Triple Zip Completed

Remember all those swap commitments that I posted about a few posts back?  I am officially down to just one left to make!

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I finished these little pretties yesterday.  Only one is needed for the swap, but I find it only adds a little bit of time to make 2 instead of one.   The Triple Zip Flickr group seems to prefer the longer flying geese pouch so that is most likely the one that I will be sending off next week.  I would love to keep the other one.  Aren’t those bikes cute?  But, she is destined for another package.

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I have also finished my social tote for The Sewing Room swap.  Pay no attention to the clover clips.  The binding is now sewn down and the small item is made and all the goodies are packed up and ready to ship.  I will share more pics once my secret partner receives it.

So now I’m down to just one last swap, The Secret Tote Swap.  This is Round 3 and for the first 2 rounds I made the Super Tote by Noodlehead.   Any guesses what I’ll be making this time??  You guessed it, the super tote to the rescue again.  This time it seems to be what my partner would like and I aim to please.  It’s a fun make and there are ways to get creative with it so I plan to have some fun this weekend!  Speaking of Noodlehead, have you seen her latest pattern, the Roadtrip Case.  This is going on my wish list for sure.  Before that though I am hoping to try my hand at the Weekender by Amy Butler.  I have my pattern and I’m hoping to start one I finish the Super tote.

Thanks for reading!

Mara

Bee Block and A Winner

If you are a quilter on IG then you have probably already heard of the #moderninstabee2014  It’s an Instagram bee based on the book Modern Bee by Lindsay Conner and it has taken off like crazy.  The last I heard I believe there were 12 hives started.  The book itself is a fun and informative one.  And since this will be my first bee it was helpful to have the book to help guide me through the process.

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And there you have it.  My very first bee block finished and ready to mail.  I love the colors that our February host has chosen.  I’m thinking I may need to play with these colors some more before I put this fabric back on the shelf.

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The winner of the heart mug rug is #27 Pam S. who wrote:

The quilt and the mug rugs are beautiful! I love the tiny squares and the combination of prints in the mug rug! Thanks for sharing!

I just sent you an email Pam.  Hopefully the temps will go above 10 degrees tomorrow and I’ll be able to make it to the post office and get this delivered by Friday.

Thanks for reading,

Mara

A Valentine Giveaway

So there I was, all sorts of swap projects in various stages of completion and a list that never ends of quilts that I want to make and about 7 quilts that are “almost done”.  So, of course, I thought now would be a good time to make a Valentine quilt.

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I didn’t have a pattern and didn’t really need one.  I used mostly scraps  that I cut at 3.5″ square for the whole squares and 4.5″ for those that I turned into half square triangles.  I had to “make” more low volume scraps from my stash in order to have enough.  I’ve noticed I go through a lot of low volume.  I tend to reach for low volume scraps before I go for my white yardage.  I like the scappy look to it.

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It’s hard to see the pattern on the backing but it’s white with a ton of red hearts in a scribble all over the back.  It was from last years after Valentine’s Day 75% off sale at Joann’s.  It had a nice feel to it so it and I had just enough to use for the backing.

I didn’t really do any calculating prior to making this quilt.  I just cut a “bunch” (that’s somewhere between a few and a lot) of blocks and started piecing.  I ended up with a finished size of 48″ x 38″.  It fits nicely over the back of my couch and it is a perfect little lap quilt. Because I didn’t do any planning, I ended up with several extra blocks.  I cut those blocks into smaller blocks, 1.5″ and made a couple mini heart mug rugs.  Aren’t they cute?

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I have plans for one of these mug rugs, but the other needs a good home.  My goal for the blog was to do one giveaway a month and so far I am right on track.  If you would like to have one of these mug rugs for your very own leave me a comment.  I will pick a random winner on Monday 2/10 and hopefully be able to get it in the mail and delivered by Valentines Day 🙂

Thanks for reading,

Mara

ALYOF February Goal

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Please excuse the poor quality photo.  My design wall is in my basement (along with the rest of my sewing area) and the lighting is not all that great.  Poor lighting or not, this is my February goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes.  These are my blocks from the Virtual Quilting Bee  that Amy Smart hosted last year on her blog Diary of a Quilter.  I had a great time making these blocks every other week.  I really don’t know why I stopped when it came time to add the sashing and put it all together.  It’s been taking up space in a WIP box long enough and it’s time to add the sashing and get this top completed.  It would be awesome if I could also baste and quilt it too, but that might be pushing it for February, especially with all my swap commitments.  So, my goal for February is to finish piecing this top.

My mom also participated in this Virtual Quilting Bee and managed to get her quilt completed months ago.  Hmmmm, I guess my procrastination isn’t hereditary.

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She did a beautiful job!

Thanks for reading!

Mara

Fabriholics Anonymous – January Check In

So far so good, but it hasn’t been easy.  I was doing really great up until last week.  I was staying busy working on projects that I already had fabric for.  I also signed up for several swaps.  I was pretty sure I would have what I needed  for the swaps and I figured that would keep me busy and out of trouble.  Then last week I got an unexpected order for a QAYG tote and the customer requested music notes on a portion of it.  I looked everywhere, but there wasn’t a music note to be found in my stash.  So off to my LQS I go.  Now, I did make it an exception that I could buy as needed for swaps or commissioned items.  And I did only get a quarter yard of the fabric that I needed.  So I didn’t break any rules.  But I sure took a long walk through temptation isle.  The hardest part was walking away from Catnap.  I love my LQS, but they aren’t the quickest to get new lines in usually.  I was very surprised to see Catnap on their shelves already.  At one point I had 4 bolts in my arms and I was heading to the cutting table, but I talked myself down from it.  I think the only thing that saved me was that they didn’t have a good sale going, that would have pushed me over the edge.

I decided that 6 (or rather 5 now) months from now I would like a before and after photo so that I can see the impact that this fabric fast has had on my stash.  So here are my before photos that I took the first week of January.

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Yardage – The top shelf is charm packs and other precuts and bundles. Everything else is yardage that I can hopefully use for backings.

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1/2 yard or fat quarters organized by color.

I consider this to be a successful month for me and I hope it was for you as well.

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ALYOF – January Finish

I can’t believe it’s already the last week of January.  Which means it’s time to post about my January goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes.  My goal was to completely finish my Riley Blake Challenge quilt.

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Done!  It’s been mostly done for the last 2 weeks.  I was just really dragging my feet on sewing the binding down.  I normally do all my binding by machine.  When I first started quilting I didn’t care very much for hand sewing and I found this great tutorial on machine binding.  The more you use this technique the cleaner it looks and I’ve gotten pretty good at it.  For some reason though I wanted to try hand sewing the binding down on this quilt and I guess I was waiting for a “hand sewing mood” to make that happen.  Well, that finally happened and I got her finished last Friday.  I do like the invisible look of the hand sewing, but I feel as though it isn’t nearly as secure as it would be if I had used the machine binding technique.  Maybe that would change if I had more practice and time to improve my hand sewing technique.

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