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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Finishes, new projects (and a link party)

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

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

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

Few notes on the finishing touches:

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


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

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

Click the button for more information!!

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SYS 2015 - Come and join the party!


Twenty two days ago Pren shared a simple but fun tutorial for a dishcloth to stretch your crocheting skills.
You can find the tutorial on the SYS2015 page!


Until now, there is not a single project added in the link party below from this tutorial 
:( :( :(

Come on friends!! This month is a super easy and quick project!
:) :) :)

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Many secrets revealed (and a link party)

Several projects finished early this month are ready to be shared!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. the SK project - traced next 2 blocks
  2. Tea Towel challenge and PPV BOM - quilting done!! need binding
    (this will be my April project for a Lovely Year of Finishes)
  3. SYS2015 future projects - half way done with second block for May project... cannot share but I am super excited about it!!
  4. D wall hanging -  one little block done, central panel designed!
  5. B quilt - one block designed
  6. Block Swap Adventure - no news from my April partner... I guess I will skip this month
  7. Sewing machine cover -  no progress
The EverythingElse List:
  1. Embroidery calendar - no progress
  2. Animal blocks for charity quilts - paused for a while
  3. Project of Doom 2015 @ Fandom in Stitches - paused for a while
  4. College Days Blog Hop blocks for tote/grocery bag -  no progress
  5. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
  6. As You Wish -  no progress
  7. Happy Halloween wall hanging -  no progress
  8. Crazy optical illusion -  no progress
  9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress.
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Yesterday, in this post, I shared my entry for the Pantone Quilt Challenge for the Color of the Year.
This is my little Marsala wall hanging. If you want to read more about it, just check out the previous post!
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Last week Mary, my partner for the Spring Mug Rug Swap received the package so now I can share it with you!

Patterns by Jennifer (Sewhooked)
Butterfly: sewhooked.com/free-quilt-patterns/ (in Perennial Pleasure pattern)

Mary told me she likes tea, patriotic themed projects and the ocean, so I tried to include all these elements in the little mug rug! This was my first time doing prairie points and of course I had to make my life difficult by choosing to make them super tiny (they finish probably less than 3/4 inches)! ;) I think they turned out pretty cute: and they are scrappy and irregular like the waves of the ocean!

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Another super secret project I made earlier this month was for the wonderful Jennifer (Sewhooked).
This is what I made for her.

Stained glass wall hanging (18''x23'')

The wall hanging was designed to reproduce a stained glass piece made by her mother-in-law (who passed away earlier this year).
Jennifer shared more pictures of both works (and very kind words) in her post on Sewhooked
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Another great news is that the package of row/round counters that I ordered from the amazing Terry (Snowie44) arrived!! And it didn't just have the 5 wonderful row/round counters that I ordered, but she was so kind to add some extra cute stitch markers for me and a little toy for my sewing helper!! :)


As you can see below, Pumpkin first read the little note Terry included and then she went completely nuts playing with Fred (the Fish).

Now I am looking forward to start another crochet/knitting project to use those great little tools!!
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Finally, the little stitching that I can share, is the first block for a wall hanging for my dad: he requested a decorative piece for our house in the mountains, so I will use many "nature" inspired fabric and patterns. This is the first block

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Marsala - 2015 Pantone Challenge


My entry for the 2015 Pantone Quilt challenge, Marsala:

 This is a little wall hanging (size: 13x14 inches)

I have a tradition of making these "color of the year" wall hanging to decorate my sewing space.

My general layout is a center block representing the "object" of the color, and a scrappy border containing different colors similar to the color of the year and with shapes somehow connected to the main theme.

So this year, the choice of the border was pretty easy: with a theme like Marsala, isn't the "Drunkard's Path" (a design makes one think of a drunkards staggering walk) just the perfect border? ;)

Some close-up pics to see the quilting (I quilted some grapes and grape leaves)


And the fabric on the back is also pretty cool I think :)

And yes, if you look close to the picture of the front you may have noticed some fabric bleeding :( :( oh, well... I will try to fix it probably, one day... but in the meantime, we can pretend it's the artistic touch of Marsala wine stains ;)

Follow THIS LINK TO SEE ALL THE OTHER PROJECTS... and in 7 days the voting will open and I will ask you to vote for me ;) (or a different one... there are amazing quilts/projects over there... but if you vote mine I would be very very happy ;) )

As a last note, these are my wall hangings for 2013 and 2014... just for fun!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

SYS 2015 - My second project, where is yours?


We are three weeks in, for our crochet month!
You can find the tutorial that the wonderful Pren shared on the SYS2015 page!


I decided that one project was not enough so I made another one! :)

But this time I turned the square into a little pouch to keep all my crochet hook warm and cozy!


I made the square following the pattern, then I fold it in thirds, closed the sides with the first round of border with the different yarn and decorated one side with the cute border in the pattern! Then I added three fancy snaps because why not! :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Planning, not much sewing (and a link party)

This week has been about secret stitching and planning. But here is my summary


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. the SK project - no progress
  2. Tea Towel challenge and PPV BOM - no progress
    (this will be my April project for a Lovely Year of Finishes)
  3. SYS2015 future projects - great progress on May project and second object for this month skill... but I cannot share those just yet!!
  4. Embroidery calendar - no progress
  5. D wall hanging -  pulled some fabric together and finalized design
  6. B quilt - first block done!
  7. Block Swap Adventure - received April partner, waiting to hear back from her!
  8. Sewing machine cover -  no progress
The EverythingElse List:
  1. Animal blocks for charity quilts - paused for a while
  2. Project of Doom 2015 @ Fandom in Stitches - paused for a while
  3. College Days Blog Hop blocks for tote/grocery bag -  no progress
  4. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
  5. As You Wish -  no progress
  6. Happy Halloween wall hanging -  no progress
  7. Crazy optical illusion -  no progress
  8. Memory quilt 2 - no progress.
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When several weeks ago I saw Adrianne (On the Windy Side) finished projects linkup for the first time it was too late enter :) but for the second quarter I am right on time and you all know how I love making lists and try to accomplish as much as possible from them!

So this is my Q2 list:

1. Tea Towel challenge and PPV BOM (top is done, need quilting&binding)
2. Sewing machine cover, probably not reversible as I initially planned... but want to put those blocks to good use
3. SYS 2015 pixel project
4. D wall hanging (fabric collected, design finalized, need to start stitching!)

I wanted to put in the list projects at all stages (almost completed and just barely started). Probably I won't complete number 4 but ehi, I want to use this opportunity as incentive to push it as far as I can before July :)
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Since I wanted to share some actual sewing with you this week, I made an easy block for my B quilt (a quilt for my brother) :) he brewed his own beer once... so I thought this block was perfect for him. ;)

Pattern by Jennifer (Fandom in Stitches) Harry Potter: Cooking Sherry & Butterbeer
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What are YOU going to link?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

My Tangle Thursday - Week 14

Again a fun string this week!
And as usual the original version by Jane on the left, and my reinterpretation on the right.
There are some parts I like, some others I kind of messed up... I hope to learn more motifs to fill the background space because I am not so inspired in that part usually and I don't like to leave them empty but I never know what to draw in those big spaces.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

SYS 2015 - New prize revealed!


Last week Pren shared a simple but fun tutorial for a dishcloth to stretch your crocheting skills.
You can find the tutorial on the SYS2015 page!


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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Feeling super accomplished (and a link party)

Several projects left my list! Feeling super accomplished!!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. the SK project - no progress
  2. Tea Towel challenge and PPV BOM - no progress, needs quilting!!
    (this will be my April project for a Lovely Year of Finishes)
  3. SYS2015 future projects - started planning May project! ;)
  4. Embroidery calendar - no progress
  5. Animal blocks for charity quilts - last 7 blocks done, top assembled! (see below)
  6. New project: crochet slippers - doooone and in use! (see below)
  7. Block Swap Adventure - received April partner, waiting to hear back from her!
The EverythingElse List:
  1. Project of Doom 2015 @ Fandom in Stitches - no progress
  2. Reversible sewing machine cover -  no progress
  3. College Days Blog Hop blocks for tote/grocery bag -  no progress
  4. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
  5. As You Wish -  no progress
  6. Happy Halloween wall hanging -  no progress
  7. Crazy optical illusion -  no progress
  8. D wall hanging -  no progress
  9. B quilt -  no progress
  10. Memory quilt 2 - no progress.
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The last 7 animal blocks are done! and yes, one of the zebras has a mistake but I saw it when everything was sewn together so I didn't want to rip everything apart... I think it's not too visible and it makes her a little different ;)

Turtles and Zebras by Lorna (sewfreshquilts)

Unicorn, by Jennifer @ Sewhooked 

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These are the two quilt tops (40'' x 60'') that I will donate to charity!
I think they are very me (scrappy, funky, with many different styles, fun)!
I hope the recipients will enjoy using them as much as I enjoyed making them!!!

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This is my first wearable crochet project ever! And considering that I am not an experienced crochet person I think I did a great job!! They are not perfect (there are some mistakes here and there) but I didn't want to undo big pieces of work just to fix a few wrong stitches counts :)


I made few changes to the pattern, because you know, that's just me, I cannot follow a pattern without making my own modifications:
  1. I made the top part with only 15 rounds instead of 22... because I was tired :) and I thought 15 rounds were enough to fold it and look nice. Having been using them for a while, I have to say that it's actually better to have that fold shorter because it's kind of tricky to put them on and a bigger fold would have made the operation harder. So 15 rounds was a win-win choice!
  2. I made the top using different colors because I wanted to test how white/variegated blue and dark red/variegated pinks looks together. I am making another project so I wanted to see which one I like the best... these are my slippers so even if they are not "well coordinated" it doesn't matter :)
  3. I didn't put the buttons... because sometimes I wear them as socks (with the fold up) so buttons wouldn't be good for that
  4. crochet slippers and hard wood floors are NOT a good combination (super slippery slippers are not what you want). However the fix is super-easy: I bought one of those mat to put under carpets to make them stable on hardwood floors, I cut few rectangles and I stitch them on the front/heel of the sole. That's it! Now I cannot make them slide on my floor even if I want to!
    I am not sure about the durability of those pieces, but honestly, who cares! I still have a full rug of that material so I can always replace them!
I had so much fun making those! They are warm but your feet can breathe because of the spaces between stitches: perfect combination for cool spring weather!

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