FQ Challenge… OK, I Can Now Show You


Made. Shipped. And Delivered.

Don’t you hate keeping secrets? I do. I have been wanting to do a Show And Tell for about a week. But couldn’t. Since what I was making needed to be shipped and delivered first.

It all started with this. This really pretty Fat Quarter.

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You know how much I like signing up for stuff. Well, I signed up for a FQ Challenge in one of my quilt groups. Each person had to mail off a FQ to their swap partner and that person would make something with the FQ adding up to three additional fabrics.

Since the Friendship Braid was still fresh in my mind, that is the design I decided on with a twist. I added cornerstones. I had seen them on quilts around the net, liked them, and wanted to give it a try.

Day 1: The Auditions

I tried out numerous fabrics and color combinations. I really wanted this white to work but it stood out like a sore thumb. The solids? Nope. Bright avocado? Nope.

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Still undecided. So, I let the camera decide for me.

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I ended up selecting four fabrics to add to her fat quarter. Yep, one additional. For balance. I doubt the Number Police will be coming to arrest me. πŸ˜€

You can see the four here. With cornerstones.

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I made two short panels, sewed them down the middle, added a few borders.

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No quilting. I just could not decide on which quilting design would least mess it up. So I pieced a back, added batting and with right sides together, stitched all around the edges. I turned it inside out and hand stitched the turning opening closed.

And DONE!!

The Front.

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The Back.

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My swap partner said she loves it and plans to hang it in her sewing room.

I have a few scraps of her FQ leftover and will make ME something pretty. Guess what I did with the cut off ends of the two panels? Cute, huh!!

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My fabric came from Connecting Threads and JoAnn’s.


Linking up to…

http://www.conniekresin.com/2013/01/linky-party-tuesday_29.html

Green Scrappy Braid Quilt Top Is Finished


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Wow, working on and off, this took almost a month. I added the final borders early this morning.

I LOVE IT!!! My first braided Anything. And mostly from scraps. 95%. That’s the best part.

From this…

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To this…

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It is officially the largest quilt top I have made to-date. Right now, before quilting and binding, it measures 90″ by 94.” As you can see, it fits perfectly on this regular sized bed in the guest bedroom which BTW is only used to house my crafting stuff.

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It has enough of a drop that I could remove the dust ruffle. (Do people still use dust ruffles, LOL!! I still do.)

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For the back, I already started making more braid panels. I will probably cut some larger squares from leftover green scraps. And piece together what I can to make it large enough. I won’t spend a lot of time on it, that’s for sure. Already invested too many hours on the top.

After I quilt it, I want to make two pillow shams. I saw the cutest pillows that look like shams on the net (can’t remember where), loved them, will make them.

I am so glad I decided to try my hand at this design and learned to make the braids. If I had never tried it, then I wouldn’t have this to show you. πŸ˜€

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If you haven’t tried the Friendship Braid, check it out. Super easy. Time consuming, but easy.

Go here. This is what I used.

http://www.quilterscache.com/B/BraidBlock.html


You can read about the making of this quilt top here.

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/sashing-is-done-time-for-the-borders/

And here.

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/starched-and-ready-to-trim/

And The Winner Of My Guessing Game Is… Carol


Wow!! So close, almost right on the nose.

Carol said:
January 19, 2013 at 5:29 pm
487 popped in my mind so that’s my guess.

Carol guessed that I sewed/quilted 487 items in 2012. The number was actually 491 which included 168 charity pillowcases. I documented everything I made so all I had to do was flip back through my journal pages.

Congrats, Carol. Send me your address so I can mail you one of my handcrafted items.

Thanks everyone for playing my Guessing Game. You are the best!!

Sashing Is Done… Time For The Borders


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Seems I have been working on this Green Scrappy Braid Quilt forever. And I HAVE!! For about four weeks. On and off. With a few other projects being worked on in between.

But I have good news. The sashing is finished. And I can now move on to the outside borders.

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Initially, I wanted to use this green fabric. But didn’t think I had enough.

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And to buy more at the price/shipping the seller was asking would have ended up being more than I wanted to spend on a scrappy quilt. Overkill. So “Babble”, the name of the fabric, went back to my stash. (And thank you, Sonnethawk, for your help in locating the color I needed. I bookmarked the site.)

I think this apple green with butterflies works just fine.

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It complements all the various shades of green I used for the braids.

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For the inside borders, I decided on a black fabric with white loopy loops. It is busy. But I like it.

This quilt top will be the second largest quilt I have made to-date. (The American Heroes quilt being slightly larger.) Right now without the outside borders, it measures 82″ across and 65″ down. Borders will be 2″ on the left and right and 4″ on top and bottom. So I am thinking it will end up somewhere around 86″ by 74″.

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I am calling it my Scrap Buster. Except for the sashing and borders, it was made with about 95% scraps. For variety, I ended up cutting strips from a few FQ’s and my stash but mostly it was from my green scrap bag.

Remember the photo I showed you a month ago?

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This is what that bag looks like now. SWEET!!

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I will use even more scraps to make a pieced back. More braided panels. At least two. 92 strips per panel. Then I will piece together leftover scraps and see how close I can come to the measurements for the top. For sure I will need to add from my stash. The same green and black I am using for sashing and borders.

My plan is get the quilting done This Year. Not sure when but this year. I am determined NOT to go into next year with a bunch of quilt tops in need of quilting. πŸ˜€

How about you? Are you working to reduce your UFO’s? Have you finished anything yet this year? Do tell…..


Go here for directions to make your own braided quilt.

http://www.quilterscache.com/B/BraidBlock.html

“Made In 2012” Contest And Giveaway

CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Carol is the WINNER. THANKS, EVERYONE, FOR ENTERING.


Hi everyone, this month is flying by so fast, I thought I had better get my Made In 2012 Guessing Game posted before February gets here.

Can you guess how productive I was last year?

I made quite a few items. Mostly small things and just a few quilts. And let’s not forget my pillowcases.

Here are a few of the things I made. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

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So.. counting everything, even the UFO’s, can you guess how many sewing and quilting items I made in 2012?

The 1st person to guess correctly (or come closest without going over) wins a prize. I will select one of my handcrafted items and mail it off to you. Everyone welcome. I will ship international.

You have until Wednesday, Jan 23, midnight EST to enter a guess.

Post your answer in comments. Good Luck!!

LET THE GUESSING BEGIN!!!


Tip: To get you started, you already know that I made 168 charity pillowcases. πŸ˜€

January “Block Lotto” Blocks


It’s that time again. Every other month. My quilt group runs a block lotto.

How does it work? Simple. You make however many of the featured block and that is how many chances you have to win the pot. I like to participate because I learn something new with each block.

This month’s block is called Crossroads to Jericho and finishes at 9″. Each block is made with nine 2 1/2″ squares and four half square triangles cut from 5 1/2″ squares.

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This is a perfect block for those fabrics you don’t have a lot of. You can use scraps too if you have a piece large enough for the HST. I used some of my 2 1/2″ squares leftover from my Hugs and Kisses quilt.

I have been working on these for a couple days. Most of that time was trying to decide which fabrics read well with black. I ended up making eleven blocks.

This one is my favorite.

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Here’s a few of the other blocks. I just couldn’t get any decent photos today. Crappy outside. No sun, dull and gray and my camera was acting ugly. These are the best pictures I could get.

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Wouldn’t it be great to win the pot. At nine inches per block, a quilt top could be assembled fairly quickly.

And if I don’t win the pot, I can make my own blocks out of the cut squares I have leftover. Like these I cut. But did not use. I decided NOBODY but me would want a quilt with numbers. πŸ˜€

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Cross your fingers and toes for me. (Some of my quilt group members read my blog. So I know they have their fingers and toes crossed too. For Themselves!!) Going to be fun to see who wins all the blocks.


Psst… No, you aren’t off the “green” hook. I have more green stuff to show you. Coming up!! πŸ˜€ And thanks a bunch for leaving me a comment on my braid quilt.

Starched And Ready To Trim


Twelve and done…

I finished the last panel for my green scrappy braid quilt top yesterday.

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Whew!! So glad to be done sewing all the strips together. There are 92 strips per panel. 12 panels = 1104 strips. And it was all add strip, sew, stop, add strip, sew, stop, add… πŸ˜€ You get the picture. There was no way (that I know of) to do chain piecing.

But it’s done.

And now I tackle the trimming and sewing the panels together. Somewhere on the net, I read if you starch the panel BEFORE you trim the sides, the fabric (which is on the bias) will be more stable. Not sure if this is true, but since I am still new to quilting, I figured I had better follow what the experts are saying.

So, I sprayed each panel, pressed the heck out of it, hung them back up on my design wall. I wanted to make sure they were completely dry before touching them. I am thinking later today, I will get started.

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Wish me luck.