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I caught it

The fabric bug that is going around. Not that there isn’t always a fabric bug going around. Let’s call this the “stitchy solids.” It’s definitely an itch than needs scratching. Did you see Jan’s post? I have to go back and digest all of its goodness — it’s jam-packed with viral goodness. Achoo!

I also made a pact with Janet to do something stitchy this week (you did see her little purse tutorial, right? I was taking a gander at zippers today, but remembered that I seem to have a bucket o’ zippers from a rummage sale I can use).

So to scratch the stitchy solids itch, I did some digging in the shot cottons. And the shot cottons got a new storage bin this week (hmm, I have a feeling there are more of shot cottons Down There, but I am nursing a knuckle injury as a result of my search so I won’t be digging around for more for a little while):

See, now I know where they are:

It pains me to cut into some of these, so I took a two inch strip off of everyone:

Just a tiny thing. I still have half a strip and lots of rectangles, so I think I will make a couple of small quilt cousins to I can play around with the colors some more.

I’ll do contrast stitching in each rectangle and then let the stitching trail off into the sash and border. I am stitching with some thread candies:

Oh my! I love these little things (Presencia perle 12):

Here’s my favorite color — of course, my photo doesn’t do it justice. It is darker and practically a fluorescent red orange:

I need a vat of it. It looks spectacular with grey!

How timely that this book showed up. Solids! Hand quilting! Huzzah! I’ll be enjoying this treat later:

Leave us not discuss the fact that the show of these quilts was in San Francisco when we were visiting in February. Shhhh! I said, we’re not going to mention it! Did I mention that Alcatraz was beautiful?

So, a little bit of stitchy-ness while waiting for the child or in the evening in front of the TV. But, during the day today, what did I do?

It seems I mis-read the count for the number of tiny baskets I needed to make. The pattern directions are very thorough, but one has to pay attention. I made 21 blocks but need 44. I have six more to go.

EDITED TO ADD: Wheeee, Nanette has her quilt top done! Go see!

And then maybe I’ll stitch for a while.

Before I leave you, the latest Dollies Online pattern is out for month three:

It’s called Details, Details. Sometime I think I’ll make several blocks of this to make a larger quilt. It’s also a fun little quilt for color and value play. It will be available shortly as a single pattern or is available now as part of the Dollies Online 12-month membership. Cheers, thanks for taking a gander at the new quilt!

I hope it is sunshine-y where you are!

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That about sums it up

Good heavens. The week is coming to an end in the what-just-happened-here way. It’s all a blur. Good thing there is some fabricated evidence for the record.

I do know there was a whole lot of this:

I’m at the point in the cold that I can laugh about it. ha ha Well, let’s just say I can find the idiosyncracies of each individual cold funny. This one started in my right eye and pretty much focused itself on the right side of my head. ha ha

Nevertheless, there was work to be done:

In a more cogent moment:

You might not be able to tell but our printer is out of every color of ink but black, so it wasn’t helping me keep things straight.

Yesterday there was a little bit of this:

Today there is a pile like this:

I believe there was also another puppy-related quilt top and a lot of binding.

But, did you see it up there? Along with our frigid temperatures, we also have glorious sun. Ahhhh. If only I could feel it warming me somewhere… Well, I guess if it was also grey out, the tips of my fingers would be even colder. Enough said. I’ll take what I can get.

Off to press that last pile.

Hope your week was productive and virus-free!

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I thought I was done and then I changed my mind

Do your ideas ever slow you down? Just this one quick addition, just this one quick fix and I’ll be done. Days later when troubles have been shot (troubleshooted?) and type has been mirrored and you’re still not done? I’m not naming names but…

I guess this is just part and parcel of the flexible design process. It doesn’t look that complicated… Oh well, not quite done yet because I have some additional ideas after those letters get stitched down. Check back with me next month. Kidding!

Whilst keeping nose to grindstone on several projects, some additional inspiration arrived in the mail. Keiko Goke’s new book:

Makes me want to put colorful stitches EVERYWHERE!

Really great stuff!

And a little bit of pretty vintage fabric came in the mail:

OMG! It’s the cutest fabric! I don’t directly blame Miss Stephanie, but I clicked over here which led me over here where there were many lovely treasures to be considered. And Kim provides truly outstanding service! She even popped in a little something extra:

Lovely!

Before I go, and don’t yell at me for making you spend money, it’s purely for informational purposes… Did you know that you can now get home dec weight Rowan fabrics? Did you further know that you can get pink AUGUST ROSE home dec fabric? So, there you go.

Back to the stitchery with me. Those letters aren’t going to stitch themselves!

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From my cold, sticky hands…

Did you have a great Christmas? Are you ready for 2010???

Someone, please take my Mod Podge away for a minute.

I selfishly kept one of the Moleskine three-pack notebooks for myself. The other two were “personalized” for hubby for Christmas. And then I got out my selvage collection. And my Mod Podge.

I sewed the selvages first and then applied Mod Podge and trimmed up the edges when the Mod Podge was dry.

I left some extra fabric on the selvage at the spine so I could just wrap it around before sewing the next selvage (I also did this on the very last selvage and folded the fabric to the inside):

All Kaffe fabrics, no repeats (I did allow same print, different colorway).

I tried to use the selvages with the most information closest together. Some were spread out too far; some didn’t have the color dots. It was very informative. Well, and fun.

The selvage notebook was a little diversion. I’ve been appliqueing and such. A trained monkey could have learned to buttonhole stitch in the time it took me to re-acquaint myself with it.

Lacy edge effect. I meant to do that.

Happy New Year’s Eve eve!

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One for the road

Last day of school! Eeek! One week before Christmas! EEEEK! Deep breath. I should be wrapping someone’s presents while someone is still at school today. Of course, I’m not. Instead I worked on readying something for the upcoming time when I can’t get to the sewing machine. A little something to work on on the road:

Hmmm, what is this little dolly sized quilt for anyway? Too much red? Too much pink? Oh well, it is very festive. I’ve already learned some things while getting this ready.

To wit, having too much coffee can keep one from cutting little curves accurately. I will also predict that any amount of wine (or perhaps one of these) will prohibit one from stitching little curves accurately. Hmm, a bumpy car ride might not help either… Maybe best to get those little bumpies stitched down BEFORE hitting the road.

Here is a little something from the horn-tooting department. Have you seen the Jan/Feb 2010 Quiltmaker?

Did you see Edyta Sitar’s Michigan Crossroads quilt?

I quilted that quilt. There, I’ve tooted my own horn.

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The twins

It’s been a productive week! I really find that the best thing I can do for myself is to remind myself to just keep moving. It’s easy to get bogged down when there is a lot to do, but if I just keep moving on SOMETHING on the to do list, more actually gets done! You can see that these bold, italicized reminders are for me.

I have a set of twins to show you:

Month 1 — Hurry Home — for Dollies Online!

One for Sarah, one for me. That’s part of the Dollies Online program for us — we each make two quilts when it’s our month — one to keep and one to send. Like many of us, I don’t usually enjoy making the same thing twice, but it was fun to re-visit the fabrics and see the differences one fabric cut makes. Can you see the round of green and blue buttons? The button strip on the left got all the small hole-less buttons; the one on the right got the big buttons with holes. The different cuts of the Bones and the English Roses fabrics were fun to uncover as well. See, easily amused over here.

You can still sign up for Dollies Online patterns. You might want to ask Santa to put a subscription under the tree for you! I’ve put a reminder of program details below.

With that, one of these quilts is going to get popped in to the mail. Hopefully it will not get swept away in the flurry of holiday mailing!

Have a lovely weekend! I’m off to keep moving…

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Dollies Online! You do love a good dolly quilt, don’t you? Well, we have a program of 12 months of dolly quilt patterns for you beginning in January 2010 — six patterns from Sarah, six patterns from me! Dolly quilts are a great way to try new methods in a small project, so we’ll be exploring a variety of techniques. We will be sure to share our tips for success in every quilt.

The program will run through the Sew n Sell site. You can sign up for all 12 months at once at a savings of $5 AUS per pattern. With the 12-month sign-up, you will also receive a free pattern for the adorable Dollies Online logo quilt. You can also purchase the patterns individually on a monthly basis for $15 AUS each.

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It’s a problem

I can’t seem to put down the Rouenneries fabric. Which, I believe, just goes to show that my fabric tastes are indeed all over the place. I don’t even think there is a single print that is my favorite single print. I love them all. And I love them all together. Their ability to scrap it up all together. Their warmth all together. I have three Rouenneries projects in the works. Overkill? Will I be well and done with it when the projects are done? We shall see.

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Inspired by Katy with technical direction by Marit (although we are doing a difference size and are using a faux paper piecing technique so as not to waste precious Rouenneries backgrounds). Still deciding how many blocks of this I’m going to do. My, my, they do take a while to make. The optimist’s goal is 12 blocks. In this century.

A second small quilt is underway with a third only in the planning stages:

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Dolly dresses in Rouenneries, of course — the beginnings of the Dollies Online logo quilt. I have a feeling these will be some well dressed dollies because I can’t see leaving them just ONE dress each, can you? That would be cruel.

Back to spider webs before the school bus comes roaring to a stop.

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Dollies Online

Wow, you all are somewhat geeked about the Love fabric, huh?! Thanks for your comment entries and your blog posts about the giveaway! Keep those cards and letters coming!

I’ve got something else I hope you’ll be geeked about. Sarah and I have embarked on a little adventure:

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Dollies Online! You do love a good dolly quilt, don’t you? Well, we have a program of 12 months of dolly quilt patterns for you beginning in January 2010 — six patterns from Sarah, six patterns from me! Dolly quilts are a great way to try new methods in a small project, so we’ll be exploring a variety of techniques. We will be sure to share our tips for success in every quilt.

The program will run through the Sew n Sell site. You can sign up for all 12 months at once at a savings of $5 AUS per pattern. With the 12-month sign-up, you will also receive a free pattern for the adorable Dollies Online logo quilt. You can also purchase the patterns individually on a monthly basis for $15 AUS each.

The January pattern is called Hurry Home:

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Sarah offers her lovely linen stars quilt pattern for February:

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Frankly, I can’t wait for that one — isn’t it happy?

The rest of the quilts will remain under wraps so that you can get a happy surprise in your email-box each month.

In honor of the Dollies Online launch, I would like to offer a toast to dolly quilt lovers everywhere:

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Cheers and we hope that you’ll join us in some dolly quilt fun!

I know that’s a funny looking dog, but who can resist that orange and pink polka dot background?!

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