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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

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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 21 – The Droids You’re Looking for mini quilt

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The #maythe4thMQS swap I hosted has gone pretty smoothly. For the most part, people have all shipped on time, checked in and the quilts they’ve made are nothing short of amazing.

I had one swapper contact me and let me know she had a family emergency and she was concerned she wouldn’t be able to ship on time. I told her not to worry, family always comes first. And I stepped in and made this little Droid-inspired mini quilt in her place.

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I used the Quiet Play patterns for the droids and added the text with my embroidery machine. How cute are R2 and C3PO?

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I had a little fun practicing with my free-motion quilting and in addition to swirls, I added stars, which was something new.

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May the Force be with you!

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52 Quilts: Number 19 – May the 4th Mini Quilt

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A few months ago I decided to organize a mini quilt swap of my own. It was a Star Wars themed quilt swap, with the shipping dates just before the Star Wars holiday, May the 4th (be with you!) You can see all the incredible mini Quilts on Instagram with the hashtag #maythe4thMQS (Seriously, how amazing are some of these quilts!)

I had 3 volunteers who helped me organize, so we were each placed on another team so we could participate in a blind swap. Then something crazy happened. One of my very favorite quilt pattern designers, Kristy from Quiet Play, signed up for my swap. I am a super Quiet Play fangirl so I was beyond excited. Then she started making all sorts of Star Wars inspired paper piece patterns for the swap, which was even cooler. Then something EVEN crazier happened, I got my partner assignment and guess who I was assigned to make a mini quilt for? Yep, Kristy. So. Intimidating. Plus, all those crazy cool patterns were totally not an option…

She requested a mini quilt for her son’t Star Wars room, so I decided to do Applique the main characters from The Force Awakens, Rey, BB-8, Poe and Finn.

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Personally, I think BB-8 is pretty much the cutest thing ever. I adore him. Rey, Finn and Poe are such great new characters, I thin they made a great quilt.

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I did some wavy line quilting to make the sand look more like sand, and added some lines in the sky. I haven’t really used appliqués for creating a scene in a mini before but I can see myself doing it again, I mean how cute did they turn out?

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The backing I just did some basic Star Wars fabric, and bound it with some Force Awakens text fabric.

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I did a special label, also with the embroidery machine, which was something new for me too.

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Before I sent the package off to Australia for May the 4th, I decided I should include something just for Kristy (since the packages was largely for her kiddos.) so I used her mini Death Star pattern and did a fun little rainbow twist and put it together as a zip pouch.

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Since the package needed to ship to Australia, I tried to find fun, lightweight extras for her kids, so I ended up sending Legos, stickers, tattoos, pencils and a couple small toys. It arrived on May the 4th, so the timing was perfect, and most importantly, Kristy loved it! (Whew, since I was totally sweating making something for someone who’s work I admire so much!)

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May the 4th Be with you!

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52 Quilts: Number 18 – Husky Fundraiser Mini Quilt

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I made this cute little Husky quilt as a donation for my sons’ school fundraising auction. Their mascot is the North Star Huskies, and the school uses the #northpride hashtag on all their Twitter activity. I found the pattern from ProtoQuilt on Craftsy. I used the From Blank Pages Alphabet, also from Craftsy, (affiliate links)

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I did a simple polkadot background and even used my labels (which I never remember to do!)

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Hopefully this little guy will raise some money for the boys’ school.

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52 Quilts: Number 17 – Disney Swap Brave Mini Quilt

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These adorable triplets from Brave were the last-minute project for my new Disney Mini Quilt swap partner after my partner dropped a few days before the ship date.

I went through my new partner’s Instagram posts and Pinterest boards, and she had said she loved Brave. I found this pattern on misha29.com and did it in triplicate. As a mom of twins, I have become accustomed to doing everything twice, so three wasn’t too bad. There were so many pieces in their eyes, they took forever! But totally worth it! I mean, how cute are these guys?

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Their noses and mouths were stitched on afterward.

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I used this arrow fabric for the backing and border to round out the theme. My partner loved it. I am glad I did something just for her based on her preferences and it turned out exactly like I had hoped.

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52 Quilts: Number 16 – Hogwarts Swap Mini

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I sent this little guy off almost a month ago now. It was for a Hogwarts Mini Quilt swap. My partner had requested something that was more indicative of Harry Potter without being too over the top. I used two patterns from the Fandom in Stitches Project of Doom Bookcase. I figured the books and the glasses would be obviously Harry Potter if you know the series, but could also be “Oh, cool books” if not.

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For the backing fabric I used this fun Cotton and Steel potions fabric.

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I did free-motion swirly quilting in the background areas, which was done with texty low-volume fabric.

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I hope my partner liked it, I never heard from her. I love this mini though, and maybe some day I will get around to doing the full Harry Potter bookcase. (In all my free time!)

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52 Quilts: Number 15 – Disney Castle Mini Quilt

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I finished a Disney mini quilt swap recently and had not one but two partner drops. The first partner dropped early in the swap, so I got a new partner assignment and stalked her Instagram feed for ideas. She had tons of Disney posts, but the one I really liked was a photo she had taken at Walt Disney World standing in front of the castle during the Wishes fireworks. I decided to use that as my inspiration.

Once my mini was done (and it was no small feat, it was crazy detailed paper piecing.) I looked back through my partner’s feed and discovered that she hadn’t posted even one progress shot of making her mini, and even more troubling, she didn’t really have a single crafty or sewing post, which seemed odd. I contacted the swap organizer and she contacted my partner who admitted to having dropped long ago, but the organizer didn’t get a message. Boo! Needless to say, I wasn’t going to send this to her, if she wasn’t fulfilling her end of the deal. So I kept it! And I love it. It’s on my wall above my sewing machine and it’s a perfect little piece next to a photo from our first trip to Disney World with the kids.

(I was assigned a third partner, the person this partner was supposed to be creating something for, and I made her something completely different. )

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The Paper Piece pattern was from Fandom In Stitches. The pattern is by Daphne Seymour. It finished about 20×20” but I added a little extra at the top for the fireworks.

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The fireworks were done with my embroidery machine. They were adapted from a castle/fireworks design and I moved them around and reversed them so they were more varied.

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I quilted around the edges of the castle and then straight line quilted the background and the bottom of the castle.

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For the backing I used firework fabric I have had forever that I am sure was a remnant but it was perfect!

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