The One with the Teeny-tiny squares

I’ve been working on the rainbow mini and it’s turning out so awesome! It contains many, many, many 1 1/2 in squares, here’s some of the purple ones.

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The full reveal on this one will be in my next post. I’m going to wait until the Blogger’s Quilt Festival starts on Friday so that it can be included in the festival.
When I finished the rainbow mini, I pulled up the instructions for the next border of the Mini Medallion Quilt-along. It contained 100 1 1/2 inch squares. I have a pretty good idea on how to piece all those together. :-)
I picked these fabrics which are by Jenean Morrison – from the Wishing Well and In My Room lines.

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I did some chain piecing.

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And some more chain piecing.

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But, in the end, it all turned out gorgeous.

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Time to wait until the next border is posted.

On a different note, I received my mini from the Kitty Mini Quilt Swap from my partner Liz of Fat Chick Quilts (Instagram ID @fatchickquilts). The whole package was so wonderful. First the mini:

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Then some great goodies – like this pouch:

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And these mice – being enjoyed by Gryffin:

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My partner also enjoyed the mini I made for her. So this swap, which was my first, was incredibly successful!

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Witches and Rainbows

There was an incident with the Halloween quilt that I made for my mother last year.

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Her dogs pulled it off the back of the couch and ate off one corner of it. I was able to perform surgery and fix it but I have a feeling that she will not be putting it out this year. So, I decided to make her a Halloween wall hanging. I found this super cute Witches Hat foundation paper piecing pattern on Craftsy and knew that it would be perfect and match the rest of her decorations. I pulled a selection of purples, blacks, oranges, yellows, and greens. For the background, I decided on the bird print I used for my Birds and the Bees quilt.

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The black birds make it look a little sinister and creepy when paired with Halloween colors.
Once it was pieced and basted, I was trying to decide how to quilt it and decided that I would try out free-motion quilting on a real-life project. I figure that Mom will love it no matter how the quilting looks and she will be proud that I even tried. She knows it is one of the skills I want to learn this year. It’s a little wonky but passable.

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It looks like a small problem with my speed through the curves.

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I’ll just have to practice some more and get that hand/foot speed control more consistent. I made a scrappy binding and finished this one up.

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She’s going to love it!!

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I’m loving these small projects so much that I started another one. I downloaded a pattern that had 4 Friendship Stars and some bar blocks. I decided a rainbow would be perfect for it if I just added 3 more stars. Time to sort my scraps:

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How pretty does that all look? Just having them sorted like that makes me smile. I’m putting this together by color section starting with red. For the bar blocks I will be using all scraps by sewing them into slabs and cutting the strips I need for each section. How sunny and gorgeous is this yellow slab?

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I pulled 3 of my coveted text prints to use as a scrappy background. Hello Architextures, Word Search, and Sudoku.

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I’m only through 3 colors right now but I really like how it’s coming together.

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Fall is here!

I’m starting Fall with a quilt top finish! Yay! I was able to complete the Triple Barnstar quilt top and I love it.

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Now if I can just get a few quilts basted we might be in business. I also pieced a backing for a disappearing nine-patch quilt that I made using Sunnyside by Kate Spain. So that puts me at about 5 or 6 quilts that need to be basted so that I can quilt them. The basting is my least favorite part of this whole process so I just tend to put it off completely (unless I have some sort of deadline.)

So, I switched gears and put together the October Block for the Beyond the Block challenge for the Sugar Block Club. This one is called Peace and the challenge is to find some time to be peaceful by unplugging and enjoying life, or relaxing however you choose to relax and find peace. This may be one of my favorite blocks so far.

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Then I decided that my mom needs a Halloween wall hanging since she’s terrified that the dogs will try to eat her Halloween quilt again. I already did surgery on it once and I know she doesn’t want that to happen again. So, I don’t think she will be adding it to her decor this year. I found this super cute Witch Hat pattern on Craftsy and it was free. Just perfect!

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I shopped my stash for the fabric I would use for this block and it’s going to work out so well. I am also using this sweet little bucket to keep the pieced sections from getting lost. It’s working out great!

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My Kitty Mini Quilt is ready to head to it’s new owner and I’m so excited to send it out into the world. I used a 9″ Flowering Snowball pattern with Catnap and Chicopee fabric lines. They play so well together.

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I’ve got the goodies and just need to wrap everything and package it up. I got the cutest dog and cat wrapping paper that will work out so perfect for this swap.

Happy Fall everyone!

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Random Roundup #4

Random Project #1:
I received some awesome crafty toys in the mail this week!

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This 25 pack of webbing and key fob hardware was found at an Etsy shop called Everything Ribbons. I wanted to try and make these key rings and I felt this was a great way to get started. I grabbed some fabric (#shopyourownstash) and made one for a friend. The shop owner also included some instructions for use with ribbon.

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My friend loved it!! She calls her little one Squirrel so this fabric was just perfect. Definitely more of these in my future. They will be perfect for small work gifts and swaps and extra family gifts. They can be completely personalized and that is what makes these key fobs so great.

Random Project #2:
I found some Frozen paper piecing patterns at Fandom in Stitches that are free for personal use. I downloaded Sven, Anna, Elsa, and Olaf. You can’t have a Frozen themed anything without Olaf! So I started on him first.

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As the piecing got smaller I realized that I was having trouble seeing the lines under my 1/4″ sewing foot. Look how tiny some of these are.

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I pulled out a clear foot that I knew was in the machine storage area and started to use that to see if it would help. It helped more than I ever thought it would. It has a indent on the foot directly in front of the needle. This allowed me to make sure that I had my needle sewing in exactly the right place and I could follow the line on the pattern better than with the other foot I was using.

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I believe it has helped keep my sewing lines quite a bit straighter which makes the piecing even more precise. I believe I have found a new foot to use for foundation paper-piecing!

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Olaf is now 1/2 done and he’s just so cute!

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The question remains about whether this is fated for my Disney Quilt Swap partner or for a sweet 5 year old that I just adore.

Triple Barnstar Workshop

I had to go back to work this week so I did not get nearly the amount of sewing done that I had last week on my ‘sewcation’. I did a little more work on the Triple Barnstar Quilt. I posted this shot last week of a few of the blocks:

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I got all the blocks made and then I laid them out into the pattern, creating a even distribution of colors and patterns, and then started sewing sections together. I like to piece in sections and not necessarily rows. It helps me to match up seams a little more precisely. Eventually you do have to piece a row or two but it helps me keep everything straight in the meantime. I got the center star section pieced and it looks so cool.

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White is not a color that I normally work with especially in a solid. But it came in the kit and I going with it. I’m a bit concerned at this point as how to quilt it. With a patterned background the quilting kind of fades in but with white I just don’t know. I love quilts that have a solid white background but it is nothing I’ve used on my own quilts. Taking this large step out of my comfort zone will be good for me and help me think a different way about the quilting plan and technique.

At this point, I have 3/4 of the top done and pieced together. It’s a gorgeous pattern and these Birch Farm fabrics (by Joel Dewberry) really work well with it.

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Since I am not buying fabric, and will be shopping my own stash for any projects, I don’t have any pretties to show. But, I did pick up some swap goodies for the 3 swaps I’m currently in. I posted this super secret swap goodie on Instagram for the Disney Mini Quilt Swap and everyone was really excited about it.

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I also picked up some Needle Magnets, some sewing goodies, and some local Memphis flavor.

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I hope my partners will enjoy whichever of these goodies is coming their way!

Sewcation!

I now consider this last week my ‘sewcation.’ I had a week off from work and took the time to get a lot of sewing done! I tackled the Mini Medallion QAL , my Kitty Mini, my IG Mini Swap quilt, some swap goodies, and I started the Craftsy September Workshop quilt, which is being taught by Amy Gibson.

Mini Medallion QAL:
The third border was posted here recently. Small snowball blocks were constructed.

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Then they were added to the Medallion Center:

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By the way – I love how I accidentally, um, purposefully matched up this road:

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Kitty Mini Quilt Swap:
I quilted my kitty mini and got it bound. It is ready to send off to my partner. I had a little kitty help quilting it but the group doesn’t mind cat hair and most on Instagram wanted me to send the cat…

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I had the perfect fabric in my stash for the binding. (Right about now, my best friend is saying ‘Of course you did!’ I used to do the same thing with clothing. It drove her crazy….). Anyway, it really brings out all the colors on the quilt and I love it. All these minis are helping me practice my binding technique and I believe it is getting better.

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I also made a notepad holder for 5×8 notepads using this tutorial to send along with the quilt as one of the goodies. I cross-stitched the cat and then framed it a little wonky-like on the cover of the notepad holder.

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IG Mini Swap quilt:
I wanted to play with my new Quick Curve Ruler and pulled out some fabric from my stash that might work for this mini. I kind of made it up as I went along. Four curved pieces and some corner squares left me with an opening in the middle of the quilt. I’d been drooling over the flying geese being made by @jeliquilts on Instagram and thought that the circular geese pattern would work out perfectly. So, to Craftsy I went to purchase her Juicy Goosey pattern. It worked superbly! I’m so happy with it.

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I added one more border outside the curved area and this top is done! I’m so ahead of the game, which is normally unlike me. I tend to like the pressure of a deadline and this one doesn’t have to ship until December. It’s so cool, I may just keep it. We’ll see.

Swap Goodies:
I used some Horizon Mini Charm squares to put together some of the Koozies that Fat Quarter Shop featured recently.

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I’m not a coffee drinker but they worked well on my regular glasses as well. I have a few that sweat quite a bit and the Koozie really helped catch that liquid without becoming drenched. I will have to make a bunch more for Christmas gifts. I love that they can be completely personalized.

Craftsy September Quilting Workshop:
This is the fabric included in the Amy Gibson workshop at Craftsy:

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Birch Farm by Joel Dewberry. The second photo shows my favorites of the bunch. The kit also included a few yards of white – which is so out of my comfort zone but it will be gorgeous. I got all my cutting done and started piecing some of the blocks.

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My sewcation is almost over and I’m sad about that but I got a lot accomplished, and without any new fabric purchases, and hope I stay on this quilty productivity path that I am currently on.

Preemie Quilts

This week I had a couple packages come in. They included fabric and supplies I ordered prior to last week’s ‘Shop your Stash’ post.
Horizon by Kate Spain – this line is all my favorite colors all together. I absolutely love it!

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Architextures Blue Trees – I’ve been admiring this one for some time now and it might just make it into my #igminiswap quilt.

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The Quick Curve Ruler – another purchase that I have been contemplating that might be used for the #igminiswap quilt.

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Gigi cross-stitch pattern by Nora Corbett for Mirabilia. My mom is a Halloween lover and this small pattern will be perfect for her!

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I cannot wait to get started on all these fun and cool projects!

My guild, Memphis Area Modern Quilt Guild, is collecting preemie blankets and quilts for LeBonheur Children’s Hospital and I finished mine right on time.

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The dark one uses a charm square pack of Here, Boy! and some Riley Blake dots. The floral is Spring Fling by Me and my Sister Designs with some Riley Blake dots. These blankets turned out 24×36. I used flannel backing and no batting. I read in a post, which I don’t remember whose, that this was a good way to go so that they don’t get too heavy. I just hope that whoever receives these will love them. I bound both with dot prints that I had on hand (#shopyourownstash). The only piece of fabric that I purchased recently for these is the bird flannel backing, which is completely adorable. I didn’t have any girl themed flannel to use. All the other fabrics I already had in my stash.

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They are both just so sweet and cozy! I just love that polka dot binding on both of these.

I also got through month 9 of the Sugar Block Club and it’s really starting to come together.

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This coming week, I will be working on Border 3 of the Mini Medallion Quilt Along over at Clover and Violet and I hope to get my Kitty Mini Swap mini quilted and bound.