Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A productive morning

My new part time job has been a few more hours per week than I was hoping lately. But this morning I had "off" - really just waiting for some work to come my way.  But I took advantage of it and spent a couple of hours in my sewing room.  First of all, I finished 2 of the pillowcases I cut and pinned the other day. 

Then I worked on the Sew-Along bag using these fabrics. The outside of the bag is quilted and trimmed to size. The sides are sewn together and ready to go. The bindings are all pressed and ready to use. And I prepped the lining pieces by ironing on the interfacing pieces. So now it is time for zippers. Maybe tomorrow?

And I added 2 more vertical rows to my Traveling Stars quilt. There are only 2 more to go and this queen size quilt is probably the biggest one I've made in a couple of years. I really want this top done this week but we'll see how the week goes. It's beyond time to get this WIP finished.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

A pink Sew-Along bag

Sunday's finish was the pink Sew-Along bag using the breast cancer survivor themed fabrics. The color in the top photo is pretty accurate. I had the "bra" fat quarter and the grey fat quarter with the words. It was hard to know which one to use for the outside but finally decided to use the grey as the lining inside the bag.  

And I have the pieces all cut and ready to go for a green version of this bag, which I will hopefully get made during the week. The other 2 fabric combinations auditioned on Saturday will need more thought before I make them because I'm not quite satisfied with the fabric choices I've made. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Auditioning fabrics and stash busting

I've been auditioning some fabric combinations for more Sew Along bags. After digging through the fat quarter bin and the rest of my stash, I've come up with a few possibilities.  First is this pink and grey breast cancer themed fabric.

Then I found this fat quarter with a sewing theme. I'll have to do some measuring before I cut this to see if I will lose too much of the design.

Grey and tan and a touch of grey. I definitely like this combo.

Not sure about this one yet. I think I need to dig deeper and find some lime green or a royal blue to use with it. 

We'll see how many of these actually get done, but it gives me some projects for the coming week to pick from. And I've cut and pinned 4 new pillowcases to sew - when I get back from the golf course this afternoon.  A bit of stash busting potential here!

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Friday finish - elephants

When the heat index is 110 for several days in a row (today is #3) it is easy to stay indoors and get some binding done.  My 1930s elephant quilt is done except for a label.

These elephant blocks are from a blog that no longer seems to be online so I'm glad I printed the pattern when I originally saw it several years ago. I love, love, love these elephants and this is the second quilt I've made using the pattern. 

The first quilt was gifted to my oldest daughter.  It has been used and loved up a LOT since 2012. She even took it along on a 5 day bicycle ride earlier this summer as part of her bed roll.  I called this one Polka Dots and Pachyderms.  But I have no idea for a good name for the new one. Any ideas for me?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Here kitty, kitty

Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet has issued several companion blocks to go with her Farm Girl Vintage designs, and I've been unable to resist most of them.  I've downloaded the pig, the birthday cake, the bumble bee, and now the cat. The face still needs to be embroidered onto this one, but otherwise the kitty block is done. And I still have a couple of additional downloaded blocks to make. 

I wanted my kitty to be grey and I just didn't find a grey 30s print. I even looked online.  And the only grey fabric of any kind in my stash was either too dark or too modern. So I went shopping-  and ended up with this medium grey. It kind of looks like knitting when you look closely.  

I've had a personal goal of improving my piecing accuracy and making small blocks has been a great tool for working towards that goal. There are 40 pieces in this block, and when you look at the 6" version that means some of them START at 3/4" square. That is kind of crazy! But I have to say the mini blocks have become my favorite of the two.

Lori Holt has great instructions, both for cutting and for piecing.  She uses clear drawings of each step. And I've found a process that really seems to be working for me now.  I lay all of the pieces out as I cut them onto a flat design board with a flannel type surface to hold them. I make sure to lay them out in the general location where they will go as I sew. That helps me when hunting for the right pieces, especially when the dimensions are often similar. And I've been sewing the same step on both sizes at the same time. That has also helped a lot plus both blocks are done at the same time.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Libra block - Saturday Sampler

It's always interesting to see how different blocks and quilts look when the fabrics are totally different. This month's Saturday Sampler block has a simple elegance to it, just like the other blocks have been so far.

But when the same block is made with totally different fabrics it has a much more playful look. Our bonus block this month is a 30s reproduction theme. 

Now that I'm caught up with Saturday Sampler and Farm Girl Vintage it's time to get back to working on a UFO or a WIP this week. It's going to be HOT, HOT, HOT and very humid this week so I'll be staying indoors a lot and sewing when I'm not at my desk working.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Farm Girl Vintage weekend

This weekend was a good time for working hard on my Farm Girl Vintage blocks. First of all it was really humid outside so that keeps me indoors. And second, my husband was playing in a 2-day golf tournament - which occupied most of the approx 36 hours he was even home this weekend. 

With the help of my chief quilt inspector, I made 5 blocks this weekend: the bumble bee, baby chick, apron strings, summer star, and corn & tomatoes. The corn & tomatoes block is the one from the book, but I've also downloaded the block with an ear of corn and 2 tomatoes. Maybe I'll get that block made this week along with the kitty block I also downloaded. 

Both sizes of every single block are done. 29 of each size!  I'm impressed that I've managed to stay focused on that.