A Couple of Things

For my upcoming trip to the mainland next month, I made myself a laptop sleeve and a tablet sleeve. 

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Here is the tablet sleeve.  I used soft & stable and fused the fabric to the outside before construction.  I then used another tablet sleeve – that was just a smidge too small as a guide on how to make this.  I think it turned out really well.

Since the tablet sleeve turned out so well, I decided to make a matching laptop sleeve.

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It is the same as the tablet sleeve, just large enough for my laptop. 

My Favorite Schnibble

I would have to say that my favorite schnibble from last year has to be Bounce.  I am even planning on making another one, much larger though sometime soon.  This was also on my “getting it done” list for this month to quilt it.

I just finished the binding on Monday:

Baby Bounce:

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It is just baby-quilt sized.

I stitched around the outside of the stars and that awesome border, I still have to trim some of my trailing threads, I see..

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Here is the back:

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and I made a matching pillowcase:

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I hope the recipient enjoys them… when they finally get to them.

I Triple Dare You

To Dresden!  And I took the dare for myself.

I give you Ānuenue – (pronounced “āh-noo-weh-noo-weh” ) – which means Rainbow in Hawaiian. 

if you are just joining me, for the hop, I have lived in Hawaii for the last 5 1/2 years.  We are scheduled to move back to the mainland this coming summer. I have loved our time here and will miss all my friends that I have made here. 

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Every day you see can a rainbow here.  When we move back to the mainland in a few months, I will miss my Hawaiian Rainbows.  I had to make me something to remind me of them and my 6 years in Hawaii.

I dyed the fabrics for this using procion dyes.  I started with Clear Yellow, Sapphire Blue, and Fire Red.  Though not a “true rainbow” as it would have been if I Had used the cyan, magenta, and lemon yellows, but I still like it – because Sapphire blue and fire red are my favorite dyes in those colors.

 

Here is a snapshot of them batching (along with a few other things) from my phone the day I dyed fabric.

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and here are the fabrics after the dye process.

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After the dresden was appliqued to the quilt top and then sandwiched, i  used painter’s tape to mark the grid-lines for quilting.  I will have to say though, this is the first time my grid-quilting has come out so flat and pretty.  My Janome 6600 integrated walking foot really did a good job! 

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When I visited some of the blogs on Thursday, Friday, and Monday, I was inspired to do the following.

Here is “Puanani” (pronounced Poo-ah nah-nee) which is Beautiful Flower  in Hawaiian. Sorry for the not-so good photo – it was really rainy today so I couldn’t take it outside to photograph it.

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I was inspired by these blogs’s posts:

Debby Kratovil Quilts  – inspired by her vortex quilts I saw that the circular shape didn’t have to be just a traditional dresden blade; it could be other things.  From there I wanted to try to make them uneven sizes.  That was the start of this quilt.  That vortex quilt really opened up my eyes to dresdens!

Busy Bee Quilts – inspired the white space in-between the colored blades.

I started working on this quilt on Saturday.  I had the two different sized dresdens and was playing with them to see what to do with them.  I was at a stand-still and thought I would just post this “sneak peak”  below and hopefully find more inspiration after my day of the hop.

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Sunday I couldn’t do anything; we had bad weather and with the threat of the power going off, I really didn’t play in the sewing room at all.

Then Monday morning, inspiration struck again!

Rosemary B – showed me the solution to a problem that I wanted to do if I overlapped the “petals” of the dresdens and have it look like two flowers together; by having shorter blades in between.  I trimmed the one blade that was the problem and voila! problem solved!   Sunshine Girl’s beautiful cog quilt helped with this inspiration too!

Quilting Lodge – inspired the double center for the flower.

Thank you everyone for the great inspiration for my quilt.  I can’t wait to see what everyone else’s blog’s brings!  I was able to finish this up Monday morning (because I have guild tonight- Monday night) and I have to post at 6pm the night before, which is when guild is for me.  The little quilt only finishes about 12×16 – but I couldn’t have made it without the ladies from this hop!

 

And since you have stayed with me this far, here is a treat for everyone:  A tutorial on how to make the rainbow-striped binding that I used for Anuenue.

Be sure to check out the other blogs that are taking the dare today:

January 29th, 2013

A Peach in Stitches <<<—— That is me!

Nancy W @ “that Other Blog”

L3 Designs

Bungalow Bay Quilts

Quilted Delights

Quilt Crossing

Lixie Makes it

A Quilting Sheep

Charlotte’s Creations

Quilt-n-Queen

Domesticity and Other Ponderous Things

Sew Much 2 Luv

A Quilt and a Prayer

Amanda Murphy Design

Little Mushroom Cap

Kathy’s Quilts

Sandra Kaye Design

Getting it Done– A Mid-Month Update

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I thought I would check in with my status on the Get it Done Challenge.  I have completed two of the four projects that I had listed.

First up, a not-so-good photo of my new tablet stand.  I still am not thrilled with it, but it serves it’s purpose and maybe someday I can figure out what I am doing wrong with the pattern.

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Next up, I quilted Drop.  Boy, I had to keep checking that my sewing machine was actually sewing it was so quiet after coming back from the “spa”. 

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It looks a little wonky because I had it folded up in a bag since Tuesday when I finished the binding.  I forgot where I put it and today when I cleaned up my sewing room a bit, I found it and thought I should take a photo of it before I forgot it.

Only two more things to complete that is on my  Get It Done Challenge list; Quilt Baby Bounce and finish a top to Arrowhead.

Leap Years

Back at the Beginning of the month, I completed two of tops for this month’s Another Year of Schnibbles. In fact, it was only the day after we were generously given the pattern by Carrie.

 

I had made these for the two little girls who live next door and are really good friends with my daughter. They have lived next to us for the last five years – quite a long time for a couple of military families! They are moving away this week and I wanted to give them something this pattern fit the bill. I was able to make one in pinks and one in greens, the favorite colors of the two girls.

Here are the girls with their quilts. My daughter is in the middle.she had been playing with water balloons at another friends house earlier and hadn’t changed yet.