I started the year cleaning up my sewing space. This entailed putting fabric away and purging things that did not belong in that space. Part of that purge were blocks from sewalongs or Block of the Month clubs that were at year’s end.
Sugar Block Club 2016:
I completed all months of the blocks for the 2016 Sugar Block Club. I adore the color palette that I chose for this project. Now I just have to figure out how I want to make them all into a quilt.How super cute is this 4-corner tree block?
The Splendid Sampler:
The sewalong was The Splendid Sampler headed up by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson and started January 1 of 2016. They released 2 blocks a week for 52 weeks. I got as far as nine blocks made before other projects took precedence. My plan was to start with red and grey and then move into all the colors of the rainbow for a fabulously colored quilt. Looks as if I never moved out of the pink family. So, I made it into a mini quilt that is perfect for the Valentine’s holiday next month. It would also be great as a NICU preemie quilt. I’ll figure out where it belongs soon.At least it is finished which left an open storage box for a new project and the interweb is buzzing about……
The Honey Pot Bee:
For 2017, I’ve decided to participate in The Honey Pot Bee put on by the fabulous Molli Sparkles. It’s informal, self-reliant, and self-paced but in a group setting. A ‘Wild Card’ Block was released before Christmas and I loved all the little trees that were popping up all over Instagram and Facebook. I had to finally jump in and make my own.The blocks will be different sizes and styles and will make for some very interesting final quilts at the end. This tree block is the small version and finished at 3 1/2 x 4 1/2. I’m going to let the colors get chosen as the blocks are released. First one is out tomorrow (Jan 3).
My sewing room cleanup also led to this fantastic fabric pull. I don’t know what it’s going to become but I just love it!(t-b: Shot Cotton, Glamping, Just my Type, Rhoda Ruth, unlabeled maroon check, Good Natured, unlabeled by Hobby Lobby, Hilltop Foxes by Dear Stella)
Happy New Year and Happy Sewing!
Christmas usually ends with more fabric and accessories being added to my stash. This year was no exception. We’ll start off with the prettiest bundle ever!This Cotton + Steel Basics 40 piece fat quarter bundle is so versatile. It’s even got metallic accents on some of the pieces. And it’s super pretty and I love looking at it. It will be put to great use throughout the next year.
The rest of my sewing presents included a bunch of notions: blades, rulers, and other accessories that will be very useful.I also got a box of Aurifil thread from the Basics collection. My Singer machine seems to like it better than what I normally use. I’ll need to put that thought to the test soon.
A Project Bag:
Before all that gift getting happened, I put together this last minute gift for my mom. A project bag for her cross-stitch or knitting projects. I found the pattern here on Craftsy. It’s a bit larger than I had anticipated – I made the Medium size – so I may also make her a few smaller ones for her upcoming birthday in February.Christmas was big success. Especially on the ‘giving’ side of it, which is my favorite part.
New year is coming up with plenty of new projects on the horizon where all those new notions will be put to use.
Happy Sewing! I’ll just leave you with this awesome sign I got from my mom.
I’ve had a Christmas quilt top hanging out in my sewing room for about 8 years. When Mom was over on Thanksgiving she saw it hanging there and mentioned that she didn’t have a Christmas quilt. So, I said ‘Do you like that one?’ And she said ‘Sure.’ Hello Christmas gift!
I pulled that Christmas one down off my quilt rack and tried to get it all ironed out and flat. Now, I made the top when my skills were not quite as precise as they are now so the ironing did not work out as well as it should have. We’ll come back to that problem later….
The quilt top is I-Spy style and bright and fun. The pattern was a free insert in a quilting publication ad that I cannot find or remember exactly where it was from. The squares are 2 1/2 inches, the snowballs are 6 1/2 inches. I don’t recall the corner triangle size.As you can tell from the photo above, I echo quilted – all out with red thread – around each snowball which created great texture throughout. I pieced the back with the original fabric that I had chosen and added some dog themed fabric just for my mommy.I’m super happy with my corners. They are becoming more consistent as I finish more quilts.But, let’s talk about that massive pucker. I made the error of not stitching all the same direction (side to side) before switching and stitching the other direction (top to bottom). Now, I believe this was only an issue because I couldn’t get it ironed out as flat as it needed to be. I basted it as taut as I could and started all my stitching in the center so I think that helped a little bit. This is not the only area of puckering so I’m glad it’s for Mom as she will think it’s fabulous and won’t even see the puckers. It’s a sweet and fun quilt and she’ll love it!It was good to see how far my piecing skills have come since I first pieced this and it was quite humbling as I moaned and groaned while quilting it before I finally decided to just let go of the frustration and try my best to work with the wonkiness of it.
I did a little pre-Christmas shopping and ended up with some great goodies.Paintbox Basics by Elizabeth Hartman – such great colors and fabulous prints!Vibrant and beautiful colors from the Macramé line from Cotton + Steel.
I hope your holiday sewing is going well.
I was able to finish the Stacked Squares quilt that is for my Dad for Christmas.
He chose the color palette while looking at a mini I had hanging in my sewing room. Teals, greens, greys, mustards….they look so great together!(Well, this photo proves that I can’t sew straight…😋)
Anyway….I loved this pattern and plan on making it again. It’s a free tutorial over at Moda Bake Shop and I used the ‘cutting from fat quarters or yardage’ instructions from Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation. The free pattern uses precuts which I was not intending to use so Kelly’s cutting diagrams were wonderful! The best part, besides picking out the fabric, was placing all those squares to create the cool illusion.I backed it using fabric I had in my stash – Mod Beads by Heather Bailey, a bright green that I’ve had for awhile – with the addition of some golfer fabric to break it up. My dad lives on a golf course so I will try to incorporate golf fabric anytime I can make project for him.The binding fabric is from the Cotton + Steel Playful line. It had all the main colors and worked beautifully for this project.
My original quilting plan was meandering squares but the quilt told me differently once I had it under the throat of my machine. The diagonal lines give it a little movement without it being overly quilted. It still super cuddly which is what Dad wants.It’s going to be hard to part with – exactly why I need to make another one for me – but my Dad will love it!
I had to get some of those greens back in my stash and was able to due to the Closing Sale over at Gotcha Covered Quilting. She posted an additional discount code on her Instagram feed and I couldn’t pass it up. I got this Simply Colorful II Green fat quarter bundle and it has the best darkish greens in it and I love the flowers on top.I picked up some other beauties while I was there. (Top to bottom – Spa by Deb Strain, Flower Dot Stripe Dandelions, Thru the Wire – Priory Square, Spherical Buds Aqua – Geometric Blis, Dottie Purple, Gleeful – Springs Breeze, Whirlwind Orchid and Fragile Dust – Zephyr by Cotton + Steel)
Next up on the Handmade Holiday parade is a quilt for my Mom. I have to stop and get some backing fabric and a small bit for another border. Hopefully I can show that one next time.