Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pattern test

I'm really excited about the opportunity to test a pattern for a designer.  Her pattern is in the "nearly ready for sale" stage and she wants some feedback on how well the instructions are written and pictures of the completed top as examples of how it looks in unique fabrics.

I chose these 4 fabrics and can't wait to get started on this project.  Three of the fabrics are from the Downton Abbey Egyptian line from Andover.  So fun! And the orange one is a batik from a different company but it is just the perfect color.  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Crows Foot blocks

This month's Saturday Sampler block is the Crows Foot.  We will make both sizes each month with the big one 12.5" and the little one  6.5".  The little one was a bit more challenging but I'm happy with the results. I also have the applique block done for the month but will show that another day.

One of the things I did with the little block to help it lie flat was to press open all of the seams in the HSTs instead of toward one side. It reduced the bulk and made a big difference in the quality of the block in my opinion.  I'll definitely use that technique again.

One of the things that I love the most about Saturday Sampler - besides the social aspect of it - is that it pushes us to try different techniques, different patterns, and different fabric choices.  In this case there are 3 blocks each month: applique, a large block, and an identical small block.  I want to improve my skills with applique. And learning to change our techniques and strategies to succeed with smaller piecing should help all of my quilting.  

Monday, February 23, 2015

She has a friend

Oops! I first posted this without anything except the picture. I like this even better now that there are 2 of them to keep each other company.  This is one of the blocks from Quiltmaker's 10th edition of 100 Blocks.   

I'm linking up to Judy's Design Wall Monday at

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Week 8 Sunday "Status of the Stash" Report

I saw this graphic on Facebook this week and just had to laugh.  We do use a lot of acronyms to reflect the status of our stash.  And I can relate to all of these.  I definitely have STABLE, because I'm a PFC but TIH!

I had a couple of finishes this week that really helped out the totals: a nice big quilt and a couple of small things.  I also made several blocks for projects but won't count them until the project is finished.

In this week: 2.5 yds
In this year: 37.75 yds
Used this week: 18.5 yds
Used this year: 38.75 yds

Status of the Stash: I am winning by 1 yard!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

More aprons for little girls

The 2nd little apron for 2 year old Keira is all finished and both of them are in the mail.  This one has a pale blue farm print with yellow trim and yellow flower buttons. My niece has promised to take a picture of her in the apron and I can't wait to see her.

The pattern is the same as the red sheep apron and the pink kitties apron for one of my granddaughters, Sophie. She will get hers for her birthday in March.

The pattern is identical - except for the elastic - to the adult sized pattern that I've used often. And the cool thing about the kid pattern is the 3 different sizes it has plus the elastic in the neck band.

Friday, February 20, 2015

A finish - finally

Finally I was able to get back to sewing the binding onto this quilt.  I set it aside about 10 days ago and just didn't get back to it. Pardon the bad photo with the grey outdoor light showing. It was way too cold to take it outside for a better photo.

This was our 2014 Saturday Sampler called Tell it to the Stars. It has a lovely combination of batiks and traditional fabrics in the blocks. I added a dark red inner border and binding and used a grey floral for the outer wide border.  I really like the end result.

Added bonus - I can deduct a lot of yardage from my Sunday Stash report this week. After looking back at the pattern I'm going to count this as 15 yards including backing and binding. Yay!!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

More paper piecing

I had about an hour to play in my sewing room yesterday after work. And this little paper pieced paper doll is the result. Fun design from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine - issue #10 - the most recent one. It's called BFF (Best Friends Forever).  HMMMM - I maybe needed a more fun print for her dress. And she needs a face doesn't she?