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LollyGagging that is…-verb 1.Procrastination in its fullest. 2.Purposely finding other things to do other than what you should be doing.

The CLMQG is having a UFO contest from January-October. The idea is for members to register their forgotten loves for $2/project…unlimited. All the money collected goes towards prizes. Once a project is completed, you get a stamp of approval and your registered quilt/sewing item goes into a quarterly drawing with a chance for a grand prize in October!

I’m going to register 5….and 3 of these are doozies. They’re going to be time intensive. Lots of handwork/applique. I’ll need to be disciplined in scheduling time for them, which sometimes can be a problem. I already sew for SewMod and there’s only ‘sew’ much time in the day!

Dare I estimate how much time I’ll need for each completion?

Susan’s Dresden Garden. (8weeks) A CrabApple Hill embroidered bluework quilt. I’ve had all the fabrics and finished over half of my embroidery work so far. I’ve even made some of the pieced Dresdens. It takes a lot of commitment to stitch the same Dresden, with the same color floss 12 times y’all. What can I say..even though it’s going to be positively beautiful when completed, it’s boring the hell outta me!!

susans dresden garden

Batik Spools from the book by Edyta Sitar Friendship Strips And Scraps (2weeks)
I started this quilt about 3 years ago with Shelley right before my move and didn’t find the time or the actual project until about a month ago. I’d really like to finish this one up. I just need to work on applying the applique to the borders, then it’s off to the quilter.

Batik spool quilt

SewMod Halloween Row Quilt (2weeks)
My row quilt has been on and off of my design board so many times I’ve lost count. It was up there as recently as two weeks ago. I want it to be spooktackular and I think it’s paralyzing me creatively. I have a few ideas I’m playing around with. It’s just a matter of conjuring the right spell.

sewmod row quilt halloween

The last two are basically just about crossing something off my list and freeing that space up in my closet and my brain.

Batik Tuffet (1week)
The foundation pieced tuffet is almost completed. I have one more section and I’d like to also write an accompanying blog post with tips and tricks to making and finishing a tuffet. After the top is completed, it’s just a matter of assembly.
This one pictured is Paige’s Batik Tuffet…


And lastly, 2 Bindings (1week)
Just waiting for these to come back from the quilter. I’m considering these 2 as one finish.

My time estimates are assuming I’m not wasting time lollygagging around on Pinterest or whatever Netflix series I might be binging on that week. Also..3 out of the 5 projects requires them being sent to the quilter and that alone can take 4-6 weeks.

What I wouldn’t give for just 2 extra hours in a day…Who am I kidding? I’d probably just end up doing more lollygagging…

After staring at my Micael Miller challenge fabrics for 2 weeks, I’m finally done designing and quilting it!

SewMod Michael miller challenge

Anyone ever get stuck and can’t seem to find a vision when designing? Me too! It’s always easier for me to start with a few tricks to get me started.

Find inspiration. I knew the fabrics reminded me of all those pins I’ve been drooling over on my Mid-Century Modern Pinterst board so that was definetly my inspiration.

Write down every idea or design that pops in your mind!  This one is important. I can’t stress this enough. I do this for my writing also. Even if you don’t think that idea will ever become something you create. Sometimes just one thought/picture/word can catapult creativity. I kept a mini notebook next to me on the couch along with the fabrics. I came up with several ideas, all of them involving a kitty.  If you don’t write or sketch your ideas, you will forget them!

SewMod Michael miller challenge

Keep a visual in your sight, for instance your fabrics you’re working with. Now, I know this is kinda sadistic if you’re stuck in a design rut, but trust me…outta sight, outta mind. And that’s bad if you have a deadline! I used my portable desin board, which is just a cardboard moving box from U-Haul with a piece of batting pinned to it, to aide in this process. I pinned all my fabrics to it with my ideas and made labels to remind me what goes where, placed it next to my television, which forced me to constantly look at it, and proceeded to hem & haw over it another week.

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You’ve decided on a direction, now go for it! Nothing changed on my board for that whole week, so I knew it was what I wanted to make. At least the basic idea, which included the kitty, tile counter top, and the button clock.

Once I started sewing, I told myself the story. What’s kitty staring at the clock for? Cocktail time, of course! It’s five o’clock and she’s a Cosmo Kitty! So I added a couple of martini glasses.

SewMod Michael miller challenge

And everything sorta fell into place. Embellishing is my favorite part! After quilting the background, I raw edge appliquéd. I added real clock hands to the clock, along with the buttons and embroidery detail to the Cosmos.

SewMod Michael miller challenge

SewMod michea miller challenge

You’re finished? Well you know what that means, right? Put your feet up and enjoy your own Cosmo while you admire your hard work! Here’s my favorite Cosmo to get you started…I’m sure it’s five o’clock somewhere.

SewMod Michael Miller challenge

Ice cubes
2 ounces vodka
2 ounces cranberry juice
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce Triple Sec
Fresh cranberries and lime wedge

Cheers y’all!

Wow that’s a lot of initials. I’m all caught up on the guilds block of the month and I wanted to share how our progress was going.

These block tutorials are located on the Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guilds blog. Just click the button on the left hand side of our blog and it will take you there if you’re interested in making one of your own.

Paige picked out all the fabrics and I’m doing the sewing. Together we’re going to have one fabulous quilt! She’s using a variety of Kaffe prints, modern plaids and hand dyed solids. I’ve already showed y’all 2 of the blocks so far but since it was such a beautiful day here and I had time to spare, I took some great shots of the blocks outside.

Block #1

SewMod CLMQG bom

Block #2 Modern Maple

SewMod modern maple quilt block

Block #3

SewMod CLMQG bom

Block #4 Modern Movement

Modern movement quilt block sewmod

Block #5 “X And +”

SewMod x and + quilt block

Block #6 Anita’s Arrowhead

SewMod Anita's arrowhead quilt block

Block #7 Rolling Diamonds

SewMod Rolling Diamonds quilt block

And here they are showing off all together like jewels in the sun!

SewMod CLMQG bom

I’m back with my second CLMQG BOM tutorial. Our inspiration for this block came from Sara Peterson at Remember, if you want to play along too, you can find us at The Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild or download the BOM instructions directly from the CLMQG blog.

Gather your fabrics & lets get started!

SewMod Rolling Diamonds tutorial

Begin by cutting your fabrics.
(12) 2.5″ white squares
(8) 2.5″ orange squares
(4) 4.5″ dark blue squares
(1) 4.5″ white square
(4) 4.5″ x 2.5″ green rectangles
(4) 4.5″ x 2.5″ light blue rectangles

SewMod rolling diamonds tutorial

On the wrong side of your fabric, use a pencil to mark a diagonal line through your (12) 2.5″ white & (8) 2.5″ orange squares.

SewMod rolling diamonds tutorial

Making your corner squares:
Place one of the white squares and one of the orange squares in opposite corners of the dark blue square. Sew directly on the diagonal line.

SewMod rolling diamonds tutorial

Use your ruler to trim 1/4 inch away from your seam.

SewMod rolling diamonds tutorial

Press your block and repeat with the other two corners. This time using (2) 2.5″ white squares. Press. Make 4 of these units.

SewMod rolling diamonds tutorial

Making your center square:
Using the same method as you did to make the corner squares, place a 2.5″ orange square in opposite corners of the 4.5″ white square. Sew on the diagonal line. Trim 1/4″ away from your seam and press.

SewMod rolling diamonds tutorial


SewMod rolling diamonds tutorial

Repeat with the other two corners using (2) 2.5″ orange squares. Press.

SewMod rolling diamonds tutorial

Making the middle rectangles:
Sew the green rectangle to the light blue rectangle along the long side. Press these seams open. Make 4.

SewMod rolling diamonds tutorial

Finishing the block:
Lay out the block according to the photo. Begin by sewing the blocks into 3 rows.

SewMod rolling diamonds tutorial

**A helpful hint** while you’re sewing your blocks into rows.
To keep your corner square (Diamond) points aligned with the seam of the middle rectangles…

Place your corner unit and middle rectangle unit right sides together. Insert a straight pin into the intersecting point of the corner unit.

SewMod rolling diamonds tutorial

Making sure that the end of the straight pin goes directly into the seam from the other side.

SewMod rolling diamonds tutorial

Pin. This will prevent your blocks from shifting while sewing and keep the seam aligned with the Diamond point.

SewMod rolling diamonds tutorial

Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew over the intersecting point. Remember to go slowly if you’re like me and love to sew over your pins:)

SewMod rolling diamonds tutorial

After all of that careful pinning, you will be rewarded with beautiful points!

SewMod rolling diamonds tutorial

Sew the rows together.

SewMod rolling diamonds tutorial

You’ve completed your Rolling Diamonds Quilt Block! This is our block for Crystal Lake Modern Quilt Guild.

SewMod rolling diamonds tutorial

And this fabulous version is going into our BOM.

SewMod rolling diamonds tutorial

The Michael Miller challenge fabrics arrived, are cut and are ready to be passed out this Sunday at the CLMQG meeting. I hope you’re as excited as me! This fabric is beautiful and so soft. I have an idea in my head about what I want to do with it, but of course I have to keep it a secret!

Michael miller quilt challenge SewMod MQG CLMQG

We have 2 alternate times for pick-ups for those of you who have registered for the challenge but can’t make it to Sundays meeting.
Paige and I will be at the Starbucks on route 31 in Cary in front of the Super Walmart from 9am to 10am on Friday, April 11th.
Shelley will also have them available from 12-5 Friday afternoon at Material Girl.

I spent all day cutting & bundling these.

Mm quilt challenge MQG SEWMOD CLMQG

And after I bundled them, I added a little ‘fortune cookie’ note to set the mood!

MM quilt challenge fabrics CL,QG MQG SewMod

If you’re unfamiliar with the challenge, visit the Modern Quilt Guild website and catch up because I’m sure you’ll want to see the winners and original quilts that the talented modern quilters come up with!

Are you in the ChicagoLand area and you love to quilt, craft, sew, create, & share? Paige, Shelley & I have started a local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild!

Please join us.  Our first meeting is Sunday, February 10th from 1-4 p.m. at the Home State Bank Commercial Banking Center at 611 S. Main Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Check out our blog and like us on Facebook for all the latest news on meet times, dates and topics.


We can’t wait to meet everyone!

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