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“Wander” – The Hot Air Balloon Quilt

Saturday morning I had a burst of inspiration and decided to make a small, scrappy hot air balloon. I had no idea how I was going to use it or if it would ever be finished into a quilt. I just wanted to enjoy the process of making something unexpected out of the blue again. I pulled out some of my favorite blue and green scrap fabrics and set to work doing some machine applique.  I used my favorite turquoise 50 wt cotton Mako Aurifil thread for the balloon top and a light brown 50 wt cotton mako Aurifil thread for the basket. I was really happy with how it turned out, wonky basket and all....
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Class Sample Preview and a mini update

My surgery went well and I’ve been home recovering. Lots of time to sit and do quilting stuff and small projects when I’m up for it. I’ve been getting a lot done! I wanted to share a little preview of some of the things I’ll be teaching next quarter. I love this little in-the-hoop owl sewing kit from Embroidery Garden.  It doesn’t take very long to make one in the hoop and it is such a useful kit to keep all your binding supplies together. Who doesn’t like having a little stuffed owl carrying around all their hand sewing supplies? It’s just too cute.   The e-reader craze is still going strong and everyone wants a...
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WIP Wednesday – Bags and Such

I tried a new Quiltsmart kit ‘The Bitty Bag” (the smallest version of the Mondo and Midi bag) this weekend and really had fun with it. There are so many cute variations you can do with this kit to make the bag you want. I decided to make a foldover flap and shoulder strap but I may make another one and do it with drawstrings. This is the Mimi by Chez Moi for Moda line. The kit comes with enough pre-printed interfacing to make two bags and also includes two hooks and a button cover kit for one button.  It only takes 13 charms to make the outside of the bag! I also finished up some...
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Sashiko and Keyfobs

With hubby off work this week I haven’t been able to do much quilting or sewing after work.  I have been dabbling here and there in various things though. Sashiko! I’ve been wanting to try my hand at sashiko for a while. My first attempt wasn’t that good since the chalk markings I spent a good amount of time putting on fabric rubbed right off… so I decided to take the easy route and purchase pre-printed sashiko fabric panels that have the stitch markings on them. MUCH better! I also ordered thread and sashiko needles. Sashiko in Japanese means “little stabs” and is a form of quilting that they’ve used throughout the years. I’m just doing...
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Machine Embroidered Bibs

So that thing that husbands do sometimes happened this past weekend to me. “Hey hon, we got invited to a baby shower next Saturday. Are you free?” Well… yes but now I gotta scramble and make a gift. I don’t like showing up with the same store-bought crap everyone else has, I might as well give them a gift card (sometimes we do both). Back to my old standby – the machine embroidered bib! I like these for baby gifts because they don’t grow out of them super fast, they’re extremely useful and everyone needs them. Here is the free bib template that I use. I will also link where I got all the embroidery designs...
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Friday Misc. Roundup

I got a little bit of machine embroidery time last night after dinner to prep for my Tampa Modern Quilt Guild sew day on Saturday. First up is a lace edged heart from Big Dreams Embroidery. This will become my flag contribution for Flags for Boston that the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is organizing. They have some suggested guidelines. I’m keeping mine simple with just the heart as the centerpiece. I wish i’d used a contrasting thread for the lace edge but oh well, what’s done is done. Isn’t the dot fabric cute? The turquoise thread was part of my May Aurifil Thread Club shipment from The Quilt Bear! It fit perfectly with the fabric. I...
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Catching up! Quilting, corgi keyfob and new challenge

The last few evenings I’ve been quilting the Nostalgia quilt. I finished last night and sprayed away my marking lines so it could dry before I bound it. I wasn’t sure what to do in the white area but I wanted something curvy. I played in one of the blocks and figured out this looked kind of cool. I was using one of my Thirsty Stone coasters as a template to trace. I free motion quilted over the lines. This quilt was a breeze to quilt on my Pfaff Creative 2.0! Now that I’ve figured out a good tension and didn’t have a wonky backing fabric it quilted just fine. The quilt took 4 bobbins of...
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Playing In-The-Hoop, class previews

I didn’t do much sewing last week so I tried to make up for it yesterday. I needed to do two pincushions for a swap I’m participating in and decided to do a few extra mini-pincushions in case they didn’t like the cactus ones. You can get the cactus design from Urban Threads. First I made a practice one for myself. This is Sam – he sits in a mini Terra cotta pot. My thread tension wasn’t 100% perfect on any of these, I was using felt but it mostly looks okay. They’re fun to make but a bit time consuming to put together between the stuffing, stitching opening closed and gluing into the pot. Because...
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Adventures in Babysitting & Fabric Organization

Over the past several days I’ve been working on a label. I won’t list the numerous things that went wrong with it while trying to get it done. I’m just glad it is finished finally and looks good! Last night I was stitching out the third attempt of it and while I was babysitting the embroidery machine I decided to clean up the fabric closet a bit. Don’t make the mistake of leaving the embroidery machine unattended. Bad things happen. Like a really loud knocking sound as you’re in another room and you find your machine still stitching in place with no thread making a horrible sound. I spent about an hour picking thread out of...
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