Friday, March 20, 2015

Short, Sweet, and Done--Pet Project Show #12

This quilt took me a year to 
complete, and more than once I was tempted to 
not finish it at all. I'm glad I kept at it because 
it forced me to grow my skills. I overcame the fear 
that I would mess up the FMQ beyond repair.
You all told me that the mistakes I knew were
there were not seen by others, so I kept on.
Thank you!

The last post here will give you many details 
of my process.

Now for some show and tell about my
I went shopping with my husband to
our local mega hardware store. I was 
seriously complaining about my scissors
picking up all my pins. I frequently use a
giant magnet to 'sweep' my floor area, or
skim it over my tables for a quick pin pick up.
Unfortunately, the pins can become the
tiniest bit magnetic.

$1 bought a demagnitizer that fixed my scissors!

Next was a too small, and slippery ruler problem.
I was looking for gripping material to put on my
ruler backs, and came across this 36", heavy-duty
ruler with an anti-slip backing. It has a place to 
keep my fingers up and off the cutting bed, and
it works like a dream!

Guys have cool toys, and some are way
cheaper than the quilting tool vendors.

Don't forget tomorrow is the Pink Doxies
Pet Project Show. I'll open up the Link Party
just before I go to bed for all you folks living
'Over the Pond.'

Lots to do today, and get ready to show you
next week. I've already been to Miller's Dry Goods 
(my FLQS- favorite local quilt store) early this 
morning, and it was packed with happy 
quilters on the Quilting and Cuisine Shop HopIt
continues through tomorrow.

Time to finish up another quilt top.
Here's a sneak peek at some blocks
so you can see the fun fabrics.
I'm so excited to get it all together!

Come on, Doxie Girls.
Let's go sew.

Linking up with~
Richard and Tanya Quilts
A Quilting Reader's Garden
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Quilt Shop Gal
Planet Penny
Sew She Can

It's Saturday, and time for the weekly 

Pink Doxies 

Pet Project Show. 

Add your link here every Saturday. 


Do we have to have rules? 

No worries! It's EASY.

1. Use the blue 'Add Your Link' button (below left) 
to upload a picture of something you've created 
in the past week. Any kind of handiwork--
share it now! It can be a work in progress, 
finally finished, or even your fab new fabric. 
Whatever it is that inspired you to create this 
week, we'd like to see it here. 

2. Please link to a specific post, and not just your 
blog address. It makes it easier for someone 
following your link to find the project.

3. Provide a backlink to Pink Doxies with a link in 
your post, or pick up our Pet Project Show 
button in the sidebar. Copy the code, then 
create a Pet Show widget with 'Add by HTML' 
on your Layout page.


1. You can link up to your Instagram. 
Click on the Instagram icon at the bottom 
of the link up screen. The URL of your Instagram 
feed will be your link. 
Please hashtag #pinkdoxiespetproject

Either way you link up, remember it's a party 

here, so schmooze with the crowd! Visit others 
who've linked up. Leave a comment so they 
know what you like about their work. 

Don't miss a post! 
Follow me on Bloglovin' or by email. 

The Linky Party starts now, and runs until 
Monday, March 16th at midnight. 
Spread the word, and tell all your stitchy friends.

*The first Saturday party of each month will 
feature several of the Doxies and my 
favorite link ups.
By linking up, you are giving permission for me 
to post your picture with a link back to your 
blog or Instagram account. 


The Raincross Quilt Guild said...

What mistakes? Can you see them as one gallops by on a horse at speed? Didn't see any. Overall, it's great! We are our worst critics. You did good. Nice new tools, too.

Emily said...

i love that quilt top.
such a cute twist on the normal + quilts i have seen

Lilly's Mom said...

Your quilt is beautiful! Not only is the design of the quilt pieces intriguing but the quilting itself is so lovely. How I admire your quilting skills. I do not quilt - maybe if I put down my knitting needles I could learn one day :). Happy Friday.

Lynn said...

Wow Julie, that's some serious quilting - that looks so good! I may have a try at that pattern myself, but I'm not sure I can do it as evenly as you, great inspiration.

Maryse said...

I commend you for finishing it despite the temptation of putting it aside... Your quilt is pretty and I like the mix of colors. The quilting is beautiful, it's such an intricate design and doesn't look easy to do. Nobody will notice the mistakes if there are any ... :-)

Great tools ... I especially like the ruler, I might have to pay a visit to the hardware store myself. :-)

Quilting Stories said...

You did very well not to abandon this lovely, so fresh quilt! And thanks for this new party!

Marly said...

I love the quilt that took you so long. The patchwork pattern is great fun, and quite a puzzle. I've been staring at it, trying to work out where one block ends and the next one starts! As for your quilting: you're the only one who sees its idiosyncrasies! (They are NOT mistakes - don't ever think that!) To me it looks perfect, and very difficult. Congratulations on a great finish.

Penny said...

The quilt is beautiful, not a mistake to be seen! Who knew you could get a demagnetizer? I know just what you mean about picking up scissors and finding them festooned in pins! Thanks for joining in with Happy Friday x Penny (Planet Penny)

VeggieMummy said...

Stunning quilts. Mistakes - Ha! I can show you mistakes! I'm quite new to quilting and have difficulty avoiding creases on the back. I definitely think I need more practice. Have a great week. x

Unknown said...

Is the new metal ruler very heavy? What a neat idea! I am so happy to be able to figure out your + block - very nicely finished too! I am on four rows of it now. My colors are more intense - so soft light ones. But we'll see.