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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sewing and drawing, but mostly drawing (and a link party)

Good progress this week, a lot on my journal but that is going to be a separate post next week!!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Play with Me QAL - September board (the last one) has been released (see below)!
  2. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - new top started (see 3.)
  3. Summer Solstice QAL - no progress
  4. Minion QAL - no progress
    1. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
    2. Hello Block Swap - paused until October
    3. Splendid Sampler - no progress
    4. Secret event (January 2017) - "coloring" started
    5. Secret event (February 2017) - well... few more blocks done, but cannot share yet :)
    6. Secret event (August 2017) - no progress
    7. Secret event (Feb-Oct 2017)  - sketches started! I think the idea is taking shape!!
    8. Teal Mini Swap - completed and sent out, with extra goodies (see below)
    9. Xmas decorations - few completed (see below)
    10. Bullet Journaling - so much progress, but will share next week
    The EverythingElse List:
    1. 70273 Project - no progress
    2. Jane T - no progress
    3. The SK project - 2 blocks done (see below)
    4. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
    5. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
    6. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
    7. As You Wish -  no progress
    8. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
    9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
    10. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
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    The last board for the Play with Me QAL!



    Even if this is the last board, you could still join and have the chance to win amazing prizes for the final giveaway of the QAL. If you made even a single board, you could win one of SEVEN prizes... just saying :) Just send me an email or leave a comment below if you have questions!

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    18'' x 18''

    My Teal Minis Swap partner likes country colors and I hope she likes the super simple quilting. I didn't want to distract from the piecing and I always struggle finding a thread color that "disappears" when the top is so scrappy. I think the minimal quilting is good enough, let's hope she likes it!!

    The extra goodies are a needle book (made with a quilting practice piece, the pages are pieces of felt sheets and the binding is the same as the mini's back). I also added a heart shaped closure button and I used the sames to add 3D elements to the mini. For the closure loop I used one of those ribbons that wrap fabric bundles: nothing go to waste in this house!! :) 

    I also made a Xmas decoration on red aida (more next week when I will have a bunch of them I hope).

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    Back with some progress for my Stephen King project. 


    Song of Susannah and The Drawing of the Three

    I will eventually share the patterns on Fandom in Stitches... if you want them before, just send me an email or leave a comment with your contact info and I will send it your way!

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    How about you? What are YOU up to?
    Link it here and share it with me!!


    Tuesday, September 20, 2016

    Blogger's Quilt Festival - Fall 2016 - Mini quilt

    I made this little piece for the forth challenge of Project Quilting (season 7). I had a double challenge for myself: follow the theme of the PQ challenge ("Need a Vacation") and have a piece inspired by a "conventional" art piece (painting, sculpture, architecture, ...).

    Let me introduce you...

    Size: 20'' x 20''
    "Vacation from reality".

    I really like the weird shapes and general compositions of Salvador Dali and Vacation to me means a nice sunset. I think I combined the two in an effective way with some applique, quilting and thread sketching.

    This is my second entry for the Blogger Quilt Festival, Mini Quilt!
    The fist entry is here (applique)




    If you are new around here, WELCOME!
    If you have been around for a while, THANKS AND WELCOME BACK! :)

    --
    If you are new around here, let me just point you to my main addiction: designing and sharing for free tons of paper piecing patterns :)


    As you can see from one of my old headers arrangement, I design patterns for Disney characters, Peanuts and Snoopy, Downton Abbey, Alice in Wonderland but I have many many more (Maleficent, The Simpsons, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Betty Boop, Minions and more)!! Some of them have to be tested, some of there are tested. You can find them just navigating the different tabs or just typing the character name in the search box at the top of the page.

    --
    Speaking of art and quilts... 

    An event coming up on this blog: the Fall edition of my "Art with Fabric Blog Hop"!!


    This is the current schedule: look how many AMAZING artists are going to join!!
    It is going to be so fun and full of inspiration!!!

    Monday, October 10th, 2016 
    Elli @ lovelliquilts.me (http://lovelliquilts.me)
    Terry @ terryaskeartquilts (http://www.terryaskeartquilts.com/)
    Bea @ beaquilter (http://www.beaquilter.com/)
    Heather @ heatherquilts (http://www.heatherquilts.blogspot.com/)

    Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 
    Carol @ quiltedfabricart (http://www.quiltedfabricart.com)
    Janis @ turtlemoonimpressions (https://turtlemoonimpressions.wordpress.com/)
    Jennifer @ inquiringquilter (http://www.inquiringquilter.com/)
    Jayne @ twiggyandopal (http://twiggyandopal.blogspot.com/)

    Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 
    Laura @ periwinklequilts (http://periwinklequilts.blogspot.com/)
    Yanicka @ yanickahachez (http://yanickahachez.blogspot.com/)
    Sarah @ georgiagirlquilts (http://georgiagirlquilts.blogspot.com/)
    Patty @ elmstreetquilts (http://www.elmstreetquilts.com/)

    Thursday, October 13th, 2016 
    Abigail @ cutandalter (http://www.cutandalter.blogspot.co.uk)
    Janeen @ quiltartdesigns (http://quiltartdesigns.blogspot.com/)
    Alida @ tweloquilting (http://tweloquilting.blogspot.com/)

    Friday, October 14th, 2016 
    Marian @ seamstobesew (http://www.seamstobesew.com)
    Maartje @ quiltingamsterdam (http://quiltinginamsterdam.blogspot.com)
    Andrée @ quiltinglearningcombo (http://quiltinglearningcombo.blogspot.com)
    Lee Anna @ lapaylor (http://lapaylor.blogspot.com/)
    Kristel @ WIPgirl (https://wipgirl.wordpress.com/)

    Saturday, October 15th, 2016
    Chris @ chrissquiltinguniverse (http://chrissquiltinguniverse.blogspot.com/)
    Barb @ bejeweledquilts (http://www.bejeweledquilts.blogspot.com)
    Sophie @ sophiejunction (http://sophiejunction.blogspot.com/)
    Lisa @ intheboondocks (http://www.intheboondocks.blogspot.com/)

    If you want to see what amazing pieces we had last Spring, check out the Art with Fabric Blog Hop main page!!

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    If you have any comment about my quilt, I would love to hear!!!
    And check out more wonderful mini quilts over at blogger's quilt festival!!

    Blogger's Quilt Festival - Fall 2016 - Applique

    Vincent
    Dimensions: 13''x15''

    This is my first entry for the Blogger Quilt Festival, Applique Quilt!
    The second entry is here (mini)




    If you are new around here, WELCOME!
    If you have been around for a while, THANKS AND WELCOME BACK! :)

    --
    If you are new around here, let me just point you to my main addiction: designing and sharing for free tons of paper piecing patterns :)


    As you can see from one of my old headers arrangement, I design patterns for Disney characters, Peanuts and Snoopy, Downton Abbey, Alice in Wonderland but I have many many more (Maleficent, The Simpsons, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Betty Boop, Minions and more)!! Some of them have to be tested, some of there are tested. You can find them just navigating the different tabs or just typing the character name in the search box at the top of the page.

    --

    So let me tell you their story!

    Everything started with my obsession about Van Gogh's "The Starry Night" and the amazing work of Adam Lister (adamlistergallery.com).

    When I read about the AMB challenge, the use of solids (and just solids) didn't make me very excited (I don't like solids, don't hate me please :) ). However I thought that it could be the best excuse to finally put Van Gogh's painting down to fabric! But how exactly? I started googling around images of the painting and I came across Adam's wonderful "pixellated" reproductions of classic art and famous characters. As soon as I saw his version of the painting I had the moment "That's it! That's exactly what I was looking for!". I immediately got in touch with him and he was very kind and curious to see how his art would translate into fabric!

    Now the difficult part: how can I reproduce this look and keep somehow the spirit of Van Gogh's irregular impressionistic look?
    Raw edge applique and thread painting look the only reasonable option!
    Of course I never tried any of these technique :) but luckily July tutorial of my series "Stretch Your Skills" was exactly that! So thanks to the wonderful tips and instructions by Kristel (wipgirl) I was able to make a little practice piece that gave me the confidence I needed to attack the big project!

    A lot of designing, cutting, fusing and sewing later, this is what I had!



    The irregular edges of the different pieces, combined with the irregular crossing of the quilting makes the piece really "impressionist" (IMHO).
    I didn't want to add any distraction with the binding, so I used a pillow case method to finish it.
    And this mini WAS ACCEPTED in the 40 (out of 230 submitted) minis for the Road to California exhibit!!

    After finishing this piece, however, I had a lot of solids leftovers. One day I went to visit the Phillips Collection and I saw a painting from Piet Mondrian (Composition No. III) and I realized that I could make another mini for the challenge!


    Since I didn't have white as leftover but blues, I decided to play with the colors and this was the result. It's very simple and the quilting is random straight lines to echo the simple shapes that Mondrian is famous to paint.

    This quilt was not accepted in the exhibit, but I still think it's pretty and it balances the impressionistic look of "Vincent"!

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    If you have any comment about these quilts, I would love to hear!!!
    And  check out more wonderful applique quilts over at blogger's quilt festival!!

    Saturday, September 17, 2016

    A curvy week (and a link party)

    Grab a cup of coffee or some hot beverage... a lot to share this week :)


    The Ongoing Project List:
    1. Play with Me QAL - September board (the last one) has been released (see below)!
    2. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - new top started (see 3.)
    3. Summer Solstice QAL - top completed!! (see below)
    4. Minion QAL - no progress
      1. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
      2. Hello Block Swap - blocks for my two partners done (see below)
      3. Splendid Sampler - no progress
      4. Road Home Row-A-Long - finally able to share it (see below)!
      5. Secret event (January 2017) - "coloring" started
      6. Secret event (February 2017) - well... few blocks done, but cannot share yet :)
      7. Secret event (August 2017) - button completed :) cannot share
      8. Secret event (Feb-Oct 2017)  - no progress
      9. Teal Mini Swap - top assembled (see below)
      10. Xmas decorations - mine almost completed (see below)
      11. Bullet Journaling - updates on few collections (see below)
      The EverythingElse List:
      1. 70273 Project - no progress
      2. Jane T - no progress
      3. The SK project - 2 blocks done (see below)
      4. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
      5. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
      6. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
      7. As You Wish -  no progress
      8. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
      9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
      10. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
      --
      On September 13th, I was one of the participats in "The Road Home Row Along"

      Hosted by Marian @ seamstobesew and Amy @ sewincrediblycrazy

      You can read my full post HERE (with the pattern to download and the giveaways).

      This is what my row actually looks like
      Yeah, it's missing the embroidery clothline and the thread sketched shadow for the postcards...
      Oh well :) eventually it will go in a quilt and I will add those!! :)

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      The last board for the Play with Me QAL!


      Even if this is the last board, you could still join and have the chance to win amazing prizes for the final giveaway of the QAL. If you made even a single board, you could win one of SEVEN prizes... just saying :) Just send me an email or leave a comment below if you have questions!

      --
      I finally assembled the baby quilt from Melissa's Summer Solstice QAL.
      This is where the "curvy week" started :)


      I think the design is really beautiful!!
      I love the effect of the circle in the middle and the curved border. I will just have to remember to use more stable fabric: I used fabric donated for charity quilts, and some of it was much thinner than others... this caused some frustration during the assembly... however I never aim at perfect points, so who cares!! :)
      --
      Without even realizing it, I designed this mini for my Teal Swap partner... it's curved piecing again!!
      Well, with all this practice I am getting better!! :)

      18'' x 18''

      She said she likes country colors... I thought I didn't have any "country" colors because it's not my style at all... but this is where precut bundles come very handy: I had many charm packs and layer cakes where I pulled out the colors I liked... and guess what was left behind? "country" colors!! :)
      I wanted to coordinate well with the teal fabric we were given and I really like the final effect and layout. I hope my partner will like it too!!

      --
      Ok, seriously? When I checked the blocks that one of my Hello Block Swap partners for September wanted, guess what I found... Curved piecing again!! Oh well!! :)


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      Back with my embroidery quotes from Stephen King books. The pictures are not that great, but I don't have time to take better ones so for now this will have to do :)

      The Dark Tower
      Wolves of the Calla

      I will share the pattern eventually on Fandom in Stitches... if you want them before, just send me an email or leave a comment with your contact info and I will send it your way!
      --
      It's never too soon to start my Xmas decoration project!
      I make one handmade decoration for my tree each year... using all kind of techniques and materials. This year is cross stitching!!
      It is not complete yet, so next week I will have a better picture, and maybe a pattern :)

      --
      I have been using my Bullet Journaling system pretty consistently and I found that it helps me being creative and productive!!
      I will discuss the daily/weekly/monthly trackers next month, but these are just few collections that I really loved keeping up with

      (Left) Zen art challenge: a little zentagle each day. Not my best work, but given the size of the notebook, I think it's pretty cool!
      (Right) organizing my thoughts and activity for a "Lunch with Friends" I hosted last week. I am a single person, with a single kitchen and just two hands :) Having the full plan on what to cook and when (and what to clean) was essential to guarantee the success of the lunch!

      "Doodle an Artist" collection! Every 15 days I will pick an artist (painter probably) and doodle elements from some of her/his pieces! First month: Salvador Dali! 
      I have no art training nor background, so keeping the doodles simple, no color, little shading is helping me a lot improving my sketching skills! I am officially Stealing like an Artist (cit. A. Kleon).

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      How about you? What are YOU up to?
      Link it here and share it with me!!

      Tuesday, September 13, 2016

      The Road Home Row Along: Edinburgh, UK

      We were asked to create a pattern that depicts places on the way to our home, but it didn’t have to be our current home.
      I picked Edinburgh, UK... it's not my home now, it's not were I grew up in... but I spent 3 months there and despite never visiting it before I immediately felt home, so I put together a row depicting my favorite spots in that amazing city!
      And since this is a stiched row, I wanted to challenge myself and everyone else to try out different techniques! So each block within the row represents a postcard and it's done with a different technique.

      You can find the pattern for the row at the following link. 
      Download the pattern HERE!

      Few fun facts about the location depicted in the row (source Wiki):
      1. The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It is the largest monument to a writer in the world. It stands in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, opposite the Jenners department store on Princes Street and near to Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station, which is named after Scott's Waverley novels. In total (excluding Scott and his dog) there are 68 figurative statues on the monument of which 64 are visible from the ground. Sixteen heads of Scottish poets and writers appear on the lower faces, at the top of the lower pilasters. In total, 93 persons are depicted, plus two dogs and a pig.
      2. The Edinburgh Castle. There has been a royal castle on the  Castle Rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until 1633. The castle, in the care of Historic Scotland, is Scotland's most-visited paid tourist attraction, with over 1.4 million visitors in 2013. A series of performances known as the Edinburgh Military Tattoo (since 2010 the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo) takes place on the Esplanade each year during August. The basis of each performance is a parade of the massed pipes and drums of the Scottish regiments, and since its inception in 1950 the tattoo has developed a complex format which includes a variety of performers invited from around the world, although still with a largely military focus. The climax of the evening is the lone piper on the castle battlements, playing a pibroch in memory of dead comrades-in-arms, followed by massed bands joining in a medley of traditional Scottish tunes. The tattoo attracts an annual audience of around 217,000 people, and is broadcast in some 30 countries to a television audience estimated at 100 million.
      3. The thisle is the floral emblem of Scotland. In the language of flowers, the thistle (like the burr) is an ancient Celtic symbol of nobility of character as well as of birth, for the wounding or provocation of a thistle yields punishment. It is also used to symbolise connection with Scotland overseas. For example, in Canada, it is one of the four floral emblems on the flag of Montreal; in the US, Carnegie Mellon University features the thistle in its crest in honour of the Scottish heritage of its founder, Andrew Carnegie.
      4. The Heart of Midlothian is a heart-shaped mosaic, formed in coloured granite setts, built into the pavement near the St Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.
        It is a heart in front of a church... such a romantic place for marriages proposals... many tourists do that... DON'T DO IT :)
        It records the position of the 15th-century prison, and one of several sites of public execution. Visitors to Edinburgh will often notice people spitting on the Heart. Although it now said to be done for good luck, it was originally done as a sign of disdain for the former prison.
        Sooo... now you know why it is not so great if you or your significant other get down on one knee in the center of the Heart ;)
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      If this is your first time around here, WELCOME! If you are already a follower THANK YOU!

      I just want to steal you two minutes to mention that I will be running a fun blog hop next month...


      Make sure to subscribe to my blog if you want to receive updates about the fun Art with Fabric Blog Hop (all the info, participants, date are on this page).

      I also share FREE patterns (Peanuts, Disney, Stephen King, and many many more) and I have a new creative obsession (Bullet Journaling) that I am sharing weekly with all my readers...
      So make sure to subscribe to my blog!!

      --
      And now... back to the Row Along :)


      Hosted by Marian @ seamstobesew and Amy @ sewincrediblycrazy

      Prizes from great sponsors!

      Busy Hands (http://busyhandsquilts.blogspot.com/)





      Now go and visit some other amazing bloggers: they will take you for a tour around the world!!! 

      September 13
      Alida @ Tweety Loves Quilting --> creates Edinburgh, UK --> YOU ARE HERE :)
      Deonn @ Quiltscapes --> creates Heber City/ SLC
      Marian @ Seams To Be Sew -->  creates Idaho Falls, Idaho
      Sharon @ Pine Valley --> creates New Zealand

      For the complete list of inspiring bloggers participating in the hop, please visit The Road Home Row ALong home page!

      Sunday, September 11, 2016

      Too busy to get any sewing progress (and a link party)

      A family visit, a lunch with friends (where I cooked everything) and not feeling well yesterday, prevented me to have much progress... but there is something...

      The Ongoing Project List:
      1. Play with Me QAL - September board (the last one) has been released (see below)!
      2. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - new top started (see 3.)
      3. Summer Solstice QAL - 2 blocks done (see below)
      4. Minion QAL - no progress
        1. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
        2. Hello Block Swap - have partners info, will work on this soon
        3. Splendid Sampler - no progress
        4. Road Home Row-A-Long - will be shared soon, see announcement below!
        5. Secret event (January 2017) - no progress
        6. Secret event (February 2017) - no progress
        7. Secret event (August 2017) - no progress
        8. Secret event (Feb-Oct 2017)  - no progress
        9. Teal Mini Swap - assembled the border, picked all the fabric
        The EverythingElse List:
        1. 70273 Project - no progress
        2. Jane T - no progress
        3. The SK project - no progress
        4. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
        5. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
        6. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
        7. As You Wish -  no progress
        8. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
        9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
        10. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
        --
        Let's start with some announcements!!

        On September 13th, I will be participating in "The Road Home Row Along" 


        Hosted by Marian @ seamstobesew

        This is going to be a great event, full of fun rows, highlighting places all around the world! And there will be a lot of prizes too!! Make sure to check the schedule and follow along!!!

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        The last board for the Play with Me QAL!


        Even if this is the last board, you could still join and have the chance to win amazing prizes for the final giveaway of the QAL. Details on Monday on the link above!! Just send me an email or leave a comment below if you have questions!

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        So... the only thing I made is assemble two of the blocks for my baby quilt from Melissa's Summer Solstice QAL. The only difficult part of these blocks is that at first you have a gazillion of pieces and pick all the ones for each single blocks takes a lot of time... now that I assembled 2, the pieces are much less, and the last ones will come together much quickly.



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        How about you? What are YOU up to?
        Link it here and share it with me!!

        Saturday, September 3, 2016

        Down a new rabbit hole, events coming up (and a link party)

        I was planning to get a lot of sewing done this week... however I don't have anything sewing related to show because I fell into a new rabbit hole (super creative and super useful!!)


        The Ongoing Project List:
        1. Play with Me QAL - quilted Sept board. It will be shared on Monday!
        2. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - new top started (see 3.)
        3. Summer Solstice QAL - no progress
        4. Minion QAL - no progress... 
          1. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
          2. Hello Block Swap - have partners info, will work on this soon
          3. Splendid Sampler - no progress
          4. Road Home Row-A-Long - will be shared soon, see announcement below!
          5. Secret event (January 2017) - no progress
          6. Secret event (February 2017) - no progress
          7. Secret event (August 2017) - no progress
          8. Secret event (Feb-Oct 2017)  - no progress
          9. Teal Mini Swap - found pattern, now I need to decide on fabric
          The EverythingElse List:
          1. 70273 Project - no progress
          2. Jane T - no progress
          3. The SK project - no progress
          4. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
          5. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
          6. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
          7. As You Wish -  no progress
          8. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
          9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
          10. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
          --
          Let's start with some announcements!!

          On September 13th, I will be participating in "The Road Home Row Along" 

          Hosted by Marian @ seamstobesew

          This is going to be a great event, full of fun rows, highlighting places all around the world! And there will be a lot of prizes too!! Make sure to check the schedule and follow along!!!

          --
          Another event coming up is the Fall edition of my "Art with Fabric Blog Hop"!!


          This is the current schedule: look how many AMAZING artists are going to join!!
          It is going to be so fun and full of inspiration!!!

          Monday, October 10th, 2016 
          Elli @ lovelliquilts.me (http://lovelliquilts.me)
          Terry @ terryaskeartquilts (http://www.terryaskeartquilts.com/)
          Bea @ beaquilter (http://www.beaquilter.com/)
          Heather @ heatherquilts (http://www.heatherquilts.blogspot.com/)

          Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 
          Carol @ quiltedfabricart (http://www.quiltedfabricart.com)
          Janis @ turtlemoonimpressions (https://turtlemoonimpressions.wordpress.com/)
          Jennifer @ inquiringquilter (http://www.inquiringquilter.com/)
          Jayne @ twiggyandopal (http://twiggyandopal.blogspot.com/)

          Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 
          Laura @ periwinklequilts (http://periwinklequilts.blogspot.com/)
          Yanicka @ yanickahachez (http://yanickahachez.blogspot.com/)
          Sarah @ georgiagirlquilts (http://georgiagirlquilts.blogspot.com/)
          Patty @ elmstreetquilts (http://www.elmstreetquilts.com/)

          Thursday, October 13th, 2016 
          Sarah @ designsbysarahj (https://designsbysarahj.wordpress.com/)
          Abigail @ cutandalter (http://www.cutandalter.blogspot.co.uk)
          Janeen @ quiltartdesigns (http://quiltartdesigns.blogspot.com/)
          Alida @ tweloquilting (http://tweloquilting.blogspot.com/)

          Friday, October 14th, 2016 
          Marian @ seamstobesew (http://www.seamstobesew.com)
          Maartje @ quiltingamsterdam (http://quiltinginamsterdam.blogspot.com)
          Andrée @ quiltinglearningcombo (http://quiltinglearningcombo.blogspot.com)
          Lee Anna @ lapaylor (http://lapaylor.blogspot.com/)
          Kristel @ WIPgirl (https://wipgirl.wordpress.com/)

          Saturday, October 15th, 2016
          Chris @ chrissquiltinguniverse (http://chrissquiltinguniverse.blogspot.com/)
          Barb @ bejeweledquilts (http://www.bejeweledquilts.blogspot.com)
          Sophie @ sophiejunction (http://sophiejunction.blogspot.com/)
          Lisa @ intheboondocks (http://www.intheboondocks.blogspot.com/)

          If you want to see what amazing pieces we had last Spring, check out the Art with Fabric Blog Hop main page!!
          --

          And now let's talk about my new obsession...
          Few days ago (August 27th or 28th) YouTube included a video in my "suggested videos" list... the video had a very cool, artistic thumbnail and I watched it...

          That's how I fell in the rabbit hole!! :)

          My new obsession is BULLET JOURNALING!
          I will have a separate page to collect  links to my personal posts and links to the inspiring videos or collections that I see around.

          If you don't know what Bullet Journals are, you should read this post:
          http://www.bohoberry.com/bullet-journal/

          I actually suggest to just make a google image search and you will be blown away!!! :)

          These are the things I like about Bullet Journaling:

          • it's like having a planner, but it is much more flexible. There are hundreds of ways to have a "weekly spread", so why should you be stuck for an entire year with the same format?? Bullet journals allow you to experiment and find what works for you
          • you can have all your "things" in a single place (personal goals, things to track, creative ideas) so it's a great source of motivation and it encourages me to get things done!
          • you can go as crazy creative or as simple as you want. There are several daily challenges and groups that give you prompt to work on, but you can make it your own. And practice make you better! Practicing fancy cursive handwriting and little doodle is SOOOO relaxing.
          • there sooooo many people sharing their work on youtube (or instagram I guess... I don't do instagram) and you can get so many fun ideas to reuse in your own journal. I watched a video in which the guy showing his journal kept saying that he "stole" that design or spread from this or that, but I don't think it's stealing! I love copying a style and readapting to my own aesthetic: that's how we find our voice and how we learn. For example we all have a different handwriting style but we started by copying the alphabet from our teacher over and over and over again, right?? so I don't feel bad about "reusing" what others are doing! As Austin Keon says: "Steal like an Artist"!!

          These are just few of my current pages... there are many more pages (which are much more creative), but I will share them probably next month when I have more tips and opinions about the process.

          A spread to keep track of what I need send/receive in Sept, a weekly spread dividing personal and crafting activies and a page where I list some of the pages that I may want to add in the future in my bullet journal!

          As you can see, the daily activities are not all crossed out, but still I can approach those outstanding tasks on another day and mark them as done. This is MY way of using the journal to make it work for ME :)
          Plus I am just practising, on a small notebook, not a real bullet journal because I ordered the Quilter's Planner, and I will be using that as my main planning tool next year... but I want to get better at decorating pages with handwriting and doodles before it arrives!! :)

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          Saturday, August 27, 2016

          More coming soon, I promise (and a link party)

          There is a lot of planning for events, hops, QAL etc that I am going to announce in the next few weeks. This means again very little sharable crafting, but again something small and cute...

          The Ongoing Project List:
          1. Play with Me QAL - finished Sept board, will be shared next week. This is the last of the QAL :( but I am already planning 2017 QAL, so stay tuned
          2. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - new top started (see 3.)
          3. Summer Solstice QAL - no progress
          4. Minion QAL - no progress... SERIOUSLY?? I just have the final few lines of quilting to add, but I cannot make myself do it... ufff.....
            1. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
            2. Hello Block Swap - paused until Sept
            3. Splendid Sampler - no progress, lost interest :(
            4. Road Home Row-A-Long - finished row, finished post. Ready to be shared soon!
            5. Secret event (January 2017) - started designing
            6. Secret event (February 2017) - few blocks ready to stitch!
            7. Secret event (August 2017) - button designed
            8. Secret event (Feb-Oct 2017) - sketching started!
            9. Gift Bookmarks - second one done (see below)
            10. Teal Mini Swap - STILL FEW DAYS TO JOIN, link from EvalPaige Quilt Designs
              I got my partner info, the fabric and I picked the design. Now just need to implement it
            The EverythingElse List:
            1. 70273 Project - no progress
            2. Jane T - no progress
            3. The SK project - no progress
            4. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
            5. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
            6. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
            7. As You Wish -  no progress
            8. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
            9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
            10. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
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            Ok, so basically this is the only picture I can share... cute bookmark.

            3.5'' x 9.5''

            I designed it in Google Spreadsheet and stitched it up using cross stitching!
            It went together super fast. I then just used a decorative zig-zag stitch around three sides, slided in a piece of thick paper and then I  stitched the top close. In this way if it bends, we can just change up the cardboard inside and the bookmark will be like new!! :)
            The other fun thing is that on the two characters I used 2 strands of floss and 1 strand of glow-in-the-dark thread... when you turn off the light, Snoopy and Woodstock light up! I think they needed their own light because they want to read when they are closed in the book ;)

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            Saturday, August 20, 2016

            Slow, slow summer (and a link party)

            There is something about summer that makes me slow down... well, at least I have few small finishes!!
            The Ongoing Project List:
            1. Play with Me QAL - finished quilting August block, starting Sept board
            2. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - new top started (see 3.)
            3. Summer Solstice QAL - new instructions have been released. I will work on this tomorrow
            4. Minion QAL - if only I could convince myself to quilt the borders... well, maybe this week!!
              1. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
              2. Hello Block Swap - paused until Sept
              3. Splendid Sampler - no progress
              4. Road Home Row-A-Long - no progress
              5. Secret event (January 2017) - started designing
              6. Secret event (February 2017) - design completed
              7. Secret event (August 2017) - button designed
              8. Secret event (Feb-Oct 2017) - sketching started!
              9. Gift Bookmarks - one done, one designed (see below)
              10. Gift pillow cases - two done (see below)
              The EverythingElse List:
              1. 70273 Project - no progress
              2. Jane T - no progress
              3. The SK project - no progress
              4. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
              5. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
              6. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
              7. As You Wish -  no progress
              8. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
              9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
              10. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
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              Two more pillow cases done! These are a birthday present. I am becoming super fast making these... and that's a good thing because guess what everybody is getting for Xmas this year..? :)

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              The only other little project I completed is this cute bookmark.

              2.75'' x 9''

              I designed it in Google Spreadsheet and stitched it up using cross stitching!
              It went together super fast. I then just zig-zagged a couple of times around three sides, slided in a piece of thick paper and then I hand stitched the top close. In this way if it bends, we can just change up the cardboard inside and the bookmark will be like new!! :)
              I really really like that print! I have a fat quarter of it, and I used it to make my boyfriend a credit card wallet, a zipper pouch for his gps and now this. I still have some fabric left for other small projects. Don't you love when everything coordinates? ;)

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              Saturday, August 13, 2016

              Nothing to show, but a lot going on behind the scenes (and a link party)

              I have been doing a lot in terms of planning and finishing, but not quite ready to share! :)

              Picture from the past... August 2015 :)

              The Ongoing Project List:
              1. Play with Me QAL - finishing up the quilting on August pattern
              2. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - new top started (see 3.)
              3. Summer Solstice QAL - all pieces ready to be assembled
              4. Minion QAL - quilt almost finished!!
                1. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
                2. Hello Block Swap - blocks sent (paused until Sept) 
                3. Splendid Sampler - no progress
                4. Road Home Row-A-Long - finishing touches to my row
                5. Secret event (January 2017) - started designing
                6. Secret event (February 2017) - design almost completed
                7. Secret event (August 2017) - button designed
                8. Secret event (Feb-Oct 2017) - sketching started!
                The EverythingElse List:
                1. 70273 Project - no progress
                2. Jane T - no progress
                3. The SK project - no progress
                4. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
                5. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
                6. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
                7. As You Wish -  no progress
                8. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
                9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
                10. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
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                You may have noticed that in 2017 I will be hosting or running quite a few events (QAL and similar)... more in the months to come... I am so excited, they will all be so fun!!!

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                Saturday, August 6, 2016

                Curved piecing and Minions (and a link party)

                So many projects in my mind, very few down on fabric :) 


                The Ongoing Project List:
                1. Play with Me QAL - August pattern released (see below)
                2. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - new top started (see 3.)
                3. Summer Solstice QAL - I am catching up! (see below)
                4. Minion QAL - all blocks quilted and joined (see below)
                  1. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
                  2. Hello Block Swap - blocks for my August partner done (see below) 
                  3. Splendid Sampler - no progress
                  4. Road Home Row-A-Long - no progress on finishing my piece
                  The EverythingElse List:
                  1. 70273 Project - no progress
                  2. Jane T - no progress
                  3. The SK project - no progress
                  4. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
                  5. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
                  6. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
                  7. As You Wish -  no progress
                  8. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
                  9. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
                  10. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
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                  Seriously... last week I mentioned 5 reasons why I love Melissa's (HappyQuilting) QAL... let's add another one: it is so easy to catch up!!

                  With her easy and clear instructions it took me just 3 nights to make all the Flying Geese and all the Drunkard Path blocks!!
                  Some are perfect, like painted by Giotto... other are less perfect, like painted by Giotto's 1 year old son moderately drunk ;) but I really enjoyed the process, especially because I alternated FG and DP construction so I wouldn't get bored or frustrated. By the end of the process, I think I am a pro at curved piecing (especially considering that I am not precise cutting the pieces).


                  Since I caught up with all the FG, I wanted to see how all the pieces look on my design floor :)

                   (mising some 3'' squares, but everything else looks great!)

                  Making this project I learned a fantastic lesson: when we use the "no waste or little waste" methods (for either HST, FG or DP) directional fabric and stripes are tricky because pieces will go in opposite directions. However... if you mix the stripes with gingham fabric and polka dots, the "misaligned" lines won't be so striking and they will blend right in with the rest (or at least that what my eyes thinks :) ). Also mixing the scale probably helps.

                  I am looking forward to the assembly direction because it was quite challenging to arrange those pieces without the clear instructions that Melissa always has!! :)

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                  By chance, the August board for my Play with Me QAL is also featuring curved piecing! However the pieces here are much much bigger so they are easier to stitch (and they are also fewer ;) ).



                  If you are interested in learning more about the QAL, you can read everything on the Play with Me QAL official page!

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                  I made two blocks from my August's partner for the  Hello Block Swap.



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                  Finally I finished quilting around each character!


                  Now I just need to add a border and I will be done. I took the quilt to the quilt shop to pick the perfect fabric. A lady saw the quilt and said "oh, this is so cute, a little kid will be so happy to have it!" and then she corrected herself "oh, well, maybe this is for a teenager"... well... the last time I was called a "teenager" was about 20 years ago ;)
                  Minions are for all ages!! :)
                  P.S. I am finishing up the pattern for the "tower of minions" block and tonight I will submit it to Fandom in Stitches, so it will be available soon for others to enjoy!! :)
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