Friday, March 28, 2014

March Blocks: two to keep one to give

These two lovely Bear Paw blocks are the fifth and sixth blocks of the Vice Versa Block of the Month Club - and I love how they look!  I'm really loving these Kona solids together, and  I've heard mention of a LONG ARM being available at Sewtopia (I'm going - eek!) so this quilt top, once finished, may have to be quilted with the big guns.  Have you ever quilted on a Long Arm?  Its fun.  As in quilt an ENTIRE quilt in just an hour or two, no wresting it through your little Janome machine, and go out for Icecream afterwards kind of fun! One of my LQS's rents time on theirs, and so I learned a few years back.  Loading it onto the frame... I wouldn't classify as fun, but doing the actual quilting: awesome and fun. And fast, did I mention that? 

Anyhow - those are my March blocks. I still have a few months to decide what color to use for the negative space in the quilt.  Ash grey? Coal grey? Some other unknown-to-me color?  Or a subtle print?! (see below)
I should start figuring that out now probably.

I'm a member of the Columbus Modern Quilt Guild. There are a bunch of wonderful gals in this group and we have a little Bee going this year!   Janna has March and she requested a 12.5" block with pretty open guidelines: a block we have always wanted to make, or our favorite block. But it needs to be monochromatic with a white, grey, or black background fabric.  Guess which category my flying geese fall into.  That's right, this was my "always wanted to make" block and it actually was fun, and not difficult at all!  I did a little research before starting and decided on this great little tutorial from Pieceful Kwilter.

The blue print is Modern Whimsey by Laurie Wisbrun and I keep finding good sized pieces in my scrap boxes.  No yardage left, sadly.  The white on white print is Bike Path Sun Print by Alison Glass... and its quickly becoming a favorite which means I should stock up now before its hard to find.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

{A Baby Tunic}

Guess what I've been getting more and more into!  No really, go ahead, guess.  I'll give you a minute.

Ok times up!
Baby girl clothes! For obvious reasons AND I now have two little nieces so I've got baby clothes ideas out the wazoo.  Seriously, people.

I wanted to find a simple, easy to follow tunic or dress-type piece to make for my little niece, Lainey.  (Ok, and to test out for my girls!)  I get a pin from Jac (aka crazy momma who makes a dozen dresses per month for her two year old sweet pea) so I check it out and see its a FREE pattern, so why not give it a try?  So here it is... the Little Tummy Tunic.

Keep in mind, Summer, here, is about ten months old, and teeny for her age.  I made the 12mo size just to get a good gauge of the pattern.  I'd say it fits length wise, but is extremely wide.  My little niece is three months younger than Summer so maybe Lainey can wear it by the fall?  As you can see, its super cute with jeggings and a onesie.
(And a doggie stealing a kiss!)

No more hoarding my pink Mingle circles.  I chose it for the back.  I love it.  
Plus I added Ric Rac at the bottom - another first for me!  SO easy to do though - and there are a bazillion different ways to use it for trimming a dress or top.  I chose the easiest path, just stitching directly to the backside of a finished hem.

Thank you, Summer, for being my baby model.  You were fabulous, daaahling.

And thank you, Eli, for holder her hands so I could get somewhat decent shots.  Rock on, dude.  You're a good big brother.  No really, you are.  

So tell me:  what's on your sewing list for this spring?
My list includes jersey headbands, a baby quilt for other little niece, and a crossbody bag, among other already started quilts.  Gheesh.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, March 8, 2014

MeadowSweet Winner!

And the winner of the Sandi Henderson Meadowsweet (plus the Aqua Modern Whimsey) fabric is....

Kara who said:
"Your mini looks great! And after really scrutinizing it, I can't see any mistakes!"

So sweet of you, Kara!  I guess I'll divulge the error:  somehow two of the four blocks got turned so the points in the middle do not alternate colors, but I'm trying to get over it!  haha

I've already sent you an email and I'll pop that yummy little stack of fabric in the mail to you this week! Congrats!


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Poinsettia {a mini quilt} + a giveaway!

My first mini quilt!  
I typically don't go for quilts that cannot be snuggled under, picnic'd on, or draped over chairs as a fort.  BUT.  This pattern is fun, classic, and even a little paper pieced to make it extra special.

Finished size: 18" square

Each of the four quadrants has eight paper-pieced points for a total of 32 points.  I unfortunately chose linen as my background for those points and if I were to make this quilt again, I would NOT choose linen.  Anyhow, there was a fat quarter stack of Sandi Henderson's classic collection, Meadowsweet that I had been saving for some years... and I decided this was the perfect project to cut into it for.  The blue circles are the only non-Meadowsweet print, which is Modern Whimsey by Laurie Wisbrun.  Besides the solid linen, I used Squared Elements in Almondette for sashing.

If you look closely I've made a mistake in the blocks, but I'm not going to say what it is!  I thought about tearing it apart and fixing said error, but my perfectionist self is gone, and it is what it is.  Whatever.  Maybe it will grow on me.

This is not only my first mini quilt wall hanging... it is also my first go at HAND-QUILTING!
That's right!  In my 6 years of quilting I have never once attempted to use just needle, thread, and my own hands to quilt.  It just seems so slow and tedious.  Which, I found out, IS slow and tedious.  Hand-quilting.  But on this mini it was a pretty small undertaking and it kept my hands occupied while watching the olympics on more than a few evenings.  I did very minimal quilting as its just going to hang on my wall.   

I read (and re-read) this post by Anna Maria Horner for tips, pointers, and a bit of encouragement about the mechanics of hand-quilting.  It was extremely helpful.

It now resides above my cutting table.  I love it.  I'm sure its the first of many more mini's to come... they're rather fun to make!  Thanks for the paper piecing lesson, Faith!  You're the best! 

Now for the giveaway details:
Giveaway is now closed! 
If you're a fan of the Meadowsweet fabric like I am, leave a comment on this post and I'll draw one random name on Friday, March 7th, who will receive the remaining fabric from this Poinsettia project!  Even some of the linen for good measure! ;-)

Do make sure to leave an email address or some way for me to contact you.  "no-reply" comments will miss out and I'll choose another winner.  
International entries welcome!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Vice Versa BOM - February!

Here are my two February blocks for the Vice Versa BOM (block of the month) club with AnneMarie of Gen X Quilters... knowing I only have to make 2 blocks per month, and being pretty sure I'll have a finished Twin sized quilt sometime near the end of 2014, yeah, I'm a fan!  I've already decided I'm sending this one out to be quilted by a professional.  Yip yip.
Only a few uneven points... I'll take it! haha

So there's 6% of my life... here's the other 94%

I've setup the Pack 'n Play in my sewing studio to steal a few extra moments per day... The little darlings.... maybe someday they'll make ME a quilt.  I really hope it rubs off on them!

Eli loves to try and entertain his baby sisters, mainly by being goofy, making funny noises, and all but burying babies in toys and blankets.  He tries, sweet little fellow!

Stop by tomorrow and you'll see a new little mini quilt plus a giveaway of some old-school Sandi Henderson MeadowSweet fabric (including Henna!)

Thanks for visiting!