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Feathers, Feathers and the Butterfly Quilt

This is a UFO that’s over 2 years old and I decided to pull it out and work on the darn thing so I could get a better feel for Anne. I’ve had The Butterfly Quilt hanging in my closet for a while after I worked on the center panel.  (See my photos from 2011 on this project when I first started quilting it).  I got nervous overthinking the quilt after I quilted the center section and was seriously worried if I got back to it I’d screw it up. After practicing some feathers on Anne and a scrap sandwich I pulled it out and stuck it under the needle. This quilt has some interesting areas...
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When It’s Okay to Let Go of those UFOs – AKA: Fun with Flowcharts

Moving out of my old sewing space prompted me to take an inventory of my UFOs. I realized I had several UFOs that I’d lost interest in or I just wasn’t enjoying the process of making them anymore. One of those projects is from a Kimberly Einmo class I took over a year ago now. I enjoyed the class and learned a fun technique to make lone stars out of jelly roll strips. I had a box with a few finished block segments and 85% of a jelly roll waiting to be used up to make more. I love the fabric line and I hated to just let it sit there in a box. I remembered...
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WIP Wednesday – Mostly Easy Street!

I’m still getting to know Kismet with lots of piecing and last night was no exception. I unhooked the embroidery unit and got her setup to do some more piecing so we could knock out Part 3 of Easy Street! The method I’m using is the one described here where you use squares and rectangles. The only thing I do differently is I layer my turquoise rectangle on top before cutting my triangles with the Easy Angle ruler so it creates my pairs for me! Saves me time. I didn’t have any 2″ strips saved so I’m using ways that minimize how much cutting I have to do to get the finished product. I have all...
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Major Orca Bay Progress

I started Orca Bay last year and my progress stalled around clue #6 before it was stuck into a tray until I picked it back up a week or so ago. Since the new mystery was starting so soon I wanted to try to make some progress before I started a new project, mostly to save space. This pattern can now be found in Bonnie Hunter’s book String Fling. I got a lot done in a week! Put the blocks together and finished sewing the rows together tonight. All I need now is to work on the pieced border and it’ll be ready to go to the longarmer. My Viking Topaz lost upper thread tension completely...
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Cleaning and Purging + Lightscoop testing

I’m still cleaning out my studio and working on getting it ready for lots of UFO finishes. In the process I’m finding piles of swap blocks, class projects that are half-finished and scraps that don’t have a permanent home yet. I really like how things are shaping up with the pegboard. Not sure what I’m going to do with the rest of my thread quite yet. I’m waiting on another package of 100 hooks to get here so I can shift everything off of the little thread racks but I may keep one just for my Aurifil since those cones fit nicely on it. The UFOs that bother me the most right now are the ones...
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WIP Wednesday – July catchup

I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire but I’m getting to the bottom of the hole I think. Huge thank you to Kati for sending me the lovely peach batik to make my fabric flower! I had no peach in my stash at all and nothing matched the show ribbon I needed to make a flower for.  Kati to the rescue with this perfect fabric! I love how it turned out.  I have three ribbons left to make flowers for. I finally got all my string blocks into the mail for the July string swap. I’m starting to receive some back! I’ve gotten 8 blocks back so far. Here are four of them. I...
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WIP Wednesday!

I haven’t done one of these in FOREVER! It’s good to see the progress I’ve made in the past few months though. I feel like I’m getting somewhere. Recent Finishes: Doggie Commission Quilt In Progress: “Leftovers” – top is finished. Need to pin baste and quilt it. I want to follow the lines of the quilt and do some straight line quilting. I toyed with the idea of filling in the tan areas with feathers but I’m not sure how that would look with all the angles in this quilt. I may trace some stuff out on quilting paper and see how it looks from afar. Remember this?? I pulled this oldie but goodie out of...
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2nd Quarter Finish-along Goals

I managed to get one thing off my UFO list last quarter but I had some unexpected commissions come in and various other quilt guild things that kind of kept me overwhelmed.  Not to mention Rainbow Insomnia was quite a distraction but a welcome one! So this quarter I want to include a variety of finishes that I know I already have deadlines for and a few UFOs. Jelly Roll Race quilt – has to be finished by Mother’s Day. Top is complete just needs to be quilted and bound. Snowball quilt commission – I’d like to get this finished by the end of May.  Will depend on how long it takes to finalize the embroidery...
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37 – Behind the Scenes of Ep 36, WIP, Basil Update, Reorganization, Curtains

A little bit behind the scenes of the interview with Kimberly Einmo! Some of my works in progress: Rainbow Lonestar Black Floral Wallhanging UFO Test blocks for twin size commission Testing embroidery files from Big Dreams Embroidery Block design for Seamed Up Basil saw the surgeon for his 8 week checkup after his CCL surgery repair Work drama I reorganize my sewing studio a bit I made my first set of curtains!! Comment catchup – thanks to everyone for the lovely comments you left on Episode 36 show notes!  I’m really proud of that episode and I’m glad so many of you enjoyed listening to it. Some Bargello Quilt Along finishes done by blog followers and...
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