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Celtic Solstice – My LAST BAQ (big ass quilt) to do FMQing on.  I think I’m in purgatory.  It’s like what I would imagine wrestling an alligator would be like.  (yeah, I know….drama queen…..deal with it!).

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Brother’s and Sister’s blocks are finished.  Two small quilts or one BAQ?  BAQ won the contest but I AM NOT GOING TO QUILT IT.  Next up – sashing and borders.

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My Bionic Bag.  ALMOST finished.  36 pdf pages of instructions.  Only had to un-sew once.  Five zippers (and all look fabulous, darling!).  Jury is still out on whether Mary will get one or not.  :)

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My socks!  First sock took 2 & 1/2 months.  Second sock took about 2 & 1/2 weeks.  l’ll make at least one more pair of socks for Mr. W but so far – I don’t have sock knitting addiction.  I’d rather knit a scarf or a shawl.

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Wonky basket – Kantha-style quilting is traveling along well.  I am down to the last border.  I have hopes of finishing the quilting so that I can take it along with me to bind when I go on a little road trip with girlfriends later in the month.  If not – it will be put on hold until next winter as it’s ALMOST too warm to have a quilt on my lap in the evenings.

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This little scarf is called Dangling Conversation.  It was an absolute dream to knit.  I finished it in about 10 days.  It’s made of a beautiful hand-dyed wool that I found in Vienna last year.  I’ll make another of these scarves – next time with beads and using Wolles cotton yarn.

 

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These two babies are finished except for a label.  I think I’ll just write on the back with a sharpie.

The first one was bound using that machine binding technique I’ve shared before.  The second one I did a facing.  Both have sleeves so can be used as a table topper or a wall hanging.  I really like the straight line quilting on both of them.

I hung the 2nd one above the fireplace in our little house (the last picture) to enjoy for awhile.  It’s destined for a friend for her birthday.

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Bateman’s Bay Quilt Show

This is a rather large slide show (about 70 photos).

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Batik circles/swirls

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Mr. W pointed out that it has been awhile since I posted anything to my blog.

Here’s what I’ve been working on this week. I can’t remember where exactly I first had the inspiration to do these two little artsy-fartsy pieces…..I think it was from Brenda Gael Smith/Serendipity Quilting but who knows. As one of my favorite quilt peeps says…..is there REALLY anything new under the sun? Aren’t we all just re-interpreting things that have been made before? (ahhhh…..yes, you are right Mary!)

Anyway…..I’m doing the quilting with my walking foot on JaniJanome. That Craftsy class I took on straight/walking foot quilting has paid off big time. I much prefer doing my quilting with a walking foot rather than free motion quilting. However – they both have their uses.

Quilting is finished but they still need binding and sleeves. I’ll post final pictures once they are 100% completed.

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Random bits and pieces

Rug I finished using 1″ strips.  Crocheted with a very large hook (I’m too lazy to go look at the size right now).  I wasn’t sure I’d like it but it feels good underfoot in the bathroom in front of the sink.

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FINALLY finished this scarf.  I was real sick of it by the time I did the stretchy bind off.  500 meters of fluffy sock-weight yarn.  Not sure who will end up with it but it’s rather cute, especially when wrapped around the neck a couple times.  It’s now time to start on my 2nd sock (I am suffering from SSS – ‘second sock syndrome’.)

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Design process using left over bit and pieces from my Celtic Solstice quilt.  I have 20 star blocks.  Thinking to add 2″ sashing and gold corner stones with scrappy gold setting triangles on the outside.  I don’t think I have any blue or gold for borders, and I don’t want to purchase any fabric for this quilt – so I might bring it back and see what mom has in her stash that would work.

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And for absolutely no reason – I’m putting a picture of our bed here.  I REALLY REALLY REALLY love my New York Beauty quilt and have been using it each afternoon to cover up with while doing yoga nidra or meditation.  It won’t be long until Summer arrives and I won’t have a need for using quilts for a few months.

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