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I’ve been doing a little sewing in the background, because it’s hard not to think about making pretty things–and then make those things happen.

I bought several charm packs of Moda’s Poetry fabric, and made some zakka style curtains for the living room. They sadly don’t photograph well because of all the light behind them, but they came out perfectly and I love them. And then I found myself with an extra charm pack of squares, so I set to work on using them up.

First I made this zakka bunny tote. It’s huge!3

I didn’t use those brick color squares in my living room curtains, because the color was too strong for that use. So they got used up in this tote!

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I embroidered the bunny by hand, and then did some light quilting so the batting stays in place.

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These are actually the fabric patterns in colors that I didn’t like so much. But aren’t they still pretty?

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In case you haven’t checked my etsy shop lately, I will mention this tote is available for sale there. I make too many totes to keep for myself!

This next tote is also using my remaining Poetry fabrics. These were more my first-choice color/patterns, and it’s always a little sob in the heart to use them up. But there’s no purpose if they’re gathering dust on a shelf, right?

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I gave this tote to a writer friend, and included the covered notebook. So she can carry around her notebook and write down all those momentary thoughts before they get away.

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I thrifted the embroidered doily a long time ago, and hurray, it has finally found its purpose! I thrifted that pretty ribbon, too.

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My sister (you can visit her blog, and her etsy shop–she lives in Japan!) gave me the watermelon fabric, and I knew it would end up in an apron.

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That green and pink is pretty vibrant, so finding the right accent fabric could have been a challenge. But you know what? My sister had already given me the rose fabric (Lecien brand, Flower/Sugar pattern from maybe 2015).

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I’m not much of a ruffle person and find making the gathers tedious because I hate pinning, and the thread always breaks, and on and on. But didn’t they turn out lovely? I probably only pricked myself with a pin twice, too.

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Another thrifted doily, just sewed straight on to make a pocket. When the top edge folds naturally over, it makes its own decoration and edge. How perfect is that?

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And lastly, all the apricots on the apricot tree. I swear this tree is only four years old, but it’s about 30 feet tall now. Maybe 20. But MUCH larger than I ever expected. The variety is, if I remember right (and I am pretty sure I do) called Chinese Mormon Apricot.

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Even better? The apricots are not all buggy!

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The branches are so loaded with fruit they are touching the ground.

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And that’s my summer so far. How is yours going?

 

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D’oh, I forgot to download my fair photos!  There’s not so many this year, I went in the evening and the light wasn’t great. Good thing there’s another fair to go to tomorrow! Fingers crossed the light will be better, and the day not too hot.

I picked out a few of my favorite quilts. Some I like the pattern, others the colors. Others just look pretty.

 

I wonder if the person who made the later square quilt made this one–that olive green looks pretty familiar! I like the color combo, and how the straight lines fool the eye into seeing circles.  (Oh, and I had my flash off so everything has a yellow hue. I just didn’t get good photos this year.)

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This is so pretty, and would look great either on the wall, or hanging over the back of the couch. Wouldn’t it be great to receive this as a gift?

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This flag quilt doesn’t look so special in the photo, but in person it has been heavily machine quilted with metallic thread highlighting each firework pop. It had plenty of sparkle.

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Imagine all the time that went into embroidering each square. This is a full bed-sized quilt, too, I just went in for the closeup here so you can see detail. Hours and hours of work.

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Here’s that olive green I mentioned. I like this one, although it wouldn’t fit my decor. I guess I like it would look okay on a masculine bed–it’s hard to make a quilt that works okay for a man.

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This one is huge! I had that little girl stand there so you can get an idea of the true dimensions. Thanks, anonymous little girl!

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I like sampler quilts, and I’ve got in my mind to make something like this to use as a table cloth. Different colors, those red/turquoise I think about but never actually use. Maybe I will soon!

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This string quilt I think is particularly successful. Dramatic contrasts between the bolds and lights. It’s hard to pull off when your stash is mostly middle ground colors (who me? says the fabric closet).

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I find photographic prints hard to incorporate in designs, and this window pane quilt uses them well.

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We just liked this pouf. I wouldn’t mind putting my feet up on that!

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Last year I got a fantastic tiger photo I still haven’t painted, and this year the bobcat was a hit. I saw one of these once when I was mountain biking. I looked up the trail, looked down at my gears, thought, “What the?” and looked back up, and it had vanished. I used to see a lot of deer, but that was the only cat ever. Thank goodness. He might be a little guy, but not little enough for me!

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I haven’t been painting as much lately because I’ve been designing a quilt pattern. I know! My first one!

It took many more repetitions of the pattern to get it exactly right than I ever imagined. I have had four pattern testers work on it, and I am finally satisfied other people will successfully be able to create a throw from my pattern.

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If you are a sewer who has been looking for a fox exactly like this (like me!) the directions are available as a pdf download in my etsy sewing shop, and at craftsy.

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Does it count if I started this quilt in December? Yeah, it counts. Every finished quilt counts. A friend asked me to make a quilt for her niece, and if someone else is willing to buy beautiful fabric for me to work with–how can I say no?

I used the Dancing Daisies free pattern again, I think it is stunning in person.

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The reverse side is aqua, with one daisy block.

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Yay, the year is productive already! I hope you are getting your projects underway, too….

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sewing: finished girlie quilt

Are you reading my sewing blog? I know I need to link to it more often. I finished my little girl quilt, and it deserves showing-off on two blogs :).

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I have a lot more photos of it on my other blog, and the quilt is available for sale in my etsy shabby-chic shop.

This quilt would make a perfect holiday gift for some treasured little girl. The quality of the fabrics and workmanship (made by my own hands!) ensure the quilt will last a lifetime.

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I have been working hard this Saturday, finishing up piecing this quilt top.

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Tah-dah! It’s a swirl of blue and pink, perfect for a little girl.

I love the rabbits….

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And I love the horses….

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And the foxes and birds….

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And I love all the romantic roses. All such pretty fabric, so cheerful and sort of magical.

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So that is the finished top. I have not purchased the backing fabric yet. I want to use this fabric, but it is out of stock until the end of July.

The fabric is called Rosewater, by designer Verna Mosquera for Free Spirit.

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What they *do* have in stock is the same fabric in yellow.
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What would you do? Be okay with the yellow version, letting it throw a different feel onto the reverse side of the quilt? Or wait for the blue so it’s all matchy-matchy?

I’m not a yellow person, but I think I will be putting this quilt for sale in my shop. I don’t know any little girls who love pink and blue….the fabrics were so beautiful I just wanted to get my hands on them and work!

So yellow or blue?

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Is this my first finished quilt of the year? I think it might be. I know I bought the fabric right after Christmas — can’t pass up an end-of-the-year sale! I had scoped out the fabric at the shop and had my fingers crossed it would show up at a reduced price; since the pattern is seasonal, it was a good bet.

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The fabric is “Winter’s Lane” by Kate and Birdie Paper Co. for Moda. I added some solid white and solid gray as well, just for a little more variety and I had it on hand.

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I had my heart set on a quilt that said “winter” without hammering the “Christmas” aspect, but also wanted it to speak a little bit to Christmas. Who knew I would be so demanding about quilts? Good thing I could choose exactly what fabric I wanted. White, gray, teal, with pops of red. If I had it to do over I would choose half as much red, but there you go. At least it’s done!

I chose teal for the back side, it might have been called aqua. You can see it above.

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For the final quilting, I borrowed my friend’s new Pfaff Ambition 1.0 and I have to say I am in LOVE with her machine. I can fit a whole quilt top in it, the throat has plenty of room to maneuver the fabric without horrible bunching or rolling. Plus, the machine has a built-in walking foot! Wow, does a walking foot make all the difference, I will never quilt straight lines without one again!

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Now if I can just get my friend to loan me her machine every time I get to the quilting stage….

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I think is this is the largest quilt so far, probably 90″ square. It will look gorgeous thrown over the couch next winter! Of course, it might just end up in my etsy shop. How else could I afford to keep quilting, if I didn’t sell every other one? It’s hard to part with them when you love them…but of course I’ve already got another one in the works. I’ll have to show off the fabrics, I love the next one, too!

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