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My Small World - Finished At Last!

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Look, look, look!


It's finally, actually finished!  This was one of my oldest works-in-progress and had been put away several times due to mental block. I still don't agree with all my choices but I'm so glad to have it off my list and done!

I experimented with it by adding some hand-quilting.  I love the texture it gives the quilt so I'm adding "hand-quilt an entire quilt" to my "someday" list.  My favorite piece is still the rainbow.


Another first for this quilt is the permanent hanging sleeve I put on the back.  This is going to be hung up over my cutting table (as soon as I find a rod I like to do so with) and it's a little too big for my normal process of safety pins and command hooks.  Putting on the sleeve was easier than I expected - please enjoy the artistic shot of the back my aspiring photographer took for me (we were shooting between rainstorms so I couldn't have him reshoot).


The pattern for this is My Small World by Jen Kingwel…

Quilt Block Summer Week 18

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Welcome to this week's Quilt Block Summer Summary!  It's just about a week into the school year, and I am flying through my projects!  I am surprised at how quickly all my days are filling up though.  Not nearly as much free time as I thought I'd have, but that's okay - I'm definitely not bored.

Temperature Quilt 2018
The nights feel like fall and we are sleeping with the windows open again, no matter how warm it gets during the day.


Harry Potter Bookcase
This is a double block - Crookshanks and the Sorting Hat!  The Sorting Hat's face is there but hard to see, exactly how I imagined it in my head when I first read the series.  Like trying to find a picture in the clouds.


2018 Summer Sampler
Block 17 is the Chrysler Building in New York City.  Only one more block to go - this whole quilt-along has been so much fun!  I was using scraps for the center of my block so the diamonds don't match up in both halves, but just like last week, it's good enough to go …

Quilt Block Summer Week 17

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Welcome to this week's Quilt Block Summer Summary!  The kids are back at school, the air feels like fall, and I'm declaring the next two weeks my "mom vacation" to do whatever I want!  After that it'll be time for my annual fall decluttering and cleaning (less fun, but satisfying when it's over).

Temperature Quilt 2018
I was hoping to use my red pencil fabric for the first day of school, but temperatures are falling here so I had to settle for some pink scissors.


Harry Potter Bookcase
A big week for Harry Potter!  I only had to piece a potion bottle and a book, but those two pieces finished off the fourth bookshelf!


2018 Summer Sampler
Block 16 is called Maois and fits in perfectly with the stripey blocks I'm making for #100Days100Blocks2018 this week.  I realized that I assembled it wrong right as I finished trimming the last side.  Grr.  I still think it looks good so I'm leaving it for now.  If it bugs me when I do the final assembly I'll fix it …

One Quilty Goal - September 2018

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My kids go back to school on Tuesday and I have so many ideas of what I want to sew!  I'm letting myself dream a little bigger than normal, just because the time I have seems so endless (don't pop my bubble of happiness quite yet, please!).  But amidst all the new stuff I also want to finish up some of my lingering projects.  I'm actually hoping to get two of them done: the My Small World quilt that didn't quite get finished as part of my May goal (my only failure so far) and the first of my Quilt Block Summer project graduates, the Ricochet Quilt.

I don't have an updated picture of the My Small World quilt, but it just needs a hanging sleeve (I intend to hang it permanently), binding, and a few small areas of hand quilting.  I can do it, right?

But the actual goal I'm linking up for this month is to finish the Ricochet quilt.  I've got the top pieced already.  I need to piece a back from my collection of Cotton + Steel fat quarters, quilt, and bind this.  …

Quilt Block Summer Week 16

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Welcome to this week's Quilt Block Summer Summary!  It is the last week of official summer vacation for my kids, but I'm going to keep these posts going until I finish up the 2018 Summer Sampler (aka the official end of summer at the Fall Equinox).

Temperature Quilt 2018
Still plugging away!


Harry Potter Bookcase
Very little progress this week.  I was going to make a bottle to end this row, but my printer won't print my (black and white) paper-pieced pattern because it's out of blue ink.  So all I did was add two book blocks to the slug block and then sew them to the row.  You can see them in the background of my ricochet picture below.

2018 Summer Sampler
Block 15, Petra, is a block I've been looking forward to making since I first saw the mock-up of this quilt.  I think this would look great as a full quilt by itself!


Ricochet Quilt
I've got half of the rows sewn together (that just sounds more impressive than saying two!) and I'm admiring the cornerstone fa…

Pirate Ship Prototype Baby Quilt

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My goal for this month was to put together my pirate ship prototype blocks into a baby quilt.  I used my quilting village to decide on a final layout.  My mother-in-law convinced me to do the snake path with the dotted line and my best friend told me I needed to have "curved" lines at the corners; as always, their advice was excellent. 

I'm in love with this backing fabric that I found - it's the gray Shark Attack design from the Riley Blake Pirate's Life collection.  The binding is an old piece from stash.


I'm tweaking the pattern now and hope to have it ready to go soon.  In the meantime, I'm linking up my finish at Elm Street Quilts.

Quilt Block Summer Week 15

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Welcome to this week's Quilt Block Summer Summary!  It was another travel week for us - my sister got married in my hometown and then we visited a nearby water park.  It was a great week even though not a lot of sewing got done.

Temperature Quilt 2018
First, a close-up of my vacation blocks.  They are a little more subtle than the Boston blocks I made earlier this summer, but they represent the trip well.  I especially adore the little waves on the pink block for our water park day.


And then today I finished row number 13!  My little quilt holders distorted the top a little, but you can still get the general idea.  I'm so tired of picking out red fabrics!


2018 Summer Sampler
I had two of these blocks to make and I got to it as soon as I finished the temperature blocks.  I didn't follow the directions very well for either of them!  Block 13 is Pisa.  I rotated my quadrants so that the big part is the center and the stripes are outside.  I like how it looks and there were few…

Quilt Block Summer Week 14

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Welcome to this week's Quilt Block Summer Summary!  I'm still riding high on the excitement of finishing all the blocks I need for one of the quilts last week, but that didn't stop me from creating.

Temperature Quilt 2018
You're not counting wrong, there are a few carryover blocks from last week that weren't part of the big blob picture.


Harry Potter Bookcase
"Eat slugs!"  Poor Ron.  To me, this is one of the most memorable moments in book one.  It's also one of the newest blocks to be added to the Project of Doom and I couldn't resist adding it to my bookcase.


2018 Summer Sampler
Block 13 is called Pisa and it's paper-pieced.  I spent a lot of time this week working on my August goal (I just have to finish hand-stitching the binding!) and only got as far as printing the pattern out and assigning colors to each area.

Ricochet Quilt
This week I chose the final layout for this quilt using the extra hourglass units from making the center of each bloc…

Quilt Block Summer Week 13

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Welcome to lucky week 13 of quilt block summer!  Less than a month and summer vacation will be over.  I've got two kids who are ready for school already and one who wants summer to last forever.

Temperature Quilt 2018
On Sunday, I was able to add my latest row to the main quilt.  The top is getting heavy - this is going to be a nice warm quilt to snuggle under!


Harry Potter Bookcase
Another fun block this week.  I didn't have any fabric I liked for the scarf so I had to order some.  Within an hour of the box arriving I was hard at work putting this together - it looks exactly like I hoped it would!


2018 Summer Sampler
Block 12 is called Milan.  It was a little fiddly getting all the seams to line up properly, but I'm happy with my color placement in this block.


Ricochet Quilt
The blocks are done!  One cut of background fabric is enough to make two blocks, so once the first block was done, I couldn't help myself and just had to finish the last block too!


Trinket Quilt
Lots o…

Quilt Block Summer Week 12

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Welcome to this week's Quilt Block Summer Summary!  I started off the week by finishing the second Trinket row (at last!) and after that all the blocks seemed pretty easy - I got them all!

Temperature Quilt 2018
Minnesota must have been listening to me last week - still beautiful weather but a variation in colors this week.


Harry Potter Bookcase
Just books!  That purple is left over from the Trinket blocks below.  It might be the smallest book in the bookcase, but I'm sure there are lots of good spells inside.  I love the little circle right at the top.


2018 Summer Sampler
Block 11 is called Under the Eiffel Tower and I was very excited to see the curves in it!!  Curves are what attracted me to this series back in 2016 and it was fun to go back to that.  I did alter the block pattern slightly again this week, adding the solid border around the center hourglass block.


Ricochet Quilt
Florals again - who am I??  This is from the brand-new Freshly Picked collection.  I tried hard not …