Wow, what a month!

It’s been a busy and fulfilling, also crazy bonkers, few weeks.

There was the end of Brownies: All the random activities my co-leader and I kinda pulled out of our heads and off the internet since January actually translated into some badges! We were surprised, and utterly pleased with ourselves.

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We made some hat traders as year-end gifts for the girls.

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School ends tomorrow. Both my girls had great teachers this year but especially W. She wanted to make something for her teacher so I suggested a pillow. The favourite colour is pink and the favourite animal is a moose, so here you have a pink moose pillow.

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The glamour shot.

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The flat shot. All fabrics chosen by W, laid out and assembled by her. (I did the rows, border, and appliqué.)

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A close up of the appliqué because I frickin hate appliqué like this but I think I kinda rocked it.

And in my personal sewing journey, I finished my improv string quilt. I used the leftovers to make this quilt:

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The setting squares and background fabrics are both from stash. Quilt measures 53×72. Pattern is the “June Quilt Along Quilt” from Crazy Mom Quilts.

I also started my next quilt in my Sherri Lynn Woods Improv project. This one is the “floating Squares” score. I’m using long hoarded yukata cottons from Okan Arts.

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Work continues to be stupid busy mixed with corporate bs, so that’s nuts too.

Canada Day is Monday which is the real start of my summer. Here’s to a good one!

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Oops

In my last post I was all “look at me, look at the fabric I made, I’m so awesome, here’s my block.”

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And then I remembered the lesson of measure twice, cut once.

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I forgot I had to cut the cool fabric vertically instead of horizontally! Good thing I had so much more cool than warm. I was able to cut enough blocks from the “leftovers” and I only had to piece together a couple of blocks. Pretty easy to do with a quilt pattern like this. I also decided that I didn’t need to make a 96″x96″ quilt. Yeah, I had enough fabric for one that big.

My past two weeks have been a joyous time, rough cutting rectangles diagonally, piecing them, and trimming up. Here is my quilt, all 72″x96″. I’ve even found a backing for it. Now I need to quilt it and give it a name. I’m looking for suggestions for both.

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W. offered up this gem a couple of days ago which pleased me to no end: “wow, there’s blue diamonds in there too! Did you do that on purpose?” Yes small child, I did.

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End of it, finally

About a month ago I started sewing strips and strings together, with a rough plan in mind. I’m pleased that as of yesterday I’ve *finally* finished this task I set myself.

I created 3.55m of warm colours, and 5.6m of cool colours. WOF is 42″-45″. This is pretty heavy fabric with so much thread and seam allowances.

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K, I know it’s kind of a weird picture and really hard to stage beautifully. So eff it. This is stretched out across my house.

Here is what I have in mind to make using these string sheets. I do want to work my way through Sherri Lynn Wood’s improv book to stretch myself. I like precision, and patterns, and I tend to work small-ish. For this I’m cutting with scissors and working large.

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Made a sample block to test it out. This will measure ~16″x24″ once sewn. I like it a lot.

April Update

April has been kicking my butt pretty hard, which I knew it would, but still. And there’s another 10 days yet, including an extremely high stakes, very emotional event to survive.

I did some much needed therapeutic sewing this week. I used to sort strings and strips by length but turns out that’s a bit goofy. I’ve changed it now to be Warms/Cools/Darks/Low volumes.

I’ve wanted to do a string quilt for a while now. On our small trip away last month I read all of Sherri Lynn Wood’s “Improv Handbook for the Modern Quilter” and am going to work through it, making as many of the scores as I can.

Making fabric for a string quilt seemed mindless enough for now. Sewing is good, and writing is too.