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52 Quilts: Number 27 – Quilts for Pulse Lap Quilt

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Like most people, I heard the news from Orlando and felt heartbroken and helpless. When something popped up in my Instagram feed about the Quilts for Pulse Donation Project the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild was organizing, I went through my scraps and started cutting. I had enough rainbow scraps to do 30 hearts without any repeating fabrics. I used a neutral grey, low volume fabric for the background. And backed it in a darker grey.

The suggested pattern is a Heart Block from Cluck Cluck Sew. It took longer than I predicted to put it together, I wanted to have it in the mail before July 1st, but it’s done now and as soon as it has a label, it will be in the mail to a new home. It’s not much but hopefully it will bring some happiness to someone who needs it. Thank you to the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild for organizing and facilitating this quilt drive. Knowing the online quilting community, I think they will get more than enough quilts to spread the love all over Orlando.

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52 Quilts: Number 26 – Parks and Rec Swap Mini

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Well, here we are almost half way through 2016 and I am actually half way through my 52 Quilts in 2016 project! Most of the finished quilts have been mini quilts for myself or for swap projects, but I am pretty proud of the work I have completed this year so far. I am a pretty lackluster blogger though. I seem to be able to finish the projects but not remember to post about them. This one is more than a month old. Sorry for the delay.

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I made this for a Parks and Rec swap earlier this spring. I love the show, but for some reason I had a really hard time converting the show into craft. I used this inspirational quote from Andy Dwyer and did a mini quilt with combined paper pieced letters and embroidered text.

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I saw this raccoon fabric at the store and it cracked me up. If you have ever watched Parks and Rec there is a background joke that Pawnee, IN is overrun with Raccoons. I think it was a perfect detail, but then I sort of wondered what on earth anyone would use this photo-real raccoon fabric for if not for an ironic in-joke.

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For the label I made a little iron-on talk bubble. Because, Talking Raccoon.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo again for extras. I made a coffee mug that said JJ’s Diner, and a mason jar coin bank with “Treat Yo’ Self” on it,

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52 Quilts: Number 25 – Double Mini Swap Quilt

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The most recent swap I participated in was a short turn around but it was really fun. The theme was “Double Mini” meaning it was a mini quilt that also had miniature dimensions. It couldn’t be larger than 8” on a side. I used a charm pack of Tula Pink fabric and this free Prismatic Medallion pattern (reduced to 50%)

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The hexagonal binding was a new challenge but I think the grey stripes is a fun addition.

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I didn’t quite get it right the first time, it was too small. But I finished it (and another) anyway, since I had it already cut out. I gave one to a friend and the second is hanging in my sewing room on my Mini Wall.

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There were enough scraps leftover to make a couple little pouches so I included one of those and some rainbow thread when I sent the package.

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52 Quilts: Number 24 – Team Ironman

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I am such a delinquent blogger. I made this little mini Team Ironman quilt a couple months ago for my 2016 Birthday Fun Swap. The birthday girl of the month was a huge Marvel fan, especially Ironman. I made this mini quilt with a free pattern from Quiet Play.

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For the rest of the package, I included a Sew-Together bag by Sew Demented, which I did in Marvel theme.

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I included some fun extras, including a tumbler I decorated with vinyl and my Silhouette Cameo, a couple decals and some Ant Man and Iron Man goodies.

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Wizard World Philly: My Weekend with David Duchovny

My Weekend

I know this is primarily a crafty blog, but indulge me while I GEEK OUT for a bit. I just got back from an incredible girls’  weekend in Philadelphia, spent eating amazing food and hanging out with David Duchovny. If you read my post about my X-Files Quilt, you know I am a huge fan, so when I got an email announcing David Duchovny and two other X-Files Cast Members (Mitch Pileggi and William B Davis.) would be at Wizard World in Philadelphia, I jokingly emailed my friend Amanda and suggested we should go. Before I knew it, our little wouldn’t-that-be-awesome pipe dream became a reality with plane tickets, hotel reservations and VIP passes to the Comic Con. (Never mind that right after that we found out they will also be in Chicago…)

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Like any crafty geek, I set to work making a few things for the trip. I made an entire outfit, a miniature version of my quilt (using just the I Want to Believe block.) and a bag.

First, the outfit. I didn’t go full cosplay, but did a more inspired-by ensemble. I used the UFO fabric that was the backing of my quilt to make a skirt. I used the EYMM Capsule skirt pattern, which I have now made 3 more since then, it’s a great little skirt. For the top, I brainstormed but eventually came up with a baseball jersey as a nod to the X-Files episode The Unnatural. The episode happens to be a favorite of mine and is a fun little story about baseball and how all the greatest players were actually aliens. It ends with a touching little moment with Mulder and Scully playing baseball, including a Mulder monologue that I think perfectly encapsulates the dynamics of the series. It is also the first episode that David Duchovny wrote and directed. 

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The team in The Unnatural is the Roswell Grays, so I used that as my base. Because I already chose the skirt fabric, I went with black and white, rather than the navy and gray in the show. I also added some other details to make it a little more X-Files-y. 

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I found these “X” buttons on Etsy and they are a perfect little detail I just love. 

And I couldn’t decide what I should do with the back, whether to put a number or not, and if I should use the numbers that appear on the main player’s jersey, or the one that is on Mulder’s. Somehow through a little stroke of inspiration I landed on a baseballified derivative of the show’s iconic line “Trust No One.”

The lettering for the front and back were done with my Silhouette Cameo, I traced an image I found of the show jersey to get the lettering right in the front. The back is an X-Files font. They are all cut from black fabric and hand-appliqued with zigzag stitching. Time consuming and a definite labor of love!

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I designed and ordered fabric from Spoonflower.com just to make a bag. I used my favorite cross-body bag pattern, the 2 Zip Hipster from Dog Under My Desk but enlarged it 150% so it’s large enough for my DSLR. 

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My next project was a smaller version of the quilt so I could take it and have it autographed. I wasn’t willing to deal with carrying a full sized quilt on an airplane and around Comic Con, so I used the fandominstitches.com pattern for the I Want to Believe poster than hung in Mulder’s office all these years.

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I used the leftover spoon flower fabric to back it.

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 Then the fun really began. We flew to Philly on Friday morning, super early, got there by lunch time and checked in for our VIP passes. We explored the city, ate a bunch of great food and walked about 10 miles that day.

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Saturday was the real fun, though! Started out the morning running into a Storm Trooper who I took a photo with since I know my kiddos would love it. 

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Mid-morning we had an autograph session. We met a few cool people in line and chatted. We are lucky the lady behind us snapped these photos when it was my turn to get my autograph. I think at first he was hesitant to sign the quilt, though I assured him I made it just for this purpose. 

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Then he glanced up and noticed my shirt. He commented on it and then leaned over and signed it too. Which was totally unexpected and awesome. 

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Later in the afternoon we had a photo op, which only lasts about a minute but he commented again on my shirt. Day made.

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We rounded out the day in the front row of the X-Files panel discussion. Here’s a pretty good rundown of the discussion.

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On Sunday we had one last X-Files fix, we had a group photo with Duchovny, Mitch Pileggi and William B Davis, who were all so kind and gracious. 

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And now this little guy is hanging on my mini-quilt wall, to be coveted forever.

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52 Quilts: Number 22 – Denver Broncos Quilt

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I finished up the binding on this Denver Broncos quilt today, it’ll be in the mail tomorrow to my nephew. Last week was his 9th birthday and I had hoped it would be done in time but it’s just a tad late. He’s a Broncos super fan, so I know he will love it, even if it’s belated.

Denver Broncos Quilt | Just-Joshin.com

I sent the quilt out for long-arm quilting, which has a fun football motif. I kept the patchwork simple and used tonal fabrics to accent the logo fabric. The back is a different Broncos fabric as well.

Denver Broncos Quilt | Just-Joshin.com

Denver Broncos Quilt | Just-Joshin.com

I also did a paper-pieced pillow to match. I hope he loves it. Even if it is a little past his birthday.

Denver Broncos Quilt | Just-Joshin.com