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January Design Camp 3

It’s my month to host Design Camp’s improvisational bee “Think Outside the Block.”  What fun it will be when eleven amazing creations start showing up in my mailbox, and just in time for my birthday, too!

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My daughter picked up this cute fabric at Ikea in Dallas while she was on Spring Break last March.  I love these graphic houses and decided they would be a perfect backing for a sampler of improv designs.

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These are the Kona solids I found to match.  From the top they are denim, spearmint, plum, baby blue, oyster, and pepper.  I can’t wait to see what the “Campers” come up with!

I need to finish up one more baby quilt then I can concentrate on our KCMQG winter challenge.  These beauties are from the Madrona Road collection by Portland Modern Quilt Guild member Violet Craft.

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You can read about it on the MQG blog here.  I’ve got my idea mapped out and I only have until Feb. 14 to get it finished.  Yikes pikes, that’s pretty soon!  I’m off to the sewing room…


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Improv Blocks

On my previous post I showed the lovely blue solid charms I received to complete one large block for oneygirl with Think Outside the Block swap.  Since this was my first month with this bee I waited until I’d seen what others were doing before I started cutting. Then I read the directions three or four times to make doubly QUADRUPLY sure I had it right.  I don’t know why I was so worried…they turned out well, if I do say so myself.

This combined with all the other colors will make one awesome quilt!  But I’d LOVE one just using these blues and greens maybe even better.  I hope next month’s design is just as easy.


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Think Outside the Block

A while back I impulsively sent a request to join an improv swap to Michelle of Design Camp.  She e-mailed me a couple of weeks ago to tell me I’m an alternate for February and as soon as she can get a few more signed up we’ll have a new “camp.”  I received these lovelies the other day:

Aren’t they yummy?  They came from oneygirl who wants Connector Blocks like those from Sandy Cummings’ book Thinking Outside the Block (appropriately enough) like this.  I’ll definitely have to stretch my improvisation skills here, but I’m ready.  Hope it will be more fun than stress.  Only time will tell.

My new sewing area is kind of a mess.  Daughter #1 moved back home last month and her former bedroom was my sewing room.  Since she wasn’t keen on sleeping in the basement, that meant my stuff had to go.  At least now I have everything together, including my short arm and frame.  I’m still trying to figure out where everything will go.  Putting these blocks together as well as  my two quilt-alongs are about all I can focus on right now.


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