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I'm Samantha (Sam), a mechanical engineer, seamstress, crafter, & entrepreneur. Enjoy perusing photos of my sewing and craft-related adventures. I hope my blog brings inspiration and happiness to your day!

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wiwo wednesday: quilting 8 years later

an 8-year-old quilt in progress

This is one of a handful of projects that could become an eternal “what i’m working on”. I’ve been dragging …continue reading “wiwo wednesday: quilting 8 years later” »

threadless t-shirt quilt in progress

threadless t-shirt quilt: layout 1

I’ve been a Threadless fan from the very beginning. I bought my first shirt when the site had a total …

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the world on my wall: gray vintage map quilt

map quilt wall hanging

I know I said it was time for the next quilting project… but I bet you didn’t think it would be done already!

Back in June (eep!) I was asked by Catherine of Mapology if I’d like to test one of her new map fabric prints and blog my finished project. I had maps on the brain already, with trips to Alaska and Germany in the works for the summer, so I couldn’t refuse.

My initial plan was to create a sort of “where I’ve been” map, with either embroidery or special pins to mark out and color in the corners of the world I’ve visited. With this in mind, plus my love of gray, I selected a minimalist gray world map. I wanted to stretch it over a frame, like a canvas.

All of this changed when I got the fabric. First, I hadn’t thought of the fact that a vintage map might not be the best for marking travel, because maps are frequently changing and this one definitely had some alternate boundaries to today’s world map. Second, if I wanted to stretch it over a frame I’d have to make a frame. Not hard, but a bigger project than I wanted to tackle with so many other projects in the works. Third, and most importantly – this projection has perfectly straight longitude & latitude lines – perfect for quilting. It was time to keep it simple, and let the map show itself off. Plus, I didn’t want to lose my brand new quiltmaking skills!

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aunt jeanie’s quilt: finished!

aunt jeanie's quilt: finished

All pieced, quilted, trimmed, and bound! Decades after the original squares were cut, Aunt Jeanie’s Quilt is finally done!

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