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Sunday Stash: Far Far Away overdose

So, back when I was just getting back into sewing, and expecting my son, I hated all the sport/vehicle/tool stereotypical themes.  I was determined to do a fantasy theme nursery. After not finding anything suitable for purchase, I set out to make my own. This is when I first discovered some of my favorite designers. It was not an easy search finding what I wanted – sadly, in part because I didn’t know how to go about looking. It should have been an easier search than it was… I first came across Lizzy House’s Castle Peeps, which were just perfect for what I wanted. But it was missing two things- Dragons and Unicorns. I wanted a very specific kind of dragon – not a scary one, more fat and friendly, and one that would go well with Castle Peeps. I finally came across Timeless Treasures Happy Dragons. All that was left was the unicorn. This proved to be quite difficult. Especially since once I found exactly what I wanted, nothing else would do. Heather Ross’s Far Far Away. Which at that point was already extremely hard to find and expensive. I think I paid $30 for the yard I secured and it took me a long time to convince myself I should. (Some day I’ll learn I never regret buying fabric. Well, almost.) I also did end up with another 3/4 yard piece as well.

With these fabrics, I created my first complete quilt since I was 14 (and that was a mini). I chose a rag quilt because I was so insecure about quilting and binding. It looks a mess to me now, but I cover my son every night with it. I also made a bedskirt, sheets, curtains, and decorations. Some of it wasn’t done til well after he was born (I was wide as I was tall, and standing to work got very uncomfortable).

So, now that I’ve gone on and on about this, it is probably no surprise how psyched I was to learn FFA was being rereleased. First, Heather Ross offered a preorder on her site that I got in on (I got the Briar Rose preorder pack last year too).

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Then I used a frequent shopper coupon to snatch up some yardage at my LQS

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A little overboard? Hmmm…..

Here are some more pictures of my son’s nursery… Though it’s evolved a bit in 3+ years…

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Saturday Swap

Our July fat 8 swap was “Holidays in July”. It was open to all holidays. We got an interesting assortment of fabrics. Christmas and Halloween were favorites, but there were several others in the mix.

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We have a couple spots left in this month’s swap, which is Kaffe Fassett shot cottons. Join us!

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What are you swapping this week?

Here are the link up rules:

1. Link up a post about a recent fabric, block or hand made item swap. You may share both what you sent and received. You may also post about an upcoming swap you are hosting.

2. In the post, link up back here to my blog.

3. Comment on a few other links!

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Saturday Swap: You are here mugs

I’ve been out of town most of the month, so I haven’t been getting my Saturday Swaps up. :( I should have them back on track now!

During my travels, I accumulated many Starbucks mugs. I am not a coffee drinker, but I love hot tea or chocolate in the mornings in the winter or when I am ill. I love the designs of the mugs and I know they are quite popular on the internet.

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So I have opened a swap for them. It is open to US/Canada with a mail date of 10/10. I am limiting this one to 20 participants to keep it manageable. Assuming all goes well, I will run again in the future. Handmade or other accessories are encouraged!

To sign up and for more information, you can check here.

What have you guys been swapping while I’ve been gone?

Here are the link up rules:

1. Link up a post about a recent fabric, block or hand made item swap. You may share both what you sent and received. You may also post about an upcoming swap you are hosting.

2. In the post, link up back here to my blog.

3. (Assuming there are multiple linkups, as this is the first one) Comment on a few other links!

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ALYOF September: I need backs!

So, I know this isn’t sexy, but what I really need to be getting done are backs for all the quilt tops I have piling up, so that I can then finish the quilts! I do piece my backs, so it is a tiny bit of work, but I still tend to push them aside for all the other sewing I want to do. I need to focus on them.

I know I am only supposed to pick one item, so the most important back I need to make is the back for my econoblock:

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I also would like to work on the back for my chevron:

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And my Tula:

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August ALYOF Finish

I’ve been out of town most of the month. So, like, nothing has been getting done. I finally managed to settle in and buckle down on my finish for the month. I am working on my Tula Pink Houndstoothy quilt top. I had finished the blocks back in April at Stash Bash then put them aside and not touched them. I thought it would be a good one for vacation since blocks are done and I just need to assemble, and we have a large garage floor here for me to lay it out on. I’m having problems finding large spaces at my house.

I ran into a slight problem. I had made 132 blocks, intending an 11×12 grid. As I was laying it out, I realized I had duplicated a couple of blocks. Ugh. As I am on vacation, I just brought what I needed and no extra fabric. So, I had to make a decision – either table it til I get home or pull a row. I didn’t want to miss my goal and I had a sneaking feeling if I didn’t get this done here, it would sit on a shelf for another several months again. So I opted to do 10×12, 120 blocks.

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This top was born from many (many many) Tula Pink swaps. I was in something like 15 rounds of a Tula Pink layer swap, as well as a couple of charm swaps and a brick swap. I am in all these charm swaps, then have no idea what to do with them. I find simple square layouts boring. This pattern seemed a more interesting alternative. I had more than 100 different prints from the charm swap (there were a few duplicates) and filled in the rest from the brick swap. So I never even actually touched the hundreds of layers I had accumulated (not to mention my own large yardage collection). There may be many more Tula quilts in my future. I had intended also to represent all lines (up to foxfield) but as my charm assortment ultimately dictated my blocks, I am not actually sure I accomplished it. I’ll need to sit down and check. If I had broken into my layers, I would have been able to do it. I am also not sure how successful the rainbow gradient is. Again, if I had hand selected my prints I would have done a better job of it, but I limited myself to what was in the charm swap and did the best I could with it. I thought it made a better layout than random.

I will use the leftover blocks in the back, and I have several yards of the Prince Charming raindrop saved for the back. I am glad I have finally finished it. Am I the only one who doesn’t love a quilt design as much when I am done as when I started? I was so psyched to do this one and now I am kind of over it. lol. This happens a lot. Of course, I have been working on it for a year. I am quite proud to see that my points and lining up and all that are so much improved. I was very happy with how it turned out technically. And now it gets added to the ever growing pile of tops that need backs. I did bring a couple of those with me to work on. One can hope. :)

 

Here is my goal post

Here are other posts about this quilt

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August ALYOF: Tula top

Running behind this month – still not feeling well. I am going to be away a lot of this month, but I am hoping to bring my machine with me for part of it. So, while I have many things to work on, I am picking my Tula top as my finish for this month. I’ve been working on this one on and off for nearly a year, so it is time. My mom’s house has a huge garage where I can lay it out for ease of placement and assembly, so that’s why I think this is a good one to work on there. I also hope to get some backs and maybe my economy block done there as well. We’ll see.

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ALYOF: Econoblock top

I haven’t been feeling well lately, so not much sewing or posting has been going on. However, last week I did finish my economy block top, my goal for this month. I actually finished it twice. I finished, decided I wanted it longer, and busted out another twenty blocks over the next couple days to make it a little longer. I am not sure it made much difference in the end, but made me feel better. It’s taken me this long to find the energy and light to get a picture taken. I wanted to show some of my favorite blocks too, but that will have to wait for the grand finish. I’d also hoped to be showing the back in this post, but again, have not been up to the sewing.

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I got real good at matching those points, and am pretty happy with my work overall. Like most of my quilts, I mostly randomly assembled the rows. Some similar colors/patterns/designers ended up closer together than I might have liked, but that is the nature of randomness, and it was just too hard to try to keep all of those things intentionally evenly spaced. Hopefully I will be up to sewing again soon.

 

Here is my goal post

Here are other posts about this quilt

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Saturday Swap #7

This month, my Flickr fat 8 swap swapped Joel Dewberry prints. We had enough interest for two groups. Each group was 24 different prints.

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This is one of the groups.

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This is the other group

I’ve been using a bit of Dewberry in my swap projects lately. I really love some of the prints/lines. I am on the lookout for a pattern to use these in along with the other prints I own.

Your Turn! What are you swapping this week?

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Saturday Swap #6

This doesn’t quite count as a swap, as it is a one-way swap, but I am showing them off this week.

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One of my friends signed up to do a donation for Dress a Girl Around the World. This is a charity that collects pillowcase dresses and distributes them to underprivileged girls around the world.

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Now, y’all know I don’t really do clothes, but these dresses were so easy I was knocking out two in a sitting. I bought pillowcases at Goodwill and the thrift shop down the street. I used premade bias tape from Walmart. I made my pockets using charms from the scrappy charm swap. I also cut some pillowcases for pockets that I got at Goodwill that turned out to be shams.

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In all I sent 8 dresses. She plans to do it again in the new year and I will be collecting pillowcases til then!

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Your turn! What did you swap this week?

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Sunday Stash: Does this count?

I’ve been quiet on Sunday the last few weeks. That’s a good thing. I am making a true effort to cut back my spending. Not just on fabric but in other areas as well. My fabric buying was getting out of hand. Not only is that a drain on money, but also on my space. I love love love bringing in new fabric but I am truly overwhelmed when it takes over my floor, cutting table, and ironing board because I don’t have anywhere else to put it. Then that clutters up my ability to work an efficient manner.

Fabric’s been coming in…. but not like it was. And nothing I feel compelled to show off. I am trying so hard to purge and organize my house. I have gotten pretty motivated. But I am still a hoarder at heart and have a hard time parting with things. I will get to my fabric at some point, there are more pressing areas for now, but I hope that it will start to disappear in use in the meantime.

But today I got something I am very excited about.

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I first was introduced to the Oliso iron at Stash Bash 2013. I seriously fell in love. I had every intention of running out and buying one as soon as I got back, but that was when my year of hell started and I couldn’t indulge.

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This iron blows my 20 year old Sunbeam out of the water. It gives such amazing heat and steam. The thing lowers itself on its own when you touch it, then raises again when you let go so it doesn’t burn your ironing pad like I might be known to do from time to time.

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It has a well with a spout for water and even comes with its own little pitcher to fill it with.

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I haven’t used it yet. My son spent most of the day playing with it as if it were a truck. “vroom vroom”. He is also quite enamored of all the buttons and knobs. I have a feeling he will be learning real soon what I really mean when I say hot.

I got this in an amazing deal on Massdrop. This is a daily deal type site that has a remarkable amount of sewing deals AND free US shipping. They beat the sales at Joann’s by $20. So psyched. I love a deal.

I also got my fancy new Zumba shoes today, but I am guessing you don’t care about that. :) On sale for $30 (not Zumba brand), I hope they work well because I am having a lot of full time foot pain from my Nikes.

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*BTW – no part of this post was sponsored, just my honest gushing love. But if they want to become sponsors I won’t say no! LOL*

 

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