Work in Progress for October

Hey everyone!  I’ve got lots of work in progress for the month of October.  I’m sure I’m not the only one!

I’ve been playing with some maple leaf blocks.  I made four of them (9″ square) and these will become a pillow for the living room couch:

4modern maples

I’ve added some fall solids to my stash from American Made.  I have been playing with these lovelies and I think I see a table runner in my future:


I’m trying to catch up on my TQS BOM from last month.  I have the letters S, Y and Z finished.

tqs letters syz

I LOVE that letter S!  Now I’m ready to finish up the borders. I already have most of them prepped since I had to have examples ready for the instructional videos.

Speaking of BOM’s, I got one block finished for the El’s Kitchen (Quilt in a Day) BOM at my local quilt shop, The Granary.  I think this block is adorable:

els kitchen month 10

And I finished an appliqued sample for our shop’s Color Love BOM (designed by Nancy Rink).  I’m really excited about this one and I can’t wait to see it finished!

color me happy applique

I participated in a small friendship bag swap at my Modern Quilt Guild.  I made this Lined Drawstring Bag from the free tutorial by Jeni Baker at In Color Order.

drawstring bag closed copy

Seriously easy and seriously cute!  I added the outer pockets using the tutorial from Terri Harlan at Sew Fantastic.  For the drawstrings I used some of my Moda Twill tape which I’ve been saving for a special project.  It fit perfectly in size and color scheme.

drawstring bag ties

And let’s not forget the dark chocolate with hazelnuts for the inside!

drawstring bag inside

I’ve got to make more of these just to hide my chocolate stash!   And I finished it off with a cute little gift tag:

drawstring bag gift tag

Well, I don’t get to say this next sentence very often:  I’m going to be out of the country for 12 days!  Yes, I’m going to Spain and Portugal with Mr. Crafty Quilter and we leave in two days.  Our youngest daughter is spending a semester in Cordoba, Spain, so we will catch up with her and do some sight seeing.  I’ll be excited when we actually get to Cordoba.  I’m not a great “flyer” and getting through airports, customs, car rentals, etc. is a big stress factor for me.

Anyways, I have one scheduled blog post for next week.  So if things get quiet around here, it’s because I’ll be disconnected for a while. I look forward to catching up with you at the end of this month!


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  1. so many things done and such a range of techniques you have used here. Your letters are such a good and interesting shape rather than a basic one very nice

  2. Hi Julie,

    I love your blog-as usual! I am going to pin the tute on the bag-so lovely!! I get very antsy and restless flying. Sometimes a book just doesn’t do it. I was at my local quilt shop before my summer vacation to Alaska and told the shop owner. She said she always takes her redwork with her and the time flies. I did just that and loved every quality second I got to spend doing something I love so much!!! Maybe that will help – if it’s not too late. I’ve been to Spain and Portugal. You are in for a real treat. Have the best vacation and I’ll hope you’ll add some fun things about your trip in future posts. Portugal has a wonderful button shop right in the center of town and a few good fabric shops. Hope you have time to wander around a bit!!

  3. Have a wonderful time, and take lots of pictures. I’m with you on the airline flights; I’m always so uncomfortable. Just remember you get a daughter hug at the end!

  4. Your piecing skills are so excellent, almost as good as your machine applique skills!

    You will just be amazed at what you will see on your trip, take millions of pics!

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