With a Twist.

The pattern is called With a Twist... can't remember the name of the fabrics, but they were all batiks, in a roll-up. image

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I used the scraps to make this dress for the Bean. she loves it because it has pockets, (obvi), but also because the batik is a GREAT weight for summer dresses.

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what is it about cats and quilts, btw? the cats will be sleeping in the house, but if I sneak out to take a pic on the lawn, they wake and race out to walk across/plop-on the quilt immediately....

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Finishing.

I'm trying to knock stuff off my to-do list (so that I can justify adding to it!) first up was this found quilt top...

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I used leftovers from the new Lazy Daisy Baskets line, by Darlene Zimmerman, with this cute Mother Goose panel... I like the back better than the front....

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...probably because the front has this CREEPY naked baby print. Not sure what I was thinking (actually, I'm pretty sure I was just trying to use it up)

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It's quilted with a square spiral radiating from the center, and it's bound in leftovers from the back, and even the batting was 3 pieces zig-zagged together. and it's done. so that's off the list.

Next up, using the Modify Tradition blocks I made however many years ago.

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I kept the ones with mistakes, and figured out how to piece them together (with lots of Kona white), even though blocks varied in size from 6" to 16" (intentionally)...

I quilted in the white with red perle cotton, and stitched in the ditch in the blocks with white-on-top, red-on-the-bottom, because that's what was loaded in my industrial.

 

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the Bean liked the biggest block best....

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every block has this red print that I also used for the back, (which I STILL have lots of left. trying so hard to use it up!).

The binding is a cute picnic/clambake newsprint fabric (bought yesterday from Sew Modern).

it's intended for picnics, since it's full of mistakes and is very mismatched, but I like it. as do the kiddos, so we'll use it.

so that's 2 things off my WIP list. yay! I'm off to work on the hand quilting of my windmill quilt....

Overwhelmed by WIP's Wednesday...

I had to take a blood test at the Dr this morning, and took some quilty books to look at while waiting for the hour to pass... As I did so, I reminded myself that I have several unfinished projects... I made a list... this is stuff that's already been cut/started (but just fabric/yarn purchased/saved doesn't count)

it's a little overwhelming, and on top of the fact that I failed my glucose test, (and therefore have to go back sometime soon for the 4 hour test, which is HORRIBLE), I'm feeling a little overwhelmed (or maybe just whelmed, since it means the EXACT same thing as overwhelmed. English makes no sense.).

So, I decided to start with garage-ing the fabrics I have plans for, but are as yet still yardage. to clear some space in my cutting area.

In doing so, I found a box o' blocks from the Modify Tradition QAL, however many years ago that was... I think I need to whip this out into a quilt top so I can be done with it....

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but they're all different sizes, so I have to figure that out... I have lots of Kona in Ruby, and some more of that red floral that's in every block....

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I also found this baby quilt top... not sure why it was abandoned, but it needs to be quilted and gifted to some little baby girl pronto.

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here's my list....

I'm gonna try to get some of the easier things done quickly, so I can shorten this list.

painting the roses: aqua, white, glacier, curry (piecing) C negroni shirt (sew) butterfly quilt (on red) grandmother's fan/dresden (piecing) Summer Sampler (piecing) Modify Tradition (make into top) crockett monster pants (knit) D pirate sweater (knit) afgahn (crochet) (need to find hook) hexy sweater (crochet) (NEED TO FIND) Xmas swoon Tangerine Tango (paper piecing) Windmill quilt (hand quilting 1/2 done) found baby quilt (needs back and quilting) floral embroidery quilt dad quilt (needs quilting) Postage Stamp (needs back and quilting) D raincoat (need to sew now that I have buttons)

Seat belt strap cover thingys

I don't know what these are called.... But I made 3 of them last night in well under an hour. They sell them at target (UGLY) for $11/pair. I like mine better, (and so do the kiddos) image

I just grabbed scraps out of my scrap bin for the squares, and the binding from binding scraps.... (wish I knew where that yellow dot was from. LOVE it. and only had 1 little strip of it.)

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this grey Kona coal is left over from a table runner I made last week....

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helicopter fabric matches pants they each have....

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she approved... she was the one who wanted them, so I'm glad she approves.

the straps velcro on.... I couldn't find a tutorial for them anywhere (only for the baby-car-seat/bike trailer ones, which are skinnier), but maybe because I don't know what they're called?

I can make a tute if anyone else out there wants to make them, but they're so easy and obvious that a tute might not be necessary...

C's office quilt

My poor husband often pulls all-nighters at his office, witha quick 3-am power nap.... I decided he needed a small (throw?) quilt to cuddle into when he was too exhausted to drive home.... so here it is:

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it's like 60x70 ish, maybe (I haven't measured), and made from all fabric on hand (except the green, which is Kona Avocado)

The centers are from a charm pack of Silent Cinema that I won, and couldn't figure out how to use, and the Kona Turquoise is left over from various RK projects.

I wanted to use Kona Coal for the binding, but didn't have any, so I used the last little bit of black stippled Greenfield Hill for that, making the binding the only print.

I quilted it in straight lines with the walking foot C just got me, sorta randomly following the edges of the blocks... It's got wool batting, my favorite, and I quilted it with grey thread....

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I can't think of any other pertinent details, but I love it, and hope he loves it too. I really can't wait to see it after we wash it....

Market time

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I got my postage stamp quilt top done just in time. Quilting it will have to wait till June, as I've been informed that the craze of market has begun. This week I have to paper piece a quilt top:

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Design, sew, and write the pattern for a duvet cover; make a clutch bag or 2; make a pair of ladies shorts, and a pair of reversible baby pants; design, sew, and write the pattern for a sewing machine cover; make some free-motion-quilting samples; write up the pattern for that lift-the-flap bunting quilt; sew a shop sample and write the pattern for that hobo bag I designed, and, um, maybe that's it (other than maintaining my house, homeschooling, etc).

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So here's a gratuitous beauty shot of my postage stamps. Just because. I'll post sneaky shots when I can, but y'all can expect a deluge of posts after market at the end of May!

Dr Seuss baby bunting quilt

I just realized I'd never posted about this bunting/pennant quilt, made a few weeks ago for a pregnant lady at RK.... image

Lots of different Dr Seuss fabrics, and some Kona solids....

when you lift up the Kona solids, you'll find textured fabrics underneath....

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I only photographed some of the underneaths, but there is: laminated cotton, silk, eyelet, corduroy, flannel, cuddle, satin...., and some other things, I can't remember them all...

here's the flannel back I was referring to:

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and my helpers:

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Pre-wash

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C bought me an early birthday present, a walking foot, so this was my first time using it. LOVE.

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here's the back, pieced with scraps.

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here's the oops on the back. just so I don't get a swelled head.

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here's the folded pretty sitting on the porch...

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and the original idea behind both quilts: I cut all these little triangles off as waste from the roof tops when I made this quilt, (Obvi I'm greedier than Angela, as I kept every little bit of these scraps!) and so I sewed them all together, and thought it would make a fun baby quilt, so I ran with it, and now we have 2 matching boy quilts in the house. perfect.

This one measures 50x50 (ish, i'm totally guestimating) and will be for the baby, NOT D.

also for the baby:

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these soon-to-be pants. hopefully done by the end of the week.

 

Weekend prep...

I'm super excited (and grateful) to get to go away for a sewing weekend with some friends (and some hopefully-soon-to-be-friends that I've never met)... I have lots of plans of what I'm going to work on, so to make things go more smoothly (and make sure I bring the right supplies/amounts), I've been pre-cutting here, and sewing up sample blocks...

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I really want to use the Greenfield Hill fabric, and am thinking of making a postage stamp quilt with it....

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this one will actually be sewn with solids, but I wanted to check my triangle math with scraps before I cut into the yardage...

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and the grey/green will be using up a charm pack of Silent Cinema....

of COURSE, I also have 2 other quilts to piece, and 1 to baste/quilt, and a knitting project, so wish me luck!!!!

 

Baby boy quilt-in-progress, take 2

First, she sorted...

(Well, first I sewed, THEN she sorted)

Then we played.

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This one is much smaller, probably 45x55, so it'll actually be for the baby. But it's the same fabric line as D's quilt, so they'll coordinate. Cause clearly my house is all about coordination (not!) C just ordered me an early birthday present, a walking foot, so I think this quilt will be my test drive, when it arrives...

Finished quilt...

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I pieced the back with the leftover big pieces....

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It's not super noticeable, because I switched thread color A LOT, but each block is FMQ'ed differently... sort of a practice sampler for me...

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the different quilting is most noticeable from the back, but I think I like it....

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It definitely works on D's bed....

 

 

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even the kitties approve!

A little boy quilt

image I always have lots of scraps (sometimes lots of actual yardage) leftover after I make a quilt top for Robert Kaufman, so I decided to use some of the smaller scraps to make a quilt for the boy I am gestating right now...

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here's the view looking down right now....

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the Bean "helped" me whip this one out...

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of course, as I worked on it, it grew bigger and bigger, so now that it's done (post soon), it's on D's bed, and a new one is in progress for the baby....

Beach School Sewing, finale.

image a set of pencil bags for all the kids in one family (1 boy, 2 girls, all coordinating so they can't fight over them!)

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beachy pot-holders

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vintage-y potholders

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and then just a little playing around... I was thinking of making a little bag for my new phone, but it might need to be turned into a hot-pad or something.  I really like looking at this fabric...