Hello! It’s been a weird week for me. A very emotionally intense start to it, then catching up on the rest of the life stuff.

I’m also at the end of a bunch of projects so have the itchy, restlessness which accompanies the finishes. I want to but don’t want to start something new as I still have other projects to finish!

But let’s see if I can even recollect my own accomplishments in recent weeks:

  • my quilts came back from the show. One sold, several did not.
  • I’m slow motion hand quilting the plus quilt.
  • Remember that bag I made myself? I though it was sooooo awesome I made one for each of my girls to use as a swim bag. Except they picked nearly identical fabrics to each other (so now we can’t tell the bags apart) and the bags are a bit too big for a kid’s swim bag. They wound up being not a fail exactly, but more a meh finish.
  • I did finish the mini for my swap but as it’s still en route I can’t share a picture. It came out great though and I *am* pleased with the finish.
  • I survived Valentine’s day, aka the “super bowl for cake decorators”
  • QuiltCon happened and I wasn’t even consumed with jealousy this time around! Hooray for personal growth!!

Tomorrow is March which is my month for the longarm (my co-owner and I alternate months if you’re new here). I’m doing a client quilt so that will be exciting to do and get paid for!

For my next piecing project I’m thinking fairly mindless, definitely scrappy, maybe with strips? Got any good pattern suggestions for me?

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New Adventures

I’ve paper pieced before but it’s not my absolute favourite quilting thing to do.

I’m doing a pattern that has both small chunky bits alternating with looooong skinny strips, and those bits can just bite me. Also, I didn’t start this soon enough and I changed my mind too many times about what I’m doing so I’m a wee bit behind.

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But on the plus side, look at what I did!

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Now THIS is a satisfying part of quilting.

I Made a Thing!

and it feels wonderful.

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Two hours, start to finish, which includes some fiddly pattern matching.

I needed a dedicated tote bag for a new-to-me weekly commitment. My job title for this commitment includes “Owl” as part of it. (If you don’t know what this is, then never mind.)

My aunt, previously mentioned here, had made B a pillowcase back when she was enamoured of owls. (Previously it was dolphins, then owls, unicorns, and now it’s horses.) Since that was never going to be used I repurposed it for my tote.

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This is the before, with the Madras plaid as my lining fabric.

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Post harvesting.

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The Madras plaid had come from a quilter’s estate sale some 5+ years ago. It was leftover from a garment, so very weirdly shaped, but I loved the colours. The picture above has THREE seams in it. This bit was the lining, and at the bottom of the bag. I’m cool with things not matching perfectly when it will be hidden this much.

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Back of my tote. I love that the repeat is so large we don’t have any repeated owls. I also love that fierce looking owl at the top right.

And I love, love, love making something for myself that is pretty. And useful. And quick.

 

Edited to add: I used the Madras plaid tote tutorial from Noodlehead. But I ironed my fabrics!

And it’s been forever since I linked up with anything. Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation gets the honour!

Ketchup

Shake and shake the ketchup bottle
 None'll come, and then a lot'll
–Richard Amour

This is how my whole week has felt.

 

I quilted a quilt for a friend last week. Then injured husband (he’ll be fine, and is nearly better), sick kid, and quilts, and work, and things. A bonkers day of not-enough-parents-or-transportation-options. I finally went to quilt a top for myself, but finished the whole thing in only three hours. So then I raced to finish another top to get that started on the longarm as well.

Truly I’m moving at a pace so fast that I haven’t even been taking pictures.

But ever seen one of these? It’s an awesome, wee ~3″ tall bottle of ketchup. I have one from my stage management days that I used to store acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

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While it has been nice getting things done, a bit of a break will also be nice. Next up is some slow hand quilting.