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Sew Crazy Sewing Retreat – Results

Even though I got there late (had to work Friday), I managed to get quite a bit done this weekend at the Sew Crazy Sewing Retreat.

I put together the 36 16-inch blocks that’ll become a king size quilt for our bed. They are not sewn into rows yet,  and this isn’t the final layout.  I just laid it out on the floor to show my hubby how the blocks turned out.  This patten is from one of the Turning Twenty books,  the Superman/Superwoman pattern:

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I also put together a 2nd Blind Tiles quilt.  It still needs borders,  but the top is done other than that:

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It’s amazing how different fabrics can change how a pattern looks.  The above the same pattern and layout as my greens and pinks Blind Tiles quilt in the next picture.  Looks a lot different doesn’t it?:

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I also made two sewing retreat pillow cases :

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The final project I worked on is another design I’m working the details out on.  It’s fairly simple but has lots of pieces.  I’m using (so far) two jelly rolls to make this one:

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It was a blast this weekend! We had laughter,  singing,  teasing, some tears, lots of fun,  and the “occasional” cuss word.

I’d tell you more but,  what happens at sewing retreat,  stays at sewing retreat! 

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Coffee and Wine – Delivered

Finally finished Friday,  mailed out Monday,  and arrived at its destination this afternoon.  Coffee,  wine, fruit, and more!

No,  not a gift basket,  although it sounds like it, doesn’t it?

Early December my hubby and I were talking and he asked if I would be able to make his mom a quilt for christmas.  I said yes,  as long as we can deliver it in January,  as I knew most long arm quilters were already booked for the holiday season.

He chose the theme,  coffee and wine,  and I went fabric shopping (one of the only types of shopping I like).

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These are some of the coffee fabrics,  cut into 4.5 inch squares.

Since i knew it would be too busy with just all the prints,  I decided to add in some shadow plays. Played around with the layout a bit and decided to make 4-patch squares.

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Once all the squares were made,  then came  the fun of figuring out the final layout.  Then borders. The quilt ended up being 73″x73″ when all said and done.

Finished quilt looks like this:

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And,  she loves it!  I’m glad it made it down safely.

Recent Finishes

In the past week,  I’ve finished two quilt tops and a wall hanging,  plus some coasters.

Isn’t it funny how some weeks it feels like we accomplish nothing and others we get a lot done?

I finished the quilt top using my batik and stone chip blocks (finally found the name of the block,  it is called Broken Dishes).

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Pixie fell in love with this quilt.  So i decided to call it Pixie’s Boxes.
See how much she loves it:

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How could I name it anything else?

I also made a Christmas wall hanging.  There is a pattern on the McCall’s website for an almost identical one, Tiny Tannenbaum.  I made mine after  looking at a picture of one someone else did. My rows are put together differently but the end result is similar.  I also added a “hardwood” floor.

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Of course,  I couldn’t stop there.  I had to quilt and bind it.  I used one of my favorite winter fabrics for the binding (not sure why it is one of my favs, but it is). The quilting was an outline around the tree and then I played a little with doing some designs.

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What tree would be complete without bling?

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I found the Christmas lights at Joanns. I originally had 50 of them on the tree,  but Pixie decided she didn’t like the placement of 3 of them and she ripped them off. (My fault for leaving it upside down on the coffee table.  It tempted her and she had to knock it to the floor and flip it over to see what was on the other side).

The quilt top I finished last night can’t be shared yet.  It is a Christmas gift for someone.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out though.

The coasters are called criss-cross coasters. Very easy to make and very cute!

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I have an idea tumbling around in my brain for a different coaster design.  Hopefully tonight I can see if what I picture in my head can be recreated in fabric. I will let you know how it goes!

Do you have any recent Finishes?  If you are making gifts,  are you going to be done in time?

1 Row Down, 5 to Go

I started putting my batik and stone chips blocks together into rows tonight.  Yay! That only took… nevermind,  we won’t go into time that’s passed! 

Here are the blocks:

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And Ta-da! Row 1 is assembled!

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2 inch black sashing between each block.  Each row will also have 2 inch black sashing between them.

I haven’t decided on borders yet,  other than there will be at least a 2 inch frame border in black around the rows.  I may stop at that and have the binding pull in some multi-color. We shall see.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving day.

Blind Tiles Quilt – Quilted and Bound

Friday the quilter,  Sandy, called and let me know she was done with the quilting on my “pretty little lap blanket”. I met her up at Sew Crazy to pick it up. 

I trimmed it and started the binding the same night.  I really wanted to get this one done!  I finished it up on Sunday in the early afternoon. 

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Miss Penny had to inspect it for me first. 

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Then immediately after, it went to the next quality inspection,  Miss Pixie.

They both approved!

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Sandy did old fashioned roses and hearts in the quilting.  I love it!  She read my mind. 
When I had sent it to her,  all I said was that I was thinking floral,  maybe roses.  She has a wonderful sense for picking out thread colors and designs. So I want worried about having to give a lot of details for the quilting. 

Finished size is 66″x66″.

Yesterday we (mostly my mom) picked out the fabrics to make another Blind Tile quilt so I can work out the details for the patterns. 

Speaking of patterns,  the Braided Chain placemat and table runner pattern is almost finished.  My testers had great suggestions,  and i just need to finish shrinking the photos to put them into place. 
I hope to have it available soon!