Sunday, August 31, 2014

September Goals

The scent of Fall is in the air.  Our trees are starting to show color, some even losing a few leaves.  This is my favorite season - colors, smells, fruit of the season, cooler temps.  A lot to inspire the month's stitching.

 2014 NewFO Challenge

My official NewFO will again be my project for the Doll Quilt Swap Group.  This will be my last swap for the year - sitting out for a bit as there are other committments that will fill my plate.

Never too hot to Stitch!

My projects for Something Old, Something New will be non-stitching.  I have been terrible with re-loading my EQ on the new computer - which isn't so new any more.  So my Something Old will be to commit to loading up that disc and using it. I do hope this old dog can learn  some new tricks!

My Something New will be to add a new tab to my blog.  In participating in the Tuesday Archives I have noticed there are a lot of tutorials over the years.  So I will be using the month to get those into a list/tab.  


I pulled out a lot of books thru August, looking for the right project for September's Let's Book It.  I had four I really liked/loved, but went with something for the season.

I just love Jim Shore's figurines, and have bought a few over the years for my Mom - really should pick up some for myself.  A lot of these projects are LARGE, but I want to stay with a simple project so I am making some adjustments.

Boy it is hard to photo a glossing page!  I love this runner, but it is 62" long and I really don't have anywhere for such.  So I am making this into a wallhanging.  Pumpkins and HSTs - orange is a color I have trouble working with, so a challenge.  Not sure I will use purple, but we will see what inspires.


RSC14's color for the month is orange - will help with pulling fabrics for those pumpkins.  And can't wait to see what the next block is for the Quilt Doodle  project.  This one is getting close to a finish.

I have a small project picked out for the Make it Handmade Christmas Challenge.  A small project, but I plan on making a few.  Some QALs in progress with Marcus Brothers and the Country Corners - and a new one Charming Stars which will be done as a leader/ender project.  Not sure I will be doing some of the others (new buttons on the side bar).

I will be posting on the 15th

My projects are ready and waiting for my day - Sept 15th.

We will be participating in the Airing of the Quilts in Schoharie and you can read about it HERE and HERE.

Just a few projects and events that will keep me close to home because - waiting for that new GrandBabe!!


Departing summer hath assumed
An aspect tenderly illumed,
The gentlest look of spring;
That calls from yonder leafy shade
Unfaded, yet prepared to fade,
A timely carolling.
-  William Wordsworth, September

Sewingly Yours,

Saturday, August 30, 2014

NewFO & August Ends

I love that Barbara @ CatPatches gives us permission to start something NEW with no pressure to finish, just start something.  It really helps to keep the FUN in quilting.

My official NewFO was for the Doll Quilt Swap Group and the theme was Mellow Yellow.  My partner and I agreed on staying on theme and she mentioned she likes bright and modern.  This is a free pattern called  Swirly Twirly Dresden and can be found HERE.

I just love this fabric and wish I had gotten more.  Perfect for the back and binding and little dolly's dress.

 Never too hot to Stitch!

I finally got to finishing up my Something Old.  This was a mystery offered by my LQS (who recently relocated-could cry) on Super Bowl Sunday.  To me it is too large for a wallhanging, but not big enough for a quilt.  Perfect for a table cloth with those grapes and wine glasses?

My Something New was the baby quilt for the much anticipated granddaughter.  September 22 can't come soon enough!

And my little Let's Book It project was finished  I can't believe this little piece took me all month to do.

The RSC14 light green blocks to add to the box.  Four great scrappy quilts are going to evolve from  these months of colour play.

And my Handmade Christmas/Simple Small Project combo made for another addition to the pressie box.

Some QALs - Doodle Quilts Row, Marcus Brother, and Country Corners - added to the mix.  Oh, and some secret sewing too.

August was a lovely month of starts and finishes - most importantly, I had fun with my quilting.

Sewingly Yours,

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Let's Book It - August Link Up


I hope you have been enjoying re-visiting those dusty books, magazines, patterns, and saved on-line projects.  Now I don't have a huge collection, but 'spank me' I have a lot that I have never even looked at!  Some I don't even remember how I got them and I find that sad. 

This was my August selection - Annie's Scrapbag - and I won it 2 years ago in a give away.  It has a lovely note and signed by the author herself, Martha Walker.  And every project in this book just attracts me - why did I let it sit?

And this was the project I selected.  The tiny piecing and hand embroidery just attracted me to this one.

I decided to keep all my little block in the red/brick color range and everything came right out of that scrap basket, a plus.  These worked up really quickly, but I set a schedule of doing middle, sides, top & bottom blocks to stretch thru the month.

The little flower blocks were first embroidered and then the design change of the centers for the needle turned prim circles.

As you can see, I even changed the border.  I made all those little HSTs, but thought they distracted from the center.  So I just went with the blue print for a single small border, simple stitch in the ditch quilting, and bound it with a left over bit of red binding. The batt and backing were from the scrap bins, too - a total scrap project.  It finished 15" x 19". 

August's Barn Pin and Double PinWheel Charm:

Now it's your turn to link up - linky open until Sept 3rd 10pmEST:

Sewingly Yours,

Tuesday Archives - Flying Geese & Flowers

Val's Quilting Studio

This weeks archive finds with Val's Quilting Studio are Geese and Flowers.  I don't do a lot of flowers, but I have a lot of geese.  I know most dread making those flying geese units, but I love them.

I make a lot of 'country' geese quilts with plaids and homespuns, so I thought I would share something in a totally different direction from my norm.  The original post can be found HERE.

This flower mini was originally posted HERE and you will find another smaller mini there too.

Going thru past blog posts is fun - won't you join in?

Sewingly ours,