Friday, January 30, 2015

Finishing Up January 2015


The first month of the new year is coming to a close.  A long month that seemed to just fly by.  Like most in the NorEast, we have had our share of cold, snow, and winds.  It made for lots of indoor time - time to spend with fabric.


I am playing again with the Rainbow Scrapt Challenge and in keeping my year simple I have just 3 projects going with the colors chosen for each month.  This project will see two houses each month.....

  
and two Sawtooth Stars.  These blocks don't take much time to make so I can easily do them up and then get to play with something else.


The woven heart - another simple block - this is going to look so cute when it is put together.


Bricks for the Now & Later quilt.  I need 40 of each, but since I have these units in my fabric food chain it doesn't take long to feed them thru the machine.  I even did up the pink for next month.


I thought the RSC15 would also be a good incentive to go thru my HSTs and be sure they are all sewn, trimmed, and in order.  Doing a color for the month is much easier than trying to go thru who knows how many all at once - yuk!  Yes, I have different sizes of these - these are just the 2.5" units.


I made a small dent in that barrel using the 2.5" squares to make the 16-patches for the Sweet16 Challenge.  I know there will be more of these as I see what Sarah has in store for us.


And I decided to go with the double 4-patch for the alternating blocks with them.  Again, these pieces all came from my fabric food chain so a quick sew.


I have three of the Sew Sweet Simplicity blocks done.  There is one more block  plus 2 bonus blocks were offered, but I am thinking of just putting these three into a table runner.


My 'Let's Book It' project is at the flimsie stage and I am still thinking on whether to add borders or buy another layer cake for more blocks.


And I did have some finishes for the month.  The first being the Little Letters quilt.  This was such a fun and easy quilt and I am thinking of doing another one.


I finished up the Charming Stars quilt.  I even tried a new to me FMQ motif - paisley flower - and it went rather well, so I can see using it again.


YES - the grape vine cross stitch got finished.  I used reverse applique to circle the piece.  I used 'grape' colored thread and the stretch stitch on my machine with my walking foot to quilt it. I used one layer of wool batt and one cotton which gave it a bit of puff to it.

It was a good first month,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Scraps, Scraps, Scraps


This has been the month for scraps.  They are coming in large boxes, medium boxes, and baggies of all sizes.  AND I AM LOVING IT!!  So are the furkins - do you see Bella in the middle of this glorious pile?  This became scattered all over with great delight - by both her and me.


Moe loves the boxes - yup, that was one huge box!!


And I can't believe how neatly this pile is stacked when I pulled it out of the box - actually it was neater, I thumbed thru it.  I can't even fold up quilt tops neatly to pack off.  I have everything else processed down, but this one is new.  It will wait for a play date in February as I really need to get some sewing done.


Some of these went into the strip boxes, some into my different project containers, and yes even into baggies that hold a future project.  That baggy is my collection for a 'low-volumn' quilt.  Actually I have 3 of those now so I think there is enough for an April play date.

Yup, I process these as soon as they come in.  If it is a small bag I can get the done in an afternoon.  Large boxes take a day to sort and some of that sort does get put in it's place.  Then another day to finish the processing and sometimes a day to cut it down into the fabric food chain - I love cutting fabric - really, I do.


Some went into my rolling drawer towers, some into the plastic shoe bins (FQ size), some in my barrels.  As you can see, these barrels are STUFFED!!  That's where I need to tackle with a marathon session with my machine.  My SIL is using my Juki right now as her little lady went off for a Spa treatment - so my little 'Walmart' Brother machine is perfect for this - it does hum happily with chaining pieces - other things - NO.


I did do a little sewing - my blue and pink bricks for the 'Now & Later' project.  This is a RSC15 project and I need 388 bricks for this quilt, so 40 of each color over 10 months will get me there with room to play. 


And I totally freaked today because I thought I had forgotten I needed to pull a winner for my bag of salvedges.  But it was today, so sigh of relief.  And more was stuffed in here too.  The winner is:

Barb H @ StitchXStitch

I will contact her for mailing info and off they will go.  This bag fills pretty fast, so there will be future chances.

Another snow storm has hit us, so a good time to sew,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Let's Book It - January 2015


Wow - didn't this month go by so fast?  It's hard to believe it is already that time for the linky party.  Remember, you don't have to be finished and if you have a large project you can carry it over into as many months you need.  AND I hope it is working right, but I upgraded my InLinkz to include photos.  I think it helps draw people to your blog if they get a 'tease' photo.



This was my project for the month - long ago printed off and hanging on the wall just waiting to be played with.  I really think it was waiting for this fabric to be honest.



The cutting went really quickly once I got started on this project.



As well as the sewing part - why did I wait so long to play with this?



If you remember the laying out was a challenge due to 2 fun loving furry helpers.



And the top is complete!  This is only 51.5" square which is just too small.  So I have to think on borders - yes I hate borders, but this needs borders or maybe I'll pick up another layer cake and make more blocks - that sounds better.

This is a free pattern on Me and My Sister Designs called 'Ground Cover'.  You could easily make it from your own scraps or yardage.  Have an ugly large floral - perfect for this.  Cuts up quickly, sews up quickly, and looks fab together - a super charity quilt pattern. 


  

This year the charm pin is the cute vintage sewing machine and January's charm in Sunbonnet Sue - a great vintage block to start the year off with. 

Now it is your turn to share:


Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Monday, January 26, 2015

Tuesday Archives 1/27/15

Val's Quilting Studio

This Tuesday over at Val's Quilting Studio is all about Mystery quilts and I am so honored to be a feature.  I have done a lot of mysteries with my LQS, Bonny Hunter, and other on-line hosted QALs and have been very pleased with the final results.  You will have to visit Valerie to se my mystery piece there, but I want to share another.


This was a mystery quilt offered with the very first May For Me year - 2010.  It was designed by Tonya now @ HillBilly Quilt Shop and I did some of the pattern testing for this. You can find the original final post HERE.

Have a mystery quilt to share?  Go link up with Val's Quilting Studio.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon