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Happy Learning!

Kelly

A Little Quilt Project In Progress

I had to check to make sure it was okay to share this, and it is!

Windham Fabrics put out a call for people to make 18″ square quilts to decorate their space at Quilt Market. My fabrics came yesterday!

fabrics are here!

Hello Beautiful! Rome in the Spring! How can you not love that?

Ciao Bella

The main print is larger than I expected to have for a small quilt. Hmmmm. Time to play with these fabrics and see what looks good!

Perhaps a scrapbook page look? The florals are smaller pieces, so I thought I might use them to make triangles over the corners of the “photos”.

Ciao Bella

I need to introduce them all to the iron and then play with them some more. I could use the white for background, but I like the words if I am going for a scrapbook theme. Then the white can be the edge of the photos. Things look better on the brown background words than the green. I may end up leaving the green words out if I go this route.

Not sure about binding yet, either…

What would you do with these?

Kelly

Hosting a Quilt Square Swap!

cut squares
I just finished hosting a quilt square swap. If you haven’t participated in one before, here’s how it works.

Each swap has 30 spots in it. Each participant signs up for one or more spots. For each spot, one yard of fabric is sent in. For each yard, 30 different 6.5″ squares are returned, including one from the yard sent in by the participant.

In the past, each participant has sent in their squares already cut. For this swap, participants sent in uncut fabric and I ran it through my Accuquilt Studio cutter to make the squares.

Accuquilt Studio

This worked really well. However, there were a couple things I didn’t consider.
1) Fabric sent through the mail needs to be ironed before it can be cut into squares.
2) I can cut one yard of fabric pretty quickly to make 30 squares. However, doing this 30 times takes a while!
While ironing, cutting and sorting, I played through an entire season of Mad Men on Netflix and made my teen sit through Sneakers!

cut squares

In this case, two swaps ran at the same time to make shipping costs more economical for participants. So, those piles each contain 900 squares. 1800 squares total from 60 yards of fabric.

Once cut, the fabrics are sorted into piles containing one of each print. Here are the dots:
sorted dots squares

Then I stacked them just to get them out of the way so there was room to pack them!
all sorted squares

Once sorted and packed by destination, they just need postage!
all packed squares

One waiting for an address, but the rest are ready to ship! I will drop them off at the post office since I try not to leave big piles of mail for the mail carrier without giving him advance warning.
shipping

I am looking forward to seeing what all these squares become!

Happy Sewing!

Kelly

A Sweet Little Gift

These came in the mail the other day, but I didn’t realize they were there right away because they were an unexpected surprise hidden in the package. And what a sweet surprise!
polymer clay pin toppers
Really cute, right?

They came from this etsy shop – Maggie’s Sweet Nothings. She has a whole section of pins with these polymer clay toppers that she makes for them.
polymer clay pin toppers

Check out the tiny details on these!
polymer clay pin cherry cupcake topper

polymer clay pin flower cupcake topper
I wish I could get a better close up on that flower, the petals are more defined than they look in the picture. It is just so tiny my camera doesn’t want to catch it!

Thanks Kathleen!

Kelly

Fabric Shopping

Yesterday, I went to the fabric store.

SR Harris Fabrics

My husband decided to come along. We walked in, he said, “Okay, see you in an hour.” I gave him a funny look. He said, “What? How long do you think it will take?” Ummmm. That picture above? That’s one aisle of fabric. There are about 12 like that just for cotton wovens. The whole place is 30,000 square feet. I am not even sure how I got a picture without a person in it because it was really busy there yesterday. There was a basketball game on, so my husband decided to wait in the car. I thought that was a fine idea.

Anyway, I went there looking for some small scale repro print cotton wovens for a quilt square swap and some fabric to line a summer dress. I picked up these:
small scale cotton wovens

I haven’t decided if those are the ones I want to go with for the swap. I need four. Zoe is already making plans for the one on the left.

These also made their way into my basket:
small scale cotton wovens
The blue is for something summery for Zoe. Blue is a good color for her and it is a really happy print. The other two? I have no idea. Sometimes things just want to come home with me.

After I had been in there for an hour, I decided it was probably a good idea to cut the fabrics I had so far. I was standing in the checkout line when I got a text from my husband. “Just making sure you didn’t get lost.” I guess the basketball game was wrapping up. Good thing I did not go looking for those dress lining fabrics, he would have sent in a search team!

Of course, that means I will have to go back because I really do need that dress lining.

Happy Sewing!

Kelly

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