Sunday, January 31, 2016

Three Birds with one Sew

After two weeks of no sewing, I dove into my 'fun' room legs and arms flaying determined to 'kill three birds with one sew'.

Bird #1 - FREE
I've been thinking all month about Elm Street Quilts' ' One Word 2016' , having picked the word 'Free' early on. Free to make mistakes and NOT fret about them.  Free to start projects and NOT finish them.  Free to NOT 'buy' anymore BOMs/QALs, information books that are nothing but rehashed thoughts and ideas that can be easily found with a google search and patterns that are crap.

Bird #2 - Plus Banner Block
I first designed a block using butterflies and a simple checkerboard, but with one thing and another didn't get the block done, so the second bird is the 'Plus Banner Block' that Quilting Jet Girl shared on her blog on the first of the month.  My version isn't perfect, I'm still struggling with my 1/4", but I was happy to have a use for my result :)

Bird #3 - Mighty Lucky Quilting Club - January Challenge - Sewing with Bias Tape
I wasn't going to do the challenge but when I saw some of the results of some of the girls in Maritime Modern Quilt Guild I had to give it a go.  I cheated and bought some ready made bias tape, which I think is too stiff to work with, so my original plan to write the word FREE out with the bias tape quickly got changed to adding bias tape almost curvy lines to the Plus Banner Block.  But, challenge done, wimpy as it may be :)

The 'mini' is 14 1/4" x 14 1/2", I used my stash for the fabrics, my 1/4" seams suck so lots of pieces don't match up.  My machine was giving me some major stitch grief so the quilting is horrible, not that my quilting is ever spot one ;)  The red and white bias tape is store bought, not made following the wonderful instructions in the challenge and I didn't have any of the fancy tape so it was 'here goes nothing' :)  The lettering is done with silver glitter fabric paint.  Have you ever worked with fabric paint???  I hadn't before this and it's doubtful I'll do much in the future :)  But I'm FREE to not stress over the small imperfections.  FREE to love it :)

Oops... I left a pin in the underside when adding the binding and sewed through it.  LOL

#15 in the One Word 2016 Linky Party at Elm Street Quilts.

Monday, January 25, 2016

More Blocks :)

The last of the blocks for January I was able to get done before my two week sewing break.  I think I'm suffering from the shakes not having sat at my sewing machine for over a week now... thankfully the blogs are picking up after the holidays so there is lots to read and drool over, when I'm not busy being a tour guide, eating, drinking and visiting :)  A couple will have to wait until next week.

Drunkard's Wife QAL Block # 11 is called Long Island Iced Tea

Modern HST Sampler Block 1

My Secret Garden Block 1

Quilt Art Design Beginners BOM Block 1.  I had a bit of an issue with the pattern and ended up gluing the pieces together wrong, which I didn't figure out until it came to sewing the pieces together, so my center seams don't match up :)  I'm ok with it as is so this won't be a do over.

Linking up with What A Hoot's BOMs Away. Loving Lynette's share today, worth the click over to take a peek :)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Blocks, blocks and more blocks

Bonfire BOM blocks are Moon & Star.  Curves!  ~~~sigh~~~  The larger pieces made the curves a bit easier for me, but they are still a long way from being a favorite block unit.

The MMQG MBOM block for January gave me some grief.  There are a couple of strips (top right white and top brown left)  that weren't long enough once I trimmed it,  but if I'm careful I should be able to squeeze the 1/4 inch seam in.

The Sugar Block Club January block is called 'Churnstile'

The Drunkard's Wife QAL Block 9 - Pina Colada and Block 10 - Sake Bomb.  Fun blocks, though I was confused  with Sake Bomb when I read a cutting measurement of 3.375.  I acutally read it as 3.75 and cut the pieces 3 and 3/4", made the square in square units and then couldn't trim them to 4 and 1/2" and keep the 1/4" seam.  I made 4 more units cutting the center blocks 3.25 instead, they worked.  I've since found out that .375 = 3/8"  Math is NOT fun!

' My Favorite Things' January Block is a sewing machine... a paper pieced one at that.  I'm determined to keep my frustration level high this year with three of my way too many BOMs being paper piecing :)