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For the love of Solids Swap Package

Last week I received this swap package from TrilliumDesign but I couldn’t take pictures since I was literally home for about 8 hours. And in fact I’m only home a couple days this time but that’s long enough to take some pics and then take this fabulous tote with me to the conference I’m attending next week.

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I give Caroline a lot of credit since my description for the tote I wanted was something like “not too large but not too small.” And it turned out perfectly! It wil fit my laptop, notebook, and textbook or library book. It also has a nice large interior pocket for pens, notepads etc. But my favorite feature is the place to hook my keys to on the inside of the bag. I hate tossing my keys in a bag and then trying to root around and find them but this way they can go in my bag but be easy to find.

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For this swap we were supposed to make a large item and a small item so Caroline also sent along this pouch which will fit my change, chapstick and loose cash.

But the icing on the cake was the selection of fabric.

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I’m a big Echino fabric so I love these cars and I’ve been going back and forth about buying the Heather Ross guitars so it was an awesome addition.

If you can’t tell I couldn’t be happier with my swap package 🙂

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One of my favorite things from Brimfield was the vintage advertising. You could tell it was a popular genre because a large number vendors had at least a couple pieces. My one regret was not purchasing some metal typepress advertisements. How cool would it be to take a plain piece of fabric and press a variety of advertisements on it? I think it would be quite cool.

Unfortunately not only did I fail to purchase any of them I also didn’t take any photos. But I did snap shots of some other gems 🙂

Metal signs are always fun. And who doesn’t want to know where they can get candy AND cigarettes?

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Honestly this wood box scares me, is “improved butter color” really what “makes butter perfect”? Or perhaps it’s the fact that I imagine that the improved color was coming from additives.

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But my absolute favorite advertising aid was this salesmen’s kitchen display set. I can’t even imagine a time when a door to door salesman would come knocking to sell me a new kitchen using a display set from his briefcase. But it sure does look cool!

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What are you in love with today?

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I seem to have a recent obsession with one inch hexagons…. It started with this sewing machine cover

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I made it for my partner in the “For the Love of Solids” swap on Flickr. The color scheme was a little mellower than I think she would prefer so I added bit more pop on the back (sans hexagons)

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And because she commented on a lot of rainbow items in the pool I made this little mug rug.

Rainbow Mug Rug

Finally I made this from my Modern Meadow scraps. It’s handsewn onto linen and is intended as a present for someone else.

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Eventually I guess I’ll need to make something for myself!

I’m thinking about something like this

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or this

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What are you in love with today?

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Have you been to Design Seed yet? It’s my latest addiction and a great source for color combinations. I’ve been trying to do more solid fabric project but I have a hard time pulling together fun color combinations. It’s strange because I don’t have this problem with print fabrics… Well I won’t have a problem anymore because there is a wealth of information to be found on this site.

The top color scheme is exactly what I had in mind for the bed quilt I will (eventually) make. I was having some trouble deciding on tones of purple to use but no more.

The bottom color scheme is another favorite, I’m not sure what I’ll make but I love it too much not to do something with it!

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so tired

TH and I headed down south to visit our newest nephew B. You have to admit he is quite cute. Although you shouldn’t be fooled- he rules with an iron fist

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Hehehe! B. is our third nephew and also the youngest at only six weeks. We only got to visit for a couple days but it was nice to hang out with a baby that wanted nothing more than to cuddle. By the time we get to see him again he might even be scooting around on his own.

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the big orange wall quilt


I’ve been in love with this type of quilt for awhile.

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There are a couple different patterns for it and I suppose a couple different ways to construct it.

Finished Rain or Shine Quilt!


But I like free patterns so I’m going to use this tutorial by Film in the Fridge. My plan is to use this stack and make 12 1/2 in blocks but first I need to finish my half square triangle quilt (or at least that’s the plan…)

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I’ve been waiting for this magazine for about a month, I started looking it at the beginning of April even though I knew it wouldn’t come out until mid-month just to make sure I didn’t miss it.

Normally I’m not a big craft magazine person but ever since I saw this quilt I’ve been dying to make it.

Rubik's Crush quilt

Film in the Fridge posted the original quilt months ago and when I saw it was crazy because I had been thinking about a similar idea but a painter’s palette instead of a Rubik’s cube. I filed the picture away with the intention of doing something in between the two ideas until I saw that the pattern would be published. I knew the chances of me getting around to designing my own pattern were slim to none. At least not for the next two years while I’m going to school and working full time!

I didn’t realize the magazine was going to cost $20, a little steep since I only wanted one of the patterns.

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I saved $2 because the magazines were on sale but it’s more than I thought I could justify so I’m going to give it to my sister as a birthday gift and borrow it from her to complete this quilt.

My personal budget aside the magazine has a lot of really cool projects.

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I saw that quilt months ago and thought it was really cool, it reminds me of living in Colorado and how she did it is neat to see.

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There are lots of yoga mat bag patterns available but I like this one because you could use to hold towels for a trip to the beach or a quilt for a picnic!

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