small projects

A little gift for my mom for mother’s day –


A few new market bags for a local shop –


And the start of a new quilt –


Many many thanks to Julie and Joree for sending me some of the wonderful paint-by-number bird fabric. I’ve been hoarding it for a while, but now, in my attempt to actually use my favorite fabrics, I cut into them for this new quilt. I’m doing some more improv blocks and each center will feature one of the birds in one of the three colors. I really like each block individually, though I’m a bit concerned about how they’ll all work together in a quilt. We shall see!

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32 Responses to small projects

  1. 1
    Emily C says:

    Love those pot holders~great gift for a mom who has everything! (And don’t all mom’s?)

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    kerri says:

    i love all the little projects you’ve done!!

    the quilt blocks are beautfiul!! i love you have have centered them around the birds. can’t wait to see this one develop!! 🙂

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    Whitney says:

    i was so thrilled to see the new bags when i came in this morning! you’ve tempted me yet again…

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    Modest Mom says:

    I love the bags. Great colors on the squares. I’ve never seen the paint by number bird fabric before.

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    Becca says:

    I love the gift for your mother – such pretty colors!

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    Hillary says:

    I love the bird blocks! The colors and improv piecing are fantastic! Great Job!

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    anina says:

    I love all the color in this post. Those bags are so pretty!

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    amandajean says:

    don’t worry. if you sash the blocks in white it will work! 🙂

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    katy says:

    you are the most productive sewer/quilter on the web. i swear! the bird blocks are lovely, perfect way to show case the wonderful paint-by-number fabric!

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    Suzanne says:

    I agree with Katy. I have never seen anyone so productive. And these projects are beautiful~I love the fabrics you used for the bags and potholders. Great job!

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    sarah says:

    everything you make is so pretty. (sigh)

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    Emily S says:

    I love how you used part of the selvedge in the pink bird block! Just a quick questions for you. Like you, i’ve been trying to use more of my favorite fabric in my quilts instead of letting it collect dust on the shelves. However once i complete these quilts, I love them so much i just can’t part with them – but who really needs 30 quilts in their house!? What do you do with all of your completed quilts?

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    Rebecca says:

    I love the colors you use and the way that you “improv” quilt. I am dying to try this improv quilting, but first I have a few projects to finish. Do you typically use whatever fabric you have around when you improv quilt? Or do you buy specific fabrics with that type of quilt in mind?

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    Kate says:

    What a lovely gift for you Mum. I’m really excited to see this next quilt, those birds are very pretty

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    I am SO sorry I didn’t get any of that paint by number bird fabric, because I sure can’t find any now! Those are the coolest blocks! I agree–sashing them in white, they’ll all live together very happily.

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    pve says:

    you sew inspire me.
    congrats on winning the berry spoons from our “eddie”

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    Emily says:

    I love your paint-by-numbers bird blocks!! They are really cute – I can’t wait to see the whole quilt. I’m sure they’ll look fabulous together!

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    turtlewon says:

    Love the birds, bags and my pot holders! Your creativity, your projects, and your photo compositions never cease to amaze me.

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    ancient one says:

    Congratulations on winning the Eddie Ross Give-away…

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    Gina says:

    The paint by number birds is a hoot! (that wasn’t intended as a pun until I realized how funny it is, so now it IS intended as a pun – phew, too much coffee!) Love ALL your projects; thanks for sharing!

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    salla says:

    lovely things! i will have to send my MIL in search of those bags, she is not too far… rouses pt, ny.
    i also wanted to say thanks for the tutorial on the fabric chain with velcro! as a military spouse we make so many tear away chains, this is a great one we can repeatedly use! thanks

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    alexis says:

    i’m so jealous of that bird fabric! it’s gorgeous and i love your work too, such an inspiration to look at.

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    Chantry says:

    I love your site. And I love love love the paint by numbers birds…I saw it last summer on a demo bag and have been searching for it ever since!

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    Wow! I just found your blog today and am in AWE!!! How did you learn how to DO all of this?!? You’re amazing!

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    Lara says:

    i have the bird fabric and have horded it for over a year now and will continue to do so, love it.

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    willy-nilly says:

    I hoarded a bunch of the paint by numbers, even sent some on to Joree…Seattle, Florida, Vermont… I’ve been working on a whole “flock” quilt and these will for sure be included!

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    Emily says:

    Yes I know what you mean about using your favorite fabrics! You have done beautiful work! I do not recognize those super good green dots though! I’m dying to know- what fabric is that, pretty please?!!

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      admin says:

      Emily – The small green dotted fabric is from Joelle Hoverson’s Cake Rock Beach line. The dark green with the larger white circles is Jennifer Moore Monaluna.

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    Emily says:

    Thanks for the info about the cake rock beach dots – of course I cannot find them anywhere! While I’m at it, I’d love to know about the skirt you are wearing in the beach bag tutorial! I love the little pleating at the bottom. Is that what it is – little pleating with an A-line skirt? Thank you! Your work is amazing!

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