Irish Stars Top Complete

On Wednesday…

I did not work in the garden.

I did not vacuum.

I did not do the dishes.

I did not do laundry.

I did not read a book.

I did none of these things.

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What I DID do was assemble the Irish Stars Quilt top.

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When there are 323 blocks constructed primarily of 1-1/2″ squares, it is slow going.

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Seemingly tiny mistakes matter, and have to be picked out and done again.

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But, in the end, it is worth it!

Three Wishes Finished

This quilt somehow seems like it should be bigger than it is.

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But, it isn’t–just 40″ x 48″.

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Another freemotion quilting experiment.  For those of you who are good at this, don’t smile too hard at my first attempt at pebbling.  I call them “fruity pebbles” and pretend that is what I meant to do.

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The back again gives clues to the front.

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I’m really not sure what to do with it.  I just liked the colors and THE PATTERN.  Some things just exist for themselves. And that is OK.

Donation Quilt Finished

My annual Children’s Hospital donation quilt is complete.

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THIS TUTORIAL was a good starting point.  I added more to make it a nice throw size.

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This was, I think, my third attempt at freemotion quilting.  Some parts of it are better than others, but one must start somewhere.

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The front and the back go together well and the back gave inspiration for the quilting motifs.

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It will be part of the Festival of Trees fundraiser during the holidays.

Teacup Pincushion

Recently, I was gifted a tiny plant in a cup.  Alas, the plant did not survive very long, which is unusual around here.  I am pretty good at keeping plants alive. But, the cup remained.

It was decorative and not really intended for drinking.

But I thought it might make a cute (and functional) pincushion.

This TUTORIAL gave me a good starting point.

 

And before I knew it, I had a new super cute (and functional) pincushion.

It was so much fun, I made a second one, which I will share with you tomorrow.

Do you have a little pot laying around?  Consider a pincushion.

String Pieced Potholders

While it is fun to develop new designs, sometimes it is fun to revisit old favorites, too.

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This week it was String Pieced Potholders.

They are simple and satisfying to create.

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If you need a quick gift for someone special (this can include YOU) they will brighten the day and bring a smile, too.

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And use scraps.  It’s a good thing.

Side Project

The last month of school is always a big push and it is all a person can do to keep their head above water, but a little sewing can be fit in.

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I know I wasn’t up for anything complicated and these cute “traffic” fabrics came in a bag of scraps.  They could be a quilt.

No tutorial, but here is how I did it.  The “traffic” fabric was different size strips and small pieces.  I cut them to likely sizes and framed them with solid scraps, then trimmed the blocks to 6-1/2″ x 9-1/2″.  Do this 24 times.

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Lay them out in alternating horizontal and vertical rows.  Ta-dah!  A quilt top.  Finishes at 36-1/2″ x 36-1/2″.

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Friday was my last day of class.  Give me a week or so to sleep (really, I nap a lot the first week of June) and I’ll have a lot to share again.