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Game Tracker Personal Project

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It's another even year, and historically I like to do a year-long project in even years (see my Temperature Quilt and my Postage Stamp Quilt ) - I joke that it takes me a year to recover!  Despite the jokes, these really do turn out to be some of my favorite quilts.  The biggest con is that they end up being out all year and take up room on my "design floor".  So this January, I decided I was going to make a quilt made up of 12 huge blocks and just sew them together at the end of the year.  I chose "Games" as my theme for January and I was off! I quickly realized this was going to be sustainable.  While I had fun picking out the fabric for the various games, some of the games didn't have a good corresponding fabric (I can't believe I don't have any fabric with trains on it!).  I was also limited by my family - since I was focusing on in-person games and I don't like to take the time to set up a physical board game to play by myself sometimes the

Project Quilting 15.3: Inside Out

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The third  Project Quilting  prompt was so much fun I jumped in in a BIG way!  That's right, I made a full-size quilt this week! The challenge this week was "Inside Out" and I used a pre-existing pattern,  Inside Out Star by Then Came June .  As soon as I saw the prompt, this pattern came to mind.  As I was scrolling through the project hashtag on Instagram, I knew immediately what fabrics I was going to use: a bundle of Liberty fabric and a few yards of a light blue chambray. These fabrics have been living together in that teal Stitch Supply Co project bag for a long time.  I know I won the Liberty bundle in a giveaway, but I can't remember from who or why.  I bought the chambray shortly after to make something with it.  I can't recall what my initial plan was for them, but I'm thrilled that they are out of the bag and in this pretty quilt now! Each of the Liberty pieces was about 13x9 so I resized the blocks to use as much

2024 Monthly Recap: January

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January!  We set record high and record low temperatures and are on track for beating the lowest snow totals record set in 1930 by almost 10 inches!  My sewing is also up and down.  On the plus side, I finished six quilt projects this month and sent a seventh off to the quilter's, but on the minus side, I had to table the Pebbled Prairie pattern.  It's 100% finished, but my quilt mentor pointed out a design issue with the finished design that was later echoed by several others so I won't be releasing it at this time.  Such a bummer, but it's the right decision to make.  On to the next pattern! Quilt Tally WIP List at beginning of month: 12 WIP List at end of month: 10 Untouched in 2024: 5 Active QAL Projects: 0 Quilts Finished Pebbled Prairie: Boats (November 2023) Pebbled Prairie Throw (December 2023) Game Tracker Personal Project (January 2024) Project Quilting: Birdhouses  (January 2024) Project Quilting: Sky Colo

Project Quilting 15.2: Sky Color

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This week's Project Quilting project took a bit of a turn.  After I did a paper piecing piece in the last challenge, I decided I wanted to go simpler this time.  My plan was to make a mini mini quilt and do something pixelated.  Of course, I decided all this before I even knew the theme of the challenge, which was revealed to be "Sky Color" at noon last Sunday. I didn't want to do a sunset scene, but I started by googling "pixelated sunset" for inspiration and fell in love with the color scheme of this picture.  Purple it was.  From there, I googled "purple Perler beads", thinking I could find an easy pixelated pattern to make with fabric. My favorite picture in the search results was this adorable little Perler bead Furby. I loved it, but I don't really have any personal connection to a Furby and I wasn't sure if I really wanted to make a mini quilt featuring one (though it would have been tiny and pixelated!).  I took a break and I came

Postage Stamp Quilt: A Reveal At Last!

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Hello!  It's time for the long-overdue final reveal of my Postage Stamp Quilt project ! This quilt is a beast!  It's made up of 3,190 squares, cut at 2" and finishing at 1.5".  It measures approximately 86x86 and is backed in flannel, so it is heavy and delightful for snuggling two on the couch.  I'm actually surprised that none of the kids have claimed it for their beds yet because it is in constant demand in the family room. When I started this quilt in January 2022 I set out some rules for myself: 1. No black or low volume fabrics.  I want this to be colorful! This was mostly successful.  There's black on some of the prints and some of them are very light-colored.  If I were to make this type of quilt again, I would also leave out the grays and browns because they muddy it up a little bit.  Some of the navy and maroon prints read as black from a distance too. 2. Use solids! Yes, plenty of solids mixed in here.

Project Quilting Challenge 15.1: Birdhouses

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Instagram is full of quilty inspiration, from new patterns to quilt-alongs to swaps and challenges.  One challenge that I have been watching for years is Project Quilting, in which a prompt is given on a Sunday and participants have one week to put together a quilted project that fits the theme.  For some reason, I've always felt too shy to jump in, but that all changed this week.  Introducing my Project Quilting Challenge 15.1 project: Birdhouses ! It's been a long time since I made a small art quilt just for fun.  I used to do a lot of swaps, but stopped because they were taking over all of my sewing time.  Working on this, I realized that I miss making tiny quilts!  It's such a great way to play with custom quilting on something that's easy to move around and doesn't take forever to finish the whole project. I went into this with the mantra of "don't overthink it" and hoping for something a little cartoony.  My ki

2023 Monthly Recap Post: December

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Another quilty year is done!  All I want to say up here is THANK YOU!  Thank you for reading my blog, admiring my projects, and buying my patterns.  Your support means so much to me! Quilt Tally WIP List at beginning of month: 11 WIP List at end of month: 12 Untouched in 2023: 3 Active QAL Projects: 1 Quilts Finished Scrap Cabinet (March 2023) Quilts Started I started two projects this month.  First, the scrappy throw-sized version of Pebbled Prairie.  It's such a fun pattern to make and I'm looking forward to sharing it with you soon.  Second, my Advent calendar project from Sugaridoo .  I have all of the piecing done, but there's appliqué involved and I'm very slowly working on the blanket stitching around the edges of those pieces.  Once that part is done, it should be an easy peasy finish.  The pattern calls for making this guy into a pillow, but I'm not really a pillow person so I'll probably just stick with a mini quilt. Quilt

2023 Goals Recap and 2024 Planning

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The only way I can think of to open this post is with an image of my favorite finish from 2023, my postage stamp quilt ! From a distance it's a bunch of multi-colored squares, but up close there is plenty of fussy-cutting and interesting things to look at.  It's backed in flannel so it's super warm and cuddly! Now that I've lured you in with a pretty quilt, let's take a look at the official goals that I set at the end of 2022 : 1. Write three new patterns.  Interesting that I said "write" and not "publish" because that means I got closer to my goal than I realized.  I started off the year with a lot of ideas and drive, but I'm having trouble turning pattern writing into a job and not just a hobby.  It gets pushed to the back burner by my part-time job and household responsibilities.   A short list of the things I like best about pattern designing: Coming up with the designs Figuring out the