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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Finished my Disney blocks (and a link party)

Crazy week at work, but I managed to finish my Disney blocks!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - first pattern released at the beginning of January!! and new textured block (see below)!
  2. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - last two blocks completed (see below)
  3. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - progress as usual!
  4. the 70273 Project - no progress
  5. Twilters! Bee - waiting for this to start again!
  6. Pantone 2018, Ultra Violet mini - no progess
  7. Project Quilting - keeping this on the list, but didn't join yet! 
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Completed the last two blocks for my Art with Disney QAL that I will run in April on Fandom in Stitches.
Now I have several blocks that I need to baste and quilt (which is my least favorite part of the process) but I may have time this week!


Orazio Antonio Canaletto

Donaldkhamun

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At the beginning of the month I shared the first block of the Starry Bright Sky QAL.

Find all the information at alidatweloqdesigns.blogspot.com

Last week, I shared the first textured block (a free side event that I run as part of the QAL). You can see how I integrate the "made fabric" blocks I created in the past few weeks!!

Find the story and my tips on how to create this block in this post

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Feeling productive and creative (and a link party)

Another week with great progress!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - first pattern released at the beginning of January!! Many people joined, I am working on future blocks but cannot share!
  2. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - one block completed (see below)
  3. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - progress as usual!
  4. the 70273 Project - 4 more blocks done
  5. Twilters! Bee - waiting for this to start again!
  6. Pantone 2018, Ultra Violet mini - no progess
  7. Project Quilting - keeping this on the list, but didn't join yet!
  8. No waste/No spend - 3 tissues, 4 made fabric blocks 
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This year I set a "No spend" tracker in my journal for sewing, stationary and personal care.
No spend doesn't really really mean no spend... more on this previous post if you are interested

In the spirit of this, I started looking at my scraps and commited to create improv pieced "made fabric" squares that I will use where patterns calls for specific colors.

These are the 4 blocks I made this week... small dent in the scrap pile, and they are beautiful!!


Thinking about No spend/No waste, I realized that I use a lot of tissues because of the cold season... and every day, at lunch, I use disposable tissues and utensils because I buy lunch at the cafeteria. However why am I creating so much consistent waste, when I have perfectly good fabric (with prints that I don't particularly like) and that would make fantastic tissues to blow my nose or to clean my mouth after lunch?!?!? Seriously, it doesn't make any sense!!
So I took a panel that I didn't like, and I turned it into 2 tissues (where I just hem around the four sides) and 1 tissue that I enveloped turned (just to have it a little more sturdy). Now I can enjoy them, rewash them for many years, and I have more space in my stash for fabric that I actually like :)


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One more block for my Art with Disney QAL in April on Fandom in Stitches.


Gyro Van Gogh
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More blocks for the 70273 Project. If you are curious to see some of the beautiful quilts made with all these blocks check out this Pinterest board!


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Saturday, January 6, 2018

No spend, reuse, create (and a link party)

I am starting the year with good resolutions and intentions!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - first pattern released a week ago... already more than 200 people joined the QAL and few completed the blocks! so excited!!
  2. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - designed the last 3 blocks (cannot share yet)
  3. On Ringo Lake - probably won't do this
  4. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - progress as usual!
  5. the 70273 Project - no progress
  6. Twilters! Bee - waiting for this to start again!
  7. Pantone 2018, Ultra Violet mini - no progess
  8. Project Quilting - maybe participating, not sure yet!
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Come and join my new Block of the Month, FREE, Skill Builder QAL!!

Find all the information at alidatweloqdesigns.blogspot.com

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This year I set a "No spend" tracker in my journal for sewing, stationary and personal care.
No spend doesn't really really mean no spend... let me explain...

Deodorant falls into the personal care category... I need deodorant :)
When I finish my deodorant, I go to the shop, buy one new... this day will be a no spend day :)
If I go to the shop and buy 5 different deodorants because I want to try different scents, 4 are not necessary and will count as expenses that I will track in my planner!
So basically, if I have at home an equivalent and I buy more, then that's not good :)

Definining "equivalent" is tricky when it comes to fabric or stationary.
... I don't have watercolors, so if I buy them are they necessary? Can I use another media?
... A pattern calls for a specific color... do I really really need that? Can I replace it with something else I have in my stash?

Basically my idea is just to be honest with myself... because the "no spend" effort will have the following impact:

  • financial: well, I don't spend, so I save money, kind of obvious right?
  • practical: using up what I have will automatically declutter my space, and less things around are fewer things to clean
  • emotional: I feel bad about buying things and not using to their best potential, so instead of beating myself up, I can see how good I am with embracing my creativity
  • environmental: all the things we buy come in packages, boxes, plastic, etc. The more we buy, the more we pollute! I am starting to be more mindful of waste, and while I absolutely far from zero-waste, I am just more aware of the problem, and one of the easiest way to tackle it at my current state, is just not create more!

In the spirit of this, I started looking at my scraps and commited to create improv pieced "made fabric" squares that I will use where patterns calls for specific colors.
I started with dark blue because I can use them in my QAL :)

I tried before (and failed) to stitch up my scraps into usable pieces... but now I have a very good plan!

  1. I pick a color plastic bag (blue in this case)
  2. I grab a handful of scraps and I am not allowed to put them back until I sew each piece to something else
  3. If I need to chop pieces off to make things fit, I cannot reuse the left over again that day (that will create coherence across multiple squares, since colors will repeat organically)
  4. I create squares that finish 6.5'' square, which is the size of the small ruler I have and the size of a small cutting mat (so that I don't need a fancy setup up to just make a block when I have 10 minutes of spare time)
  5. I use a very tiny stitch length (1.2) and press all the seams open, so that the finished piece is very flat and not bulky.
I also added a weekly tracker in my planner, and I decided to make 4 blocks a week: small, useful, attainable goals!!

These are my first 4 blocks... small dent in the scrap pile, but they are beautiful!!



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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Closing the year (and a link party)

Not as much as I hoped, but I am closing the year strong!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - completed more blocks, ready to start the QAL on Monday
  2. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - completed 3 blocks! (see below)
  3. On Ringo Lake - no progress
  4. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - progress as usual!
  5. the 70273 Project - 8 blocks done (see below)
  6. Twilters! Bee - this month I am the Queen so no blocks to make!
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Linking up at Off the Wall Fridays

Edited to add: Come and join my new Block of the Month, FREE, Skill Builder QAL!!

Find all the information at alidatweloqdesigns.blogspot.com

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More blocks for the 70273 Project. If you are curious to see some of the beautiful quilts made with all these blocks check out this Pinterest board!

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My OMG December goal (link #21) was to complete 3 blocks for my Disney QAL!
I must admit that I was secretly hoping that I would be able to quilt them too... but being sick didn't really allowed me to reach the secret goal... but I was still able to complete the blocks with their sashing so I am happy about that!! And I will link it up at the OMG Finish Link up!

Clarabella Modigliani

Roman McScrooge

Mickey Boccioni

More information and patterns for these blocks will be shared on Fandom in Stitches in April!
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

More things for Xmas (and a link party)

Just keeping up with the bag&cards making craze!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - revealed the first 11 blocks in fabric
  2. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - cut and fused next block, probably will be done next week
  3. On Ringo Lake - no progress
  4. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - progress as usual!
  5. the 70273 Project - 8 blocks done (see below)
  6. Twilters! Bee - this month I am the Queen so no blocks to make!
  7. Pencases and zipper pouches - three done (see below)
  8. Rainbow Cascade QAL - no progress
  9. A ton of cards (see below)
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More blocks for the 70273 Project. If you are curious to see some of the beautiful quilts made with all these blocks check out this Pinterest board!

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Holiday decorations to be included in cards sent out to friends and family.
I made at least 20 of those, but I forgot to take a picture! They use up so much thread... which is great since I used thread that I bought but is not the highest quality ;)

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Small version, by Cozy Nest Design

The pattern says "small" but it is quite big in my opinion!! I will be making more of those, they are easy and super classy!! Working with seat belt material is really fun.

I also made 2 super simple zipper bags that use only 2 10'' squares and 1 2.5'' square (and a zipper). I may put together a tutorial for that, after all the Xmas presents are done! :)

Linking these three bags to the Bag it event!

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Some holiday presents done (and a link party)

I am a little late making presents, but my idea is: if you get a present in January you will be happy anyway ;)


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - revealed the first 11 blocks in fabric
  2. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - no progress
  3. On Ringo Lake - no progress
  4. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - progress as usual!
  5. the 70273 Project - no progress
  6. Twilters! Bee - this month I am the Queen so no blocks to make!
  7. Pencases and zipper pouches - one done (see below)
  8. Rainbow Cascade QAL - no progress
  9. Pillow - completed (see below)
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16'' x 16''
Using two of my star patters for 2018 QAL I created this reversible pillow. 
I really like the "opposite colors" effect.
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Small version, by Cozy Nest Design

The pattern says "small" but you can see how big it is!! I will be making more of those, they are easy and super classy!! Working with seat belt material is really fun.
Linking this bag to the Bag it event!
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My goal for December OMG is to complete 3 blocks for my Art with Disney QAL.

This was my last block, blogged here

I have 6 blocks ready... I need 12 to complete my original layout for the quilt... so 3 more blocks this month sounds like a reasonable goal!!

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Completed my November goal (and a link party)

I am so excited to say that I completed all the "revealed" stars for 2018 QAL!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - released last pattern, it was a fun event for 2017!
  2. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - see several of the blocks below
  3. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - designed next block
  4. On Ringo Lake - no progress
  5. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - progress as usual!
  6. the 70273 Project - 4 more blocks done (from last week)
  7. Twilters! Bee - sent out my blocks (see below)
  8. Pencases and zipper pouches - no progress
  9. Rainbow Cascade QAL - made several sections, but have no new blocks completed
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More blocks for the 70273 Project. If you are curious to see some of the beautiful quilts made with all these blocks check out this Pinterest board!

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A fun coincidence... the queen for this month swap wanted stars, and I have been working on stars for my QAL, so it was quick to create these two fun improv stars!


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I announced that I will be running a new QAL for 2018 on my other website.


This time, instead of making the blocks and keep them all hidden in a drawer until the pattern release date, I decided I will share the blocks as soon as I make them. 
All my completed blocks (on the left) and the computer generated sketch (on the right).
I didn't join the blocks in that sashing layout because I plan to make a much bigger quilt with the additional mystery blocks and extra fun textured four patches!

For close up and details of the fabric used in each of the blocks, check out the Starry Bright Sunday post :)

The blocks are not that difficult, it took about one evening to make each of them!
So I reached my November One Monthly Goal (elmstreetquilts) (I was link 54).
I am very happy that I could be successful on this challenge!!

Are you planning to join my 2018 skill builder QAL?
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Past the half point with my stars (and a link party)

More star from my 2018 QAL!

The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - released last pattern, it was a fun event for 2017!
  2. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - see several of the blocks below
  3. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - no progress
  4. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  5. Charity quilts - no progress
  6. SK project - no progress
  7. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - no progress
  8. En Provence QAL - no progress
  9. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - progress as usual!
  10. the 70273 Project - 4 more blocks done
  11. Book binding - no progress
  12. Twilters! Bee - working on this today, pictures next week
  13. Pencases and zipper pouches - no progress
  14. Rainbow Cascade QAL - no progress
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More blocks for the 70273 Project. If you are curious to see some of the beautiful quilts made with all these blocks check out this Pinterest board!

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I announced that I will be running a new QAL for 2018 on my other website.


This time, instead of making the blocks and keep them all hidden in a drawer until the pattern release date, I decided I will share the blocks as soon as I make them. 

This is for few reasons:
  1. This will get me more motivated to actually make all the blocks way in advance and be less stressed as the QAL proceeds;
  2. I will put together the patterns ahead of the free date of release, and I will put them in my shop so if someone wants to work ahead of the schedule, or wants to get bundles of multiple patterns, that can be done;
  3. Showing the actual blocks made in fabric may encourage more people to join... we know that computer colored blocks look cool, but never as cool as the real fabric blocks!! :)
In my QAL, I have actually 2 blocks a month: one known and one mystery, both using the same technique. Of course I won't show the mystery ones... but these will be included in the patterns for sale, if someone is interested! You will just have to trust me that it will be a second cool pattern :)... or alternatively you can just wait for the reveal month in 2018 and see it.

So these are few more blocks I made this past week

June 2018 (Curved piecing)

September 2018 (Foundation Paper Piecing)


November 2018 (New York Beauty style piecing)

I am having so much fun with all these techniques! 
The blocks are not that difficult, I completed them all in less than a week!

I want to make more of these blocks in November, so I am setting my One Monthly Goal (elmstreetquilts) as making the last 6 non-mystery blocks by the end of the month! 
I only need to make the last three, I am on a good track to meet this goal this month!!

Are you planning to join?
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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Working on my stars (and a link party)

This year, for my 2018 QAL I decided I will share the blocks ahead of the actual release of the patterns!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - releasing the last pattern on Monday!
  2. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - see several of the blocks below
  3. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - no progress
  4. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  5. Charity quilts - no progress
  6. SK project - no progress
  7. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - no progress
  8. En Provence QAL - no progress
  9. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - progress as usual!
  10. the 70273 Project - 4 more blocks done
  11. Book binding - no progress
  12. Twilters! Bee - paused until November
  13. Pencases and zipper pouches - no progress
  14. Rainbow Cascade QAL - no progress
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More blocks for the 70273 Project. If you are curious to see some of the beautiful quilts made with all these blocks check out this Pinterest board!

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I announced that I will be running a new QAL for 2018 on my other website.


This time, instead of making the blocks and keep them all hidden in a drawer until the pattern release date, I decided I will share the blocks as soon as I make them. 

This is for few reasons:
  1. This will get me more motivated to actually make all the blocks way in advance and be less stressed as the QAL proceeds;
  2. I will put together the patterns ahead of the free date of release, and I will put them in my shop so if someone wants to work ahead of the schedule, or wants to get bundles of multiple patterns, that can be done;
  3. Showing the actual blocks made in fabric may encourage more people to join... we know that computer colored blocks look cool, but never as cool as the real fabric blocks!! :)
In my QAL, I have actually 2 blocks a month: one known and one mystery, both using the same technique. Of course I won't show the mystery ones... but these will be included in the patterns for sale, if someone is interested! You will just have to trust me that it will be a second cool pattern :)... or alternatively you can just wait for the reveal month in 2018 and see it.

So these are the blocks I made until now

January 2018 (Fusible raw edge, silhouette continuous applique)
For this I actually made the mystery block too, but cannot share :)

February 2018 (Traditional piecing)


March 2018 (Fabric folding, origami style)
Oh, this was interesting and fun... I never done anything like this before, and it turned out quite interesting I believe!!




May 2018 (Fabric cutout, paper snowflake style)
I made two of these, because the red/cream one will be one side of a pillow cover I will make as a gift. I am still trying to decide which star to use on the other side of the pillow


August 2018 (English paper piecing)

I am having so much fun with all these techniques! 
The blocks are not that difficult, I completed them all in less than a week!

I want to make more of these blocks in November, so I am setting my One Monthly Goal (elmstreetquilts) as making the last 6 non-mystery blocks by the end of the month!

Are you planning to join?
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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Starting my bag season (and a link party)

Making bags and small pouches as holiday gift gives me the perfect excuse to test new patterns!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - released October pattern!
  2. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - made few blocks, will share more next time
  3. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - no progress
  4. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  5. Charity quilts - no progress
  6. SK project - no progress
  7. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - no progress
  8. En Provence QAL - no progress
  9. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - progress as usual!
  10. the 70273 Project - 8 more blocks done
  11. Book binding - no progress
  12. Twilters! Bee - paused until November
  13. Pencases and zipper pouches - one bag done!
  14. Rainbow Cascade QAL - no progress
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More blocks for the 70273 Project. If you are curious to see some of the beautiful quilts made with all these blocks check out this Pinterest board!

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I love all Sarah's pattern (Cozy Nest Design), and this time I wanted to try Seat Belt Series: Cosmetic Bag Duo. I didn't have the best matching zipper, but as a first try with this bag, I think it turned out fantastic! I will make the smaller version next!


Working with seat belts material is so easy and the final product always looks super classy!
Sharing this bag as part of Bag It event at Elm Street Quilts!
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