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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Threads of Resistance 2 (and a link party)

I completed two projects and made good progress on a third one!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - finished one bonus block with a new tool, so fun! (cannot share)
  2. Splendid Sampler - completed several "filler" blocks (see below)
  3. Charity quilts - no progress
  4. SK project - designed a new block, ready to stitch
  5. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - paused until May
  6. En Provence QAL - no progress
  7. Journaling into my Quilter's Planner - progress every day and new projects to share next month!
  8. 70273 Project - blocks ready to sew, but not completed
  9. Book binding - no progress
  10. Twilters! Bee - paused until May
  11. 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge: entries will be open from May 19 to May 29. My piece is ready since January :)
  12. Face scrubbies - so easy and so useful!! (see below)
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A while ago I made the piece below for a Project QUILTING challenge. It was not completed because the I was waiting for the right inspiration to finish the quilting and the binding...
And the right inspiration came last week!

So let me introduce the first piece I will submit to the Threads of Resistance exhibit: DRESS CODE... (read the story of the piece in this post)


 21'' x 30''
I have to write up the artist's statement, but I am really happy with the final look of this piece!!!

By quilting vertical lines over the embroidery and applique on the left I learned that quilting lines do not distort or distract from those elements! Until now, I've always avoided quilting over embroidery details because I though the stitching will compromise the readability of those quotes: with this piece I didn't really care if those quotes on the left would be less readable so I decided to give it a try and it worked just fine! Everything is readable, but the quilting added the desired texture and made that part sink to the background while the quotes on the right (unquilted) puff up and grab your attention: the perfect effect I was hoping to get!

Then I framed the right part with a nice grey binding with gold accents... and I felt that the left part didn't deserve to be framed... that's why I enclosed the edge with a rough zigzag stitch that keeps the unravelling of the fabric exposed in some spots and the batting is partially visible. 

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Thanks to my monthly goal of completing the fillers block for my version of the Splendid Sampler, I had the incentive of completing 10 blocks! They are super easy and super scrappy but they have a ton of pieces so they take some time to complete... but I am on a good track to fulfill my goal!!


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And finally a useful and easy project!
I hate using cotton makeup remover pads because they leave some lint behind and they are too tiny for the way I use them, so I need to use at least two every day... So I switched to makeup remover wipes, which are bigger, but now they are too big for me... and both of them are disposable so I contribute to create more garbage every day... why??? especially considering that with the material in my house and my skills I can create soft, right-sized, cute, cotton pads that are reusable :)
So that's what I did!!

These can be just thrown in the laundry with everything else and when they are completely used and ruined (which will take months and months) I can throw them away and make more!


There was a very difficult part of this project... and it was getting the label off the vitamin container that I use to store my face scrubbies :) so much glue on that label!! but the container is great and now it adds a touch of decor in my bathroom :)
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How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Back into my thousand-projects groove (and a link party)

With the more consistent use of my daily planner, I can keep up with the many projects I like to work on!

The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - working on bonus blocks with a fun new tool! (cannot share)
  2. Splendid Sampler - working on "filler" blocks
  3. Charity quilts - no progress
  4. SK project - no progress
  5. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - April block done (see below)
  6. En Provence QAL - no progress
  7. Journaling into my Quilter's Planner - progress every day!
  8. 70273 Project - more blocks done (see below)
  9. Book binding - no progress
  10. Twilters! Bee - completed April's blocks (see below)
  11. 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge: entries will be open from May 19 to May 29. My piece is ready since January :)
  12. Mouse pad - the easiest project ever!! (see below)
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More blocks for the 70273 Project. If you are curious to see some of the beautiful quilts made with all these blocks check out this Pinterest board!

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Some blocks for the Twilter's Bee exchange (I didn't take the picture of the actual colors :) )

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I am keeping up with Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" blocks. I am using a Disney/Cartoon theme for this project


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The easiest project ever... a useful mousepad!
I just picked the fabric I wanted and glue it on a piece of corkboard! :)

Don't you love when something is beautiful and useful at the same time?? :)

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Updates on old projects:
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I added the applique on my piece to cover the red bleeding... then I washed the piece with Synthrapol and that helped washing away probably 80% of the red bleeding! There is still some pink shade all around, but the big spots are either covered or gone, so I am happy about the final result!

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A while ago I made the piece below for a Project QUILTING challenge. It was not completed because the black areas next to the rainbow were empty as I was waiting for the right inspiration...
Which came last week!

So let me introduce the first piece I will submit to the Threads of Resistance exhibit: IMAGINE...



I have to write up the artist's statement, but I am really happy with the final look of this piece!!!

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How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Getting things done, mostly in secret (and a link party)

I have been doing a lot of sewing, designing and planning... but most is for future secret projects so I can show just few of my weekly accomplishments! :)


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - completed two May blocks, (cannot share)
  2. Splendid Sampler - working on "filler" blocks
  3. Charity quilts - no progress
  4. SK project - fantastic project, thanks to monthly goal setting (see below)
  5. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - waiting for next month block(s)
  6. Project QUILTING - challenges are over! I didn't win anything, but I had fun participating!
  7. En Provence QAL - no progress
  8. Journaling into my Quilter's Planner - see yesterday's post
  9. 70273 Project - more blocks done (see below)
  10. Book binding - no progress
  11. Twilters! Bee - waiting for next month block
  12. 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge: entries will be open from May 19 to May 29. My piece is ready since January :)
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More blocks for the 70273 Project. If you are curious to see some of the beautiful quilts made with all these blocks check out this Pinterest board!

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Thanks to the incentive of Elm Street One Monthly Goal I finally put together "The Dark Tower" bookshelf for my giant Stephen King Project.



Back story. A couple of years ago I thought: wouldn't it be wonderful, as a super fan of Stephen King, to honor his 70th birthday (this September) by designing and making a quilt with all his books (cover and opening line)? Of course it would be wonderful and I was starting with plenty of time, right? (wrong :) ).
If you don't know, Stephen King wrote A LOT of books... so I decided to make my job easy and focus on 50 books... with book cover and opening line this would make 100 blocks.
Now...
Let talk about the blocks... they needed to be big enough for me to avoid madness in stitching micro pieces of fabric or micro letters... but they needed to be small enough so that 100 blocks wouldn't end up as a quilt that covers the entire neighborhood :)
And of course I cannot just make the blocks... I wanted to put them in a "book" setting and assemble them in a "bookshelf" layout.
I really like to make my life easy :)
I then started designing each block and sewing them up. I initially used Paper Piecing to make the covers, but I soon realized that with a 6''x7'' block, the details in those cover were driving me crazy... that's where raw edge fusible applique came to save the day!
The embroidery quotes are pretty easy and I really enjoy making them... I already have about 95% of them! For the book covers, I am quite behind.

That's why the incentive of the Monthly Goal was just great!
I decided to give myself a reachable goal: pick the 8 books of "The Dark Tower" series, put them in their book layout and assemble them in the bookshelf layout!
The result is what you see above!

Now I am very happy and terrified at the same time... While I have all my final design with the 100+ blocks in a digital format, I didn't realize how big this project will be!!
This is just 8 books. EIGHT... and it is 29''X 40''
I was already planning to assemble different sections with a Quilt-As-You-Go method, but now I am pretty sure that this is going to be my life project (maybe I could have it done by Stephen King's 80th birthday in 2027... for sure not this September).

Thanks to the Monthly Goal at least I have a great start and I have motivation now to work every week a little bit on missing blocks so that the project will (slowly) advance.

Speaking of project that I want to move forward...

My project for APRIL ONE MONTHLY GOAL is related to the Splendid Sampler.
I designed a layout that only uses 43 blocks and I have about XXX "filler" blocks that I need to make. They are blocks assembled with postage stamps orphan blocks collected in a swap I was part of few years ago. I loved their scrappyness but could never do anything with them... now they are the perfect fillers... except that I need to add a border on each of them so that they reach the correct size (and I still need to make some extras).



So my goal for April is to complete all those blocks! I don't think I will assemble them as a quilt top, but who knows! I want to set myself up for success so let's just focus on the blocks first!!

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How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!


Friday, March 31, 2017

Journaling and Planning: March 2017 update

Wow, the first quarter of the year was quite a crazy time for me!

For disclaimers about how I personally use this Journal/Planner system, please refer to these previous posts: December review (evolution of a Quilter's PlannerNovember reviewOctober review, September review.

January started strong with planning, lists and other tracking activity... and by the end of the month I was totally overwhelmed and rarely doing much in my Quilter's Planner...

February was still crazy and I didn't do any tracking at all...

That's the beauty of the disc bound system that I used to transform my Quilter's planner: empty pages are bothering me? I just take them out, and they are gone without traces :)
Since I am manually numbering the pages for my index system, none will ever know what happened... well, you now know, but that's different :)

So in March I decided to get back into the planning and tracking routine... with no pressure but some commitment to a Ketchup month :) :) :)

Below you can see the daily tracker (quite sparse, but not too sparse), the Free Motion Daily Doodle spread, the weekly/monthly todos, the week-by-week daily activities (with the Weekly Specials recipes meals at the bottom), the "Doodle an Artist" spread and the Fitness Mandalas.
(click on each picture if you want to see them in more details)








This month, in my "Doodle an Artist" I picked Kara Walker, an African American artist that will be my inspiration for the piece I will make for the Art with Fabric Blog Hop (coming in May).

As usual I tried to "Steal like an Artist" and extract part of her pieces that spoke to me and that I will be able to use in my piece for the Blog Hop. In the meantime, if you are curious to see more about Kara Walker you can check this video  or this other video.


About the Fitness Mandalas, I have few notes:
In January I had a different idea on how to set this up: I was using each wedge as a day and the amount of decorations depended on the number of steps I took. Since I am not so consistent the Mandala looked pretty ugly at the end :)
Then I decided to use a color scale for each range of step count and then I draw the mandala designs on top: in this way the inconsistency is actually interesting because different colors add visual impact :) however I hated coloring the last days of the month because the circles were so big and coloring with pens is not very pleasant.
So for April I decided to use again color coding, but I will split the mandala in two: one half will be step count and the other half water intake (as tracked by my smart bottle). In this way it will be cheerful, visually appealing and not too difficult to draw/color.

Finally I added a spread to keep track of my Weekly Specials recipes.
I am not good at meal planning or meal prepping...
I am good at cooking and baking for events, but everyday cooking is just too much for me to deal with. So I decided that a good  mid point was to "force" myself to find two new things to make every week and then I can keep these recipes for future reference.
The things can be easy spread, hummus or other sauces or full meals or cakes or cookies or salad. Really anything new :)
With this method, from last January, I collected a good list of things that I cooked that I loved (especially the recipes with the Instant Pot), others that were just ok, and others that I totally hated :)
I don't want to write any of those recipes again since they are already in my planner, but I need a way to find them: so I designed the "If you don't try, you'll never know" (a quote from my favorite Disney Movie (The Sword in the Stone)

I am all set up for April: I changed up few things that I want to track, dropped some, added others: this is the beauty of this planning style, you can change it up to suit your mood and style!

If you have any question about my planner, my spreads, my comments, etc, don't hesitate to comment below. Also please share planning, tracking and productivity tips, as those are always welcome!!!!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

WHY? I need your help! (and a link party)

In weeks full of burocratic craziness, making things is what keeps me sane! :)


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - completed two April blocks, an one May block (cannot share)
  2. Splendid Sampler - two blocks done (see below)
  3. Charity quilts - no progress
  4. SK project - no progress
  5. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - shared on March 1st!!!
  6. Project QUILTING - "Old times, good times" COMPLETED (see below)
  7. En Provence QAL - no progress
  8. Journaling into my Quilter's Planner - no progress
  9. 70273 Project - no progress
  10. Book binding - two little notebook done (see below)
  11. Twilters! Bee - March block done (see below)
  12. MP pillow cover - done! it's my entry for Project QUILTING (see below)
  13. MP hat - changed my mind... made a little pouch instead (see below)
  14. 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge: entries will be open from May 19 to May 29. My piece is ready since January :)
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When the Challenge 6 of Project QUILTING was announced I had a hard TIME finding the inspiration :). I didn't want to interpret it litterally as I imagine many would and I always want to be different :) Well, time made me think about "old times"... "old times" "fun times"... and this means Disney! :) yes, from where I was able to read to waaaay after I started college, every week, I read the Topolino (an italian comics magazine with the adventure of Donal Duck, Mickey Mouse and their friends and family). That is why I made the following piece (inspired by recent books about Art History... aren't these duck Mona Lisa and Cezanne's duck model just so cute??)

"Old times, good times"
(38'' x 23'')

Now WHYYYYY??? WHY DID THAT HAPPEN???
Of course I refer to the red bleeding :( :( :(
I know why the bleeding happened, I forgot the color catcher, that is not my question...
My question is, WHY did only ONE fabric absorbed the red loose color?
I am a scientist so I want to know...

The two applique pieces are absolutely perfect, no change in color there. This could be because they have Heat'n'Bond on the back, which may change the physical properties of those fabric pieces.
Ok.. that makes sense...
What it DOESN'T make much sense to me is why the absorption pattern is not consistent.



You can see above that the ombre fabric absorbed all of the red color but right against the part where there is a lot of red, the light blue fabric didn't absorbe a thing! The backing fabric also didn't absorbe anything and it is not any more pink than when it started.
The ombre fabric is designer high-quality fabric...
The light blue fabric is designer high-quality fabric...
The backing fabric is big box store fabric...

So can someone help me understand this phenomenon?

By the way, I am not too sad about the bleeding because I was planning to applique flowers around the two Lady Ducks anyway, so no problem there... plus the slight pink tone of the background now makes it more integrated with the other colors of the piece :)

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My last two Splendid Sampler blocks... my total count is 44 and I have a plan to put them in an interesting layout... more on this later next month


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My block for the Twilter's Bee swap


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Two more little handmade notebook stitching the bookbinding :)


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I was planning to make my mom a little knitted hat... then I tried to knit a head band... after 1 hour of knitting I remember that I highly dislike knitting :)

Then I found this video for a cute Accordion Pouch by Shabby Fabrics: it is sooooo easy, sooo fast and sooooo cute... Another Xmas present for 2017! :)


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How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Art with Fabric blog hop: Spring 2017

In this very special day, I am happy to announce the THIRD edition of

Art with Fabric Blog Hop!


Every quilted project is a unique piece of art, full of love, creativity and inspiration.

However, have you ever thought about how "traditional" art could be reinterpreted in a quilted piece?
(by "traditional" I mean anything that a non-quilter will label as art, like paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods).

To explore the endless possibilities of art-inspired quilted pieces I decided to organize another edition of this Blog Hop!

This edition has a special theme...

WOMEN!

Our amazing artists can pick an inspiration piece made by a woman artist… or a piece that displays a woman… or a piece that represents some kind of women related theme… how they include or interpret the theme is completely up to them!! I am sure we will be amazed and moved by the pieces from this hop!

This is the current schedule: look how many AMAZING artists are going to join!!


Monday, May 15th, 2017

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 

Friday, May 19th, 2017 


If you want to see the amazing pieces we had in the last two editions of the blog hop, 

If any of you want to join the event, please leave a contact below with your email address and I will get in touch with you and add you in the list of artists!

I cannot wait to see what everybody will make for this special edition of the blog hop!!


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Dress code (and a link party)

A difficult week, so only one project to show... but it's an important one for me.


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - Working on future blocks! (cannot share)
  2. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  3. Charity quilts - no progress
  4. SK project - no progress
  5. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - shared on March 1st!!!
  6. Project QUILTING - Dress code COMPLETED (see below)
  7. En Provence QAL - no progress
  8. Bullet Journaling into my Quilter's Planner - no progress
  9. 70273 Project - no progress
  10. Book binding - no progress
  11. Twilters! Bee - waiting for next month swap
  12. MP pillow cover - no progress
  13. MP hat - no progress
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When the Challenge 5 of Project QUILTING was announced it immediately got my interest.
You can VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE at the following link!

"Well-dressed man"

When I was young I always loved a suit and a tie and I was used to wear them all the time even if it was not part of the "girl" dress code.
While growing up I then start seeing quite puzzling situations... Men with suit and tie were treated in a very different way than men dressed in other ways... and the people attitude was only a response to the suit, not the the real person wearing it...
My father was a manager of an hotel, but he also was helping with the plumming when needed... dressed as a plummer, people would treat him quite bad... dressed as a hotel manager, people would treat him with respect... and he was the same person, treating others with the same kind attitude...

The hypocrisy of many people disturbed me a lot...
And recently I witnessed an extreme situation of the same hypocrisy...
and that's the inspiration of the piece below: "Dress code" (forgive the weird light... bad weather to take pictures :) )

Dress code 22''x32'' 

The piece represent the contrast between what we (in the western society) would drescribe as a well-dressed man and other men that are half naked, dressed with poor materials or just drapes...
If these men were just encountered in the streets I am sure that many of us would judge them very strongly (good or bad)...
Their "dress code" is accompained by their words...
On the right, the words of The 14th Dalai Lama and Mahatma Gandhi...
On the left, the words of the President of the United States.

Stitching the left side of the piece was very very hard... not just because it's dark fabric so I had to use tissue paper to trace the quotes... but my hands were shaking as I was disgusted by what I had to stitch. Luckily he is not very eloquent, so his quotes are pretty short.
The quotes on the right, instead, are long, beautiful and profound...

The quotes on the right are:
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."
"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness."
"Many of our problems stem from attitudes like putting ourselves first at all costs."
"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them."
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

I won't report the quotes on the left because I have been reading them too many times already.

The piece is quilted, but I will add more details in the background to make the elements stand out a little better.

I will probably submit this piece for the Threads of Resistence exhibition.

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How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

As You Wish - The Honey Pot Bee


Hello my fantastic Princesses and Princes and other Royal appointments!
Welcome to my small Kingdom!!
It is such an honor to be part of an amazing event like The Honey Pot Bee.
Thanks Molli for the opportunity to design a block for all of you!

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If you are new here, welcome!!
If you have been here before, I am glad that you came back!!! :)

If you are new here you should know that I am obsessed with Paper Piecing and I offer FREE paper piecing patterns of very famous characters like Snoopy & Friends, Alice in Wonderland, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and many many more: just snoop around if you are curious!

I am also running a fun QAL over at my other blog (http://alidatweloqdesigns.blogspot.com/) so if you are up for a year long skill builder, head over there and join!
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And now, as I mentioned, I LOOOOVE Paper Piecing, so my block for you is a simple and versatile paper pieced block.
If you don't like Paper Piecing, don't leave just yet... I have options... As You Wish...

As You Wish - Basic Pattern, Envelope only

If you have never done Foundation Paper Piecing, I would suggest you to start with the amazing
video tutorials by Jennifer @ Sewhooked (https://sewhooked.com/paper-piecing-resources/).
She explains step by step all the tricks of this technique.
The envelope pattern is very easy so don't get intimidated if you have heard that Paper Piecing is
hard: I started sewing with paper piecing... I was able to do it, with NO prior sewing experience 
(meaning I didn't even know how to thread the machine)... so if I was able to do it, YOU can do it too!!! :) :) :)

Final size 10.5'' x 10.5''


As You Wish - All Variations

I like all kind of sewing techniques, so I tried to include as many as I could in the companion pattern I designed for you!
This is also a great opportunity to try techniques that maybe you are not too familiar with but in such a small block there is not much waste if you end up not liking it. I encourage you to experiment, mix and match and make this block serve you well.


Final size: it depends on the option you choose...
the option depicted above is 14.5'' x 14.5''

If you have any questions about my block(s) or any of the techniques I use, just leave me a comment below and (if you leave your contact information) I will get back to you as soon as I can!

I am very excited to see how you all interpret my design.

Ciao ciao! :)
Alida

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Getting back to my regular sewing rhythm (and a link party)

Finally I am getting back to regular sewing, planning and designing rhythm!!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - all future sashing options have been designed! (cannot share)
  2. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  3. Charity quilts - no progress
  4. SK project - no progress
  5. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - scheduled my post for Wed! So excited!!!
  6. Project QUILTING - waiting for the next challenge
  7. En Provence QAL - COMPLETED a gazillion of units (see below)
  8. Bullet Journaling into my Quilter's Planner - no progress
  9. 70273 Project - no progress
  10. Book binding - no progress
  11. Twilters! Bee - waiting for next month swap
  12. MP pillow cover - decided on theme, but not designed yet
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Even if I cannot share all the future sashing options I designed for the Growing Up QAL, I can certainly share the one that I released last Monday!


And these are two of my blocks using that sashing! It is going to be a colorful and cheerful quilt!!


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Last November I participated in the Bonnie Hunter's En Provence mystery QAL. I made very few units for each clue and I waited for the reveal to design my own version. 
Then I forgot about the project :)
Then I remembered that I picked that project for Elm Street Quilt One Monthly Goal (link 62) so I decided to push it and make the 135 units that my design was missing


The goal I set was to assemble these units in the completed quilt top and I plan to do this today and update this blog post to link my progress in the Elm Street Quilts Goal Finish post!

EDITED TO ADD: the quilt top is completed!!

"The power of diversity" 55'' x 55''

I renamed the En Provence quilt because I followed a different design and I want to honor the fact that I included all kinds of fabric in this quilt (batiks, small prints, big prints, solids, textured) and because each of them is super unique, together they make an amazing design that wouldn't be so beautiful if it was done with a single kind of fabric.
While the entire quilt is super scrappy, I decided to "control" the scrappyness in the teal background of the center stars: in this way our eyes have a place to rest to enjoy all the rest of the scrappyness.

Since this event was such a great push to get fantastic progress on this project, I already decided what I will pick as my Goal for March. I love that we don't have to "finish" a project, but just reach the goal that we set!

My Goal for March will be to complete "The Dark Tower" bookshelf part of my Stephen King big project! My goal is just to assemble the top of all the book covers and quotes from the 8 books of the series. Let's see what I can come up with!!


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How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Struggling with time (and a link party)

Where did the time go?! These past few weeks have been quite crazy!!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - March block(s) ready (cannot share)
  2. Splendid Sampler - one block done (see below)
  3. Charity quilts - no progress
  4. SK project - one block done (see below)
  5. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - no progress
  6. Project QUILTING - "We the Rainbow", project done (see below)
  7. En Provence QAL - no progress
  8. Bullet Journaling into my Quilter's Planner - no progress
  9. 70273 Project - no progress
  10. Book binding - three small notepad done (see below)
  11. Twilters! Bee - completed first block
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When the Challenge 4 of Project QUILTING was announced I immediately knew what it was going to be about for me... rainbow = colors = skin color = diversity = equality = inclusion = we the people!

So this is my piece for the challenge: it includes rainbow flags that celebrate equality and diversity and there is a gradient of many kind of skin colors, textures, tones, all walks of life... we the people!

(temporary title) We the Rainbow, 32''x21''

I have to be honest: I don't think my piece is "done".
It is complete, in the sense that it is stitched and quilted, so it qualifies for the challenge...but the piece is still talking to me... the piece wants to say more, but she needs more time to express her thoughts :)
This is where I struggle for these short timed challenges: while it's great to have the incentive of completing the piece, sometimes a piece need to percolate in your mind a little longer...
Especially a piece that I plan to submit for the Threads of Resistance exhibits... 

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One more block for my Splendid Sampler (with selvages and batiks) journey!

Block 75 - Stitch Crazy

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Anothe block for my Stephen King collection.

The Gunslinger - Book Cover - 5''x7.5''

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The block I made as part of a Bee swap

"My Birds", Pattern by Tina

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And last, but not least, I made few more stitched notebooks! I used some fancy cardstock and some graph paper and I think they turned out pretty nice!!




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How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Blocks blocks blocks (and a link party)

Quite a productive week!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - February block(s) are ready to be released on Monday (cannot share)
  2. Splendid Sampler - two blocks done (see below)
  3. Charity quilts - no progress
  4. SK project - no progress
  5. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - stitched my block (March) and completed one of the February blocks (see below)
  6. Project QUILTING - "Rough Texture", project done (see below)
  7. En Provence QAL - no progress
  8. Bullet Journaling into my Quilter's Planner - I was planning a "January" review but I didn't have time or energy to do this... so I will do it next month!
  9. 70273 Project - Four blocks done (see below)
  10. Book binding - no progress
  11. Twilters! Bee - new swap I joined, but haven't started this month block yet
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My weekly contribution to the 70273 project.


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When the Challenge 3 of Project QUILTING was announced I was trying to think what to use for my inspiration... and looking around me the only thing I could see was divisiveness and fear... so the only thing that came up to my mind when I thought about "texture" was barbwire.

I know how it feels to be in fear because I am an immigrant... I have the right religion (right, for now), I have the right skin color (right, for now), I come from the right country (right, for now), I have the right gender (at least if I just talk about make up and "dress like a woman") but I couldn't express my vote in the election. I respect the system, so that's fine, but I go to work every day for the American people, to support terribly sick people and give my contribution to maybe one day discover a cure for the worst illnesses. And the American people sent me a message that I am unwelcome, useless and unwanted. It is hard to keep doing my job... but then I go to work and I see real people suffering and I don't care if they voted for him or not: I will give them my decades of education, experience and hard work until they decide I am disposable. But until then, I will keep fighting for them too, because there is hope for humanity, we have seen it happening in the worst times of history: as long as some humans maintain some of their humanity and spread love instead of hate and fear, there is hope.

So this is my piece for the challenge

Rough texture, 5''x7''


I appliqued irregular strips of red, white and blue and I overlay a dryer sheet to create the texture effect and then I thread painted the barbwire design. I also cut out pieces of the dryer sheet just to add more interest in the texture.

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After the sadness of the early days of the week, however, I decided to turn toward the positive part of humanity so I decided to focus on inspirational blocks for my Splendid Sampler (with selvages and batiks) journey!

Block 96 (which I rename "Peace in the sunshine")

Block 88... "Love is the answer"

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And last, but not least, I stitched up the block for February The Honey Pot Bee.



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