Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March A Lovely Year of Finishes

My March goal setting link is #5 at Fiber of All Sorts and blogged about Here earlier this month.  I finished the runner and place mats last week, so I'm now 3 for 3 with A Lovely Year of Finishes challenges.

I did most of the sewing at my dining room table on this one, wanting to be downstairs with the dogs in the day, while my sister escaped from Snova Scotia to Cuba for two weeks.

While working away I realized that the wonderful colors in the runner matched the stained glass (it's not really stained glass, it's painted) window hanging.

The pattern is from the Spring 2015 issue of Quilter's World.  It's called Let's Celebrate, designed by Julia Labauve.   There was a lot of cutting involved, and keeping all of those pieces organized took some thought, but I followed the tips given and things went well.  I didn't get adventurous with the quilting, sticking to  mostly straight lines with some waves for interest.  Seems to be my favorite at the moment :)  It's too long for our table, without the leaf in, but I'm still happy with it.

  Linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes at Sew BitterSweet Designs.  I hope you met your March goal, be sure to have a peak at what others have finished this month.

Social WiPs

Not as busy in the fun room this week, between snow moving, my sister arriving home from Cuba and packing for my departure to 'The Other Side' of the Pond my sewing time has been limited... most days none at all.  But, I did manage to get my March AYoLF done.  The runner is a bit longer than necessary for our table, unless we put the leaf in, but the colors are wonderful!  It matches the stained glass wanna be in the window.   Better pictures are coming...

I finished my Elephant Parade wall hanging, I went with horizontal wavy (not sure what the stitch is called) with a straight stitch in between.  I so enjoyed doing this Quilt Along, each week made me smile.  No full pictures yet, I'm hoping to link up to the Finish Party next week... I might be late, what with a 6 hour flight Saturday night and a three hour drive Sunday morning and some settling in time.

I've also picked my April project for ALYoF.  I pieced the top of Fox Kits a while ago, absolutely love this little pattern, so my April challenge is to get it finished, it's already tucked away in my suitcase :)

Linking up with Lets Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.  Pop on over and see what others are doing, or just to see Lorna's newest animal soon-to-be-pattern.  It is sweet!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Stormy Week of WiPs

Perfectly Paisley made it back to the sewing machine, with the results being a finished top, with NO stars.  I might get creative and quilt in some 'ghost' stars where the appliqued (or whatever the technique described was) should have been.  I'm still annoyed at the wasted fabric and wish I had read and understood the pattern more closely.  The photos don't give the colors justice, they are so much nicer.

'Put The Kettle On', the 3rd Block of the"Snap Shots" BOM at the Fat Quarter Shop got pieced.  Another enjoyable block.  There are mini versions of the blocks, but so far I haven't tried any of them.  I like the bigger blocks, they are more forgiving of my not so accurate seams :)

I made a second attempt at the flowers  from last week's Parade of Elephants QAL at Sew Fresh Quilts and like the results much better :)    I'm going to turn the blocks into a wall hanging for my stair well.  I was going to add the word 'Family', as the stair well is where I have my family photo gallery, but I went with 'Love' instead.  I finished that today and started adding the sashing.  Instead of using the background fabric I'm using a blue polka dot.  No particular reason, I just like it :)

I got the quilting done on the 'Let's Celebrate' table runner and place mats.  Just the binding to do and my 'A Year of Lovely Finishes' March project will be done.  I'll get the binding done over the weekend.  I want it finished early because I leave for England on the 28th and it will be a few days before I'm settled on the other side of the pond :)

A part from snow shoveling and more snow shoveling and more snow shoveling, that's been my week.  I'm linking up with Lorna's Let's Bee Social #64 at Sew Fresh Quilts.  Drop by, click on a link or two and 'Bee Social'.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Middle of The Week

Another Wednesday WsIP post :)  I moved my sewing machine to the dining room so I would be downstairs and company for the dogs, good thing the other two humans are on holiday, my 'stuff' has taken over :)

 Only one BOM  this week  Debby Kratovil's Galaxy of Stars    

Week 6 of Elephants on Parade at Sew Fresh Quilts gave me a little grief... I guess flowers aren't my thing :)   Angles always give me a hard time and I think I rushed my piecing (or maybe the fabric I used was too unforgiving).  Still haven't decided what I'm going to do with my Elephant on Parade blocks, but I've certainly enjoyed the Quilt Along so far :)

I got the top and back pieced for my March ALYoF at Bitter Sweet Designs and got them sandwiched and ready for quilting, so I'm well ahead on this month's challenge.  I wanted to get it done early as I'll be travelling at the end of the month and it won't be coming with me :)

And a good start on Perfectly Paisley, my 'meant to be MMQG Sew In project'.  A bit tedious sewing all those little squares, but the fabric is lovely to work with.  I'm still iffy on the star blocks, but I'll stress about them when I get there :)  Yes, picture three is a repeat...

Linking up with Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.  Pop on over and take a peek at what others are up to :)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WiP March 4

Not much sewing this week other than some BOMs.  The March block for Pat Sloan's Vacation is called Surf's up.  Three months in, and I realize my fabrics aren't near as 'fun' as they should be for this BOM.  I still like them though, and that's really all that matters :)
Surfs Up

Boardwalk- Toes In The Sand - Surfs Up

Three blocks for Moccasin this month, all straight forward piecing.  The link to Ann Marie Chany's 2015 BOM is on the sidebar :)

2 January - 1 February - 3 March
This week's block for 'Elephants on Parade at Sew Fresh Quilts was a cute red bird.  My right brain/left brain decided to not co operate, so I had a little trouble with the tail pieces, but got them in the end and love these little guys :)  All of the blocks are sweet!

That's been my week so far.

25 Sleeps until I cross the pond and settle into my 'other side' fun room.

Linking up with Lets Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.   

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March's ALYoF Project

A table runner and place mats should be doable for this month's goal.  My sister and I had fun picking out the fabrics at Atlantic Fabrics a couple of weeks ago. I found the blue flower print in the clearance section and we went off in different directions to look for the rest.  We both gathered the same colors, but her print selections were so much nicer.  My goal is to get the set pieced, at the very least.  quilted might be pushing it, considering I'm getting ready for my trip to England at the end of the month.

The picture coloring isn't great, it was late last night when I took the picture.  The pattern I'm following is called Let's Celebrate, from the Spring 2015 Issue of Quilter's World.

Linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes at Bitter Sweet Designs.  Pick a project and join in, it's never too late to join a Link up party and the 'chance to wins' are awesome.

4 x 7 Challenge

The last week of the 4 x 7 Challenge was a challenge.  Mostly I worked on my February 'A Lovely Year of Finishes' project, which I blogged about Here, a couple of uglies (Beach cover-up for my sister and a purse/bag for myself) and a couple of blocks from some older BOMs I had shuffled to the bottom of the heap.  The blocks were more to appease myself after two uglies.

The cover-up has been a pita from start to finish (well almost finish, it still needs to be hemmed).  No pattern, the material is butt ugly (in my opinion), and a royal pita to work with because it is slippery, pins won't stay in it, cutting it was a nightmare...  as I type, it is laying over the back of the chair waiting to be hemmed.  I have until Thursday ;)

The purse/bag got binned.  How the heck do you 'fold over 1/8" and then fold over 1/8" again?  Seriously, does the pattern designer have any clue how small 1/8" is or how hot irons are?  I'm still contemplating pulling it out, picking it apart and trying a different approach to finishing it, but that's not happening today :)  The bag and lining, before sewing them together... no after shots because, well, the bin thing...

After the purse fiasco, I sat down last night and read through the Perfectly Paisley pattern ~~~  Layer matching star points and center star triangles on backgrounds  to create each star,  stitch 1/8 inch from the bias edge of the triangles. Do not stitch in seam allowance.~~~ Huh????  I did a practice set of blocks going by my own interpretation (sewing the triangles on the rectangles kind of like raw edge applique) and I think it will work.  Not an approach I'm particularly content doing, but I've already cut all those freakin' triangles.  ~~~sigh~~~ I so wish I had read the pattern closely first.

In the pattern, the 'squares' blocks are different colors and the rectangle blocks (bottom right) have star points from two different stars, which will be two different prints.  It will definitely stretch my patience.  This was meant to be my project for the January MMQG Sew In, which I didn't make it to and rolled over to be the February MMQG Sew In, which I didn't make it to... ~~~double sigh~~~

Linking up with Sarah's 4 x 7 Challenge at Berry Barn Designs.  Congrats to Lia Sophia Tomboy for her win last week :)