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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Slow, slow summer (and a link party)

There is something about summer that makes me slow down... well, at least I have few small finishes!!
The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Play with Me QAL - finished quilting August block, starting Sept board
  2. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - new top started (see 3.)
  3. Summer Solstice QAL - new instructions have been released. I will work on this tomorrow
  4. Minion QAL - if only I could convince myself to quilt the borders... well, maybe this week!!
    1. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
    2. Hello Block Swap - paused until Sept
    3. Splendid Sampler - no progress
    4. Road Home Row-A-Long - no progress
    5. Secret event (January 2017) - started designing
    6. Secret event (February 2017) - design completed
    7. Secret event (August 2017) - button designed
    8. Secret event (Feb-Oct 2017) - sketching started!
    9. Gift Bookmarks - one done, one designed (see below)
    10. Gift pillow cases - two done (see below)
    The EverythingElse List:
    1. 70273 Project - no progress
    2. Jane T - no progress
    3. The SK project - no progress
    4. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
    5. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
    6. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
    7. As You Wish -  no progress
    8. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
    9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
    10. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
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    Two more pillow cases done! These are a birthday present. I am becoming super fast making these... and that's a good thing because guess what everybody is getting for Xmas this year..? :)

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    The only other little project I completed is this cute bookmark.

    2.75'' x 9''

    I designed it in Google Spreadsheet and stitched it up using cross stitching!
    It went together super fast. I then just zig-zagged a couple of times around three sides, slided in a piece of thick paper and then I hand stitched the top close. In this way if it bends, we can just change up the cardboard inside and the bookmark will be like new!! :)
    I really really like that print! I have a fat quarter of it, and I used it to make my boyfriend a credit card wallet, a zipper pouch for his gps and now this. I still have some fabric left for other small projects. Don't you love when everything coordinates? ;)

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

    Saturday, August 13, 2016

    Nothing to show, but a lot going on behind the scenes (and a link party)

    I have been doing a lot in terms of planning and finishing, but not quite ready to share! :)

    Picture from the past... August 2015 :)

    The Ongoing Project List:
    1. Play with Me QAL - finishing up the quilting on August pattern
    2. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - new top started (see 3.)
    3. Summer Solstice QAL - all pieces ready to be assembled
    4. Minion QAL - quilt almost finished!!
      1. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
      2. Hello Block Swap - blocks sent (paused until Sept) 
      3. Splendid Sampler - no progress
      4. Road Home Row-A-Long - finishing touches to my row
      5. Secret event (January 2017) - started designing
      6. Secret event (February 2017) - design almost completed
      7. Secret event (August 2017) - button designed
      8. Secret event (Feb-Oct 2017) - sketching started!
      The EverythingElse List:
      1. 70273 Project - no progress
      2. Jane T - no progress
      3. The SK project - no progress
      4. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
      5. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
      6. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
      7. As You Wish -  no progress
      8. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
      9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
      10. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
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      You may have noticed that in 2017 I will be hosting or running quite a few events (QAL and similar)... more in the months to come... I am so excited, they will all be so fun!!!

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

      Saturday, August 6, 2016

      Curved piecing and Minions (and a link party)

      So many projects in my mind, very few down on fabric :) 


      The Ongoing Project List:
      1. Play with Me QAL - August pattern released (see below)
      2. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - new top started (see 3.)
      3. Summer Solstice QAL - I am catching up! (see below)
      4. Minion QAL - all blocks quilted and joined (see below)
        1. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
        2. Hello Block Swap - blocks for my August partner done (see below) 
        3. Splendid Sampler - no progress
        4. Road Home Row-A-Long - no progress on finishing my piece
        The EverythingElse List:
        1. 70273 Project - no progress
        2. Jane T - no progress
        3. The SK project - no progress
        4. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
        5. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
        6. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
        7. As You Wish -  no progress
        8. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
        9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
        10. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
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        Seriously... last week I mentioned 5 reasons why I love Melissa's (HappyQuilting) QAL... let's add another one: it is so easy to catch up!!

        With her easy and clear instructions it took me just 3 nights to make all the Flying Geese and all the Drunkard Path blocks!!
        Some are perfect, like painted by Giotto... other are less perfect, like painted by Giotto's 1 year old son moderately drunk ;) but I really enjoyed the process, especially because I alternated FG and DP construction so I wouldn't get bored or frustrated. By the end of the process, I think I am a pro at curved piecing (especially considering that I am not precise cutting the pieces).


        Since I caught up with all the FG, I wanted to see how all the pieces look on my design floor :)

         (mising some 3'' squares, but everything else looks great!)

        Making this project I learned a fantastic lesson: when we use the "no waste or little waste" methods (for either HST, FG or DP) directional fabric and stripes are tricky because pieces will go in opposite directions. However... if you mix the stripes with gingham fabric and polka dots, the "misaligned" lines won't be so striking and they will blend right in with the rest (or at least that what my eyes thinks :) ). Also mixing the scale probably helps.

        I am looking forward to the assembly direction because it was quite challenging to arrange those pieces without the clear instructions that Melissa always has!! :)

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        By chance, the August board for my Play with Me QAL is also featuring curved piecing! However the pieces here are much much bigger so they are easier to stitch (and they are also fewer ;) ).



        If you are interested in learning more about the QAL, you can read everything on the Play with Me QAL official page!

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        I made two blocks from my August's partner for the  Hello Block Swap.



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        Finally I finished quilting around each character!


        Now I just need to add a border and I will be done. I took the quilt to the quilt shop to pick the perfect fabric. A lady saw the quilt and said "oh, this is so cute, a little kid will be so happy to have it!" and then she corrected herself "oh, well, maybe this is for a teenager"... well... the last time I was called a "teenager" was about 20 years ago ;)
        Minions are for all ages!! :)
        P.S. I am finishing up the pattern for the "tower of minions" block and tonight I will submit it to Fandom in Stitches, so it will be available soon for others to enjoy!! :)
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        How about you? What are YOU up to?
        Link it here and share it with me!!

        Saturday, July 30, 2016

        Started another QAL (and a link party)

        So many projects in my mind, very few down on fabric :) 


        The Ongoing Project List:
        1. Play with Me QAL - August pattern ready to share (cannot share)
        2. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - new top started (see 3.)
        3. Summer Solstice QAL - jumped in with the HST (will donate this quilt) (see below)
        4. Minion QAL - 3 more blocks quilted, 2 missing
          1. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
          2. Hello Block Swap - paused until next month 
          3. Splendid Sampler - two blocks done (see below)
          4. Road Home Row-A-Long - no progress on finishing my piece
          The EverythingElse List:
          1. 70273 Project - no progress
          2. Jane T - no progress
          3. The SK project - no progress
          4. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
          5. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
          6. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
          7. As You Wish -  no progress
          8. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
          9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
          10. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
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          Especially in the middle of the summer I feel usually creatively tired. The projects started early during the year look boring, no energy to dedicate to create new projects (even if there are many in my head right now), so what is the best strategy? Join one of Melissa's (HappyQuilting) QAL!

          I love love love her QAL for a ton of reasons:
          1. the designs are usually very simple but not boring (check out all the ones she designed over the years)
          2. the time given between each step is usually about 2-3 weeks. I love this because there are QALs that ask you to make a gazillion of HST in 1 week.. and while you don't have to complete them all, I always feel behind with those timeline! More than 2 weeks for simple steps make me lose interest... so I think 2 weeks is the perfect timeframe
          3. she uses very simple shapes, so that's refreshing for me since I usually make complicated paper piecing blocks
          4. her tutorials are amazing! step by step pictures, with tips and great advices. Even if by now I know how to make HST, I always read everything through, because every time there is something that I may have missed before
          5. she offers always many size options! many designers simply say "do you want to make it bigger? make more blocks! Do you want it smaller? make less blocks" :) ehm... ok... I have no problem with that... however usually I want to make it smaller by resizing the blocks because I want the overall design to be the same! That's where Melissa is amazing! She always have very simple tables that shows you the size of a finished block (multiple sizes) and how you many you want to have (1x1, 2x2, 3x3, 4x4). So the only thing I have to do is decide the general design I want and then find the cutting and assembly instruction for that. Easy peasy!
          I jumped in the QAL a little late, but I will make the flying geese after she releases the next instructions (that's also where the 2-3 weeks time is great: to catch up!!)

          This week was HST


          I used fabric donated, and I will make this to a baby quilt (2x2 layout).
          Colors are terrible in the picture because it was night and I didn't want to wait to take the picture :)


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          The only other thing I made are two more blocks for the Splendid Sampler

          Block 42

          Bonus block


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

          Saturday, July 23, 2016

          Fancy pot holders (and a linky party)

          Not much to share but a couple of small finishes are better than nothing!! 

          The Ongoing Project List:
          1. Play with Me QAL - August completed (cannot share)
          2. WGACA projects (abandoned the idea... the strategy didn't work, oh well, it was good to test it)
            1. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - no progress
            2. Minion QAL - quilted around all characters. 6 blocks quilted, 5 missing
            3. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
            4. Hello Block Swap - paused until next month 
            5. Splendid Sampler - two blocks done (see below)
            6. Road Home Row-A-Long - no progress on finishing my piece
            7. Folded star pot holder - two, done (see below)
            The EverythingElse List:
            1. 70273 Project - no progress
            2. Jane T - no progress
            3. The SK project - no progress
            4. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
            5. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
            6. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
            7. As You Wish -  no progress
            8. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
            9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
            10. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
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            I also finished a couple of blocks for the Splendid Sampler project.

            Block 31

            Block 41

            Current total: 29... you can see them all on my Sampler page!
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            The only other thing I made are these two fancy pot holders

            10''x10''
            Tutorial available on the modabakeshop

            I used several pieces that I received in various Quilty Box. I tend to really like the fabric but I never used them with the project/pattern they come with :) I guess it's my rebel nature.

            Well, I hope to have a more productive week ahead!

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

            Friday, July 22, 2016

            The LIST (review)

            Back in December, Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl hosted the #2016Planning Party, and I linked up (she reminded me of this because I completely forgot of course ;) )

            2016 Mid Year Review

            She published a post to reflect on her the goals and she welcomed us to take this opportunity to look back and reflect on our year as well. She is offering a #2016MidYearReview link up, and there are great giveaways available to those who link up.

            This the previous list, with updated status on the different projects (these are my goals for the year... so if I am at least half done, I will say I am on a good track :) )
            1. Play with Me QAL - this is a QAL I am hosting, so I don't just plan to finish it, but I plan to cheer everybody along, offer giveaways, inspire and get inspired!
              STATUS: 6 blocks made, quilted and joined. 2 blocks completed. 1 board missing.
            2. "Jane Tiger, the Nearly Insane Wife of a Farmer" - I want to complete my version of the Dear Jane, Nearly Insane and Farmer's Wife quilt. I already started it and it looks fun!!
              STATUS: I lost momentum on this...  23 blocks done, many many more missing :)
            3. Block Swap Adventure quilt - I have been swapping blocks for about 2 years now, so I should have enough to put together a quilt!
              STATUS: I completed a quilt with last year Snail Trail blocks. Unfortunately the swap was closed because of lack of participants. But now I am running the Hello Block Swap so I am still collecting blocks and turning them into quilts!
            4. Charity quilts for Fran and the Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - I plan to have 12 quilts done for her... let's see if I can make (or pass) that goal!!
              STATUS: again, I lost momentum on this. I have 2 quilts completed + 3 matching pillow cases. I also have 4 quilt tops ready to be quilted... maybe this review will encourage me to get back on track with this
            5. Americana QAL - finish my version of this quilt and gift it to my dad probably for Xmas
              STATUS: completed! and I am using it because it's sad to leave a quilt waiting to be gifted. I will wash it and send it out later this year, but in the meantime I am enjoying it!!
            6. Play with Me 2016 QAL (secret) - all January posts are ready!!
              STATUS: this is a duplicate of 1. :) I was distracted when I wrote the original list
            7. Allietare QAL - I plan to complete this quilt, and probably donate it for charity
              STATUS: no change. This is one of the 4 quilt tops of point 4.
            8. Pantone Color of the Year 2016 - my traditional wall hanging has already been designed!
              STATUS: completed!
            9. The SK project - here I need real progress as I wanted to have it done by 2017... it's a big quilt done in very small blocks so I need to get this rolling!!
              STATUS: I lost momentum for several months. Last month I got the ball rolling again, and now I have a few "side" projects that are going to help me give this project a real push forward, stay tuned!!
            10. the 31000 Xs project - a cross stitch project that I started and I would love to get done... eventually :)
              STATUS: where did I put this project??? :) I moved things around my sewing corner and I have no idea where this ended up being stored. :) so the status is Missing In Action :)
            11. Spirit cross stitch project - this is supposed to be a Valentine present... well... not sure if I will be able to pull it off, but I will try!
              STATUS: ah ah ah, same as 10. where did I put this project??? :) well... Valentine comes every year, so eventually I will get this done
            12. Mirror Mirror Afghan - a tapestry crochet afghan, I was very passionate about... and then I was not :) crochet is like that for me, ups and downs! :)
              STATUS: I lost momentum on this... I made several more blocks at the beginning of the year but now I am stuck again
            13. Alice in Wonderland quilt - I have several blocks done, just need to find some motivation to finish up some more
            14. As You Wish -  same comment as 13.
            15. Crazy optical illusion - same comment as 13. :)
            16. Memory quilt 2 - same comment as 13. :)
              STATUS (13-16): completely lost interest in all those projects... eventually I may get back to them but for now I archived them all!

            Well...

            I guess that I had so many new projects this year, that several lost momentum. Some are still going, some are kind of dead for now.

            I can report that I am still sewing, I am still designing, I am still organinzing events, I am still having fun so I guess it's all good!!


            Sunday, July 17, 2016

            Back to crafting (and a linky party)

            I came back home from the work trip. 
            I don't have much to share but something is better than nothing!

            The Ongoing Project List:
            1. Play with Me QAL - August pattern ready to stitch
            2. WGACA projects (changed projects)
              1. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - no progress
              2. SECRET quilt for exhibit - (FDJ) - dropped. Too many other things to do this month
              3. Minion QAL - no progress
              4. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
              5. Hello Block Swap - two blocks done (see below)
              6. Splendid Sampler - one block done (see below)
              7. Road Home Row-A-Long - no progress on finishing my piece
              The EverythingElse List:
              1. 70273 Project - no progress
              2. Jane T - no progress
              3. The SK project - three blocks done (see below)
              4. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
              5. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
              6. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
              7. As You Wish -  no progress
              8. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
              9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
              10. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
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              I made two blocks from my July's partner for the  Hello Block Swap.

              Blocks I made for Laura
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              I also finished block 36 of the Splendid Sampler project.
              While I like embroidery, I hate french knots and I don't like much the lazy daisy stitch.
              However I wanted to give this block a try as close to the original as possible. 
              In this block I also experimented with glow in the dark embroidery thread (works great) and with the soluble sulky embroidery stabilizer (it was ok... I was able to see the stitches traced on it and it washed away just fine. I didn't particularly enjoyed stitching on it, but probably just because I didn't stabilized properly)

              Block 35
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              The only other thing I made are three blocks for my Stephen King project.
              I prepared 5 blocks for my trip as I thought I would have time to make them.
              While I had time, I didn't seem to be in the mood. So I made half of one during the trip and completed the rest yesterday.
              The Long Walk, The Stand, Gerald's Game (7.5''x5'')

              Well, I hope to have a more productive week ahead!

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              Oh, I also added some side panels to this great t-shirt I got in the kids section of a shop :) I got the biggest size they had but it was still a little too tight on the belly :) I watched some youtube tutorials and then I gave it a try. Easier than I thought!! It is not perfect but I use it as a pijamas so who cares! Next time I will add less fabric (because now it's a little too big) and I will make it narrower at the top. But as a first experiment this went great!!



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

              Sunday, July 10, 2016

              Disney dreams come true (and a link party)

              I have been at a conference for work, so no project updates

              HOWEVER...
              The conference is at a Disney World Resort, so I took a day off and went to meet all my favorite characters!!
              Above, their autographs on small pieces of fabric that I quilted for the occasion (left over of a few projects I made a while ago): now I have the perfect coasters and mug rugs!!!

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

              Saturday, July 2, 2016

              A lot got done (and a link party)

              After a week of not sharing, I am back with several projects!


              The Ongoing Project List:
              1. Play with Me QAL - July block will be released on Monday!
              2. WGACA projects (changed projects)
                1. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - no progress
                2. SECRET quilt for exhibit - (FDJ) - kind of dropped, maybe, not sure :)
                3. Minion QAL - several blocks done, final layout pieced, started quilting! (see below)
                4. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
                5. Hello Block Swap - two blocks received (planning what to do for July's partner) (see below)
                6. American Quilt (previous known as Americana QAL) - finished, washed and in use! (see below)
                7. Splendid Sampler - one more block done (see below)
                8. Road Home Row-A-Long - no progress on finishing my piece
                9. Pumpkin's bed - done, interesting project (see below)
                The EverythingElse List:
                1. 70273 Project - no progress
                2. Jane T - no progress
                3. The SK project - no progress
                4. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
                5. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
                6. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
                7. As You Wish -  no progress
                8. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
                9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
                10. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
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                One more block for Selvage Splendid Sampler:

                Due to the tinytinytiny size of these hexies (about 3/8 of an inch) I couldn't really use selvages. So I used batiks, as they really pop against the black background!
                It was fun to learn a new technique to make hexies: Hexies from a circle!, no template and this is the only way to make it work with this so tiny size for me!

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                I received my blocks from my other June's partner for the  Hello Block Swap.
                Blocks that I received from Jane

                I love how wonky and scrappy the entire quilt will look!!! I cannot wait to have more block to arrange in a nice design!!

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                I got my American quilt (renamed "Tu vuo' fa' l'americano") from the Professional Long Arm Quilter (Marcia from Marcia's Crafty Sewing & Quilting). She did an AMAZING JOB with the quilting. I asked her an all over meander with stars, but she added some custom quilting which makes it suuuper special!!
                Size: 55'' x 72''
                "Tu vuo' fa' l'americano"
                Center blocks from the Americana QAL, Snail trail border from the Block Swap Adventure!

                Amazing quilting, from the back!

                This was my first experience with a long armer... I won a coupon for a discount so I thought it was a great opportunity to try it, especially on this quilt that is a Xmas present for my dad. I am extremely happy with the experience and final result. Xmas is far away, so I started using the quilt (perfect for the 4th of July, right?) ;)

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                Two projects that are kind of the "spur of the moment"


                My cat name is Pumpkin... I thought that the fabric was just too perfect not to use it for her little cat bed. I used the wrong material for the "foam filling" so the structure doesn't hold up that well... so I tried to hang it and see if Pumpkin likes it... if not I can put it on the floor. It's summer here, so I am not sure if she wants to sneak in there any time soon... but in the meantime it's nice to look at it I guess :)

                A zipper pouch, GPS holder... because we got a new GPS and I wanted a cover that matches a previous credit card wallet I made for my boyfriend :)
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                And last, but not least... the Minion QAL is over!
                These are the last two blocks I made


                And then... I assembled all the blocks in the final layout!
                I am quilting the three sections separately and then joining them with a QAYG method. I will also add a special border... stay tuned to see that!
                I actually already quilted 5 of the blocks (backgrounds) so I may be able to finish the quilt in a month or so (I have a trip for work, so I won't be able to quilt much in the next weeks)! I am very excited!!!

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

                Saturday, June 25, 2016

                Crazy weeks, but you can share your projects!

                (Random picture from the past) :)

                In the past couple of weeks I have been crazy busy at work and I didn't have the energy to do much sewing.
                I did few things but I didn't even find the strength to take picture to document them :)

                Oh, well, I have been sewing a little so that's good!
                Let's hope to get back to making and sharing soon!

                In the meantime, you can share what you have been up to, I will love to see!!!




                Saturday, June 11, 2016

                A Splendid week (and a link party)

                This was one of my most productive week ever!!!

                The Ongoing Project List:
                1. Play with Me QAL - June released!
                2. WGACA projects (changed projects)
                  1. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - no progress
                  2. SECRET quilt for exhibit - (FDJ) - no progress
                  3. Minion QAL - half block done (hope to have it done soon)
                  4. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
                  5. Hello Block Swap - one block received and one block done (see below)
                  6. American Quilt (previous known as Americana QAL) - shipped to the quilter!
                  7. Splendid Sampler - TEN blocks done (see below)
                  8. Challenge quilt - idea abandoned
                  9. Road Home Row-A-Long - sent out pattern, no progress on finishing my piece
                  The EverythingElse List:
                  1. 70273 Project - no progress
                  2. Jane T - no progress
                  3. The SK project - one block done and several more designed!
                  4. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
                  5. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
                  6. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
                  7. As You Wish -  no progress
                  8. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
                  9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
                  10. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
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                  The new board block was released last Monday: Ludo (done with traditional piecing). So fun, fast and easy!

                  Find all the details at alidatweloqdesigns.blogspot.com

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                  This week has been a SPLENDID week: I made 10 blocks for my Selvage Splendid Sampler:




                  Once I get my selvages out, these blocks are so easy and fast! I am still quite behind, but I prefer to make these blocks in big batches instead of one every three days!!

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                  I completed the block for my second partner for June for the Hello Block Swap.
                  A little house in a block, white and black fabric. Busy but cute I think!

                  And this is the one that she made for me (she mailed it earlier, so nice of her!!)
                  Block that I received from Cathryn

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                  Finally I went back to my Stephen King project. I have been designing embroidery blocks to have them with me for a upcoming working related trip: being away from my sewing machine will be hard, but having hand sewing projects will be great!

                  I also completed one of the book covers. I decided to use reverse applique, and on a such a small piece it didn't turn out so wonderful. The effect is fine, but I don't think I will ever use this approach on a tiny piece like this.
                  7.5''x5''
                  The Long Walk, book cover
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                  How about you? What are YOU up to?
                  Link it here and share it with me!!

                  Saturday, June 4, 2016

                  Minion invasion (and a link party)

                  This was one of my most productive week ever!!!

                  The Ongoing Project List:
                  1. Play with Me QAL - June ready to be shared!
                  2. WGACA projects (changed projects)
                    1. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - no progress
                    2. SECRET quilt for exhibit - (FDJ) - no progress
                    3. Minion QAL - THREE Minions done (see below)
                  3. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
                  4. Hello Block Swap - two blocks for June done! (see below)
                  5. American Quilt (previous known as Americana QAL) - shipped to the quilter!
                  6. Splendid Sampler - no progress (but I did something with a pattern from there, see below)
                  7. Challenge quilt - idea abandoned
                  8. Road Home Row-A-Long - sent out pattern, no progress on finishing my piece
                  The EverythingElse List:
                  1. 70273 Project - two more blocks done (see below)
                  2. Jane T - no progress
                  3. The SK project - no progress
                  4. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
                  5. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
                  6. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
                  7. As You Wish -  no progress
                  8. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
                  9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
                  10. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
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                  You may remember from last week... I have a new obsession: hot dog pillow cases! I made 3 more!

                  3 new hot dog pillow cases: tutorial by Jennifer @ sewhooked

                  The two on the left will be sent out as a gift with the pouch below.
                  The one on the right is for my boyfriend because he said he loved that circuit/binary fabric... and of course I didn't have enough to complete the pillow case... and it's out of print, nowhere to be found :( :( :( oh, well... I think that the piecing worked.

                  Now who is the only one without a nice pillow case? Me of course!!
                  I need to measure my giant pillow and make one for myself!!
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                  I made this scrappy zipper pouch for a friend.
                  It is pretty big, I am not super pleased by the lining, but I think it will be loved and used! :)

                  Heart block and zipper pouch pattern available at www.thesplendidsampler.com
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                  Then I made this block from "My Favorite Things" (by Jennifer)
                  Fast and easy pattern to get me back into paper piecing mode...
                  And thanks to that I also made a couple of more XX blocks for the 70273 Project.
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                  Then I saw the Minion Design Invitation... so here are my blocks!



                  The Evil Minion was made of the wrong size... fixed in the pattern but for my block I just added a border... and some fuzzy yarn to make the hair, because it's fun!!
                  The Royal Minion is just simple embroidery and it was super fast to make!!

                  The patterns will be available at the end of June 2016 from Fandom In Stitches.

                  And after completing my two blocks, I went back and complete this other Minion


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                  And the last thing I made are two blocks for one of my June partners for the Hello Block Swap.
                  I couldn't really decide on a color scheme and the block is so simple... so I made two :)



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                  How about you? What are YOU up to?
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