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January 24th, 2016 at 6:11 pm

A late Christmas Gift

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Working on another Pinterest project: 24″ x 60″ ironing board!!!!!

The rack is all put together, the top is now cut and edged, just waiting for me to put some batting down and put a cover on it!!!!!

We struggled for weeks trying to figure out how we could possible make this a dual functioning board, but I just want my large ironing board!!!  My existing ironing board was a wedding gift from 1981 !  It needs a rest!

 

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January 24th, 2016 at 6:07 pm

A year of endings…

So this year, my goal is to complete 2 projects each month.

I am not committing to completing 2 of my UFO’s necessarily – but who knows.

Here it is, almost the end of January and I have 1 completed item. So far so good!

Years ago, when I was doing one of the shop hops, I picked up a QOV kit at one of the shops. It has taken me until now to get it “COMPLETE”. It is actually quilted & bound!!!!!  I am shipping this off this week. It’s not perfect, but I did put my heart and soul into it.

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December 31st, 2015 at 5:23 pm

2015 Epilog

Well, here it is, December 31, New Years Eve.

This year, well, the last half of this year, I challenged myself to use my fabric hoard to make quilt tops – and I accomplished that.

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I ended up with 10 completed tops to add to the mound of UFO’s I have in my sewing room already. I also have a HQ Sweet 16 sitting in my office that has had about 4 hours of use since my hubby purchased it 3 years ago for my birthday.

So 2016 starts in a few hours, I am taking the rest of the year off. But, starting in January, I am picking up a new challenge -I am going to challenge myself to actually quilt some of the UFO’s I have and get them completed – with binding a tag!  I think this is going to be more difficult that the last challenge of completing one new top each month.

Good Night, Good Luck and Happy New Year!

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December 28th, 2015 at 4:54 pm

Ending to the ending

So, because I didn’t pay very good attention to the pattern, I ended up with another whole set of the “bars” left over – well 44 to be exact!  So, what was I going to do with them…

I have seen this pattern around and it’s on my pinterest list, so I thought, why not, I’ve got just about everything I need to whip this up…so I did.

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This little one ( 56″ square ) really turned out so neat. It was so much fun using up those blocks. Because the red blocks were already done, I whipped this one together in a few days. I wish the quilting process was going to be that easy!

Now, what to do with the whole pile of left over strips and squares – I have enough to make both red quilts again!   It was so soothing and comforting cutting up all that red fabric – but now I have to use it!

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December 26th, 2015 at 4:41 pm

The ending to the journey

I love this block – it’s not square for a change (but, I found that you really have to pay attention to the instructions when putting together the sub-blocks when they are not square.

 

So I figured out, almost too late that the key to putting this top together is to pay attention to instructions and most of all direction of blocks.

There blocks were 5″  x 8″, the directions tell you to sew them in 5 rows, 8 blocks long. Can you guess which way I did it?   Yep, I ended up with a top that was about 24″ wide and 64″: long – really?! So out came the ripper, what a mess I had everywhere.

But all in all, it turned out so nice, larger than I expected, but it really came together nicely, once I paid attention.

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I did make a few notes in my magazine/book to help with this pattern, but the biggest thing I figured out, and I figured it out in the beginning is that putting the half “X” blocks together like this (below) made a huge difference on how everything fit together. And, I’m pretty proud of this block – it’s darn near perfect!

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December 10th, 2015 at 4:29 pm

Start to the end of the journey

Usually Christmas time is a busy time of year, but this year it’s pretty calm.

I am down to the last color of my color wheel challenge – Red. Good timing, being December and Christmas time. But I didn ‘t want to do a Christmas Quilt – too cliche.

I found my pattern early and started cutting up my fabric in strips and squares. I didn’t know I had so much red  – well, maybe I did, but just didn’t want to admit it.Red strips & squares

So I kept cutting and cutting and cutting.

I filled a bowl with both 2 1/2 x 5″ strips and a bowl with 2 1/2″ squares. I have a huge mound of red.

This months pattern I found in the block magazine from Missouri Star Quilt Company – Love her daily deals too – I have indulged in way too many of those deals as well!

A hint, to the pattern.

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November 28th, 2015 at 9:43 am

My favorite, so far – YELLOW

Hands down, this is my favorite project out of this series so far.

I had to buy some yellow, because I really didn’t have much in my stash. I found some black that has been in my stash for a long time and decided to stick with 1 color of black thru out. I am so glad I did that, many does it look great.

Basically I went from a tile design that I saw in a magazine Rebecca-Zajac_Kitchen-Dining_8_jpg_rend_hgtvcom_1280_853to my favorite project so far:

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I am just amazed how this turned out…I can’t get over how well it came together. One thing I did learn (well, remember more than learn, when you have to sew on the bias starch is your best friend!)

Who would have thought, someone that is an “Autumn” would love the color yellow, but I do, I do, I do!

In this picture, the sun is coming from the south east (Bright, crisp, Minnesota morning) and that makes some of the seams look large.

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November 28th, 2015 at 9:23 am

It’s a bright, clear day here today

And in Minnesota in late November that means crisp morning as well.  10° when we got up this morning. But, when you’ve got pictures to take, you bear the cold, to take advantage of the bright sunlight.

So, rather than going out in the mass crowds of shoppers yesterday, I worked on my color quilts. I actually spent most of Friday afternoon/evening reduxing my “Extra Orange” quilt. It was bugging me so much, that I just had to redo it. I should have just torn it apart and reassembled, but no, not me. I ripped seams in areas and modified and assembled, then redid that because it went together funny, so started again.

Finally got it done though, and I do have to say, I like this one much better.  Good thing it was getting late, because i started having ideas of changing more on it, but I don’t have any more of the brown material so thank goodness I couldn’t do very much.

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Also took pictures of my favorite project so far…Yellow!

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November 23rd, 2015 at 9:11 am

Progress is in the eye of the beholder or quilter in my case

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Eye of the Tiger

Because I am not working off of a pattern this time, I am having to learn to make decisions. It’s scary!Not sure if I made the right decision here or not, but the cutting has been done, now I just have to go with it!

This is a fluid design I guess – not really my comfort zone.

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November 15th, 2015 at 5:00 pm

2 Special Projects for October

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year I was in the middle of doing my color wheel quilt challenge, and pink wasn’t really in the plan to include. But I had been collecting up Breast Cancer pink fabrics when I was out and about.

I had run across a pattern that I had seen on pinterest and everywhere I went on pinterest it kept showing up and I took it as a sign that I should make this.

I had a coupon for Joann’s and I used that coupon to get some solid/background fabric – and while I was there, they had some Breast Cancer awareness fabric out on display so I picked up 2 more pieces.

This little quilt top came together so nicely, I may make another one.

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I love, love, love how this one turned out. Next will be to actually quilt this.

After I cut the heart pieces out I had a bunch of left over fabric so I thought I would put one more small one together. I used the “10 minute quilt blocks” technique that I saw on youTube and it turned out so cute. It’s just darling. I may have to use this technique on a larger quilt.

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