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The Beach Quilt

I finally got another quilt finished and photographed!

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My friend Monica, from West Seattle Fabrics, sponsors our Giveaway Days and sometimes I get a fat quarter bundle as well! Last fall the bundle included fabrics from her Beach Bum shop. I didn’t know what to do with it at first. I’d never made a quilt from a fat quarter bundle before, so what to do?

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Then it hit me! The blue is like water…. The jellyfish are underwater…. So those became the beach and the waves!

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And the bright colors reminded me of the beach umbrellas!

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So put it all together and a beach scene is what you get! But I like the modern feel of the beach scene. I’ve had some friends not see the beach scene and some do! Perfect! It’s graphic and ‘scene-y’ at the same time! I don’t want it to scream BEACH! I want it to be an abstract representation of the beach.

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We don’t have the bright white sand and bright beach umbrellas lining the beaches here in Seattle, but it does remind me of warmer beachy climates like back home!

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The back is nice and bright! I used the rest of my fat quarters on the back and added the stripes and bright teal solids.

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For the quilting I used a nice wavy stitch pattern. My machine doesn’t have this stitch pattern, but my machine is in the shop. Again, my friends at West Seattle Fabrics gave me a loaner while my baby is being repaired. As much as I hate not having mine, it was perfect timing to get to quilt this one with this stitch I wanted to use!

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I struggled with the binding! I really wanted to use my friend Debbie’s matched binding technique, but decided it would be a bit much to attempt for my first time using her fancy binding style! So I decided to pull a color that matched both the ‘umbrellas’ and the jellyfish. And I think it turned out just right!

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I’m debating, publish a pattern of the quilt? Or just enjoy it? I’m going to enjoy it, no doubt! It’s a really simple pattern, so I keep thinking I should share! And as for the fat quarter bundle, well, I used it all! I did have to supplement it for the sand. And for the sand I used an array of creams.

For the fabric patterns, see the post here.

And it’s a finish for my 3rd Quarter Finish Along list! (and maybe my only one!)

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!

Beach House Quilts

I’m not sure what happened to the end of last week! It just kinda flew by… So this weekend’s post wraps up my Southern Adventure series! We made it from the top of the state where I found the Steel Quilt Company, to the middle of the state for the Doo Nanny and Gee’s Bend, to the Gulf and our beach house where I crafted a Bear and his best friend Pear!

The beach house is a wonderful place that my Grandparents bought with friends back in the 50’s. It’s been such a happy place for us for so many years. I grew up going there and now my son is growing up with his summer trips to the beach house!

In the back is the shed where all sorts of things are stored! As we were packing to go (insert frowney, sad face here) my husband starting cleaning the shed a little bit to give us some more room to store things. Unfortunately the shed has become a home for more than our things, but also bugs and rodents and those rodents that look like cute little mice, but are bigger and not cute… I don’t even like to say the word, but I think you know what I’m talkin’ about….. YUCK! Anyway…. As he was cleaning, he found these great quilts!!

They are filthy (remember the big ugly mice….)! But beautiful! But unfortunately, they belong to the other owners… I’m thinking that they probably don’t want them since they have been sitting out in the shed unwanted for the last 30 or so years, but I left them there until I get the final word that they are truly unwanted. Then I’ll get them!!! I can’t wait for the final word to know if I can keep them or not.

You probably have caught on that I typically lean toward the more modern quilts… And I think I’ve mentioned that my husband leans more towards the traditional. Anyway… The thing that I love most about the red and white quilt is the ‘breaking down’ of the pattern. There are two spots where the red pieces are replaced with white and the pattern dissolves. I wonder what the maker of this quilt was doing at those spots. Did she run out of red? Was it intentional? We’ll never know…

What is it about the blue one that catches my eye… It’s a traditional pattern, but the placement of fabric and the lack of symmetry in the color selection is what grabbed my attention with this one!

But once I find out if I can have them, and I’m going with the idea that I’ll find out that I can have them, they will have to be cleaned. I’ve been studying up on exactly how to do this since they are so old and thought I’d share some helpful tid-bits and links about how to clean them.

First- DO NOT DRY CLEAN!!!

vacuum First, if there are no beads. And when you are vacuuming, put a pantyhose over the suction or use a low suction vacuum. Another way to use a screen is to get fiberglass screen from the hardware store and lay it over the quilt before vacuuming.

If you don’t need to wash, don’t. Just airing them out gets a lot of the dust and smell off of them.

Hand wash and dry flat! Preferably wash in something where you can wash the whole quilt, opened and flat. Maybe a kiddie pool… This tutorial shows a quite interesting set up to do this.

I’m pretty amazed at The Colorado Lady’s tutorial on cleaning antique quilts. She does use the washing machine to rinse, but I’d be scared to use it on these old ones. Although she doesn’t show before pictures I can only imagine them before, but based on the after pictures I really want to try her cleaning recipe!

And the website I found most helpful was Hart Cottage Quilts article on cleaning quilts. have you heard of Orvus for cleaning quilts? I have seen it a lot, but wasn’t real sure what it actually is… They explain it in detail!

 

Do you have any cleaning tips for us? Which one is your favorite? the red or white one? This would have been a good 4th of July post with the colors of these quilts! I just realized that! Ha!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my Southern Adventures!  It’s been beautiful here in WA since we’ve been back. I guess it rained a lot in April, but we wouldn’t know since we were in AL! hehehe! We’re home and summer is coming. I look forward to sharing all sorts of new projects soon!

A Mini Quilt with Curves

Also known as a Curated Quilts Mini Challenge Reject!

This is an old one I made for the a Curated Quilts Mini Challenge for the Curves Issue last year. I did have a tutorial and a different quilt in the Gallery of Quilts, but my mini challenge didn’t quite make the cut!

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Also, in keeping with my projects photographed at the beach house, I thought I should get this one posted!

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I had had this idea for a quilt for a little while, so it was a fun chance to try it out. I went full on curves with the circle. Maybe they were looking more for ‘curves’ versus ‘circles’! ha! First I sewed together a piece of the white and pink fabric. Then I cut it into stripes and sew-ed in the green stripes.

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I did not succeed at getting the thin pieces of the pink fabric perfectly straight, but I think it was close enough! Then I used my inset circle tutorial to make the circles.

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I think I have mentioned this before, but I typically don’t piece the backs of my minis. I just used one of my favorite staples, Cotton and Steel Fabrics Dottie.

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My traditional label photo!

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Even though this one didn’t get picked for the magazine, I think it has some potential for a larger quilt design. What do you?

Sunset Dreamin’- April do.Good Stitches Quilt

I’m so excited to show off this one! I’m totally in love with it! And it’s going to Quiltcon!!!

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This one is a bit long overdue… I designed the blocks back in April for the do.Good Stitches Nurture Circle to make. You can see the tutorial here. And honestly, I didn’t know what I was going to do with the blocks when I got them back! I knew I wanted a stripey quilt, but not necessarily a striped quilt…. Does that make sense?

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I was so impressed how well the blocks went together! It’s hard to make each block match up when you’ve got 10 people making blocks. But I couldn’t have asked for better blocks.

But what was I thinking? And why did I photograph this one at the beach?

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Well, did you wear those stripey OP shirts back in the 80’s? Like these? I did… And I had the shorts, too. I remember going to Target as a kid in Houston and being so excited for OP. I can still see the intersection of where Target was. Anyway… The beach was on my mind back in April!

But I got the blocks and was stumped. I really did not know what to do with them! So I thought about it for months. (sorry group! I’m not supposed to take that long to put the quilts together.) Then one day it came to me. Striped angles hitting into each other…

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So that’s what I got! The stripes went together perfectly! Then I added the big blocks of white. And when you cut triangles out of fabric, they can distort a bit… I learned that on another quilt I made. So I had to work that center a bit. But it came together quite nicely!

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And that’s also why I photographed it at the beach. Ideally it would have been a nice summery day with blue skies and surf boards… But alas, I live in Seattle and we don’t get that weather all that often in the winter…

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I did have one block that didn’t quit fit, so it’s on the back and break up the sunset and the water colors.

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And a huge thanks to all the lovely ladies that made this quilt come together! And this is the second Nurture Circle do.Good Stitches quilt to be shown at Quiltcon! Yea! I can’t wait to see it hanging with all the others! I don’t know if I’m going yet or not, but I know someone will snap a pic, if I don’t…

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I’m in love with this one….

And it’s the one and only on my 4th Quarter Finish Along that I actually finished!

 

 

 

Quilts 2015

 

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Glitz Quilt

A Modern Quilt Guild Challenge using Michael Miller Glitz Fabric

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Dad’s Quilt

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Quilted by It’s Just Sewing

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Inside Out Pineapples

Made using the Inside Out Pineapple Block with the help of Nurture Circle of do.Good Stitches

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Sports Quilt

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Beach Quilt

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Charley Harper Inspired Cardinal Mini Quilt

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Wonky Block Quilt

Made using the Wonky Block Tutorial with the help of Nurture Circle of do.Good Stitches

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Top of the Mountain

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Made for the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Paintchip Challenge

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De Plane, De Plane, De Plane

 

Seattle MQG Swap Mini Quilt

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American Made Brand Mini Quilt Challenge

Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Retreat

Superbowl weekend I headed to Vashon Island for the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s first ever retreat!!

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When we first planned the retreat we didn’t realize it was super bowl weekend. Then we figured it out and some knew they would leave early, but it wasn’t a big deal to most. And then it ended up becoming quite the big deal for a lot of us! And the rest of Seattle! Even the ferries were ‘In’!

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After the ferry ride, I made to the retreat and found my ‘roomies’, my friend Debbie of A Quilter’s Table and her fun daughter, Rachel of Snippets of Sweetness! We had a great time getting to know each other even better than before!

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Our buddy Kristen joked us all up with fantastic swag bags! We got candy! Discounts from Quality Sewing and vacuum, Pacific Fabrics, Island Quilter, Town Square Fabric and Yarn and Quilt Sandwich Fabrics. There were also cute notebooks, a key chain, a little scissor and measuring tape combo and fabric from Quilt Sandwich Fabrics and Gossypium Quilt Shop!

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We had two lovely ladies in charge of planning some retreat activites that you could choose to participate in or not. And those lovely ladies were myself (hehehe) and my new friend Vicki of Sew Inspired Blog! One of the activites was a hand sewn project Dirty Santa! Do you play Dirty Santa at Christmas?? This was a lot of fun!! Usually have of the presents are silly, but with this one all the presents were things people had made, os I don’t thin kthere would any way anyone would go home dissapointted. I made the lovely lily pad bowl and plate designed by my friend and sponsor, Michelle of Michelle Made Me.

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I admit, I did a little stealing to get this pouch from another friend Chandra of Mildly Gifted! I was needing a bigger pouch for my little carry around project that I, obviously, carry around with me. It’s outgrowing my current pouch. So I needed a new one and I loved this one! Perfect! I was holding my breath that no one would steal it from me! And it turns out that that the adorable little polaroid bits glow in the dark! Who knew!

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We stayed a wonderful location, Camp Burton on Vashon Island. The ‘dorm’ was right next to our sewing space. And the dining room was just a 3 minute walk away! And all of this overlooked the water. Although, I didn’t pay much attention to the beautiful surroundings since I was sewing SO MUCH!

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We did walk down to the water for a few minutes on Sunday with Debbie, Vicki and Kristen!

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But otherwise, if I wasn’t eating or sleeping, I was sewing, just down the table from Debbie! You can see what I was working on here.

Another project we had for people to participate in was a Round Robin session. Some of our guild had done this at Quiltcon, I think, and then did it again amongst themselves. The one we did at the retreat was in groups of 4 and timed. Before we started we sat and talked about our fabric. We brought our own fabric and let people know if they could and to it or not! We had about 15 minutes to make our own start. Then we passed our started piece and our pile of fabric to the next person. Then we had about 30 minutes before we traded again. We worked on each others for about 30 minutes.

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I took before and after pictures of each of my rounds. The before pictures are the what the piece looked like when it got to me. the alters are after I was done…

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The are the four final pieces from our group.

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And this is all eight of the finished round robin improve session! I want to do a session at home. Anyone want to join me???

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Aren’t we a cute group? We are a fantastically talented group, that’s for sure! (You can see a bit of what we all do here) It was such an amazing weekend. I really felt like I got to know more people, but really got to know them better. I feel like I made so many new friends. I knew most everyone before I left for the retreat, but when I headed home, I was leaving new friends, not just guild acquaintances! And talk about inspiring! I was inspired by so many of these women and on such different levels! I cant’ wait to do it again! Thank you ladies!

Vintage Quilt Looking!

I’d for the title to be shopping, but it’s just looking! As you know, we recently took our yearly trip to my home in Alabama and our family beach house.

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See that screened in porch?? That’s where I LOVE to sew and where I was telling you about in this post.

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But we didn’t start off our visit at the beach. We started in Montgomery visiting my Dad and Stepmom. Where we had our yearly trip to the zoo and Max had his first bowling adventure with the funny shoes!

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There was a day or two when the grandparents had to work, so the kiddo and I went and checked out some flea markets! The kiddo got lots of vintage books and I got to look at some great quilts! That blue hexi one was my favorite! I’m still in love with it and I still want it. I even negotiated the price a little, but they only came down from $175 to $150… It’s totally worth $150, but I didn’t have it to be spending on a quilt top this year! The other quilts were fantastic too. And, Ok, I couldn’t help but through in this AMAZING vintage dress too!

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I didn’t get the hexi quilt, but I did find these hexi flowers that were way more in line with my budget, so I brought those home! And I’m pretty sure they are leftovers from the blue hexi quilt top!

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Also at this place I found these amazing paintings by the Southern Folk Artist Mose T that I love! We don’t have any of his painting in our little folk/outsider art collection and I wanted to add one of these. But like the quilt tops, they were slightly out of my price range for this trip and they didn’t’ come home with me… sad, but true…

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Then the rest of trip looked more like this everyday!

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We did leave the beach one day and headed inland to do some shopping. We were supposed to be going to a fabric shop, but somehow we missed it and they closed before we could get there….. I guess that’s what happens when your the only girl shopping with 2 boys! Instead we found a few more antiquey flea markets and these were some of the quilts we found! These were more my price range, but I wasn’t in love like I am with the blue one up top.

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Then we finished all the trip like this again! Check out that amazing storm cloud! We watched it roll down the beach. We were going to wait it out, but it also brought wind and freaked out the little guy. As we were headed to the car we realized it was a HAIL cloud! Once we made it to the car, packed the car and got in, it was over! I’d never been hailed on at the beach!

I’ll have to keep ya posted on what I do with those vintage hexi flowers I found! Do you have any summer plans?

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Weekend Whims- The Beach!!!

I’m so excited! Every year we leave the Pacific Northwest’s dampness for a time at my late grandparents beach house that I have visited every single year of life! We typically go in May, but due to a few little work issues (like my lack of one and more dependancy on my husband’s) we had to move our trip up this year and we’ll be leaving soon!! Sweet Home Alabama here we come!

I’m always doing some sort of project while we’re there. I finished my first quilt there one year! So this week’s weekend whims is a look into my pinterest pages of projects I want for the beach house!

1. I have been in love with this frame wall by Toby Fairley Interior Design for over a year now!

2. Every year I mean to make a collage of our sea shell finds, like these by Martha Stewart. Maybe this year, we can!

3. As a kid we had an outdoor shower! It must have blown away in a hurricane or something. Who knows! I would love to follow this outdoor shower tutorial by The Handmade Home.

4. I soooo want to add swings just like these to our pier! (repinned via pinterest. I don’t have the link to the original posting. If anyone does, please let me know so that I can add it.)

5. I’ll never forget catching a sea-horse in the crab trap as a kid! We pulled it up and scooped out the crabs and put the trap back in. There’s always seaweed and jellyfish tentacles (yes, I’ve been stung a few times from kneeling in it as I put the trap back in) and that sort left on the pier from the traps. But this time, I just happened to see a little tiny sea-horse, not bigger than an inch long jumping around. Of course, being a kid I scooped it up and kept it. I loved watching it. That is until my grandmother poured it out in the dirty dish water… Again, I found it and kept it, but unfortunately the sea-horse had moved on to cleaner waters, so to speak… A little bit of my childhood fun at the beach. So naturally, I love this seahorse pillow by Matsutake!

6. Love how perfect a recycled chenille blanket is for this sea urchin pillow by Parker Brown Textiles. She also great some great starfish pillows as well!

Check out the other projects I’d love to do at my pinterest page!

And Mom, start looking for some frames for the coral frame wall in the middle room and an old chenille blanket for some pillows… and maybe soem vintage sheets for some quick quilts! wink, wink!

Crafty at the beach!

Well, first off a thank you to my cousin Katherine who let me borrow her sewing machine. If I hadn’t had that I wouldn’t have been able to finish the quilt or do my other projects.

I made my first no iron project! I made a beach bag from an old tablecloth that we’d used for years at the beach house. And I didn’t iron it once during the project. I don’t think I’ve ever not ironed something while sewing! Oh, and yes, I put my Mom to work on this project as well. I had her sew the straps and top stich them while I pulled the strap right side out!

Then I made Baby Maci some blocks out of the extra quilt fabric that didn’t get used in the quilt. I had made a couple of test owls and was going to throw them away when another project came to mind. I can use these with the rest of this fabric for blocks. So that’s what I did. And to keep with the theme of putting other people to work on my projects, Aunt Jenn and Uncle Frank helped stuff the blocks while I sewed them closed!

Finish Along Quarter 4

This finish list of goals for the 4th quarter just might look familiar… It’s pretty much the same as last quarter! Sorry to be boring! I finished my beach quilt, but that’s about it! Part of it was my machine was in the shop all summer. But I’ve got it back and it’s humming along beautifully! Yea!! So here’s my list…. (again)

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Dad’s back is done, it’s been quilted by my friends at West Seattle Fabrics and now it just needs binding! I can do it!

 

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There were two that I was supposed to do this sumer… First up, The Riley Blake Challenge quilt. I totally missed the deadline on this one, but I still want to finish it!

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The second one was a baby minkie rag quilt and other nursery room accessories. I did actually finish it, but haven’t gotten to show it off yet!

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I also have another do Good Stitches Quilt to put together. This one uses my Inside Out Pineapple Block!! I can’t wait to see it all put together! I had to make an extra couple of blocks and as much as I love this pattern, it’s a bit time consuming!

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This is a new one to add to the list! I entered into the Michael Miller Glitz Challenge. I’ve got my fabric, but no clue what to do with it! hmmmm….

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Oh, and there’s the EZ Quilting Challenge triangle quilt challenge…. Also a Quiltcon challenge like the Michael Miller one. Again, I’ve gotten the ruler, but no clue what to do with it.

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OK, I am also working on two Block of the Month quilts that I’m hoping to finish this year…. The Technicolor Galaxy Quilt and the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Block of the Month quilts!

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I’d love to get these two done too! But same as last quarter, no promises on these!

OK, I think that’s enough! I need to get to work!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side