Monday, September 29, 2014

September NewFO & Finishes

2014 NewFO Challenge

Although I don't have trouble starting anything new (sure most of you can relate to that), it is always nice when some one encourages you to do just that - no worries, no stress, no need to finish.  Thank you Barbara @ CatPatches for being the ringleader in all things NEW.

My official NewFO was my project for the Monthly Doll Quilt Swap Group.  The monthly theme (and you and your partner can agree to the theme or chose something else) was 'Back to School'.  It just so happened I had an old FQ bundle on my shelf that was called 'Back to School' by Melissa Babcock Saylor for Quilting Treasures.  I have a tutorial for this block/pattern HERE.

And since my partner was in Australia, she loved the American buses and school items.  Yup, a little dolly dressed for school went along with it.

Never too hot to Stitch!

I will admit that I totally did not get to this.  My 'Old' was to re-load my EQ on this not-so-new computer and really start to use it - not done.  My 'New' was to put my tutorials on a tab - not done.  I did start browsing old posts and making notes, but nothing got pass that point.

In defense, I had a month of 'nursing' my Mom after surgery, participating in a County wide 'airing of the quilts' , and a new grandbaby arrived.  And.....

Bella freaking out because there was just something new and different and not so pleasant.  Yes, she has a curly tail which curls even tighter when she is scared.

I've had nightmares that my upstairs bathroom was going to end up downstairs, especially that old heavy tub.  Well a leak and a falling ceiling and I was freaking out right along with Bella.  I am assured the bathroom (and tub) is going to stay in place - just a leaky seal on the tubs drain.  But they can't come back to do that 10 minute repair for another week!


I have so enjoyed seeing what others have used as a resource and their projects of choice. I don't have a lot of books - well compared to my Mom's 40 yr collection - but I am amazed that I let them sit without playing with them.

I'm very pleased with my wallhanging adapted from table runner pattern and you can see more about it HERE.

Tea Wallets using this TUTORIAL were my monthly Make it Handmade Christmas Challenge project.  We have a few tea drinkers in the family and they like to carry their own tea bags for dining out - quick, fun, and can be personalized.

I loved playing with the camping Riley Blake Panel and ginghams for the 'Back in September' Hop.

Testing a pattern for Bea Lee @ BeaQuilter - now available in her Craftsy Store.

Fun just playing with some spool blocks that were suppose to be for another project that I lost interest in - Buttons & Bows.

And then playing with blocks:


Country Corners

Marcus Brothers QAL

Charming Star QAL

Quilt Doodle Row Quilt

Temecula Quilt Co. 'Little Alphabet' QAL

And I have been enjoying one, two, or even three little walks each day as our weather has been just delightful.  The Fall flowers and the trees starting to color make for great inspiration.

Hope you've had a grand September,
Sewingly Yours,

Friday, September 26, 2014

Let's Book It - September Link-Up


It is hard to believe that there are only three months left in the year - and there are way more books, patterns, print outs, etc. on that shelf that I haven't explored yet.  I hope you have been enjoying exploring your lost treasures thru the year.

This was the book I pulled from that dusty shelf - the shelf has since been dusted by the way.  I don't remember buying this book, I believe it was something I pulled from the Traveling Stash Boxes a couple of years ago.

This was the project I selected from the book - something to go with the coming season.  This is a very long table runner, so I decided to make some changes for a wallhanging.

Fabrics were selected and prepped - everything for this project came strictly from my scrap baskets which is a plus.

Rows of purple HSTs made.  I was surprised how close that paisley looked so much like the one pumpkin figurine's shirt pattern - my SIL pointed it out to me.

Pumpkins in a viney bed, waiting for their placement and faces.  Well, I decided NO faces after playing with lots of cut outs, placement and goofing around.  This needed to be simple and done.

Some curly vines, leaves, and thread painting was my finish with the pumpkins and of course I had to add some buttons.  Now this can hang from September right thru November.

September's Barn Pin and Charm - 8-pointed Star


Now it's your turn to share your project:

**link closes Oct 3 10pm EST - I will announce winner the next day**
Sewingly Yours,

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tuesday Archives - Ghastlies & Ghosts

Val's Quilting Studio

I know you bloggers have something to share with this week's Archive over at Val's Quilting Studio.  I know I have seen them in the past.

I don't have any ghosties, but I just LOVE the Ghastlies!

One of my projects from THIS POST in 2011

A project with tutorial from THIS POST in 2012

And a project from this bundle on THIS POST in 2013

YES - there is a new project in the works using Ghastlies for the 'Black Cat Crossing' Hop coming up in Oct 2014!

So please post up and/or go visit Val - Halloween is just around the corner.

Sewiingly Yours,