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Spring *sigh*

After a breif moment of warm sun and spring, we’ve retreated back into cold, gray and rainy 5 inches of snow forecast *sigh* At least my pillow looks like spring.

 

Modern patchwork pillow in Dream On fabric

Bee-mates may recognize the design: it’s a variation on one of the blocks my bee is trying out, while I polish them for prime time.

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Another quilt top…

In between working on my spirals , I’m working on a commission. Here’s the top, pre-quilting.

Commissions are always an interesting process, a mix of my decisions and the clients. This one is destined for a beach-y room – so there are sand dollars, scallop shells and sandpipers – in blue and yellow.

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love, Love, LOVE!

modern quilt - pink and yellow spiral pattern
The top of my spiral quilt is finished, I’m still in love.  I need to get a backing together, then I’m sending it out to a long-arm quilter, this is just too big for my little machine.

And, I’m working on a version of this quilt as a pattern – my first.

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I recently bought Electric Quilt software – I’ve always been a pencil and paper (or fabric on the design wall) kind of quilter. But I’ve been playing more with design, and some (especially this one) could benefit from more sophisticated tools.

modern hourglass quilt design

But this is not an intuitive software, and I’m still in that frustrating stage of learning a new system where my ambitions are way ahead of my abilities, so I’m playing with simple patterns while I learn my way around.  At least the result is a  little hourglass layout for a pretty stack of Verna that’s been looking for a project.

 

Do you use EQ? Any tips?

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I’ve been particularly bad at generating UFO’s this winter.

handmade aqua quilted modern potholders

 

Most of them are still decidedly unfinished, but I did get one tiny project off the list: a pair of potholders.

 

aqua modern patchwork potholders

 

Granted, there’s still a bunch of these blocks half-pieced for a tablerunner, but I’m working on celebrating the small victories tonight.

 

aqua modern quilted potholders

 

These are destined for the shop

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Waste not, want not…

I was sorting through the various piles in my sewing room, when I found these blocks. They’re extras from this tablerunner I made as a Christmas gift.

cobalt blue dresden plate trivets

I didn’t really have a plan for them, but I had them, and I liked them, so it was a shame to leave them in a pile.

cobalt blue and white dresden plate trivets

Finally I decided to stitch them up into trivets. I’ll gift them to my mother, once I get those thread tails taken care of.

cobalt blue dresden plate trivets

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One project, three matching pillows

custom pillows by pioneer valley girl

A commission, so much as I love this design, they’ll be heading for a new home soon.

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