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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Playing catch up (and a link party)

I am baaaaaaaaaack!
Visitors in the house are fun... but they leave no time for sewing :) so I am a little behind with several projects, but I am catching up!

The Ongoing Project List:
  1. SYS2015 future projects - done the next object (cannot share)!
  2. SYS2015, current project - bag done (see below) this is my project for A Lovely Year of Finishes - May
  3. Block Swap Adventure - April and May blocks done (see below)
  4. Mirror Mirror Afghan - 2 blocks done, started the 'main panel' but will share that next week
  5. Water Lilies (Spangled Stars Quilt-along) - done with this week task (see below)
  6. D wall hanging -  no progress
  7. B quilt - no progress
  8. the SK project - 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.
Susan ( is hosting a fun Quilt Along (Spangled Stars)!! I wanted to join but the QAL started exactly during my time off-sewing so I need to catch up with them! But I completed this week task!

As I don't have a design wall here in my living room, I tried to use my sewing helper as a design wall ;). It worked out fine, except that a couple of times I had to chase my blocks around the house :D :D

After that incident I decided that maybe a virtual design wall is a better choice ;)
So below you can see the overall design and my progress!

So this is my current plan
my current draft: modified layout for colors/size

I named this quilt "Water Lilies" because it reminds me of Monet's paintings of Water Lilies (the one below in particular). I hope the final effect of gradient and scrappyiness will work... we'll see!!

And I just received the two prizes I won in Sew Mama Sew giveaway days!

From Leo

From Stacey

The green fabric has already put to good use in the Water Lilies quilt ;) the clothing book is something I will read and see if I am brave enough to try some of those pieces (they look all very cool)

Progress on my Mirror Mirror Afghan (using the tapestry crochet technique)
I really like this project, it is the perfect activity to do at night watching tv! And since it's going to be a sampler afghan, I can really play around with colors and designs!!

Blocks for the Block Swap Adventure are flying in and out :)

Top: the ones I received from Debra (left) and Kerry (right)
Bottom: the ones I sent to Debra (left) and Kerry (right)

And last, but not least... I finished my Pixel Bag!! YEEEEEAH!!! My goal was to finish it by the end of May and I made it!! I am soooooooooo in love with my new beach bag!!
Of course, I couldn't simply follow the instructions that Susan gave us for the SYS2015 May project. I made a single strap (instead of two) and I made it adjustable because when we are carrying thing to the beach sometimes two hands are not enough, so cross body may be easy to have!
And the thing I hate in bags is when you cannot close them! so I added a recessed zipper: first time ever, I am pretty happy with the result... I followed a tutorial, made few mistakes but I think it turned out just fine!!

The bag is really big!! (20''x20''x6'')
Top: the two sides of the bag
Bottom (left): inside you can fit two bottles, a little lunch insulated box, towels and there is a lot more space to get a quilt inside too!! 
Bottom (right): the recessed zipper and the adjustable strap. The lining is home decor fabric.

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


  1. I so hear you on playing catch-up! I have several projects in progress, to finish, and to start. Just need to take a month off to work on them all!

  2. Great job on the catch ups. Wonderful work.

  3. ooops can that be a flamingo I see??? love it. LeeAnna

  4. Even though you have had visitors you still knock a lot of projects on the head :) Have you thought about buying a super cheap canvas and covering it in either batting or I used one of those table cloths with the fluffy stuff on one side and plastic the other, just nail gunned it all down and it hangs on the wall, the batting holds the blocks and you have a bit of wall art :)

  5. I love your pixel bag. That is great and the cat modeling the blocks is too cute! I can imagine the challenge there. The colors do remind me of Monet....beautiful.

  6. Excellent success with the new beach bag! Feels good to be able to sew again I bet. ;- )

  7. I love your bags!!! I suppose you took good care of your visitors, but you succeeded to do a lot.

  8. I love the pixel bags. Well done. I'm visiting as a member of the official 2015 Finish-Along cheerleading squad.


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