Instagram Doll Quilt Swap

More happy mail! You may remember the quilt I made for an Instagram doll quilt swap. Last week, I received this wonderful little quilt from my swap partner all the way from Spain!

I’m smitten with it! I love the Provençal fabrics and the perfect machine stitching.

Didn’t she do a beautiful job? I’m so lucky!

Have a great day!

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A Lovely Gift!

Diane from O’Quilts sent me these lovely vintage block! I love the secondary star pattern.

Some of it is hand pieced and some is by machine.

I found this tiny tape label on one edge. I can’t quite make out the name.

I think I will hand quilt this and turn it into a doll quilt for my little doll bed. Thanks, Diane!

Have a great day!

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DWM ~ Thistle Quilt

I have the new vase for my thistle quilt done. It is larger than Gwen’s vase, but very similar in shape. I had to make mine bigger because of how I placed my leaves.

I’m much happier with it now. It’s time to figure out where I’m going from here. HST borders are an option.

Gwen just finished hers with a white binding. I could do that, or maybe use this as a binding.

Or maybe a border.

Or maybe a big floral border. Let those flowers know that weeds can take center stage too now and again.

That space in the middle bothers me a bit. I may or may not do anything about it.

Have a great day!

Linking up with Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

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Slow Stitching Sunday ~ Thistle

This little project was on my UFO list for the year. I finished the applique, but it has been sitting ever since. I’ve been asking myself why I don’t like it well enough to finish it. Aside from my shoddy applique skills, I think it is the vase I don’t like.

The fabric was a poor choice. So I started digging through my stash and found this piece. I think I like this better.

As a reminder, this was Gwen Marston’s version.

I’m no Gwen, but I do think I can improve mine. By the end of the day, I hope to have a new vase for this.

Have a great day!

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February/March Goals

Here are the goals I set for myself for February.

1. Quilt 5 QOVs. Done!

2. Make one baby quilt. Not done!

3. Finish hand quilting the vintage top I’ve been working on. Not done!

4. Finish the QOV Mosaic Mystery quilt. Done! Or at least my version is done. Lol!

5. Make my allotment of string blocks for the string along. Done!

What else did I do?

I made my little Tree of Life quilt.

I finished my hand towel project for the Fat Quarter Shop blog hop.

On to March, which I sincerely hope goes out like a lamb.

1. I’m working on another Fat Quarter Shop project that needs to be done this month.

2. Ten string diamonds for the string along.

3. Finish my album block quilt.

4. Start another I Spy quilt for E3s birthday.

5. Again, finish hand quilting the quilt shown above.

Have a great day!

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Finish It Up Friday ~ God Bless America QOV

Well, this doesn’t look anything like I had planned!

But I love how these blocks worked so well with this panel. I think it gives it a layered look.

I think the panto gives a great texture.

And I have blocks left over for another Quilt of Valor.

Have a great day!

Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict , What A Hoot Quilts , Busy Hands Quilts

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Fat Quarter Shop Remix!

The Fat Quarter Shop is having a Remix blog hop today. A Remix is where they take one of their tutorials and mix it up with new fabrics. This kitchen hand towel is the project for today.

I’ve wanted/needed a couple of these for a while now so I jumped at the chance to try out their pattern. You can find the video tutorial here and the downloadable template here. I decided to go with a patriotic theme.

Here is the template.

I traced mine onto freezer paper using the sewing lines instead of the cutting lines. Then I ironed it to the back side of the top fabric.

I sewed next to the freezer paper.

After stitching, I cut mine out.

You’ll want to watch the quick video for all the details.

I learned a lesson about directional fabrics here. Oops!

One towel will make two of these so I went ahead and doubled up.

I didn’t add as many pleats to the towel as suggested in the tutorial and I probably would next time. I would also top stitch closer to the edge. I think it would be fun to make holiday versions of these.

A big thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for the free pattern!

Have a great day!

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