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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Crossing things of my lists (and a link party)

Help!! I have a new obsession and I need someone to stop me ;)

The Ongoing Project List:
  1. SYS2015 future projects - finished August project (cannot share yet)
  2. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
  3. D wall hanging - no progress
  4. Block Swap Adventure - my partner replied, I will make the block this week
  5. the SK project - no progress
  6. Tiny Quilt Challenge (American Made Brand) - cut and fused few shapes
  7. Zipper pouches - no progress
  8. the Ender project - cut next color
  9. Geese project - ordered fabric
  10. Dresden project - dooooone (see below)
  11. Americana QAL - 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 -  3 blocks done (see below)
  8. Crazy optical illusion -  no progress
  9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
  10. B quilt - no progress
Three more blocks are done for my Halloween Wall hanging it has been in the UFO list for probably two years... that's why I put it on my Q3 list for the Finish-Along!

Patterns by Jennifer, Harry Potter's Alphabet

The SYS Skill for next month is Cross Stitching: this is not a secret, but the actual project for the tutorial is very cute and I cannot share it.
Since I never tried cross stitch before, I decided to start with a small project from one of those kits to "teach a craft to your kid" :)
I really like this technique!! It's just so simple, so quite and so portable! Sure it takes a while to cover a "big" space, but for small projects or add "accents" to quilts (see below) it's just too cute!!

(right) my first ever cross stitch project (from a kit)!
(left) I reproduced the cross stitch pattern on a smaller aida (14 counts instead of 11) and added as the perfect accent for my dresden wall hanging!!

And the Dresden Plate wall hanging is also full of "first try":
  1. first time I add a cross stitch pattern to a quilted project
  2. first time I use a Dresden ruler (bought with a coupon I won in a past giveaway)
  3. first time I use jelly rolls (again bought with a coupon I won)... I really like how two very different styles of fabric (batiks and prints) add interest and blend together. And the jelly rolls were very easy to use with the ruler: I assembled the dresden in a snap!!
  4. first time I use the "wave" stitch on my machine to quilt... much better effect than FMQ!!!
  5. first time I use a blanket stitch (to secure the center): really love the effect, I didn't have a blanket stitch on my previous machine, but now I see more applique with this technique in my future

And as a final note: I didn't measure the center of the dresden nor the kitten pattern: they came out with the perfect size for each other by chance! The Universe sometimes makes everything fit to place perfectly, don't you think??

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


  1. Oh, my 22 projects on your lists. I have more but don't dare list them as I find that so discouraging. Love your letters for the Halloween quilt - so precise. Happy to see your progress - come link to mine. Blessings,

  2. I like the list of ongoing projects. I may have to start that myself. Isn't it great when an unplanned element works out in a project! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Yep - love those moments when everything lines up right in the universe!! And it looks terrific!

  4. I love cross stitch, but it can be a bit tedious. I guess quilting can be too, but for some reason it bothers me less when fabric is involved! I must admit, I never thought to combine quilting + cross stitch and I adore your results!


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