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Very little sewing.

That’s what’s going on these days. Was too busy with other things this weekend to get much sewing done. I did manage to finish framing all of the Block Party blocks that I have though!

Block Party Blocks 2

I’m just waiting on getting the final two and I can put the whole top together. Another angle:

Block Party Quilt blocks

It’s gonna be one funky quilt… And it’s going to be all mine!

Oh and thank you all for your wonderful birthday wishes! So nice of all of you!

A winner and a change…

First of all, thank you all so much for all of your amazing comments! 366 of you commented and I read every single one. You are all so kind! Your support is wonderful!

Ok – getting down to business! The random number generator gave me:

Picture 1

This means that Katie from Philigry is the winner! Katie, I’ll drop you an e-mail to get your mailing address.

And now, the change… These past hyper-productive quilting months have been wonderful, but I have also been unemployed. Happily, the unemployment has come to an end! I think that I’ve mentioned previously that for my “real job” I cast reality shows and I’ve landed a very lucky job. Project Runway! Tell your fashion designer friends! Tell your fashion blogger friends! Spread the word. We are looking for people to be on the show!

Meanwhile, I’m not going to be able to think about quilting nearly as much. I’m really going to try to keep posting regularly here, but I’m sure you’ll hear less from me. I’ve been sewing every day to have so much to blog about. Oh how I will miss my sewing machine!

In other news, I’ve finished the last of this pattern. Don’t need to make this one again for awhile. I still think it’s super cute, but five is enough for now!!

The Last Squares in Squares QuiltThe Last Squares in Squares Quilt - Back

The Last Squares in Squares Quilt - detail

The Last Squares in Squares Quilt - back detail

Happy Monday to all of you!

100th post and a give away!

This is my 100th blog post! Yay! When I started this blog I had no idea it would turn into such a huge part of my life, but I’m so thrilled that it has. I so appreciate the community and kindness that comes from all of you! As a thank you, I thought I’d have a give away.

Take a peek…

Giveaway!

Anything you like? The winner will get one fat quarter of each of these fabrics.

Giveaway!

Just drop me a comment to be entered. I’ll keep it open through the weekend and pick a random winner on Monday the 13th!

Pins get an upgrade.

I have always meant to make myself a beautiful pin cushion but have some how never gotten around to it. My pins lived in a ugly little plastic container.

Pin Situation

But no longer!

Megan from Philistine Made is in Block Party with me.  She was so sweet and sent me one of her amazing pin cushions along with her beautiful blocks! I was thrilled! Look how much better my pins are lookin’! I’m loving that this will now be a staple on the sewing table… Thanks Megan!!

Pin Situation Remedied!

Block Party – March

For March of Block Party, Kristen gave us a really great challenge. She posted this photo and asked us all to come up with the answer.

quiltplan

Needless to say, it took lots of thinking before I got started. I knew I wanted to include curved seams but also the log cabin feeling. We’re all making two blocks so I had to come up with the solution to the equation twice!

Here’s the first block that I came up with:

Block Party - March

This was the first time that I’ve ever done curved seams and clearly they aren’t perfect… Things got crazy with me making templates and everything!

Making templates

And the second block that I made:

Block Party - March

To me it kinda looks like there’s a little tv in there. Didn’t do that intentionally…

I’m pretty pleased with them.  Especially individually.  Together I wonder if they “go” but I hope that they will mix in with all of the other blocks just fine!

Block Party - March

Hope that you all have great weekends!

More red linen

I’m loving linen.  Way back in this haul, I got a bunch of different colors and there was yards of it.  I was, needless to say, delighted.  I’ve been using the aqua here and there for awhile, but this red was recently rediscovered when I clean up my stash.

A new purse for me!

Red Purse Wide

Made with this pattern. I modified it a bit – mostly in how I sewed on the handle strap. I included the handle in the step when you sew the lining and the outer shell together, rather then sewing it on at the end.

Red Purse Close up!

And that pretty patterned fabric?? A fat quarter that I got in the Sew, Mama, Sew! fat quarter swap. I love it with the red linen!

Happy weekend to you all!

The Bushfire Quilt project

Tia over at Camp Follower Baby Lady is organizing a lot of quilts being made for the victims of the fires in Victoria, Australia. It’s such a quick and easy way for us to help out in our own way. She’s having people make wonky stars which I’d never done and is so much fun and a great way to use up scraps! I might have to make more of them…

Stars

Please consider making some yourself ! Just head on over here for more details.

Couldn’t help myself.

I’m part of another quilting bee and Katy sent along some really beautiful Liberty fabrics. I had never worked with them before and they really were so lovely.  After making a more traditional styled block, I couldn’t stop myself from using scraps to give them the wonky log cabin treatment.  A mini quilt just appeared out of nowhere!

Liberty print mini quilt

I’m in love with that central fabric and I thought it needed loads of solids around it to show it off.  I’m not sure about these colors, it’s a bit too bright and pastel-y but it’s what I had in my stash.  It was fun to finish a project in a matter of a couple of hours!

Liberty prints mini quilt detail

Block Party

Kristen and I started a virtual quilting bee called Block Party and I was lucky enough to “get” the first month.

This is the fabric that I sent:

Bee Fabrics

I’m starting to get some blocks back and I’m LOVING seeing them all together!!! Can’t wait to see what all the other ones will be like!

Blocks for Block Party

Some blocks for Project Improv

I mentioned Project Improv previously.  One of the only required things you have to do to be involved is to make one “log cabin-ish” quilt block.  All the blocks made are going to be assembled into quilts that will be donated to charity.

We were supposed to pick one colors scheme and I went with pink & orange.  But I found, as I was digging through my scraps, that I have scraps for all three options, so why not make three blocks?

The scraps all ready to be tuned into something pretty!

Three piles of scraps

And what they became!

Project Improv blocks

I realized a few things while making these blocks. 1) I love me some fussy cutting. 2) I don’t have nearly as many cool colored fabrics as I do warm. And 3) making blocks on the fly like this, with no pattern or measuring, is where I’m most at ease. I simply love to make wonky log cabins like this and it’s 100% in my comfort zone. That means that I’m not pushing myself to grow at all with these blocks. I need to figure out what that next step in improv piecing means for me… Hmm…

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