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

29 comments:

  1. It was a good month indeed!!! You got so much done. I love the blocks you have chosen for the RSC - simple but very effective and will play nicely in lots of layouts. I LOVE what you did with the grapes!!! So very creative :) And I can see why you might want to make another letters quilt - it turned out so cute!

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  2. Very good month indeed! Great projects. Simple is good. Love the RSC blocks you have chosen. I'm working through my scraps this year, creating a fabric food chain of my own.
    I hope your worst weather is past you.

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  3. For someone who is cutting back... you certainly get a lot accomplished.
    Love all your work Sharon... xox

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  4. That is a very impressive list of accomplishments for one month. I always love to see what you are working on.

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  5. It was a great month. I love each of the RSC blocks.

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  6. Even with not doing as many sew alongs it looks like you're pretty busy. I've been waiting for the finish of the grapes, it looks beautiful.

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  7. You have had a very productive month. I love the house and heart blocks. You are going to have lots of great quilts,

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  8. wow Sharon boy you get so much beautiful work done,you are awesome my friend,well done xx

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  9. Wow you've been very productive. Wonderful work!

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  10. It's always fun to come and see what you've gotten done each month! Thansk for sharing. Love the FOOD CHAIN reference. Have you seen Bonnie Hunter's quilt "Fabric Food Chain"?

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  11. You got a lot done this month. I made that woven hearts block in a table runner pattern last year. It's a fun block. And I love what you did with your cross-stitch. Very pretty.

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  12. Wow! You got a lot accomplished this month! My favorite is your cross stitch of the grapes, love the way you finished it up. Hope you are staying warm and out of the weather.

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  13. What a great month you had! Great projects and wonderful progress! Keep warm and enjoy the stitching time!

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  14. Seeing your double 4 patch blocks reminds me that I need to pull mine out, and finish some projects. Lots of cute things.

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  15. You've had a busy month, Sharon. Your grapes project has turned out beautifully.

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  16. This is cutting back? I loved looking at what you have aaccomplished.

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  17. You are a very busy lady. I do like seeing all your quilts. I keep up even if I don't comment a lot.

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  18. What a fantastic productive month you have had with so many beautiful projects , you amaze me !

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  19. Wow! I feel like a slacker looking at all you have accomplished!!

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  20. You have gotten so much done this month. How do you keep it all straight? When I have a couple of quilts in the small piece stage, I tend to get the pieces mixed up.

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  21. You are one prolific quilter! I wish I had the time to do all this. Lately I've been using some of my scraps but nothing compared to what you can devour!

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  22. My, you certainly have been productive!

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  23. It looks like you got plenty accomplished and I hear we are getting another storm tonight and tomorrow so I'm betting that I know what you will be doing.

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  24. What an incredible month you've had sewing! You rock!

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  25. WOW!! You were 'super' busy this past month -- veritable eye candy all the month long! Loved all your blue pieces! And Sharon, your grapevine piece is stupendous!!! :)

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  26. All your RSCS projects are cute, it's going to be fun to see all those blocks come together this year.

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  27. oh my for keeping it simple you sure were busy and got A LOT done. Good for you!!!

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  28. OOh, love the letters quilt and the grapes are gorgeous!

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  29. The grape vine cross stitch piece is wonderful. Reverse applique was a great idea. I really love the woven hearts. I may have to copy the idea for my RSC blocks.

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