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Working on the self-portrait tonight and now I’ve got two cubes appliquéd to my background with some stitch in the ditch throughout. Trying to figure out what sort of quilting I should do in the background. And if the binding should match and be subtle or if it should be really fucking loud.

And in sad news today, I put the rainbow log cabin quilt in a giant bag under my bed. That is where all the half-quilted quilts go to languish and this makes #4. Plus three tops waiting for their backs. I continue to be caught between Scylla and Charybdis; my lack of free motion quilting skills slows me down, and I do not have enough time to quilt my quilts and improve my skills.

I hope the classical reference is sufficient to forgive my earlier vulgarity. Pulling out all the big words tonight!

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Hand sewing the second bit for my self portrait attempt. Don’t worry, it’s all geometric shapes, so the hand sewing is easier.

Mr. Handwrought and I are watching our way through all of Firefly this holiday break so I like to have hand sewing on hand (see what I did there!?)

Hopefully I can finish it up tomorrow, then figure out a background, then appliqué it, layering, quilting, and finishing it. It’s only due by the 31st.

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I’m well past this stage but this gives you a vague idea of what I’m talking about.

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Had friends come for dinner tonight, and they usually bring a small present for my girls. I didn’t want to be empty handed again so I thought it was a good time to make them the set of placemats I’ve had in mind since April. I found a cute fabric with pugs on it and just never got the placemats made. Or started.

Until today at 4pm, when I started cutting fabric. I did a quick quilt as you go method. Using large pieces of fabric also makes things faster. I had B trimming the corners and turning them right side out when our friends arrived at 5:30. I quickly did a top stitch round the edges and called it done.

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And my friends liked them! Linking up with Amanda Jean at CrazyMomQuilts for Finally Finished [Monday], because these are finally finished and off my to-do-someday list.

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My best of 2015

Hello! You might be here from the link up hosted by Meadow Mist Designs to let quilt bloggers showcase their best or favourite posts from 2015.

I started blogging on Sept. 9 of this year so I have just a few posts to choose from. I went with the ones I like best, either posts or projects.

No. 1   My Ugly Christmas sweater post. I did it for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival but this is one of my favourite quilts ever, so it’s a best of for that reason.

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No. 2   Doing the Blogger’s Quilt Festival for the first time with my BTW (Black to White) challenge quilt.

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This is also a #quiltconreject but it was accepted to the BTW Exhibit in Portland this summer (along with one other quilt. 2/19 is pretty impressive) so I feel pretty damn good about it.

No. 3   Jayne from Twiggy and Opal commented on one of my posts! I squealed like a fan girl when I saw that. Hey, it was exciting for me!

No. 4   My afternoon of art at the AGGV. I had such an amazing time making this collage.

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I’m going to leave it at just my top four. Other great  but smaller moments include my first comment ever, the first link up I did, figuring out code names for my kids, the mini-charm swap I did this fall and then sorting through my lovely lovely little 2.5″ squares, workshop with Victoria Findlay Wolfe, etc etc.

Life is good. I get to quilt.

Thanks to Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs for hosting the linkup, and for stopping by my blog! Happy new year to you.

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My best of 2015