Monthly Archives: January 2015

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How could I not opt in for round three of the ever popular Schnitzel and Boo Mini Swap (#schnitzelandboominiquiltswap) on Instagram!? I realize with the Rainbow Mini Swap (#rainbowminiswap) this means I had committed myself for four swaps before finishing or receiving the first one. I guess I dove right in. I've just passed by the opportunity for the Spring Fling Mini Swap and I think I'm already regretting it. Ah well, I'm sure there will be some other great opportunities soon. (You should probably just leave me a comment with details on any open swaps you know about.) ;-) In the time I composed this message, I've joined another swap, the Alison Glass Mini Quilt Swap (#alisonglassminiquiltswap). So excited! :-)

Okay, so Schnitzel and Boo... My partner likes the designers Tula pink, Anna Maria Horner, and Alison Glass and she loves color. I took this as an excuse to purchase my first Tula Pink fabrics, which I love as well!

I've personally been drooling over these adorable paper pieced envelope blocks all over Flickr and IG (#swakswap -- though the origins or details of the swap are a mystery to me except it started at least a year ago). Anyway, I finally made my first couple blocks at the beginning of December and decided this was the way to go for the swap. (I also decided that I need to make myself lots of envelope blocks!) The pattern comes from Patchwork Please by Ayumi Takahashi.

Here's the resulting 13.5" x 13.5" mini quilt that I sent to my partner. I made some stripes on my binding which I like but were kind of a pain... so not sure how soon I'll be piecing stripes on a binding again.

Here's a peek at the backing which shows my in-the-ditch quilting.

I even ended up with my first envelope block for me (unless I go and make something for someone else out of it!) since I didn't like how dark the purple was in the lower left position.

Linking up on Needle & Thread Thursday, Finish It Up Friday, TGIFF and Fabric Frenzy Friday.

This is one of my finishes from my Q1 Finish Along Goal List. Linking up to the Q1 Finishes party at On the Windy Side.

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So I've been doing this for a year now! It's a weird milestone in that it both feels like time has flown and that I've been doing this forever. I'm having such a great time and really enjoy interacting with my readers. Thank you all for being here. It wouldn't be nearly as fun without you!

This is my 127th blog post. I've decided I'll share a little of what I'm up to and some of my top posts. This month I've been teaching my son how to quilt. That's been super fun so far. I'm loving participating in mini swaps on Instagram. I'm trying to finish up some WIPs (ya know, so I can start some new projects!). Most importantly and excitedly I've been able to regularly work on my projects and I finished 11 quilts in the last year since starting the blog! For reference, my first 10 quilts took me over a decade. (gasp!) I'm excited by all the inspiration on Pinterest, Instagram and so many awesome blogs!

So what am I working on this week? I've cut out all my pieces for this fun rainbow inspired mini for the Rainbow Mini Swap on IG. Here's my palette.

My giant wonky star quilt is pinned and ready to quilt. (It's about time... it only took me 5 months to make the quilt sandwich!) It'll be awesome to knock it into the finished column next week.

And my newest quilt project: here's my Blogiversary Scrap Attack mini quilt top that I'll be giving away in my Grow Your Blog post this weekend in honor of my 1-year Blogiversary. Please come back Saturday night for your chance to win! (Pattern is Scrap Attack by Diane Bohn.)

Here are some of my most popular blog posts in the last year.

Top 5 Quilty posts

  1. ALYoF October Finish
  2. Bold Blooms: ALYoF December Finish
  3. Candy Shoppe in Natural Light
  4. Disney Mini Swap 2015
  5. July Goal Report: Frieda the Table Runner

Top 5 Non-Quilty posts

  1. The Secret Treasure Room
  2. Tangled in Yellow Yarn: Rapunzel Hair Tutorial
  3. The Girl Turns 2: A Bug Birthday Party
  4. End of Year Teacher Gifts
  5. The Boy's Party Shirt

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With the new year I started the new project of teaching my 4 1/2 year old son to quilt. He's making a simple one-block quilt with six rows of six blocks.

This week he pieced the last set of pairs together and then pieced the pairs all together into rows, so we ended the week with six pieced rows. The biggest problem we're having is getting him in a good position so he can see well and not lean his elbows on the edge of the table (which is stopping his hand from moving with the fabric).

Once he finished piecing the blacks into pairs, he used his planning picture (on the computer screen) to lay all the pieces out on the floor.

Then he pieced the three sections in each row together.

Here are the completed rows.

And we numbered some flowerhead pins so he could label the rows. (He loves pinmoors.)

I had planned to teach him to press the seams once he finished piecing the rows, but I decided I'm not sufficiently ready to do that. See, I press the seams open for ease of quilting so it's quite a picky job. Instead, I decided I'd let him help me iron my yardage and fat quarters that I needed to cut for one of my projects. He'll be able to help me finger press the seams open and watch me do that pressing job. In the end he did get his hands on the iron, and carefully pressed some of my purple fabric. (Now all the pieces for my Rainbow Mini Swap quilt are cut out! Yay!)

I realized since he is left-handed I needed to have him stand on the other side:

This week he also learned about the fancy stitches that the machine can do. (He was a little disappointed that he couldn't use these for piecing the blocks.) He can almost change the presser foot himself. I showed him how to thread the whole machine and he threaded the needle. He also did some measuring for fun.

For my related one-block project, I turned my pile of partially pieced blocks into a completed quilt top this week. My daughter's "pattern" is growing on me. From this:

To this:

If you're just joining us you can check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. :-)

Continue following along with Part 4.

Linking up to Fabric Tuesday.