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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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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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.

The One with the Giant Chucks

The gift has been given so the post can be written! I was so excited when I came across this sneaker block from Kristy @ Quiet Play, which was inspired by a request from the ever-sparkly Molli Sparkles.

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I knew this was the perfect pattern for one of my besties for her birthday. I made it in San Francisco Giants colors as that is her favorite baseball team. The orange and black also represent Halloween, which is her favorite holiday. The colors would be just right for her! Black with white dots for the shoe, black spiders for the tongues, and orange crosshatch for the laces was how I was going to go. I found this baseball fabric that would work so incredibly well for the background.

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You really cannot tell they are baseballs until you look really close. I downloaded a free logo and printed it on fabric sheets and then appliquéd it on in the negative space. I adore how this turned out and now I need one for myself. It’s the perfect size for the wall in their Giants themed guest room. She loves it!

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My mini for the Kitty Mini Quilt Swap is coming along wonderfully! I decided on a Flowering Snowball block in a 3×3 pattern. That came out a little too big, and I had already cut out all the pieces, so I opted for 1/2 blocks around 2 sides.

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I like it. Now I need to decide on a backing design.
I’m also putting together a small pouch as one of the goodies. I wanted to add some cross-stitch into the mix and came across this sweet cat.

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The fabric pull for the pouch includes some Essex Linen in Olive which will make up most of the pouch and some other colors, including cerise, orange, and dark teal, will be supporting players around the cat. This swap isn’t due until the beginning of October so I’m a little ahead of the game and pleased with progress so far.
This week’s stash additions include this Rainy Day bundle from Connecting Threads. I just love the green Wellies!

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These next two were acquired when I bought the Catnap bundle from Hawthorne Threads. They are Pin Spin by Michael Miller Fabrics and Modernology by Art Gallery Fabrics. Both were in the clearance section at a great deal.

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These mini quilts are a little addictive! I must get back to my machine.

Swap-a-Rama

I mentioned in my last post that I entered my first swap: the Kitty Mini Quilt Swap. I have picked out my fabrics, which is a mix of Catnap and Chickopee. I polled some of the #kittyminiquiltswap mates about pattern selection and then went with a design not on the poll. I chose the Flowering Snowball block, made the templates, and started sewing.

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I went with 9 inch blocks in a 3 by 3 pattern. That makes the mini too big. I had already cut all the fabric pieces so I decided to just do half blocks for some of them to make it a 24″ square. It’s turning out so cute.

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I have until October to get everything together. After sewing I get to shop for some local goodies to ship to my partner with the mini. I’m already having so much fun participating.
The Instagram Mini Quilt Swap popped up and I told myself I wasn’t going to do it since I was already doing one. But then all these awesome quilters started joining up and I caved. The ship date isn’t until December so that gives me plenty of time and shouldn’t interfere with anything I have going on. This swap is international and could have up to 500 people signed up. The kitty one was limited to 60. So the Instagram Mini Quilt Swap is going to be epic! Entries are open until August 23rd so if you are interested in participating click the link above. I cannot wait to get my assigned partner’s info so I can start planning their mini.

Happy Mail came this week from the Intrepid Thread courtesy of Julie’s big clearance sale. I’ve been eying these for a while now.

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Stitch in a Square and Domino Dots.

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I passed them up when I was in the shop in April and have been dying to get some. The colors are all just gorgeous! I love that teal grouping of Stitch in a Square. Those bundles were not on clearance but these lovelies were:

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That’s Just my Type, Fun and Games by Riley Blake, and Bespoken by Art Gallery. I love the purples and olives swirled together.
Maybe some of these newbies will be included on the mini for my new swap partner. If you have not joined a swap you should. It is so much fun.

How Lori got her Groove back

I’ve been in a sewing slump for about a month. I would periodically sew but it was small and quick. The projects I began earlier in the year have been hanging out on my design wall getting lonely. Poor, neglected Wavelength quilt. I miss you.

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I created a foundation paper-pieced design and have yet to write up the pattern so I can share it all with you.

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So, how do you get your sewing mojo back? Mine came back full-force this week. The catalyst: project deadlines. You see – the Wavelength quilt and my Cropduster design are for me. There are no deadlines on projects for my home or to enhance the beauty of my space.
However, there are deadlines for a project for my quilt guild. We are making preemie quilts for the NICU at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital and they are due at our next meeting early in September.
I received some Charm Pack happy mail this week and knew the Here Boy! charm pack was the way to go for one of the preemie quilts.

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It has bones, bouncing balls, and bright primary colors. It’s perfect for this project. I made the quilt 27×40 so I may have to trim it down a little if I want it to be 1/2 crib size. I used 9-patch blocks so the fabrics would be the focus.

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I backed it with flannel and did not use any batting. I stumbled upon a blog post written by the mother of a preemie and she uses that combination for quilts that she and her daughter make for donations. It doesn’t match the front at all but it is so cute!

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I’m going to wait to bind it until I decide on the proper finished size.
All of my block of the month blocks came out last week so I have a few more blocks to work on. I’m also working on some other random projects. I signed up for the Kitty Mini Quilt Swap. I figured it would be a good challenge and it sounded like a lot of fun.
The minis need to have cat shapes or cat fabric in them. I immediately got online and bought some fabric. Of course I needed to do that. This is a speciality swap. 🙂

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Every cat themed quilt this year must have Catnap in it somewhere and the other bundle is Here Kitty Kitty. Hawthorne Threads had each of these bundles at a great price.
This mouse print is my favorite of the Catnap line.

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I’ve already got a plan to get the Nested Churn Dash Block.

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But, that may change if I want to focus on the fabric more. The deadline for this is the end of September so I need to make a decision soon.
I’m so happy to be back at my sewing machine and actually feeling productive when I’m there. Lots of projects coming up in the next month or two. I’m excited!