January Stitchery Finished…

…well, until I figure out what to do with it!

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I have chosen my background material for my Nature’s Journey SAL:

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I need some pinks like these and I will be all set.

Still working on the Grand Illusion:

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I hope to get a lot accomplished this week-end!

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IT’s HERE!

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YAY! It arrived so fast! What excellent service from Hatched and Patched! I am so excited to start and go through with the process!

Here is what I pulled out for the background:

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And my choices for the applique:

Do I finally crack …er…cut into my Thimbleberries collection?

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Or, do I start using my 30’s collection (starting a stash):

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Or, do I use this stash of odds and ends plus my scrap basket?

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Choices, choices, choices! Such fun!

And the January goal is to stitch this:

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I have felt Chooky’s whip, all the way across the ocean;)… Although I must admit that I was confused and I thought that I could finish up a project, which I have been doing…my Grand Illusion…12 blocks so far and backing ordered. No, the 12 blocks aren’t sewn together yet but I love seeing how it will look!

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🙂

Been a little while…

…but the reality of work after the holidays has set in! Add to that I am an avid runner, swimmer and seasonal sport girl and I am using up all the hours of my day!

I have been taking the time to sew everday, even if it is just 15 minutes. I have advanced on my Grand Illusion quilt and it is slowly growing on me as IT grows:

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It will be quite the size! If anyone knows what the name of those black/cream/pink diagonal sets are please let me know. I am having difficulty making them join and I know there must be a trick.

This week I hope to get some hexagons hexied 😉

So many creative ideas going on in my head!

No Jen, I didn’t throw these out!

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SAL 2015 is officially underway for me!

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I signed up for Chooky’s SAL 2015 and I ordered the pattern yesterday! I really hope that it won’t take long for it to get here.  I will probably start going to the mailbox today to look for it ;).I am so excited to get started but I will have to live vicariously through the SAL blog in the meantime, seeing what colours the others are using.

I am still working on my Grand Illusion quilt and will update soon.  Just finished Step 3 and returning back to Step 2 with a plan!

I succeeded!

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I am learning so much with this Grand Illusion quilt. Now for this step I had to sew 2 sets of strips. Then they had to be placed one on top of the other and cut into sets. I was worried that they wouldn’t nestle properly but VOILA, they did. I have been really being careful with my cutting and 1/4 inch seam.

Here is the end result:

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I hope to get the quilt top finished this month!

First goal of 2015!

A SAL- Stitch A Long!

This is not just any Stitch along it is one that has been going along for the last few years where they choose a new quilt or projects for the year. It’s not just and Stitch along because the projects have been from Australian designers and this year is no exception.

Here is the link http://stitch-a-long.blogspot.ca/2015/ and it is very well hosted with the expectation to participating by blog posting and encouraging others! I have wanted to do it and the timing is perfect this year.

It is hosted by Chookyblue and Susan!

The project that we will be stitching is from Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched. She designs the most whimsical projects that incorporate both embroidery and quilting. I can’t wait to start. This one is called “Nature’s Journey.” Actually, I can wait until February because that is when it will start. Hoping that I will be able to get the pattern in time!

So! That is my first quilting commitment. Go and take a look at the these ladies’ blogs and see what it is all about.

Today I got farther along on my Grand Illusion mystery quilt…put up a block on my design wall…taking down the six-word memoirs down as I proceed 😉

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I skipped to step 5 so that I could have the middle:

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Almost 2015 and quilting!

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My friend Jen came over last night and we quilted. I pieced and she did her hexagons. We giggled and chatted and had a pleasant evening catching up. She helped me sort my hexagons:

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And here they in their containers:

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Yes, I have a lot…hexagon addiction. These are just my 1 inch hexies! One box of swaps and the others of my project.

Here is my Grand Illusion piecing organization:

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This evening I finished step 1 of 100 broken dishes blocks:

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I’m wishing you all a creative and healthy 2015! In the days to come I will share my goals….I have a few of course.