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Recent finishes + a new start + old school

Happy February, folks! A hodgepodge of activities going on around here, which will make for a bit of a hodgepodge of a post. But it’s fun stuff. And how life is, right?

I finished my hearts mini from my last post. The pattern is called Down Memory Lane by Aqua Paisley Studios. I didn’t have time to make a big Valentines project this year, so this was just right. I finished it with some simple, not perfect, crosshatch quilting and I’m happy with it.

The “memory lane” name is apt for this one as I used this quilt as a chance to include all of the reds from my 3 fabric lines in one quilt. It’s a fun little memento of those collections.

I’m also working on a project with this fabric pull and dang, it’s cute. I’m rewriting a previous pattern so I’m making a new sample using these prints. I’m excited to share soon. I’m trying to do a better job of sharing in-process photos of what I’m working on so that it doesn’t look like finished projects just suddenly appear out of thin air.

These fabrics include (left stack starting at the bottom) Vintage Keepsakes by Bev McCullough, May Belle by Pleasant Home, and Simple Goodness by Tasha Noel; middle stack is all Little Red in the Woods by Jill Howarth; far right stack is mostly Gretel prints (at the top) with a few Sunnyside Ave & Gingham Girls reds.*

Speaking of Gretel, how cute is this mini quilt made by Bev McCullough of Flamingo Toes using Gretel fabrics. And I love the way she paired it with the latest Blossom basic from Riley Blake as the background. (This may have inspired my own use of that fabric as the background of my Hearts mini. 😉 )

AND check out these darling outfits made by That’s Sew Kari for her daughter also using Gretel. Adorable! I really love seeing what other people do with my fabric designs.

You may remember that one of my goals this year is to tackle (and hopefully finish!) an old UFO (UnFinished Object) each month. I’m proud to say that I pulled one off! I had a baby quilt started from a few years ago made with Deena Rutter’s original Offshore collection.

When I saw that Deena had released a coordinating OffShore 2, I asked Riley Blake for a few of the prints to add to my project. (These are from the Offshore 2 collection that is currently available in stores.) I always love Deena’s designs and it was the perfect jump-start to a project I’ve had sitting on hold forever.

Here it is, before it headed off to Sew Shabby Quilting to get quilted. I’ll share it as soon as it’s done. It felt so fulfilling to finish up something that has been neglected! And I have to say, there’s something to be said for taking out a project that’s already underway – because so much of the planning and work is already done, it finishes fast. It was so satisfying!

If you’re looking for a jumpstart to your creativity, let me suggest pulling out an old project that you’ve got a good start on. Add a few new prints to get you excited to work on it again, and BAM! You’ll have a finish in no time!

Finally, I’ve joined the Marie Kondo craze (thanks, Netflix) and started to “KonMari” my house. I’m working a drawer or cupboard at a time (I already tackled the Tupperware bin a few weeks ago. Cut it down to half! *pats own back*) and I found this little collection as I cleaned out a drawer this week.  I thought you might enjoy a glimpse of the future Amy Smart through various stages of perms and 80’s accessories.

I also found this ancient relic. I’m going to keep it and take it to Antiques Roadshow one day. I expect it will be very valuable. Seeing this brought back memories of walking the aisles of Blockbuster on a Friday night – many times inevitably running into other friends or cute boys doing the same thing and we’d go hang out. I guess that was old school social media, and I didn’t realize how great it was!

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8 Comments

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    carolyn
    February 1, 2019 at 7:07 am

    Cute quilts…love the dress made of Gretel! Had to laugh at the Blockbuster card. Ours had a table where the employees would dump the videos as they were returned and people would hover around it…we called it “The Vulture Table”! The fun things our kids won’t remember now that everything is digital!

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    Elizabeth E.
    February 1, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Visiting your blog is like having a visit with you. Glad to see you are still up to your eyeballs in cloth and patches, turning out fun new quilts and projects every time I visit! Happy Almost Valentine’s Day, Amy!

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    Tracy
    February 2, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Love the pics! Great job finishing things. I am hoping to spend some time at my machine today.

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    Karen Seitz
    February 2, 2019 at 7:31 am

    I love this combo post with a little of everything, just like real life! Thanks for sharing more than fabric and quilts with us. 🙂

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    Little Quiltsong
    February 2, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Such a lovely post! Your mini heart quilt is adorable. Love the cute cloths sewn – what a sweet model too :)! Yes, social media was a total different thing back in my time too. Loved your cute school pics – so fun to look back at the ‘way we were’. I treasure them!

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    Kathleen McCormick
    February 3, 2019 at 7:33 am

    You are having a great start to 2019 – finishing ufos and organizing. I love it.

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    Kelly O.
    February 6, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    I worked at blockbuster while in University–I really miss those days of rewinding movies and hanging with friends making faces in the blockbuster mirrored ceiling.

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      Amy
      February 7, 2019 at 10:19 pm

      The good old days, for sure. 😉

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