The Calm Before the Storm

You know that calm before the storm? Yeah that’s where I am at right now. Next week I’m working from 7am-9pm almost every day. Yeah crazy. Needless to say I won’t have time for sewing.

I didn’t want to get out any of my larger projects only for a little bit so I decided to make a wonky house for Amy and her village. Well after I was done I just had to make another!

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So this wonky little shack has almost set a ball rolling. Dontcha think a wonky village in reds, grays, whites, and blacks be adorable?? As if I don’t have enough projects! So I’ll continue to turn it over and over in my head, but I was thinking would you want to help me? Maybe if there’s some interest I’ll do it and have a give-away as reward? What do you think?

‘Til next week (most likely)!!

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Not So Fugly Fabric Up For Grabs!

STILL AVAILABLE: DARK LEAVES PRINT AND BORDERS!!

Some people are just smart… Like Lucy at Charm About and her Fugly Fabric Party! Now there’s a loving place to send your fugly or unwanted fabric.

Ok, who wants to swap with me? Up for grabs I have quite a bit of Joyful Harvest left over.

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This fabric is in no way fugly, its just not me and I will never use it. Why not give it to some one who will?

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You can swap for all or just pieces. This is a recent collection that has the perfect amount of metallic in it. Any takers yet?

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These are scraps but they are very generous cuts! I can see a lovely fall HST table runner in its future. Those strips of leaves are already (semi) fussy cut.

As I said, I would ideally swap but I’ll also send it to anyone who will just pay postage. How good of a saleswoman was I? Let me know if you’re interested!

PS- I love low volume and 30s prints…and soft florals… That’s my ideal swap!

Finally Free

I really hate deadlines so I don’t know why I do this to myself…. Just in time, I was able to finish my Double Wedding Ring. As we speak, he, along with Stretch, is preparing for judging.

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In all honesty, As soon as I was done I dropped it off so I never really laid it flat and looked at it… Probably should have done that…. And I said I wouldn’t do this again! I’ll learn eventually!

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Now that the DWR is finished, I want to work on some stress free sewing, some small things that have been peculating in my mind for a bit. You have no idea how excited I am for that!

( I pinky promise to get nice pictures and do a finish post for my lovely little DWR!)

DWR Progress

I’ve been working like crazy trying to finish up the Double Wedding Ring. For a while there I didn’t think I would finish it, but I’m confident that I will have it done for Thursday.

I finished appliqué-ing the diamonds and started right in on quilting. ( Yes, I did break in and buy a hoop!)

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I went with the cross hatching because I thought the straight lines would compliment the curves of the Rings. I’m loving how its turning out!

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I know its not right but I love the look and texture of big stitches. What do you think?

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My timeline is to have the binding done by Wednesday night. That means I’ll have to finish the outer rings like now! Better go quilt!

A Little Stressed…

…and by a little I mean waking up at 3AM freaking out about deadlines.

This week I haven’t had a ton of progress on the DWR top, but the appliqué is all done so that’s a big check off my list! Next up is the “diamonds” which are all cut out and ready to be blanket stitched on.

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I do have a nice motivator hanging by my door now. The entry tags for the quilt show at the fair came in earlier this week, and I am totally determined to fill that tag.

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Exactly one week to finish the diamonds, quilt, and bind it. No biggie….

Time to Glam It Up!

Yesterday, I was able to finish appliqué-ing my DWR onto its blue back ground (Yay for a finish!). That means its time to get some diamonds (silver metallic fabric will also work) to glam this baby up! I’ll use the freezer paper technique to make the circle, which I’ll be using the finger hole pattern from Strike Out!.

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I’m loving how its turning out! Now that I’m in the home stretch, I’m trying to find the best way to quilt it. I’m leaning towards outlining the rings then doing a crosshatch on the inside. What do you think? I would LOVE some suggestions from you guys!!

Staying on Track

Not even seven days later, I’m staying on track with my DWR with a finish!

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I finished English Paper Piecing the sections just last night. Hopefully I’ll be able to join the sections either today or tomorrow. I’m not sure how I feel able EPP. I’ll try to give it another go, but next time I wont make my own templates.

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I’m also second guessing my fabric choices. They just seem dirty to me… I’m hoping the silver and blue will brighten things up.

I sent in my preregistration for the next quilt show. Both Stretch and the DWR are registered. That means by August 22 at 8PM, it has to be completely done. This also means that I’m completely ignoring everything else I need to get done. But that’s ok; everything must stop for quilting!

DWR Progress

After about 8 hours in the car, I made a lot of progress on my DWR. I am already halfway done!

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I think its turning out really nice! Again this is my first time EPP and its going well. The basting (thread basted) was a little tricky at first, but it got easier as I went along.

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Tomorrow I’m leaving for a 6-hour road trip so hopefully I’ll finish the piecing in that time frame.

While I was away, I visited the shop where I bought my fabrics for my first quilt, so it was a nice visit. Not to mention I bought some fabric!

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I bought these fabrics to go with my DWR quilt. The blue will be the background (something blue!) and I think its the perfect blue to make everything pop! I also needed on more gold fabric to go in between the rings, so I thought that fabric would look nice, even though it is a whiter back ground.

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I’m loving my fabric pull!

I also got some fat quarters for the lesson quilt (#3). I’ll have more on that quilt later.

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I Plead Quilty…

…to starting another WIP. In the next couple days I’ll be spending a ton of time in the car as passenger so I needed a nice hand project, and as soon as I heard about the Double Wedding Ring Challenge I knew what I was gonna do. I am English Paper Piecing a DWR!!

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I am only using three fabrics, two of which are a gold metallic, and the third (which is not shown) is a silver metallic. The idea in my head is really cool so I’m hoping it’ll play out perfect!

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I have never EPP’ed before but I’m diving right in! I bought this cute little pencil case then decorated it with the uber cute circus stickers (which I bought both for a total of $2.40!) to hold my supplies. It’s cute but now the question is whether it works or not!

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In my little kit I have my 2-1/2″ squares of fabric, my templates, needles, thread, paper clips (for basting help) and post-its.

I’ll keep everyone posted on my newest WIP… I’m hoping for a finish post in a week!!!

Sample #2 Finish

*Warning: Picture Post Ahead!

Earlier this week I finally finished the Joyful Harvest placemats, meaning it was time to turn them in to the shop. In my opinion everything turned out huge!

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Like the tablerunner, the placemats had mitered corners. The placemats lined up better but I have a weird puckering that I don’t know how it got there.

Here’s a close up of all the placemats:

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I love the colors and the metallic finish (which you can’t see in the pictures.) Overall, the pattern was straightforward, easy, and accurate.

How about this lovely finish?

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It’s my very first Dahlia! I couldn’t be happier with how she turned out!