Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Weekend Sewing Fun!

It was the Sewing Day for the Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild.  I had a list of things to accomplish.  I didn't get through them all but I'm pretty happy with what I did get done.

With the help of Penny and Leila I was able to figure out knife edge binding for my DQS mini that will be sent out soon.  I finished hand sewing the back today while watching football.  The binding is on the back of the quilt only so it matches the backing fabric.  I left a little gap at the top so a dowel rod will fit in for hanging.  I'll make a little extra pouch for this and fill it with scraps to send off also and then this swap will be complete.  I'm nervous about what my swap partner will think but I LOVE how it turned out.

I was able to cut the fabrics for the StarBurst Quilt A Long with Happy Quilting.  I probably won't keep on the schedule (because I'm a slacker like that) but I'll try my best.  I cut out the middle size that finishes at 76 x 76 because the fat quarter pack that I purchased wasn't cut very well and I didn't have enough fabric for the large size.  When you purchase fabric online make sure you trust the store to sell you the right amounts.  I think it will still work out well because I'm making a queen size for the Le Roy Presbyterian Church auction this fall and I'll add a colorful border.

I got a good start on the swap item for my FLiRT partner.  I'm going to add some embroidery in the white area to personalize it a bit.  I'm thinking about making this double sided.  I have some Moda American Jane Rulers that I'm going to use on the back and as ties. 

I didn't get a start on the Madrona Road Challenge or do any more Granny Squares but I'm ok with that.  For the other 4 Granny Squares I'm going to use scraps only and the scraps didn't make it into the building.

The sewing day was held in Ankeny and I don't get up there all that often so a quick trip to the Quilters Cupboard was in order.  I found a charm pack of Noteworthy and picked up a 1/2 yard of the texty print to go with it.  I'm thinking about possibly using a little for the back of my FLiRTS.  They had the 2 1/2" squares there also (which were adorable) but cost $4.50 and the charm pack cost $10.00 so really it's more economical to buy the charm pack right?  At least that's what I'm telling myself.

Friday, January 18, 2013

January Progress

Hi Everyone,

I'm doing pretty well with my January goal.    Blogger isn't letting me upload photos though so there are a lot of links in this post.  Sorry!

I am finished with the piecing and quilting for my Mariner's Compass mini quilt.  This is my project for the DQS swap, hopefully my partner loves it because it's going to be hard to ship off.  After getting some advice at the DSMMQG meeting last night I have decided to add a Knife Edge Binding.  Wish me luck!

I have 4 more blocks for my Granny Square quilt and then to piece it together.  I have the backing purchased (clearance Amy Butler bedding from BB&B, score) and I'm thinking about quilting it at home rather than taking it to the long-arm.  We'll have to see because it's only going to be a lap quilt it wouldn't cost that much on the long-arm and I think it would take me forever at home. 

Have you seen the Starburst Quilt A Long by Happy Quilting?  I am in LOVE and think this is the perfect quilt for the church Harvest Festival raffle this fall.  Since it's only 4 squares it shouldn't take me that long to make it right?  I picked out my fabrics, I just happened to have a Fat Quarter set of 13 Joel Dewberry Heirloom prints.  I should be able to cut them this week at the Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild quilting day. 

My goals for the Sewing Day:

- Cut the fabric for the Starburst Quilt A Long
- Finish 4 Granny Squares and piece the top together
- Finish the Knife Edge Binding for the Mariners Compass DQS
- Start a sewing maching cover for my partner in the FLiRTS swap

Have a great day and wish me luck!


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Serious Slacker in 2012

So I was a slacker in 2012.  Especially with this blog.  Sorry about that but this year I have joined a new challenge it's called A Year of Lovely Finishes  there is also info posted on Sew Bittersweet Designs and Fiber of All Sorts. You pick a project that you want to complete during the month and post it to their linky and flickr.  Hopefully this will encourage me to finish some UFO's that I have.

My January Project is going to be my Doll Quilt Swap 13 quilt.

I have the fabrics picked out and my paper piecing pattern.  So it's just sew, sew, sew.  I hope to make it around 18".  The mailing deadline isn't until the middle of February but I would like it done sooner.

I have a few other projects that I would like to finish in January also but they aren't as urgent

- Bind my lattice quilt
- Finish 2 placemats for Meals on Wheels

I have finished a few projects lately so some eye candy for your pleasure:

Bee Blocks for Manda

My finishes for 2012.  There are a few more but this is the majority.  A lot of bee blocks and swaps in there.  I did finish 4 baby quilts (3 have been gifted already) and 1 queen size that was raffled to support the Le Roy Presbyterian Church.  All in all a good year but I would like to finish more actual quilts this year and probably will scale back on the swaps.

Happy 2013 everyone!