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Design Wall Monday--Square Dance Quilt Progress

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Design Wall Monday rolls around again--I didn't get a chance to post before work so here I am late again. See more design walls on Judy's Small Quilts and Doll Quilts blog.  There was no sewing to speak of during the week--and there were outside activities--so I caught up with the Square Dance quilt on Sunday while Grant was playing in a golf tournament with his buddies.  I added the last two block selections, a third green and a third yellow block. This nighttime pic doesn't flatter the blocks much!  The pattern book (Livin Large by Heather Mulder Peterson) called for brown squares to be cut for some of the block intersections.  I did not want to have a lot of leftover triangles so I used my new favorite Folded Corner Clipper tool to cut HSTs from the appropriate width strip of solid brown.  There will be a 2" cut border of the brown and then rectangles of all the different prints for a final border.  It seemed to take me all day to get these corners lined up correctl

Sewtopia Orlando--Part Four

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 Sewtopia has a secret swap for those who wish to participate.  I made a pin and clip cushion for the handmade part, and included some patterns, thread, and a needle book in a Snap Bag.  I found this pattern on thesewingdirectory.co.uk.  I liked the applied fabric strips for clip portion, but felt it might be too flimsy with just folded fabric.  I stuffed mine with scraps of batting--this was the sturdy kind you can use for potholders. My sister wants one for clips only--she hates pins.  I received a beautiful handmade bag--it was so professional, I was looking for a label! Jennifer included lots of great little sewing items, chocolate, and stickers.  Very happy to have received such a fine swap gift.  We learned on the last day of Sewtopia that next year's event will move back to November--and it will be in Palm Springs, California.  That will be a great money saver for my sister and me, with only a 3.5 hour or so drive from home!   Sewtopia ended at noon, so there was a lot of cl

Design Wall Monday--Livin' Large

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  Design Wall Monday -- see more design walls on Judy's Small Quilts and Doll Quilts blog.  *Edit: I was not able to link up this morning due to computer problems on my end--my apologies for those of you who are seeing this post twice today! While at Sewtopia Orlando, I was able to complete a few blocks of the second project I had partially precut, before we had to pack up on the last day of sewing.  I have been hoarding a fat quarter bundle for many years that I won in a giveaway on Heather Mulder Peterson's blog, Trends and Traditions. I just searched on my blog and hers, and OMG that was in JULY 2010 .  It  has probably been 5 years since I picked a pattern from her Livin Large pattern booklet--the Square Dance quilt :).    Precutting all the outer border cream fabric with my GO cutter before Sewtopia saved a lot of time when it came to constructing the blocks. I had fun mixing and matching the prints.  Love these colors.  There were odd size lengths for the border neutrals

Sewtopia Orlando--Part Three

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Sewtopia Orlando featured a much smaller number of attendees, due to COVID-19 social distancing rules, but the camaraderie, creativity, and fun level remained high as always.  My sister Kathy, the speed sewer, had two main projects and quickly whipped out the first, for her daughter's fiance.  He's a big and tall guy so she used big squares.   Kathy also made this pretty table runner from part of a panel.  I think this one is destined for Mom. She made at least three projects while I worked on my first! A fellow attendee that I passed by multiple times while going back and forth to a design wall,  was carefully keeping track of placement of small squares with one hand on the pattern as she laid them out in a grid with the other.  I had no idea what she was making but enjoyed the big reveal.  RBG!  That was a great deal of work for two days!  Precutting is sure the way to go.  I definitely benefitted from my efforts to do so on my two projects, though my progress was way slower

Sewtopia Orlando--Part 2

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 Sewtopia Shop Hop in Orlando was a lot of fun.  We had a great bus driver, Ron, who had never had a bunch of quilters before, so he asked a lot of questions, which was very entertaining.  Our first stop was The Sewing Studio in Maitland, Florida, near Tampa.   It was a very large shop with plenty of fabric selections and also notions and sewing machines.  I bought a bunch of fat quarters---after telling my sister I didn't need any more fat quarters!  But they are a scrappy quilt lover's staple.  I concentrated on rebuilding my neutrals stash, which always gets depleted fast.  After shopping I wandered out to the parking lot with a few other folks.  Florida, of course, is very green due to plenty of rain, and the flora quite different from California, except for the many oak trees.  This scene of vines overtaking a large tree and palms popping up everywhere was repeated many other places.   I was attracted to this leaf shape, so unusual.  No idea of the plant species. We soon

Sewtopia Orlando--Part 1

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I'm back from Orlando, Florida, where Sewtopia retreat again was a great event and getaway.  Attendance was cut in half due to social distancing requirements, but the fun and camaraderie was full as always. My sister Kathy and I spent the night at an airport hotel the night before our flight, which included free parking and a shuttle to the LAX airport.  We got to the airport way early and breezed through security, but nearly missed our boarding as we were hanging out in the wrong terminal!  We were running through the airport and were the last on, I think. The flight was very bumpy and this delayed drink/snack service.  There were a lot of folks getting up and moving around even after being told not to by the staff/Captain due to the turbulence.  Our window seatmate slept almost the entire time, unbothered!   On the plane, I worked on stitching down binding on the Copy Cat pillow I made with the Windham Challenge fabric--also not easy due to turbulence! At the hotel, I finished cl

Slow Sunday Stitching--Copy Cat Pillow

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Slow Sunday Stitching --the Copy Cat pillow I am making for Sewtopia's Windham Fabric Challenge is nearing a finish. The fabric line is Five + Ten by Denyse Schmidt.  I got all the machine quilting finished and attached the binding and backing.  I used the recommended quilting design from the Copy Cats book pattern (By Dawn Navarro).  Some stitch in the ditch around the legs and a couple rows of quilting in the border finished that job.  Years ago I used a wool batting for a quilt and could not bear to throw away the cuttoffs.  I'm slicing the leftovers into bits and pulling them into fluffy pieces to use for the decorative balls--that will give the kitties the look of two front paws.  I should have done attaching job before I added the pillow back and binding, but that's a minor issue.  Only two more days to get ready to fly out to Florida!  See more Slow Sunday Stitching on Kathy's Quilts blog.