Friday, February 26, 2016

February Sewing: A month in Review

Thanks to Sarah's challenge over on Berry Barn Designs 4x7 Sewing Challenge I have spent a lot more time on sewing activities this month.  Granted, some have just been fabric pulls and trying to narrow down palettes for a couple upcoming quilts, but I also finished a couple items that have been waiting to be completed.

I made this pouch over the summer at a Fun Friday Class at my local quilt shop. All I needed to finish it was add the button!  Well, last weekend, I finally went through my buttons and found one that worked.

I did a little more stitching on my skate.  I have realized we don't have enough light in my living room in the evening for stitching on this.  I am trying to figure out a way to use my Ott light there without blinding my husband! LOL

I squared these blocks up and got them all put together.  I have the last two borders to put on, the back to piece and I hope to get it quilted this weekend. Mandi was inspecting my work.  This will be my first free motion quilting outside of practice sandwiches, so fingers crossed!

Now, the next has been one of the most time consuming, I have been trying to decide on the background for these fabrics!  I think I have decided, but would love to hear other opinions, white, black or grey?

I finished handquilting and bound my log cabin block listed in my goals from the beginning of February.

I also had an awesome time last weekend in all of the #quiltnon2016 activites on Instagram. I finished the little Pixie Basket, using some of my favorite Bonnie and Camille fabrics.

 I also completed six of the seven block tutorials that were posted for the challenges and I also made Lori Holt's Instagram camera block.  

  It has been a great month of sewing! Thank you for the challenge.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

February Sewing: Week one

It has been a busy week! While I did do some "selfish" sewing, I also ended up doing a couple birthday presents for my niece. I know, I know, but to be honest, since they have been on my "to do" list for awhile and it felt so good to get them completed that it seemed a little selfish too! ;)

 I had the first class for my Vintage Ice Skate.  It was a five hour class. I really didn't think it would take me that long to color/shade in the skate, but it did!  Tomorrow we start the embroidery on it. I can't wait to make this up into a wall hanging. It matches our Christmas colors perfectly!

I made the Aurifil Block of the Month block for January. I think the next block comes out February 15th.

We had a snowstorm at the end of the week. Our power was off and on all day, so I did not want to plug my sewing machine in.  I decided to sort through all of the charms I had collected from participating in several Denyse Schmidt charm swaps.  I had been looking for the perfect scrappy quilt to use with them. I found it! I am going to use Jen Kingwell's "I'm a Farmer's Daughter" pattern. I am just stumped on what to use for the backgrounds. I love Jen's use of scrappy neutrals, but then I get hooked on it having to be all Denyse's fabrics and I don't have enough backgrounds.  I will be hand piecing this one, so it will be a long term project.

...and I just have to share the cute little purse and doll quilt I made for my niece!  She turned three today. She is also my Goddaughter, so I wanted to do something special. The quilt is made from the scraps that were left from the quilt I made for her before she was born.

Okay--all selfish sewing from here on out! ;)  I have been pulling fabrics trying to start a new project. Linking up to 4/7 Sewing challenge

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sewing 4x7 February Challenge

This year I am hoping to finish up some UFO's along with starting all of the new projects I find each day on Instagram, or Facebook, or blogs! LOL  I discovered the 4x7 challenge on Berry Barn Designs.

My goal is to sew everyday in February, at least 20 minutes, though hopefully more!  Some of the projects I hope to complete, or at least move a little closer to completion are:

1. Add the border and finish this mini quilt. (Still debating if I want to add a little embroidery also.)

2.  Finish this mini, my first hand quilting project. Practicing before I start a bigger project.

3. This mini quilt is altogether, my goal is to quilt and bind it.

4.  Get the skate started. I am taking this as a class on Thursday.

5.   Get STARTED, and caught up on the Project 48 quilt along. This is my fabric pull so far.

6.  Catch up on my Farmer's Wife '30s quilt. I am so behind! I would love to at least get some more of the blocks cut out and ready to sew.

These are just the projects I have pictures of! LOL I hope to finish my pink and brown half square triangle bed runner this month. Currently, it is still just in blocks. I would also like to get a couple flowers pieced on my Daisydo quilt.  I just started this and don't have any flowers together yet.  I also am involved in several quilt alongs on line, so my sewing may come from them also. IF, I ever decided on the fabric palettes for them! One is Sarah Fielke's BOM and the other is the Splendid Sampler.  Wow, that's a lot of stuff!  I could also work on any of the many UFOs listed below in my Quarter One goals for the Finish Along.  Thanks for the motivation.