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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Piling up new projects (and a link party)

My list of projects was too short, so I had to add a few!!

The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Play with Me QAL - quilted Feb block, but did you see how many people shared their project??? (see below)
  2. WGACA projects
    1. Jane T - 2 more blocks done (see below)
    2. The SK project - moved all my patterns (see below)
    3. Mirror Mirror Afghan - 70 rows and block completed (see below)!
  3. Block Swap Adventure -  paused until Feb
  4. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - no progress
  5. American Quilt (previous known as Americana QAL) - no progress
  6. Project Quilting (#2) - waiting for the new challenge
  7. Art pillow - top done! (see below)
  8. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL (Bricks, Cobblestones and Pebbles Mystery 2016) - First clue done! (see below)
The EverythingElse List:
  1. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
  2. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
  3. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
  4. As You Wish -  no progress
  5. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
  6. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
After my artistic mini (called Konfettinsky) entered last week in the Project Quilting challenge, I am on a roll in trying to redecorate my home with all kind of "art" inspired quilted objects.
I bought two pillows in a department store because their combined price was lower than buying just pillow forms or polyfil (weird logic of the retail business?).
Of course I didn't like their style but I was planning to cover them anyway so I didn't really care :)

This is the first art pillow (just the top)

Size: 15''x15''
Read more about the artist and his wonderful contribution to art and color theory at this link.

I wanted something "simple". It took me about one hour to put it together... but 2 nights to design it, since I did everything myself in Inkscape.
I learned a lot by sewing this piece, as the narrow strips (and my "organic" seams and cutting) made the piece look less precise as I hoped. However this is going to be a pillow, so it wouldn't have been flat anyway ;) but it's good to experiment and learn from the experience!

I saw this post on FB about a Mystery QAL with scraps.
What attracted me to do it was that the designer said something like "the scrappier the better", so she encouraged completely uncontrolled scrappy...
Of course to save my life, I wouldn't be able to follow instructions on how to use my scraps! :)
If a designer tells to use certain colors/values in certain areas, I will make it fully scrappy ignoring that.
If a designer tells to make it fully scrappy, my brain goes "nope, can't do, you have to make it controlled scrappy" :) I hope this works out, for now I really love it. It is scrappy and not a single fabric repeats: welcome to my stash!

Second week of my WGACA project (to know more you can read this previous post).
This strategy proved to be extremely effective, as I had progress on each of the three projects!

*First on my Jane T quilt. 

Two new blocks from my WoaF series

Progress on the entire quilt. 13 blocks!

*For the SK project, I didn't have tangible progress, but I was able to conclude the moving of all the patterns to my new website! It's a process that takes an enormous amount of time but it will eventually be very beneficial to keep all my personal sharing post here, and my patterns there!

*The Mirror Mirror Afghan, I completed about 70 rows of this pretty big block and I completed it!!
Tapestry crochet, my own design, 14'' x20''

 I will have to make the reversed design (in terms of colors), but I think I may design a smaller block first because this was a bit too much for my current liking of crochet

While I cannot share pictures of the quilted Feb block of my QAL (Play with Me), I can certainly share the fact that a pretty large number of people started sharing their completed January projects!

Please click this link to visit the page with the linky and check out the amazing work of these ladies!!!

It has been so fun to see how people mix and match colors! 
If you didn't join, it's not too late!
And last, but not least, I want to remind you that I am working on charity quilts,
and I would love your help!! 
Quilts are for a quilt drive to help the kids in the DC General Homeless Shelter. 
And you can help me by donating orphan blocks, partial blocks, or fabric (scraps, strips, leftover, uglies, whatever). 
If you are willing to mail them to me, I could use them to make more quilts for these kids!!! 
If you are up for a loving donation, please send me an email at tweloq[_at_]gmail[dot_com] or leave a comment here with your email address so I could give you my mailing address. I promise that your donation will be used to make some kids happy and feel more loved!! 

No progress on this from my side, but some quilting on the next project it's in the list for this coming week. Let's hope to have some inspiration!!

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

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