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Instagram + Friday night sew along

A couple of months ago I mentioned I was going to start using instagram. Verdict in….I love it. Why do I love it??

  • The instant feedback you get from the community
  • Takes way less time than blogging as a photo and short comment is all that is needed.
  • I love the fact you share more of your lives with people – it’s not all quilty things (the community accepts it on instagram more than in a blog). It seems more liberating to me, at least.
  • I love how you can actually see how your blocks may look in a repetitive pattern (once people like your photo – that small image repeats…I love that look).
  • Fabric destash (yes, you can purchase fabric on instgram…I had been missing out on that opportunity)
  • My favorite thing though, is joining in Friday Night Sew Along (thank you Miss Sarah!! for starting that trend) #Fridaynightsewalong

This is what I shared this week and most of it was through #fridaynightsewalong.

  1. Scrap-bee-licious April Blocks all pieced and ready for sewing IMG_1548IMG_1550
  2. Aerial Quilt top finish from yesterday’s post. #fridaynightsewalong
  3. Tapa Star Striped Pillow top complete (finally…almost done). #fridaynightsewalongIMG_1562
  4. Also, I finally made progress on the DS Chicopee Pillow – all pieces in each rows are sewn. #fridaynightsewalongIMG_1564

That’s my instagram (ml_wilkie) time this week and #fridaynightsewalong. If you are not using Instagram yet – I think you will love it.

WiP Wednesday: Too many projects to count

Folks, last night I got to see, for the first time, Ashley @ Wasn’t Quilt in a Day. Can I just say that it was so wonderful to finally put faces to names of some of my blogging friends lately. We had a great time over dinner in NJ, talking mostly about fabric and quilting. I am sure, my Mum, who gracious agreed to dinner (while I am showing her round NY), was thinking I might have a slight addiction issue. At least it is a “healthy” one, right??

P.S. to Ashley, you do know what we forgot to do though….take a selfie for instagram….what kind of social media butterflies are we ???

I have so many unfinished projects at the moment and these are what I stress about. Not what everyone is doing….the pile that is constantly growing. This week my focus is still on this block which I need to sew up and make one more of:
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Finish my Mum’s pillows before she leaves on Saturday – just need to finish the border on the right block and add the back…probably doable on Friday??
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Complete at least another two blocks from my sampler quilt….I have this one done thanks to sew down:
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Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on right).

Tale of two quilts

I would like to try to keep on target for my goals for 2014 finishes. To do that I am leveraging two link-ups

  1.  A lovely year of finishes which is a monthly link-up which allows you to put a goal for that month. It could be finish blocks or finish a quilt top or a complete project. Link-up post is here.
  2. Finish Along 2014 which is a quarterly link-up in which you have a list of projects you would like to completely finish. For example, a quilt that has been bound and quilted (not just a top), the same goes with any other project.

    Finish Along 2014

My main goals are to finish two quilts (one being a lap quilt and the second a twin) this quarter:

Riley Blake Challenge Quilt
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X & + Quilt
X+Blocks

Additional smaller projects include:
Border + Lines Quilt I: Hothouse of OrchidsHothouse_of_Orchids

Pillow Projects
Tapa_Star_Striped

Pillow_DSChicopee

Pot holders
PotHolders

Book Review Tuesday: Pillow Pop

Sorry this is so late today….I came down with the flu and have been feeling under the weather all day. I know…what a New Year’s Eve right ?? Anyway, after watching several episodes of Doctor Who, I am overcoming my cold to bring you one of my favorite books of 2013. I thought it a fitting way to see out the year.

Review

My two favorite books of 2013 would have to be Pillow Pop and Patchwork, please.

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Title: “Pillow Pop”
Author: Compiled by Heather Bostic
Publisher: C&T Publishing/Stash Books
ISBN:  978-1-60705-478-8

I love sewing pillows. They are a great project to practice your skills. They are quick projects which means you easily get finishes and a sense of accomplishment – great to put in between quilt finishes. Finally, they make great gifts!!

Pillow Pop has a fabulous collection of 25 pillow projects. The projects are all by different people, so that means there is something for everyone in this book. The projects are at varying skill levels and pillow sizes and provide you with plenty ideas for a guild pillow swap or gift for a friend.

Each project is well put together, with materials, cutting instructions, and block instructions. The projects have great accompanied pictures and layout, which make them appealing and easy to follow. At the end of the book, there is a chapter that covers various tips on how to finish of the pillow, and the techniques you may need for the project. For example, how to make HST (half square triangles) or put a zipper in or make an envelope back, the details are provided.

My only caution for the book is to make sure you check for corrections. The Metro project, for example, has at least two errors in measurements. This was frustrating and meant some rework and re-measurement, to ensure I was not going crazy some how misread the instructions (which of course can happen ;-)) .

As mentioned, the book offers 25 projects. Of which, I would like at some stage, to make at 12-15 of those. I think that is a great return of investment. For this reason and the enjoyment I have had in making a couple of the projects already,  I would give this book a rating of 4/5.
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Projects

I have made at two of the projects from the book so far. Both of which I had a lot of fun making and had the chance to practice different techniques.

Sea Spray:  This was made from the “Crystallized” pattern by Angela Mitchell’s (page 82). This was the my first attempt using HST and low volumes.

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The Metro: This project is one of the first in the book and is an easy, quick project. Great for beginners. I used this project to practice improvisational piecing (at least the fabric selection) + straight line quilting.

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I plan to make more of the patterns, as I just joined the Threadbias Pillow Pop Sew Along  (and yes it was in my plan ;-)). It would be great to see you all over there. It starts in January, and there are plenty of projects throughout the year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Give-away

One brand new copy of Pillow Pop will be given away, all you need to do is leave a comment on what is your favorite pillow pattern you have tried or your current favorite craft book. There is a second chance to win if you are a follower, just leave a second comment. A winner will be chosen at random and announced after 6pm next Tuesday.

A disclaimer, all reviews and opinions of the books reviewed will be mine, unless otherwise stated. Please note, I may not respond to all comments due to volume and bandwidth.

Reflection 2013

This was my first full year of sewing/quilting. I originally started sewing in October 2012, and have been addicted to making things and buying fabric, since. I got a lot accomplished this year. My biggest goal was to try a new project/skill every month. I definitely did accomplish that and feel my skills have definitely developed over the year. Here are some of my finishes in 2013.

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I still struggle with “what is my style”, but I am sure it will come the more I make things. I did discover, I like designing from things I see around me (you also have to love pinterest).  I was delighted when my first quilt design won designers choice award, it offered some validation, which of course we all need :-). Since September, when I discovered threadbias, I have been able to come up with these designs. mosaic365af607ffad9a580baf0547924240a9047a0383

 

I have also kept up with the baking/cooking aspect of my blog but I will admit over the year my blog has shifted focus. Some of my favorite recipes over the year include the triple berry trifle, a Banana Nutella Chocolate loaf, Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins and Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake.FoodCollage

I have big plans for 2014, and that I plan to post over the next couple of days. So, that was my year, how was yours?? What do you have planned for 2014??

I have been checking out some of the blogs on the subject that have been already posted….but looking forward to reading them all over the break.

 

WiP Wednesday {20.08.2013} + Hexagons galore

I am in the middle of making some more postage stamp cushions/pillows, this time boy themed ones. I am thinking of posting these in my shop.

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I am using 3 mini charm packs; 1 x Kona Solids, and 2 x Road 15. I really like the road 15 for a boys fabric. The pillow will be 10 x 10 squares.

For my “Lovely Year of Finishes” August mid-month check in, I have made up my next row of grey hexagons and now just need to hand-sew them on.

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Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced and A Lovely Year of Finishes.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced My Button

Weekend Finishes {12.08.2013}

Have you ever had one of those weekends when you have these lofty plans and ideas of what you will get finished….and you just never quite get there? Yes, that was my weekend.

I had lofty plans to complete:

  • A couple of blocks (2 paper pieced blocks)
  • 6 chair bags
  • Finish 1 kiwi pillow
  • Start 2 pillows/ cushions
  • Attend a sew-in for my MQG monthly meeting

What did I get done (besides the washing and grocery shopping)??

Finished the Little Scrappy Kiwi Pillow 
See this post on materials used, the paper piecing design is by Juliet @ Tartan Kiwi.
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Backing: Kona Red cotton, and Diamonds in Red, Textured Basics, designed by Patty Young for Michael Miller. Invisible zip used as the pillow closing.KiwiPillow_Back

Sold on Etsy today – all ready to ship tomorrow.
KiwiPillow_Packed

Finished 2nd set of Chair Bags
Main Pocket: Custom Balloon print “Up, Up and Away” designed by Tamara Serrao and available from Spoonflower.com (printed on Kona Cotton). It is lined with Robert Kaufman Orange corduroy.

Middle Pocket: Is divided into two pockets, and made with Robin Zingone, Flirty Flowers Pink Tonal Dots quilting fabric topped with pink binding.

Back: is made with Robert Kaufman Orange corduroy.
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Ok, can someone chime in – how do you photograph neon colors? Yes, that Orange corduroy is neon orange. The photos were taken in natural light – I tried playing around with them a bit but this is the best I could get the corduroy to look. Maybe, this is what I will master for Beth @ Plum and June’s Quilt Photography Workshop challenge this month.

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The chair bags/ chair pockets are now available on my Etsy store.

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So that was it…a long way from my plan but not too bad, at least I had some finishes. Right?

Actually, thinking about it now, my whole last week was like that, never seeming to keep up with the plan. The best thing about last week though, is I caught up on posting all the items I needed to on Thursday. Those folks expecting things from me, should be receiving them this week (unless you are international).

I will be linking up with Janice @ Better off thread for Sew Cute Tuesday.

Better Off Thread