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Sunday, March 9, 2014

MOP Monday - one top done and much more!!

DISCLAIMER: This is a post with a lot of text and a lot of pictures... but I think it's worthy: 1 quilt-top done, 1 new pattern tested and released and other 3 blocks done...

But first... let me THANK every person that reached out to me after my last "sad" post, where I was wondering if it's worth my time to share my patterns here on my blog (the summary of the post is that I did have a lot of download but very few people used my pattern and some of them didn't contact me to show me their work or they didn't give credit (at least on the picture that I saw) to me or my blog).
After that post, many of you wrote me kind emails telling me that they appreciate my work and they collect my patterns even if they didn't have the time to sew them yet (I am in the same situation, LOL :) ).
So you cheered me up and now I am back with my linky party and my patterns...

But I hope that in the future I will get some personal connections (email, facebook messages, something) if you try my patterns because I share my blocks just for this!! To find friend with the same interest!! :) 

Ok, enough bla bla bla, let's get down to the progresses of the last 2 weeks!! 

-- MOP: The list --

1. As You Wish - Count Rugen embroidery block done (see below)
2. Celtic Solstice - QUILT TOP DONE!!! (see below)
3. Tea Towel challenge and PPV BOM - PPV block (Ice Cream Bowl), 1 done (see below)
4. Alice in Wonderland quilt - Caterpillar block done (see below)
5. Happy Halloween wall hanging - "Do Bats Eat Cats?" block 2 done (see below)
6. Topolino quilt - next block printed

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

I used this amazing text fabric that I won in a giveaway some time ago... I really like text prints but I didn't know in what project I could use them... and then (since I have a resolution not to buy fabric for a while) I had to go through my stash to find a suitable background for the caterpillar... and I started reading the fabric :) there are words like "1 inch, 3 inch, 6 inch, ..." "queen" "painted" "roses" "joyful"... I mean how can a printed text be more perfect for an Alice in Wonderland block??? and for the Caterpillar in particular??? :)

"Do Bats Eat Cats?" is my second block for the modified version of Melissa's "Star Light, Star Bright" block

Do Bats Eat Cats? (block 2)
I also made one of my two blocks for the PPV BOM...
This block looked pretty complicated (and it 6'') so I was tempted to make the modified version which is simpler... but then I told myself "If I don't try, how do I know if I am able to do it?" And I am glad that I choose this version!! It's not hard at all!! just the few rounds from the center are kind of slow because aligning those small pieces is not super-easy, but once you get past those, it's super-easy and super-fast!! It's one single block, no points to match... I am really happy about the final result! Now I need to do another one with the aqua/blue switched... but that's for another week! :)

And another reason why I didn't post on the blog last week is that on Thu I got pretty sick (bad cold) that knocked me out until late Monday :( so no energy to do any sewing on the sewing machine... but a lot of time on the couch to do some embroidery ;) so I completed the last embroidery block for The Princess Bride QAL :) I really like this block! It was my first time in doing that small cursive writing... and I think it turned out pretty readable, so I am happy about it! :)

And finally... a FINISH (quilt top at least)
This is the wonderful Celtic Solstice by Bonnie Hunter! I did a smaller and modified version... I love how it came together... the colors are so bright (I am not able to capture that in a picture) :)

Celtic Solstice (quilt top) on my design wall

Celtic Solstice (quilt top) on my couch... 
just to prove that the previous image is not a computer generated image ;)

I now have big plans for the "back"... I put back between quotes because I don't do quilt backs... I do quilts with two fronts ;) I started designing the back but is not ready yet, it's just a draft on my computer... once the first block is "done" I will share the design and put it up in my MOP list so I can keep track of the progresses... the back will be scrappy & modern, that's the only thing I can tell you for now :)

And now, ling 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!! :)


  1. I love the way you keep modifying the block. So fun!!

  2. LOVING that quilt. I can only imagine how much more beautiful it is in person. I can not believe for one minute that the block is easy to do. It is too gorgeous.

  3. So productive! Your Celtic quilt is amazing. Love those colors! And thanks again for your patterns.

  4. I LOVE your caterpillar block! You're right, it was the perfect way to use it and I'm so glad you did!
    Also, your Celtic quilt is gorgeous. It kinda reminds me of my favorite Mexican restaurant.

  5. Love all your patterns, unfortunately I have no time right now to try them out, but I will be following your blog to stay updated!

  6. I love your caterpillar block, so clever! Can't wait to see the rest of the Alice blocks come together!

  7. I am a designer too. Some of my free patterns have been downloaded hunderds of times, but I have NEVER had an email or seen pictures of quilts made with them. Not even once!!! I have stopped expecting to get some kind of feedback from those patterns. I Always try to give credit and let the designer know how the block turned out. Just hope that more people did that too! We all love to get some "positive flow" from great emails or wonderful pictures!
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com

  8. What a neat block! Your Celetic Solstice is beautiful too! Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

  9. Everything's amazing! You sure like complex and intricate things. Yowser!

  10. Love to see your Rugen block! The stitching looks great, even with those tiny cursive words :D (I was a little nervous about including those, but felt like Count Rugen was the sort of man who needed cursive, rather than any sort of printed style font.)

    Your Celtic Solstice looks amazing! The blue is perfect.


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