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Sep 28, 2016

Ballet Bags

Sep 28, 2016
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I'm in finish it mode lately, and these Lined Drawstring Bags have been cut for a while, but I needed some mojo to get them finished.

I made two "Everything" size bags for my friend and I to put our ballet shoes in.  At the beginning of the year, I started taking adult beginner ballet and did that for about 6 months.  Then we transitioned to a strength training and flexibility class for ballet dancers.  I absolutely love it!  It's so different from the sports I did as a kid.  Sometimes it's shocking how much your flexibility can improve if you work on it.

These bags were so quick to put together, I'm not sure why I waited so long.  I could have been using it for class all this time!

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Sep 20, 2016

Granny Square Big Finish - Holy Scrap!

Sep 20, 2016
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Remember this guy from back in March?  Oodles and oodles of granny squares, all made with the scrappiest intent?  Well, after a long time sitting waiting to be bound, he's finally finished!

I was crazy when I took the large center bee block granny squares and decided it needed a border with smaller granny squares.  I worked on all those 7" grannies for about a year.  It takes forever when each block is cut individually...
After all the grunting I did during the process, I'm happy to say to it was worth it.  I'm falling more and more in love with scrappy quilts each time i see one.

(Probably a good thing considering I have SO many scraps.  This quilt didn't end up even making a dent in them.)
I went bold and chose the dark navy Add It Up print from Cotton + Steel for the main border.  At first, I was really concerned it was too deep of a color with the Kona White, but I have to admit, the darkness makes the blocks really pop.  The gamble paid off.  It shows off the quilting nicely too.
It's days like these when I think "how did we ever live without this quilt?"
Quilt Stats.
Name: Granny Square Scrap Quilt
Size: 66" x 81"
Fabric:  Scraps from my stash, on Kona White.  Navy Border/Binding is Add It Up/Cotton+Steel
Piecing:  Me
Quilting: LAQ Beany of Quilty PleasuresMe - Cotton Puffs
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Sep 16, 2016

The Quilter's Planner 2017

Sep 16, 2016
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Are you a planner?  Are you a write-everything-down in one place planner?  I've been a paper journal/planner person for years.  I tried switching to an online app, but it's just not the same.  Some people are hand-written planners, some aren't.  For those of us who are planner people, you know how exciting a planner completely dedicated to quilting is!  Are you familiar with the Quilter's Planner?
Stephanie Palmer created the Quilter's Planner as a way to organize work, personal and creative life.  Ok, so it's not completely dedicated to quilting, but it focuses on all our busy aspects of life AND creates a place to store all of our quilty ideas.  What could be better?

I'm proud to say that I am a contributing designer for the 2017 Quilter's Planner.  Here are some of the other designers whose full patterns are included:

Amy Friend of During Quiet Time
Amy Sinibaldi of Nana and Co.
Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter
AnneMarie Chany of GenXQuilters
Cheryl Brickey of Meadowmist Designs
Christa Watson of Christa Quilts
Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Textiles
Kari Vojtechovsky of Craft-Happy
Katie Clark Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt
Lee Monroe of May Chappell
Lindsey Rhodes of LR Stitched
Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts
Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter
Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jetgirl
Lindsie Bergevin of Design by Lindsie

Here is a peek at my contribution to the 2017 Quilter's Planner.
Photo by Kitty Wilkin @Night Quilter, taken for the Quilter's Planner 2017
Aren't they lovely?  These are Patchwork Napkins - pretty handmade cloth napkins, perfect for use on a summer or fall picnic.  They look absolutely exquisite at this elegant wine and cheese picnic.  These napkins use the One Room Schoolhouse fabric line from RJR in four different patchwork block combinations.  The vibrant colors just pop against the neutral sparkle of the Cotton + Steel Notorious basic.

The Patchwork Napkins are also offered as an individual PDF pattern in my shop if you would like.
Photo by Kitty Wilkin @Night Quilter, taken for the Quilter's Planner 2017
The Quilter's Planner is taking pre-orders now.  If you're interested in one for yourself (or gifting one), the Planners will start shipping in October....plenty of time before the new year.  Can't wait for mine!
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