Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Finished Quilt

With one day to spare for the month of January, I'm finally done with my "Birdie Stitches" quilt. 



I ventured into a little more FMQing on this one doing a loopy meander in the squares that surround each embroidery block as well as the border.  I had some tension issues and changed it a couple of times.  I also changed my needle to a bigger size.  By the time I was getting to the end I think I figured it out.  I feel I'm getting better and might even try something other than a loop next time :)

 
Quilt stats:
 
Birdie Stitches BOM 2011, by Lttle Miss Shabby.  You can find it here.
Fabric is Sunkissed by Sweetwater for Moda
DMC floss
Size: about 40" x 60"


 
As this was my January goal in the Lovely Year of Finshes, I am linking up! 
 
 


A Lovely Year of Finishes
 
 
My other WIP's for the week included more stars in the Dancing Stars QAL (button on my side bar) 
 
 
I love how they all look together!  I am up to 25 so far which is enough for a baby quilt but I want it bigger.  I think I will keep going :)
 
 

 
I will also be linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.
 

 

 WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
 
 
Thanks for stopping by--I'm off to make more stars! :)
 
 






Monday, January 21, 2013

Weekend Sewing

While I should have been finishing my January project for the Lovely Year of Finishes, I spent the weekend starting some new projects. I feel like most of my sewing lately has been Bee blocks.  Don't get me wrong--I love making them all but I really wanted to make something for myself.  My "want-to-make" list is HUGE of course but decided to make new mini quilts for the tops of my family room end tables.


Railroad Ties by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics
 
 
I picked up this cheater print last year in a quilt shop out of town.  It was in a wagon full of remnants and scraps since it was the end of the bolt.  I loved the look of it being like a finished patchwork top with the squares measuring 3".  I also purchased the Primitive Pinwheels ruler.  It makes the same type of quilt as the Little Twister just at a smaller scale using 3 1/2 inch squares. Perfect for the cheater print :) 
 
 
 
 
 
I added one more row on to the bottom and two more rows to the side and then stitched on the border it called for.  Finished size is 12 1/2" X 16".  A little bigger than the original pattern. I love them and they fit perfect on my tables!
 
 
Saturday I had the house to myself.  What?  That never happens :)  So I thought I would get out some fabric for a QAL I've been eye-balling all week and sew all day. As in no laundry...no dishes...no interruptions.  So I pulled out all my charms from 4 different rounds of rainbow charm swaps I was in last year. 
 
 
I have had lots of ideas on a list for these charms but then I came across the Dancing Stars QAL at Amy's Creative Side.  I LOVED it and decided to join in on the fun.  Paper piecing is my favorite and these charms are working out perfectly! Here are my first 8 with 3 more in my sewing machine waiting to get finished.
 
  
 
 
These actually go pretty quickly if you chain piece them. And it saves on thread!!  I just love how the rainbow stands out on the gray background.  I know I'm behind the times and lots of you have already been using gray but this is my first quilt using it.  I really like it :)   If you would like to join in too click on the button!
 
 
AmysCreativeSide.com
 
 
 
I'm also linking up to the get acquainted party at Plum and June! :)

Plum and June
 
 


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A new addition to my sewing room



Even though I'm on a mission to finish my January project for A Lovely Year of Finishes, I also wanted to tackle my scraps this month.  All of my fabric stash is mostly organized but my FQ's and purchased scrap packs have been thrown into a tub that is now overflowing. 
 
 
 
This is my scrap tub.  An old roasting pan that I found at Goodwill.  I love it but it is definitely not big enough.  My FQ bundles have there spot but all the other ones needed a new place.  Something that I could "grow" into, make everything easy to see and great on price.  I also needed it to fit under my cutting table. It was getting way too cluttered under there. 
 
  
"before" pics
 
 
I had several ideas that consisted of wood and wire baskets-thanks to Pinterest-- but all seemed too spendy.  Especially the basket part.  Then I came across these on IKEA's website.  After measuring, I drove straight there and bought 2...and a rug for the family room...and drawer organizers...and :) You know how a trip to IKEA goes :) Anyway, I couldn't make them for what I paid.  It's not the original wire basket look I was after but now that they are in use, I love them!  I think they're perfect for my sewing space.
 
 

"after" pics
 
 
This was the first time purchasing furniture from there and assembling it myself was no problem. I love doing that kind of stuff anyway. I thought they were nice quality pine which matches the shelves I made perfect. They are fairly shallow--only about 12" deep.  For large cuts of fabric they may not work but are perfect for FQ's and smaller scraps.  I chose to organize by color.
 
 

 
 
And this is just one chest.  The other holds some fabric I'm in the middle of using for a QAL, zippers and embroidery supplies.  So I still have room to grow.  I might even get 2 more for the other side.
 
Now I think I might pull a few pieces to start a new project.
 
 


Lily's Quilts
Linking up to Lily's Quilts

Monday, January 7, 2013

A brand new year brings a brand new to-do list.  Mine would be multiple pages if I let it :)  I have several tops waiting to be quilted, jelly roles and layer cakes waiting to be cut up and ideas on paper needing to come to life.  Not to mention new QAL's ready to start that I would love to join, especially the scrappy trip quilts.  In love!

I was sent an invite a few days ago to join a group all about finishing.  Exactly what I need!  A Lovely Year Of Finishes is a monthly link up party to help get all those UFO's, WIP's, ect. out of their boxes and done!  For the first month I've decided to finish up on my Birdie Stitches BOM.  Little Miss Shabby offered these back in 2011.  I finished all the blocks on time but didn't get to putting them together until a month ago.  It's basted and I'm 1/2 way with the quilting. 



FMQ is new to me.  I have done straight line but never attempted anything else until now.  I bought a new Bernina sewing machine last year.  It has a stitch regulator which is a huge help to me. I'm  hoping to do a whole entire quilt with FMQ but for now I just do parts.  Especially ones that are easy in and out like the borders.


 


This quilt has straight line in the gray sashing and a FM loopdy-do in the printed squares.  After one block my machines light came on and off it went to get serviced.  My machine is back and hopefully will have this quilt finished by the end of the month. If you would like to join in on the fun, link up today!  Today is the last day for the month of January.



A Lovely Year of Finishes
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