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31  Re: FOC Second Chance Wishlist Swap 2015 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: February 05, 2015 08:39:54 PM
I received from IdlersDesign today! All the way from Europe, yahoo!

First up, she sent a cool envelope, some fun crochet motifs to add to my collection, a super cute journal, and some adorable wooden buttons!

And! This beautiful cowl and matching boot warmers! I am so excited to wear these and they are such a great neutral color! Thank you so much IdlersDesign, I love everything!!

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32  Re: 15 Quilt Projects in 2015 in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: January 29, 2015 10:42:26 PM
@cursive_queen, nice! I have a friend trying to get me to do the C+S but I have too many other commitments I think. I bought one print from Rashida's Mochi line yesterday...and then 2 more today online!

Actually, this is what I bought! It looks like a lot but most is 1/3 yard cuts so the damage to my checking account wasn't too bad. My local store was out of the feather print from Petal and Plume (below in navyETA: not seeing it in the pic, now freaking out wondering if I lost it or didn't buy it?) in the aqua color I was also after, so that's why I had to do an online order today. I'm not doing the rainbow or the solids from the original. These will be the start of my fabrics for my Skill Builder BOM. And I still have yet to go through my stash and pull fabrics to go with it.


Also I got this quilt for my aunt back from the longarmer yesterday. Yesterday I cut the scallops into the border, and today I made the bias binding and attached it to the front. The binding is navy with super tiny white dots, and it sets off the border fabric really well! (I'm not super happy with how the whole thing looks pre-binding below). I've started sewing it down...I don't normally hand stitch binding so will be curious to see how long this takes! This isn't really my style but my aunt had a vision for what she wanted Smiley

It's the first time I've paid to have a quilt long armed! Well, technically my aunt paid, but I normally  quilt it myself. I've rented time on a quilting frame mounted with a domestic machine once, and a friend often long arms my charity quilts for free, so this was something different and fun!
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33  My Boxcar Tote~Aqua/Coral/Navy/Red in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by MareMare on: January 28, 2015 03:45:13 PM
A couple weeks ago I won a sewing class to local shop Modern Domestic. The class was for the Boxcar Tote by Alexia Abegg. I haven't made a ton of bags in the last couple years so I was super stoked! After spending way too long picking out fabric from my stash, I narrowed it down to about 8 fabrics. I only needed 6, so I did some creative swapping with the pattern pieces.

I'm really happy with how it turned out and will definitely make it again! I added a long strap, I like a shoulder strap and the pattern only calls for the small handles. The only thing I don't like is that I used the right kind of interfacing for most of the bag, but a slightly lighter interfacing on the large lining pieces, so the whole thing is just a touch saggier than I like. Lesson learned!

I added a magnetic snap to one of the outer pockets, and divided the other outer pocket into two. (all of the things I changed here were suggested by the teacher! I likes these changes and would do them next time as well)

Inside the bag I divided the inner pocket off-center so the smaller section would easily hold my phone.

For the fabrics I used Cotton + Steel, Kate and Birdie, RK Essex Linen in Steel, the alphabet print is Baby Jane, the scissors print is Half Moon Modern, and the main print is from the Handmade line by Macrina Busato. The blue binding is Squared Elements and I have no idea what the tiny aqua dot binding is. Maybe from Joann.

I used another print from the Handmade line a while back on a project for kittykill! It's such a cute line, I wish it had received more attention.
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34  Heart and Dump Truck Quilted Pillows in Quilting: Completed Projects by MareMare on: January 28, 2015 03:27:37 PM
Every Christmas I help my nephews make something for their mamas. This year I decided we'd do pillows. My younger nephews' mom and grandma both drive dump trucks, so when I got this awesome Busy City paper piecing pattern I knew that would be great! The boys picked out the colors and fabrics and I think they did a great job! The 6.5 year old picked out the pinks for his mom (she does love pink!) and the 9 year old picked some cute ones for his grandma.

For my oldest nephew's mom I decided on a simple heart pattern that I just quickly sketched out. Again, he picked out all the fabrics. After I pieced and quilted each pillow, the boys got to use the sewing machine! I did a simple flap style backing with some cute winter themed fabric, used my new-to-me embroidery machine to create a label right on the back, and let the boys stitch them up! I had fun playing with some of the decorative stitches on the new machine as well, very fun for quilting!

Before stitching into pillow top

Proud boy and happy mama!

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35  Re: 15 Quilt Projects in 2015 in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: January 20, 2015 11:18:00 AM
So my job with my guild this year is Workshop and Retreat Coordinator with my good friend (klum78, who I met through Craftster!). We just had our first workshop Friday and it was so fun. It was an Improv "Color Party" workshop with Jessica Darling and the premise is that you pick a focus fabric (Party Host) and then work on choosing other fabrics (Social Networker, etc) to tie it all together. Everyone brought scraps and we shared them to make our quilt blocks. This is what I got done in the 7 hour class!

My Party Host

Started out making a bunch of 1/4 circles, and then decided I needed a Wonky Star

Started working on a bunch of HSTs to make a zigzag to go down the length of the quilt, a smaller version of the wonky star with a fussy cut bird (I named him Roy) from a Laura Gun scrap I found on the table, and some Hourglass blocks that I will set on point to mimic the lines in the circle block.

We took pics of everyone's progress at the end of the day, this is what I had, plus another 8 or so quarter circles and 30 HSTs that still needed pressing and trimming.

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36  Re: 15 Quilt Projects in 2015 in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: January 14, 2015 12:33:18 PM
I think your FMQ looks great! That's something I have a goal of working on this year, and just quilted my whole 68 inch medallion quilt with free motion! I've always been really intimidated by it, but am finally just jumping in (thanks to a lot of encouragement from my friend Christina's book and blog)

Does anyone work on monthly projects in addition to everything else on your list? I realize I do a lot more piecing than I post in this thread and thought I should start posting more pics. I know ww does Project Quilting. I've been in a do.Good stitches group for a few years so send two blocks a month out and twice a year I'm making quilts with blocks I receive...those quilts usually show up here but not necessarily the monthly blocks.

Other projects I'm working on this year: Skill Building BOM from Pile O' Fabric (new lesson each month), Challenge Accepted Bee via IG (advanced piecing as well as foundation paper piecing with a basic bee setup up sending to someone each month and receiving one month, running for a year) and we're doing monthly mini quilts this year at guild (in 2013 we did a Block of the Month program, 2014 we did the Medallion that my fellow officers and I designed and released a new border each month).

Pics from my do.Good group for Jan

and Dec
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37  Star Trek TNG for the BF in Needlework: Completed Projects by MareMare on: January 10, 2015 12:06:24 PM
So I was making this cross stitch for my boyfriend's birthday...in August. Even though I finished the cross stitch in time for his birthday, it took me until Christmas to finish the back and get it in the hoop frame. I actually found this oval frame in my stash and it was the perfect size! I think I had picked it up at the second hand store. This pattern is from Wee Little Stitches.

I really hope they make another one for the original Star Trek series!
Edit: I sent a message to the designer asking if she was planning an original Star Trek and she already had one! It's in her Craftsy shop but not her Etsy shop, where I was looking. Yay!

He likes it and it is decorating his cubicle at work.

edit: here's a close-up Matt sent

And some in progress pics:

Worked on it at the park a lot!

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38  Re: 15 Quilt Projects in 2015 in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: January 06, 2015 03:30:14 PM
Wow you are on a roll! Awesome! I finished some things at my guild Sew Day on the 1st but haven't gotten back into my sewing room since then. Tomorrow my goal is to get this basted~

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39  15 Quilt Projects in 2015 [Closed] in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: January 02, 2015 11:11:37 PM
Welcome to the 2015 Quilt Along! Please join on in as we work on various quilting projects this year. The point of this Quilt Along is to motivate ourselves and others to work on their projects and provide a space to discuss projects during and after their completion.

To join our Quilt Along, please post a list of the 15 quilt projects you will be working on this year. It's ok if you have more or less than 15, but we're shooting for 15(ish). Feel free to join any time throughout the year! Projects may be large or small, full sized quilts, baby quilts, quilted mug rugs, wall hangings, whatever you are working on this year!

I'll keep track with links in the second post of people's lists. When you post a project on Craftster from your list, strike it out and be sure to share a pic with us of the finished project, or post a link to where you posted it on Craftster!

2011 QuiltAlong Thread
2012 QuiltAlong Thread
2013 QuiltAlong Thread
2014 QuiltAlong Thread

Quilt above by waggonswest in the 2014 QuiltAlong
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40  Re: 14 Quilt Projects in 2014 Quilt Along! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: November 27, 2014 12:32:07 PM
I'm taking a break on my Fair Isle quilt to get some items with more pressing deadlines finished, but I have a reindeer done! 3 more to do, and I am thinking of giving one of them a red nose Cheesy

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