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Friday, September 12, 2014

MOP Monday - Reflections

Today I will not share with you my weekly progress, but my recent troubles in understanding YOU people in the blogland :) I also have a winner for for my giveaway so read the entire post to learn who won!

I am a scientist... so I am trying to use a scientific approach to understand a very simple thing:
*why are my linky party always pretty much empty?*

Using the scientific method I collected some facts, some numbers, some statistics about others and some comments. And then I drove some conclusions and set a plan for the near future.
Can you review my argument and help me understand if I am wrong or if something can be done to reverse the trend??

-- Facts --
  1. I started the linky party in Jan 2014, to share my weekly progress and open my blog for others to share theirs;
  2. The link is open more than just a single 24 hours, so even if I call it "Monday", people can add their link from Sat/Sun to Tue, so I think I am pretty flexible in terms of time;
  3. You can link anything you want: I don't require a finished project, nor a wip to be then linked as finished, nor a specific technique, nor a specific pattern/qal, and I don't even require that the blog post is recent. So I think I am pretty flexible in terms of content;
  4. I don't require to add a link back to my blog in each post, nor that you follow my blog: so I think I am pretty flexible on other extra-steps that you should do;
  5. I often offered giveaway for people that adds their link: I don't have sponsors and I have a full-time job so it takes an effort from my side to take the material out of my stash and to go to the post office and mail it to whoever wins (domestic or international, I never had any restrictions there either). 
  6. So basically what I ask, is for people to add a link so that we can initiate some kind of relationship and we can get inspired by each other. Despite this very simple goal and my efforts to offer as much as I can from my side, it seems that the participation is close to zero (see the next section for the actual numbers).

-- Numbers --
  1. I had linky parties for 28 weeks;
  2. The parties (and my blog posts) have thousands of views (so it's not like none comes by... they come and leave without saying hi :( ). I could collect the exact numbers but it would take too much time;
  3. I had a TOTAL of 45 links, which means an AVERAGE of 1.6 links per weeks, with a MAX of 6 links for 1 weeks, and a MIN of 0 links for 8 weeks

-- Others --
  1. I myself join several linky parties... and link my own blog post (with my own linky party) in those other places;
  2. I add my link in parties where there are few links and in places where there are hundreds of links (to get some visibility... and I get views, but I don't get links...);
  3. Some of the hosts of these other parties do not comment on my entry (which is totally fine since they are so big that they probably don't have the time to do that) BUT some others comments on my entry, which means that they see the linky party and often it is still open... so why don't they link their own post in my blog?? I don't know... (**this is one of the points that surprise me the most... I really cannot understand this one**)
  4. as I said before, I participate in small and big parties, so these are some numbers from last week (and they are pretty consistent over time).
    "Small" party: 10 entries (in ONE week)
    "Medium" party: 59 entries (in ONE week)
    "Big" party: 147 entries (in ONE week)
  5. Most of the others have either a very short range of time in which they are open, or they are about a specific technique, or they have text link without picture, or they require you to add buttons/link back, or they ask you to link just finished work, etc... all restrictions that are perfectly fine by me but I thought that less restrictions may help my case... apparently not

-- Comments --
  1. This is not a "new" issue, because I have seen these things discussed in several forums. And actually what they were discussing is from the other side: "is it worth it to add your link to a linky party?".  And the discussion that followed really surprised me because it seemed that the answer from many people is "No, if the blog is small because you don't get traffic back on your site" or "No, if the blog is too popular, because if there are too many links you don't get traffic back on your site". So the only thing that matter is "traffic, traffic, traffic" O_O.
  2. While I understand that traffic may be important for people that have a business connected to their site, I have always seen link parties as opportunity to get inspiration and to create personal connections with people all over the world. So my approach is quite different: if my current blog post follows the rule of the linky party, I add my link, no matter if the blog is popular, if there are tons of other link or just few, if there are pictures or just text, ... If I come across a party, I add my entry, that's it. And I hoped that people would do the same on my blog... but apparently not...
  3. I know that not everyone has a blog... however in these linky you can link a flickr picture or anything that has an url. So even if with an estimate of 10% of the viewing people to actually have a blog and a blog post to share, I would have hundreds of links every week! even 1% would add more links that what I have now!!

-- Conclusions --
Even if the statistics about viewers of my posts are pretty good and even if I receive encouraging comments from people on my patterns/projects, it looks like they don't want to party with me.
It makes me feel like I am in high school organizing a party and giving out all invitations and then nobody shows up at my house :) I get a lot of support when I distribute the invitations but then no people to play with because I am not "the popular girl" that give traffic to their blog :(
And it doesn't even matter if I don't have restrictions on what to link nor if I offer giveaway out my own pocket.
So this situation calls for a plan!

-- Plan for the near future --
I already decided to cut the giveaways (in general) because the response is not what I expected. I will probably participate in the annual big one on Sew Mama Sew even if I believe that big events like that are pretty useless in terms of making personal connections because everyone is just rushing through the post to enter as many giveaways as possible (a lot of traffic, but that doesn't really matter to me). This is not always the case, because I found great new blogs to follow myself because of that event... but it's not so common to make real connections in that situation I think.

So now I give myself an ultimatum: I will keep the linky party open for other 4 weeks, but each week I need at least 5 links (from different people). If I get to the end of this "trial time" with the desired minimum number of links, I will keep the linky open for another few months and keep monitoring the situation. If for one of these "trial weeks" I don't get to 5 links I will just close MOP Monday and I will just share my own projects without asking you to come on my blog to inspire me and others with your work!

So as a famous character said: Let the game begin.

P.S. The winner of the giveaway is Gador Medea! I sent you an email and I will get your prize in the email as soon as possible!! :)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

MOP Monday - 2 new patterns and giveaway

Last week in my giveaway!!! Get your links in for a chance to win this fun bundle!!


These are the rules:
- to participate in the giveaway you have to link a post of your blog on my MOP Monday linky party (at the end of this post) OR send me an email with your block (see later for details)
- each link added will give you one entry
- if you share one of the blocks designed by me, you get 2 entries!! and if the block is one of the untested ones, you get 3 entries!! :)
- if you want to share one of my blocks and you don't have a blog, you can send me an email and I will add the link to the linky party for you. My email is in all my patterns!
- if you guess which city is the one depicted in the placemat on the background of the giveaway image I will add an extra bonus fat quarter ;) just write it in the comment below or send me an email (note: I will not publish the comments with the answers to avoid helping others ;) )
- links must be "new" (any date after Aug 15th is fine)
- the standard MOP Monday opening/closing time applies (the collection usually opens on Sat or Sun and is open until next Tue 12:05 pm EST)
- the giveaway will be running for 4 MOP Mondays and the winner will be announced around Sep 10
- I reserve the right to delete non-relevant links and/or exclude them from the count in the giveaway
- following my blog and commenting on other links is not required, but is greatly appreciated!!
- the giveaway is open to everyone, international entries are welcome (as well as US ones)!!

And now, for My Own Progress:

-- MOP: The list --
1. the SK project - no blocks this week (designed a couple of them but not completed)
2. Rainbow Starburst - no progress (progress last week)
3. Topolino quilt - 2 blocks doooone!!! (see below)
4. Reversible sewing machine cover - 1 block done (see below)
5. Tea Towel challenge and PPV BOM - printed blocks for Sept.
6. the Z quilt - all the fabric is finally here!! ready to start it (will share it soon)
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7. College Days Blog Hop blocks for tote/grocery bag - no progress
8. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
9. As You Wish - no progress
10. Happy Halloween wall hanging - no progress
11. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
12. (NEW project) Convertible bag - printed the pattern (more info in the next few weeks) - this is my project for Sept. Lovely Year of Finishes

(Linking up at Let's Bee Social)

-- MOP: This week new blocks --

Last week I couldn't finish the block for my Mickey&Donald's series because my little helper wanted all my attention for her :) but this week I could finish that block and also a new one because my helper preferred just to take some naps on my ironing board ;)

So here are the new blocks:

Magica de Spell, flying around and dreaming about the Number One coin
The pattern is available in my "MickeyM, DonalD, Alice" page

Goofy Gone Fishing
The pattern is available in my "MickeyM, DonalD, Alice" page
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This week finally I was able to go back to the lovely blocks for my sewing machine cover and I pieced one of my favorite ones:

Pattern by Susanne @ Quilt it out  

The original one had a "chocolate" background that I thought was perfect for the block, but I wanted to use the same light background of all my other blocks, so I kept the chocolate reference in the fabric chosen for the word and the color of the thread for the embroidery :)

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And now, link YOUR own progresses below!!
Links for the giveaway: dated after Aug 15
Rules for the linky party:
1. You can link finished projects or WIP at any stage! Every step is worth sharing
   (A journey of thousand miles is made of single steps)!

2. Link to your specific post to make it easier for others to read about your progress!
3. Spread the word and post my button or a text link (code for the button on the side bar)
4. Comment on other links!! It's always good to support each other every step of the way!! :)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

MOP Monday - giving up on giveaways?

Third week in my giveaway and only 1 link submitted.
I am reconsidering doing giveaways in the future... but for now, the little participation means that your chances to win are much higher now...


These are the rules:
- to participate in the giveaway you have to link a post of your blog on my MOP Monday linky party (at the end of this post) OR send me an email with your block (see later for details)
- each link added will give you one entry
- if you share one of the blocks designed by me, you get 2 entries!! and if the block is one of the untested ones, you get 3 entries!! :)
- if you want to share one of my blocks and you don't have a blog, you can send me an email and I will add the link to the linky party for you. My email is in all my patterns!
- if you guess which city is the one depicted in the placemat on the background of the giveaway image I will add an extra bonus fat quarter ;) just write it in the comment below or send me an email (note: I will not publish the comments with the answers to avoid helping others ;) )
- links must be "new" (any date after Aug 15th is fine)
- the standard MOP Monday opening/closing time applies (the collection usually opens on Sat or Sun and is open until next Tue 12:05 pm EST)
- the giveaway will be running for 4 MOP Mondays and the winner will be announced around Sep 10
- I reserve the right to delete non-relevant links and/or exclude them from the count in the giveaway
- following my blog and commenting on other links is not required, but is greatly appreciated!!
- the giveaway is open to everyone, international entries are welcome (as well as US ones)!!

And now, for My Own Progress:

-- MOP: The list --
1. the SK project - 1 new block! (see below)
2. Rainbow Starburst - 1 block done (see below)
3. Topolino quilt - 1 block almost done (my little helper wanted some attentions, so I couldn't finish the embroidery details ;) see below)
4. Reversible sewing machine cover - no progress
5. Tea Towel challenge and PPV BOM - no progress
6. College Days Blog Hop blocks for tote/grocery bag - no progress
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7. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
8. As You Wish - no progress
9. Happy Halloween wall hanging - no progress
10. Crazy optical illusion - no progress

(Linking up at Let's Bee Social)

-- MOP: This week new blocks --
And I completed all the blocks for the quilt!!!
I was very excited and I started sewing the sashing on and I run out of fabric!! Can you believe it?? I run short of 4 inches... 4 inches more and I would have been able to complete the sashing... now I need to go back to the quilt shop, so this project is on hold :(
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And this week I thought I could finish another of my Donald Duck's friends block but as you can see below, my little helper decided that I needed to give her the attention that I was giving to the fabric ;)

But even if I don't have a new tested pattern for my Mickey&Donald series, I have a new tested block from my Alice quilt, thanks to a wonderful tested (Lolly S). Thanks for sharing your great block!! :)

The pattern is available in my "MickeyM, DonalD, Alice" page
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And finally, a new block for my SK project!! :) I am super happy about all of them!!
As usual I will also share this design through Summer of Stitches (on Fandom in Stitches) for the theme "I <3 books"... again another great opening line :)
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The Running Man
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Pattern available on "The SK project" page
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And now, link YOUR own progresses below!!
Links for the giveaway: dated after Aug 15
Rules for the linky party:
1. You can link finished projects or WIP at any stage! Every step is worth sharing
   (A journey of thousand miles is made of single steps)!

2. Link to your specific post to make it easier for others to read about your progress!
3. Spread the word and post my button or a text link (code for the button on the side bar)
4. Comment on other links!! It's always good to support each other every step of the way!! :)

Friday, August 22, 2014

MOP Monday - giveaway cntd

A new giveaway started last week and I've got no entries in my linky party for that :(
But this means that your chances are much higher now, since it is going to run for other 3 weeks ;)


These are the rules:
- to participate in the giveaway you have to link a post of your blog on my MOP Monday linky party (at the end of this post) OR send me an email with your block (see later for details)
- each link added will give you one entry
- if you share one of the blocks designed by me, you get 2 entries!! and if the block is one of the untested ones, you get 3 entries!! :)
- if you want to share one of my blocks and you don't have a blog, you can send me an email and I will add the link to the linky party for you. My email is in all my patterns!
- if you guess which city is the one depicted in the placemat on the background of the giveaway image I will add an extra bonus fat quarter ;) just write it in the comment below or send me an email (note: I will not publish the comments with the answers to avoid helping others ;) )
- links must be "new" (any date after Aug 15th is fine)
- the standard MOP Monday opening/closing time applies (the collection usually opens on Sat or Sun and is open until next Tue 12:05 pm EST)
- the giveaway will be running for 4 MOP Mondays and the winner will be announced around Sep 10
- I reserve the right to delete non-relevant links and/or exclude them from the count in the giveaway
- following my blog and commenting on other links is not required, but is greatly appreciated!!
- the giveaway is open to everyone, international entries are welcome (as well as US ones)!!

And now, for My Own Progress:

-- MOP: The list --
1. the SK project - 1 new block! (see below)
2. Rainbow Starburst - 1 block done (see below)
3. Topolino quilt - 1 block done (see below)
4. Reversible sewing machine cover - no progress
5. Tea Towel challenge and PPV BOM - no progress (progress last week)
6. College Days Blog Hop blocks for tote/grocery bag - no progress
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7. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
8. As You Wish - no progress
9. Happy Halloween wall hanging - no progress
10. Crazy optical illusion - started few blocks... let's see how it goes...
11. Birthday wall hanging - Dooooone!  (this is my project for A Lovely Year of Finishes (August))

-- MOP: This week new blocks --
Third corner block ready!! And I also started the sashing on few others. Maybe next week I will have all the blocks on my design wall and maybe even the full quilt top pieced... who knows, we'll see!!
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And for my "Topolino" quilt, the sweet Daisy Duck is ready! She is calling her boyfriend that (as we saw few weeks ago) is always napping and kind of late ;)

The pattern is available in my "MickeyM, DonalD, Alice" page
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I came up with this project because I needed a small handmade present for my boyfriend's birthday and I know that he likes the "Evil Eye". If you have ever seen the jewelry and other objects using this concept, they are inherently irregular so I felt that was the perfect opportunity for me to try to play around with my machine & color thread. So this is the result:

The big "beads" are applique, the small ones are just "thread painted"... I didn't use any particular technique or tutorial, I just kept moving my fabric around until the part that I wanted to color was filled. This created a lot of knots and build-up of thread, but that was exactly the point, so that the small beads are kind of 3D.
I like how it turned out... but I think that thread painting is not for me, I prefer simple piecing (well, paper piecing technically). 
This is my project for A Lovely Year of Finishes (August)
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The blocks for my SK project keep coming!! :) I am super happy about all of them!!
As usual I will also share this design through Summer of Stitches (on Fandom in Stitches) for the theme "I <3 books"... again another great opening line :)
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The Eyes of the Dragon
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Pattern available on "The SK project" page
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And now, link YOUR own progresses below!!
Links for the giveaway: dated after Aug 15
Rules for the linky party:
1. You can link finished projects or WIP at any stage! Every step is worth sharing
   (A journey of thousand miles is made of single steps)!

2. Link to your specific post to make it easier for others to read about your progress!
3. Spread the word and post my button or a text link (code for the button on the side bar)
4. Comment on other links!! It's always good to support each other every step of the way!! :)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

MOP Monday with giveaway!

Last few weeks giveaway was so fun that I decided to keep it going for a while! :)
So this is the new giveaway and few new rules!!


These are the rules:
- to participate in the giveaway you have to link a post of your blog on my MOP Monday linky party (at the end of this post) OR send me an email with your block (see later for details)
- each link added will give you one entry
- NEW RULE: if you share one of the blocks designed by me, you get 2 entries!! and if the block is one of the untested ones, you get 3 entries!! :)
- NEW RULE: if you want to share one of my blocks and you don't have a blog, you can send me an email and I will add the link to the linky party for you. My email is in all my patterns!
- NEW RULE: if you guess which city is the one depicted in the placemat on the background of the giveaway image I will add an extra bonus fat quarter ;) just write it in the comment below or send me an email (note: I will not publish the comments with the answers to avoid helping others ;) )
- links must be "new" (any date after Aug 15th is fine)
- the standard MOP Monday opening/closing time applies (the collection usually opens on Sat or Sun and is open until next Tue 12:05 pm EST)
- the giveaway will be running for 4 MOP Mondays and the winner will be announced around Sep 10
- I reserve the right to delete non-relevant links and/or exclude them from the count in the giveaway
- following my blog and commenting on other links is not required, but is greatly appreciated!!
- the giveaway is open to everyone, international entries are welcome (as well as US ones)!!

And now, for My Own Progress:

-- MOP: The list --
1. the SK project - 1 new block! (see below)
2. Rainbow Starburst - 1 block done (see below)
3. Topolino quilt - one block half way done... hope to share it next week
4. Reversible sewing machine cover - no progress
5. Tea Towel challenge and PPV BOM - 4 blocks done!! (4!! see below)
6. College Days Blog Hop blocks for tote/grocery bag - no progress
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7. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
8. As You Wish - no progress
9. Happy Halloween wall hanging - no progress
10. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
11. Birthday wall hanging - finished top and quilted, just need to bind it... hope to share it next week
     (this is my project for A Lovely Year of Finishes (August))

-- MOP: This week new blocks --
Another corner block is ready!! I had the idea to use the corners to "blend" the colors on two sides and I think it's working out pretty well
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For August PPV (block of the month) Jennifer designed an additional bonus block that was so simple that I had to have it in my final wall hanging... so I made two of the bonus ones and two of the August ones! I am very happy that I am keeping up with this BOM because at the end of the year I will have a great wall hanging for my new house!! :)

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And here is another block for my SK project that I will also share through Summer of Stitches (on Fandom in Stitches) for the theme "I <3 books"... again another great opening "line" :)
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The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower series)
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Pattern available on "The SK project" page
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And now, link YOUR own progresses below!!
Links for the giveaway: dated after Aug 15
Rules for the linky party:
1. You can link finished projects or WIP at any stage! Every step is worth sharing
   (A journey of thousand miles is made of single steps)!

2. Link to your specific post to make it easier for others to read about your progress!
3. Spread the word and post my button or a text link (code for the button on the side bar)
4. Comment on other links!! It's always good to support each other every step of the way!! :)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

And the winner is...

ME!! :)

No, I am not going to give myself the prize for my own giveaway, LOL :)
The winner for that is announced at the end of this post... but since we are talking about winners, I feel like a winner when I have the chance to share with you some amazing blocks done by other members of the quilting community using my patterns!
So here is a little show off and a new pattern tested and released!

Kysaundra finished the Sword in the Stone top!! Isn't it wonderful!!??!! so perfectly matching all the colors of the cartoon!! and soon she is going to share with me the quilted finished work so I will share it here with all of you because I am very very excited about this quilt!!! :)

And here a great complete wall hanging by Vivian: isn't it super cute?? Looove it!!

And finally more blocks (some that I shared already, some are new).
Great job ladies!!!! :)

(by Audrey)

(by KellyLea)

(by Diane K.)

(by Inez)

And here is a new pattern (tested)

Tested by Inez, you can find the pattern on my Quilt&StitchAlong page

And since I received some requests for additional Snoopy characters, here they are, ready to be tested!!
They are available on the Untested patterns page


And now... the winner of the MOP Monday, 100 squares giveaway is...

I guess that karma wanted to return the favor (I won one of her giveaway in the past ;) )
Congratulation Kathy!! Your stack of squares will be on its way to you very soon!!
And thanks again to all the people that reach out to me to show that my patterns are used by someone other than myself!!!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Giveaway LAST chance and my weekly update

This is the FOURTH AND LAST week of my giveaway... let me remind you the rules!
There were not too many entries in the last 3 weeks so you chances to win are pretty high :) just saying!! ;)

These are the rules:
- to participate in the giveaway you have to link a post of your blog on my MOP Monday linky party (at the end of this post)
- each link added will give you one entry
- links must belong to a specific range of dates
- the standard MOP Monday opening/closing time applies (the collection usually opens on Sat or Sun and is open until next Tue 12:05 pm EST)
- you can link more than one blog post (as long as it is in the range of the current week)
- the giveaway will be running for 4 MOP Mondays and the winner will be announced in the post on Aug 13 (**changed the announcement day... the post is ready already ;) just the name of the winner is missing**)
- I reserve the right to delete non-relevant links and/or exclude them from the count in the giveaway
- following my blog and commenting on other links is not required, but is greatly appreciated!!
- the prize are the 100 charm squares pictured above. Not all prints are shown and they belong to different charm packs and/or random fabric from my stash
- the giveaway is open to everyone, international entries are welcome (as well as US ones)!!

And now, for My Own Progress:

-- MOP: The list --
1. the SK project - another block done! (see below)
2. Rainbow Starburst - 1 block done (see below)
3. Topolino quilt - 1 block done!! love this one!!! (see below)
4. Reversible sewing machine cover - no progress
5. Tea Towel challenge and PPV BOM - no progress
6. College Days Blog Hop blocks for tote/grocery bag - no progress
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7. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
8. As You Wish - no progress
9. Happy Halloween wall hanging - no progress
10. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
11. Birthday wall hanging - started "thread painting"... not ready to share yet!
     (this is my project for A Lovely Year of Finishes (August))
12. Bibs for friend - Dooone!! (see below)

-- MOP: This week new blocks --
I made three bibs for a friend... never made bibs before but when I saw the tutorial featured on Sew She Can (tutorial by And Sew We Craft) I thought to give it a try...
Obviously I didn't follow the tutorial because that' the way I am LOL :)
I used the pattern and the I used two pieces of fabric for each piece and then turned them inside out (no binding needed). This made them reversible as well (which is an added point).
My little helper is wondering why an iron and two speakers are wearing bibs ;) she may have a point...


But after she check them out, she approved the  final product, so everything is fine!! :)
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I am almost done with the blocks for my Rainbow Starburst quilt.
1 one of the corner block is ready!! I love the idea I had to use the corners to "blend" the colors on two sides... I think it will give the entire quilt a better flow... we'll see... this is the first corner

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Another block for my Mickey & Donald series is ready!!
This is an image of my favorite story of all time!! I read this story thousands of millions of time :) it is a story about a shooting star that was bullied and became very sad and mean but then Eega Beeva (Eta Beta in my italian version) become her friend and she turns bright, beautiful and happy!

The pattern is available on my Quilt&StitchTestAlong page.

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I also did my blocks for my August partner in the Block Swap Adventure... I will share them here once she received them... but I really like them, I hope she feels the same!! :)

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And here is another block for my SK project that I will also share through Summer of Stitches (on Fandom in Stitches) for the theme "I <3 books"... again another great opening "line" :)
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Carrie
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Pattern available on "The SK project" page
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And now, link YOUR own progresses below!!
Links for the giveaway: dated between Aug 6 and Aug 12 (included)
Rules for the linky party:
1. You can link finished projects or WIP at any stage! Every step is worth sharing
   (A journey of thousand miles is made of single steps)!

2. Link to your specific post to make it easier for others to read about your progress!
3. Spread the word and post my button or a text link (code for the button on the side bar)
4. Comment on other links!! It's always good to support each other every step of the way!! :)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Giveaway, more SK and some extra projects

Third week of my giveaway... let me remind you the rules!

These are the rules:
- to participate in the giveaway you have to link a post of your blog on my MOP Monday linky party (at the end of this post)
- each link added will give you one entry
- links must belong to a specific range of dates
- the standard MOP Monday opening/closing time applies (the collection usually opens on Sat or Sun and is open until next Tue 12:05 pm EST)
- you can link more than one blog post (as long as it is in the range of the current week)
- the giveaway will be running for 4 MOP Mondays and the winner will be announced in the post on Aug 16 or 17
- I reserve the right to delete non-relevant links and/or exclude them from the count in the giveaway
- following my blog and commenting on other links is not required, but is greatly appreciated!!
- the prize are the 100 charm squares pictured above. Not all prints are shown and they belong to different charm packs and/or random fabric from my stash
- **forgot to say this last time**: the giveaway is open to everyone, international entries are welcome (as well as US ones)!!

And now, for My Own Progress:

-- MOP: The list --
1. the SK project - one more block done (and two more designed)
2. Rainbow Starburst - 2 blocks done (see below)
3. Topolino quilt - printed next block
4. Reversible sewing machine cover - no progress (progress last week)
5. Tea Towel challenge and PPV BOM - no progress
6. College Days Blog Hop blocks for tote/grocery bag - no progress
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7. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
8. As You Wish - no progress
9. Happy Halloween wall hanging - no progress
10. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
11. Birthday wall hanging - sketched on fabric (this is my project for A Lovely Year of Finishes (August))
12. Bibs for friend - 2 done, 1 to finish

-- MOP: This week new blocks --
Jennifer asked for help for a child that is going through some rough time, so she put together a design of a Superhero quilt and organized a "Fandom In Stitches Community Quilt for Mikey's Fight".
This is my block for him (Hawkeye):

Pattern available @ Fandom In Stitches

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I am almost done with the blocks for my Rainbow Starburst quilt. I put them on my design wall and arranged them in the final layout... I think it's going to be very cool :) there are 4 blocks left (the corners) but with these two below I reached the number I wanted!
The fun thing about this quilt is that I didn't really had a plan until now... I just put together squares of specific colors (or crazy squares like these two) and then when I had enough to make a quilt I started thinking about the final layout. It's so good not to have a plan some time and just "go with the flow"!!!

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I received my July block for the Block Swap Adventure from Linda and she received mine, so I can share them both here :)

(L) Log Cabin block, made by me for Linda,  (R) Snail Trail block, made by Linda
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And here is another block for my SK project that I will also share through Summer of Stitches (on Fandom in Stitches) for the theme "I <3 books"... again another great opening line :)
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Needful Things
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Pattern available on "The SK project" page
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And now, link YOUR own progresses below!!
Links for the giveaway: dated between July 30 and Aug 5 (included)
Rules for the linky party:
1. You can link finished projects or WIP at any stage! Every step is worth sharing
   (A journey of thousand miles is made of single steps)!

2. Link to your specific post to make it easier for others to read about your progress!
3. Spread the word and post my button or a text link (code for the button on the side bar)
4. Comment on other links!! It's always good to support each other every step of the way!! :)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Giveaway continued and a new SK block

Last week my giveaway was announced so let me remind you the rules!

These are the rules:
- to participate in the giveaway you have to link a post of your blog on my MOP Monday linky party (at the end of this post)
- each link added will give you one entry
- links must belong to a specific range of dates
- the standard MOP Monday opening/closing time applies (the collection usually opens on Sat or Sun and is open until next Tue 12:05 pm EST)
- you can link more than one blog post (as long as it is in the range of the current week)
- the giveaway will be running for 4 MOP Mondays and the winner will be announced in the post on Aug 16 or 17
- I reserve the right to delete non-relevant links and/or exclude them from the count in the giveaway
- following my blog and commenting on other links is not required, but is greatly appreciated!!
- the prize are the 100 charm squares pictured above. Not all prints are shown and they belong to different charm packs and/or random fabric from my stash
- **forgot to say this last time**: the giveaway is open to everyone, international entries are welcome (as well as US ones)!!

And now, for My Own Progress:
First of all, I decided to change my list...
I have new projects and new priorities, so I decided to move things around...

-- MOP: The list --
1. the SK project - one more block done (and two more designed)
2. Rainbow Starburst - no progress
3. Topolino quilt - one block done!! (see below)
4. Reversible sewing machine cover - one block done (see below)
5. Tea Towel challenge and PPV BOM - no progress (progress last week)
6. College Days Blog Hop blocks for tote/grocery bag - no progress
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7. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
8. As You Wish - no progress
9. Happy Halloween wall hanging - no progress
10. Crazy optical illusion - no progress

-- MOP: This week new blocks --

(Pattern by Amy @ Badskirt)

I am not super-happy about the embroidery part... I used a different stitch and I didn't spend too much time tracing the letters before, so they didn't turn out very homogeneous... however I don't hate it enough to rip the stitching and redo it ;) so it is what it is and I will move to the next block

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Finally I went back to my Topolino quilt and I made a block that represent what I usually like to do during the weekends:

(pattern available on the Quilt&Stitch-TestAlong page)

relaxing, sleeping and dreaming about flying animals (isn't that fabric just perfect for the block??) ;)
The pattern had few little mistakes, so I will fix it and share it soon!! :)

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And now the block that I am most proud of... I think this is the best block I've ever designed and the best block I've ever embroidered (the picture didn't come out too good... but that's ok). I will share it again through Summer of Stitches (on Fandom in Stitches) for the theme "I <3 books" because this is actually the book I love the most by Stephen King... well technically I love the entire series (together a couple of other books "connected" to the series), but let's cut it here and let me introduce you to the opening line (one of the best opening line ever, IMHO) of...
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The Gunslinger!
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Pattern available on "The SK project" page
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And now, link YOUR own progresses below!!
Links for the giveaway: dated between July 23 and July 29 (included)
Rules for the linky party:
1. You can link finished projects or WIP at any stage! Every step is worth sharing
   (A journey of thousand miles is made of single steps)!

2. Link to your specific post to make it easier for others to read about your progress!
3. Spread the word and post my button or a text link (code for the button on the side bar)
4. Comment on other links!! It's always good to support each other every step of the way!! :)

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