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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Where did April go? (and a link party)

Very busy this week preparing things I cannot share... but some progress on few shareable things as well!
The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Play with Me QAL - Ready to share May block on Monday!
  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 - Kevin (Minion block) done (see below)
  3. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
  4. Hello Block Swap - partners' emails will be sent out today!
  5. American Quilt (previous known as Americana QAL) - waiting to hear from the quilter
  6. Splendid Sampler - 3 blocks done (see below)
  7. Challenge quilt - I don't know... still thinking if joining or not...
  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. 
No progress this week... but I received a wonderful donation from Emily! A completed queen size (probably) quilt top! It is beautiful! Scrappy and colorful!
I will cut it up since the donations require smaller quilts, but basically it is another top (or two) that are pretty much ready to be assembled!!! :)

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I am participating to the fun Minion QAL over at Fandom in Stitches.

Each of these blocks takes me at least two weeks to complete: one week to cut the pieces and hunt in my stash for the perfect background fabric... 5 to 6 days to think "did I choose the right fabric? maybe I should try this other one, or may that other one"... and one day to put the block together :) they are extra fun!


Block 3, Henry (pattern by Jennifer Rowles, available at Fandom in Stitches)

--
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!
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And last but not least...
I am back with some block for the Splendid Sampler!!

Block 11, 20, 21 
See all my blocks on My Splendid Journey page!

As usual, because of my use of two colors (black and selvages) I had to simplify a little bit the block.
Tracing embroidery designs on black fabric is a nightmare for me, and since I don't have fancy soluble things I used a very cheap method: tissue paper. Of course it is so fragile that it tears apart while I was stitching, but it holds up for the main part of the design, so I eyeballed all the other details!
I also simplified the framing around block 20 because it would have been too busy with the big triangle corners in the original design.
Last fun fact: by chance, the text in the candy on block 21 reads "Countdown to Christmas required"... is it a message from the universe? :) :)

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

Sunday, April 24, 2016

A double horror story (and a link party)

I guess that I need to trust what others say... :)


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Play with Me QAL - April block has been released... it's technically free, so if you want to check it out and get back in the free QAL group, that's your chance!
  2. WGACA projects (changed projects)
    1. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - no progress
    2. SECRET quilt for exhibit - (FDJ) 3 blocks done, 4th bocks with the double horror story (see below)
    3. Minion QAL - Hula Minion done (see below)
  3. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
  4. Hello Block Swap - made my blocks (see below)
  5. American Quilt (previous known as Americana QAL) - waiting to hear from the quilter
  6. Splendid Sampler - preparing the next few embroidery blocks
  7. SECRET quilt 2 for exhibit - dropped (thinking about joining a different challenge instead)
  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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Let's start with the double horror story.

I am working on an exhibition quilt... I decided to use a jelly roll I received in a Quilty Box: black and white Kona Solid. I have heard that it frays a lot but while I was working on it I didn't really see that (I didn't have to manipulate the pieces too much).
Since the block has curves, I traced the lines with my washable crayola marker (black... the color that fades the best).
I pieced my block and then I used the Flatter spray (starch alternative) to press it flat...
HORROR 1: the black crayola marker start bleeding... but the terrifying part was that was bleeding blue!!! O_O ... I thought the block was ruined... then I took a deep breath and I thought: maybe if I soak it in cold water as usual everything will fade away.
I did that for several hours... when I went back to check, the water was colored and the block was clear... HORROR 1 recovered... only to discover HORROR 2: the fabric was suuuuper fraying!!! I've never seen anything like that! I have soaked tons of blocks: they shrink a little bit but never frayed so much! I lost between 1/4 and 1/2 inch around the entire block... and considering that it was 5 inches to begin with, you can understand why I cannot recover from HORROR 2 :( :( :( :(
I was very surprised because I didn't really move the block or anything... just static soaking made it happen!
Oh, well... I guess I have a nice label for the finished quilt piece :)

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This is this month pattern: Go board (done with embroidery).

If you want details on how to get the pattern

We have about 50 people playing along, it is so fun!!

If you didn't join, it's not too late!
--
I am working on charity quilts to help the kids in the DC General Homeless Shelter. 
No progress this week... I need to just measure one of the top and get it basted (I have all the material, just need to find some time)

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I am participating to the fun Minion QAL over at Fandom in Stitches.

Each of these blocks takes me at least two weeks to complete: one week to cut the pieces and hunt in my stash for the perfect background fabric... 5 to 6 days to think "did I choose the right fabric? maybe I should try this other one, or may that other one"... and one day to put the block together smile emoticon they are extra fun!


Block 2, Hula Minion (pattern by Jennifer Rowles, available at Fandom in Stitches)

--
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!

I decided to encourage everybody to test the blocks they ask to their partner. Not many did this until now, but this is my set:

Curved log cabin, Drunkard's path and Quarter Dresden

I will link to short instruction files for these blocks soon! They are so fun and scrappy! I hope my partners will enjoy making them!!

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

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Little to show (and a link party)

This week, I was so busy and tired because of work, that I had little progress... but something is better than nothing!

The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Play with Me QAL - April block has been released... it's technically free, so if you want to check it out and get back in the free QAL group, that's your chance!
  2. WGACA projects
    1. Jane T - no progress
    2. The SK project - no progress
    3. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - no progress
  3. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
  4. Hello Block Swap -  designed my block, I need to make my samples!
  5. American Quilt (previous known as Americana QAL) - quilt top 100% done (see below)
  6. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  7. SECRET quilt 1 for exhibit - (FDJ) started pulling fabric for first block
  8. SECRET quilt 2 for exhibit - (Breaking free) no progress
  9. Road Home Row-A-Long - no progress
  10. Art with Fabric Blog Hop - finished my top! (cannot share)
  11. Minion QAL - 1 block done... because I had to join another QAL! :) (see below)
The EverythingElse List:
  1. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
  2. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
  3. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
  4. As You Wish -  no progress
  5. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
  6. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
  7. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
  8. 70273 Project - no progress
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This is this month pattern for my Play with Me QAL: Go board (done with embroidery).

If you want details on how to get the pattern

We have about 50 people playing along, it is so fun!!

If you didn't join, it's not too late!
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This is my American Quilt top done! I am waiting to hear back from the quilter to see how to proceed, but my part is done!

Center: Americana QAL block made by me
Border: Snail Trails block received in my Block Swap Adventure
Left/right border: scrappy red piano border

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Since I am hosting and participating in a dozen QAL, swaps and hops, why not joining another one, right?? :) :)
Well, I couldn't pass on this... it's a Minion QAL!! :)

Block 1, Bee Do (pattern by Jennifer Rowles, available at Fandom in Stitches)
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I want to remind you that I am working on charity quilts,
and I would love your help!! 
Quilts are for a quilt drive to help the kids in the DC General Homeless Shelter. 
And you can help me by donating orphan blocks, partial blocks, or fabric (scraps, strips, leftover, uglies, whatever). 
If you are willing to mail them to me, I could use them to make more quilts for these kids!!! 
If you are up for a loving donation, please send me an email at tweloq[_at_]gmail[dot_com] or leave a comment here with your email address so I could give you my mailing address. I promise that your donation will be used to make some kids happy and feel more loved!! 

No progress on this. But I have 2 or 3 quilt tops done... I just need to take them out of the box and get them quilted!

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

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Planning and progress (and a link party)

My "ten days of finishing project" are over and I am back into new blocks new projects mode!!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Play with Me QAL - April block has been released... it's technically free, so if you want to check it out and get back in the free QAL group, that's your chance!
  2. WGACA projects
    1. Jane T - no progress
    2. The SK project - no progress
    3. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - quilted and bound! (see below)
  3. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
  4. Block Swap Adventure -  dropped out, group with too little  interactions. I will replace this with the Hello Block Swap! :)
  5. American Quilt (previous known as Americana QAL) - quilt top 90% done (see below)
  6. Splendid Sampler - 2 blocks done, I am back! (see below)
  7. SECRET quilt 1 for exhibit - (FDJ) started pulling fabric for first block
  8. SECRET quilt 2 for exhibit - (Breaking free) no progress
  9. Road Home Row-A-Long - designed the entire row (cannot share yet)
  10. 70273 Project - 2 blocks done (see below)
The EverythingElse List:
  1. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
  2. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
  3. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
  4. As You Wish -  no progress
  5. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
  6. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
  7. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
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Let me start by setting the goals for the Finish-ALong Q2:
  1. FDJ quilt for exhibit - current state: designed and fabric selected
  2. Breaking free for exhibit - current state: designed, no idea about fabric yet
  3. Table runner for Art with Fabric Blog Hop - current state: designed, have fabric, need to start
  4. Bargello/Cathedral window charity quilt - current state: done quilting and binding yesterday but label and washing is missing
  5. American Quilt - current state: quilt top 90% done, need extra border and quilting/binding
  6. Play with me QAL - current state: 6 QAYG blocks done, three to finish the design, then I just need to join and bind
  7. Charity quilt 1, flowers - current state: top done, maybe need extra border?
  8. Charity quilt 2, Allietare - current state: top done, need quilting and finishing
  9. Charity quilt 3, baby quilt - current state: pieces for the top cut, need assembly and everything else

I think this list is long enough :)

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This is this month pattern: Go board (done with embroidery).

If you want details on how to get the pattern

We have about 50 people playing along, it is so fun!!

If you didn't join, it's not too late!
--
Finally my American Quilt top is done (almost)

Center: Americana QAL block made by me
Border: Snail Trails block received in my Block Swap Adventure
Quilt top inspected and approved by my sewing helper :) :) :)

I realized it a little bit too narrow for my tastes... so I will add a red scrappy piano border and then I will probably send it off to quilt because I won a gift certificate so why not take advantage of that and explore quilting services? It would be my first time, I am a little nervous, but I am sure it will be great!

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Back in the Splendid Sampler journey. I made the April blocks and I will catch up on the missed one this week.

Block 15 and 16
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This will be my contribution 70273 Project. For now just two blocks, but I designed the paper piecing pattern, so I can print and make more with my scraps!
If you want the pattern, please get in touch with me and I will send it to you. I will share it soon for download but if you want it directly in your mailbox, just email me! :)

I hope you will join this project! 
Jeanne is trying to collect 70273 blocks so she needs all the help she can get!!

--
I want to remind you that I am working on charity quilts,
and I would love your help!! 
Quilts are for a quilt drive to help the kids in the DC General Homeless Shelter. 
And you can help me by donating orphan blocks, partial blocks, or fabric (scraps, strips, leftover, uglies, whatever). 
If you are willing to mail them to me, I could use them to make more quilts for these kids!!! 
If you are up for a loving donation, please send me an email at tweloq[_at_]gmail[dot_com] or leave a comment here with your email address so I could give you my mailing address. I promise that your donation will be used to make some kids happy and feel more loved!! 

Cathedral window+donated block (front 1, left), Bargello Elm Street Quilt (front 2, right)
Size: 39'' x 41''
Still missing label and washing

--
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!

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

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Getting things done (and a link party)

My "ten days of finishing project" are technically expired, but I am still finishing up few things, so I keep it going for few more days :)!
I had a lot of progress in project that went untouched for too long.


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Play with Me QAL - 100% done with all patterns/posts for April, starting with the ones for May! Cannot share those, but I released the third block of the QAL, the Backgammon board!
  2. WGACA projects
    1. Jane T - no progress
    2. The SK project - no progress
    3. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - basted and half quilted! Will be done by next week!
  3. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
  4. Block Swap Adventure -  paused until April
  5. American Quilt (previous known as Americana QAL) - no progress
  6. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
  7. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  8. SECRET quilt 1 for exhibit - (FDJ) no progress
  9. SECRET quilt 2 for exhibit - (Processing) no progress
  10. Tablet tote - done (see below)
  11. Road Home Row-A-Long - planned what to make
  12. 70273 Project - decided to join
The EverythingElse List:
  1. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
  2. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
  3. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
  4. As You Wish -  no progress
  5. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
  6. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
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My plan was is that that until the end of the month I WON'T make a single new block, a single new crochet block, nothing "new".
I am only allowed to make "finishing" steps: either joining blocks I already have, basting quilt tops I have, finishing backings, etc. I will pause my Splendid Sampler, my Mirror Mirror Afghan, Jane T, SK, everything that is far away from being finished and I will focus on project that I can complete or move to completion by the end of the month.

Because of this, I finished 2 future boards for my Play with Me QAL and almost completed a third one! I cannot share those, but I can share the beautiful backgammon board everyone else is sharing!


We have about 50 people playing along, it is so fun!!

If you didn't join, it's not too late!

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Then I finished my Strings of Pi piece: the only missing thing was the hanging sleeve, but now it is done done piece!


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I also completed a little tablet carrier for my mom!

Adapted from Heidi's Mosaic Bag

I really struggle making bags... I don't enjoy the process at all... but I love the final result!

--
And last, but not least, I want to remind you that I am working on charity quilts,
and I would love your help!! 
Quilts are for a quilt drive to help the kids in the DC General Homeless Shelter. 
And you can help me by donating orphan blocks, partial blocks, or fabric (scraps, strips, leftover, uglies, whatever). 
If you are willing to mail them to me, I could use them to make more quilts for these kids!!! 
If you are up for a loving donation, please send me an email at tweloq[_at_]gmail[dot_com] or leave a comment here with your email address so I could give you my mailing address. I promise that your donation will be used to make some kids happy and feel more loved!! 

I quilted 60% of the baby quilt... it is going to be ready next week! so excited to get this project out of my UFO list!!!

--
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!

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

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Ello? Can you hear me? (and a link party)

My "ten days of finishing project" is working great!
I had a lot of progress in project that went untouched for too long.


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Play with Me QAL - 100% done with board 4 and 5, 80% done with board 7.
    Cannot share those, but I released the third block of the QAL, the Backgammon board!
  2. WGACA projects
    1. Jane T - no progress
    2. The SK project - no progress
    3. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - finished bargello assembly (see below)
  3. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
  4. Block Swap Adventure -  paused until April
  5. American Quilt (previous known as Americana QAL) - no progress
  6. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
  7. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  8. SECRET quilt 1 for exhibit - (FDJ) no progress
  9. SECRET quilt 2 for exhibit - (Processing) no progress
  10. Tablet tote - cut all the pieces, need start assembling
  11. Road Home Row-A-Long - planned what to make
  12. 70273 Project - decided to join
The EverythingElse List:
  1. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
  2. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
  3. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
  4. As You Wish -  no progress
  5. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
  6. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
----
My plan was is that that until the end of the month I WON'T make a single new block, a single new crochet block, nothing "new".
I am only allowed to make "finishing" steps: either joining blocks I already have, basting quilt tops I have, finishing backings, etc. I will pause my Splendid Sampler, my Mirror Mirror Afghan, Jane T, SK, everything that is far away from being finished and I will focus on project that I can complete or move to completion by the end of the month.

Because of this, I finished 2 future boards for my Play with Me QAL and almost completed a third one! I cannot share those, but I can share the beautiful backgammon board everyone else is sharing!


We have about 50 people playing along, it is so fun!!

If you didn't join, it's not too late!

--
And last, but not least, I want to remind you that I am working on charity quilts,
and I would love your help!! 
Quilts are for a quilt drive to help the kids in the DC General Homeless Shelter. 
And you can help me by donating orphan blocks, partial blocks, or fabric (scraps, strips, leftover, uglies, whatever). 
If you are willing to mail them to me, I could use them to make more quilts for these kids!!! 
If you are up for a loving donation, please send me an email at tweloq[_at_]gmail[dot_com] or leave a comment here with your email address so I could give you my mailing address. I promise that your donation will be used to make some kids happy and feel more loved!! 

I had a lot of strips from an early donation and while I knew I wanted to use it to make a back (because I already have 3 or 4 tops done, so I need backs) I wanted something fun that was not just put them together as strips! Then I saw this super fun (and easy) QAL at Elm Street Quilts so I decided to join!

Piecing done! I added some strips on the left because I didn't want any fabric to get wasted!
Size (for now) 36''x45'' 

I need to pull out the ready tops and see which one is the best fit to have this bargello as the back.

--
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!

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

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Ten days of finishing (and a link party)

I have too many new projects going on and I let old projects go untouched for too long!
So I decided to start a "ten days of finishing project"


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Play with Me QAL - working on future blocks (cannot share details)
    but I released the third block of the QAL, the Backgammon board!
  2. WGACA projects
    1. Jane T - no progress
    2. The SK project - no progress
    3. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - assembled bargello base for backing
  3. Mirror Mirror Afghan - 2 blocks done! (see below)
  4. Block Swap Adventure -  paused until April
  5. American Quilt (previous known as Americana QAL) - no progress
  6. Project Quilting (#6) - "Strings of Pi" done (see below)
  7. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - paused, not liking where this is going :(
  8. Splendid Sampler - Block 9 done (see below)
  9. SECRET quilt 1 for exhibit - (FDJ) no progress
  10. SECRET quilt 2 for exhibit - (Processing) no progress
  11. Tablet tote - planned
  12. Road Home Row-A-Long - planned what to make
  13. 70273 Project - decided to join
The EverythingElse List:
  1. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
  2. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
  3. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
  4. As You Wish -  no progress
  5. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
  6. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
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Before talking about the specific projects I worked on this week, I want to stop and look at my list of projects: it is growing too fast and my enthusiasm for new projects and blocks is taking away energy to finish old ones!

That's why I decided to start a "10 days of finishing" :)
Until the end of the month I WON'T make a single new block, a single new crochet block, nothing "new".
I am only allowed to make "finishing" steps: either joining blocks I already have, basting quilt tops I have, finishing backings, etc. I will pause my Splendid Sampler, my Mirror Mirror Afghan, Jane T, SK, everything that is far away from being finished and I will focus on project that I can complete or move to completion by the end of the month.

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These are my latest blocks for Pat's and Jane's Splendid Sampler 

Block 8 (crochet version)

Block 9 (no crochet version)

To see all my blocks, check out My Sampler Journey page

This week I also received 2 wonderful donations from 2 generous people! Antoinette and Jeanne sent me a total of FIVE big ziplock bags FULL of selvages!!! Sooo much to play with! I need to find a better system to store and divide my selvages because now a generic box is not good enough :)

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Early in the week I completed the last piece for the Project Quilting challenge (String of Pi).


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Early this month I shared the third block for my Play with Me QAL


I am looking forward to see more boards shared by the people in the group! 
We have about 50 people playing along, it is so fun!!

If you didn't join, it's not too late!

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And last, but not least, I want to remind you that I am working on charity quilts,
and I would love your help!! 
Quilts are for a quilt drive to help the kids in the DC General Homeless Shelter. 
And you can help me by donating orphan blocks, partial blocks, or fabric (scraps, strips, leftover, uglies, whatever). 
If you are willing to mail them to me, I could use them to make more quilts for these kids!!! 
If you are up for a loving donation, please send me an email at tweloq[_at_]gmail[dot_com] or leave a comment here with your email address so I could give you my mailing address. I promise that your donation will be used to make some kids happy and feel more loved!! 

I finally have something to show you!

Well... this was an early phase picture :)
Bargello with a cat

I had a lot of strips from an early donation and while I knew I wanted to use it to make a back (because I already have 3 or 4 tops done, so I need backs) I wanted something fun that was not just put them together as strips! Then I saw this super fun (and easy) QAL at Elm Street Quilts so I decided to join!

Ready for the next step!

I am going to make the "Queen" version (36'') and I will need to make it bigger with some kind of border, but I really like when others are putting together an easy design and I just need to follow along! :)

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

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

It's never too late for some Pi (and my thoughts on Project Quilting)

Before presenting you the latest piece for the Project Quilting challenge, let me start by saying that I enjoyed these PQ challenges but I am also a little disappointed by the overall experience. If you want to know why you have to read below :)

So let's start with my entry for the last Challenge of Project Quilting

"Strings of Pi"
(inspired by the work of Martin Krzywinski)
size: 20'' x 20''

(Project 6: 2016 Finish-Along, from the list in this post)

For this challenge we had to include one monkey wrench block and one flying geese block.
As usual I decided to make this challenge more personal and I decided to honor Pi as 3/14 was Pi day. I was planning to release it that day, but it took me longer than planned to make... oh well, it's never too late to celebrate Pi!! :)

So I built the entire piece as a monkey wrench in black with white accents, I wrote the first 220 digits of Pi on the white sections and I put a rainbow colored circle of geese in the center.
Inside of this circle is where the fun started!!! :)
I wrote the same 220 digits with thread lines connecting 10 sections (representing the digits from 0 to 9). So I started on the section for the 3 (underlined) and then I stitched an arch to go to the section of the 1, then a second arch to go to the section for the 4 and so on until I stitched all the written digits!
I used a fun Aurifil variegated 50 wt thread, and that creates a beautiful movement!
I will take better pictures of this piece when I have time, but for now this will have to do! :)

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And now some reflections...
These are just my personal thoughts, and I am sharing them with the hope of finding what you, my dearest reader, think about it! Sharing is very important to me and I really like to hear what others think!

So Project Quilting is a series of challenges that are meant to be inspirational and fun!  After they release the theme of the challenge, we have just a week to make a finished project (from inception to finishing). Every week that we enter a piece for the challenge we are entered into a hat to win one of the amazing prizes from sponsors.

In addition to the theme chosen by them, I decided to add an extra "theme" for myself: the piece should be inspired by a "traditional" art piece (painting, drawing, etc) AND I cannot buy new fabric for these projects.

After 6 challenges this is my collection!

Quilted art pieces inspired by the work of 
Kandinsky, Matisse, Ancient Egypt, 
Walt Disney, Dali and Krzywinski

Now... let me split my thoughts in Good and Sad :)

The Good:
  • Having one single week and one specific theme may seem intimidating and stressful, but it's actually very liberating because it made me much more focused and I completed several projects, which is always a great boost for my creativity
  • Sponsors and prizes are great! I won more than one random prize! So goodies are always a good incentive
  • Having small projects and no particular rules to make them allowed me to try things I never tried before! And I fell in love with several of them (if you want links for tutorials on these techniques, just comment below... I saved them somewhere and I can find them for you)!
    • facing instead of binding (for art pieces): done in my Dali inspired piece (looooove this)
    • binding with same color as last border: done in Matisse inspired piece (don't like this look)
    • binding by folding under: done on my Kandinsky inspired piece (this is ok, but it's cumbersome and not too clean)
    • envelope turn: done on my Egyptian inspired piece (this is ok, but not my favorite)
    • elmer's glue as basting glue: done on my Pi piece, just on the back (loooove this)
    • use facing as hanging sleeve: done on my Dali inspired piece (looove this)
    • regular hanging sleeve: done on my Matisse inspired piece (it's ok, now I know how to do it)
    • squares pointing down and not on the corners (loooove this, as it takes 2 hand stitches and it accommodates rods longer or shorter than the actual piece)
    • raw edge applique: done on several pieces (really like, because I can use any shape)
    • thread painting: done on my Disney inspired piece (challenging but fun for small pieces)

The Sad:
  • my pieces received consistently very very few votes... several times way less than pieces done by the hostesses and marked as "DO NOT VOTE FOR THIS" :) It's not that I think my pieces are wonderful, but in early challenges we had the chance to vote for six or seven projects... and some of them looked good but way less elaborate than mine... however I felt that people didn't really got my piece nor they were interested in reading their story... which brings me to the next point
  • even if I was not expecting  to win viewer’s choice, I was expecting to make new connections with people! I was expecting people to comment and interact with me, read the story of the piece, the inspiration, etc. Instead I very very rarely got any comment... not even by the people hosting the event. While I understand that life is busy for everyone, I posted both on my blog, on their FlickR group and in their FB group... these platforms allow for very quick comments, so not receiving those, and not getting click though their own linky made me very sad.

Reflecting on the sad and the good, I can conclude that probably the community around this event is just not "my tribe". I think it's very important to realize that everybody have their own aesthetic and no one can like everything or please everyone. So the disappointing may just be of me trying to fit in a collective where I am not meant to fit... nothing bad here, just life!

Do I regret to have participated this year? Absolutely NOT!
Did I learned a lot from the experience? YES!!
Will I participate next year? I don't know... I will evaluate this next year!

Two quotes that summarize this experience:
  1. You miss 100% of the shots you don't take (Wayne Gretzky)
  2. If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid (Albert Einstein)

Edited To Add: I received many comments on this post (THANKS) however many of them are from no-reply bloggers :( if I don't have a direct way to reply to your comment (your email) I will reply here on the blog, but you may not read it if you don't come back :( so if you want to make sure I interact with you, leave me a way to get in touch by writing your email address!! I appreciate everyone's comment! 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

One second every day makes a difference (and a link party)

A new tool that gets a looot of things done!
The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Play with Me QAL - working on future blocks (cannot share details)
    but I released the third block of the QAL, the Backgammon board!
  2. WGACA projects
    1. Jane T - paused until completion of other two
    2. The SK project - no progress
    3. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - no progress
  3. Mirror Mirror Afghan - working on block 8 translation to crochet
  4. Block Swap Adventure -  insane block done for March (see below)
  5. American Quilt (previous known as Americana QAL) - no progress
  6. Project Quilting (#6) - waiting for next challenge
  7. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - paused, not liking where this is going :(
  8. Splendid Sampler - block 6, 7 and 8 done (see below)
  9. SECRET quilt for exhibit - no progress
  10. Items to send out - mini tote and pincushion (see below)
The EverythingElse List:
  1. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
  2. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
  3. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
  4. As You Wish -  no progress
  5. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
  6. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
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Before talking about the specific projects I worked on this week, let me share a wonderful tool that has been extremely useful for me to find motivation and inspiration to complete projects.

The tool is an app for smartphones called "1 Second Everyday" and the name of the app explains what it is :)
The creator of this app has a very powerful story and a good TED talk, so go and check him out!

The great thing for me in this app, is that you can have different "timelines" so I have one for my personal life and one for my Crafting life!! :) Having to record a second of my crafting life every day encouraged me to take out my projects and work even for just few minutes on them! Some days I got more done than others, but still every day I did something creative (because I had to record it) :)
To be honest, it is kind of hard to record when you are doing something crafty because we only have two hands :) but because the video is just one second anyway, you don't need to worry too much about the action, light, sound, etc... It's super easy and below you can see what I had after one month (30 seconds video)! Oh, the other cool thing is that you get the video "stitched" together (as they say) with one single click, no editing, no extra time required! The original video is a great quality but I compressed here to save space in my account :)

(this is the first time I try to embed a video here... it may not work, if so let me know!)


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These are my latest blocks for Pat's and Jane's Splendid Sampler 

Block 6, 7 and 8
To see all my blocks, check out My Sampler Journey page

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When partners in the Block Swap Adventure group tell me "choose whatever block you want" I tend to select challenging blocks with a gazillion of pieces! :)
I do that both to challenge myself and to try blocks that I would probably never choose if I had to make an entire quilt with them! This is definitely one of them! 

Note: HST finish at 1 inch square! O_o the block is 12'' finished

The block has a gazillion of tiny HST but I think it turned out beautiful! Linda said that she likes traditional patterns, red and white and that scrappy is ok. I hope she likes this block! To my surprise it turned out extremely precise considering the amount of pieces!!

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For my Splendid Sampler, I asked people if they were willing to send me some of their selvages in exchange of something from me. Several generous people agreed to send me something so I am making them something in return.

A mini tote and a pin cushion!

The mini tote is perfect to keep the Splendid Sampler blocks... or if they choose to box the corners it becomes a great thread catcher basket. I hope my first generous donor likes it! I will make more because they are really fun and easy to make. 

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Early this month I shared the third block for my Play with Me QAL



I am looking forward to see boards shared by the people in the group! We have about 50 people playing along, it is so fun!!

If you didn't join, it's not too late!

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And last, but not least, I want to remind you that I am working on charity quilts,
and I would love your help!! 
Quilts are for a quilt drive to help the kids in the DC General Homeless Shelter. 
And you can help me by donating orphan blocks, partial blocks, or fabric (scraps, strips, leftover, uglies, whatever). 
If you are willing to mail them to me, I could use them to make more quilts for these kids!!! 
If you are up for a loving donation, please send me an email at tweloq[_at_]gmail[dot_com] or leave a comment here with your email address so I could give you my mailing address. I promise that your donation will be used to make some kids happy and feel more loved!! 

I started assembling few quilt backs... but nothing worth sharing, just yet... 

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

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Sewing, crocheting, designing and planning (and a link party)

Sewing and crocheting at full speed!

The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Play with Me QAL - few more hours to turn the PP block. (see below)
    The next pattern is ready and will be shared on Monday!! 
  2. WGACA projects
    1. Jane T - paused until completion of other two
    2. The SK project - one block done (see below)
    3. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - no progress
  3. Mirror Mirror Afghan - 2 blocks done (see below)
  4. Block Swap Adventure -  waiting for March partner assignment
  5. American Quilt (previous known as Americana QAL) - no progress
  6. Project Quilting (#5) - done! (see below)
  7. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - paused, not liking where this is going :(
  8. Splendid Sampler - block 4 and 5 done (see below)
  9. SECRET quilt for exhibit - FDJ planning started (see below)
The EverythingElse List:
  1. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
  2. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
  3. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
  4. As You Wish -  no progress
  5. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
  6. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
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Pat and Jane announced the Splendid Sampler and can I not join such a fun project? Of course not!! :)
But I had to find my twists to make my journey different than anyone else's.

Block 4

Block 5 (with the two crochet ones too)
To see all my blocks, check out My Sampler Journey page

Block 6 is out but I think I will slow down with this project because 2 blocks a week is a lot, considering that I have to make my own "fabric" with selvages first and that I want to crochet some of them as well. I may see if Block 7 (released tomorrow) is easier and start with that for next week.
I am really enjoying this project but it is taking over my (sewing) life! :) :)

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Speaking of projects taking over my (sewing) life...

Another challenge of Project Quilting (Through the Eyes of a Child) was released last week and this is the piece I put together.

"MOOOM! Look, I colored Mickey"
8'' x 6.5''

I loved Mickey Mouse (Topolino) when I was a child... I cannot remember a time when I didn't have a Topolino comic book to read every day... from kinder-garden school to college :)
So my piece is a reproduction of a classic "drawing" from when I was little. And I put it on the fridge because where else would my mom display my art, right??
I am really pleased about how it turned out! I learned a lot about thread coloring since this is my first time (hence the wrinkly look).

About PQ challenges... I will have some reflections on this next week, since that is going to be the last challenge for the year... I have mixed feelings about the experience... but more on this next week :)

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Second project from my WGACA list  (to read more about this concept, read this previous post) was completed. I recently completed a page for this, and I realized that the initially empty page slows down my progress. I better get some progress on all three of the projects so the ball will get going!

Stephen King - Salem's Lot
Book cover
(Pattern available soon)

I am happy that I broke free from my own rules of making the book cover with paper piecing! I don't particularly like the process of raw edge applique, but I really like the result and the fact that requires much less time designing them!!
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Early last month I shared the second block for my Play with Me QAL


Look at all the different color combinations that people used in their game boards! So exciting!!!


If you didn't join, it's not too late!

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I had an idea for a project for a long time... and now I think it could fit this exhibit so I will actually get the project out of my head and down to fabric.

I cannot tell you more for now... except that the plan is on paper (and on my computer) so now I just need to get going!! :)

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And last, but not least, I want to remind you that I am working on charity quilts,
and I would love your help!! 
Quilts are for a quilt drive to help the kids in the DC General Homeless Shelter. 
And you can help me by donating orphan blocks, partial blocks, or fabric (scraps, strips, leftover, uglies, whatever). 
If you are willing to mail them to me, I could use them to make more quilts for these kids!!! 
If you are up for a loving donation, please send me an email at tweloq[_at_]gmail[dot_com] or leave a comment here with your email address so I could give you my mailing address. I promise that your donation will be used to make some kids happy and feel more loved!! 

I haven't made any concrete progress here, but I pulled some fabric out and I am ready to assemble some strips into quilt backings! At least I have a plan now!! :)

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

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