So, I guess this whole “Finish it up Friday” thing is becoming a habit around these parts. I don’t get the chance to post every week but I love having a specific day geared towards posting about things that I have finished up.

My big finish for this week? (well, kind of last week but it strayed over into the weekend so we are calling it this week…shhhh!!) Another Sew Together Bag! I was a little afraid of making another one but best friends overtake fears. 🙂 Julie’s birthday is soon and she is a tough pickle to shop for. So, I started thinking about what could I make her instead. No quilts. Goodness gracious, no quilts. Tote bags are a bit time consuming with fabric choices, so I started thinking smaller. Than I realized that she didn’t have a Sew Together Bag. Score!

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Sorry for the dark pictures. It was late the night before I was going to give it to her when I remembered to snap a couple of photos.

And, I also realized, I had the perfect outer fabric. Melody Miller’s Reels from way back when. I had come across a small amount of it from an Australian seller and was able to get it shipped pretty cheaply. I than pulled a Navy Essex Linen for the sides and some mustard to go with the reels and the navy.

For the inside, I cut into a new bundle of Pat Bravo ‘s Essentials for Art Gallery. Man alive, I love AG fabrics. They are silky soft. Check them out:

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I tried to match the zippers somewhat to the fabrics. I don’t have a great supply of zippers but I thought it turned out nice. There are 2 blues and an eggplant color. The main outside zipper is a navy blue to match the essex linen on the sides.

Now she can fill it up and enjoy! Happy Birthday Julie!!

Oh, and before I go, I did get 3 more Swoon blocks done. Yes, you read that correctly. 3! But don’t cheer for me just yet. Apparently in my chain piecing marathon I messed up a square in the same spot in all 3 blocks. I am a perfectionist so these will have to be ripped out and resewn or it will drive me bonkers. Luckily its on the edge of each one so I can just unpick that square and than Y seam it all back together. They turned out gorgeous though! These are numbers 8,9, & 10. I only have 6 left now and than I can start putting them all together in a real quilt top.

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The yellow one below is really a darker, deeper mustard color that plays really nicely with the army green and mustard colors in the flowers.

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That’s all folks! Waiting on some more thread before I do any more Metro Rings blocks. Since I am using bright white fabric on that one, I want to make sure that I use the same thread throughout. In an effort to not burn myself out on Swoon blocks, I have a diaper to finish up (a whole other blog post to do) and than I might pull out another project. Not that I have a lack of them.

Oh, Did you guys know that this is No-Buy July?? I am going to try to go with this. I have a couple of prior commitments that I signed up for but since those were done before July, they don’t count. So, it just means no purchases on anything crafty this month. I have needles, thread, and a boatload of fabric and patterns. I should be all set. Wonder how much I could get done if I am not enticed by other, newer, shinier things?? I will report back soon and let you know!

🙂

Jess

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Finish It Up Friday

I am starting to really like these Finish It Up Friday posts. They are very motivating by making me want to carve some time out during the week to sew. Normally, I just reserve that for the weekends.

I finished up 2 things this past week/weekend.

First up, another Swoon block. This one is # 7 of 16. Almost halfway!! This one turned out gorgeous in my color choices. Since these fabrics are cut and ready to go, I already have a pile of 3 more sitting beside my machine.

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One of these days, if I can find room somewhere (maybe outside?), I will lay out what I have and see how they all look together. at 24″ a piece, plus sashing, plus a border…we will never have to tug on covers ever again on our king sized bed. I am making this baby HUGE for that specific reason. Poor Julie. She is going to be cursing me when I eventually hand this one over to be quilted.

The exciting finish for this week was a Noodlehead Divided Basket. Even though this is going to live with me, I am loving it!! Now, I am going to have to ship one out for me. This was made in Salt Water fabrics (of course!) that Julie donated.

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This basket seems small until you start putting it together. Its about 6″ deep and 12″ wide. (Those are just guesstimates) Regardless, it can hold a lot of stuff. And lots of stuff it shall hold! That’s the plan anyway.

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I did the outer binding a bit differently than the pattern called for. It wanted you to sew it onto one side and than do some flip and press thing and than sew again. whew…way to much work for me. I folded it in half, slid it on and sewed it down. Yes, you can see the stitching but my machine does a fantastic stitch and with the thread blending in, it all worked out.

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I used cotton webbing for the handles. This was my first time using cotton webbing and I have to say….HUGE fan here now. This stuff may be making an appearance in more things that I do. I don’t always love fabric handles because handles bear the brunt of anything you make so without proper support (tons of interfacing) they can look worn pretty quickly. But these? I could see these holding up for a long time with a lot of use.

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And lastly, a pic of the inside. I didn’t do anything fancy on the interior since my hope is that it will be so full that you won’t see much of it. 🙂

Lots of plans for this weekend…Metro Rings, maybe start on a new venture/idea. Maybe a secret sewing session. We’ll see what the next 2 days hold. Happy Friday everyone!!

🙂

Jess

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Finish It Up Friday

Well, I don’t have a whole finish for you but I do have a lot of small ones from last weekend. (I don’t sew much during the week)

I have still been working on my Metro Rings quilt. I would have had more done but this girl did a really dumb thing and may have ruined her large cutting mat. I put it in the car to take to a sew day and didn’t lay it flat. Dumb, Dumb, Dumb. If you don’t know anything about cutting mats, when they get hot they conform to whatever surface they are on. Mine conformed to 2 lawn chairs. HUGE, rolling waves in my cutting mat. Ugghhh…I was so mad at myself. I know better than that. In an effort to not have to buy another one, it is currently back in the hot car, weighted down, trying to get flat again. We’ll see.

I got a few more blocks done with fabrics that I had already cut out. (luckily!!) They turned out fantastic! Here are all 4 blocks laid out together:

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I don’t know if I mentioned this in my last post but I wasn’t really happy with the first block that I made. The inside points did not look like the pictures of the pattern. So, after going thru all the steps again on the next block I finally figured out that my problem was in squaring the blocks up. This section of the pattern is the only one that I feel did not live up to my expectations. I decided to hit the internet to see if anyone else had had this problem and lo and behold, I found a website that did a blog post on just that exact thing. It was a lifesaver. So, after following the bloggers directions, I came out with an infinitely better block. Take a look:

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Left: First block        Right: Second block

See those points? The one on the left should look more like the one on the right. So glad that I figured it out. The newer ones look so much better. but, without a cutting mat, I couldn’t continue any farther. So, I got out my next project to work on…

My Spinning in the Rain BOM (Block of the Month) from Sew Lux. I figured I could go ahead and get this month’s block done and stay ahead. She also included instructions for making an identical mini block. So, I made it too. Both of these I was able to make in about an hour using my smaller cutting mat.

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Aren’t they cute? Since this is a monthly one, I am now able to put these up until July. I like these. No pressure to have to work on them. You just spend an hour one night a month and in a year, you’ll have a stress free quilt!

Sunday morning rolled around and I decided to finish up another bag of Hexi’s while watching some Netflix with the hubby. I snapped a picture of my box. They are slowly growing!

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Lastly on Sunday afternoon, I decided to whip out another Swoon block. I often forget about this one and I don’t know why. In fact, while the blocks are a bit time consuming, since the fabrics are already cut up and ready to go you would think that it would make it easier. Well, it does, if remember to pull one out to make.

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This looks darker in the picture than it is in real life. This one is a slate gray solid with a golden yellow dotted fabric from Tula Pink’s Acacia line. There are gray dots in the yellow fabric. I started working on a second Swoon block last night but came up short on a few pieces of fabric. Apparently when I was cutting out fabric, I forgot my ability to count to 8. Almost halfway there on these blocks!

The Metro Rings quilt and the Swoon quilt are the 2 things that I think I am going to focus on for now. I do have a couple of bag type items that I want to make so if I start getting ancy with either of these, I may start one of those. Who knows, I love the ability to jump in between things. Keeps it interesting!

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Jess

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Work in Progress (WIP) Wednesday!

Hello? Knock knock? Anyone there? **crickets. Did I lose all of you? I sure hope not!

I have been traveling so much that I haven’t really been able to blog very often. Plus traveling doesn’t allow for a whole lot of sewing. Other than hand sewing. Which is what today’s post is all about!

You may recall a few weeks ago, I posted about my Hex on the Beach Kit by Tula Pink. Well, I have been working on those quite a bit. They are really nice to sit down with for a few minutes here and there. I took my classmate with me on my flights and it worked out perfectly to store my hexi’s and it became kind of a makeshift table. They scanned it twice in security as I was leaving New Bern but didn’t bat an eye in Pittsburgh. I made sure to have blunt tip scissor (less than 4″ blade) and I had a magnet with 1 push-pin and 1 needle. It was all good!

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This was my very first one. I was so excited that I had to take a picture using my alien hand. 🙂

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This picture just makes me swoon. This is going to be one SUPER amazing quilt.

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My first baggie…all done!! Aren’t they pretty!

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I took this picture a couple of days ago. I have since added 2 more baggies to this. The box is slowly starting to fill up!

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These little things are perfect for watching TV and movies. We rented the new Hobbit movie last night and I got a whole baggie done. It may not take me nearly as long as I thought it would to get all of these basted. We’ll see.

Because my Classmate that I made felt a bit large for this project, I actually made something else to keep everything in. Something a little smaller and more portable. I’ll show you that on Friday.  Be excited!!

Until than, I am actually thinking about starting a few Christmas gifts. At least the planning. I have a couple of ideas for people swirling in my head and need to get it down on paper.

Happy Wednesday Folks!!!!

Jess

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