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Weekly progress report

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 I got the cream border on the completed stars n four patch charm pack quilt top.  Its still not big enough, but I have a plan, it does involve the purchase of more fabric! ;)
I started making more pot holder chooks on the weekend, just for some "therapy", quick/easy piecing that gave quick results.  I ended up making six bodies (sounds gruesome!) and now just have to put them together.  I hope to take some more work in progress pictures this weekend.

 I use my scraps to make the pot holders.  So the scrap box of strings had also made its way out of the cupboard.  It was staring me in the face.  The memories of a beautiful rainbow coloured quilt was floating in my brain by Catherine from The Sewing Attic and I thought..."I'll just make a couple of blocks and see what they look like".  Green seemed to be the most prevalent colour.

I had a lovely trip down memory lane, recollecting all the past projects that the different fabric had been used in.  Then I decided …

Some of the action from February...

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 I belong to the After Dark Quilters and we had an "all day" quilting session in February.  I forgot the camera and roughly worked out (with lots of help) how to use my phone camera, but its taken me this long to work out how to down load the pictures.
 The two photos above are the result of Julie's challenge with her sister, she was finishing these cute Easter mats.  Apologies for the top picture being a bit blurry.  I think that was my first picture.  I also managed to capture some video of Julie showing me these mats...all accidental, never leave me in charge of technology!
 Stacy quilted this cute nine patch...hmm just realised that I had been lusting after a print in this range, thought it might make a good border for the bugs in the bottle quilt!
 Jonnelle showed us her completed I spy quilt top.  Can you see the gorgeous open prairie point flaps, so the child can peek at the picture under them, what a great idea!  Jonnelle collected lots of novelty fabric for …

Charm pack star quilt in progress

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I have been working on the Charm pack star quilt top.  I laid the stars and four patch out in order and then started stitching.  This is what it looked like after three days laid out in the doorway to my sewing room.  The boys know not to step on the quilt, despite the fact their mother put it in a stupid place!  However all the energetic kangaroo/rabbit jumping/hopping around/over the top lead to a certain level of displacement... beggars cannot be choosy...it was a dumb place to lay out!
There were lots of interruptions with small people requiring food, negotiations between small people who required the same toy and other domestic duties.  So far though, so good.  And I was sufficiently focused to remember where I had housed the flannel sheet that makes up my design wall...it had been put away while we had visitors.
Now that I am at the end though I am totally stumped as to what to do for the border.  I have to say that the finished quilt (in the book) is 32" square.  I thought…

East purchases

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 Easter bunny didn't deliver any eggs for me, but I did splurge on this cute charm pack, it definitely doesn't fit in with any plans I have for making new quilts, but that's OK because it was a bargain...so therefore allowed to come home with me!
A lack of chocolate also justified my purchase of this NEW handbag.  A girl cannot have too many handbags can she? ; )
I have a fetish for bags, but find the ones I make myself (as every day use handbags) don't last as the handles or bottoms wear and look ratty.  This bag has a vinyl bottom and a strap made out of seatbelt material, so they should last.  And the cute fabric, covered in clear plastic really caught my eye.  Plus the long strap lets me wear the bag with ease for those times I need both hands for kid wrangling, plus it has great pockets inside AND it sits up by its self.  Last but not least it is big enough to fit my essentials, but not so large I lug around too much, thereby hurting my shoulder/neck/back.  I brou…

Bugs, starts and some gifted treasures

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What I haven't told you is that DH and the kids have been away for a few days, hence I have the house to myself!  Well I did have to work (another thing I hadn't told you) but I had a day and a half ALONE!  I started by sewing the bottom strip on the Bugs in a bottle.  And auditioned a few fabrics for borders...but I didn't like any of them. So then I got out all the pieces of my charm pack star quilt, the one I started in February and haven't touched since.  The idea was to have a pretty, pink quilt, but the red really jumps out, I am wondering if I should take them out?  According to the book the finished size is 32.5" x 32.5", which is way too small for my needs.  But the pattern cleverly requires you to purchase 2 charm packs of which you only use a bit of the second pack.  So I spent some time cutting and stitching until I had enough units to make the quilt larger.  The problem with this pattern is that you sew it in rows, not units so I need to be sure…

Quilts from the Heart - April display

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We had an informal display of the completed quilts before Easter, at my charity group, Quilts from the Heart.  You can see some more quilt photos over HERE. Happy quilting Sue.

The bugs are bottled!

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This is my nearly finished flimsy of the Bugs in a Bottle quilt.  The free pattern came from  Bug Jar Quilt blog
According to the pattern I haven't finished as I need to put a narrow strip of background along the bottom, to finish off that row, which I will do.  I got some really cute fabrics from Jonnelle (top middle ladybugs and bottom 2nd from left purple spiders on checks) who was happy to swap for some of my pre cut 6.5" squares of novelty fabrics for a cot quilt she wants to make.  I had lots of ladybug fabric, but none as cute as hers!
Now I just need to decide on a border, of course I don't have any bug fabric large enough to make a simple border, and I refuse to busy some, now that I have used it up out of my stash!

And there is another reason, as you can see below, I went shopping before Easter, oops!
 Cowboy fabric for a kids quilt, because I have a collection of cowboy fabrics in my novelties that need to be used up!  I thought that this was really cute as w…