That Magic Number…

apparently is 100.  I just finished up a 100 Day project, and am now into another one.  The simple action of doing something 100 days in a row, something creative.  I had seen this before, but this year I saw an idea that was doable for me.  Katie Blakesley of Swim,Bike, Quilt! had posted about making half square triangles, using a large pack of 101 Kona solids paired with another solid.  As I am heavily into solids, this appealed to me.  Kona makes 3 large sets of 101 solid charm squares – bright, dusty and pastel.  I am not sure how I roped myself into two sets, but my local quilt shop had Essex in steel that I liked with brights and teal that seemed happy with the dusty.  I used some solid stash for the first few days until my charm packs arrived and then I was fully good to go.

I started on April 3rd.  A few days later I got all organized and cut all of the Essex squares and then went back and marked the diagonal on them.  This way, all I needed to do each morning was to take a square and pair it with the next piece from the charm pack, and sew the two lines, then repeat for the other colorway.  Cut the pieces apart, press and trim.  I even have one of the cool bloc-loc rulers the correct size to aid in accurate trimming.  I started by posting every day…

Then, although I made the blocks every day, I posted every few days…

And so on until the last posting on July 11 with blocks 91-100

I figured out that the order of the colors of the charm pack was posted on Kaufman website, so I could post the color names for each set.  Some were water related, others fruits and veggies and still others coffee and wine.  It was fun to go through the colors and see the various gradations.

I was pretty satisfied with myself that I could do something for 100 days – really it was an almost, as I made a few of them ahead of time for when I went to the beach – and keep up with it.  I now have these two pretty stack of HSTs to play with, but I think that they will wait for a snowy day.

And now, I let myself get suckered into th 100 days 100 blocks from Tula Pink’s book.  I already had the book, and had it made into a spiral so that it was easier to use – well worth the 5 bucks that it cost me.  I started that on July 7….and I will keep you posted!  As a teaser, however, here is my first block

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Finish-A-Long 3rd Quarter Link Up

Its time to link up your list of unfinished projects that you propose
to finish in Q3 of the Finish-A-Long. We are hoping that the FAL
community will inspire you to work on your unfinished projects this
quarter (and throughout the remainder of the year) and to get them
finished!

The 2018 FAL is hosted by a community of bloggers across the world. Our hosts are:

For those of you who are new to the FAL, it is a place to find motivation and encouragement to complete those unfinished projects that are hanging around. At the start of the quarter you post and link up a list of projects you hope to finish in the next three months, and then at the end of the quarter you link up each successful finish from your original list.Each linked up finish is an entry into the draw for wonderful prizes from our sponsors. There is no penalty for not finishing a listed project, so feel free to make your list as long or short as you wish. The 2018 Schedule and Rules for the FAL are on my permanent 2018 FAL page, let me know if you have any questions.

Here are the fantastic and generous sponsors for Q3 of the Finish-A-Long. You can see each of their prizes listed under their logo. Please think about visiting them and saying thank you for their support of the
FAL.


Fat Quarter Shop Logo
$50 Gift Certificate

During Quiet Side Logo
3 PDF Patterns

Sew Sisters Quilt Shop Logo
$25 Gift Certificate

Quilting Jetgirl Logo
2 PDF Patterns

Sew Me a Song Logo
$20 Gift Certificate

Happy Quilting Logo
3 PDF Patterns

Charm About You Logo
2 PDF Patterns

Make Modern Magazine Logo
3 Six Month Subscr.

Studio 39 Fabrics Logo
$25 Gift Certificate

Tartankiwi Logo
$25 Gift Certificate

Sew Sweetness Logo
A Minikins Bundle

Mad About Patchwork Logo
$50 Gift Certificate

Blossom Hearts Logo
2 PDF Patterns

Clover & Violet Logo
$30 Gift Certificate
Bunny's Designs Logo

$40 Gift Certificate

So now it is time to round up those projects that you want to finish
over the next three months! Take a photo of each one and make your list.
Please ensure that you have at least started your projects – pulled
fabric with a pattern is considered a UFO – and remember it is only
finished projects that will get you an entry toward the above listed
prizes. So while we love to see your bee blocks, the “finish” is when
they are a completed, usable project.

If posting on social media (Flickr & Instagram), it will be very helpful if you tag your list with #2018FALQ3yourname (where yourname is unique to you).
Using the same hashtag over the quarter when sharing project progress or finishes helps the host to make the connection to your original list quickly and easily.

IMPORTANT: Don’t forget to link up your finishes when the quarter closes!

The 2018 Q3 list for your list of proposed finishes is now open, below, on my blog and each of the hosting blogs. You need only link your list once, on one host blog and the link will show up on all the host blogs. If you are using Flickr or Instagram, post a photo mosaic of your projects and put your list in the description. Don’t forget to include your unique hashtag. Katy of The Littlest Thistle has a great tutorial on how to link up if you need it, or Marci of Marci Girl Designs has a tutorial to link up an Instagram post specifically.

We also ask that you become part of the FAL community. Please check out the links of others – visit and comment on their lists. We all need encouragement to get those finishes done, so please share some of your own too.

If you want you can follow us on Facebook, Finish-A-Long and/or on Instagram, @finishalong, too. We’ll post encouragement during the quarter and reminders when the finishes link up opens at the end of the quarter.

When creating your list there is one thing to remember – No deductions for not completing something so – Aim High! Nothing to lose!! Well now, get your list together and get linked up.

Feel free to use and share the FAL button above and this one too:

The Q3 proposed finish linky party will stay open until 11 pm EST, Wednesday, July 18, 2018 – as we are global, you might want to check your time zone to determine your last possible time to link (you can also see how much time is left below the linked up images on the right.)

Remember: you only need to link up at ONE hosting blog and it will automatically show up on all hosting blogs.

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Some sewing going on…

Yes, there has been some sewing going on here, just not what I thought that I would be working on. This morning I looked up what I set as my finish-a-long goals for the second quarter. There were 11 of them, and I have finished…one. Have I even looked at any of the others? Nope, but here it is…a skirt that I actually do wear!

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I am thinking that perhaps I should just choose one thing each quarter, and really focus on finishing that up. Maybe it will work better that way. We shall see!

So what have I been sewing? Mostly smaller projects…here they are!

Actually let me start here…
list

I am a list maker and sometimes use a white board to see the bigger picture of what I am working on.  Since it is just for me I use abbreviations – SLW for Sherri Lynn Wood – and am a little off  – snowmen really is santa and tree- but all in all if helps me see what I am working on.  My issue is that every small project requires sorting through fabric bins and leaving that fabric out until I am done.  At some point this month I decided to complete all of the smaller projects so that next month I can work on the big ones, which are Mighty Lucky and Sherri Lynn Wood.  More on those next month!

Swaps!  I don’t join in very often nowadays, but I will do a simple mug rug from my guild and for the Starbucks mug swap.  After looking at my partner info, I decided that I wanted to use the same pattern for each and set out to construct the tops.  I cut the backing and the binding, and then I could put those fabrics away.

Bees!  I belong to two different bees.  One is with my guild, and June is the last month of this current round.  The queen bee wanted Christmas in June…such fun!  We had a choice of santas or trees, so I made one of each.

DCMQG bee June

I also belong to Serenity Circle of do.Good.Stitches, a charity bee.  There are lots of different circles, each donating their quilts to a particular cause.  Serenity Circle donates their quilts to hospice patients and families. In general I make two blocks every month or every other month.  Here is May/June – Trip Around the World Blocks, which surprisingly I had never made before…

and then July, very simple heart blocks.

Serenity July extra

I was the main person for March/April, and asked for these blocks that are somewhat like quarter log cabins.  I put them together and then pieced a back.

Serenity top

I have batting, so it is all waiting for a guild meeting when I can get someone to help me to pin baste it.  I hope that I can get it quilted in July.

And that leaves the Scissors.  I had signed up for a Scissors Workshop with Carly Mul from WebFabrics.  Unfortunately, the day before the workshop I fell (really it was more of a dive – I think that I was airborne!) and hurt my hands and wrists.  No rotary cutting or scissors for me for a bit.  However a friend brought me the materials and explained what to do.  Last week our group went to Web Fabrics and Carly asked us to bring our completed scissors.  I love a challenge, and I realized that the scissors were scissors friendly, which was good because it still hurt to use a rotary cutter.  It started out looking like a hot mess.

scissors planning

Yes, even more fabric being pulled out! But slowly it took shape and I completed it on time.

Scissors

I am really happy with how it looks and liked the technique.  It is going into the sewing room, and I could see making more of this type of mini in the future.

How about you?  What have you been working on?

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FAL Q2 Link Up Closing Soon!

Popping in today for a quick reminder that the Quarter 2 Link Up for all your finishes closes on Monday, July 9, 2018, 11 pm EST. So you still have a few more days to finish a project or two and link them up to be eligible for prizes. The link up can be found HERE or on the blog of any of our current hosts.

A few reminders for linking up:

  • Please only one finished project for each post that you link up, so that each finish can be an entry in the (random) prize draw.
  • Please include a link to your original list in each post of your finishes (on Instagram the link is the unique tag #2018FALQ2yourname to be used in the Q2 list post, and in any Q2 finish post).
  • Please visit some of the other participants and leave a friendly comment, we all love to get those!

If you didn’t have a chance to visit the tutorials that were posted as part of Finish-A-Long Tutorials Week, here is the schedule once more:

  • July 3, 2018 – Sandra of Studio Sew of Course – The Finish-A-Long Project List – keeping track of your FAL projects
  • July 5, 2018 – Felicity of Felicity Quilts – Mini Charm Pack Zip Pouch

They are well worth a visit!

Finally, we hope you will be joining us for Quarter 3 to do it all over again!! So get your List ready, the link up for Q3 Lists will open on July 10, 2018.

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Felicity’s Mini-Charm Pack Pouch

 

It’s TutoriaWeek while you finish up those last few projects!  Here is a tutorial written by Felicity of Felicity Quilts.  As I read through I am already thinking if I have the zip and the foam, because I definitely know that I have some of those mini-charm packs!  Here it is……

Do you collect those adorable mini-charm packs because they’re sweet and tiny and cheap, but then wonder what to do with them? ME TOO!

This short tutorial will show you how to use one to make a cool zippered box pouch like this:

Mini Charm Pack Zip Pouch

All seam allowances ¼” unless noted.

Materials:

1 mini charm pack (42 2½” precut squares)

1 scrap fabric for lining, 13″ x 15″

1 scrap of sew-in foam stabilizer like ByAnnie’s Soft & Stable*, 11 3/4″ x 14½”

1 14″ zipper

*this product will help your box pouch keep its shape. You can definitely use other batting or interfacing but the bag will be floppy.

Directions:

1. Arrange the 42 mini charm squares in a 6×7 layout, and sew them together to make a patchwork panel. It should measure 12½” x 14½”.

2. Spray baste the lining, foam stabilizer and patchwork panel together. NOTE: the stabilizer is cut so that it fits the patchwork panel exactly in one dimension and allows for about a 3/8″ overhang by the panel in the other:

3. Quilt all three layers together.

4. Trim away the lining, flush with the stabilizer. NOTE: you will have to fold back the bit of the patchwork panel that overhangs. Don’t cut it off! This is the bag panel.

5. Zip the zipper together. Layer the zipper right side up and positioned so the zipper pull is at the bottom and the bag panel right side down along the side that has the overhang of patchwork fabric.  The bottom of the zipper tape should be aligned with the bottom of the panel (see diagram). Pin in place if desired.

6. With your zipper foot in place, stitch in place (see diagram). Needle should be right beside the edge of the stabilizer. You may need to stop with your needle down and move the zipper pull up to keep everything lined up.

Note in this photo the zipper is layered underneath the flap of fabric under the presser foot.

7. Fold the bag panel right sides together and repeat for the other side of the zipper, again aligning the bottom of the zipper tape and the bottom of the bag panel.

8. Squash this unit flat, with the zipper centered. Stitch the bottom end closed.

9. Unzip the zipper all the way.

10. I repeat: UNZIP THE ZIPPER ALL THE WAY.

11. Stitch the top edge closed.

12. Box the pouch corners by cutting out a square that is 1½” from the folded side and 1¾” from the stitched end of the panel:

13. Open up one corner and squeeze it together:

14. Stitch the corner closed along the edge and repeat with the other 3.

15. Turn the bag right side out, poke out the corners with your finger and enjoy.

 

 

 

16. Enjoy!

PS: Please note that there are raw edges/seams inside the bag – you can finish them with a zigzag stitch after you sew the seams if you want. The edge of the lining/stabilizer layer that is beside the zipper seam is also left raw.

 

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Finish-A-Long Tutorial Week

Today kicks off “Tutorial Week,” which has been part of the Finish-A-Long since it’s inception.  While the link up for Finishes is open, we share some tutorials for you all to enjoy. They are varied, interesting, and usually helpful, so take some time to investigate and visit the blogs below on their scheduled day!

  • July 3, 2018 – Sandra of Studio Sew of Course – The Finish-A-Long Project List – keeping track of your FAL projects

The Quarter 2 Finishes link up opened yesterday, you can find the link up HERE or on any of the hosting blogs. There is still plenty of time to link up or finish those projects as the link up does not close until July 9, 2018, 11 pm EST.

And whether you had a lot of finishes, or none at all this quarter, or you missed Finish-A-Long Q2 altogether, you can always join in for Quarter 3 which is taking off on July 10th, with the link up opening for your List of Proposed Finishes. We hope you will join us!

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Finish-A-Long Second Quarter Linkup

Can you believe it, we have made it to the end of the second quarter of the 2018 Finish-A-Long and it’s time to link up your Q2 finishes.  We hope you have used the past three months to complete a bunch of those UFOs on your lists!

The 2018 FAL has a community of bloggers across the world jointly hosting and this year’s hosts are:

Before the link up, let’s give a huge thank you to our fantastic sponsors:


Fat Quarter Shop Logo

$50 Gift Certificate


During Quiet Side Logo

3 PDF Patterns


Sew Sisters Quilt Shop Logo

$25 Gift Certificate


Quilting Jetgirl Logo

2 PDF Patterns


Sew Me a Song Logo

$20 Gift Certificate


Happy Quilting Logo

3 PDF Patterns


Charm About You Logo

2 PDF Patterns


Make Modern Magazine Logo

3 Six Month Subscr.


Studio 39 Fabrics Logo

$25 Gift Certificate


Tartankiwi Logo

$25 Gift Certificate


Sew Sweetness Logo

A Minikins Bundle


Mad About Patchwork Logo

$50 Gift Certificate


Blossom Hearts Logo

2 PDF Patterns


Clover & Violet Logo

$30 Gift Certificate

Bunny's Designs Logo

$40 Gift Certificate

For this quarter of the 2018 FAL, we continue tutorial week.  Here is the schedule for this quarter so you can visit them all:

The 2018 Quarter 2 link for your finishes is now open below on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs – you only need to link on one blog for your finish to appear on all host blogs.

Link-up “Rules”:
Add one link for each finish.  If you want to link a round up post of all your finishes, use that link to enter one of your finishes and then link the rest of your finishes separately.  Please, only one link per finish, as your link is an entry into the randomly drawn prize draws. 
Please ensure that the photo (Instagram or Flickr) or blog post you link up contains a link or reference back to your original list so that we can verify your entry (make sure it is from the appropriate quarter, too). On Instagram, tag your photos with #2018FALQ2yourname (where yourname is unique to you),
this makes it easier for us to match your finishes with your list, which also should have this tag.
Please become part of the FAL community.  Check out the links of others and leave a comment. We all need encouragement so let’s applaud each other.  The 2018 FAL Facebook page is HERE and you can follow us on Instagram @finishalong.
Our hosts will also link up their finishes to share in the community but they are not eligible for any of the prizes.
The Q2 Finishes link will stay open from now thru 11 pm, EST, Monday July 9, 2018 – as we are global, you might want to check your time zone to determine your last possible time to link (you can also see how much time is left below the linked up images on the right).  It is best to link up your finishes early and if you have a last minute one, add that one later so you don’t miss out.  The prizes will be awarded as soon as we can verify all the entries and do the drawings.  We will post the winners on each host’s blog.
Lastly, don’t forget to start making your Q3 list as the Q3 list link opens on July 10, 2018.
2018 Q2 Finishes Link Up:

.  Check out the links of others and leave a comment. We all need encouragement so let’s applaud each other.  The 2018 FAL Facebook page is HERE and you can follow us on Instagram @finishalong.

Our hosts will also link up their finishes to share in the community but they are not eligible for any of the prizes.
The Q2 Finishes link will stay open from now thru 11 pm, EST, Monday July 9, 2018 – as we are global, you might want to check your time zone to determine your last possible time to link (you can also see how much time is left below the linked up images on the right).  It is best to link up your finishes early and if you have a last minute one, add that one later so you don’t miss out.  The prizes will be awarded as soon as we can verify all the entries and do the drawings.  We will post the winners on each host’s blog.
Lastly, don’t forget to start making your Q3 list as the Q3 list link opens on July 10, 2018.
2018 Q2 Finishes Link Up:

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