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Nicole. Quilts. Handmade. Awesome.

World Quilt Day

was last week, I know, but the world has also been a dumpster fire recently. And I think we both know I have not been the most up-to-date blogger. Ahem.

On world quilt day I hung my roll of batting from the ceiling in my garage, over my longarm. I bought the roll of batting before I knew I was moving the longarm into the garage so it worked out kind of well all around.

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You can also juuuust see the top of the quilt loaded on the machine. After my last post (about my beloved 2.5″ squares) Roseanne teased me that I should do something with them. I’ll show you that next time.

Stay well my friends,

Nicole

 

Fussy for Friends

Thanks friends for the good wishes and love on my last post!

A while back I was bored and fiddly and decided to sift through allllll my 2.5″ charm squares looking for fussy cuts, either deliberate or accidental. I found quite a few and was very pleased! I thought maybe I’d eventually make another polaroid quilt.

Last week my friend Kari asked a bunch of us for scraps to make, you guessed it, a polaroid quilt! I knew I could do better than random scraps and took the chance to actually go through my fabrics and fussy cut everything possible, and cut extras for me. Of course.

Net result:

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Some 130+ fussy cut squares for Kari, and some 470+ fussy cut squares for me.

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Tonight I added my fussy cuts to the rest of my 2.5″ squares and WOW. Wow do I have a lot of squares. Like 5-6K? Oof.

Thoughts about the end of the year

I can’t access my tracking spreadsheets right now so I’m doing this from memory.

I think I made fewer quilts this year than in previous years but I like the ones I made. I made five quilts in my “improv and making do” series, which I’ll be continuing in the new year.

I made a few small quilts as gifts or swaps which were well received. I sold two quilts.

As for my quilt budget, I’m thrilled with having spent only ~140$ this year on fabric and supplies.

And for the personal stuff: for Xmas I made three pairs of flannel pjs, a doll sleeping bag and three doll sleep masks. Over the course of the year add in Hallowe’en costumes, birthday cakes, work cakes, gingerbread houses, Guide badges, and mending clothes, jewellery, and shoes, it’s a lot but in a good way. I have crafted a handmade life for myself.

Happy New Year my friends! I wish you all the best for the year ahead. May your fabric never bleed and your thread never tangle. I hope you find inspiration and productivity with all you undertake. 

Thank you for being here with me this year.

Nicole Hannah

 

Sunny days and favourite colour.

I did a hard thing and it was hard

About ten years ago I relined my husband’s boxy car coat. I think it took me two days? Maybe? So when his sister asked me to reline her winter coat I said “sure! love to!! no problem!!!”

Ahem. It turns out that fitted, princess line, hooded coats are a different beast. Especially when the original lining was so trashed it was nigh impossible to use it as a pattern for the new lining.

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This is an armpit to show you how bad it was.

It was a very challenging project, both for sewing skills and mentally. I’d do a bit then get overwhelmed, then procrastinate. Repeat.

Easiest thing was the new zipper, and surprisingly, the pocket bags. Most difficult was maybe the hood/body seam.

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It’s done. She’s happy. I’m relieved. And now I can sew quilty things guilt free!