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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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A little bit of sashiko

I’ve had a collection of sashiko designs in my embroidery folder on my PC for a while and tonight I finally had an excuse to stitch one out! I’m in the “Taste of the Orient” mini quilt swap and needed to do my quilt before the deadline hits in a few days. I picked out a cherry blossom sashiko design from Embroidery Library and got everything setup to stitch it out. I think it turned out pretty good! My binding leaves a bit to be desired but it is difficult to bind tiny objects. This one is about 6″ square. I think it is really sweet! I hope my partner likes it too.
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48 – Lots of Reviews, Sew Day, and Strings

Quilting Book review - String Fling by Bonnie Hunter I can see said the blind man (I’m getting glasses) TV Tray Portable Pressing table made Sew day with Tampa Modern Quilt Guild Digging myself out Upcoming game convention Fabric flowers galore! Art Tracer Lightbox 10″ x 12″ String block swap update The trial of the ruffler Movie review – Safety Not Guaranteed New Summer handbag 40,000 stitches later Recent kitchen find: Collapsible dry measuring cups!
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String Flings and Lifestyle Changes

I have two swaps that I’m hosting in July and August involving string blocks so this week I’ve been working on getting those out of the way and finished so they are ready to mail once they start. July String Block Swap – signup here August String Block Swap – signup here In total I have 32 blocks to mail out, 16 for each swap. Each block finishes at 8.5″. I have 11 blocks left to go! Here is my stack of blocks so far (I haven’t trimmed yet): And my utensil caddy that at one point, organized my strips according to length: I completely cleaned out my string bin so all my strings are in...
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Swap Item reveal and a jelly roll race quilt

My swap partner for the Ugly Fabric Swap Part 2 received her item so I can reveal what it was now! I picked up a black messenger bag and did some embroidery on top. I think the little dolls turned out cute! I thought the name would be bigger but at least it didn’t come out looking wonky.  My partner was pleased with her item so that makes me happy. Since the last podcast I got a wild hair and decided to pull out a jelly roll and do a jelly roll race 1600 quilt.  I’m happy with how it turned out! Mom if you’re reading this and you want to be surprised for Mother’s Day stop reading...
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Upcoming Block Swap – Scrappy Trips Around the World – April 2012

I wanted to generate some interest in this upcoming swap because I think it is going to be lots of fun especially if you are a scrap quilter! Scrappy Trip Around the World Block Swap Signup Deadline:  April 1, 2012 All swap packages must be sent by: April 30, 2012 Number of swap partners: 2 Number of blocks to swap: 8 blocks total, each partner gets 4 blocks.  A completed block will be 12″ finished/12.5″ unfinished (with the 1/4 seam all around before it is sewn to something else) I’m hosting a block swap in April and we will be doing the Bonnie Hunter Scrappy Trips Around the World Block.  It is basically a small bargello...
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33 – The Mom Interview, Puzzles, Cooking and some quilting

My parents came to visit so I convinced my mom to sit for an interview I cooked a lot while my parents were here (well more than usual) Pork roast Simple 2-ingredient biscuits Pineapple upside down cake in a cast iron skillet I receive a cool quilty gift – a puzzle!
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Two UFOs Transformed

I just finished packaging everything up for my final swaps for this year.  One of the swaps was easy, just some 2.5″ Jelly roll strips to mail out (already had lots cut so just had to pick and choose colors) but the other one required some work. I just transformed them into some mug rugs! You can see the front and the back here: Remind me to never do a hexagonal binding again please.  I didn’t even think about the difficulty of that before quilting the hexagons! It was hard to get those mitered corners.   The quilting was a circular feather motif that I had a template for.  I added an outline to the inside...
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Swap Updates and upcoming swaps

The Quiltcast Supergroup Swap group has lots of fun swaps coming up!  Our last swap for the year is a Mug Rug swap and the signup deadline for that is today, November 1. Each person will send out two mug rugs, one to each partner, based on the partners preferences listed in their profile if they have any.  You can be as creative as you like!  Mug Rugs are great practice for building quilting skills as you do all the steps for quilting but on a much smaller scale. We are taking December off so everyone can work on their own holiday projects without distraction. Next year I already have several swaps planned through March. Many...
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