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Valentine’s Mini quilt

Valentines mini quilt

I really haven’t sewn much in the last 6 months, so I’ve been eyeing some easy and quick projects to try to get me back into it. I found a heart block tutorial online and created a design to incorporate 4 heart blocks.

Valentines mini quilt

I used a large scale print fabric for the backing, I really didn’t want to have to cut into that bird and circle so I was excited that it fit perfectly on the back of this mini and now I can flip it over after Valentine’s Day and have a little picture quilt.

Valentine's mini quilt

I used mostly scraps for this mini (including the batting) and didn’t baste or attempt to secure the quilt sandwich whatsoever before quilting. I figured it would be fine because it was so small…well no, I learned that doesn’t tend to produce great results! The quilt warped quite a bit so I know not to skip that step next time, no matter how big or small the project. Especially with straight line quilting. Overall I really like how it turned out and am looking forward to more sewing this year.


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Follow the Leader – Minky Backing

This is another finish from the Modern Quilts Illustrated I received for Christmas this past year. I’ve been dying to use my Rock n’ Romance fat quarter bundle for so long but I wanted to find a pattern that worked well and showed off larger prints.

Follow the Leader

I chose a cream-colored minky with dimples for the backing, and I had a plan for free motion quilting in swirls and loops, but my machine did not co-operate no matter what I tried so I blamed it on the minky and settled for a random horizontal wavy look, with the walking foot. I don’t love it but it will do. I’m working on another quilt with a minky type fabric on the back and I decided that I HATE working with this type of fabric but LOOOOOOOVE how it turns out. It makes the quilt a bit heavier, softer and snuggly. So I just have to adjust my expectations when working with it.

Follow the Leader

My three-year old has claimed this as his blanket, which surprised me a lot, because I think it’s rather girly looking. He loves the backing however, and refers to it as his ‘soft blanket’

Follow the Leader


The binding is a Kona solid called Cedar and the background I believe is Mushroom, but I really can’t remember!

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Mountain Range Quilt Top & Mug Rug

In January I attended ‘Quilt ’till you wilt’ hosted by The Quilting Bee. I sewed up a quilt top for my mom and participated in a design your own mug rug challenge.

Mountain range quilt

This top was made with shimmery, metallic fabric by Northcott called Artisan Spirit Shimmer. It was fun to work with and the design came together pretty fast. There was one ‘Y’ seam that I needed help with and some finicky measuring and cutting, but other than that the design was easy.

Mountain range

Mountain range quilt

After I finished the mountain range top, I started thinking about my mug rug design. I checked out Flickr for some inspiration and came up with this:

Mug Rug
I used the scraps from my mountain range top, and I loved how it turned out!

Mug Rug

All of the ladies at quilt ’till you wilt voted on their favorite mug rug and I ended up winning second place – I voted for the first place winner, so maybe if I hadn’t done that… 🙂

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Deck-ade the halls – Stockings

This is what happens when I’m trying to get something done as fast as possible and skip over the details such as fabric direction, block direction etc.

Here is the improved version, but I had to leave the red fabric upside down as it was already cut and sewn upside down and I really didn’t feel like wasting it by cutting some more.

Deck-ade the halls by Mdcy9


Heartthrob – a work in progress

This is my newest project, the pattern is called Heartthrob and I found it over at Lella Boutique

As soon as I saw the pattern I thought it would be perfect for the Honey Honey fabric by Kate Spain my Mom gave me a few months ago. When she gave it to me she said she wanted to give me some girly fabric because I’m surrounded by boys in my little family 🙂

The top is mostly finished, I just have to complete the borders and decided what type of backing and binding to use. I’m really excited about getting this one finished!

The hearts came together easily and I loved working with this larger scale pattern it was so much fun!



Sisters’ Ten Block of the Month (Jan-Jun)

I started my first Block of the Month in January, Anne Marie from Gen X Quilters is hosting it this year and I loved the modern layout of this quilt ! I’ve enjoyed every month and have learnt a great deal about different techniques like Half Square Triangles and Hourglass blocks as well as accurate 1/4″ seams. I was not aware at the beginning of the year I was NOT sewing with a 1/4″ foot, so I’m going to have to do some adjustments when I put the quilt together 🙂 Here are the first 6 months of blocks: 

These are the January blocks, and my first experience with Flickr and taking pictures of quilting 😀

February blocks, one of my favorite months

March block, called School Girls Puzzle…it’s my favorite block so far!

And April, Lady of the Lake

This is May – As I went to square up HST’s I notice they were WAY smaller than the instructions said they should be and I noticed I cut out the 9″ sized block 😦 I usually pick out the fabric for one block, cut some of it out and sew some of it etc. and this month I decided to cut it ALL out first and then sew it all at once. Arg, so annoying I cut everything out too small, it was so de-motivating…I decided to just sew a white border around these blocks to fit them in with the rest of the quilt as opposed to starting over and cutting the right 12″ size.

June block – didn’t pay attention to the dot direction on the 2nd block, so aggravating, but I’m not going to change it, just going to chalk it up to ‘added character’

So that’s it, my January – June blocks 🙂

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Deck-ade the Halls – Star Studded

I completed block #2 for the Fat Quarter Shop Deck-ade the Halls QAL called Star Studded. I went back and forth for a while on fabric choices before settling on the aqua and red. These didn’t make a big impact on me initially after seeing a few in the Flickr group, it wasn’t until I spent HOURS working on this to finish it that I appreciated it. These little stars look so simple to make, and they probably are for some people, but I just don’t have the experience yet doing small size piecing to think it was so simple!

I love how they turned out, now I just need to get going on the next couple blocks…I’m definitely not keeping up 🙂