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    Pretty Little Lost Projects

    Sooo, I’m so excited to say that I won a fat quarter bundle of A Walk In the Woods courtesy of Happy Quilting Melissa (who has an adorable baby, among other amazing quilting talents) and the Fat Quarter Shop. Excited? Delirious? I don’t normally win things. This was basically better than that kabillion dollar lottery prize everyone is fussing about. I have a whole list of quilting goals which are written on a whiteboard above my desk. HOWEVER, when this fabric arrived in the mail, what choice did I have but to cut straight into it, to prove that it was real, and really mine? I have been wanting to make a…

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    Rearranging Triangles

    I love that stage in working with Half-Square Triangles (HST’s in quilt language) where you can totally change your design and make all kinds of crazy patterns. Like diamonds! Or some kind of flying geese/chevron hybrid! Or maybe a more centered diamond. Yesss…. I wanted these to look like stained glass, or more quiltily – like when you hold an unfinished quilt top up to the light and you can see all the seams. I love the way that looks, and am trying to replicate it. The problem with these lovely triangles is that it makes me want to make ALL THE QUILTS! Too many options can be a bit…

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    I Need a Seam Ripper Theme Song

    I have been going out on a limb a little, using batiks for the first time. I love it when other people use batiks, but it’s not very natural for me. I have been really unsatisfied with how it’s looking, and I can’t decide if it’s because I don’t like the colors or I don’t like that it’s not what I’m comfortable with. After much fussing (and more grumping) I’m taking a seam ripper to about half my colors and giving them the boot.  And then I guess since I turned this queen sized quilt into a lap quilt, I’m going back to the store. Blergh! On the bright side,…

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    Geometric Patchwork Quilt Finished!

    I made this quilt just for fun, it is all from my stash . I might enter it into some quilty exhibits, because it’s nice and neat and I didn’t mess hardly anything up on it! I also might sell it, or give it away, because lord knows I do not need another quilt in my house.  I wrote about it here previously, and got the idea/tutorial from here! I’m linking it up to Manic Monday, and Sew Modern Monday, because I love these places where bloggers share all their projects! The front – it has a pretty healthy border on it. I wanted it to be a full size, but ran out of…

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    How Much Money Do You Make Crafting?

    Because I’m a little behind the times, I have been going through my expenses/earnings in the crafting sector for the last year.  Hahaha. That sounds so fancy.  Basically I made a spreadsheet where I input all my expenses on anything craft related (including taking classes and attending conferences) and all my income. It took about an hour and was very eye-opening. The short take-away is what I already kinda knew – if I focus on only buying WHAT I NEED and not things-that-are-awesome-that-I-might-use-in-the-next-5-years then I can cover my crafting obsession expenses AND make a week’s salary every six months. Which isn’t the most sustainable career, ha!, but, as Matt says,…

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    Midwest Landscapes Quilt

    This quilt was somewhat inspired by Gee’s Bend quilting, and African American quilt styles in general, but it was also inspired by the large quantities of vintage blue and green scraps I had. I have made a seriesof quilts and some bunting from these scraps and am happy to be finishing up what is probably, (hopefully?), my last project with them (though I do love them, it’s time to move on). I wrote about this quilt here as well. I used corduroy for the borders which is HEAVY and tugging this twin-sized beast around through my machine has given me super awesome arm muscles. OK, not really, but it did flare…

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    Veggie Star Quilt Almost Victory!

    This quilt is brought to you by Netflix. I’ll admit it, some Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which I never watched when it was on the air, but now am pretty much enjoying. I can’t get over their clothes, which are EXACTLY what I wore in high school, and the music is EXACTLY what I listened to. I thought I was being cool and alternative at the time, but apparently I was the target demographic of Buffy. Anyway, it is somewhat gratifying, because I wore the most horrible outfits in high school, and it all makes sense now. ANYWAY, my veggie star quilt, which has been progressing on this blog here…

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    Quilt Party!

    I have been busy as a bee with my quilts lately. I have three full-size quilt tops that are all pressed and needing to be basted so I can quilt them.  I usually don’t mind the basting process, but it’s too mucky and cold out to baste on the deck, and these are all too big for my bedroom basting system, which means that basting will involve some micro-level scrubbing of the kitchen floor. Because sometimes quilting involves scrubbing the kitchen floor. Does anyone want a tutorial or pictures showing this quilting process? It also involves a lot of this, my old frenemy, the piles of threads and scrips and…

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    Quilts to Finish!

    1. Organic Windmill Quilt, 2. Veggie Star Quilt, 3. Layout Options Scrappy Improv Log Cabin-ish , 4. World Map Quilt To the best of my knowledge, these are my four quilt tops that are currently in progress. They’re all in different stages, the Windmill needs pieced, the Veggie Star quilt needs a some backing fabric that I don’t hate, then basted and quilted, the Scrappy Improv quilt needs divine inspiration re: an interesting layout, then pieced, then basted, then quilted, and the World Map Quilt needs a lobotomy, better colors, then pieced, then basted then quilted. But, I should surely have time to whip them all into shape before March…

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    Vegetable Star Quilt

    I was fussy cutting up some veggie fabric from Ikea and all of a sudden (ok, hours upon hours later) I had this ginormous star quilt. It is with my favorite scrappy blues and greens, which have shown up in crazy improv form and appeared as some pretty mountains.  I have enough left for another quilt or a back, but I’m going to try and give it a rest for now. It went from this layout (which I was stuck on for a while): To this – all sewn up ! I put a few of the blocks on a tilt because it was SO BORING with them all in neat and…