Sunday, July 27, 2014

Project Life Week 30

July 20 - July 26

201:365 The dog is very pleased with her new toy - if only she could get this kid off of it. 
Sunday: The dog is very pleased with her new toy - if only she could get this kid off of it.
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202:365 The wall of mini quilts above my sewing machine is coming along nicely. 
Monday: The wall of mini quilts above my sewing machine is coming along nicely. 
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203:365 Lots of Dr. Seuss scraps means Megan's quilt is all cut out and ready to sew.
Tuesday: Lots of Dr. Seuss scraps means Megan's quilt is all cut out and ready to sew. 
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204:365 Why hello pretty new fabric! 
Wednesday: Why hello pretty new fabric! 
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205:365 Some of the pretty new fabrics that arrived today. Thanks @stashfabrics for squeezing in that Dear Stella at the last minute! 
Thursday: More pretty new fabrics arrived today. 
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206:365 oops... 4 fabric packages arrived this week. Guess I need to get busy sewing. 
Friday: oops... 4 fabric packages arrived this week. Guess I need to get busy sewing.
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207:365 Hours of fun in one small Amazon box. 
Saturday: Hours of fun in one small Amazon box. 
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Scrappy Churn Dash

Last weekend was our HMQG mini-quilt swap. I've been wanting to make a churn dash quilt for a while now, so I thought a mini-churn dash might be fun. But not just a plain churn dash... a scrappy churn dash.

Scrappy Churn Dash

Why blue? Well, you should see my blue scrap bin... I could probably make a full-size blue scrap quilt with what I have in that bin!

Megan and I had a great time digging through the scraps for the perfect pieces to add to this quilt. She really loved the few animal prints we added... a hippo, an elephant, a bug, and a couple of birds.

Scrappy Churn Dash

I spent the better part of a day debating how to quilt this. The plan was to quilt it on my regular sewing machine, since I figured it was too small to bother with loading on the longarm. But when I couldn't come up with any straight-line quilting ideas, I went ahead and loaded it up on the longarm. And you know what... it took no more time to load it onto the longarm than it would have to baste it. 30 minutes, start to finish, and it was ready for binding.

Scrappy Churn Dash


Quilt Details
Pattern: Scrappy Churn Dash - based on 2.5" cut squares
Fabric: blue scraps + cream Essential Dots by Riley Blake
Backing: Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt
Binding: random blue Kona from my stash (I really should label those when I buy them!)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Project Life Week 29

July 13 - July 19

194:365 Finally getting this one ready for the longarm. I made it during Stash Bash/HMQG retreat 2013!! 
Sunday: Finally getting this one ready for the longarm... 15 months after I started it. 
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195:365 The amazing Terra Australis flower I won from @scrapbag arrived today. Emma - thank you so much! I love it!! 
Monday: The amazing Terra Australis flower I won from Emma (Scrapbag
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196:365 Mini for this weekend's #hmqg swap... just need to figure out how to quilt it.
Tuesday: Mini for this weekend's HMQG swap. 
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197:365 Beach time! 
Wednesday: Beach time! 
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198:365 Feeding HPD's horses. 
Thursday: Feeding HPD's horses. 
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199:365 Finding it hard to get motivated to do anything today. DQ ice cream is about as productive as we've been. 
Friday: Finding it hard to get motivated to do anything today. 
 DQ ice cream is about as productive as we've been. 
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200:365 While I sewed with the HMQG ladies, the little one had her first trip to the splash pad. 
Saturday: While I sewed with the HMQG ladies, the little one had her first trip to the splash pad. 
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap

Round 2 of the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap has wrapped up. I wasn't going to participate in this round... too much going on, too many projects in the works... but at the very last minute I jumped in.

I didn't have a whole lot of specific direction from my partner. And when I'm left to my own devices I often trip myself up by overthinking the options. This time I found my inspiration early on.

Selvedge Spool

I have these super-wonderful friends that save their selvedges for me, so I'm always looking for fun things to do with them. Selvedges and Spools seemed like the perfect combination!

Selvedge Spool - labels

Originally I was going to use the pattern in the Liberty Love book, but I already had a bunch of selvedges cut - larger than the pattern called for, and I didn't feel like re-cutting them. So I figured out my block size based on what I had. And I love how they turned out! I think I need to make a single spool for myself - a little addition to my sewing room wall of mini quilts.

Selvedge Spool


And the quilt I received from my partner... AWESOME!! How cute is this little fox?!?

@vickidjl OMG!! I love the minis!! Thank you so much! And the fabric, and Mango HiChews!! Awesome! #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Project Life Week 28

July 6 - July 12

187:365 Yesterday we found my very first Build A Bear (he was a birthday gift in 2001 or 2002). Snuggled in here between a couple of 2013 gifts. #buildabear 
Sunday: We found my very first Build A Bear (he was a birthday gift in 2001 or 2002). Snuggled in here between a couple of 2013 gifts. 
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188:365 Storm blew through and knocked out the power. Guess I'll read until the sun sets. 
Monday: Storm blew through and knocked out the power... reading until the sun sets. 
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189:365 My book-loving little girl asked me to make her a Dr. Seuss quilt. 
Tuesday: My book-loving little girl asked me to make her a Dr. Seuss quilt. 
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190:365 I've got an idea for these... It will either be awesome or a hot mess. Fingers crossed it turns out like I imagine. 
Wednesday: I've got an idea for these... it will either be awesome or a hot mess.
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191:365 So handy that kitties now come with size labels... mine's a 10 1/2 wide. 
Thursday: So handy that kitties now come with size labels. Mine's a 10 1/2 wide. 
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192:365 decisions, decisions... do I go with pink (because hey, it's pink!), or red (Mickey!), or plain grey (and dress it up with decals or magicbandits).
Friday: decisions, decisions... maybe I'll go with Mickey red. 
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193:365 Celebrated hubby's job offer (and signing bonus) with stops at 2 LQS today. 
Saturday: Celebrated hubby's job offer with stops at 2 local quilt shops today. 
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Scrappy Pillow

I've been working on a bunch a smaller projects lately. Life has been keeping me pretty busy so these little projects give me something to work on, with a quick feeling of accomplishment. Over the coming days/weeks I'll be sharing these projects.

So let's start with a pillow I made for Susannah Kate as part of the Handmade Birthday Club Swap.

Scrappy Pillow

I knew I wanted to make her a pillow... it was one of the things on her wish list, and I really like making pillows! But I was stuck for an idea of just what kind of pillow to make. So as I looked around my sewing room for inspiration I started thinking about the bowl of 2.5" scraps I keep next to my sewing machine. I use these little squares as leaders/enders and when I need to mark a break in chain piecing. And I've been able to put together three quilts with them. So pulling out 25 darling little squares was easy, and fun!

Scrappy Pillow

I bordered the patchwork with a wide piece of Moda Crossweave, and quilted it with my new favorite thread - a variegated grey from King Tut.