Monday, April 14, 2014

MOP Monday - a famous Abbey and more

Late post this week... because I had a crazy weekend... not very crafty... or actually yes, crafty but not in the sense that I had more blocks done... :(
I will move in a month so I had to start packing the things in my sewing corner :(
Luckily I realized I don't have too much stuff... all my "unassigned" fabric fits in a small plastic drawer, I have a file folder box with my ongoing projects (with assigned fabric), another box of orphan blocks, books and other sewing material and a box of "other material"... that's it... 4 boxes and I am ready to go... kind of...
Anyway, it took a lot of time to sort out those things so I didn't have much time to spend on my projects... but I had progress on things not on my list... so... let's get down to my list!!


-- MOP: The list --

1. As You Wish - no progress
2. Celtic Solstice - no progress
3. Tea Towel challenge and PPV BOM - signature block done (= no progress for me ;) )
4. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
5. Happy Halloween wall hanging - no progress (progress last week)
6. Topolino quilt - no progress
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7. B&W pillow - big reveal of a fandom pattern... below!!!
8. Grocery bag - done last week (off the list!)
9. Triangle QAL - pieced all the rows, but still not put together (task for this week)
10. Emerald wall hanging  done last week  (off the list!)

-- MOP: This week new blocks --
And the big reveal for the B&W pillow is here... it's a Downton Abbey pattern!!
The pattern is available in my Free Pattern page.

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Extra blocks:
Two blocks for Samantha (see group effort over at Fandom In Stitches)...
it's a great project and if you want to join there is still time!!

And I finished my block for the Block Swap... I love how it turned out...
I cannot share it here yet but this is a teaser picture :)

And this is the signature block for Jennifer (Sewhooked, PPV)

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

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


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Emerald green

Last month I started my Emerald wall hanging and I just finished it yesterday!!
So, here it is:
The pattern for the Emerald is available in my Craftsy shop!

And while I was still postponing the process of sorting all that green fabric left from that project, a call for patterns from the Wizard of Oz came on Fandom in Stitches FB page... so I thought that the scrappy greens could be used for an Emerald City block before getting them back in my scrap bins ;)

So I designed and tested this block (and postponed again the sorting of my fabric scraps :) )
The pattern is available in my Free pattern page.
Ok, I guess now it's time to sort my green fabric pile of mess scraps! ;)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

MOP Monday - few progress, but pretty big ones!!


I don't have much progress to share with you in terms of number... but they are pretty big so let's get down 
to...

-- MOP: The list --

1. As You Wish - no progress (progress last week)
2. Celtic Solstice - "back" done!!! see below!!
3. Tea Towel challenge and PPV BOM - printed April block
4. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
5. Happy Halloween wall hanging - no progress (progress last week)
6. Topolino quilt - no progress
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7. B&W pillow - no progress
8. Grocery bag - done TWO grocery bags!!! see below!!!
9. Triangle QAL - pieced 2 rows (see below)
10. Emerald wall hanging - no progress

-- MOP: This week new blocks --
I never worked with home decor fabric and I made one bag before in my life... this is why I decided to make not one but two grocery bags for my mom's birthday!! I like to challenge myself ;)

The first one

The tutorial for this great bag is available at sew4home.com.
I changed a little bit the pattern... I added a lining for two reasons: first I wanted to add some fun pockets inside and it's easier to add them on the lining... second I never worked with heavy fabric... and some of the seams where turned many times and pretty bulky... so the lining hides everything ;)
The other thing I added are some snap fastener at the top because I don't like bags that do not close... even if I use them for grocery, when they are not too full or before the trip I like them to close, so this was an easy addition.

The second one is a lighter and more "foldable" bag... I didn't follow a pattern for this... actually I deconstructed my favorite grocery bag (scaaaaaaring process ;) ) and I used it to cut the fabric and reconstruct this other bag
(side note: I was able to reconstruct my original bag too... that was my biggest worry ;) )
I don't know how sturdy these two bags are... I guess I will know when my mom will start using them!!

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Finally I finished the back other front of my Celtic Solstice baby quilt: here they are next to each other!

Left - Celtic Solstice by Bonnie Hunter, Right - My reinterpretation of Weave, by Kathreen Ricketson

The "other front" of the quilt was inspired by the Weave, the quilt on the cover of "Brave New Quilts" by Kathreen Ricketson. I won that book in a giveaway and I absolutely love that quilt... however the way she construct it is a little bit too "matchy-matchy" for my tastes and for my skills ;) so I did it a little bit more scrappy and less calculated... and I went for a single diagonal line: what I wanted to represent is the sun rising on a Celtic hill (this why the greens and the browns in the lower part, and the orange/red/blue of the sky). I absolutely love the way it turned out... so bright and so scrappy... it perfectly matches the scrappyness of the Celtic Solstice front.

Now my goal for April is to quilt it and finish it!!
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The next step in the Triangle QAL @ sassyquilter has been published few days ago and I started piecing together my triangles. The first few were frustrating because I was trying to align the wrong points... once I understood how it should be done, it became easier... now I won't say again that I hate triangles... I just don't like them too much ;)

This is my progress.
I need to cut more triangles because I just cut a few to get a feeling about the process... and as I said, I don't hate it, so I think I will finish it!!

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And as a last note, I received my block from my Block Swap Adventure partner (Melissa @sewgreenm.blogspot.com/)... an amazing Snail Trail block, thanks Melissa!!
I printed the pattern for my next pattern... it's going to be fun and colorful... I hope she will like it!!
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And now, link YOUR own progresses below!!
Rules for the linky party:
1. You can link finished projects or WIP at any stage! Every step is worth sharing
   (A journey of thousand miles is made of single steps)!

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




Saturday, March 29, 2014

MOP Monday - 4 extra projects started!

I need to update the list of projects that I am dealing with right now because that's the only way I will finish them soon and go back to the sweet six :)
In a future post I will share with you the lessons I learned about how to organize my project and keep up with them so that they don't become UFO for too long or they don't get abandoned... but that's for another week :)


-- MOP: The list --
1. As You Wish - Done Vizzini Embroidery block (see below)
2. Celtic Solstice - 3/4 of the back is done! only one section left... probably will share next week
3. Tea Towel challenge and PPV BOM - waiting for next month pattern
4. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress (progress last week)
5. Happy Halloween wall hanging - done new block that was not planned (see below)
6. Topolino quilt - half way in a Donald Duck block... hope to share it next week
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7. B&W pillow - printed, cut, colored the pattern pieces
8. Grocery bag - cut the fabric
9. Triangle QAL - cut half of the triangles
10. Emerald wall hanging - top done, missing everything else


-- MOP: This week new blocks --
I also traced Fezzik quote already. I am behind with the PP blocks for the As You Wish quilt...
because I have already so many other "sewing" project that I need something different sometimes... so embroidery is perfect for that!! But I will make the PP blocks too soon because I am almost done with the quotes ;)
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I designed this block because of the current weather here in Virginia :)
The weather keeps changing (one day is sunny spring, one day is snowy winter), so I keep saying my favorite quote "It can't rain all the time" (which is from The Crow) and I usually add "but it can keep snowing ;)"
Anyway, this is the block!
The pattern is available in my Free patterns page.
It has the quote (in italian "Non puo' piovere per sempre") in the lower right part (close up)
I didn't want too much contrast but I think it's still readable.
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B&W pillow: it's going to be a new fandom pattern... but not ready to share what just yet ;)
The only thing that I can tell you is that is in the "Requests" list over at Fandom in Stitches...
I can also tell you that the pillow is a present for my landlord...
it's something about a tv series that she likes a lot... ok, I already revealed too much!! ;)
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I saw the Triangle QAL @ sassyquilter and initially I thought "Great! I hate triangles! finally a QAL that I can just watch without being involved since I already have many projects going on".
Well...
A week later I won a triangle ruler that is exactly the size used in the QAL, a friend told me that she is pregnant and then I went through my stash and found pieces of fabric that is perfect for a baby quilt and that I set aside because it couldn't be used for any of my current projects...
Ok, I've got the message from the Universe ;) I will participate to the Triangle QAL, then!! :)
This is my assignment for this week.
I decided to cut only about half of the triangles I need because I want to start sewing them together before committing to the full cutting!!
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And as a final note, my partner for the Block Swap adventure received her cat block, so I can share it here with you.
The pattern was part of a Halloween blog hop in 2012, it was designed by Lynn and you can find it at Thimblemouse & spouse. I changed the pattern a little bit to accommodate the request of a purple background :)

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

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





Sunday, March 23, 2014

MOP Monday - Two little tall guys

Some extra things to show also this week... scroll down and you will see :)


-- MOP: The list --

1. As You Wish - Done one embroidery block, but I cannot share it because it has not been released yet ;)
2. Celtic Solstice - 1/2 of the back is done... not ready to show that either :)
3. Tea Towel challenge and PPV BOM - second Pineapple (Ice Cream Bowl) done... (see below)
4. Alice in Wonderland quilt - One tall guy is done (see below)
5. Happy Halloween wall hanging - H for Happy done (see below)
6. Topolino quilt - printed next block...

-- MOP: This week new blocks --


The pattern has been tested and fixed and is now available in the Quilt&Stitch-TestAlong page.

And another little tall guy has been tested by Tiffany @sewlongsanity: doesn't he look super cute??
The pattern for the tall Minion has been fixed and is now available in the Free pattern page.
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Ice Cream Bowl block (or Pineapple)...

And H for the Happy Halloween wall hanging... still a long way to go, but slowly and steadily the blocks are coming together :)

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And finally I want to show again my Emerald wall hanging (top) and the Radiant Orchid one

 

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

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



Saturday, March 22, 2014

Vote and a winner!

First of all, let me share with you the finished top for my second "Color of the Year" wall hanging quilt, inspired by last year color (probably you can guess which color was that)
The Emerald pattern is available in my Craftsy shop.
And the pattern is not just for an emerald...
change the colors and you get a ruby, a sapphire or a black diamond!! :)
I choose to include also orange (to refer to 2012 color of the year) and purple (to refer to 2014 color of the year).

And speaking about this year Radiant Orchid...

VOTING is open for the Pantone Quilt Challenge! So CLICK HERE and vote for your favorite Quilts, Minis and Just the top! If you want to vote for me, that would be great... :) but there are so many other cool entries so go and check them out. Mine is the fourth in the Minis and it looks like this
(Just a reminder that also the Orchid pattern is available in my Crafsy shop)

And last but not least... the winner for last week giveaway (charm pack from my stash and embroidery floss) is...
Number 37 - Nicole! I will be emailing you soon to get your mailing information!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

MOP Monday - Topolino and Minnie

It has been a crazy week! A lot of blocks done for "side projects" like Pi day, St. Patrick's day or the Radiant Orchid Pantone quilt challenge! If you are interested in those you can check my previous post

But I also had some progress on my usual list and here they are! 


-- MOP: The list --

1. As You Wish - A future paper pieced block done... but I cannot show it today :)
2. Celtic Solstice - 1/4 of the back is done... not ready to show that either yet :)
3. Tea Towel challenge and PPV BOM - no progress (progress last week)
4. Alice in Wonderland quilt - Printed next pattern and picked the fabric
5. Happy Halloween wall hanging - Finished the 4th block inspired by Melissa's QAL (progress already shared in a previous blog post)
6. Topolino quilt - Topolino (Mickey Mouse) done, and Minnie has been tested by Lois (see below for both patterns)

-- MOP: This week new blocks --
The pattern has been tested and fixed and is now available in the Quilt&Stitch-TestAlong page.

And Mickey Mouse sweet lady has been tested by Lois, doesn't her block look super-sweet??
The pattern for Minnie has been fixed and is now available in the Quilt&Stitch-TestAlong page.

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

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




Friday, March 14, 2014

Have a Radiant, Quilting and Lucky Pi day :)

This may be a pretty confusing post :)
but there are many different things to celebrate in the next few days... 
so I thought to mix them up a little ;)

Things to celebrate:
- Pi day (3/14)
- Worldwide Quilting day (3/15)
- St. Patrick's day (3/17)
- 2014 Pantone Quilt challenge, Radiant Orchid (3/14 - 3/21)

So... let's start celebrating, quilting style...

**First**:
A little Pi block

(11x11 inches)
this is a very easy block so I draw it myself... but if you are interested in the block and you don't design your own blocks, you can find a similar one in Jennifer's craftsy shop!

**Second**
A little Shamrock to celebrate St. Patrick's day

(7x7 inches)
The pattern is by Trillium Design and you can find it on Craftsy... I resized the pattern to make it smaller.

**AND FOR THE GRAND FINALE**
2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid

My entry for the 2014 Pantone Quilt challenge, Radiant Orchid:

This is a little wall hanging (size: 17x17 inches)

I love scrappy projects... and I am pretty sure that one of the fabric I used is Radiant Orchid... I have no idea which because it's hard to see the real colors on a computer screen... but I used so many different purple/pink tone that I must have picked something that is pretty close to the real Radiant Orchid ;)

And a few close-ups and the back to see better the quilting... 
It's the first time I quilt with color thread... I don't know if I like it... it's easy to see the "mistakes" but I think it's ok, considering the fact that is one of my first time I try a design different than stitch-in-the-ditch :)





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 ;) )

If you want to make your own orchid block, the pattern is available in my Craftsy shop!!
And if you buy the pattern before the end of April, I will also send you the pattern for the blossoms and the instructions to add the borders so you can create your own version of the wall hanging above. If you want the extra pattern, just email me your craftsy display name and I will send you the extra pattern by email (you can find my email address in the orchid pattern).

And to conclude this long post, a sneak peek of the next "Color of the Year" wall hanging... 
I decided to make a similar wall hanging for each year that I have been sewing...
I don't have much backlog since I just started last year LOL ;)
But I think it's a nice way of tracking my sewing progress and of decorating my sewing space...
So here it is: Emerald.


The completed Emerald wall hanging will appear soon on this blog... so don't forget to follow me ;)

And now are you still reading? Yes? Wow, then you deserve a prize :)

I offer this little giveaway bundle...
45 charms (5''x5'') from various fabric of my stash and some embroidery floss.
For a chance to win, just tell me your favorite color in the comments below!
Mine is blue... or purple... I don't know, I can't decide :)
For an additional entry follow my blog and tell me how you follow (in a separate comment).
The giveaway will close on Sat, March 22nd (10 am EST)

IMPORTANT NOTES: 
* comments are moderated, so if you don't see your comment is because I need to approve it... please one comment per person
* the giveaway is open to international entries
* if you are a no-reply blogger I am not going to publish your comment, plain and simple... no email, no chance to win. If you are not sure, just write your email address in the comment.

P.S. Last night I made a Cherry Pi(e)
and a (burned) Pi(e) crust
It is burned because I was doing some calculations for a quilt back :( :(  never "quilt&bake" :)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Star Light Star Bright Quilt-A-Long - My final blocks

The great QAL by Melissa @ HappyQuilting is coming to an end and I can share with you my finished blocks! :)

(Top row: Do Bats Eat Cats blocks, Bottom row: Do Cats Eat Bats blocks)

As mentioned before, they are not exactly the blocks that Melissa designed, I did my own modified versions because I will use those blocks as corners for a Halloween wall-hanging (you can see that in one of my previous posts).
Melissa's QAL are always so fun... and even if for this one I didn't follow any of her instructions (LOL) I still use the tips that I learned in her last QAL to make perfect HST and flying geese ;)

I completed my last block this morning and I didn't have time to embroider the details for the cats... but I wanted to share this project with you today because tomorrow I have another big post already scheduled... 
It's going to be radiant and there may be a giveaway... so remember to come back and have a look ;)