all in a weeks work

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I managed to ignore a good portion of the housework this week in favor of some fun sewing projects.

I’ve started a new quilt for our bed.  I’ve had a fabric stack set aside to make a bear paw quilt for our bed for over a year now.

fabric stack for bear paw

Then Dana from Old Red Barn started up a little scrappy bear paw quilt along over on instagram.  It was just the kickstart I needed.

churn dash for bear paw

I’m planning to do one special accent paw in each block so I spent some time this week working on some of those.

blocks for bearpaw

Lulu’s friend has a birthday coming up so she chose the fabric and I did the stitching on this very dear deer.  The pattern is from Issue 2 of Love Patchwork and Quilting.  (one of the cutest quilting and stitching magazines around)

dear deer

I was also lucky enough to get a request from Anna of Noodlehead to try out her new road trip case pattern.  I’m already thinking about what fabrics I will use on my next one.

I love the button and loop closure.

road trip case

There are two pocket options.  I chose the four pocket version with flaps.

inside of road trip case

I’m filling mine with some of my hand piecing supplies.

It was my first time working with vinyl.  I was nervous because I have heard so much over the years about how it can get stuck on presser feet while you are stitching, but I used my walking foot and it was a breeze!  I have to admit, I did get over confident and think that I could machine finish the binding.  A skill I’ve never been able to master and managed to get some stitches on the vinyl.  In the end, I couldn’t take the sloppy stitching lines so I picked them out and finished it by hand.  I was left with some tiny holes in the vinyl, but I think they are less distracting than the line of stitching so I’m happy.

Thankfully this one wasn’t a gift so I was able to accept my mistake and stitch on.  Well, again I have to admit first I ate a handful of chocolate covered almonds and then I stitched on.  I think those tiny holes might be a little reminder of how important it is to slow down and finish a project the right way.

Sometimes stubbornness just gets in the way doesn’t it?

concrete Irish chain quilt

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concrete Irish chain on walk

This was another one of those unfinished projects that has been hanging around waiting so patiently for me to finish it.

side of concrete Irish chain quiltMy starting point for this quilt was the grey background print.  I loved the concrete look of the speckled grey print and wanted to let it shine.  I was hoping that adding just a hint of vibrant color would let that happen.

concrete irish chain front

And did it ever!  I love how they bring out the best in each other.

corner of concrete Irish chain quilt

The speckled concrete grey print was something that I found at JoAnn.  The brights are from Amy Butler’s line Lark.  The whites are a mix of low volumes from my stash.

concrete Irish chain in window

I quilted it along the white diagonals in white for a subtle emphasis on the chain pattern.

concrete irish chain back

I pieced the back with a mix of prints.

detail of back of concrete Irish chain quilt

Mostly grey and white, but I couldn’t resist adding some more color with the firework print.

wrapped up in the concrete Irish chain quilt

It was a chilly day for a photo shoot, but thankfully my helper was able to keep warm.

p.s. this quilt is listed for sale in my shop

a shop update

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blue cross quilt

A downside of quilting is at a certain point you have more quilts than you can use in one house.

front of low volume HST quilt

I give lots away each year, as gifts and also if there is a charity auction in need of items, but they still pile up.

front of basket of chips quilt

I have posted several for sale in my shop, along with a bunch of tooth fairy pockets I found in with the quilts when I was cleaning.  (You can also click to my shop on the link over on the right sidebar where you see my cool new logo)

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Happy Weekend!!