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Saturday, September 17, 2016

A curvy week (and a link party)

Grab a cup of coffee or some hot beverage... a lot to share this week :)

The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Play with Me QAL - September board (the last one) has been released (see below)!
  2. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - new top started (see 3.)
  3. Summer Solstice QAL - top completed!! (see below)
  4. Minion QAL - no progress
    1. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
    2. Hello Block Swap - blocks for my two partners done (see below)
    3. Splendid Sampler - no progress
    4. Road Home Row-A-Long - finally able to share it (see below)!
    5. Secret event (January 2017) - "coloring" started
    6. Secret event (February 2017) - well... few blocks done, but cannot share yet :)
    7. Secret event (August 2017) - button completed :) cannot share
    8. Secret event (Feb-Oct 2017)  - no progress
    9. Teal Mini Swap - top assembled (see below)
    10. Xmas decorations - mine almost completed (see below)
    11. Bullet Journaling - updates on few collections (see below)
    The EverythingElse List:
    1. 70273 Project - no progress
    2. Jane T - no progress
    3. The SK project - 2 blocks done (see below)
    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
    On September 13th, I was one of the participats in "The Road Home Row Along"

    Hosted by Marian @ seamstobesew and Amy @ sewincrediblycrazy

    You can read my full post HERE (with the pattern to download and the giveaways).

    This is what my row actually looks like
    Yeah, it's missing the embroidery clothline and the thread sketched shadow for the postcards...
    Oh well :) eventually it will go in a quilt and I will add those!! :)

    The last board for the Play with Me QAL!

    Even if this is the last board, you could still join and have the chance to win amazing prizes for the final giveaway of the QAL. If you made even a single board, you could win one of SEVEN prizes... just saying :) Just send me an email or leave a comment below if you have questions!

    I finally assembled the baby quilt from Melissa's Summer Solstice QAL.
    This is where the "curvy week" started :)

    I think the design is really beautiful!!
    I love the effect of the circle in the middle and the curved border. I will just have to remember to use more stable fabric: I used fabric donated for charity quilts, and some of it was much thinner than others... this caused some frustration during the assembly... however I never aim at perfect points, so who cares!! :)
    Without even realizing it, I designed this mini for my Teal Swap partner... it's curved piecing again!!
    Well, with all this practice I am getting better!! :)

    18'' x 18''

    She said she likes country colors... I thought I didn't have any "country" colors because it's not my style at all... but this is where precut bundles come very handy: I had many charm packs and layer cakes where I pulled out the colors I liked... and guess what was left behind? "country" colors!! :)
    I wanted to coordinate well with the teal fabric we were given and I really like the final effect and layout. I hope my partner will like it too!!

    Ok, seriously? When I checked the blocks that one of my Hello Block Swap partners for September wanted, guess what I found... Curved piecing again!! Oh well!! :)

    Back with my embroidery quotes from Stephen King books. The pictures are not that great, but I don't have time to take better ones so for now this will have to do :)

    The Dark Tower
    Wolves of the Calla

    I will share the pattern eventually on Fandom in Stitches... if you want them before, just send me an email or leave a comment with your contact info and I will send it your way!
    It's never too soon to start my Xmas decoration project!
    I make one handmade decoration for my tree each year... using all kind of techniques and materials. This year is cross stitching!!
    It is not complete yet, so next week I will have a better picture, and maybe a pattern :)

    I have been using my Bullet Journaling system pretty consistently and I found that it helps me being creative and productive!!
    I will discuss the daily/weekly/monthly trackers next month, but these are just few collections that I really loved keeping up with

    (Left) Zen art challenge: a little zentagle each day. Not my best work, but given the size of the notebook, I think it's pretty cool!
    (Right) organizing my thoughts and activity for a "Lunch with Friends" I hosted last week. I am a single person, with a single kitchen and just two hands :) Having the full plan on what to cook and when (and what to clean) was essential to guarantee the success of the lunch!

    "Doodle an Artist" collection! Every 15 days I will pick an artist (painter probably) and doodle elements from some of her/his pieces! First month: Salvador Dali! 
    I have no art training nor background, so keeping the doodles simple, no color, little shading is helping me a lot improving my sketching skills! I am officially Stealing like an Artist (cit. A. Kleon).

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


    1. you have gotten down with a bit this week!

    2. Wow, just LOVE that teal mini quilt. Not my colors either but you pulled it all together so well!

    3. Impressive that the Teal Swap project is 18" x 18" - it's beautiful! Congrats too, on keeping up with journaling/doodling, as I've been quite lax there. But I did just read 'Steal Like an Artist', and enjoyed his philosophy very much. Now to implement.
      Thanks again for sharing on Midweek Makers


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