Last year’s gifts

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Its nice to see my parents packing this little first aid pouch I made as gifts last year.  Its time to start thinking about this year’s homemade gifts and nothing ignites that passion more than seeing this again and realizing how much I like it.  Plus now I am good at zipper pouches…not great, but more skilled…

Madrona Road Finish and Start

Snip Stitch Sew!I really do work much better with deadlines than I used to. When my beloved Pfaff started to heat up 2 weeks ago I immediately realized that my delays in the Madrona Road Challenge were about to cause me to fail: the post-Christmas backlog of machine servicing put “Pam’s” return date at February 6th. A full two weeks without a machine, and its not like I have the spares I used to! Fortunately my friend Toni rescued me, but I wasn’t going to machine quilt with the Threadbanger, so I hand-quilted my sewing machine cover (ironic isn’t it, I just wanted a pretty one) for the Michael Miller sponsored Modern Quilt Guild Challenge. And I even borrowed a camera and did the photo shoot on my mom’s quilt while it was still daylight on January 31st…this is progress!
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I am thinking of putting a little eyelet in the “needle” eye at the top of this cover so my upright thread spool can poke through.

And the best part is, I got a call on February 1st that Pam was ready to come home, so now I have a proper picture with the cover over the hard plastic case instead of the Girl Guide Cookie box I used in the other photo.
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I was so happy to have the machine, that I started the second Madrona Road top that I just completed this morning. I’ve been wanting to piece consumate V’s for a while, and this is the first improvisationl block I’ve done that didn’t leave me having to work out any math halfway through piecing the top. Although I did have to supplement the original 1.5 yards of the Kaffe Fassett shot cotton background with an additional 15 inches for the interstitial blocks. If I can baste it after my trip to the gym (I finally joined a gym and have discovered that half a workout can be done while reading a kindle – so I already look forward to 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading on the elliptical!), I’m hoping to be quilting the day away with a view of the Superbowl and not one but two lap quilts to run Pam all over.

First finishes of 2013

I started piecing this the day after Christmas and was able to present it to my mom and her husband last week. It was only started 8 years ago! I no longer have most of the fabrics that were used in this quilt because I gave them away when we had to move in Vancouver. So it is a little trip down memory lane and includes childhood clothing scraps and stuff. In some ways I like the back better, which is pieced from some Amy Butler I’d been hoarding over the years – good colors for my mama too.

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And while I’m sharing, I taped my #scrappytripalong top up too…I kind of lost interest after four blocks (used some of my log cabin scraps too, had plenty left even after the pieced binding) and turned them into these little postage stamp dust bunny thingies. That is a lot of orange. My friend Toni loves orange but I wonder if this is too much for her.

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