Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Keeping On Track

For the most part I'm keeping up with the 'too many' BOMs and QALs I've got on the go.  7 more 3" blocks brings me up to date with the 365 Challenge.  They are quick blocks, both in the sewing and instagram sharing.

Today I finished Recipe 4 - Shine,  for the Cookbook QAL It's a paper pieced block which needed some prep work before printing off the pattern pieces.  If I printed from the book it would have been one piece per page, a waste of paper when I could fit more on a page, so I traced than copied.  Kind of a pita really.  I think a proper pattern should be available (either on the blog or emailed to the QAL participants).  That being said, I didn't HAVE to do the block ;)  That's 4 Weeks - 4 Blocks so far, shared on instagram and Flickr

Another Paper Pieced blocks for this week was the 6" 'Come Fly Away' for Paper Pieced Vintage. Turned out ok, a couple of seams could be tighter :)  This QAL is twice monthly and shared on Flickr. instagram and Facebook.

  Linking up with Let's Bee Social 161 at Sew Fresh Quilts and Mid Week Makers 56 at Quilts Fabrication

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wild Babies BOM & 365 Challenge

Three days of sewing  and January's block for Wild Babies is done!  Sewing 36 units of 3 to 11 pieces takes A LOT of organization.  When I'm working on a paper pieced project I set my sewing corner up differently so tend to just chug along until I'm done.  It can be tedious and I sometimes find my mind wandering to other blocks/projects I have in the wip pile.  I stuck with it and oh my, this little Koala is too cute!  It finished at 15 1/2" x 15 1/2", a bit smaller than the pattern because of the calibration of the printer on this side of the pond.   I think it will be a wall hanging... or maybe a large cushion.
'Wild Babies' is a free-for-the-month BOM hosted by Janeen at Quilt Art Designs.  I love her patterns, but they are involved.  Worth the effort though :)

I waffled about doing the 365 Challenge, 3" blocks make me cringe and 6" blocks aren't my favorite either, but after doing 100 Days 100 Blocks I decided to give it a go.  It's a repeat of the 2016 Challenge, which I started and gave up on (I think I only did 3 blocks), and it's free (via a daily email link to the blocks) .  There are prizes, but I'm not sure how one enters to win, I just like sewing, sharing and moving on :)  Instagram is great for that.  This year, I've managed to keep on track so far... 18 - 3" blocks in 18 days.  Most of them are not done on the day, I tend to do two or three at a sitting.  This morning, after sewing the Koala units together I sewed Block 17 and 18.

17 - Thrifty

18 Double Four Patch

1 - 18

Linking up with Let's Bee Social #160 at Sew Fresh Quilts and Midweek Makers #55 at Quilt Fabrication.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wednesday Catch Up

 A few mornings spent in my England 'Fun Room' and ta da, some blocks to share :)  I got the first two blocks of 182 Day Solstice Challenge done.  Lovely 12" blocks to get me back in the groove. Just in time for block 3, due to be released today :)
Block 1/25 Churndash

Block 2/25 Dark Into Light

January's Paper Piecing Vintage, The King's Crows, was a bit more of a challenge... not sure if it was the size (I decided to do the 6" version) or rushing too much.  Either way, it's not the prettiest star I've done.
Red being my January Color of the Month, I dug into my red scraps for this one.

The King's Crows

My 'Word for 2017' is Colors.  I used two 'color of the month' colors for each paper pieced letter.  The letter patterns are from Elm Street Quilts' Chunky Alphabet , though I cheated a bit to save having to print too many unused letters and turned a u into an o and an i into an l.  "Colors" is my first finish of 2017 :)

Linking up with Let's Bee Social #158 at Sew Fresh Quilts and Midweek Makers #53 at Quilt Fabrication.

January 4, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 Project List

2017 Project List - Nothing is written in stone in my little world :)

Cookbook QAL - Hosted by Amy Gibson at Stitchery Dickory Dock, following her book The Quilt Block Cookbook.  You have to purchase the book. January - December,  one block a week for 50 weeks.

182 Day Solstice Challenge  -  Hosted by Pat Sloan at I Love To Make Quilts.  Free. One block a week for 25 weeks (Winter to Summer Solstice).

Children's Library Mystery BOM - Hosted by Pat Sloan at Free Quilt Patterns. Free. January to December.

Chocolatier BOM - Hosted by AnnMarie Chany at Gen X Quilters. Pay. 2 or more Blocks a Month.

Paper Piecing Vintage - Hosted by Jennifer Ofenstein at Sewhooked. Pay. One Block a Month.

Baby Animals - Hosted by Janeen van Niekerk at Quilt Art Designs. Free for Month of Release. One Block a Month. Paper Piecing.

Quilt Doodles 2017 - Hosted by Cindy Staub at Quilt Doodle Designs. Free for Month of Release. One Block a Month. Applique (or Embroidery) + Dresden Plate

Jolly Christmas - Hosted by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts. Free. Two Blocks a Month for 7 months.

Aiming For Accuracy Challenge - Michele at Aiming For Accuracy Patterns. Pay. Two Lessons a month from October 2016 - April 2017

My word for 2017 is Colors.  My plan is to have a different colored theme each month, and try to use the 'color of the month' in the blocks I make.  I've  loosely followed a color wheel and a birthstone chart found on the web.  Thank you google :)