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New Sewing Adventure

After examining options, I have made a big change to my sewing room. I purchased a used APQS Millennium long arm sewing machine. Here we are getting to know each other in my newly rearranged sewing room: I spent 2.5 hours testing her out in the home of the seller with an APQS representative / mechanic on site on Saturday...

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Tessellated Leaves - Flimsy Finish
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Quilts

Tessellated Leaves {Flimsy Finish}

I finished piecing together Tessellated Leaves this morning. I really love how it came together! Photographing this large quilt is a bit of a challenge. At 104ʺ wide by 116ʺ long, I wasn't sure that I even had a space in my home where I could lay it out flat, but as you can see below, I found a...

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Tessellated Leaves - Two Thirds
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Tessellated Leaves – Two Thirds {WiP}

I have just finished piecing 6 of the 9 rows that make up the main body of Tessellated Leaves, bringing the progress up to two-thirds of the way complete. I just love how the colors are blending together. I selected 36 fabrics for this quilt, and I am done using 20 of them. It feels great to be able to clear...

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Foothills Mystery Quilt - Diamond Blocks
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Quilts

Foothills Mystery Quilt {Diamond Blocks}

After about a 2 week hiatus from sewing due to unexpected life events and being without my sewing machine, I was really thankful for the November instructions for the Foothills Mystery Quilt from Cheryl@Meadow Mist Designs. This month we combined the Square in a Square blocks made in October with many of the HSTs made in September to create...

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Tessellated Leaves - One Third Pieced
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Tessellated Leaves – One Third {WiP}

I have pieced one third of the Tessellated Leaves quilt top (3 rows). The rows went together very nicely, and I have only had to go back and replace one mis-made HST along the way so far. I taped the completed third up as high on my wall as I could reach (standing on my kitchen chairs), and I...

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Tessellated Leaves - Block 1 of 72
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Tessellated Leaves {WiP Wednesday}

I finished pre-cutting all my fabric yesterday, and I am giving away the selvage edges from the 36 fabrics in the quilt. So, be sure to go check out my giveaway post and enter to win if you have a use for a bunch of selvages! I am so excited about this project! This morning, I made the first of...

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Fall Placemats - Pieced Tops
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Quilts

WiP Wednesday {10/15/2014}

This week I have an update for 4 different projects. How is that for multi-tasking? Let me tell you, it is kind of over whelming for me... but at the same time it is fun and gratifying to see progress (even small progress) on each project. 1. Cocoa Leaf Drum Lamp Inspired Queen Sized Quilt Things have progressed along quite nicely...

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Tessellated Leaves - Design
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Quilts

Lots of WiPs

I definitely think of myself as a one project at a time kind of person, and I have found myself with many more projects than I am used to at one time at the moment. Today I want to introduce you to 2 more queen sized quilt projects that I have taken on. The goal is to have both of these...

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Foothills Mystery Quilt - Square in a Square Blocks
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Foothills Mystery Quilt {Square in a Square}

We just rolled our calendars over to October, which means another set of instructions have been posted for the Foothills Mystery Quilt hosted by Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs. You can check out my previous history in the Mystery Quilt series in these posts: Foothills Mystery Quilt {Fabric Selection} (July 2014) Foothills Mystery Quilt {Fabric Cutting} (August 2014) Foothills Mystery Quilt {HSTs} (September 2014) This month, we are...

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Lillie's Gift Bag
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Life, Quilts, Sewing Project

Odd and Ends {WiP Wednesday}

I have accomplished a few things recently that I haven't blogged about, so I thought I would just put some odds and ends together today along with my current WiP. While this is the last thing I finished recently (umm, this morning), it is the project I am the most giddy about. My niece is going to turn 1 year old...

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Foothills Mystery Quilt - HSTs
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Quilts

Foothills Mystery Quilt {HSTs}

We just rolled our calendars over to another month, which means another set of instructions have been posted in the Foothills Mystery Quilt hosted by Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs. You can check out my previous history in the Mystery Quilt series in these posts: Foothills Mystery Quilt {Fabric Selection} Foothills Mystery Quilt {Fabric Cutting} This month, we are to make 144 Half...

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Three Flocks - First Large Triangle
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Three Flocks {WiP}

Just as I was finishing up Orange Crush at the beginning of the week, I started wondering what I would be working on next. Usually I have a plan, or some kind of inspiration, or a commission, or *some* seed of an idea about what project I want to work on next, but even with some fabric bundles bought...

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Orange Crush - Flimsy Finish
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Orange Crush {Backing}

After making so many drawstring bags, I started itching to work on a quilt project over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon, I pulled out Orange Crush. After a lot of back and forth on whether I wanted to add a border to the top or not, I auditioned some Kona White and Kona Bone as a simple border for the top. The pure...

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Space Age Tumbling Blocks - Pin Basting
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Space Age Tumbling Blocks {WiP Wednesday}

I completed the quilt top for Space Age Tumbling Blocks on Tuesday morning, and I love how similar the concept image created in EQ5 is to the actual quilt top. Including fabric prep, the quilt top took me 9.5 hours to get to this point, and pre-quilting, it measures 62" across by 75" down. The backing went together very quickly...

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Space Age Tumbling Blocks – Almost a Flimsy Finish

I had enough energy to sew for 3 hours on Monday, which almost was enough to complete the Space Age Tumbling Blocks quilt top. I might have over extended myself a bit between housework, sewing, and exercise yesterday, though. So I think my goal for today on the quilt top will be to just get the border on the...

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Space Age Tumbling Blocks - Next 2 Columns Complete
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Space Age Tumbling Blocks

I took my time carefully cutting all the pieces for this quilt top, because I knew that after the cutting prep, it would be all about consistent seam allowance and no more trimming! It took me 3 hours to get all the pieces cut and assembled. The first 2 columns took me an hour to put together. The second set of...

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Orange Crush - Flimsy Finish
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Orange Crush and Space Age Tumbling Blocks

I was able to finish piecing the Orange Crush quilt top on Wednesday. I am pleasantly surprised with how well my points turned out. It is definitely ORANGE! As I was piecing, I only found one location where the same fabric touched (which I was trying to avoid), so not too shabby. It has taken 13 hours to get...

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Orange Crush - Each Fabric Used Three Times
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Orange Crush

When I was commissioned to make a set of placemats to match a wedding registry dinnerware set (Orange, Jade, and Cocoa Custom Placemat Order), I kicked off an obsession with the color orange! I stopped by Joann Fabrics on Saturday to pick up a few essentials (thread, some Kona solids), and I noticed they were having a really great...

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Owl City Baby Quilt - 38" by 42.5"
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Quilt Tutorials, Quilts

Owl City {A Baby Quilt Tutorial}

My local fabric store was offering 30% off all fabric in their store to celebrate the 4th of July. While I really wanted to purchase much more fabric than I did, I had a budget and I stuck to it. Looking around the store, I noticed that they had just received some really cute owl prints. I chose my...

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Namibia Trees - Quilting Detail
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Quilts

Namibia Trees {Quilting Detail}

I really loved how the quilt top for Namibia Trees turned out, and I wanted to spend more time thinking about the quilting than I normally do. Instead of an all-over quilting design, I wanted to do something a bit more around the tree panels themselves. I have never really quilted a meandering, rounded, stipple pattern, so why not start...

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