A Splendid Sugar Buzz

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!

Random Roundup #15

I made some progress on the Foxes Baby quilt from last week’s post.   I pieced some of the foxes fabric with the cuddle dots for the back and basted it.  It’s all ready for quilting.That progress was made at a sewing day with a few new sewers.  One is making a full-size quilt using squares so I showed her how to prepare a nine-patch, the staple of the quilters world.  I introduced her to the 1/4 inch piecing foot to make her piecing more precise and she was headed online to find one for her machine.  The other was putting together a dress.  I’m not a garment sewer so I showed her how to read the pattern and decipher the language.  The pieces were already cut out and we made great progress on it.  She got all her darts sewn in the bodice and also a few pleats on the skirt part.  Now she’s trying to get the sizing right before we get the zipper installed.  The pieces were slightly too small on the bodice so she cut and darted a second bodice section.  It was a bit too big once sewn to the skirt so she took it home to seam rip and study and I’m sure she’ll have a great plan by the time she comes back over.

Sugar Block Club 2016:

It’s the halfway point for the Sugar Block Club and I got caught up on all my blocks.It’s going to be such a pretty quilt.  I love the color palette that I chose.  The purples and teals just pop against those low volumes.

Stash Enhancement:

Chrissy at Sew Lux had a large Memorial Day sale and I gave in big time.  The prices were super low and I couldn’t resist.The top three are from a line called Meadowbloom.  The colors are more vibrant than shown here and are so gorgeous!  I love the blue one on the top.This grouping contains a few from the For You line by Zen Chic (the teal and grey ones).  Zen Chic is one of my favorite designers and these do not disappoint.  The yellow one on top is Color Theory Mesh.  I love the randomness of the color placement.  It’s such a great blender.

This next grouping I see being great additions to a circus themed baby quilt that I have in my head.  So bright and cheerful! The mutli-colored pieces are from Best Day Ever and the ‘plus’ one is called Math Nerd.  I love that!  I could use it in multiple different types of quilt patterns.  I’m looking forward to getting all these designs out of my head and through my sewing machine.

Happy sewing!

Random Roundup #13

Splendid Sampler progress:

I’m having fun with the Splendid Sampler quilt along.  We are at 6 blocks now as they are releasing two per week. These are some tiny hearts.  Those are 1 1/2 inch squares on the corners of the small hearts.   I went a little crazy on the flower pot one and my block is a little too big but there is no where to trim so it stays as is and I’ll fit it in somewhere.  I actually didn’t read the size directions on the vase and just went for it.  But I like how it looks.  I really like the block released on Thursday.  It would be fabulous in a larger size to use in a baby quilt.  And now the group shot:  The blocks are 6 1/2 inches (or supposed to be anyway) and there is still a long way to go.  The most recent Sunday block is an embroidery one so I may just skip it.  I’ll have to take a closer look at it and then decide.  I have a number of cross-stitch projects in the works that need my hand sewing attention instead of something new.  But, we’ll see.

Sugar Block Club:

I’ve also been making some progress on the 2015 Sugar Block Club blocks. This is February and March.  This block is a little too muted for my taste so I may remove the corners and do them in color to jazz it up a little.  There is just not enough contrast.  But, I am super happy with the appliqué center section!

Stash Enhancement:

I gave in at The Intrepid Thread during a big Flash sale she had recently and I picked up a number of fabulous things. Some great blenders: Then some Blueberry Park – this is so awesome in person! And daisies are my favorite. Then this gorgeous selection of purples: The top two are also from Blueberry Park.  This group also includes a print from the Rhoda Ruth line. The rest are all from the Macrame line from Cotton + Steel.  They are the most fabulous purples I have seen in a while.  My purples were really lacking and this sale came at the perfect time to stock up.

I should have lots to show next time as I have a few days off this week with just sewing plans in place.  Should be a good week full of creativity and hopefully some quilting.

 
  

New Year, New Stash

I took advantage of some New Year’s sales and added to my stash. Pink Castle Fabrics was having an inventory clearance sale but I ended up in the bundle section and found these beauties.

The Word Up bundle:

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So much texty goodness! I’ve been using so many text prints from my stash that this is really just a replenishment. 😊

The Not So Red Riding Hood bundle:

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I just love all the tone-on-tone colors in this one and that Riding Hood fabric is growing on me.

A Sketchy Rainbow fat eighth bundle to use in the Rainbow Mini Swap mini.

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The colors are so vibrant and gorgeous! It will be perfect for that swap project.

I have one more purchase coming that I will share next week then it’s back to sewing my own stash for while. I went 4 months without buying any new fabric and it was actually really great. I was using what I had and making some fabulous items. I have more money in the bank because I wasn’t spending it willy-nilly on something that I really already have enough of. I’ve got a few travel plans this year and that is where most of my disposable income will land. Creating memories with people I love and making them wonderful things from what I already own is part of my quilty plan this year.

I also did some sewing. I completed the final two blocks from the Sugar Block Club 2014.

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Now I need to determine how I want to assemble this top. The colors are gorgeous and I’m so glad I went with the darker background. This will be the third Amy Gibson block of the month top that I will have sewn and I really need to make each of them into completed quilts. Part of my quilty goals this year is to finish quilts from the myriad of quilt tops that I have lying around. I have one top basted and ready to quilt. I can’t wait to test out the throat space on my new machine and see if a quilt will fit better than with my old machine.

I made this Halloween gift bag to hold a delayed Christmas gift for my mom.

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I had ordered some stitching accessories and a pattern with embellishment pack from a small online retailer in early December. The pattern was on back order so I didn’t get any of the package until last week. I was quite annoyed that they did not send the items that were in stock but held the entire order until the leaflet arrived. So, it missed the actual gift exchange. The pattern is a Halloween based fairy design (which I failed to get a picture of before gifting it) so I stitched up this sweet bag to be her project holder while she is working on it.

I also received some gifts in the mail this week. My dad sent me this awesome plaque for my sewing room.

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And I received my Disney Swap mini quilt:

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Dopey is my favorite Disney character and my partner made this spectacular mini for me! It looks so great. I have a cross-stitch that I made many years ago that is this exact same pose. Having them together up on my wall will be awesome.

Happy sewing!

Preemie Quilts

This week I had a couple packages come in. They included fabric and supplies I ordered prior to last week’s ‘Shop your Stash’ post.
Horizon by Kate Spain – this line is all my favorite colors all together. I absolutely love it!

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Architextures Blue Trees – I’ve been admiring this one for some time now and it might just make it into my #igminiswap quilt.

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The Quick Curve Ruler – another purchase that I have been contemplating that might be used for the #igminiswap quilt.

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Gigi cross-stitch pattern by Nora Corbett for Mirabilia. My mom is a Halloween lover and this small pattern will be perfect for her!

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I cannot wait to get started on all these fun and cool projects!

My guild, Memphis Area Modern Quilt Guild, is collecting preemie blankets and quilts for LeBonheur Children’s Hospital and I finished mine right on time.

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The dark one uses a charm square pack of Here, Boy! and some Riley Blake dots. The floral is Spring Fling by Me and my Sister Designs with some Riley Blake dots. These blankets turned out 24×36. I used flannel backing and no batting. I read in a post, which I don’t remember whose, that this was a good way to go so that they don’t get too heavy. I just hope that whoever receives these will love them. I bound both with dot prints that I had on hand (#shopyourownstash). The only piece of fabric that I purchased recently for these is the bird flannel backing, which is completely adorable. I didn’t have any girl themed flannel to use. All the other fabrics I already had in my stash.

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They are both just so sweet and cozy! I just love that polka dot binding on both of these.

I also got through month 9 of the Sugar Block Club and it’s really starting to come together.

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This coming week, I will be working on Border 3 of the Mini Medallion Quilt Along over at Clover and Violet and I hope to get my Kitty Mini Swap mini quilted and bound.

Random Roundup #4

There’s been a lot more relaxing and a lot less sewing going on over here since my days off last week. I’ve gotten a few things accomplished but no one project has gotten a lot of attention. Here’s what I’ve done:

Sugar Block Club – I posted the June block here but never posted the first 6 blocks all together.
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I also already completed the July block.

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Pouches – I made 2 pouches – one that I will post next week and one that I made for an employee of mine that is transferring departments. She’s the one person at work that wants to see all this stuff I create. She makes jewelry so we have a crafting mutual respect for each other. I used a free pattern that I found on Craftsy. I used a Home Decor print remnant for the outside. I learned to use a larger seam allowance when using this particular piece of fabric. There was a little fraying on some of the areas of the bag. I have enough of the fabric left over and will be making some pillows so I will use a larger allowance for those.IMG_1614
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I might use a stiffer interface or some fusible fleece next time I make this. I think it needs a little more structure. Anyway – she loved it! She’s already got plans for how she will use it.

Random Blocks for bigger projects – A third Memory block. This one is from the second quilt I ever made.
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I talked about the inspiration for this quilt in this post. I have more fabrics pulled but not sewn together yet.

I started the Mini-Medallion Quiltalong over on Clover and Violet in association with SewLux. This is my fabric pull:
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The center block is just so cute. All the information can be found on Clover and Violet’s blog .
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The first border pattern got released today. I can’t wait to see what it is and get started sewing it up.

While I was relaxing, I took advantage of Swim, Bike, Quilt’s moving destash on Instagram and picked up some wonderful fabrics.

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I was so happy to be able to snag those text prints!
I also got a few more items from #thegreatfabrcidestash on Instagram.IMG_1583
There’s some Essex Linen in Olive in that bunch of loveliness. I can’t wait to find something great to use it in. That grouping also included 2 pieces of Wee Gallery, Terrain by Kate Spain, and Circa 1934.
Now, I’ve got to pop back over to Clover and Violet and see what that first border looks like.

Memories in the Making

I recently came across a post on Riddle and {whimsy} where a quilt top was being made using fabric from previously made quilts. It was one old quilt per block and the idea just struck me as something that I definitely needed to incorporate into a new quilt top. Jo used the Catvent pattern but I was thinking more along the lines of the Broken Herringbone. I had been wanting to try that block for a while now and felt that this would be the perfect project for it. So – I tried it out using fabric from the first quilt I ever made.
That quilt is titled Snow Buddies and was made somewhere around 1998. I still use it. Summer, Spring, Winter, Fall – the season does not matter. It is well worn and well loved.

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It’s a simple nine-patch that I tied with yarn. The binding is flipped over from the backing fabric and is fraying in the most beautiful way.

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As a beginning quilter it is very likely that I overbought yardage of fabric so I believe that I have enough fabric left over from the older quilts in order to take this idea to completion. The problem will be as I get into the more recent ones where fabric buying was a little more precise. I still think I should be okay. Now, onto the first block:

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Yay! It came out just as i thought and I am thrilled with this plan! Block 2 has some fabric to be found so moving on….
Block 3 is from a quilt I named Delightfully Deer that I created in 2001 for a hunting friend of mine in Montana. And I’m finally on trend – those deer are coming back in style right about now.

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The tutorial is courtesy of Anne at play-crafts. It was very easy to follow and I’m excited to finally have a plan that will use this block. I’m going to write the name and year on the lower right sashing strip and place the blocks chronologically so I can see how my fabric choices changed over the years.

I also put together the June Sugar Block Club block – Teach.

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I’m glad that I had the opportunity to go ‘Beyond the Block‘ and teach my nieces how to sew cute zipper pouches. You can read about that experience here. It was wonderful for them to create something with their own hands. And I was proud to give them that during their visit last week.

I also picked up this cool bundle! There’s the periodic table and some formula text print and those beakers! It’s just so great!

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They are from Science Fair for Robert Kaufman. I went to check out the name and fell in love with the selvedge.

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Eeeeek! It’s so cute!