Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WIP Wednesday

Finally, a bit of progress, with the help of a blizzard.  Two days off from work:)
One of my goals for the new year was to try something different.  Sewing curves was at the top of my list.  This block is from Angela Pingel's A Quilters Mixology.  There are more than a few quilts that I'd like to make from this book.
I've finished all the larger blocks.
I still have most of the smaller ones to complete.  All the curves are done.  They are really not that difficult.  The smaller ones are harder since you have less room to fudge with.  I'm hoping to finish the blocks by tonight. 
My other WIP is this herb garden.
I gave one of these to my son and his wife for Christmas.  It was the perfect gift.  My DIL is a gardener and my son is a bit of an urban homesteader but there's not much you can do in the cold New Hampshire winters. They're growing kale in theirs. 
Amazon had a deal on them so I gave myself a gift as well. I planted this one just under 4 weeks ago.  So far, so good.  I grow a lot of herbs in my yard during the summer and always miss them in the winter.  I can't resist the smell of fresh basil.

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Joyful stitching,

Monday, January 5, 2015

4th Qtr FAL Finish

The linkup for the 4th quarter Finish-Along ends tomorrow night so, of course, I'm hustling to finish posting my completed items.

One of the items on my original list was this table runner.
I purchased the kit on Craftsy.  The fabric is Moda's Winterlude.  I liked the blue in the collection and thought it would match my dining room.  It measures 51" x 25" and fits my table quite nicely.
I was very happy with the end result.  The pattern itself was not difficult.  It's made with a Honeybun which means that there are a lot of 1 1/2" squares.  It took me longer than I anticipated.
One of the things I like about the pattern is that there is a flange between the outside border and the inside border.
It's a nice effect.  I did an all-over stipple for the quilting.  The back is just a plain piece of a cream print.
I enjoyed using this during the holidays.  It's still on my table.  The poinsettia, however, didn't make it through Christmas.  I think they come to my house to die.

Joyful stitching,

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 - It's a wrap.

I went through my photos of things I finished in 2014.  It was not a banner year for finishes, but still, there's still plenty to show.  I was surprised, however, to realize that I had only finished 3 larger quilts.

The top one is a sampler made from 1 layer cake, the middle one is all Kaffe Fassett stripes and shots (super soft after washing!) and the bottom is called Hexie Garden.

I also finished some baby quilts.
All of these are from scraps/stash with the exception of the lower left hand one.  It's a version of a disappearing 9-patch using just one charm pack and some Kona Snow.

I made a few small runners and wall hangings, too.
These are all seasonal and already packed away for next year.

My biggest collection of finishes are my small items.
I made a number of mug rugs for my sister's birthday, another rose star EPP block, a Social Tote, a bib for my grandson's 1st birthday and 3 Sew Together bags for Christmas gifts.

As I went through my mess of photos (I resolve to be more organized in 2015.), I realized that there were some things that didn't make it into the photo collages.  There are a few that I haven't posted about yet, but I'll need to get them blogged about since they are part of my 4th Qtr FAL.

Looking forward to a few changes in 2015!  More on that later.

Joyful stitching,

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