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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Crazy weeks, but you can share your projects!

(Random picture from the past) :)

In the past couple of weeks I have been crazy busy at work and I didn't have the energy to do much sewing.
I did few things but I didn't even find the strength to take picture to document them :)

Oh, well, I have been sewing a little so that's good!
Let's hope to get back to making and sharing soon!

In the meantime, you can share what you have been up to, I will love to see!!!




Saturday, June 11, 2016

A Splendid week (and a link party)

This was one of my most productive week ever!!!

The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Play with Me QAL - June released!
  2. WGACA projects (changed projects)
    1. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - no progress
    2. SECRET quilt for exhibit - (FDJ) - no progress
    3. Minion QAL - half block done (hope to have it done soon)
    4. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
    5. Hello Block Swap - one block received and one block done (see below)
    6. American Quilt (previous known as Americana QAL) - shipped to the quilter!
    7. Splendid Sampler - TEN blocks done (see below)
    8. Challenge quilt - idea abandoned
    9. Road Home Row-A-Long - sent out pattern, no progress on finishing my piece
    The EverythingElse List:
    1. 70273 Project - no progress
    2. Jane T - no progress
    3. The SK project - one block done and several more designed!
    4. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
    5. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
    6. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
    7. As You Wish -  no progress
    8. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
    9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
    10. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
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    The new board block was released last Monday: Ludo (done with traditional piecing). So fun, fast and easy!

    Find all the details at alidatweloqdesigns.blogspot.com

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    This week has been a SPLENDID week: I made 10 blocks for my Selvage Splendid Sampler:




    Once I get my selvages out, these blocks are so easy and fast! I am still quite behind, but I prefer to make these blocks in big batches instead of one every three days!!

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    I completed the block for my second partner for June for the Hello Block Swap.
    A little house in a block, white and black fabric. Busy but cute I think!

    And this is the one that she made for me (she mailed it earlier, so nice of her!!)
    Block that I received from Cathryn

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    Finally I went back to my Stephen King project. I have been designing embroidery blocks to have them with me for a upcoming working related trip: being away from my sewing machine will be hard, but having hand sewing projects will be great!

    I also completed one of the book covers. I decided to use reverse applique, and on a such a small piece it didn't turn out so wonderful. The effect is fine, but I don't think I will ever use this approach on a tiny piece like this.
    7.5''x5''
    The Long Walk, book cover
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    How about you? What are YOU up to?
    Link it here and share it with me!!

    Saturday, June 4, 2016

    Minion invasion (and a link party)

    This was one of my most productive week ever!!!

    The Ongoing Project List:
    1. Play with Me QAL - June ready to be shared!
    2. WGACA projects (changed projects)
      1. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - no progress
      2. SECRET quilt for exhibit - (FDJ) - no progress
      3. Minion QAL - THREE Minions done (see below)
    3. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
    4. Hello Block Swap - two blocks for June done! (see below)
    5. American Quilt (previous known as Americana QAL) - shipped to the quilter!
    6. Splendid Sampler - no progress (but I did something with a pattern from there, see below)
    7. Challenge quilt - idea abandoned
    8. Road Home Row-A-Long - sent out pattern, no progress on finishing my piece
    The EverythingElse List:
    1. 70273 Project - two more blocks done (see below)
    2. Jane T - no progress
    3. The SK project - no progress
    4. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
    5. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
    6. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
    7. As You Wish -  no progress
    8. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
    9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
    10. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
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    You may remember from last week... I have a new obsession: hot dog pillow cases! I made 3 more!

    3 new hot dog pillow cases: tutorial by Jennifer @ sewhooked

    The two on the left will be sent out as a gift with the pouch below.
    The one on the right is for my boyfriend because he said he loved that circuit/binary fabric... and of course I didn't have enough to complete the pillow case... and it's out of print, nowhere to be found :( :( :( oh, well... I think that the piecing worked.

    Now who is the only one without a nice pillow case? Me of course!!
    I need to measure my giant pillow and make one for myself!!
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    I made this scrappy zipper pouch for a friend.
    It is pretty big, I am not super pleased by the lining, but I think it will be loved and used! :)

    Heart block and zipper pouch pattern available at www.thesplendidsampler.com
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    Then I made this block from "My Favorite Things" (by Jennifer)
    Fast and easy pattern to get me back into paper piecing mode...
    And thanks to that I also made a couple of more XX blocks for the 70273 Project.
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    Then I saw the Minion Design Invitation... so here are my blocks!



    The Evil Minion was made of the wrong size... fixed in the pattern but for my block I just added a border... and some fuzzy yarn to make the hair, because it's fun!!
    The Royal Minion is just simple embroidery and it was super fast to make!!

    The patterns will be available at the end of June 2016 from Fandom In Stitches.

    And after completing my two blocks, I went back and complete this other Minion


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    And the last thing I made are two blocks for one of my June partners for the Hello Block Swap.
    I couldn't really decide on a color scheme and the block is so simple... so I made two :)



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    How about you? What are YOU up to?
    Link it here and share it with me!!

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    Opposites Attract: Sol Mates


    Sol Mates, by Alida
    Dimensions: 40'' x 14'' (each)
    Inspired by the work of Sol Lewitt

    Marian (seamstobesew) is hosting a fun blog hop and I decided to join with my recent piece "Sol Mates"!

    I made this piece for a recent blog hop I myself run on this blog (Art with Fabric) and it is a piece completely outside my comfort zone!

    Let me tell you more about Sol LeWitt.

    LeWitt is regarded as a founder of both Minimal and Conceptual art. His prolific two and three-dimensional work ranges from wall drawings (over 1200 of which have been executed) to hundreds of works on paper extending to structures in the form of towers, pyramids, geometric forms, and progressions. More on LeWitt, links at stories can be found on this Wiki page.

    You HAVE to watch the amazing timelapse video of the artists painting "Sol LeWitt at the Met - Wall Drawing #370, Installation: Days 15-17" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OJ36NbGU2c.

    If you want to hear more about his approach to art and how amazing artists put together his conceptual work (which is the text instructions on how the piece should look like) listen to the stories in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tpi5OBv6ZMU.

    "The artist and the draftsman become collaborators in making the art" -Sol LeWitt.

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    Now about me :)

    If you ask me what kind of art/paitings I do NOT like I would say something modern, simple, minimalist... something with few colors...
    If you ask me what kind of fabric I absolutely do NOT like to work with I would say solids... and white in general...

    That's why I was super surprised when I first looked at one of LeWitt wall drawings (the X) and I instinctively thought "I NEED to make that into a quilt" :)
    That's what I LOVE about art... sometimes a piece moves you so strongly and so deeply that it goes against all the "rational" likes/dislikes that you have always had.

    So while I knew that I wanted to reproduce the X painting, I also knew that I had to put my spins to it.
    First of all I decided to make just half of it, and then I decided to add a pop of color (purple).
    I made that half and then I start starring at it and I kept thinking "I really like it, but something is missing".
    Of course the other half was missing :) and that's when I decided to make the other half and the name "Sol Mates" came in the picture. Because the first half represents me (my favorite color is purple) and the other half represent my significant other (his favorite color is blue).
    And if you look closely the finished piece you would notice that it is covered in cat hair :) so here you have it, the entire family in one quilted piece of art :)

    The two halves are complementary in the quilting (quilted in opposite sections) and the quilting is not perfect... because we are not perfect...

    Detail on the quilting.
    The two halves are quilted in complementary ways: straight quilting on the white sections of the X (and black sections on the background) for the blue half, quilting on the black sections X (and white sections on the background) for the purple half.


    Thanks for stopping by and feel free to help yourself in the following giveaway offered by Marian (seamstobesew)!!! :)
    Go and check out the other participants of the hop from Marian's blog!!!

    June 1 
    Tweety Loves Quilting (me)

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Saturday, May 28, 2016

    A new obsession: pillow cases (and a link party)

    Back in productive mode, with a new obsession...

    The Ongoing Project List:
    1. Play with Me QAL - June block ready and QAYG assembly started!
    2. WGACA projects (changed projects)
      1. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - three pillow cases done (+ 4 labels) (see below)!!
      2. SECRET quilt for exhibit - (FDJ) 2 more blocks done (cannot share)
      3. Minion QAL - Girl Minion done (see below)
    3. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
    4. Hello Block Swap - received May blocks! (see below)
    5. American Quilt (previous known as Americana QAL) - shipped to the quilter!
    6. Splendid Sampler - no progress
    7. Challenge quilt - I change the challenge I will probably join... but still considering
    8. Road Home Row-A-Long - no progress
    The EverythingElse List:
    1. 70273 Project - heard back... will make few more blocks
    2. Jane T - no progress
    3. The SK project - no progress
    4. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
    5. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
    6. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
    7. As You Wish -  no progress
    8. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
    9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
    10. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
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    I am working on charity quilts to help the kids in the DC General Homeless Shelter. 
    I decided to make a matching pillow case for each quilt.
    3 new hot dog pillow cases: tutorial by Jennifer @ sewhooked

    The tutorial is sooooooooo easy and fast... that I couldn't stop to one pillow case per quilt... I am making some extras because they are so fun!
    I have seen this tutorial and pillow cases a lot, but I've always thought: "well, it's just a pillow case, I have pillow cases so I don't need more"... well... I realized that store bought pillow cases are just boring and now I want to turn my entire stash into pillowcases for me!! :) :) I won't do it, but expect to see some fun Tula and other colorful pillow cases for me here in the next future! :) :)

    I also embroidered four labels so that they are ready to be added to the quilts after quilting!! :)

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    The other only thing I can share is another Minion

    I also designed my final quilt. I will have some alternative blocks and a different overall design... stay tuned for more.


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    And finally I received the two blocks from my Hello Block Swap partners (Amy and Audrey).
    Aren't they amazing?!?!?
    My dresden and log cabin patterns available on this page

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    How about you? What are YOU up to?
    Link it here and share it with me!!

    Saturday, May 21, 2016

    Uninspired but moving on (and a link party)

    I kind of lost my sewing mojo this week... but I try to keep going because it will come back eventually!

    The Ongoing Project List:
    1. Play with Me QAL - June block pattern almost ready!
    2. WGACA projects (changed projects)
      1. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - one quilt done (see below)!!
      2. SECRET quilt for exhibit - (FDJ) maybe will drop this
      3. Minion QAL - Vampire Minion (Minion block) one block done (see below)
    3. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
    4. Hello Block Swap - waiting for June
    5. American Quilt (previous known as Americana QAL) - shipped to the quilter!
    6. Splendid Sampler - no progress
    7. Challenge quilt - I change the challenge I will probably join... but still considering
    8. Road Home Row-A-Long - no progress
    The EverythingElse List:
    1. 70273 Project - waiting to hear about the blocks sent before making more
    2. Jane T - no progress
    3. The SK project - no progress
    4. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
    5. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
    6. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
    7. As You Wish -  no progress
    8. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
    9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
    10. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
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    I am working on charity quilts to help the kids in the DC General Homeless Shelter. 
    I finally convinced myself to sit and do some FMQ on this quilt!

    Dimensions: 60'' x 40''

    I just decided to do some medium meander, some weird flowery things in the center and then I tried to do something different on the stars... that part is not great :) but I finally fully understand why I don't like quilting!
    1. I love working with busy fabric... and that means that the quilting is hardly visible so I struggle a lot understanding what I am doing and at the end the quilting is not much visible anyway so why bother to struggle? :)
    2. I don't like the continuos sound of the sewing machine! I love to piece, but I like the short burst of sewing followed by the silence of cutting that paper piecing requires. I don't even like chain piecing! My brain just goes into anxiety mode if I hear that sound for more than 15 seconds apparently :) 

    Well, I guess I will have to find ways to enjoy it anyway and I think that using the walking foot (and stopping a lot) or doing all over meander that are very unstructured could help me with these issues.

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    The other only thing I convinced myself to stitch is another Minion

    These blocks are sooooo fun to make!! The next one is half done so I should have it by next week.


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    How about you? What are YOU up to?
    Link it here and share it with me!!

    Saturday, May 14, 2016

    What a week! (and a link party)

    Crazy week at work, and I have been working on secret projects, but what a week with the hop!


    The Ongoing Project List:
    1. Play with Me QAL - May block shared and blocks are shared in the group!
    2. WGACA projects (changed projects)
      1. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - basted the next quilt, ready for some FMQ!
      2. SECRET quilt for exhibit - (FDJ) 3 blocks done (cannot share)
      3. Minion QAL - Vampire Minion (Minion block) almost done
    3. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
    4. Hello Block Swap - both blocks done (see below)!
    5. American Quilt (previous known as Americana QAL) - ready to be shipped to the quilter!
    6. Splendid Sampler - no progress
    7. Challenge quilt - I change the challenge I will probably join... but still considering
    8. Road Home Row-A-Long - finished my row (cannot share)
    The EverythingElse List:
    1. 70273 Project - waiting to hear about the blocks sent before making more
    2. Jane T - no progress
    3. The SK project - no progress
    4. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
    5. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
    6. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
    7. As You Wish -  no progress
    8. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
    9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
    10. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
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    I am working on charity quilts to help the kids in the DC General Homeless Shelter. 
    This weeks very little progress... because I have at least 3 tops ready to be quilted... and I don't like that step... oh, well, I just have to set my mind to it and it will get done! 
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    Have you heard about Ello? It is basically Instagram without ads, no weird algorithm to show you only what they want you to see, no selling data, and it is for creative artists! :)

    I never joined IG because I felt the goal was more about "showing off" than focusing on creativity, so even if I know there is a good quilting community there (which is creative and inspiring) I never felt it was the right place for me. Ello sounds much more fun!

    It is a relatively new platform, so it has some issues (not too fast because it is still in beta but it's getting better, the signup is easy but if you don't pay attention the default groups that you are "following" may not be the ones you want, etc). If you want to join, it is free and there is a fast-growing quilting community. For helpful tips and finding your quilting tribe, you can read what the coordinator of the account @elloquilt says!

    My handle is @alida-tweloq and to bring the community together I decided to coordinate a Block Swap!


    You don't need to have an Ello account to join! Just fill this form http://goo.gl/forms/upr4FSDW6x to leave me your contact if you are interested. I am still collecting general info to see who is interested in what. I highly recommend to have an account, as I plan to post reminders, pictures of blocks, etc over there!

    For May I had two partners because the group had an odd number of participants... so these are the two block I made for them.

    Quatrefoil (12''x12'')

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    And last, but not least... Have you seen the amazing art pieces shared this week on the Art with Fabric blog hop? If not you HAVE to click the links and check them out. Wonderful stories, great tips and tutorials that will inspire you to try these kind of project yourself, even if you are not an art quilter (as many of us in the hop were NOT art quilter).






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    How about you? What are YOU up to?
    Link it here and share it with me!!

    Friday, May 13, 2016

    Art with Fabric Blog Hop - Day 5


    Every quilted project is a unique piece of art, full of love, creativity and inspiration.

    However, have you ever thought about how "traditional" art could be reinterpreted in a quilted piece?
    (by "traditional" I mean anything that a non-quilter will label as art, like paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods).

    To explore the endless possibilities of art-inspired quilted pieces I decided to organize this Blog Hop!
    I invited some of my blogging quilty friends and we are going to present our unique pieces, and today is DAY 5.

    Here are the latest masterpieces!

    "Afternoon Sun on the Lake" by Carol
    Inspired by the work of Lawren Harris
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    "There is No Blue Without Yellow" by Jennifer
    Inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh
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    by Nina-Marie
    Inspired by the work of Claude Monet
    "Betty Bloom" by Joan
    Inspired by the work of Max Fleischer

    Make sure to click on each picture and visit the blogs because these wonderful artists shared their story, inspiration and useful tips that can help you create your own beautiful art pieces!

    Thursday, May 12, 2016

    Art with Fabric Blog Hop - Day 4


    Every quilted project is a unique piece of art, full of love, creativity and inspiration.

    However, have you ever thought about how "traditional" art could be reinterpreted in a quilted piece?
    (by "traditional" I mean anything that a non-quilter will label as art, like paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods).

    To explore the endless possibilities of art-inspired quilted pieces I decided to organize this Blog Hop!
    I invited some of my blogging quilty friends and we are going to present our unique pieces.

    Today is DAY 4 and the beautiful pieces presented are:

    "Cynthia's Garden" by Cynthia
    Inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh
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    "Woodlands" by Janeen
    Inspired by the work of Charlie Harper
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    by Wendy
    Inspired by the work of Grant Wood
    "Nile Delta Flowers" by Afton
    Inspired by the work of ancient Egyptian artist

    Make sure to click on each picture and visit the blogs because these wonderful artists shared their story, inspiration and useful tips that can help you create your own beautiful art pieces!
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