Well, hello there!
I didn’t mean to miss another whole month of blogging but, you know, I’m a busy gal. I know you get it.
I have been doing some sewing, but generally, if I’m not blogging I’m not usually sewing much either.
On the completed pile:
I finished proofreading the latest issue of Fat Quarterly: Kids. Some of my favorite projects from this issue are Springtime Hues by Elizabeth Dackson, Scrappy Squares by Amber Carrillo, and Who’s Peeking by Brioni Greenberg. The team also did a great job of highlighting many of the great kid prints on the market. There’s so much goodness in this issue, you just have to check it out!
I also completed a FOURTH quilt in 4 months. Big yay! I didn’t do this one start to finish in 2012, but I did finish it (in April), so it counts! This is actually one of the first quilt tops I ever made, so it’s been completed for a few years now. I created the layout, such as it is: a bunch of 5″ squares from a charm pack plus a couple of extra prints thrown in. Of course, they’re sashed in white because I love quilts sashed in white. I read in Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison that quilts aren’t considered “modern” when they have a border. Huh. Who knew? So it’s not very modern, but it IS very completed! I even sewed a label on it. I am donating this to Quilts For Kids.
Quilts for Kids
And of course, I also free-motion quilted it. See?
I have never, ever done that on a quilt. Boy were my shoulders sore after I was done! The quilt is just 36″ square, but I quilted it in one sitting and when I was done I just sat there with my shoulders hugging my ears and tried to will away the pain. Oy! Let’s hope that gets better with practice. And maybe wine. Definitely wine.
The quilt is made primarily of prints from Santorini by Lila Tueller. Start date (approximately) 1/2010, completed 4/29/12.
Also completed, blocks for 2 bees:
Pink zigzag HST strip (28 half square triangle/HST blocks) for Alecia in the April do. Good Stitches bee. Truthfully, I doubt I will ever make this again. I hate to say it, but I did not enjoy making this block. I think it will be really pretty when added to the rest of the zigs from the bee, but because I have ongoing issues with my 1/4″ foot, and because I had to make it the right size to match the rest of the bee’s strips, I had to rip and re-sew the whole thing. Every.single.block. AFTER I had already assembled it. Sigh. I do love the crispness of the pink and the white though. Perhaps it will grow on me…
This little number is from the book 99 Quilt Blocks from your Favorite Designers. Pardon my crummy mobile phone pic:
Missing Your Kiss
The block is called Missing Your Kiss and boy, it’s scrappy! Amy was deliberate in wanting us all to step out of our comfort zone. Everything came from her scrap bin and, although most of the prints were by Amy Butler, none of them “matched.” Of course, I had to remake mine (again, note the theme here) because I was off by a little more than 1/8″ when I measured the final product. Amy gave me extra fabric at last weekend’s sew day and she ordered me to NOT measure it (I think she was disappointed that I’d re-sew a block that was off 1/8″, but it mattered to me!!)
May do. Good Stitches blocks for Kelsey
May MMQG bee blocks for Cindy
do. Good Stitches zippered pouch swap. I am SO nervous about this one! I’ve never made a pouch, never made anything with a zipper. And the deadline for mailing is 5/12 (update: 5/19). Gulp.
Linking up to Lee’s WIP Wednesday!