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Friday night sew along

Tonight, I had a blast joining in on Friday night sew along via Instagram. What a wonderful idea, that was organized by Sarah @ Sarah Quilts….thank you Ms Sarah!!

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How did I spend my time??? First stop….
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….my local Joann’s to pick up grey invisible zippers for my pillows.

I got home and finished off the first of the Tapa Star pillows…so definitely a productive night.
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The back of the pillow, I continued to use Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics hand-drawn stripes in green, with a grey invisible zipper.
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You can check-out the finished Tapa Star Blocks in this post.

Linking up Amanda Jean over @ Crazy mom quilts for Finish it up Friday.

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Brown bag challenge finished

One of my favorite craft books at the moment is Pillow Pop.

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I have previously made a pillow from it – Sea Spray. When the brown bag challenge came up in our guild,  and I pulled these two fabrics, I decided I would make another one from the book.

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You can check out the rest of the challenge rules here. The is” The Metro” pillow pattern. I love how it turned out. I still think this bicycle fabric is fabulous.

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I did some straight line quilting in a triangular pattern in each quarter. I used chalk to mark the diagonals and then the center lines as a guide, and then sewed 1″ lines using my walking foot and guide (to ensure the 1″ distance).MetroPillowQuilting

I also decided to try out some variegated thread in blue tones. I really liked it and will be using it again on some future projects. You can see the color changes a little more clearly here.
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One final view of the pillow, in use, in our backyard. It is a lovely fall day here, so a perfect opportunity for some photos.MetroPillowFinished

This month is Craft book month @ Craftbuds.com, where they are running a link up when you post about your favorite craft book and project from that book.
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Road 15 Postage Stamp Pillow

I hope you all had a good weekend. Even though we had 4 boys (all 6 years old) camp over last night, I managed to finish the Road 15 postage stamp pillow. I am so pleased with the finish – most of the squares are  lined up, and I love the straight lined quilting.

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Details
Front: Road 15 mini charms (2.5 x 2.5″) by Sweetwater for Moda + Bella Solids Cotton mini charm; Batting, and lined with Muslin
Back: Teal Kona Cotton Back with an invisible zipper enclosure

Straight-lined quilting:
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I am trying these out in my store for the first time, the postage stamp cushions/pillow cover is now available in my Etsy store.

WiP Wednesday {17.07.2013}: Preparing for vacation

Whoop!! Whoop!! I am on vacation Saturday, off to Charleston for the week. Good news, I am allowed to take my sewing machine and I negotiated with the hubby ~4 hours a day of sewing. After that discussion, I decided I would layout my projects and plan out what I would take with me.

All laid out, obviously being very optimistic…
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3x Triple Zipper Pouches…I am participating in the triple zipper pouch swap and I need to make the teachers end of year gifts that I didn’t do last month (due to being stuck in the airport).
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Scraps for a pillow for a friend.IMG_7885

3-5 chair bags/chair pockets for my Etsy store.IMG_7884

A market tote for myself, similar to this one.IMG_7870

New quilt for my niece – it will be a scrappy quilt named “Through the shattered looking-glass”IMG_7888

City Sampler Blocks QAL which I am so behind in as I have not started. I am using Spring House…I love this fabric.IMG_7886

I am also taking the baby hexagon quilt to do some hand sewing in the car and on the beach. I have one more project that I laid out decided to be a little realistic. A new quilt, first time using Kaffe Fassett fabric, want to make cross quilt from simply retro with low tones. Inspiration comes from this quilt by Adrianne @ On the windy side.IMG_7876

 

Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

 

Mid-Month Check in for June Goals

Checking in today for my June goals that I am doing for “A lovely year of finishes”

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This month’s main goal will be:

  • Finish a baby quilt top
    Well I have two underway, a hexagon english paper pieced quilt and a wonky star quilt. I posted progress here for WiP Wednesday.

….the smaller projects that have been swimming around in my head are:

  • Market Tote for me (using the pattern from Patchwork, please)
    I have picked out fabric but I have not started yet 
  • iPad cover (again I have been eyeing the pattern from Patchwork, please) Changed to a coin purse.
    Completed and posted here
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  • More Cushions/Pillows (there have been a couple I want to try from Pillow pop but I also have a couple of others in mind).
    Finished the one cushion based on the pillow pop design which I named “Sea Spray”, posted a couple of times here and here.
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  • Hand-quilting on the Four Season’s in One Day quilt.
    Not started but did get a cool frame from one of my quilting guild friends that will may this easier.

Modern Mini Quilt Challenge

When Jennifer posted on her blog about the modern mini quilt challenge, I was so excited and couldn’t wait to join in in the challenge. I love small projects – what a perfect challenge.

Now to decide what to enter. I am so torn between my Sea Spray Pillow and the Wonky Universe Pillow, pictured below, respectively. I loved both but for different reasons, and they both had new techniques/skills I learned, each were a special gift and had a special meaning. Hmmm…. choices, choices.

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Ok…now comes the decision….I think I am going to choose the…

Sea Spray” Pillow.

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This pillow was a gift for our pillow swap last Sunday. It was based on the “Crystallized” pattern in the book Pillow Pop. This was a challenge for me as it was the first time I have used HST’s, so I was so nervous about cutting them perfectly and matching them up. I used some techniques that Adrianne @ On The Windy Side had shared with me, to get pieces to be more accurate…specifically I took the time to cut them carefully and measure a few times, used my 1/4 inch foot and pinned each seam. I couldn’t have asked for a better finish !!!

I thought I would share some of the steps I took:

  1. Cut out 100 x 3 ” squares, 50 low volume and 50 blue, green or aqua.
  2. Choose one light square and one dark square. I used a 1/4 ” seam ruler – which I used to line up the middle along the diagonal and marked a 1/4 ” on each side. I then sewed on each of these two lines.
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  3. Cut down the middle of these squares, between the seams. Press the seams, I like to press each seam to the side. Trim the corners. The squares should measure 2 1/2″.
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  4. Use a design board to lay out your design.
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  5. Start at the top row and sew each square together using a 1/4 ” seam. This is where my new 1/4 ” foot came in handy. Keep sewing each row until finished. Press the seams but each row I pressed the seams in opposite directions in preparation to matching up the rows.
  6. Once you have the each row finished and pressed, take the first two rows and I pin each of the seams together so the seams match. I start from the middle and make my way out to the edges. Once pinned, sew a 1/4 inch seam. Repeat by adding a row to the block at a time. Press after each row addition.
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  7. Once the top is complete, I used cotton batting and a piece of muslin (each about 21″ x 21″) to produce my sandwich I was quilting. I decided I would sew irregular distanced lines (about 1/4 inch apart) around the low-volume areas. Here is a view of the back of my quilted front, after pressing.
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    Close up of the  quilting on the front:
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  8. Once you have finished the front, its time for the back. I love invisible zippers sewed in the middle of the back. I used two pieces of blue Kona fabric that is 21″ x 11″, and sewed each piece of fabric to the invisible zipper following the instructions using my  invisible zipper foot.
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  9. Once I have the zipper in, I trim all the edges to 20.5 ” x  20.5″ pillow. I pin the right sides together with the zipper being open to the middle. I then sewed a 1/4 ” seam along all the edges and double seam across the zipper one each side.  That’s it – turn the pillow in the right way and iron.
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Lovely year of finishes: May

It just seemed like yesterday I was doing the mid-month progress. This month was a little slower on my sewing/quilt projects than usual, however by no means was it slow in other aspects of my life :-).

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I am linking up with “A lovely year of finishes” to share my end of May goals and successes.

Completed Projects in May

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  • Madrona Road Mini Quilt
    Finished and posted here.
  • Chair Bags
    Completed and sent. See this post
  • Pot Holders
    Completed and received.

Projects Underway

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  • Hexagons (not sure for what yet)
    Underway
  • 18″ Pillow for Quilt Guild Pillow Swap
    Underway, pattern chosen – using a pillow pop design. Squares sewed and ready for cutting for HST’s
  • Finish machine quilting “Four Seasons in One Day” Quilt
    No more progress, posted here and here