Wednesday, November 28, 2012


why we can't just ignore life and sew all day?  I'm really having one of those weeks where I'd rather just pretend things aren't blowing up all around me. It'll get better soon, I hope.

In the mean time, I am feeling extremely lucky that the placemats I was coveting on Flickr in the Modern She Made 2 Swap are MINE!!! They came from England yesterday!! Along with these awesome coasters and basket full of chocolate. I'm going to tear into these chocolates real soon. My partner was Jennie who blogs over at JenniesThreads. I'm still a little in shock that I actually got what I was secretly hoping for. YAY! Twice now, I've had really great partners, I'm definitely doing this swap again. I can only hope my partner likes her mini quilt and pin cushion too.

Now on to what I'm working on this week. I've been making these embroidered zip pouches for gifts. I had to try to patterns before I figured out which would work best. No surprise, I'm going with an Elizabeth Harman pattern. She's really great and her patterns make so much sense to me. 2 pouches down and 4 to go!


Coming up is an iPad case, I bought a pattern at a Black Friday sale that I couldn't resist. I'm also going to make some monster pencil cases for Christmas gifts.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Well I can check 2 of the quilts off my list now! I finished this baseball quilt and already gave it to the intended recipient. I got a squeal over it and my SIL even took it over to my FIL to show him too, she liked it so much. They are big baseball fans. I also got an email from my MIL who said my quilt was a real hit. Phew! For whatever reason I get kinda nervous when I design my own quilt with the recipient in mind. You just never know if they're going to like it and when you put that much effort in....I worry. Thankfully I was worried for nothing.

I am working on this mini quilt for the Modern She Made Swap 2. The them is "triangle" and I thought the compass needed more triangles so I made flying geese for the borders. I am hoping to get those sewn on along with corner pieces and then baste it today. I saw that my partner collects pin cushions, so as an extra, I'm going to try and whip one up for her. I have to mail it between the 15-19 and I'm thinking the 19th is probably going to be the date since I'm adding that pin cushion.

This weekend my LQG has it's monthly sew day. We decided to make a charity quilt for QuiltCon using extra blocks from their challenge. We are going to dedicate Saturday to working on that. I'll be sure to post about that soon!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012


2 sides binded, 2 sides to go. I'm no longer panicking about this baseball quilt. In fact, I think it's looking pretty good.

Machine appliqueing those logos was pretty easy, aside from running out of thread during naptime, argh. The red twill tape was a bit more of a struggle. For the cross seams, I sewed the ends together to prevent fraying and then I laid them under the curved "seams" to get them positioned. That meant I had to move the curved seam to the side to tack down the cross seams. Getting the curved seam over the cross seams wasn't to bad, it was just hard to keep the stitching in the middle of the twill tape. Overall I'm happy with the results.

I used Aurifil 20# white thread for the quilting and surprisingly, there was nary a pucker even though the stitching was close and I was moving the quilt all over the place. The back is just a RK novelty baseball print. Should be finished and washed in time for Saturday.

I also started a Mariner's Compass block, "Which Way North," for the Modern She Made Swap 2. It took a bit of calculating to get the rainbows right but it's all cut out and ready to go. I'm going to make some sort of border too. I'm leaning towards another HST border. Again, I won't have any problem meeting my 11/15 deadline. Then it's on to Christmas presents. Yay.

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