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I used these kiddie foam pads for blocking this time.  Covered them with a towel and then put the shawl, which had been soaked for awhile in warm water, on top and pinned the edges.  It blocked beautifully!

Pattern is Over the Willamette by Jenn Wolfe Kaiser.  Available on Ravelry.  It was a great crochet pattern.  Quick, easy and looks fabulous (if I must say so myself!) in the Wolle’s Color Changing Cotton yarn.  I’m really rockin’ my crochet lately.  I think I’m enjoying it so much because if I mess up – it’s fairly easy to pull back and correct it – unlike my knitting.  I find I swear more when knitting.

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Kaye England Pattern called Bordered Nine Patch

Used scraps for all but backing

Straight line and free motion quilting

1 & 1/2″ strips

I believe this one has a home.  I like it.  I’m really liking the scrap quilts I’ve been making lately.  And I love the fact that I made it entirely from scraps.  I think I did a good job on it – both the piecing and the quilting.  But, I don’t need another quilt.  I think I know someone who does though and if there is room in my suitcase, I know just the person who needs to snuggle up under it.

Mystery QAL

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Fabric N Quilts – dreaming in Fabric Mystery QAL!

I love a good mystery quilt-a-long!  And, I think these blocks look fun – although I’m not always that good with triangles.  I need a new project – and using scraps suits me and my Austerity challenge perfectly.  Patterns are printed and I’m off to figure out which scraps to use.

Anyone care to join me?

 

Liberated Hexagon quilt

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I love this quilt!  Is it ok to love your own work so much?  I think so.

The details:

English paper pieced the hexagons – many of them on our trip to Austria and USA a few years back.  Mainly Japanese Taupe fabrics but a few wild cards thrown in for good measure.  Border is crumb pieced from left overs.  Back was hand painted and dyed using inspiration from that Palomino horse I saw at the Milton Show last year (remember?  Mr. W had to take a picture of it?).  Used quilters light batting (VERY lightweight).  Hand quilted it using Presencia 12 threads – the left overs from my New York Beauty quilt.  Followed Bonnie Hunter‘s idea for a freeform Baptist Fan pattern – although I changed it up and made a template with holes in it.  (I would use this technique again.)

Did I mention how much I love it?  It’s a keeper.  I think what I love so much about it (apart from loving the entire process) is that it is a juxtaposition or amalgamation of both traditional and modern quilting styles.  (As a side note, I’m not really into the whole “MODERN” quilt philosophy – I personally think it’s a bit ‘oh look at me’ type of thinking.  I honestly don’t believe there is really anything new and modern about quilting – it’s just reinterpretations of what has been done in the past.  Having said that – I do think it’s a combo of styles and I like that idea.  I might try it again in the future.)

This quilt definitely falls into the ‘slow quilting’ or ‘slow stitching’ category.  Which I’m loving more and more.  Although I enjoy the speed of machine quilting (both piecing and quilting) – I am finding more and more that I love the pleasure of sitting and doing hand stitching.  Hand stitching of any kind really……knitting, crochet, quilting, embroidery.  I’m even thinking to try my hand at hand piecing as I want to make Circle Games by Jen Kingwell.

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That’s about it.  Another UFO completed.  I was looking at my list of 2015 UFOs and it is getting down there.  I think I only have about 10 projects left on it.  I’ve resisted adding many – other than a few baby quilts and gift quilts – so I’m hopeful by the end of the year, I’ll be current.  Then again…..Houston is looming……perhaps all bets are off at this point.

My Prize!

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My prize arrived yesterday from Primitive Quilting and Projects and Aurifil.  Forty-eight (YES!  48!) large spools of wool blend thread in this handy-dandy container.  I can’t wait to give this thread a try.  Color me happy.

 

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