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Burp Cloths for a baby boy, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Seems like forever that I’ve actually COMPLETED a project. *sigh*
It’s been a busy, busy summer, with lots of acitivity and less mommy time with Jack being home. But school is back in session, and mommy is getting back into a groove 🙂 My first completed project for September are these burp cloths for a friend’s new baby boy. I just love Michael Miller’s Lil’ Cowpokes fabric, and I had these men’s shirting fabrics waiting for the right project…so there you go. I think I might need to use these men’s shirting fabrics for more…a boys quilt? Ideas, ideas, ideas. Speaking of ideas and projects…I have many STARTED projects that need to be finished!

The first started project that needs to be finished was started a YEAR ago!  Woops.  I just kept getting sidetracked.  I bought a whole bunch of batiks at my aunt’s quilt shop last year.  I am not usually a batik kind of girl, but I wanted to try something different, and I was drawn to the boyish, earthy qualities of the fabrics I chose.  So…I started a Turning Twenty batiks quilt for my two boys…and the quilt top is finally finished.  The backing is ready.  I just need to put it together 🙂  I WILL do that soon!  Here’s a little peek:

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The next project is a Zig Zag quilt (without piecing triangles), using a tutorial by Crazy Mom Quilts.  I have all the fabric cut and partially sewn.  The quilt top is ready to be put together now.  I chose whites, blues and browns…thinking that this quilt might be gifted to the family’s summer home on the beach.  Maybe (ha ha ha) I will get to it by NEXT summer 😉

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My next two “projects” are more like dilemmas…what to do with this amazing fabric?!  I have a ton of Anna Maria Horner that needs a complimenting quilt design…and I have been collecting all the red and aqua fabric I can find (this pic just shows some of it) to finally make a much desired “raqua” quilt…again, I need a design.  Hmmm.  I have been staring at these fabrics for months.  What to do, what to do.  Any suggestions?! 

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Ok….so, I have a lot to accomplish…and this is just the beginning of ALL that I want to get done.   There’s the robot quilt that I am planning on making for Jack(based on this GREAT quilt I found on flickr), a new fall bag, an attempt on hexagons like these and since November is my month at Bee Modern quilting bee, I need to get my act together and decide on what kinds of blocks I want the girls to make, and what fabric to use…not much time to figure it all out given that I need to buy the fabric, cut it up, divide it and send it to 15 girls all across the globe!  ah well.  I’ll get there.  One project at a time 🙂

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Blocks for Alexia I, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

I am late with the August blocks for Alexia! So much going on around here with vacations and work and kids….but I finally got moving this week and had a lot of fun with Alexia’s fabrics!! I added some of my own fabrics too where I thought they might fit. I hope she likes the blocks and I can’t wait to see her finished quilt 🙂

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So it was Claudia’s turn this month 🙂  She chose Hello Betty Retro fabric (which I have had my eye on for months now).  When I received her fabric package I was so psyched….a) Hello Betty Retro and b) no rules!  (Not that rules are bad.  I can’t promise when its my month that I won’t set some ground rules!! )  I’ve been really wanting to try some paper piecing as in this string quilt example, so I chose that to be my first block.  I used up a LOT of the fabric she sent but I really wanted to do more than one block for her.  I took what I had and made a wonky log cabinish block.  I threw in some of my own fabrics here and there for some spice (as she told us was ok to do) and also to get to the desired 12.5″ by 12.5″ block.  I think the paper piecing could be QUITE addictive!!!  It looks so cool, and its fun to do!  Hmmm, the wheels are turning… 

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Now if only I could choose what my next project will be.  I just got some new fabrics from Fabricworm and am in the process of building my raqua (red/aqua) collection.  Not sure what type of quilt arrangement will showcase this color theme best.  Any suggestions?  I have seen it done as a wonky log cabin (always a crowd pleaser) and as a mod sampler quilt…though I was thinking of trying something different….paperpieced string quilt?  strip quilt?  ????????

Well, now that my head is spinning with ideas, I’m going to get to it.  G’night everyone 🙂

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I received this package from Sudi-Laura last week…and I absolutely LOVE it all! First of all, I love Anna Maria Horner, so just the fact that Sudi-Laura used her fabrics made my day 🙂 I love the design of the coasters, so pretty! She threw in some extra fabric (she must KNOW I have a fabric obsession!!) and yummy tea….what more could a girl want? Thank you so much Sudi-Laura!

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Kindred Crafters Coaster Swap- received, originally uploaded by Isaacsmama.

My first swap! This first picture is of the package I sent to Sudi-Laura(taken by Sudi-Laura who did a MUCH better job photographing the contents than I did).  Sudi-Laura told me she liked bright and bold colors…so I thought red and aqua (my favorite color pair at the moment) would do the trick. I wanted to send something else with the coasters so I found some tea and a mug that coordinated well with the red & aqua theme. I used the Pinwheel Quilted Coaster tutorial by The Long Thread. They were really fun to make 🙂

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Stacked Coins for Ben, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Finally made this quilt!! I have been dreaming of it since before Ben’s birth. I inteded to have it made before he was born…it never happened. Ben just turned one and I figured, better late than never! I adapted the quilt from Last-Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts. (love that book btw!) I hope Ben will love to snuggle with it 🙂

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Ready to ship…, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

My first swap package is ready to ship. This was a coaster swap hosted by Kindred Crafters. I had a lot of fun and I hope that my partner Sudi-Laura from The Adventures of a Fabric Junky enjoys them!! I will post pics when I know Sudi-Laura has receivd them 🙂

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Made a new belt…, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

I have been wanting to make some belts like these and these, but could not for the life of me decide which fabrics to use! I finally decided to go simple to start, and went with a pair of fabrics that have been lying around and have had no good use thus far. I intended to use them for a Mei Tai baby carrier, but just never got around to it after making the first one! I grabbed these two fabrics and immediately thought of a new jacket I got at the Gap that will go perfectly with jeans and some flips. And hey it goes with a lot of other stuff too 🙂 I used this tutorial by Not Quite Vintage and because I’m instructionally challenged, I made one little goof, but no one would notice or care….eh, you live, you learn. Now I need to hit Etsy and grab some vintage belt buckles!

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Sunday Stash #2, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

I know, again, its NOT Sunday!! I worked all weekend (thats my excuse), and wasn’t on my computer at ALL. (note withdrawal post!)
Anyhoo. I’m back from two night shifts and one evening and am getting back into the groove. I’m psyched for this charm pack (well actually I got five of them) and am thinking of using it to make Thimbleblossoms “Wild Thing” quilt. I think the fun fabrics will go really well with the whirly pinwheels 🙂

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Other than new fabric…I’m so excited to be invited to join a virtual quilting bee by Nichole of Shear Delight. I’ve loved spying on other bees, and have always WANTED to join one, like this one called Common Threads. Ours is called Bee Modern and I’m super excited to get to started and to get to know the other 11 girls. Thanks Nichole for including me 🙂

Also…dun dun dah, I joined Kindred Crafters in a coaster swap! You can still join us, the join by date is May 8th. You definitely gotta check it out.

And on that note…I’m fully committed and will be nice and busy for a bit. Love that! Ok, time for a little fro yo (Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia) and then off to bed! Night!

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to CRAFT HOPE.  This is a wonderful opportunity to give to those less fortunate.  Craft Hope is working on their second project and I’m jumping on board.  The project is for the children of an orphanage in Nicaragua.  

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“The orphanage is called Casa Bernabe and they house children from the ages of 4 to 18, boys and girls.  They are currently working to not only feed and clothe the kids, they are starting to really focus on their psychological and emotional health as well.  When the children arrive at the orphanage, they literally have nothing and we would love to give them something that is “theirs.”

Craft Hope is working with Eren and the ORPHANetwork to provide handmade, soft-bodied dolls for the children.  Many of the children come from abusive situations and the dolls will allow the children to develop the mothering and nurturing instincts that most little girls have.” 

                                               -From Craft Hope

How could I not hop on board?!  I love to sew/craft, and what better than to use my skills to help kids?  If you know how to sew, jump on board!

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