Turns out that, This bundle + This pattern = Perfect Match.

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Remember how I blogged about this gorgeous bundle of fabric in blues and golds that recently landed in my stashed? I had the Mexico Quilt pattern in mind for this awesomeness but didn’t think I would be able to pull it off.  The pattern, as envisioned by the designer, has you use one print for an entire column of blocks.  However, I am known to color outside the lines 😉

I decided to go the scrappy route and use different prints for each block.
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Well… when I read the cutting directions for the blocks, I thought I was seeing things.  The pieces you cut initially are HUGE!  To try things out, I decided that I would make only one block to begin with and see how it works out.
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Oh.  My.  Stars.

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What a gorgeous block, I absolutely love it!!!  This oversized block will be joined by a few more shortly and before you know it, I’ll have a whole quilt top done.

Money shot, ahh, I love it so!

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While I’ve been sort of AWOL with family visiting and volunteering responsibilities and the crazy schedules of spring term, I haven’t stopped adding to stash!

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This lovely geometric bundle hopped into my shopping bag and now it’s slated to become something new.  The prints are bold, modern and I adore the clean lines.  Totally up my alley!

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These are from Joel Dewberry’s line Wander for Free Spirit. I love the golds and the blues paired with the cool greys. This line also has raspberry reds and teals, but I stuck to this palette with a certain 17-year-old in mind!  After I made a quilt for his sister, I think my firstborn needs one too.  He loves anything that is Aztec inspired, so this fabric pull is meant to be 🙂

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I’ve finished piecing my Modern Arithmetic (WIP pics coming soon) and cleared up my work space.  So it’s only right that my clean table be cluttered up again with some sunshiny chaos!

So… which pattern to pick?  Why is this always the hardest part!!

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For a while, I’ve had my eye on a gorgeous quilt by Jolene of Blue Elephant Stitches.  She wrote a quilt pattern called the Mexico Quilt. I’m thinking this will be my plan for this bundle… well, sort of.  Instead of columns of single prints, I’m going “semi” scrappy.  I think.  Maybe.

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I’d better begin cutting this up, before I change my mind!

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Actually typing up a blog post as opposed to formulating a post in my head is always a good thing!  And, there’s no time like the present to hit publish, right?

I’ve got a few small finishes that I haven’t yet shared on the blog so here’s my #LaterPost about these.

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Two of these FOs were made as Christmas presents so they have long since been gifted to the recipients and were received with delight!

First up is this table runner made using mini squares from the Wintergreen line by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics. Granny squares against a creamy background was my plan for this runner.  My go to quilting design – the “wiggle” and a green binding finished this gift.

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I love the texture of the wiggle 🙂

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I also had a bunch of leftover 4 patches from a previous project in this fun Christmas print called In From The Cold by Kate Spain.  Half the work was already done, I just sewed the 4 patches all together with a bright red border all around.  You can’t tell from the pictures but the red fabric has stick figure snowmen <3

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I quilted this one with concentric curves – so fun!

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Then, I added a simple envelope backing and bound it with the same bright red.  Stuffed a pillow inside and another Christmas present was ready to be wrapped and gifted.

I also finished my second Binding Kit, this time in Bonnie & Camille prints (those sail boats, though!!)

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It turned out just as cute as my first binding kit.

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I’m thinking that this will become a great little notions pouch for my knitting supplies :: stitch markers, measuring tape etc.

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Three little finishes and one large WIP… my Arithmetic Quilt 🙂

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I see signs of spring everywhere with green shoots pushing up out of the ground.  Snowdrops bowing their sweet little heads and crocuses and daffodils and all sorts of other prettiness too!  I hope you’re having a lovely February 🙂

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Cotton + Steel.  I have all the heart eyes for their stuff!

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The colors are vibrant and the prints are interesting and modern. There is always bound to be an special twist in their lines and I love discovering these little surprises.

Square Stack 1I bought a stack of C+S prints from Spool of Thread in Vancouver and I wanted to make a quilt that was interesting but didn’t involve a lot of cutting and piecing, especially on the bias.  Jeni Baker’s, Arithmetic pattern was just what I was looking for.

I measured, cut and had myself a nice-sized pile of squares.  I have to admit that I had to add a few complementary prints from some non C+S lines.  This is what happens when I make a purchase with no pattern in mind.

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I laid out the squares into the plus pattern with our resident ‘quality inspector’ close at hand 🙂  After a bit of arranging and re-arranging, I got things to where I was happy and stacked them into rows.

She insisted on getting this laid out juuuust right💗➕➕😀 #quiltelf #celebratehandmade #cottonandsteel #incolororder #plusquilt #makeallthethings #quilt

This week, I was ready to get back to this project and so I began chain piecing the rows.  I really enjoy this part of the process because bit by bit the various pieces are coming together.

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The simple yet brilliant design is so satisfying. There are so many gorgeous versions of modern plus quilts and variations out there and I haven’t come across a single one that I don’t like.

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I know that I am going to love this quilt once it is done.  In the meantime, I will enjoy every minute of the process.

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A pair of Rainbow socks were one of the handmade gifts I made this Christmas.  A while ago, I bought a few skeins of Knit Picks Felici in all their cheery gorgeousness and instantly knew that my daughter would love a pair in the Rainbow colorway.

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She’s one of those souls who keeps up a constant stream of chatter, always flitting about on her toes doing twirls and giggling incessantly about everything.  She even giggles in her sleep and I definitely think she dreams about rainbows and unicorns!  My sweet little, happy girl♥

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These rainbow socks were such a fun project!

As we all know, it seems like kids outgrow their clothes before the end of the school day!  Socks are no exception. Knitwear designer, Jane Richmond, has a daughter who is about the same age as mine and she wrote a pattern called, Tube Socks for Kids.  With this pattern, you can rest assured that the little person won’t outgrow their socks in 33 seconds flat!

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Early December found me curled up in bed with the worst case of the flu I’ve had in years!  I needed a pick-me-up and cast on for Rainbow Stripes while sipping hot tea.  By the time I had kicked the bug, I had cast off the first sock and begun the second!

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These were ready and tucked into my daughter’s stocking for Christmas Eve.

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When she found them, the squeals of delight and twirling on rainbow toes and tight hugs that followed just made knitting these socks so worthwhile!

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They have held up really well with being worn and washed many times already and she hasn’t outgrown them, yet 😉

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Rainbow Stripes (Ravelry notes)
Pattern: Tube Socks for Kids by Jane Richmond
Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in “Rainbow”
Needles: Size US 2 / 2.75 mm

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Savoring the still and quiet after the humdrum of the holidays.  The magical winter scene outdoors is really conducive to my reflective mood.

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I looked back at my first post of 2015 curious to see if I had made any resolutions.  (Shows how much I paid attention to my list after putting it out there, eye roll!)  I didn’t make a typical list but I said that I wanted to be “focussed, intentional and organized”.  I think I did alright with those goals for the most part.  I feel though, like 2015 passed by in a blur and many of my friends and family feel the same way too.

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Change is needed, especially during this present time of instant everything.  I’ve realized that, there is no need to do all of the things, all of the time!  Time to press pause and be content in the moment.

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Today, I’m not making a list.  Instead, I am taking some time to look toward all that is ahead.  I’m being purposeful with this exercise so that all the little mundane details that actually make the whole don’t get forgotten and waylaid in the cracks.

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A cup of tea and the beginnings of a stripey sock are my companions for this day of quiet contentment.

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How was your year?  Do you have any goals for the year we have just begun?  Do you want to pick up the pace and spread your wings or do you want to embrace slow living?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  

I hope you have the chance to savor a still moment or two!

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While I’ve been MIA on this blog, I’ve been buzzing about like a bee on steroids in real life! I’m sure things have been the same for you and you are nodding your head in agreement!

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As I pause and take a breath before closing out this tremendous year that we’re wrapping up, I’m amazed and so grateful for all the friendships and camaraderie the blogging community has brought me.  For this, I am truly blessed.

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In 2015, I went with guns blazing with new crafty pursuits and I had so much fun creating and making things that are meaningful and bring delight to my family, friends and wider community (with a bit of selfish craftiness thrown in, of course!)

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One of the highlights of this year was being a part of the #iheartbandcsamplerbee on Instagram.  I promise to do an actual blog post on that wonderful experience in the near future.  Another first for me this year was a full-sized quilt (pictured above).  I loved every bit of putting it together and seeing it being enjoyed and loved by my daughter everyday, makes it extra special.

I think my knitting mojo got lost somewhere along the way but the flame is nowhere near extinguished… I’ve got lots of pretty yarn in my stash just waiting to be made into something new.

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I’m looking forward to all that the new year brings with much anticipation and excitement in my crafty journey and in life too.  Turning the page to the fresh-and-new can’t be beat!

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Happy New Year, friends!  Talk soon xoxo

Revisiting a craft project over and over means that the aspects of design and creation of that project really appealed to the crafter.

Goody Two 1Of course, fellow creative types will know how strong the draw is to start something new. Fondly called Startitis 😉 With the power of social media, new patterns and craft materials are being showcased every day. The magnetic force towards “ooh shiny” is sometimes irresistible (who am I kidding, this happens far too often!) Goody Two 2

But what about those projects that you had so much fun making, the ones that you want to keep making over and over again? I’ve got a couple of those potato chipy patterns!  (Hexies anyone!!)

Goody Two 3The Goody Goody Binding Kit is one of those.  My first one was very close to what the pattern suggested. Now, I’m making a second one and I’ve tweaked a few things with the overall construction. I’m still rocking the Elmer’s Glue tip, though, lol!! Goody Two 4

No, I don’t need another binding kit.  But oh yes, I had so much fun making the first one that another one just had to be made!! This project checks a lot of boxes on my crafty-fun-list 😀

Goody Two 5All the bits and pieces are now sewn together. Goody Two 6

Next, a quick bit of hand stitching before this project is done.

Goody Two 7I’ve been getting some knitting done too, in honor of Socktober. As Kid President says, “Do something awesome!” Socktober

Small projects like these are a great source of instant gratification because up next… see this stack here

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Yup, another quilt cut out and ready to be pieced!  Unlike the last one, this time I’m following a pattern 😉

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When I was little I remember my grandma spending hours sewing at her sewing machine. Always humming as she sewed. She had the sweetest singing voice. Every once in a while she would ask me to “help” sort through her scraps by size and that was the thrilling task I was waiting for.  She would cut those scraps into squares or rectangles, sometimes pausing and chuckling.  She would tell me how this piece was from a dress she had sewn for one of us grandkids, or how some other piece was part of a vintage pillowcase she had saved because it was too pretty to throw away.  I was fascinated.

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Before I knew it, she would have an adorable quilt top ready to be finished and gifted to a new baby. When my son was born, she wrapped him in a bright, soft quilt she had specially made for him. I knew that there was so much love and so many memories wrapped in that little blanket.  By the time my daughter was born, we had relocated and my grandma was too frail to sit for long periods at the sewing machine. She busied herself instead with handwork.  She sent me the cutest little linen dress that she had hand sewn for my newborn with little rosettes embroidered at the neck.  She was an incredible woman, my grandma!  I wanted to be just a little like her 🙂

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I bought a couple of charm packs when Bonnie and Camille released their Scrumptious fabric line for Moda. I knew I wanted to make a quilt with it.  Since this was going to be my first actual quilt (you know, something larger than 24 inches square!!) I wanted something super simple and easy!  So, what did I do?  I sliced into those charm packs fearlessly with no pattern in mind 😀  Yeah, living on the wild side at all that!!

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Fortunately, it all worked out

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I pieced each block trying to keep within the same color family.  I used Kona White for the background and boom, I had a quilt top done!

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I used a vintage sheet for the backing and it is Oh. So. Soft.

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The quilting is as “free motion” as I dared to do, a.k.a squiggly lines using my walking foot.  I really want to learn free motion quilting soon but it looks so complicated.  Any tips for where a newbie could begin?

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I wanted a stripey binding and when I found this bias candy stripe, my heart just sang!!

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Way before it was done, my daughter called dibs on this quilt. It’s the perfect size for her bed even though I didn’t measure or plan anything.  Accidental win, yay!  I basically just sewed blocks until I ran out of charm squares!

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This quilt has been finished ages ago, the picture taking was what slowed me down.

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#husbandsholdingquilts… yup, that’s really a thing!!

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I’m going to wash this quilt this weekend since the white is beginning to take on a dullish grey with all the love!! Crinkle city… so excited!

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Throughout the making of this quilt, I thought of my grandma so much. I thoroughly enjoyed the process, although, nothing compares to the joy I felt when my daughter wrapped herself in it and said, “Thank you Mama, thank you!!”

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As a fellow maker, I now know why my grandma loved doing what she did ♡

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When I saw the Goody Goody Binding Kit by Vanessa Goertzen making the rounds on Instagram, I knew I wanted to make one.  I also knew that this kit would have many uses other than solely for binding quilty projects.

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I finished all the sewing before we went away on summer vacation and then attached the binding by hand while enjoying the lull of beachside waves.  There is no other sound more calming than that!!

I’m delighted with this finish!  It’s definitely a make-another-and-another type pattern!

There are so many details that are well explained by Vanessa in the making of this bag. She has a video over here that shows how she uses Elmer’s glue to attach the zipper before sewing it down!  Um, yes please!

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The original pattern calls for making a strawberry shape as a scissor keep.  I changed that and made a square using scraps.

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I loved being able to use so many different happy prints in one project 🙂

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I’ve got this kit “loaded” with my binding essentials and I’m waiting to put it to use with my next project.

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I can see my daughter using this bag to cart around her markers and pencils for art on the go.

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It’s also perfect for notions and extra circular needles for knitting projects.  No more fishing for those at the bottom of my knitting bag.  Now that the weather has finally cooled down, I’m thinking about getting my knitting out 😉

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And how amazing would this be to house my English Paper Piecing supplies!

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I’ve got a second bag cut and ready to put together.  That’s how delightful and fun this project was!

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