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Yay it’s Friday! Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I’m going to the zoo tomorrow :) I love the zoo! Maybe I even get some new ideas for more Sugaridoodles or animal blocks for the Sugaridoo Sampler.

Since I missed the work in progress Wednesday that I planned for this week I wanted do quickly share the quilt blocks I’ve  been working on this week. I have finished 16 of the 57 blocks. I’m getting somewhere. I hope to finish all the blocks this month, but that might be a bit too ambitious.

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These are the Funcky Fishes blocks. How cool would these be in a whole quilt with fishes? Oh why don’t I have more time in a day? :)

In blue we have Freddy and Ferdinand.

Fish quilt block // Paper piecing block for fishes Freddy and Ferdinand. Aren't they adorable?

And these ladies in pink are Fiona and Francine. I love making these blocks. They are just so fun!

Paper piecing pattern // Funky Fishes Fiona and Francine. So cute for a mini quilt or a pillow for the nursery.

Besides the fishes I worked on the cat and dog blocks. The bunny also belongs in there, but I haven’t got to that one yet.

Dog quilt block // How cool would this be as a mini quilt. Love these Karen Lewis Blueberry park fabrics.

This green fellow above is the Dapper Doggy and below you see the Smitten Kitten block in blue. Both need some eyes, but I’m not sure yet how I want to embroider them.

They are both made with the Blueberry Park fabric line by Karen Lewis combined with Kona Cotton solids. Love love love those fabrics! It’s going to be a sad moment when I finish all of them.

Smitten Kitten // A cute Sugaridoo quilt block. Perfect for a mini quilt for a cat lover (or just for your cat, they will love it)

So that’s my quilting progress for the last two weeks. What have you been up to?

Love,
Irene

A few months ago I joint the fun of a Instagram quilt swap for the second time. The theme of this swap was rainbow mini quilts. And rainbows just so happen to be my favorite. My slowly growing fabric stash mostly exists of happy rainbow colors, so I knew this was a swap for me. Kate Basti hosted the swap, everything was so perfectly organized! (If you happen to read this Kate, again thank you so much!)

I would love to show you the progress of the quilt I made for Becky and the super awesome quilt I received from Tina. All in Instagram photos of course, since it was a Insta swap.

Lets start with my  choice of fabric, this is actually the second pull. I had a hard time making my final decision before I started cutting. But it turned out to be a nice pull don’t you think?

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And then the design of the mini quilt. I had these paper pieced pencils in my mind for a while now. Since Becky is a teacher I thought it would be perfect to draw out a pattern for the pencils for this mini quilt.

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Then cutting started, that went very organized. I ended up with 16 colorful packages of fabric with their patterns, ready to sew.

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And sewing I did :) It worked like a breeze cause everything was already cut. So I just had to sit behind the machine and piece everything together.First pencils

Started sewing

After having pieced everything together and sandwiched the quilt it was time to do some quilting. I went for straight line quilting on this one, with help of the Minions in the background.

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A little close up of the quilting.

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After piecing a scrappy grey binding and sewing it on by hand it was finished! I’m still super excited with how it turned out to be. Planning to make another one just for myself because it was quite hard to part with it ;)

Finished Pencil quilt

After I send my package, I received a big envelope. Yay!! There was my own mini rainbow quilt.

Received Quilt

And this was what was inside, a gorgeous quilt with so much extras! A lovely card from Tina, with super cute fabrics, a ruler and mini ribbon. I love the mini chalkboards. The quilting was so beautifully done and the piecing was just perfect. Really love the fabrics she used with the happy rainbow colors. It is so special when someone designs and  makes something specially for you. Thank you so so much Tina!

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I had a blast with this swap. It was super fun to follow everybody and to see what is being made. I haven’t signed up for a next swap yet, but I’m sure this wasn’t my last.

Love,
Irene

Linked up to: TGIFF, Fabric frenzi friday

MomsQuilt4_cropFinally I can share it with the world! So so happy that I can post the pictures of the quilt I made for my mom: “Things we love”. Let me tell you about it!

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January this year I got the idea to design a quilt for my mom. She has been quilting for a very long time and makes lots of quilts for others. But she never made a big quilt just for herself. So I decided to make her one. Long long time ago I did piece some blocks, but I was never really fond of quilting. About two years ago my interest in pretty fabrics started growing. I only made a baby quilt before this one, so this was my very first big project. How exciting!

I designed a quilt with all the things we love. This is the design I came up with. My parents house is in is, bikes for our biking trip, sailing boats and a lighthouse since we love going to the Dutch Waddeneilanden, of course sewing machines since she taught me how to sew and much more :)

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A close up of some of the blocks. The pencil block and the tulips are my favorites I think!

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Since I was so excited making this for her it was difficult to keep it a secret. But we managed (the whole family knew) and my mom was so surprised when she received it! There we are with the quilt :)

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It was my first time free motion quilting on a real quilt. (I did practice on little pieces) It was so much fun to do! My old Lewenstein machine did a pretty good job.

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Love this picture of my mom and me, such a happy pic, love her a lot! I think handing her the quilt was the best part of the whole process :)

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This was just after she unpacked the present and saw the quilt for the first time, a loving quilt hug :)

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Even the boyfriend loved giving it to my mom after all my hard work. He was very supportive along the way ;) “Yes that bird is also pretty in pink, yes it also looks good in green..”

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And now it’s hanging in my parents home, just love how it turned out!

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Thank you so much for stopping by!

Love,
Irene