Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday

Had a great time last weekend attending the Boston Modern Quilt Guild's retreat at the Franciscan Guest House up in Kennebunk.
I finished (almost) the top for my Salt Water quilt.

There's a bit more work to do on it.  I had some great suggestions from fellow guild members.

My other WIP is the double hourglass quilt using Summersville.

These blocks are so much easier to make than I thought they would be.  I used a tutorial I found on the web somewhere.  (I'll find it and then post on it when the quilt is done.)
The unfinished measurement of each block is 6 1/2".  I think I'm going to make the quilt 9 rows by 11 rows.  I have about 52 blocks stitched. The rest are cut and ready to go.

I was lucky enough to win one of the door prizes at the retreat.
I came home with this sweet little FQ bundle of Comma.
Of course, I may have done a little fabric shopping, too.

Laurie is always showing us the great fabric she bought at Marden's.
Since I was up in the area, it would have been unthinkable not to visit.
I made it a point to stop in York on my way up to Kennebunk.  Last summer I stumbled upon the Stonewall Kitchen  headquarters when visiting York Harbor for my son's wedding.  They have a great retail shop and cafe.  I discovered this yummy marmalade...
  It's great on whole wheat English muffins.  I stocked up.

Joyful stitching,

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

WIP Wednesday

Tomorrow I head for Maine on a retreat with the BMQG,  I'm hoping to complete two lap-sized quilt tops.  I've finished the sample block for each one.

My first project is this double hourglass quilt.
I'm using my precious Summersville fabric.  I have a bunch of fat quarters and some coordinating solids.  The block was easier to make than I thought.
My second project involves this lovely block...
I'm using my Salt Water.  I've decided not to hoard fabric anymore and to use it while I still like it.  I'm using all three colorways in this one.  It's not a hard block, just a bit time consuming.

I also finally finished the top on my great granny quilt.  (This is a picture before I sewed it all together.)
These blocks get trimmed on the bias.  I stretched them a bit too much when adding the sashing and now I have  lumpy sashing.  I'm too lazy to rip it all out and try again, so I'm hoping the washing and drying will hide my sins.  It is all basted and ready to go.

I have some Lucy's Crab Shack fabric that's been patiently waiting its turn to be cut. I think I'll take it along as well.  I'm thinking maybe a baby blanket.

Joyful stitching,

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Fresh Sewing Day

February was pretty much a lost month around the old homestead.  Just a few finishes...

I finished my February BOM hosted by Don't Call Me Betsy.
For some reason I had a bit of trouble with this one.  I kept placing the fabric so that it didn't quite make it to the tip of the points.  I wasted a bit of fabric, but in the end it was worth it.  The fabric is Moda's Mod Century.  I'm still loving it.

The only other finish in February was my Madrona Road challenge items.  I needed to finish them for our Feb. guild meeting.  I still have mixed feelings about the fabric.  However I did enjoy making these items.  

I can't say enough about this drawstring bag. A very simple pattern that always turns out great.
The mug rug has found a place of honor on my desk at work.  I love the little donkey.
I'm have high hopes for March.
I've started a quilt for my SIL. She's a floral fabric person.
shh....It's a surprise.
Joyful stitching,

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