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FINALLY – Finished Photos of Hopscotch Lane

It will not stop raining in Florida for more than about 20 minutes at a time. I managed to dash outside and hang this up so I could photograph it for the Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Challenge and get it submitted before the deadline. I’m very excited with the way this quilt turned out! Probably one of the few times it came out just like I imagined it in my head, all the way down to the quilting.  This quilt is 100% Michael Miller fabrics and I quilted it using 40wt Aurifil thread for the teal background and used a little bit of 50wt white thread for the dresdens. I quilted this on my Pfaff Powerquilter...
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Hedgehog, Pouf and Summer is here!

I’ve been in a flurry of sewing ADD. I probably have about 5 different projects scattered around my room right now in various states of being finished. I did get a few things finished this past weekend though. This cute hedgehog is an in-the-hoop stuffed toy I decided to try because I was participating in a Plushie swap. I will say I was disappointed with the instructions provided with the file but I managed to get the toy done without much fuss. She turned out cute and I was able to use up some scrap minkee I had floating around in my sewing room. I finished my first Amy Butler pattern! This is the large Honeybun...
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Saturday Stash and Quiltsmart Gadget Cushion Finish

I missed Sunday stash earlier this week so better late than never! Also finished the absolute cutest gadget cushion ever using some fun fabric I picked up in Vegas at Quiltique. I can’t wait to make more of these! Really fast (made in less than an hour with minimal fabric) and super useful. I need to make a few more for home and one for work. They’d also make cute pincushions I think!   I fell prey to the Hancocks of Paducah batik precuts sale and loaded up on some Macaron bali pops and 5″ charm packs. Also received my Massdrop Aurifil order (who doesn’t need more basics?) and a few of the Gadget Cushion interfacing...
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Sunday Stash & Peacock Finish

A finished project for once! Finally took the time to finish up my peacock. This was from a class I took a few months ago on making a stuffed bird. I love the end result and look forward to doing more stuffed creatures! It’s a nice change from quilting and sewing stuff all the time and lets you do some other things creatively that wouldn’t work on a quilt.  This peacock came from the book The Artful Bird, which I highly recommend if you want to try stuffed creatures. My hand embroidery isn’t that great (respect to all you hand embroidery experts out there!) so some of the details didn’t turn out quite how I envisioned...
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Hand Woven Bali Basket Finish

I’ve had this pattern for a month or two now and it ended up being the one quilty/sewy thing I did on my holiday break. You don’t have to use your sewing machine at all to make these and there is only a teeny bit of handsewing involved in the beginning and end of the basket. The rest is just weaving ends together and wrapping around the piping to create the basket. It was very simple to get the hang of and the pattern offered both written and photo instructions. Hand Woven Bali Basket Pattern The pattern is intended to be used with jelly roll strips so I tried it with a 1930’s solid jelly roll...
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Finish – Wedding Guest Memory Quilt

I guess this counts as my oldest UFO finish ever! One of my good corgi-owner friends got married almost three years ago and I offered to make her a quilt from fabrics her guests signed. I got the signed scraps of fabric back probably two years ago and its sat in a drawer since then waiting to be put together. Originally I was just going to do square-in-a-square but after seeing some of the guests wrote straight to the edge I realized I had to applique them all so she didn’t lose any messages. Her wedding was fall themed so this was my attempt to make it look like a tree had notes hanging from it...
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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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The MEGA Finishes Post – Class Samples Done!

I’m pretty sure this is some kind of world record. I work best under deadlines and this is proof. Three quilts finished this week! I’ll start with the big one. The Summer House Lone Star quilt turned out fantastic. I bound it using the lime green coordinating solid. It’s hand bound to the back. Still no label since I don’t have a proper name for it. Measures 66 x 66 finished. I’m really looking forward to teaching the class and seeing what fabrics all my students pick!  My lone star is now off my quilty bucket list. On to something new!   I redid my beginner melt and blend sampler with proper borders. I think this...
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Finished – Corgi Fairytale Quilt

Update: Pattern now available for purchase and instant download! After lamenting on my last podcast about not feeling like I knew where I fit in quilting this quilt came to be. I designed it on Monday afternoon (July 8th) on a post-it note, came home that night and got to work.  My local modern quilt guild had a negative space challenge and originally I hadn’t intended on entering anything. Then this design popped into my head. I had to do it. Cut the applique pieces on Monday and basted the quilt sandwich, Tuesday night I started the quilting and zig-zag around all the applique edges, Wednesday was more quilting, Thursday was labeling and binding and tonight...
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