Sunday, August 21, 2016

Butter Churn

I had to do it - I just had to work on one more Farm Girl Vintage block before the week ends. This one is called Butter Churn and I just love this block. 

My only other Sunday sewing involved using the embroidery unit on my machine to stitch a name onto a beach towel for a friend whose granddaughter is starting kindergarten next week. She needed a beach towel for "nap" time and it needed her name on it. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

More Farm Girl Vintage FUN

Blueberry pie anyone?  This darling slice of pie block is a companion to the book. Downloads can be purchased at Fat Quarter Shop. 

Cool Threads is from the book and I chose some ginghams to make the spools. Just a couple more blocks and I will be caught up again. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Saturday Sampler - Lyra block

The Saturday Sampler block was really an easy one this month. Love it and just may have to make this one again.  And this fabric (an over-dyed muslin) is so nice to sew.  Every month I look at the block and think "not my color wheel", but since we already have seen the finished product I'm confident that I'll like it.  And all of the blocks together look so much more interesting than the individual ones do.  We had a choice of cream or navy background and I will admit I'm second guessing my choice of cream. The navy one is much more dramatic looking.

The bonus block this month was to be done in Kaffe Fassett and/or modern prints. I didn't have a lot to choose from in my stash. But I did find the Kaffe with the crazy circles. Hoping the rest appear modern enough.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Farm Girl Vintage

After working this morning, I had the afternoon to play in my sewing room. So much fun!

I pulled out the Farm Girl Vintage book and cut the pieces for 2 blocks: Old Red Barn and Furrows. This barn block is just too cute.

With the whole afternoon available I also made my Saturday Sampler blocks. Those may be another post.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Still playing catch-up

After a morning round of golf and lunch with 2 former coworkers, I actually worked at my new job for a couple of hours. And then I headed for my sewing machine.  I made a new Circa 2016 block (gold and red pinwheel) and threw away the wonky one.  Then I made the 3 hourglass blocks for the same quilt. There are 4 more block patterns that I haven't made and a new one will come out on Friday. 

And I made a light purple Crown of Thorns block (16") for my RSC16 challenge. I still need a light pink one and then I'll be caught up with these.

Last but not least I cut and pinned another pillowcase from the stash. Hope to get that sewn tomorrow after work.

And now I'm headed over to the local hospital to meet the newest addition to the extended family. My niece just had a new baby boy and I just have to go and snuggle that baby.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Lessons in accuracy

Yes - the top block is really as wonky as the photo appears! This is a lesson in cutting accuracy and piecing accuracy.
I could see that a couple of my pieces were cut just a tiny bit crooked, but decided - I'm an experienced quilter. I'll just make adjustments as I sew. LOL  As I sewed the tiny crooked cuts were amplified into much BIGGER crooked sections. And since these blocks are only 3" square (finished), the end result is pretty bad.  Let this be a lesson to me! I should pin it to my bulletin board as a reminder to be accurate.
The green block actually is accurately square but just lying funny in the picture.  But that top square is going to be replaced. Seems to me that this week hasn't been a good one for 3" squares. Must be time to work on something bigger for a while.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Catching up

Just a few of the 3" blocks I made yesterday in an effort to catch up on the Temecula Circa 2016 project.  I'm not completely caught up yet but am getting closer and am hoping that I'll be caught up by the end of the week. 
Since these are so small it is sometimes a challenge to get them to lay flat. Pressing a lot of the seams open has helped. But I also have started using Best Press on them too and that really made a difference in how nicely they lay.