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Quilty distractions: Stitch and Flip Quilt

Q: Where am I on the pushme, pullme quilt top you might ask.
A: Nowhere, no progress

However, my week has been full of quilty distractions, which have led to a finish:

  • Attended a free quilting class at Spoonflower. Nicole @ Mama Love Quilts taught a stitch and flip class which was fantastic. She does a great job teaching and is passionate about quilting which makes it a fun class.

    Instead of doing individual blocks, like I did in her last class, I decided to co-ordinate all the blocks in hopes to do more with it. You can check out her blocks that she taught from, here. Here is a sneak peek of what may be a block…I struggled with this block. I did not want it to be so regular.
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  • I got a lot of orders for the chevron hexagon reusable coffee cup sleeves that I have been selling on my etsy store. I spent the week getting the first orders out.
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  • NOW THE BIG NEWS…..Yesterday, I took what I learnt in Nicole’s class, played with my blocks some more (fixed the block above into what is now my favorite block of the quilt), split the flying geese into two separate rows/blocks, added some improv borders and it resulted in a finished quilt top!!!

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Name: Stitch and Flip
Design/Inspiration:
 Nicole @ Mama Love Quilts + Improv Style
Fabric:
  Madrona Road + Kona Ash + Kona Bone or Oyster (??)
Size:  ~40 x 40″

The Madrona Road fabric were from a fat eight bundle that I had won from the Patchwork Please, Zakka 2.0 QAL. I wanted to make sure as they were gifted that I used then to make a good finish. I think these worked really well with the two Kona choices.

That was my finish for Friday. I am linking up with Amanda Jean over at Crazy Mom Quilts for “Finish it up Friday”.

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New hexagon coffee cup sleeve

I have just finished another coffee cup sleeve. I love using the hexagons and the felt backing to make these cute little projects. The whole project is about 2 hours so it is nice and quick and most of it can be done in front of the TV. Just the project I need at the moment.

This one has a cute flower button I found in my button stash:IMG_7219

A couple more views of the sleeve….IMG_7217 IMG_7218

This sleeve will be appearing on my Etsy store soon.  I am linking up with Janice @ Better off thread for Sew Cute Tuesday.

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April Finishes

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1. Hexagon Coffee cup sleeve made from left over mini charms
2. Hexagon Coffee cup sleeve made from left over Sew Stitchy by Aneela Hoey for Moda
3. Chair Bag for my Etsy store
4. Pencil-case project made by me from Patchwork, please book
5. Pin Cushion project made by me from Patchwork, please book
6. Market Tote project made by me from Patchwork, please book and used in our tote swap
7. Madrona Road Challenge blocks for a mini quilt
8. Wonky Universe Pillow for my son
9. First postage stamp Pillow and first FMQ project.

Above is my collage of my finished works for April. I am pretty pleased with what was accomplished. I got a little distracted with Pillows and projects from Patchwork Please but I had had so much fun which is what it is all about.  Great news this week, I also got an order for 5 chair bags….so I am off to work on those 🙂

Here were my goals and where they landed up. My extra projects pictured above were the bag (used for a guild swap), pencil-case and the two cushions that have been my focus this week.

  1. Focus on stock for my Etsy Store.
    • Chair Bags (x2 sets)
      1 set is completed – posted on Etsy and blogged here
    • Oven Mitts (x1 set)
      I finished one for a friend posted here 
    • Coffee Cup Sleeves (x2)
      Completed 3!! and posted in my store….A few kind folks also posted them on pinterest. Blogged here and here
    • Pouches/ Cases (x2)
      I did complete two pouches, just not the two I had planned. Both landed up being gifts. The pencil-case one from Patchwork Please was a lot of fun to make and featured above.
    • Set of place mats (x1 Stretch goal)
      Not surprisingly did not start
  2. Make a Pin cushion (from Patchwork Please) and a travel sewing pouch
    Pin cushion complete and blogged here, also posted on the Zakka Along 2.0 Flickr site
  3. Make a travel baby quilt for charity  (~30x20in.)
    Not started
  4. Madrona Road Challenge – Mini Quilt
    I have managed to get 2 1/2 blocks done. I will have to get a move on or rethink my approach since this Challenge ends May 12th. 

My General goals continue:

  1. Try to eat and exercise to plan
    I think as far as food goes – this month was much more on plan 
  2. Blog regularly using my new schedule
    On target

Linking up for April Goals with “A Lovely Year of finishes”.
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Also linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts

Weekend finishes…Chair Bags, Pencil Case, Coffee cup sleeve

I am switching my posts around today, as I am waiting to get photos of the hubby for the our weekly recap and menu plan. So, instead today here are my weekend finishes.

1.  New 3 pocket chair bag (chair pocket) set for my Etsy store. I desperately need a couple of girl sets, so I chose purple to start.  The materials I used for these were corduroy, and home essential fabrics that I had purchased at JoAnn’s.
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2. A pencil case using one of the projects from Patchwork, Please by Ayumi Takahashi. It is a paper piecing project with small pieces. Unfortunately, this one is definitely not perfect, I had traced the pattern onto paper, and with the slight inaccuracies from tracing, then the slight sewing inaccuracies the pencil tops were a little wonky. I would recommend using a photocopier instead of tracing, at least I will next time. I chose not to do the embroidery stitching this time as I thought there was enough color with the choices of the fabric below.

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I used the following materials:

Yellow: Riley Blake, Yellow on yellow Chevron.
Orange: Crosshatch in Tangerine from the Architextures collection by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman.
Green: Metro Living Circles in Chartreuse from the Metro Living Collection from Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
Purple: Lizzie House’s Pearl Bracelet in purple for Andover Fabrics.
Blue: Bubbles in Blue from Maritime Modern by Marin Sutton for Riley Blake.
Grey: Essex Linen Blend
Main Pocket: Osnaburg (with Pellon Shape flex for strength….I really need to purchase some neutral linen)
Lining: Lucie Summers, Summersville, Alphabetty Seafoam Fabric.
Ribbon: From JoAnn
Zip: From ZipIt

The back is quilted simply with a straight line.

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If you like this and my pin cushion you should join the Zakka Along 2.0 :: Patchwork, Please Flickr Group which starts June 3rd (I am just loving this book and being too keen which is funny as I am always so late to participate).

3.  I made another hexagon coffee cup sleeve – this one I am keeping. I tried a couple of new things with my design, I changed the stitching I used to join the hexagons which definitely hid the stitches a little better, and I sewed the elastic tie between the layer. I used the Sew Stitchy by Aneela Hoey for Moda fabric which I used in the above pin cushion. Additional materials you can find in here.

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4. The last project I made, which I did not get photos for. It was a little Easter pouch/pocket that I made as a gift for Sean’s friend. She loved it and all the goodies inside.

Linking up with Plum and June and with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts
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New stock available

After all the effort for the craft fair, I am happy to share some of those pieces in my Etsy store – Squeek Crafts. I hope you like the pieces.

The new stock includes:

Cork boards
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Coffee Cup Sleeves
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and of course the Chair Bags/Chair Pockets

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Reusable coffee cup sleeves – SOLD!!

It’s so nice to take a 5 minute break, so I can do some blogging instead of sewing :-).

As I mentioned last week, I signed up to my company’s Christmas craft fair (December 5th); but I was realizing the work I would need to do, to get stock to sell in the craft fair.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Things are coming along with the reusable coffee cup sleeves, and they are looking good. I have put in a significant amount of work into design, patch working and the quilting of these, but the most important thing…I am having a lot of fun doing it. You won’t believe this but I am having trouble keeping the sleeves for the fair – I have already sold 6 of them!!!

Here are some of the finished ones which I am keeping for the fair.

1. Coffee themed sleeve and coaster (coffee bean fabric from Spoonflower, designer: glimmericks)

  

2. Earth-toned sleeve  (coffee cup featured material from Spoonflower, designer: heidikenney)

  

3. Blue, green and grey block sleeve

4. Red and Black Sleeves – SOLD!!

  

Here are some that are still a work in progress (take a look at last week’s blog for additional design’s):

  

I plan on making 10 coffee cup sleeve + coaster sets, and 20 individual coffee cup sleeve….that is in addition to what I just sold.  All of them are either cut out or have the top at least sewn. This weekend, luckily with the long weekend, I should have them all done.