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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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Assorted Ramblings

Today is a going to be a hodge-podge mismatched post. My hands have been in quite a few things lately and I want to share.

It’s that time of the year. School started back for me last week and with a few other things added to my plate, it’s gotten a bit busy around here. I actually haven’t been on my sewing machine in over a week. *GASP!* I know, its heartbreaking. But, I have been productive on the sewing/crafting front in other ways.

I finished Space Dust! I mentioned in my previous post that I was thinking about leaving the sides off; I did, and I love it.

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Tula Pink Pattern and Fabrics

Its about 60″ x 60″. It will be large on my wall, but absolutely perfect. The colors do not do well photographing in this room. There is no natural light.  They are rich, vibrant, and very saturated colors. Right up my alley. My goal was to get it done before school started. I finished sewing the last row on at about 9pm the night before.

Ok, whats next.  Christmas! Well, not really, but kind of sorta.

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See, I have a few quilts that I want to enter into the quilt show in a couple of months and in order to do so, I need to get a TON of binding done.  This Christmas quilt, the saltwater quilt, and at this point, who else knows. I have about 7 I would love to enter but I am not superwoman. Unfortunately.

Those August evenings of 95 degree hotness when I didn’t want to be under a quilt were spent working on my Mario cross-stitch. Well, the hubby’s Mario cross-stitch.

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That blue background is going to be the death of me

I had put this aside a while back because I needed a frame but wasn’t sure what to get. I stumbled upon this one and its absolutely perfect! Makes it so much easier and faster to stitch now. So, this one is back out. Plus, I am a sucker for all things Halloween and I just got a terrific Halloween cross-stitch that I really want to start. But, I have to finish this one first.

Next up, Instagram. I have never been in a Swap before and Instagram is full of them. I always miss the signups though so when this popped up I jumped on it and had Julie do the same. Swaps are a great way to stretch your comfort zone and not only get a great surprise in return, but get to make something wonderful for someone else.

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Now, anyone who knows me knows that I can’t just do something halfway. Oh no, its all the way or no way. After signing up, the call than went out for volunteers to be Swap “Mama’s.” These are people who take a grouping of participants from the organizer and coordinate all of the swapping and partner details between them. Yep, yours truly signed up to do that also. But, it has been a blast so far! Partner assignments go out tomorrow and I am so excited to see who I am going to be making for and also to send out all my emails to my group so they can know the same!

Lastly, I made a purchase on Massdrop last month and I am glad I did. It was my first purchase from them and they were offering Patchwork Threads t-shirts at a really good discount.

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If you are at all into sewing/quilting, you will love her site. These 2 make 3 total that I have. Hands down, the softest, most comfortable t-shirts I have ever bought. I love everything in her shop so if anyone would like to get me a gift of any kind, at any point, please head that way and pick up a size M crewneck shirt. 😉 I think the #sweatnsew tank is next up on my list of wants.

I think that’s all of the bits and pieces that I have for you this week. We have a road trip this weekend so I see lots of binding in my immediate future. Perfect opportunity.

Have a great holiday weekend and see you in September!

🙂

Jess

 

 

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Busy Busy Month!!

I feel horrible that it has been so long since I last posted.

156 half-square triangle quilt blocks? DONE!
Handmade bunting? DONE!
Ring Bearers Pillow? DONE!

Now that the wedding stuff is all completed I can get back to our regular scheduled programming.

As for our regular schedule, I have one project that I am anxious to start working on again. I have a self-imposed deadline for it that I would love to hit. And there are about 10 other projects, waiting in the wings. Which might include a quilt pattern created by me…???!!?!

Also, (because I cant post without a picture or 2, or 8!) the Modern Quilt Guild that I joined is doing a monthly friendship quilt block swap. We provided fabrics and 1 square to start it off. The fabrics that I chose for my quilt are Kaufman’s Kona Dimensions.
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I love solids but they are kind of flat for me. These are a great alternative because they have some texture to them when looking at them up close. Got mine from Fabric.com

The block I chose came from my 99 Modern Quilt Blocks book. This block was designed by Emily Cier of Carolina Patchworks. Its called On the Plus Side. I fell in love with this block and it wasn’t until I started making it that I noticed who had designed it. I should have known it would be hers. If you have followed my blog for any length of time you will have seen my Terrain Quilt, my Mario Quilt, and my Ballet Girls quilt, all made from her patterns. I have another one of hers that is halfway done. I have countless other patterns, standalone and from her book, that are in the never-ending queue.

Ok, back to my block. Sorry for that tangent! I am a chatty girl. Here it is:
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I LOVE it. All the colors really came together (slate gray, butter, coral, navy) and I can’t wait to see what all the other ladies make to go along with it.

Have some clothing tailoring to work on this week (yuck…I have been watching YouTube videos like crazy trying to teach myself how to do this stuff) and than I will be back with new project yumminess!!

🙂
Jess

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