Sunday, July 31, 2011
I didn’t get any sewing done last week (or much sleep for that matter—thanks, Esther), but last night I finished up my sister-in-law’s quilt top and I think it turned out quite nicely. I can’t find my measuring tape anywhere since my kids spirit them away every time they see it to play doctor, but I estimate it finishes around 60” x 68”, the perfect size for a couch quilt. I am going to piece the back and have 3 or 4 blocks left over to include in the back, but I can’t get started on that until I find those leftover blocks. I guess I need to straighten up my sewing room!
I love the way the quilt came out, and what I love even more is that every single fabric came from my stash except the 4 fat quarters of knitting-themed fabric I bought as the focal point for the quilt. I think I might use solid black for the binding.
Up next: I have 2 more UFOs to get out of the way that are close to completion and then I’m going to get started on Crazy Mom Quilt’s star quilt from the MBS new book Fun Fresh Treats. I ordered that book and the Farmer’s Wife book 2 weeks ago and have been ogling them every time I nurse my baby (which is still a couple of times a day, so I get to look at them a lot)!).
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Well I didn’t get much accomplished on Friday night or this weekend at all for that matter. #1 daughter didn’t go to bed until 9:15 on Friday night, and Mr. BBQ had to work Saturday. I haven’t had a chance to work on my sil’s sheep quilt yet, but I did finish up my blocks for the EQ July block challenge. After making my first block (and it turned out horribly), I ended up making 4 more:
None are by any means perfect, but I certainly improved with practice. My favorite is this one:
It was good practice making these since my Farmer’s Wife book arrived this past Tuesday. Without making my Block Swap Adventure blocks and doing the EQ challenges, I probably would quit making the FW blocks after my first disappointment, but remaking these blocks a couple of times has given me experience piecing a bunch of triangles—something I hadn’t done before.
Friday, July 22, 2011
I’m doing the Friday Night Sew-In that I saw on Donna’s Lavender Nest:
You can sign up by clicking on the link. Tomorrow I’ll post photos of what I got done. My plan is to finish the quilt top for my sil Robin and make my EQ contest block (I’ve made 2 so far, but neither is worthy of entry into the contest).
My husband will be bathing and putting the kids to bed tonight, and that alone is worth signing up:)
Sunday, July 17, 2011
I’ve been participating in the Block Swap Adventure for 2 months now. So far, it’s been tons of fun for me—I have done two blocks that I probably never would have ventured to make for myself. The first was extremely difficult for me and involved lots of triangles and matching up seams. This last one was a lot more my ability level. My partner, Sunni (also from Maryland), requested any kind of basket block. It didn’t even need to be on point or on a specific background color. Her only specification was no bright colors. Color choice is a bit subjective, so I hope I hit the mark for subdued or muted colors.
My daughter Bea and I had a blast picking out fabrics and she even helped trace the flowers. We used templates from Eleanor Burns’s Magic Vine book, which I highly recommend. Her directions are always so clear and each flower has a little story behind it. At first I thought I’d make yo-yos with the makers I bought but never used, but after a long car trip perusing the Magic Vine book, I decided to do applique.
I ended up doing a machine blanket stitch around the basket and then I used a pretty dense zig-zag around all the flower parts. I am hesitant to use a satin stitch because I’ve have had problems with my machine getting stuck in places and making a huge thread ball. I own a Janome 6600 and really love it, except for this fact. I don’t have any other problems doing anything, and it’s probably user error anyway:) I tried out the clasp stitch to make the center of this flower.
We had such a good time that Bea made her own flower block:
And, I’d been dying to use my 20% off Joanns coupon that came to my email inbox on Friday morning. I didn’t really have any reason to go to Joanns, but when I ran out of blue thread and also needed a green and orange, I just had to go. Baby Veronica helped me do my shopping and I ended up almost breaking the bank when I checked out. All the home decor weight fabric was on sale for $7 a yard, so I got a couple to make my girls library bags. I saw a cute library tote on someone’s blog recently and thought I’d make one for each of them. I got some fusible fleece which I’ve never used before, but I’m going to try it as interfacing for these bags. I also got lining fabric I will use to make an outside pocket for their library card and put their initial on it. At least that’s the plan…
Monday, July 11, 2011
|Veronica helped lay everything out. I have changed the layout about 20 times since I took this picture!|
|Mickey also offered his assistance. He has an eye for style!|
|Here's a close-up of the novelty fabric. Very cute! Although, my husband thinks it's canibalistic in a sense.|
|This is the light gray Lecien stripe. I'm not sure if it will show up enough if I use white sashing.|
***I think I am going to frame each lighter block in solid black, and each darker frame in white, alternating black, white, black, white in each row. On my final layout, it looks like they alternate anyway. What do you think?***