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Monday, September 18, 2017

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Fall 2017 - Minions


Size: 54'' x 70''
"Minion's Minions Quilt"

This is my version of a fun QAL that was hosted on Fandom in Stitches a while ago.
I added few blocks I designed, and I set the blocks in a fun layout, to form a quilt on a quilt :)
The binding is a fun two colors binding, following Susan's tutorial
After washing it, the quilt is sooooo soft and scrunchy because I have high loft batting!!! 


This is my second entry for the Blogger Quilt Festival!
My first entry is here.





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.

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The other thing I love is to host EVENTS for us quilters!
An event coming up on this blog: the Fall edition of my "Art with Fabric Blog Hop"!!


and a FREE QAL for 2018... it's not too early to sign up as I started sharing more information about it already!!


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

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Fall 2017 - Heart of Jade

Size: 18'' x 18''
"Heart of Jade"

This is another mini for my collection of mini Pantone Color of the Year 2017 (Greenery... which for me is not just a single color because it reminds me of all the greens in nature, thus the super scrappy look)

The pattern is by a friend (Yanicka), who developed this new technique to make these super cool and modern design: it is NOT paper piecing, it is much much simpler! For the pattern and more information, visit Yanicka's blog!

This is my first entry for the Blogger Quilt Festival, Mini 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.

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The other thing I love is to host EVENTS for us quilters!
An event coming up on this blog: the Fall edition of my "Art with Fabric Blog Hop"!!


and a FREE QAL for 2018... it's not too early to sign up as I started sharing more information about it already!!


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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Slow progress is good progress (and a link party)

This September has been quite crazy and tiring at work, so I find very little energy to sew... but I managed to make few blocks, so go me!!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - completed all my blocks, finishing up the patterns for the year!
  2. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - shared layout and working on making the blocks!
  3. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - no progress
  4. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  5. Charity quilts - no progress
  6. SK project - no progress
  7. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - no progress
  8. En Provence QAL - no progress
  9. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - loooove it, I will share updates next month!
  10. the 70273 Project - no progress
  11. Book binding - no progress
  12. Twilters! Bee - no progress
  13. Pencases and zipper pouches - designing many fun ones, after the horror story of interacting with a rude designer few weeks ago
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I joined another QAL, because this looks so fun and easy! It's all done with the same block, and it's super perfect for all the tiny scraps I have, from all colors of the rainbow!


This is my block
I decided to go with black background and scrappy aqua/teal/light blue as secondary!!

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I completed the blocks for my Twilter's Bee Block swap: aren't these little birds cute?


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And last, but not least, last week I announced the Art with Fabric Blog hop, which will run for a week in October. Check the line up of fantastic artists at this link!!


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


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Mostly working on secret projects (and a link party)

Finally I have been working on something I can share... a lot of secret sewing for events that are coming up, so I have been busy even if I do not share :)


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - completed all my blocks, finishing up the patterns for the year!
  2. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - shared layout and working on making the blocks!
  3. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - one more block (see below)!
  4. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  5. Charity quilts - no progress
  6. SK project - no progress
  7. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - no progress
  8. En Provence QAL - no progress
  9. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - loooove it, I will share updates next month!
  10. the 70273 Project - no progress
  11. Book binding - no progress
  12. Twilters! Bee - no progress
  13. Face scrubbies and other crochet sponges - completed a while ago, finally pictures :)
  14. Pencases and zipper pouches - designing many fun ones, after the horror story of interacting with a rude designer few weeks ago
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I have been making great progress on my quit for the Art with Disney QAL 2018.
I actually completed 3 blocks... one will be shared as my piece for the Art with Fabric blog hop next month... a second one will be shared as my piece for the Enter if U Dare blog hop. The third one is not connected to any future event, so let me introduce you


Daisy Mondrian (20'' x 20'')

The quilting design is inspired by the work of Piet Mondrian :)
As usual for these blocks, I envelope turned it, quilted it, added blanket stitching and crochet all around, and I will use this to join all the blocks in a fun and different way of QAYG method! :) This is an experiment, but it is working fantastic with the quilting, since the piece is relative small but not too small (so good practice) and joining the pieces won't require struggling to fit big heavy pieces through a machine, since crochet can be done from the comfort of my couch!! :)

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I completed this set of crochet face scrubbies and sponges that I gifted for a birthday.
They are super easy and quite practical, since they have been reducing my waste of make up removing wipes: I use them, throw them in the washing machine and they come back as new! :)


I haven't tried the pouf or the soap saver myself, but they look as they work just fine :)

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And last, but not least, yesterday I announced the Art with Fabric Blog hop, which will run for a week in October. Check the line up of fantastic artists at this link!!


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


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Art with Fabric blog hop - Fall 2017 edition

Today I am happy to announce the FOURTH edition of the Art with Fabric Blog Hop!


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

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

To explore the endless possibilities of art-inspired quilted pieces I decided to organize another edition of this Blog Hop!

This edition has a special theme...

MOTHER EARTH!

Our amazing artists can pick can pick an inspiration piece that shows a landscape, plants and flowers, animals, the universe or humans...  how they include or interpret the theme is completely up to them!! I am sure we will be amazed and moved by the pieces from this hop!

This is the current schedule: look how many AMAZING artists are going to join!!

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 

Thursday, October 12th, 2017 

Friday, October 13th, 2017 

If you want to see the amazing pieces we had in the last two editions of the blog hop, 

If any of you want to join the event, please leave a contact below with your email address and I will get in touch with you and add you in the list of artists!

I cannot wait to see what everybody will make for this special edition of the blog hop!!
If you want to spread the word about this hop, grab the button below!!

Art with Fabric blog hop @ tweloquilting.blogspot.com

Saturday, September 2, 2017

When personal communications go wrong (and a link party)

I planned today's post to be different... but then a weird thing happened and I want to share...


I planned to title this post "zip, zippity, zippity" because I was planning to share all my zipper pouches projects that I have been making in this past month.

Instead...

I will share the weird experience I had with the designer of one of those zipper pouches I made. I won't name the pattern or the person... so I will call it "the-pattern-which-must-not-be-named" from here on :)

Ok, before going down the rabbit hole of the story, let me share one zipper pouch that I made without a pattern...


I just added a 2.5'' strip to a zipper and stitched it on a thick plastic bag (one that you get when you buy curtains or something similar). Now I have a nice and sturdy clear pouch to carry around my beautiful planner :) 


Ok, story time!!

First of all, a little context: I found the free tutorial for the-pattern-which-must-not-be-named on line. It was a downloadable pdf with instructions and a step by step tutorial on her website.

Fantastic! I made the first pouch... I really enjoyed the design because it's very unique, the instructions were great, but I saw an opportunity to change something and I decided to get in touch with the designer.

I sent her a long email where I thank her for the wonderful pattern, I told her how much I enjoyed making it, I told her that I will be making many many more of those as they will be my handmade Xmas present for all the people on my list.
Then I told her that I thought that the pattern could benefit from slightly changing the measurements with more precut friendly measurements, so that one could use all those leftover precuts pieces that we all have from making quilts!!
I also proposed that I could write up a little companion cutting guide that would list those different measurements and then provide this on my website with links to her actual tutorial for all the instructions.
I finished the email by saying again how thankful I was for her sharing this pattern online for free, and that I was waiting for her input on my proposal.

One month went by and I didn't get any reply...

Ok.. summer, life, things, of course, people are busy, let's try to reach out again (I told myself).

I sent out another email, with more thankful and positive comments (because in the meantime I made 3 more of those pouches) and I asked her again about the proposal of a companion cutting chart, more precut friendly.

Her response was short, cold and quite surprising.

She said

"if you think your pattern is better than mine, go ahead and publish it"
"you cannot mention my pattern name, you cannot copy my words or images or schematic, that is copyright, everything on my site is copyright"

That's it.

Ok....
Well...
Sorry, what??

1.  I never said that my pattern is "better" than hers. I didn't even mention that I have a pattern... I don't have a pattern, I just have different cutting measures!

2. I never mentioned that I would copy words, or use pictures, again I just said that I would provide different cutting measures, and link back to her blog

3. thanks for not even acknowledging that I am one of your followers, that used your pattern, appreciate your creativity and support you...

4. thanks for not even acknowledging that I reached out to you to ask permission of something that doesn't need permission (see next point). And that I asked TWICE.... most people just download free patterns and never contact the designers... I wanted to reach out to her and build a personal connection but apparently throwing unfounded "copyright" threats is a much better way to interact

5. you cannot mandate that people don't use your pattern name as a link back to your site: this is shared for free on a free accessible website. Sure, one cannot use the pictures or the exact words, but putting together a different document and linking to her site is not a copyright infringement of any kind. To make claims on the name of the pattern, that would need to be trademark, which is different than copyright and I don't think that she trademarked the very simple name of  the-pattern-which-must-not-be-named (oh, should I trademark that? :) :) sarcasm :) )

6. thanks for not having an open mind and a open heart. She will never know what kind of collaborations or links or business opportunities would have come from answering positive to me on such a small thing... I was planning to share each of the completed bags in all the future events I am participating in (bonnie hunter qal, sewhooked qal, bag it at elmstreet, blogger quilt festival, enter if u dare, art with fabric blog hop, and many more). All these events drive new people to all blogs... maybe people would have loved my zipper pouch project and downloaded her pattern and she could have more traffic and new opportunities that she cannot even imagine. Now I will never link to her blog, I already unfollowed her on all social platforms and I won't even mention her name

7. thanks for actually getting ME a wonderful unexpected inspiration... as a great quote by Charlamagne Tha God that I heard on a recent podcast "Sh*t is the best fertilizer". She mentioned a "better pattern"... well I don't have a better pattern YET... however I believe that my idea has merit, so I am now designing a complete series of small objects patterns (zipper pouches and other kind of bags) that will be easy, cute, and precut friendly. More on this in the next few months, but this is the point: when you treat people badly, you never know what you awake in them :)

So what do you think about this experience?

Do you think that some people today are just so afraid of sharing that the first reaction to any request is just a door slapped on someone's face? 
Have you ever had a similar experience? Or did you have a wonderful experience that lead to something amazing and unexpected?

Share your stories in the comments below, I would love to read them (and if you want me to reply, please leave your email if you are a no-reply blogger :) )

How about you? What are YOU up to?
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Puzzling times (and a link party)

While I have been crafty and creative, it is difficult to share these fun projects when heartbreaking hate is celebrated, justified and supported by some people with powerful positions.


This is why today I want to focus on one particular project that is sadly very relevant.
a project to "commemorate 70,273 voiceless, powerless people who were so callously and casually murdered by the Nazis because physically or mentally disabled – men, women, teens, boys, and girls"



For the people that think that "many sides" have to be called out...
For the people that think that "they had a permit, the others didn't have a permit"...


I want you to remember that the paperwork to murder 70273 disabled people between January 1940 and August 1941 (before the Holocaust began), was absolutely legal...

They had a permit...

Check out these pristine and beautifully calligraphed documents that list thousand of people that are legally killed because they were physically and mentally disabled (document from https://www.ushmm.org/).

They had a permit for many years to work on their idea to exterminate the Jewish people (doument from https://www.ushmm.org/).



If you are one of the people that buried your head in the sand by believing there was violence "from many sides" and that it's all good if "they had a pemit" (document from https://www.ushmm.org about the permits people had in 1930s)...

I hope that the event that will open your eyes on what is happening, won't be...
... the filed paperwork to murder your son because a threat to genetic purity ...
... the filed paperwork to murder your daughter because "useless" to society ...
... the filed paperwork to murder your mother because "unworthy of life"...
... the filed paperwork to murder your father because physically handicapped ...
... the filed paperwork to murder your spouse because considered "mentally ill" ...

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I hope I will get back to share fun and cheerful quilting projects next week...

My heart goes out to people that are trying to spread love despite the sorrow and pain we see around us...
I will try to do the same!!

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


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Progress that I forgot to document (and a link party)

I forgot to share projects and blocks completed in the past few weeks


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - completed more blocks (cannot share) :)
  2. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - announced and started planning! (cannot share) :)
  3. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - no progress
  4. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  5. Charity quilts - no progress
  6. SK project - no progress
  7. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - one tiny July block done (see below)
  8. En Provence QAL - no progress
  9. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - loooove it, shared July review last week!
  10. the 70273 Project - 12 blocks done (see below)
  11. Book binding - no progress
  12. Twilters! Bee - completed July blocks, but forgot to take pictures :)
  13. Face scrubbies and other crochet sponges - completed a set, but pictures next week :)
  14. Pencases and zipper pouches - several in progress
  15. Goofy Lister - second version done (see below)
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More blocks for the the 70273 Project. If you are curious to see some of the beautiful quilts made with all these blocks check out this Pinterest board!
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About a month ago I shared a Goofy block I made for my Art with Disney quilt. I sent a link to the artist that the piece was inspired by Adam Lister, and he asked me if I was interested in making him a copy of that block in exchange for one of his painting! Of course I said yes... and this is the piece I completed for him.

Goofy Lister # 2 (17'' x 17'')

The quilting design is inspired by the work of Agnes Martin, an artist that Adam said he loves! :) Isn't it fun to mix and fuse so many different artistic point of view (mine, Adam's, Disney's, Agnes's) ?!? :)

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Then I finally completed one of July's block for the The Honey Pot Bee (mushroom challenge).
I am keeping the Disney/Alice/Cartoons theme so that all the blocks will make a coherent quilt (one day in the far far future :))



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Last week I announced the 2018 QAL I am running on my other website!!
I will be sharing more information in the next several months, so subscribe to the email list (at the link below) to be notified about future announcements!! :) :)


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How about you? What are YOU up to?
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Journaling and planning: July 2017 update

I think I finally converged to my ultimate journal!

My planning journey is like my quilting journey: from the first weeks I immediately know what I like and what my overall style is. However the more I plan, the more tools I want to buy and the more experiments I want to run! This month, off again to a new journal!

For disclaimers about how I personally use this Journal/Planner system, please refer to these previous posts: Mid-year reviewMay reviewApril reviewMarch reviewDecember review (evolution of a Quilter's Planner), November reviewOctober review, September review.


As mentioned in my May review, while I liked the blank pages in my pink journal (and the thick paper that allowed me to color in without ruining the back of the page), I needed some kind of structure, and the dot grid of the Emerald Leuchtturm 1917 provides the right amount of space and structure.

Before jumping into the monthly and weekly pages, since this is a new book I needed some general project and event trackers

(click on each picture if you want to see them in more details)


So I created a tracker for my packages and cards (to send and receive) so that I can know in a glance what is missing and what's coming up.
I created a "Rubity, Scrubity, Sweepity" tracker to record things that I need to do regularly but not too often (like washing quilts, color my hair, change the air filters).
I created a "Brain dump" where I pencil in things that I should not forget but they don't have a space or a time just yet. Then I started a reading list, to keep track of the books I read.
And finally I creatd a page where I record the blocks I make for the 70273 project.

I kept on with the practice of selecting an artist each month and using her art to decorate my planning. Since this book has many pages, I decided to start making "month cover pages" and this is my July page, inspired by the work of Agnes Martin.



Each week now is on two pages, and this gives me space to be creative (by integrating the artist style into the decoration of the days) but also to be practical (by listing daily taks, ideas for meals, exercise practice and even some new recipes or plans for quilting projects!)


Below you can see the daily tracker, with my weight tracker and my steps/water mandala. I stopped tracking my water intake, so I will change it up for next month! :)

These trackers/collections are also great to keep big project under control: for example I am running a short Quilt and Stitch along on Fandom in Stitches (Long live the King, Stephen) and I need to understand which patterns have been tested, which ones are in PDF format, if they have been added to the blog post, etc. A simple table on a single journal page is all I need to have a clear idea of what's coming next!! :)




I kept it up with the Free Motion Daily Doodle spread: each day is a different design from Leah Day's blog... it is very interesting to practise all these designs in small spaces and see if I like making them or not: no thread or fabric wasted :)  I also added a coloring legend to remember which designs I love, like or don't like: that's essential for times when I want to pick a quilting designs and I don't remember which one I enjoyed and which was frustrating to draw!!


Last but not least...

Few words about the Leuchtturm1917 dotted journal

  • it may look like an "expensive" journal, however consider that it has 250 pages and for the first month I used about 20... which means that the journal will last me about a year! If you divide the price for this amount of use, I think it's totally worth it.
  • the quality of the page is kind of "weird" for me: it's smooth, off-white and I love writing on it! and I think that the dotted grid is the perfect balance of structure and freedom. However pens ghost (which means that you can kind of see what it is on the back of the page. The weird thing is that the ghosting does not bother me at all!! Actually it's very nice because it helps when I need to reproduce the same spread (like every week) and it's a metaphor of life (as everything we do is affected by what happened before and it will affect what happens next :) ).
  • Ghosting is different than bleeding... and I didn't have any ink bleeding in those pages! Even if my August cover page is heavily colored with black markers, no ink is visible on the other side (just the shadow of the coloring itself)
  • The rigid cover is so fantastic to take the journal on the go and use it anywhere! I made full spreads and collections on a chair waiting for a doctor appointment and I didn't have any problem at all!!


I am all set up for August: I changed up few things that I want to track, dropped some, added others: this is the beauty of this planning style, you can change it up to suit your mood and style!

If you have any question about my planner, my spreads, my comments, etc, don't hesitate to comment below. Also please share planning, tracking and productivity tips, as those are always welcome!!!!

Monday, July 31, 2017

I made it at the last minute! (and a link party)

Are we serious? Where did July go??

The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - completed more blocks (cannot share) :)
  2. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - no progress
  3. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  4. Charity quilts - no progress
  5. SK project - four bookshelf sections completed (see below)
  6. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - waiting for July's block
  7. En Provence QAL - no progress
  8. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - loooove it, will share in August!
  9. the 70273 Project - no progress
  10. Book binding - no progress
  11. Twilters! Bee - waiting for August blocks
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I am working on my blocks for the Stephen King Quilt: for July One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts (#24). My plan was to have a total of 4 bookshelf sections done... I completed the forth section last night!!

Section 4

Section 3

Section 2

Section 1

While I find these monthly challenges extremely motivating unfortunately I won't be able to participate in August because all the projects I will complete (which are going to be many) are for secret future events, so I wouldn't be able to share my "goal accomplished" post :(

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And talking about secret future events...
I just announced the 2018 QAL I am running on my other website!!


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How about you? What are YOU up to?
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Where is this month going? (and a link party)

Time is flying! I have so many projects to work on and I feel so slow! Oh well, better slow and steady than doing nothing at all ;) 


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - October block 1 done (cannot share) :)
  2. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - finished assembling one more block, but need to quilt it!
  3. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  4. Charity quilts - no progress
  5. SK project - third bookshelf section completed (see below)
  6. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - waiting for July's block
  7. En Provence QAL - no progress
  8. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - loooove it, will share in August!
  9. the 70273 Project - no progress
  10. Book binding - no progress
  11. Twilters! Bee - made July blocks (see below)
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I am working on my blocks for the Stephen King Quilt: for July One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts (#24)  I plan to have a total of 4 bookshelf setions done... this is the third



And these are 4 of the book covers I need for the forth section.



Maybe I will be able to actually complete my project in time for the finish link up!!


More close ups and patterns will be available on Fandom In Stitches in August as part of the "Long Live King, Stephen" stitch-along :)

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And last, but not least, I completed two blocks for the Twilter's block swap. Aren't these cat cute?


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How about you? What are YOU up to?
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

It's a slow, slow summer (and a link party)

I have been stitching, designing and planning, but I have been quite slow... oh well, let's enjoy the summer!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - July blocks will be shared tomorrow, August and September blocks are ready (cannot share). Already decided on what to do for my 2018 QAL :)
  2. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - a second QAL for 2018 because why running a single event when you can run two! :) :) I assembled a block, but didn't quilt it, so I will share it probably next week!
  3. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  4. Charity quilts - no progress
  5. SK project - one bookshelf section completed (see below)
  6. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - waiting for July's block
  7. En Provence QAL - no progress
  8. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - loooove it, will share in August!
  9. the 70273 Project - 4 blocks done (see below)
  10. Book binding - no progress
  11. Twilters! Bee - paused until July
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I am working on my blocks for the Stephen King Quilt: I was planning to have 2 bookshelf sections ready as my One Monthly Goal for June... well... fell short :(
I have one done, and I collected the blocks for the second one, so it's not too bad...
But for July One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts I put back again this project, and I plan to have a total of 4 bookshelf setions done: so I have 2 now, 2 to go


More close ups and patterns will be available on Fandom In Stitches in August as part of the "Long Live King, Stephen" stitch-along :)
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More blocks for the the 70273 Project. If you are curious to see some of the beautiful quilts made with all these blocks check out this Pinterest board!

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And last, but not least, Jennifer sent out a call for blocks to make a quilt for a kid in need. This is my block!

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How about you? What are YOU up to?
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