Tuesday, March 31, 2015

April 2015 Goals

From the look of the Farmer's Almanac and Dopplar Radar forecasts - April is going to be a very wet one for us.  I better keep my boots and umbrella at the door as well as the 'rag' towels for wiping muddy kitty feet.

And I am keeping my April really SIMPLE.  Very few projects on the 'real' to-do list with room for a lot of block play.  I do have 4 quilts ready for quilting - NO MARATHON QUILTING and 4 quilts that need their final borders so they can be quilted.  But no rush or stress with those.

A lovely blogger shared a quilt she was working on out of this book - and I smacked myself as she gifted me this very book and I have yet to touch it - shame!!  So I have found two quilts in here I would like to make for my next 'Let's Book It', but only committing to one for the month.  The other will certainly be played with later in the year.

This is the quilt I chose and I am doing the BIG size - and borders.  I have a lot of scraps that I hope will get put to good use in this.  AND the left overs will get boxed for the other one I liked.

The RSC1 color for the month is PURPLE, so I pulled my baggie of purples from last year as I want to use all these up before I have to pull more from my other sources.  Yup, get another one of those zip bags emptied!

And I have the cross stitch monthly flowers to slow down with on Sundays.

I, also, have pledged to myself that once this 'winter' is over - I NEED to get out more.  I have had too many years of being layed up recovering from one accident to the next and then two horrible winters in a row.  I need to get out on some day trips - some new adventures.

Sewingly Yours,


Closing Out March

March roared in with cold, wind, and snow - and she is closing out with much the same in our area.  Things were slowly melting off (then a fresh blanket), but I think Mother Nature and Old Man Winter are in a bit of a tiff these days.  I wonder what April Fools Day will bring?

RSC15 color - YELLOW - all blocks completed and stored in their respective containers in wait of next month.

Using Slow Stitching Sunday to work the newest cross stitch.  I have been a little lax on this one and trying to catch up on some evenings for the Sundays that I miss.  I finally took a day and gave myself a headache to sort all those pinks, corals, reds, fuschia strands so I can start working the flowers.


Progress on the 9-patch and snowball QAL was to get all those blocks into rows - completed and actually into a flimsy with first borders made.

Complete the 'Let's Book It' project - done and tutorial for geese done.

Fabric frame and finish off the "found' cross stitch piece.  And add the fabric framing tutorial to my tab.

Some extra play time - use up those bits for doll quilts to send to the Mrs Clause Project.  This is my second little quilt and I have another baggy of bits ready for April.

And some added fun to the end of the month.  The minute I saw this on Jolly Jabber ( Fat Quarter Shop blog) for the Charm Box Quilt, I had to play.  It's not me - someone else used my camera to snap a photo for me while I held the quilt - it IS my crummy camera that takes horrible pics.  This is Jubilee by Bunny Hill with some left over Kona Snow.  I added the outer border (yes, I did a border!) to increase the size.  It took an afternoon to make and another afternoon to quilt.  Need a quick baby quilt?  This one is fast.

A long, hard month has come to a close - I am looking to April as a new light into Spring.

Sewingly Yours,

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Let's Book It - March 2015

I hope you have enjoyed browsing those forgotten books, magazines, etc... AND hope you chose one to play with this month.  If not, you are always welcome to join in any time.

My chosen 'dusty' pattern was this older Debbi Mumm and selected the little geese wallhanging.  I thought I would get to the kitties, but opted not to make those as I have done something very similar in the past - I hate to repeat patterns.

My Country Geese gone modern.  The scraps for the geese are more of a classic country, but the setting on the white reads a little modern to me.  The entire project was made out of the scrap basket - even the back and hanging sleeve.  The batt was two pieces of Hobbs cotton stitched together - used up.

I used Connecting Threads Pro poly (for longarms, but I use it on my home machine) and Essentials white for the bobbin.  Using my walking foot, I stitched in the ditch on all the sashing and around each goose - lots of turning this baby under the machine.  Since it was so white, I stitched some extra geese in the border and lots of straight line quilting for texture.

Since this was entirely scraps used up - I had just enough of each 'goose' fabric for one flying geese block.  So I stitched the blank corners with their own geese.  I really enjoyed working on this project.  Finished size is 20" square.


This month is the Patchwork Heart Charm to go with the Vintage Sewing Machine Pin.  I do ship international, so encourage your blogging friends to join in.  

Sewingly Yours,

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Little Goose Block Tutorial

Due to the requests, I have done up a quick tutorial for this little Goose Block.  How you decide to embellish and set them into a project is all up to your creativity.

You will need for your background:
(one) 3" x 3.5" rectangle
(one) 1.5" x 4.5" rectangle
(one) 2" square 
(two) 1.5" squares

(one) 3" x 4.5" rectangle
(one) 1.5" x 3" rectangle
(one) 1.5" square
(one) 2" square **beak fabric**

First we will do all the 'flip and sews':

*draw line from corner to corner for stitch quide*
1. 1.5" Goose fabric square to the lower right corner of the 3" x 3.5" background
2.  The two 1.5" backgrounds to the bottom of the 3" x 4.5" goose fabric

*draw line corner to corner on background 2" square and match with beak fabric - stitch 1.4" on both sides* (you will have two beaks)

Clip extra away and press your corners out.  Press HSTs to dark - You will trim the beak to 1.5" square.

Next we will be adding the beak to the 1.5" x 4.5" background (press toward the long background) and the goose 1.5" x 3" rectangle to the background piece with the little 'tail' (press toward the good neck).

Getting close to finishing.  Add the goose body to the neck/tail - press to body piece.  Add the beak strip to the left side - press toward body.

Your little 5.5" unfinished goose block.

You can embellish as desired.  I used a 2.5" square and added fuseable to the back.  I made a heart template (approximately 1.75") with cardstock.

I have a nice button hole stitch on my machine, but you can finish these any way you prefer.  Buttons or yo-yo's would look cute, too.  I didn't add eyes, but you could use embroidery or buttons or beads for eyes.  You decide!  

Sewingly Yours,