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Sunday, December 10, 2017

More things for Xmas (and a link party)

Just keeping up with the bag&cards making craze!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - revealed the first 11 blocks in fabric
  2. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - cut and fused next block, probably will be done next week
  3. On Ringo Lake - no progress
  4. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - progress as usual!
  5. the 70273 Project - 8 blocks done (see below)
  6. Twilters! Bee - this month I am the Queen so no blocks to make!
  7. Pencases and zipper pouches - three done (see below)
  8. Rainbow Cascade QAL - no progress
  9. A ton of cards (see below)
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More blocks for the 70273 Project. If you are curious to see some of the beautiful quilts made with all these blocks check out this Pinterest board!

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Holiday decorations to be included in cards sent out to friends and family.
I made at least 20 of those, but I forgot to take a picture! They use up so much thread... which is great since I used thread that I bought but is not the highest quality ;)

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Small version, by Cozy Nest Design

The pattern says "small" but it is quite big in my opinion!! I will be making more of those, they are easy and super classy!! Working with seat belt material is really fun.

I also made 2 super simple zipper bags that use only 2 10'' squares and 1 2.5'' square (and a zipper). I may put together a tutorial for that, after all the Xmas presents are done! :)

Linking these three bags to the Bag it event!

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How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Some holiday presents done (and a link party)

I am a little late making presents, but my idea is: if you get a present in January you will be happy anyway ;)


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - revealed the first 11 blocks in fabric
  2. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - no progress
  3. On Ringo Lake - no progress
  4. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - progress as usual!
  5. the 70273 Project - no progress
  6. Twilters! Bee - this month I am the Queen so no blocks to make!
  7. Pencases and zipper pouches - one done (see below)
  8. Rainbow Cascade QAL - no progress
  9. Pillow - completed (see below)
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16'' x 16''
Using two of my star patters for 2018 QAL I created this reversible pillow. 
I really like the "opposite colors" effect.
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Small version, by Cozy Nest Design

The pattern says "small" but you can see how big it is!! I will be making more of those, they are easy and super classy!! Working with seat belt material is really fun.
Linking this bag to the Bag it event!
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My goal for December OMG is to complete 3 blocks for my Art with Disney QAL.

This was my last block, blogged here

I have 6 blocks ready... I need 12 to complete my original layout for the quilt... so 3 more blocks this month sounds like a reasonable goal!!

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How about you? What are YOU up to?
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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Completed my November goal (and a link party)

I am so excited to say that I completed all the "revealed" stars for 2018 QAL!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - released last pattern, it was a fun event for 2017!
  2. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - see several of the blocks below
  3. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - designed next block
  4. On Ringo Lake - no progress
  5. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - progress as usual!
  6. the 70273 Project - 4 more blocks done (from last week)
  7. Twilters! Bee - sent out my blocks (see below)
  8. Pencases and zipper pouches - no progress
  9. Rainbow Cascade QAL - made several sections, but have no new blocks completed
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More blocks for the 70273 Project. If you are curious to see some of the beautiful quilts made with all these blocks check out this Pinterest board!

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A fun coincidence... the queen for this month swap wanted stars, and I have been working on stars for my QAL, so it was quick to create these two fun improv stars!


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I announced that I will be running a new QAL for 2018 on my other website.


This time, instead of making the blocks and keep them all hidden in a drawer until the pattern release date, I decided I will share the blocks as soon as I make them. 
All my completed blocks (on the left) and the computer generated sketch (on the right).
I didn't join the blocks in that sashing layout because I plan to make a much bigger quilt with the additional mystery blocks and extra fun textured four patches!

For close up and details of the fabric used in each of the blocks, check out the Starry Bright Sunday post :)

The blocks are not that difficult, it took about one evening to make each of them!
So I reached my November One Monthly Goal (elmstreetquilts) (I was link 54).
I am very happy that I could be successful on this challenge!!

Are you planning to join my 2018 skill builder QAL?
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How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Past the half point with my stars (and a link party)

More star from my 2018 QAL!

The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - released last pattern, it was a fun event for 2017!
  2. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - see several of the blocks below
  3. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - no progress
  4. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  5. Charity quilts - no progress
  6. SK project - no progress
  7. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - no progress
  8. En Provence QAL - no progress
  9. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - progress as usual!
  10. the 70273 Project - 4 more blocks done
  11. Book binding - no progress
  12. Twilters! Bee - working on this today, pictures next week
  13. Pencases and zipper pouches - no progress
  14. Rainbow Cascade QAL - no progress
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More blocks for the 70273 Project. If you are curious to see some of the beautiful quilts made with all these blocks check out this Pinterest board!

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I announced that I will be running a new QAL for 2018 on my other website.


This time, instead of making the blocks and keep them all hidden in a drawer until the pattern release date, I decided I will share the blocks as soon as I make them. 

This is for few reasons:
  1. This will get me more motivated to actually make all the blocks way in advance and be less stressed as the QAL proceeds;
  2. I will put together the patterns ahead of the free date of release, and I will put them in my shop so if someone wants to work ahead of the schedule, or wants to get bundles of multiple patterns, that can be done;
  3. Showing the actual blocks made in fabric may encourage more people to join... we know that computer colored blocks look cool, but never as cool as the real fabric blocks!! :)
In my QAL, I have actually 2 blocks a month: one known and one mystery, both using the same technique. Of course I won't show the mystery ones... but these will be included in the patterns for sale, if someone is interested! You will just have to trust me that it will be a second cool pattern :)... or alternatively you can just wait for the reveal month in 2018 and see it.

So these are few more blocks I made this past week

June 2018 (Curved piecing)

September 2018 (Foundation Paper Piecing)


November 2018 (New York Beauty style piecing)

I am having so much fun with all these techniques! 
The blocks are not that difficult, I completed them all in less than a week!

I want to make more of these blocks in November, so I am setting my One Monthly Goal (elmstreetquilts) as making the last 6 non-mystery blocks by the end of the month! 
I only need to make the last three, I am on a good track to meet this goal this month!!

Are you planning to join?
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How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Working on my stars (and a link party)

This year, for my 2018 QAL I decided I will share the blocks ahead of the actual release of the patterns!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - releasing the last pattern on Monday!
  2. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - see several of the blocks below
  3. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - no progress
  4. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  5. Charity quilts - no progress
  6. SK project - no progress
  7. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - no progress
  8. En Provence QAL - no progress
  9. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - progress as usual!
  10. the 70273 Project - 4 more blocks done
  11. Book binding - no progress
  12. Twilters! Bee - paused until November
  13. Pencases and zipper pouches - no progress
  14. Rainbow Cascade QAL - no progress
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More blocks for the 70273 Project. If you are curious to see some of the beautiful quilts made with all these blocks check out this Pinterest board!

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I announced that I will be running a new QAL for 2018 on my other website.


This time, instead of making the blocks and keep them all hidden in a drawer until the pattern release date, I decided I will share the blocks as soon as I make them. 

This is for few reasons:
  1. This will get me more motivated to actually make all the blocks way in advance and be less stressed as the QAL proceeds;
  2. I will put together the patterns ahead of the free date of release, and I will put them in my shop so if someone wants to work ahead of the schedule, or wants to get bundles of multiple patterns, that can be done;
  3. Showing the actual blocks made in fabric may encourage more people to join... we know that computer colored blocks look cool, but never as cool as the real fabric blocks!! :)
In my QAL, I have actually 2 blocks a month: one known and one mystery, both using the same technique. Of course I won't show the mystery ones... but these will be included in the patterns for sale, if someone is interested! You will just have to trust me that it will be a second cool pattern :)... or alternatively you can just wait for the reveal month in 2018 and see it.

So these are the blocks I made until now

January 2018 (Fusible raw edge, silhouette continuous applique)
For this I actually made the mystery block too, but cannot share :)

February 2018 (Traditional piecing)


March 2018 (Fabric folding, origami style)
Oh, this was interesting and fun... I never done anything like this before, and it turned out quite interesting I believe!!




May 2018 (Fabric cutout, paper snowflake style)
I made two of these, because the red/cream one will be one side of a pillow cover I will make as a gift. I am still trying to decide which star to use on the other side of the pillow


August 2018 (English paper piecing)

I am having so much fun with all these techniques! 
The blocks are not that difficult, I completed them all in less than a week!

I want to make more of these blocks in November, so I am setting my One Monthly Goal (elmstreetquilts) as making the last 6 non-mystery blocks by the end of the month!

Are you planning to join?
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How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Starting my bag season (and a link party)

Making bags and small pouches as holiday gift gives me the perfect excuse to test new patterns!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - released October pattern!
  2. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - made few blocks, will share more next time
  3. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - no progress
  4. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  5. Charity quilts - no progress
  6. SK project - no progress
  7. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - no progress
  8. En Provence QAL - no progress
  9. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - progress as usual!
  10. the 70273 Project - 8 more blocks done
  11. Book binding - no progress
  12. Twilters! Bee - paused until November
  13. Pencases and zipper pouches - one bag done!
  14. Rainbow Cascade QAL - no progress
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More blocks for the 70273 Project. If you are curious to see some of the beautiful quilts made with all these blocks check out this Pinterest board!

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I love all Sarah's pattern (Cozy Nest Design), and this time I wanted to try Seat Belt Series: Cosmetic Bag Duo. I didn't have the best matching zipper, but as a first try with this bag, I think it turned out fantastic! I will make the smaller version next!


Working with seat belts material is so easy and the final product always looks super classy!
Sharing this bag as part of Bag It event at Elm Street Quilts!
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How about you? What are YOU up to?
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Enter if U Dare - Skeletons

Marian (http://www.seamstobesew.com/) always hosts interesting an fun Blog Hop, so I decided to join her Halloween Blog Hop also this year with TWO projects!!


Before getting into my projects, if you are new around here, WELCOME!
If you have been here before, I am glad that you came back!!! :)

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If you are new here feel free to look around and you will find tons of FREE paper piecing patterns of very famous cartoon characters! :)
I also will be hostin a Skill Builder, Block of the Month QAL starting in 2018 called "Starry Bright Sky".

It features more than 20 different star blocks, made with 11 different techniques,
from applique to piecing to fabric folding!


If you are interested in learning more about this QAL and join the fun, leave your email address in the Google Form at the bottom of the QAL page (click this link).
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AND NOW... FOR THE SCARY PROJECTS...
Well, actually they are scary easy and fun! :)

Bonus challenge

When Marian asked us to participate in the blog hop, she proposed a challenge: to use one of the patterns designed by her to make a bonus project for the hop.
I picked the Skeleton pattern (that you can find in Marian's shop) and even if I liked the original pattern, I had to change it a little bit because I wanted a smaller pillow :)


I really like how the squares are big enough to allow some fun fussy cutting!!

My own project

Skellington McArdle, 20'' x 20'' 

Inspired by Marian's pattern, I decided to make a piece for an ongoing project, started last year for the Fall edition of my Art with Fabric Blog Hop.
I don't have any formal training in art... but I studied art history in highschool... and I don't think I EVER encountered a female artist in my studies... how is that possible???? There are many women depicted in paintings, sculptures, drawing, but why only male artists made it into art history books (at least the ones used in my school)???

So for this quilt project, I decided to pick several female artists whose work spoke to me.

Today's artist is the talented: Thaneeya McArdle.

She is an internationally-collected artist working in a variety of styles, ranging from photorealism to abstraction, and a whimsical combination of the two. I'm also a prolific creator of coloring books!

Check her work on this website (https://www.thaneeya.com)
I love her Positive Phrases, her animals, her colorful and cheerful designs... and her Sugar Skulls!! :) That is what I included in my piece.

All my quilt blocks are my reinterpretation of the artists through my love of Disney, following the style of a recent Italian publication (Discover Art History with Disney Friends)... which as mentioned does not seem to include any female artist at least in the titles of the different volumes :( :(
So in today's block I included Jack Skellington, from "The Nightmare Before Christmas".

Each block is a 12''x12'' block, assembled with raw edge fusible applique, and surrounded by an interesting sashing, which will create a fun design with all the blocks together.
Each block is quilted individually and around each block I stitch a border of blanket stitch and I crochet around a row of single crochet: that's how I will join all the blocks! I created already 6 blocks and all of them will be part of a QAL in 2018 on Fandom in Stitches!!

So what do you think? Do you, like me, love mesh up point of view, ideas and create your own unique interpretations?

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Finally, in this fantastic blog hop event, there are giveaways too... thank you Marian for setting this up! She is the one managing the giveaway so below you find are her rules!!




Timeless Treasures: a different bundle of fabrics each day
Today's bundle
Cost To Ship 7.19 USA/Canada/Europe rates will be given when address for winner is known.
All US Winners bundles are shipped via USPS Priority Mail. No Exceptions.


Blog Giveaway Guidelines
Please take the time to read it.
  • Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day.
  • You'll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways.
  • All winners will be announced on October 25, 2017.
  • You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.
  • Winners are expected to pay shipping costs for the product they won.
  • You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don't do so because there are no exceptions to this rule.
  • If you are notified that you are a winner, in most cases, you will need to provide your name, address, city, state, zip code, country, telephone number, and email address.
  • In some cases, you will be asked to comment on the blog to enter the giveaway... do the right thing and thank them for the time it took to create the pattern, thank them for the pattern and...
  • Thank the sponsor by buying their products for the giveaways. This helps them continue to offer great prizes for these types of events. You can also comment on their social media pages. Even if you don't win, letting them know you love their products is a huge incentive and they really do love hearing from you.
  • No purchase whatsoever is necessary.
  • You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.
  • You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win. Prizes valued at $500.00 should be claimed.
  • Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways.
  • The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.
  • Whether or not you read the above, the rules for giveaways are in place to protect everyone. I do not want to hear you didn't read them, they will be posted on my blog daily during each featured day. There is no excuse for not reading them.


Finally, don't forget to stop by all the other amazing artists that are sharing fun and scary projects in this blog hop!

Wednesday, Oct 18
Just Let Me Quilt
Quilt Doodles
Tea Time Creations 

Thursday, Oct 19
Tweety Loves Quilting --> YOU ARE HERE :)
Patchwork Breeze
Quilt In Piece
Ms P. Designs USA

Friday Oct 20
Creatin' in the Sticks
Adventurous Applique and Quilting 
Just Because Quilts

Monday Oct 23
Bumbleberry Stitches
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Pumpkn Patch

Tuesday Oct 24
Words & Stitches
Seams To Be Sew
Moose Stash
Quilted Delights


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Finally finishes I can share (and a link party)

Finally some finishes that I can share!!!


The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - released October pattern!
  2. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - shared the fun FREE side event!
  3. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - no progress
  4. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  5. Charity quilts - no progress
  6. SK project - no progress
  7. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - no progress
  8. En Provence QAL - no progress
  9. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - loooove it, I will share updates next month!
  10. the 70273 Project - 8 more blocks done
  11. Book binding - no progress
  12. Twilters! Bee - paused until November
  13. Pencases and zipper pouches - no progress
  14. Rainbow Cascade QAL - no progress
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Every year I join the Teal Mini Swap ("Teal Mini Swap, formerly known as Two for Teal Mug Rug Swap and OCRF fundraiser (Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance), is a way for EvaPaige Quilt Designs to help raise awareness of this ridiculous disease annually during the months of July through September, which is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.")

This year I had the honor to have Joyce as a partner. She made me this beautiful mini (and included some extra goodies)

Joyce's picture... 
because the picture I tried to take of this beauty looked as below :)

:) Isn't she quite a helper?? :)

ANYWAY...

The mini that I made for Joyce is this!

18'' x 18''
She said that she like mosaic, so I designed this piece using a fabric weaving technique!

I also made for myself a little "companion mini" to remember what I sent to Joyce and to keep a tangible memory of what I made for this swap. I use these mug rugs as small "pen mats" in my office, to keep everything in one place!

4.5'' x 7''

Since I had very very little left of the featured teal fabric from the swap, I decided to use the tiny scraps "as is" and let them raw edge and fraying. I won't be washing this piece, so the texture adds some interest!!

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More blocks for the 70273 Project. If you are curious to see some of the beautiful quilts made with all these blocks check out this Pinterest board!

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And last, but not least, did you see all the wonderful pieces shared this week as part of the Art with Fabric Blog hop?!!

Check the daily posts of this past week to find links to the artists blogs!



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How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!


Friday, October 13, 2017

Art with Fabric blog hop - Fall 2017 - DAY 5


Every quilted project is a unique piece of art, full of love, creativity and inspiration.

However, have you ever thought about how "traditional" art could be reinterpreted in a quilted piece?
(by "traditional" I mean anything that a non-quilter will label as art, like paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods).

To explore the endless possibilities of art-inspired quilted pieces I decided to organize another edition of this Blog Hop!

This edition has a special theme...

MOTHER EARTH!


DAY 5. Here are today's amazing pieces!
"Yellow Cow" by Patty
Inspired by the work of Franz Marc
by Edith
Inspired by the work of Henri Matisse
"White Stag, Portland OR" by Betty
Inspired by the work of  Ramsay Signs

"Remember to thank the Cleaner (Shrimp)" by Dione
Inspired by the work of Kim Michelle Toft

Make sure to click on each picture and visit the blogs because these wonderful artists shared their story, inspiration and useful tips that can help you create your own beautiful art pieces!
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