Good morning everyone! I hope you are all doing well on this Wednesday. I know after having a girls day yesterday with my little girl and my bestie that I’m feeling recharged. Hopefully going to get some projects worked on today. Here’s what’s in my line-up and what I’ve been working on.
Remember the woman who I said organized the hop I was just in – Marian from Seams to Be Sew? Well, I’ve been really excited for this BOM she’s doing. It’s called Twas the Night Before Christmas and each block is going to be a different scene to go along with the storyline of the book. 🙂 I got all my fabric pieces for block 1 cut out using my new Silhouette Cameo 3… It really turned into a mess… But I don’t want to get into that now. If you want to see some of the photos from this attempt at cutting fabric (and when I finally gave up and went back to using a pair of scissors) you can check it out on my Instagram account. Now I just have to sew down the pieces. I would like to get this done by this weekend – but we’ll see.
Next up is the mini quilt I’ve been working on for the #miniappquilt on IG. I’m very happy with the way this one is turning out. I have about half of the pieces stitched down. Once I’m finished stitching I’m going to get out the watercolor paints and watercolor pencils and give everything some dimension. Then I’m going to quilt it. I’ll need to buy some thread though because I don’t have a pretty sky blue in a nice thread. I’m hoping to finish this one this week. Fingers crossed!
I’ve cut out all the pieces for block 1 of Buttermilk Basin’s 2017 Mystery BOM and tacked them down. Now I have to sew around the edges and add in the embroidery detailing. Now, I know that Buttermilk Basin does their stuff in wool – but this just shows you that wool applique and cotton can be interchanged with no problem. I don’t know why, but I’ve actually had people give me a really hard time saying that you can’t make an applique pattern designed for wool in quilting cotton and vice-versa… Yeeeaaaaaa. That baffled me beyond belief. Exact same pattern pieces and directions, just change out the fabric. Whateva… However, the background that I’m making these on – it’s 100% wool suiting fabric. Someone brought in an entire bolt that had some moth holes in the first few layers. I simply cut around the holes. I’m using it because I wanted a medium tone gray so that the rest of the fabrics would pop, didn’t have enough yardage of a solid gray that I liked, and didn’t want to buy more. All the other fabrics are from my scrap drawer. 🙂
Next up is block 1 & 2 from Caught Ya! BOM by Fat Cat Patterns. There’s going to be 26 different fishing lure designs and their layout for a twin sized quilt uses 24 of the blocks and finishes at 63.5 x 93″. That’s just not big enough for my hubby. Therefore after playing around with some math, I decided to make mine using 28 blocks – 4 rows wide by 7 blocks long. This should allow it to finish around 77 x 101″ which is a much better throw size for my hubby. So, since there’s only 26 blocks and I need 28, I had to double up on 2 blocks and I figured I’d just get that over right away. 🙂 The background fabric I cut from a bolt of white fabric I have. The fishing lures themselves are being made from pieces out of my scrap drawer. The hooks are being made from 1/2 yard cut of a gray glitter Thanksgiving fabric I bought at Joann’s when their red tag fabric was half price. 🙂 I’ve sewed one down and didn’t realize until after I had finished that the hook had shifted while I was sewing… *sigh* Now I’m debating if I want to rip out the satin stitch done in invisible thread that covers the edges, or if I dare to leave it and hope that the quilting will hide the slight pucker in the fabric – it’s really not as bad as it looks in the photo.
Other than that I’ve decided that I really would like to move my Christmas Cactus plants somewhere near the dining table (where I spend most of my time) and am debating on making some crochet plant hangers so I can hang them over the table but out of reach of my little girl. Not that she’d hurt the plant intentionally, but I’ve found her playing with her Barbie dolls in another potted plant acting like the Barbies were in a sandbox… O_o
And, now that I’m thinking about crochet, I really need to finish up the crochet/fabric dresses that I’m making for my little girl that are all cut out and crocheted. I have to sew them together. Those will be 4 more finishes on my 2017FALQ1 list. 🙂
After seeing that Ivory Spring is going to be having a sew along using the pattern Spring on Bleecker Street that’s free over at Quilting Treasures, I decided that I’m going to sew along. I’ll be making this throw sized quilt for my grandma who adores birds and birdhouses. The entire pattern is already available but Wendy won’t be starting until Feb 15th. I’ve downloaded the pattern and am debating on how I’m going to cut out the bit of applique. I’m thinking I’ll try to use the Silhouette to cut fusible web and then I’ll iron the cut pieces onto the fabric which I’ll then cut out by hand. We’ll see… I’m also thinking I’ll pick out a color palette and make it scrappy but within the color palette I decide on.
Also, I’ve been hunting for a quilt to make for my mother-in-law. After spending 2 days just attempting to label and cut out the “pattern” for the pretty Diamond Hill BOM, I crumpled it all up and threw it out. I had to stop and do some evaluating. If it was frustrating me that badly with just the first block, there’s no way I wanted to deal with that for 3 more blocks plus the 4 corner/edging blocks. Anyhow, I decided that I’ll make 2 of the Spring on Bleecker Street quilts – the second for my mother-in-law using pink for the main color. She’s a pink person 110%.
Plus, I came across the Fair Isles Winter BOM by Morning Glory Designs which I fell in love with. I’m trying to push myself into doing things that aren’t really my style so I can broaden my thoughts and I’m hoping this will help. I have OCD which shows itself in math and patterns. It’s very hard for me to do improv quilting and truly scrappy or sampler style quilts. I need to have a pattern, symmetry, or something that ties it all together (other than just color) or else it will drive me crazy. I’m someone who used to stare at my ceiling for hours every single night for months trying to find a pattern within the randomness of ceiling popcorn… Once I finally scraped the popcorn texture off the ceiling, I slept much better. Yea… For those that are unaware of OCD and how it works, it doesn’t matter how smart you are or if you have any common sense – it’s a compulsion that cannot be controlled. Even though I was totally aware that I would not find a pattern on that ceiling, and I knew I needed to get sleep, that didn’t stop my OCD from kicking in. Reasoning does not work against the compulsion and I argued with myself in my head over that darn ceiling many times. Anyhow, this quilt seems to be the perfect blend of pattern with sampler to start with. I’m still debating what colors to do it in. I really just need to go check out my stash and make a decision. Right now I’m leaning towards black and white with pops of yellow which is one of my favorite color combinations.
Ok, time to actually go do something. LOL What are you working on?
I’m linking up with:
Moving It Forward Monday at Ems Scrap Bag
Fiber Tuesdays at Quilting Room with Mel
Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River
Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts