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This more of a show and tell post.  Here’s what’s goin’ on around these parts!

I finished a new bag!  It can be so difficult to source hardware locally.  I keep trying, but the one location I usually go to, this last time felt like they were phasing out their hardware stock.  Slim pickin’s there, so I went online.  I would love to hear your favorite online source for purse hardware – please do share.

So I picked the Checkered Shoulder Bag to make up – and proudly, did not buy any fabric.  Everything was in the stash. Maybe the stash is getting too big… nah, no such thing!  After my first pass through this book, Natural Patchwork, the Checkered bag was on my mental to-do list.  I have been wanting to make a cross-body bag, and needed a place to put my new Team Tiger patch.  Kill two birds with one stone!  Team Tiger patch is from Mokuyobi.

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Last weekend our guild had a charity sew-in day during our quilt show.  Here’s some guild members getting busy! The East Bay Modern Quilters collaborated with another local guild, the East Bay Heritage Quilters.  Those ladies are super dedicated to the children’s charity quilts, thanks ladies!

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Children’s Quilts sew day at Stitch Modern 2016

Here is my quilt hanging in the show.  It is called Sampler Quilt I – yes, I’m great at creative titles.

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Sampler Quilt I – with blocks from Tula Pink City Sampler and The Farmer’s Wife

And lastly, here are some trimmings from my work on the postage stamp quilt that is sloooowly progressing.  Actually bad news on that front, my quilt math was wrong — I had to cut 140 more strips (and also sew them) AND add two side borders to make the final quilt the size I want it to be.  I was disappointed, but I guess this is as good a time as any to make that discovery.  🙂

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Have you ever been so inspired that you nearly drop everything right then and there and begin?  I borrowed Gwen Marston’s book Liberated Quiltmaking (1996) from the library and combed through the book cover to cover twice in one sitting.  It was a revelation, and I could hardly quiet my mind until I got a project under way. This newfound energy propelled me along to complete the quilt top in one day.  The family doesn’t need to be fed freshly made meals, right?  There IS cereal in the cupbord, after all.  And let’s not forget the joys of microwave popcorn.

I’m normally not a mini quilt person, but I wanted to try a new technique and also explore color and value – a perfect pairing for a small project.  It just so happened this coincided with National Quilting Day (March 19th) so I felt further justified in not finishing something but starting something.  I’m an enabler, what can I say?

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The well loved library book among one of my fabric pulls.  I chose to use Gwen’s half square triangle technique and made 9 shoo fly blocks – except I only found 8 colors that I wanted to use in my stash, so one shoo-fly was a non-shoo-fly.  I attempted to pull saturated colors for the center of each shoo-fly and build it’s half square triangles with a darker value to highlight the center. I succeeded at this to varying degrees, being limited to fabrics I had on hand.  The light green one ended up with two different hues, not quite what I was going for but it fits in.  I also toyed with adding one print, but abandoned that idea because it took center stage.  I used two fabrics for the background, and the darker grey “painter’s canvas” print was much lighter from the back so I used both sides to mix things up a bit.  Here is the complete quilt top:

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A small quilt also makes a great hand quilting project.  I have currently worked pairs of stitching lines horizontally across the quilt and am trying to decide if I am done or if I want to repeat the stitching vertically too.  Or, maybe I want to add some stitches in color…  what do you think?

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Random number generator picked lucky number 17.  Congratulations Cecilia, you are the winner of a Good Hair Day charm pack!

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I’ll be in touch by email soon.  Thank you all for joining me here in this space, I hope you come back again to visit.   xo

In other words, I have HOW many Works In Progress???!!!!  Maybe it’s the beginning of a new year, and I’m feeling the need to be more organized. Or, maybe it’s because I decided to stop the delusions.  In either case, I wrote out my WIP list last night, in black and white, to quantitatively see how long that list really is.  In my world, fabric and projects are stored in numerous places because my dedicated space is not big enough to hold it all (that should be the wake-up call in and of itself).

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So, that 9 on the list became 10 because I realized I left one off – my baby, my precious postage stamp quilt.  It might get done in, oh I don’t know, 2 years or so from now.  It’s the quilt I work on when I don’t have a quilt to work on, if you know what I mean.  Plus, if I’m really being honest the plaids quilt on the second list already has a stockpile of fabrics so it should be moved up to the list above.  Okay, now we are firmly into the double digits here.  Oh boy.  I challenge you to make your own WIP list, and if  you already do have one, do you maintain it regularly?

Before I leave you, I will share photos from my cat fabric stash, collected over the span of about 3 years.  Just this week I bought the navy fabric with the pink yarn.  I might have enough fabric to make multiple quilts, I’ve gone a little crazy with these.  Enjoy!

 

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If you can believe, I created this blog in 2011 and it sat empty, languishing until now.  I have named 2015 the year of action.  I’m a do-er, and more importantly a finish-er.  That’s what I’m telling myself.  Welcome to my world!

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