Sew Productive

Once the power was restored, all my creative juices starting flowing.  Somehow, the ‘can’t sew’ got all my ideas pent up within my head and really led to a marathon sewing session.

Hexagon Pillow:

I finished stitching the big hexie flower and found a good background (Blueberry Park) to let those colors shine.  I pieced more of the mini charm squares into strips for framing the corners of the flower.  I quilted through the middle of the hexagons which created a diamond design in the center and I added a zipper on the bottom to close up this 18″ pillow.  It’s going to look fabulous on my new couch!

Fishy, Fishy baby quilt:

This is the quilt I had laying on the design floor that I was planning to sew together last week but couldn’t without power.  Picking it up and transferring all of the unsewn pieces to my mom’s was not going to happen so it just sat there waiting for overhead lights and machine power.It looks so much better sewn together!  How cute are these little fishes?  It was made using 2 charm packs from a Studio e Fabrics line called ‘Count with Me’.   I love all the numbers and sea creatures playing in the sea.I scoured my stash for something good to back this with and finally came across the perfect fabrics!  An old underwater print and some cute octopus made the best of friends while hanging out together on the back of this quilt.  I got it all basted but I did not have the urge to drag out my other machine to quilt it.  Soon though – very soon…..

Charity Sewing – Habitat Houses:

My quilt guild is collecting House Blocks for a couple of Habitat for Humanity quilts for some local participants to receive when they get the keys to their new home.  They called for printed houses and solid color roofs so I rummaged through my stash to find the perfect print fabric. (I tend to rummage through my stash a lot…..and I really enjoy it!)  I love the prints that I found and did a little fussy cutting on one of them.  They turned out super cute and I can’t wait to see them mixed up in the quilt with the blocks the other members made.

Stash Enhancement:

I gave in to temptation in the form of a Cotton + Steel fat quarter sale courtesy of Stitch Supply Company.  They are selling Grab Bags of fat quarters for a great price.  And they included this great project bag with the Large set.  The fat quarters I got were a mix of lines and seasons and I love most of them.  My favorite is the butterfly print in the center.

I currently have 2 projects basted that need quilting and a separate quilt top complete that needs a backing created, to be basted, and then quilted.  It’s all part of my big plan to finish a bunch of UFOs this year and I think I made good headway this week.

Happy Sewing!

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Christmas Stashing

I got caught up in the big Pre-Christmas sale at the Intrepid Thread.  Each day during Christmas week, Julie put select yardage on sale at $4.99 a yard.  The unfortunate thing was that it was different yardage each day.  Unfortunate because you either didn’t realize that and only found the sale on one day or you knew it and checked back each day and now have three or four packages headed to your house.  I fell into the latter category.  I have already received the first package.

It contained selections from the Drawn line by Angela Walters.  These will make such great backgrounds for a myriad of projects this year. These random pieces are from Curiosities – Firefly Jar, Ashton Road – Keys, and Dream a Little Dream – Owls.  These will work well for some baby quilts for one my guild’s charity projects. Then a couple more – Cookie Book – Recipe Box and Cleta – Translate Bike.  I just really like them.  

Rainbow Mini Quilt Swap:

I also worked a little bit on the mini that I am making for the Rainbow Mini Quilt Swap Round 2 on Instagram.  I made this fabric pull and cut out some curved pieces.   I’ll be using low volume and text print for the background. Here’s a small sample of what’s to come.  I decided not to go rainbow order and just randomize it. 

I hope everyone has a fabulous New Year and gets to work toward whatever success you dream of.

Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap

I had to bust through and finish the mini quilt for the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap. I tend to push right up to, and maybe a little over, the deadline for shipping. My secret partner gave some very specific likes and my Instagram stalking confirmed those likes. Those likes included woodland animals like owls and foxes.

I started out cross-stitching this sweet owl:

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It says ‘Hope’ on the belly and I thought it was super cute and perfect for my partner. I got this far before I realized that I really did not have time to finish that part of it.

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I work retail accounting – what was I thinking? I definitely didn’t have time for all that hand work during December and January. I barely have time to do laundry or vacuum. 🙂

So, I changed course and found some really cute paper-pieced woodland animals by Kristy at Quiet Play. I showed you the owl last week but I’ll show it to you again because it is so darn cute.

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I made some rays with some coordinating prints.

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So, I just needed something for the last quadrant which is where the Hope owl was going to go. My partner likes foxes and a fox was on that woodland pattern set so foxes it is.

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I had the perfect backing fabric in my stash and used some brown from the owl for the binding.

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A little crosshatch wavy quilting and we were done!

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In other news, I gave in and got this Cotton + Steel bundle from Quilters Square.

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I’m not a big fan of the animal ones so they will go in my box designated for fat quarter swaps.

I have one more Mini Quilt Swap coming up but it is not due until March and I already have a plan brewing in my head. That will give me time to work on some of my current works-in-progress and maybe get a few of quilt tops basted and quilted.