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Patrick Spies a Bottled Rainbow

We are done Patrick's Bottled Rainbow quilt! I'm doing my Happy Dance right now. Both boys' quilts are done and on their beds. Patrick did a great job with his mosaics and he's pretty proud of his quilt. Yay! For details on how I made this a kid-friendly project, check out my post about Daniel Spies a Bottled Rainbow. 


I'm just about done the binding on Project Y so I'll share that one next week. I'm very happy with how the quilting turned out. I think this one is my favourite quilt to date. 

Happy Friday, all!

Works in Progress #15

Even though it was a little nutty around here last week, it feels like we've settled into more of a routine this week. On the quilting front, it seems like I've had less time for sewing and quilting, but got more done. Odd. But I'll take it.

New Projects:
A couple of new small projects started and completed:

1) Camp Wrap - I've been wanting to make a camp blanket with all my old childhood badges and crests for some time now. With my son's Beaver camp this past weekend, I finally had my reason and a deadline. Years ago, I bought a beautiful charcoal grey Alpaca wool wrap in Ecuador, but I never use it. I love it for sentimental reasons so rather than buy a blanket, I thought I'd repurpose the wrap. It's a little cheesy (okay, a lot cheesy), but what else am I going to do with that wrap and those badges? I'm so pleased with the results. The wrap fits beautifully and is perfect for campfires. And now I blend in with the other leaders... ;)

2) My Oh-so-Canadi…

A Small Fall Finish

I spent an awesome weekend camping with my son's Beaver Colony. The leaves were starting to turn, with gorgeous greens, yellows, oranges and reds everywhere you looked. The lake was as smooth as glass and the night sky was brimming with stars. So beautiful and so peaceful...when the kids were asleep. ;) After the craziness of last week, it was just what I needed. I came back inspired to do a small project. My youngest son obliged me by having a long nap this afternoon, which meant I was able to make this mug rug.

Doesn't it go perfectly with my new tea mug? I do love a big cup o' tea in the morning.

It's my contribution to Celebrate Color at Stitched in Color and Mug Rugs of the World at Quokka Quilts. It doesn't get much more Canadian than this, eh?

I'm also going to link this in to Sew Modern Monday

And the Bloggers Dinner Party!

Hope you are having a great Monday!

To Serbia With Love


What with the munchkins home for the summer, getting back to school, and gearing up for our Fall/Winter activities, it's been a while since I've had time to do any virtual travelling. When no one was looking the other day though, I snuck off to Serbia!

As I've mentioned before, I like checking my blog's Stats page to see where my visitors are coming from. I've noticed that Serbia has popped up a few times lately so I thought I'd make my next trip there. I've never been in person either so I wanted to learn more.
Beyond the Kosovo War in the 1990s and some of the more recent conflicts with Kosovo, I didn't know much about Serbia so I made a quick stop at Wikipedia to learn a bit more. What an interesting country and history! A landlocked country in the Balkans, Serbia is a little smaller than the state of Maine in the U.S. and was a part of the former Republic of Yugoslavia. An odd little item I noticed is that Serbia has over 9.60 million cell phone …

A Thank You and a Quilt-As-You-Go Tutorial

I was so thrilled on Friday to see that five people linked up to our Thank Goodness It's Finished, Friday party. I have to admit that I was a little afraid of being the only one hanging out with Grier so thank you to Debbie, Diana, Kelly (have you had the baby yet?), Cheree and Rhianon for linking up. Your work is beautiful and if other readers haven't had a chance to go check out their link-ups yet, please do!

As I promised on Friday, here's the quilt-as-you-go tutorial for what I did with Daniel Spies a Bottled Rainbow. This was the first time I'd done quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) and I'm hooked. What a fabulous way of quilting large quilts in manageable sections! There are a number of ways to do quilt-as-you-go (check out YouTube), but I think this is the simplest.

Connecting two quilted blocks:

1. Cut 1" sashing. The length of sashing you will need will depend on the size of blocks.

 2. Place one piece of sashing on the front of one block and one piece on the bac…

Thank Goodness it's Finished, Friday Party!

  Welcome! After a long week (and boy this one felt looooonng), it's nice to take some time to enjoy what we've accomplished. I'm so thrilled you are here!
As I mentioned in my Works in Progress posts, my two older boys and I were working on some twin-sized (+) Bottled Rainbow quilts for their beds. I needed a summer project that would keep them quiet for an hour or two in the afternoons when their little brother napped and they needed quilts for their beds in the summer. They share a bunk bed so I was pretty happy that their quilts would look similar, but not the same.
Daniel's quilt, called Daniel Spies a Bottled Rainbow, is the first one done so that's the one I'm sharing today. A lot of the mosaics have fussy-cut novelty prints, which gives the quilt a bit of an I-Spy feel, hence the combination name. And because I'm oh-so-creative with names, Patrick's quilt will be called Patrick Spies a Bottled Rainbow. ;) The finished size is 65" by 82.5&…

Works in Progress #14

For those visiting from WIP Wednesday, welcome! We're having a TGIFF party on Friday to showcase recent finishes. You are most welcome to link up too. The more, the merrier! Even if you don't have something to share, come back and check out the fabulous finishes.

On the docket for me this week...

New Projects: Still no time for new projects.

Completed Projects: Yes, I have one! It's been awhile, but I have one. I'll be sharing it on Friday as part of the TGIFF party, but here's a sneak peek.

Current Projects: Bottled Rainbow (1) - One down, one to go...

Project Y - Began the freemotion quilting. I'm using Sulky Blendables and they aren't kidding; it blends beautifully on the diamonds and the purples. Can you even see it in the photo below? I'm still on the fence whether I'll use it on the yellow and orange though. I'm worried it may have too much contrast. I'll do a test on a scrap tomorrow and decide then. With the Bottled Rainbows done/almo…

We're Having a TGIFF Party!

Yay, we're having a party! Thank you to Debbie, Diane, Kelly and Rhianon for being the first ones to say that you'd be up for this little Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday (y'all can be creative with the acronym if you like ;) ) linky party. You rock!

To make it as easy as possible for as many people to join the party, here's what we'll do:

1)  Link up a recent (within the last month -- See? Easy, right?) quilting/sewing project post. Please link to the specific post, not just your blog home page.
2)  Link back to my blog in your own post. I don't have a button for this shindig so just a regular old link will do just fine. :)
3)  Like at any good party, let's take some time to mingle and check out other people's TGIFF links, and comment away.

So we're on for this Friday, my blog, anytime after my post goes live (probably ~ 7 a.m. EST).

I'm a firm believer of the more, the merrier so feel free to spread the word.

Can't wait to see those …

I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours...

A finish, I mean. I have one! Funny how this one happened so soon after the kids went back to school.

I was thinking that it would be much more fun though if I could see some of your finishes too. What would you say to having a linky party to celebrate our recent finishes? Say this Friday? Call it a Thank Goodness it's Finished, Friday kind of thing. That would give me time to figure out the Linky party thingy.

So what do you say? Anyone in on this virtual show and share? If there are at least two or three of you who reply in the comments section that you are interested, I'll set it up.