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Fabric Diet Update

I’m hitting that point in my fabric diet where I’m having some bad withdrawal. I keep reminding myself I only have two weeks left. Fabric Diet Countdown   I managed to make it through Black Friday despite a really good sale on Flannels and other fabrics that various stores were having.  I haven’t been browsing Ebay very much.  For the most part I’ve been staying out of stores altogether which has helped the whole fabric diet stay on track. While organizing my fabric closet I was able to pull out a lot of stuff that can be cut into scrap block units or strips for fabric bowls and I think that helped me realize what type of...
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Recovery

Is that fabric basket giving birth to another basket? I’m still sick but I’m making progress in the right direction. I didn’t venture out all weekend which the corgis loved. Most of my time was spent on the couch wrapping fabric onto cotton cording to make more fabric bowls.  I love making fabric bowls but the wrapping takes forever so it is best to spend that time doing it in a comfy place until you have it all done and need to sew it all together. I’m still working on my tutorial I promise! I’m hoping I can get it done soon so everyone can get addicted to fabric bowls like me. No Black Friday purchases were...
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Headcolds and Orca Bay

Last Tuesday I started feeling funny with an odd scratch in my throat but I hoped for the best and attributed it to allergies. Then Wednesday it got worse and finally Thursday it really set in. I managed to get through Thanksgiving lunch with the family before heading home and crashing on the couch for the night. All weekend I’ve been holed up here in my pajamas not feeling like doing very much. My cast iron teapot was pulled out and kept me company in my sewing room. I did get some sewing done when I felt up to sitting in my sewing chair. My big accomplishment was finishing Step 1 of Orca Bay! I can’t...
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My First Quilt

Quiltville has a great post about her first quilt and I thought I’d share mine and link back too! This is my first quilt, small as it is.  It is an applique wall hanging that I purchased as a kit at Jo-Anns since I found it in a clearance bin for $7 and thought, “Why not?”  I started it in 2005 after I got married on my little Janome 415 that I received as a wedding gift from two of my Aunts that sew and quilt.  It was packed away for 5 years before I pulled it out and was determined to finish a craft project for the first time.  I finished the top in early...
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WIP Wednesday

I’m at 300 sets now…. 150 to go Finishes this week: 1 Cardigan Wallhanging (on Etsy now) Works in Progress: 3 (Orca Bay Mystery Quilt, Butterfly Quilt, Corgi Wallhangings) Projects on hold: Too numerous to list I cut for over an hour last night on the Orca Bay triangles before getting bored and decided to detour into quilting a top I had hanging on my clothes rack. I’m hoping I can get some stuff listed on Etsy prior to Christmas and maybe it’ll sell. I love my Kwik Klip! How did I do pin basting all this time without it? Speeds up the process and saves my fingers.  Genius. The corgi wall hanging took a few...
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Facing Reality & Having Some Fun

Tonight I sat down and realized I just don’t have enough time to put something together for the International Quilt Festival of Ireland.  Even if I didn’t work on anything else until mid-January I just don’t feel like I could do an exhibit piece justice in the middle of holiday season and all the other myriad things that come up.  After deciding I wasn’t going to worry with it I felt better even though I was a little sad. I’ve just got too much going on to start stacking up more things on my plate.  It seems like when I get one thing finished two or three things hop on so I’ve gotta re-prioritize and think...
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29 – Quilting Efficiently, Customer Service, Fabric Diet Update, 2011 Goal Update, More Longarming

  Playing Pinball is Serious Business! Read my recent post on some easy steps to improving your quilting efficiency! A short fabric diet update I love my new minibolt fabric system! Order Comic Book Backing Boards from Amazon - $9.95 for 100 Update on my Goals for 2011  Customer Service Experiences with Rowenta (bad) and AccuQuilt (awesome) Commission quilt update Basil having some knee issues I get an invite! Orca Bay mystery quilt progress teaching A pinball outing
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Orca Bay Update

While the hubby was posting some stuff on eBay I took the time to do a few test units of the first part of the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt. It involves making 224 hourglass units out of black and neutral fabrics. The units finish at 2.5″ square. I wanted to see if my seam allowance was still working well and so I cut enough to do three units. They came out okay I think – a smidge under size so I might nudge my needle over a tad to make sure they aren’t coming out too small.  The triangle units are so tiny I think they’re scooting a bit when they get to the end of...
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Free Pattern Friday – Ticker Tape Quilt

This is a quilt along that happened earlier this year and I just stumbled across a link to it.  It includes a tutorial on how to make the block using the “quilt as you go” method.  I think it looks like a fun quilt and such a great way to use up all sorts of little scrappy pieces!  You don’t have to make blocks, you can do a small project like a mug rug or a medium sized wall hanging using this fun technique. Bottled Rainbows – Ticker Tape Quilt Along - by Stitched in Color Quilt by Stitched in Color
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