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Saturday, May 23, 2015

MIA - Will be back soon :)

I don't know if anyone noticed, but I have been Missing In Action for a while :)

Mother-in-law staying in our home means no time for sewing ;) however I had time to do some crochet and I had great progress in my sampler tapestry crochet blanket that I will call "Mirror Mirror" :)

But before showing you my assessment of tapestry crochet and my blocks, let me remind you that the the voting for the Blogger's Quilt Festival is open!!

These are my quilts (Scrappy and Small)... please go there and give them some love <3 <3<3


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And now a little summary of my new crochet project.

I am obsessed with the technique of tapestry crochet and I want to make myself a "sampler" afghan. But first I have to figure out what I like and how it looks like :) so I designed a little pattern and decided to stitch it with different methods. Then I will evaluate the results and pick the one I like the most for the afghan.

So this is the design. It is pretty simple but it has several key components (curves, sharp points, narrow strips, full shapes).

My tapestry block design... and my helper helping out ;)

First try: all SC, turning the work after each row

(Dimension: 5'' x 5.5'')
Assessment:
  • I like the texture: it's tight and full and a little too heavy
  • it's simple and works out pretty quick
  • since SC is not the same front/back, there are some issues on the edges where color changes
  • for the same reasons, sharp points (1 SC) are not so precise. The same issue can be seen for the narrow strips (both vertically and horizontally)

Second try: all Half Double Crochet, turning the work after each row
(Dimension: 6''x 8'' estimated)
Assessment:
  • I like the fact that is less heavy but still with a full look
  • it's simple and works out pretty quick
  • same issues as before on color changing spots and narrow strips
  • even if I like the fact that is more loose than the other version, HDC are too tall and the design is completely stretched


Third-forth try:
  * (lower half) HDC right->left and SC left->right (no turning)
 
(top half) SC right->left and SC left->right (no turning)
(Dimension: (lower) 6''x 8'' estimated, (upper) 5.5'' x 5.5'' estimated)
Assessment:
  • I like the fact that the texture is good and now I don't have issues where color changes and with narrow strips
  • I am very slow working with my left hand. And even if the final look is nice and I may get faster with practice, if I pick this approach I may get frustrated after few blocks and never finish the afghan

Conclusion:

I like the speed of the simple SC turning at each row. I am ok with "imperfect" lines when the color changes as long as I can finish my afghan in a reasonable amount of time.
However I want blocks to be a little bigger than 5''... so the solution is simple: I will use a bigger hook, the biggest I have around (K) :)

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Having resolved the "how" now I wanted to design the "what". My idea is to make sampler blocks with my own designs. Each block will be done in two versions, switching the background/main colors (hence the name "Mirror Mirror" :) ).
These are my first blocks.


I really like how they look! If anyone is interested in the pattern, just comment below with your email address and I can send the graph to you.

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I will be back next week with the usual link party and hopefully some sewing to share ;)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SYS 2015 - Pixel quilt: My project and few extra tips


At the beginning of the month Susan shared an amazing tutorial for a pixel bag to stretch your skills in stitching small squares :).
You can find the tutorial on the SYS2015 page!


And my project status is... not completed :( a visitor in our home means no sewing time... but I completed the blocks and outside of the bag about a month ago so I can share that with you with few extra tips! ;)

Bub and Bob from Bubble Bobble arcade game!
CLICK HERE to get my pattern for them! :)

So now let's get down to the EXTRA TIPS.
My situation was this: I finished the main blocks (square as above) and to make the bag I needed the extra 3 columns on the sides and the extra 3 rows on the bottom (if you checked the tutorial you know what I am talking about).
Now, I didn't want the black background to be scrappy as above, so I told myself: what is the purpose of cutting 216 squares of the same black fabric and 144 of the same red fabric only to put them back together??!?!?
So my idea was simple... don't cut them ;)
I wanted to keep the same look of the rest of the bag so I cut the biggest section for each color and I used the same sewing-on-paper technique as before, but with fewer pieces of fabric!

Below you can see how it looks when I stitched the long vertical seam on both pieces.


Now to sew the other seam, if you want the left and right side to "nest" you cannot get it just by pressing because they come from the same piece of fabric. To solve that issue, you can snip the piece from the fold to the seam (make sure not to cut through the seam line). And that's it! You can sew them following the directions in the tutorial and you will get the additional pieces with pixellated look without the need to cut 360 small squares! 

A fair warning: this technique works only for big sections filled with the same color and same fabric. Otherwise cutting sections of different sizes would take more time than cutting many squares of the same size!
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And what are YOU making? Let's get the party started!!

Remember that in this link party only projects belonging to the SYS2015 series should be added 
(I reserve the right to delete any non compliant link). 
This link party will be open all year long and you can add as many finished projects as you want! 
The same link party will be shown on the SYS2015 page.
Each link will give you a chance to win one of the monthly prizes.

For this month in order to be eligible for prizes, you are asked to make a pixel project of any size and any design!

For the first entry, you can enter the piece in the stage of a finished top piece (so just with all your squares assembled). For a second entry, you can enter a completed object: it can be a bag (as suggested in the tutorial) or any other object. For example you can use Janeen's tutorial to turn your pixel project into a pillow, or the tutorial I suggested to turn it into a fabric box!). 

Get creative and have fun!!

You can still link up blocks and projects from the Foundation Paper Piecing, Quilting and Crochet tutorials!!
For rules about what will be accepted in those cases, please refer to this previous post (Tutorial 1)this other post (Tutorial 2) and this other post (Tutorial 3).

This month the prize is offered by me and it is...
Mystery! Surprise ;)
It will be something related to crafts that we did or we will do in the series. 
Things that the winner could put to good use!! 

I will draw a winner (using random.org) on June 3rd between all the new entries in the link party. 
International participants are welcome!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Scrappy Quilt - Spring 2015

Gorgeous quilt, donated by Alida (tweloquilting.blogspot.com). Quilted by Marge, bound by me. Going to thelinusconnection.org on Saturday. #charityblanket #blanketcharity #quiltforgood
Dimensions: 40''x60''
Quilts for Linus, Charity Donation
Picture by Jennifer

This is my second entry for the Blogger Quilt Festival, Scrappy Quilt!
First entry here (small quilt).



If you are new around here, WELCOME!
If you have been around for a while, THANKS AND WELCOME BACK! :)

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If you are new around here, let me just point you to my main addiction: designing and sharing for free tons of paper piecing patterns :)


As you can see from one of my old headers arrangement, I design patterns for Disney characters, Peanuts and Snoopy, Downton Abbey, Alice in Wonderland but I have many many more (Maleficent, The Simpsons, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Betty Boop, Minions and more)!! Some of them have to be tested, some of there are tested. You can find them just navigating the different tabs or just typing the character name in the search box at the top of the page.

And my other recent endeavor is SYS 2015 (Stretch Your Skills): a monthly series of tutorials to practice in different crafts skills. Until now we had Foundation Paper Piecing, Quilting, Crochet and Pixel Quilt.


If you want to know more about the series, check out the Series Page. Links to the tutorials are there... and did I mention that you can link projects for monthly prizes? Just saying... ;)

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Gorgeous quilt, donated by Alida (tweloquilting.blogspot.com). Quilted by Marge, bound by me. Going to thelinusconnection.org on Saturday. #charityblanket #blanketcharity #quiltforgood

Quilt number two, made by Alida (tweloquilting.blogspot.com), quilted by Marge, bound by me. For donation to thelinusconnection.org. #blanketcharity #charityblanket #quiltforgood
Pictures by Jennifer

Ok, technically the quilts are two :) but I made them together and they share the story so here it is.

All the paper pieced blocks were made by me using scraps of all size, shape and color!
That was the only rule that I gave to me for these quilts: no new fabric, only fabric from my stash and first I had to use the scraps of weird shape and size ;)

I pieced most of the blocks (except from the owls, all those are applique blocks I received in a swap last year).

The blocks are designed by many different designers: Jennifer @ sewhooked, Esther @ ipatchandquilt, Jessica, Lilja, Janeen @ quiltartdesign, Kristy, Lorna @ sewfreshquilts  (if you are interested in a particular one, just let me know, I can send you the direct link).

I pieced the quilt tops and then I send them over to Jennifer (sewhooked) to finish them up and donate them to her favorite charity (The Linus Connection, a Central Texas organization whose mission is to make and deliver handmade security blankets for children in crisis situations in that area. The blankets go to children in hospital emergency rooms, in crisis centers, in foster care, battered women's shelters, to any child who is in need of a little extra security in their lives).

So thanks to Marge (who quilted them) and Jennifer (who bound them) I can count those as finished and share them as scrappy quilts for the festival!

If you have any comment about these quilts, I would love to hear!!!
And  check out more wonderful scrappy quilts over at blogger's quilt festival!!


Blogger's Quilt Festival - Small Quilt - Spring 2015

Dimensions: 30''x48''
(unnamed)

This is my first entry for the Blogger Quilt Festival, Small Quilts!



If you are new around here, WELCOME!
If you have been around for a while, THANKS AND WELCOME BACK! :)

--
If you are new around here, let me just point you to my main addiction: designing and sharing for free tons of paper piecing patterns :)


As you can see from one of my old headers arrangement, I design patterns for Disney characters, Peanuts and Snoopy, Downton Abbey, Alice in Wonderland but I have many many more (Maleficent, The Simpsons, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Betty Boop, Minions and more)!! Some of them have to be tested, some of there are tested. You can find them just navigating the different tabs or just typing the character name in the search box at the top of the page.

And my other recent endeavor is SYS 2015 (Stretch Your Skills): a monthly series of tutorials to practice in different crafts skills. Until now we had Foundation Paper Piecing, Quilting, Crochet and Pixel Quilt. 

If you want to know more about the series, check out the Series Page. Links to the tutorials are there... and did I mention that you can link projects for monthly prizes? Just saying... ;)

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And now, back on the project for the festival ;)


The whole project started as the "Tea Towel Challenge" (@ sophie junction).
So I got the tea towel and I used it as the center piece. Then I reproduced the motif in the main design as paper piecing border around it.
And then the amazing Jennifer (@sewhooked) started her BOM (Paper Piecing Vintage).
So I decided to merge the two and not following any of their rules I made my own ;)
So I didn't follow Sophie's deadline, nor Jen's layout, but I really love how it turned out!!

Few notes on the finishing touches:
  • I was super afraid of quilting it. Because I decided to do something I never do: use all-over designs not connected to the piecing. I was afraid that my bad skills in quilting and in picking desings would have ruined the piecing. But overcoming my fears I did it anyway and I realized that even if I used cream thread, it doesn't stand out against the blue! It just give a different texture! So fear of all-over designs is over!! :)
  • I tried a nice and simple motif shared by Susan a few weeks ago. I used a simplified version and tried it with two different scales. I used my walking foot to quilt this and I really like how it's soft and subtle, but interesting. This is definitely something I am going to use again!
  • Confident about the previous design, I wanted to try a more complex one in free motion. So I picked Deco Leaves by Leah Day. I hated the entire process! The stitching was super hard, frustrating, nothing was working, I kept getting stuck because of bulky seams, the stitches were super inconsistent, I broke one needle, I hated quilting, I hated my life, I hated everything while I was doing that :) ok, once I stop stitching this section, I went back to my normal status of loving my life and sewing ;) but I guess you understand the spirit. Despite the messiness of the process and my opinion on the design (too dense for my taste), it didn't turn out too bad after washing... I can barely see it, so this is just a lesson for me: never ever ever ever again try to FMQ on a pieced  block :) if all the seams are open or on a blank piece of fabric, maybe...
  • Because I didn't want to repeat the same design that gave me so much trouble, I started doing some tangles borders on my notepad and came up with this simple design which I absolutely love! I stitched it with my walking foot, so a lot of turning, but not too bad since the design is pretty small and I didn't need to turn the whole quilt most of the time. This is another design that I will definitely use again!!
  • I absolutely love the 2 colors (piped) binding but I struggled joining the sections at the end. Again Susan came to the rescue with a great tutorial! Absolutely perfect joining, if I didn't know where it is I wouldn't even being able to tell (hint: it's in one of the picture, but not in this one)!! ;)
  • Finally, since this is a wall hanging that I wanted to hang on the wall I tried to put a sleeve on! First sleeve ever and, guess where I find help for that: right, Susan again with a simple hanging sleeve tutorial!
This is one of my few finishes, and I am very happy I could share it with all of you today!!
If you want to check out more wonderful small quilts, check out the blogger's quilt festival!!

If you have any comment, I would love to hear!!!
If you want to suggest a name for it, that would be great ;)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

SYS 2015 - New prize announced (kind of)


Last week Susan shared an amazing tutorial for a pixel bag to stretch your skills in stitching small squares :).
You can find the tutorial on the SYS2015 page!


My project is almost done, and I have few other tips, learned after we put together the tutorial ;) 
I will share those with you next week (with maybe also my finished project... not sure, let's see)!

But what are YOU making? Let's get the party started!!

Remember that in this link party only projects belonging to the SYS2015 series should be added 
(I reserve the right to delete any non compliant link). 
This link party will be open all year long and you can add as many finished projects as you want! 
The same link party will be shown on the SYS2015 page.
Each link will give you a chance to win one of the monthly prizes.

For this month in order to be eligible for prizes, you are asked to make a pixel project of any size and any design!

For the first entry, you can enter the piece in the stage of a finished top piece (so just with all your squares assembled). For a second entry, you can enter a completed object: it can be a bag (as suggested in the tutorial) or any other object. For example you can use Janeen's tutorial to turn your pixel project into a pillow, or the tutorial I suggested to turn it into a fabric box!). 

You can still link up blocks and projects from the Foundation Paper Piecing, Quilting and Crochet tutorials!!
For rules about what will be accepted in those cases, please refer to this previous post (Tutorial 1)this other post (Tutorial 2) and this other post (Tutorial 3).

This month the prize is offered by me and it is...
Mystery! Surprise!
It will be something related to crafts that we did or we will do in the series. 
Things that the winner could put to good use!! 

I will draw a winner (using random.org) on June 3rd between all the new entries in the link party. 
International participants are welcome!!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

My Tangle Thursday - Week 15, 16, 17

I don't know if anyone noticed... but I had a break in my Tangle Thursdays :)

The first reason was because Jane had a break herself for few weeks... and then she published all the designs in one go and I wanted to catch up a little bit before sharing again ;)

So here are Week 15, 16, 17. Week 18 is out but I didn't start on that yet!





I really like this last one (stacked tangles) because even if each section is completely different than the one next to it, they maintain a coherent and fun overall look.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SYS 2015 - Tutorial 4, Pixel quilt

Let's get back to our sewing machine friends!!!

This amazing fourth tutorial is brought you by the great Susan (theboredzombie).


This is the ultimate tutorial if you are interested in making any design or object with this technique.
Susan describes all the steps of the process: from which images to choose, how to make the pattern, how to calculate the fabric requirements and how to assemble your project!
As a specific object, she also guides us step by step in the construction of a wonderful bag!!

The pdf (links below) contains instructions, pattern and additional links to resources that can help you planning on your own designs. Make sure to read the full tutorial before start stitching because there are several tips and tricks that may help you along the way!

The link up for SYS2015 is still open for your Syndrome blocks, FPP projects, free motion quilting/tangle stitches pieces and crochet projects!
You can link also your pixel projects, and next week I will tell you more about the prize for this month and what kind of projects are accepted to enter for the prize.

And speaking of prizes...
Today I was supposed to draw a winner for last month giveaway...
however the are NO new entries to draw from :( :( :( :(
neither crochet projects, nor previous projects entered in the past month :( :( :( :(
Oh, well... I guess that the winner is me since the prize is going back in my stash ;) :)

All the information about the series (as well as all the previously published tutorials) will be available at
the SYS 2015 page.

If you have any question about the series, don't hesitate to contact me via email or add a comment here on my blog (and if you want an answer, make sure you are not a no-reply blogger!).

So now let's go and Stretch Our Skills!!! :)

Until next time
Happy stitching!!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Not much sewing (and a link party)

Due to an unfortunate encounter between the sidewalk and my knee, not much sewing this week :(
But I have been planning and adding new project on the list!
The Ongoing Project List:
  1. the SK project - no progress
  2. SYS2015 future projects - missing few steps to complete the object!
    (this is going to be my project for A Lovely Year of Finishes - May)
  3. D wall hanging -  no progress
  4. B quilt - no progress
  5. Spangled Stars Quilt-along - joined and planned my version
  6. Block Swap Adventure - waiting for May project
  7. Tapestry Crochet projects - kitty pouch done, block for afghan planned
The EverythingElse List:
  1. Embroidery calendar - no progress
  2. Animal blocks for charity quilts - paused for a while
  3. Project of Doom 2015 @ Fandom in Stitches - paused for a while
  4. College Days Blog Hop blocks for tote/grocery bag -  no progress
  5. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
  6. As You Wish -  no progress
  7. Happy Halloween wall hanging -  no progress
  8. Crazy optical illusion -  no progress
  9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress.
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Susan (quiltfabrication.blogspot.com) shared several color options for the great Quilt Along Spangled stars!! I loved the design since she first posted it, but the initial color scheme was a little bit too white to be a drag-around quilt ;) her different Color Ideas are just so inspiring! I love all of them, but I decided to go for one that may work best with the scrappy look my quilt will have ("flowers in the garden").

Of course I couldn't just pick a color and a size and call it a day :) because that's just not me! I had to customize it even further! I took that design, imported it in Gimp and played around with size and colors.
So this is my current plan
my current draft: modified layout for colors/size

I wanted a more "square" look, so I took the twin option and cut it down a bit. The final size should be around 69''x75''. 
Then I like the idea of the blue background, but I thought that having a completely scrappy layout would be too busy. So I will try to arrange the blues in a gradient order. I am not sure yet if I will use a single color for each row or if I will make it scrappy across the row as well... I have to start sewing the blocks and see them in real life :)

Cannot wait to start!!

Click the button for more information!!
Quiltfabrication  
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Since I went back to crochet (for SYS2015) I have been in love with the simplicity of the single crochet stitch and I found this wonderful technique (called tapestry crochet) that allows to create fancy designs with two colors and just SC!

Googling around I came across this fun kitty bag (by Carol Ventura): the objects made with this technique have very intricate designs but they are super simple!! It's just all single crochet, worked with 2 strands at the time (one carried inside the stitches, and then you switch between the two colors when needed). There are several video tutorials and instructions on how to do it, so it's not hard to get obsessed with it (like I am right now ;) ).

So this is my first try at this technique:

(Dimension: 7'' x 5'' x 2'')

I modified the final object adding a zipper and boxed corners (I don't know if people do that with crochet objects... but I thought the pouch was too tall and too flat for my tastes... and boxing the corners seemed to be the perfect answer for both issues :) ). I love the final result!!

And now I am obsessed with this technique and I want to make myself a "sampler" afghan. But first I have to figure out what I like and how it looks like :) so I designed a little pattern and decided to stitch it with different methods. Then I will evaluate the results and pick the one I like the most for the afghan.

So this is the design. It is pretty simple but it has several key components (curves, sharp points, narrow strips, full shapes).

My tapestry block design... and my helper helping out ;)

First try: all SC, turning the work after each row

(Dimension: 5'' x 5.5'')
Assessment:
  • I like the texture: it's tight and full but not too heavy
  • it's simple and works out pretty quick
  • since SC is not the same front/back, there are some issues on the edges where color changes
  • for the same reasons, sharp points (1 SC) are not so precise. The same issue can be seen for the narrow strips (both vertically and horizontally)
I don't know if this is going to be the winning approach... let's see how the others go :)

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What are YOU going to link?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

SYS 2015 - Final comments on crochet!


The skill of the month was crochet and for me Pren's tutorial (available on the SYS2015 page) was just the beginning!


So this is what I made and what I learned:
-- 1. one fun coaster (with acrylic yarn)


This helped me getting back with the practice of crochet with simple stitches. It also taught me a new technique, since I never tried surface crochet before!

-- 2. slippers (with acrylic yarn)

This is my first wearable project! They are the most comfortable slippers I've ever had in my entire life!! They fit me like a glove (well, like socks ;) ), they are warm but not too much, cozy but not to tight... basically just perfect! And a great way to test color combinations!!

-- 3. crochet hooks cozy (with acrylic yarn)

This little project was done just to try crochet both from right to left and from left to right. The square is worked in rounds, but I added some extra rows just to make it a rectangle and to try this new technique. It is not that hard, just a little slower ;)

-- 4. cat pouch (with cotton crochet thread, size 3)
(not done yet, missing final round, closing, zipper)

I wanted to try something different but that didn't require any fancy stitch. Googling around I came across this fun kitty bag (by Carol Ventura)  and I discovered a new technique called tapestry crochet.
The objects made with this technique have very intricate designs but they are super simple!! It's just all single crochet, worked with 2 strands at the time (one carried inside the stitches, and then you switch between the two colors when needed). There are several video tutorials and instructions on how to do it, so it's not hard to get obsessed with it (like I am right now ;) ).
The only two things you have to be careful are how to change color (that's the easy one) and how to do it without getting all your yarn balls twisted and tangled (that's the less easy one). The first row of cats (bottom) was done before I new the proper non-twisting technique and it is much less precise than the following ones. But watching few videos after trying it out really made the difference and now this fascinating technique is my go-to for cute crochet objects: I see more of these as Xmas presents for 2015 ;) 

So how about you? Have you being crochet this month? Why don't you enter your projects in the link party below?

For this month in order to be eligible for prizes, you are asked to make a square crochet project using the pattern for the basic square in the tutorial, with any decoration design you like!
In the tutorial, we also listed some other objects (bags, pouches, etc): you can also enter any of those as long as you add the edging and/or the surface decoration using the technique described by Pren for the dishcloth. 

You can still link up blocks and projects from the Foundation Paper Piecing and Quilting tutorials!!
For rules about what will be accepted in those cases, please refer to this previous post and this other post.

This month the prize is offered by me and it's the bundle depicted below 
A crochet/knitting book, a fun measuring tale, yarn needles and some bon bons :)

I will draw a winner (using random.org) on May 6yh between all the entries in the link party. 
International participants are welcome!!

Remember that in this link party only projects belonging to the SYS2015 series should be added 
(I reserve the right to delete any non compliant link). 
This link party will be open all year long and you can add as many finished projects as you want! 
The same link party will be shown on the SYS2015 page.
Each link will give you a chance to win one of the monthly prizes.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Finishes, new projects (and a link party)

Finishes are rolling in, but the list doesn't get shorter because of new projects ;)

The Ongoing Project List:
  1. the SK project - no progress
  2. Tea Towel challenge and PPV BOM - dooooooone
    (this is my April project for a Lovely Year of Finishes)
  3. SYS2015 future projects - blocks done, ready to be assembled in the object! cannot share
  4. D wall hanging -  one little block done!
  5. B quilt - no progress
  6. Sewing machine cover -  doooooone!
  7. Block Swap Adventure - nothing new for April
  8. Spangled Stars Quilt-along - planned to join!
The EverythingElse List:
  1. Embroidery calendar - no progress
  2. Animal blocks for charity quilts - paused for a while
  3. Project of Doom 2015 @ Fandom in Stitches - paused for a while
  4. College Days Blog Hop blocks for tote/grocery bag -  no progress
  5. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
  6. As You Wish -  no progress
  7. Happy Halloween wall hanging -  no progress
  8. Crazy optical illusion -  no progress
  9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress.
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The Voting for the Marsala Quilt Challenge is open over @ onthewindyside! You should go there and check all those entries!! Mine is in the Mini (number 8), just in case you want to give it some love ;)

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The whole project started as the "Tea Towel Challenge" (@ sophie junction).
So I got the tea towel and I used it as the center piece. Then I reproduced the motif in the main design as paper piecing border around it.
And then the amazing Jen started her BOM (Paper Piecing Vintage). So I decided to merge the two and not following any of their rules I made my own ;)
So I didn't follow Sophie's deadline, nor Jen layout, but I really love how it turned out!!

Few notes on the finishing touches:

  • I was super afraid of quilting it. Because I decided to do something I never do: use all-over designs not connected to the piecing. I was afraid that my bad skills in quilting and in picking desings would have ruined the piecing. But overcoming my fears I did it anyway and I realized that even if I used cream thread, it doesn't stand out against the blue! It just give a different texture! So fear of all-over designs is over!! :)
  • I tried a nice and simple motif shared by Susan a few weeks ago. I used a simplified version and tried it with two different scales. I used my walking foot to quilt this and I really like how it's soft and subtle, but interesting. This is definitely something I am going to use again!
  • Confident about the previous design, I wanted to try a more complex one in free motion. So I picked Deco Leaves by Leah Day. I hated the entire process! The stitching was super hard, frustrating, nothing was working, I kept getting stuck because of bulky seams, the stitches were super inconsistent, I broke one needle, I hated quilting, I hated my life, I hated everything while I was doing that :) ok, once I stop stitching this section, I went back to my normal status of loving my life and sewing ;) but I guess you understand the spirit. Despite the messiness of the process and my opinion on the design (too dense for my taste), it didn't turn out too bad after washing... I can barely see it, so this is just a lesson for me: never ever ever ever again try to FMQ on a pieced  block :) if all the seams are open or on a blank piece of fabric, maybe...
  • Because I didn't want to repeat the same design that gave me so much trouble, I started doing some tangles borders on my notepad and came up with this simple design which I absolutely love! I stitched it with my walking foot, so a lot of turning, but not too bad since the design is pretty small and I didn't need to turn the whole quilt most of the time. This is another design that I will definitely use again!!
  • I absolutely love the 2 colors (piped) binding but I struggled joining the sections at the end. Again Susan came to the rescue with a great tutorial! Absolutely perfect joining, if I didn't know where it is I wouldn't even being able to tell (hint: it's in one of the picture, but not in this one)!! ;)
  • Finally, since this is a wall hanging that I wanted to hang on the wall I tried to put a sleeve on! First sleeve ever and, guess where I find help for that: right, Susan again with a simple hanging sleeve tutorial!


This is my finish for April for a Lovely Year of Finishes and the FINISH #1 for Q2 of the Finish Along!!

Oh, and because Susan really seams to be perfectly in line with what I need and what I like, she is starting a great Quilt Along! The design is very beautiful, however I think I will need to change the colors, because despite white being a wonderful background for that design, it doesn't seem to be appropriate for a quilt that I may want to drag around for picnics or on the beach ;) but we'll see!

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And speaking about the Finish along... I also have FINISH #2!! (wow, 2 finishes in one week!!)

(Patterns by Susanne @ Quilt it out, Amy @ Badskirt,  Joanna Shape Moth and by HTaBQuilts)

So I had these blocks for quite a while and I made them with the idea of covering my previous sewing machine (which didn't have a hard cover). But now the new sewing machine has a hard cover that I really like, except that is white and plain! So I decided to use those blocks to make a snugly cover for the cover :)
Since this is a little smaller than the original cover, the blocks are not perfectly centered, but I really like the way it turned out anyway! I did some straight line quilting to mimic the lines on a notepad (since the fabric is graph paper with equations and geometric formulae) :)
It was a very quick project, and it has been sitting there for months! Thanks to the incentive of the Finish Along I actually finished it!!

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Finally, I made the second block for the D wall hanging for my dad: second part of the fence!

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