I Can’t Decide


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Decisions, Decisions

I’ve been participating in A Lovely Year of Finishes since January.  To date I have declared and finished the following projects:

Ever since completing my Miranda Day Bag I’ve been pondering what to choose for my June challenge.  My To Do List is filled with suitable options as is my stash of projects to quilt.  With so many choices it’s been extremely difficult to decide.  I find myself flip-flopping from one item to another.  Just when I think I have made up my mind I come across another idea and that sends me into a tailspin.  The problem is I want to finish everything on my list but that’s just not humanly possible.  Obviously I will have to narrow down my options.

Here are a few of the projects I have pondered:

If you scroll over each of the photos you can see what their names are.  Aside from those projects one of the other candidates is the June Block Lotto over at the Madison Modern Quilt Guild.

I’ve Chosen

After weighing my options the one that jumps out at me the most is my daughter’s Picnic Blanket.

My Daughter's Picnic Quilt
My Daughter’s Picnic Quilt

She designed and assembled it herself.  I believe it may have been way back in April that she delivered it to my home for quilting.  Since the picnic season is upon us I believe her Picnic Blanket is screaming the loudest.  To satisfy that small voice telling me to “get it done” I am electing the Picnic Blanket as my June project.

Mr. J’s Rectangles Galore


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Last week I gave you a sneak peek at a small quilt I was finishing.  My plan was to bring the project to conclusion by today.  I am so happy to report my goal was achieved.  I’m calling the quilt Rectangles Galore.  Presented for you are photos of the completed quilt.  Enjoy!

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Miss L’s Quilt


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Sometime last year I purchased fabrics to make a small quilt.  The pattern, well there really wasn’t a pattern, was simply to add two borders around the perimeter of a remnant piece of fabric.  I really didn’t want to spend a lot of time cutting and piecing together an elaborate design.  My main focus was to use the specimen as a practice piece for my long arm quilting.  Sadly the fabrics sat idle for a very long time.  So many other projects seemed to take precedence.

Earlier this month I made up my mind it was time to bring that small project to the forefront.  Last week I removed the blue and tan quilt from my quilts-in-progress storage area and installed it on my long arm quilter.  I had a blast marking and stitching patterns that I believe compliment the fabrics quite nicely.

Start to finish the entire quilting process took relatively little time.  After squaring up and removing the excess fabric I once again set it aside.  However, the time spent idle, on this leg of the journey, would be brief.  You see I had a much more pressing engagement to attend.  I spent the weekend with my grandchildren at a water park in the Wisconsin Dells.

Now that I have returned from my adventure I am ready to finish the project.  By this time next week I will have the binding attached and the quilt completed.  If you are wondering what the small, blue and tan quilt looks like I have one sneak peek to share.

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That’s all you can see for now.  If you want to see the finished project you will just have to return next week for the final viewing.  Until then have a super day!  Now go and get busy on your own unfinished projects.

May Goal


Although my calendar still says April (I’m not very good about tearing off the pages), it’s time to declare my project for the May A Lovely Year of Finishes Goal Setting Party.  So far this year these are the projects that have been entered, and if I might proudly add, were finished

Up To Bat

My goal for the month of May is to construct a Miranda Day Bag from Lazy Girl Designs.  I purchased this pattern years ago after stumbling across their website while on a mission to find patterns for purses.  Instantly I fell in love with the design and just had to add it to my collection.  As with many other patterns I have purchased, the Miranda Day Bag has been patiently waiting in my list of things to do, but not any more.

Time to Get Started

The fabric for my Miranda Day Bag was purchased back in March from here.  This is a photo of the fabric.

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I’m really looking forward to tackling this project.  Stay tuned for updates on my progress.  If you are interested in seeing the projects the other participants have registered just click on Sew BitterSweet’s button above.  I’m sure they would love to have you visit.

 

Camo iPad Tote


Free Fabric!

Before we get started with today’s post let my remind you of my First Anniversary’s Give-Away.  I’m celebrating this blog’s first anniversary by giving away a free charm pack.  Check out the link above for the specifics.  You wouldn’t want to miss out on a chance to get free fabric.  Now on to today’s WIP post.

Tag-Along

Not too long ago I assembled a tutorial showcasing the construction of a Tag-Along tote. Before embarking on the construction of the Tag-Along I had begun a quest to make a tote suitable for my iPad and keyboard.  Being unsatisfied with the options available I went through the process of developing my own pattern.  My first mock-up showed room for improvement.  Since I already had the pattern for the Tag-Along I decided to try it out as an alternative.  As I assembled the tote I made numerous changes to the pattern.  While I am quite pleased with my finished product there were things about the Tag-Along I just wasn’t happy with so I went back to the drawing board and resurrected My Original design.

My Original Design

This time around I set out to overcome the issues I had with my first mock-up.  Missing on the first attempt were handles, a pocket for miscellaneous items and tabs to keep each pocket as well as the entire case securely closed.  I also had to address the inadequate size as well as the flimsiness of the layers.  Below are photos of my second attempt.

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As you can see this tote was definitely made using fabrics not typically in my stash.  Since the finished project was destined for my husband I let him choose the fabrics.  He was quite thrilled to be in charge of the selections.  I felt a bit strange going to the fabric store’s cutting table with a cart loaded with camouflage, bright orange, black and green bolts of fabric.

If you examine this second tote you will notice my first change.  Not only does this specimen have handles but they wrap completely around the tote.  I felt the handles would provide more security if they were not just attached at the top.  You can also see that I added a closure tab.

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Here’s a photo of the inside.  Note each pocket now has a tab closure.  Also added was the pocket for miscellaneous items (look for the camouflage fabric).

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From this picture you can see that I made the pockets much deeper.  This time the iPad does not extend above the top edge of the pocket.  Obviously the iPad shown is not my husband’s.  He would never have a pink case on his.  For display purposes I used my own.

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Granted nothing is ever perfect.  I however have plans for a third tote.  With this experiment I want to change the width of the handle, add a pocket for pens and use stabilizers that are not quite so sturdy.  Well, at least that’s what I have in mind so far.  It’s entirely possible there may just be a fourth and fifth version.  Who knows what will happen along my journey to improvement?

I’m Linking Up

I’m linking up this post with Freshly Pieced.  Go see what they are up to.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

The Pineapple is Ready


At the beginning of April I declared my Pineapple Quilt as my target project to finish for Sew BitterSweet’s A Lovely Year of Finishes Challenge.  Left to do on the lovely table topper was the quilting and binding.  I am proud to announce that I have successfully achieved my goal.  Without further adieu let me introduce my expertly finished Pineapple Quilt . . .

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I have linked my post with Sew BitterSweet’s blog.  If you slide on over to there you can observe the finished items submitted by the other A Lovely Year of Finishes participants.

Spinning Wheels Quilt


Before we get to today’s post let me remind you that my blog’s first birthday is just around the corner.  On 4/27/13 I will make an announcement about a very special give-away.  Stay tuned.

It’s been quite a while since my last post.  My sewing machines have been working overtime trying to finish a number of projects.  I’ve made my husband a traveling case for his iPad, a quilt for our upcoming quilt show and quilted a lovely quilt for one of my fellow quilt guild members.  With all the activity going on around here the only thing I have to share today are photos of my Spinning Wheels quilt.

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This little peek will have to do for now.  More to come.

I linking up with Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

WIP Wednesday: Simply Color


Over the last week so many projects have been moved on and off my table.  Absolutely nothing has been completed.  I have however made tremendous progress on my disappearing four patch.  What began as a standard disappearing four patch has morphed into a creation all its own.  The evolution of this quilt has necessitated numerous visits to my local fabric stores.  I think however I’ve finally settled on the quilt’s ultimate design.  I can’t give you too many details because I want it to be a surprise.  Just so your curiosity has something to chew on I’ve included a few photos.  My hope is to either finish it by next Wednesday or be darn close to completion.  Check out the photos below.

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That’s all I have to share this week. Oh wait!  There is one other little tidbit.  The anniversary of this blog is just around the corner.  Be watching!  I have a surprise waiting for you.

I’m linking up with Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Life After My Tag-Along


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I poured my heart and soul into the construction of my Tag-Along tote for a recent competition. Much to my disappointment my tote did not make it past the initial elimination phase. With so much energy dedicated to that project not much time was left for anything else. I did however manage to start a quilt.

Simply Color

I’m using a charm pack called Simply Color. My dream is to finish and enter the quilt into an upcoming show in Madison. Whether or not I can direct enough focus towards its quick completion is the question. It needs to be assembled, quilted,and bound in order to be ready. Cross your fingers!

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Here’s A Sneak Peak

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Still In Line

Still on deck are these little gems.

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Miranda Day Bag

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Encore Purse Insert

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Messenger Bag

Time to link up with Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced