Friday, September 30, 2011

Faithfully stitching!

I finished the September Birdie Stitches block just in time for October! It's my favorite one so far.

I love the tree and I really like the way the different colored leaves look.

I also finished 2 more blocks for the Clover and Violet stitch and quilt along. This one was a picnic...literally. I tried to do the new stitch on the basket, but I'm pretty sure I messed it up, but that's ok.

I did french knots for the flowers and they really stand out in person. I like this one too!

I finished one more block for this quilt last night, but I couldn't take pictures. Hopefully on Monday, I'll have pictures of it and the next one! Only one more block is left to be released for this quilt. I'm excited to see it all put together!

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

WIP Wednesday 09/28/2011

After a very busy weekend, I haven't made much progress this week! I've been working on my embroidery blocks to stay all caught up. I didn't have my camera last night or there would be a picture of my favorite Birdie Stitch block yet! Maybe tomorrow ;-) I also started a new project that I'm going to try to keep top secret until Christmas.

I also started the Blossom Bag for myself. It took FOREVER to get all the pieces cut out and interfaced! I haven't worked on it since then, because I needed a different colored zipper.

My other new big project is 2 baby quilts. My sister is fostering 2 little babies, one 3 months old and one 2 weeks old. Crazy, right? I am hoping to make them each a baby quilt with these cute forrest friend fabrics from Jo-Ann's.

I think I have an idea for one, but I'm not sure about the other. I don't want them to be the same. Any good baby quilt ideas?
Be sure to visit Lee over at Freshly Pieced. Is anyone else so excited to see her fabric collection?!?
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Charm Baby Quilt Finish

Our first Second Saturday Sewing project was a charm baby quilt. I have had the top done forever, but hadn't just taken a few hours to finish it the rest of the way. I've decided that I'm not going to buy more fabric until I finish some things up, so I did it.

I just quilted on each side of the long seams and did some parallel quilting on the border.

I thought it might look a little like the plaid on the backing if I used a larger stitch and spaced the lines differently. I don't think i really achieved the effect I was hoping for, but I still like it.

I used some multi-colored plaid for the back. I think my favorite part is the aqua binding. I really like the way it looks with both sides of the quilt.

To be honest I didn't really care for this top at first. I didn't love it or hate it. It seemed blah to me. After I finally worked on finishing it, I do really like it. Hooray!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Kim's New Husband (or Second Saturday Sewing)

My friends gathered at my house again for Second Saturday Sewing. It was the most people who have been able to make it yet. It's so nice to get together, even if you're just there to watch. This time Susan change a zipper, saving my alma mater about $400 for a new robe! Heather made a bib. Marie almost finished her charm square quilt and I did finish mine (pics tomorrow hopefully!) Mandy made a crayon roll and Christy speed sewed on her rainbow quilt. It was really quite impressive. I think the award goes to Kim, who made a new husband!

Don't they make a great couple?!?

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Back at it!

I've been sewing away, trying to get some unfinished projects into the finished pile! I have a couple of finished to show you this week!

First, I'm all caught up with the Skill Builder Sampler. I finished 2 blocks last night, but I had done the rest weeks ago. I switched purses and kept forgetting to grab my camera, so I never posted about them!

Breaking Out.
 I hate flying geese. I said it. I don't like making them and I don't particularly like how they look. Now I know.

Bow Ties.
I liked this block. Easy and you can do a million different layouts with them.

Virginia Star.
I like this block even though my points aren't perfect. It's the flying geese again.
Ohio Star.
Half square triangles are pretty easy. I don't love the orange in this block, but my points were spot on!
Double Star.
My points are TERRIBLE. Something was off on my piecing from the beginning of this block, but I like it anyway.
The hardest part of this quilt along is deciding on what fabrics to use. I keep putting them all up on the design wall to see which colors I need more (or less!) of.

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