Good morning y’all, spring has finally come and this makes me happy and full of desire for new sewing projects. I have recently purchased a new quilting book, it’s “One wonderful curve“, a book full of amazing projects using the Quick curve ruler. I have watched several tutorials using this ruler and became very excited to do some projects myself. So here I am, ready to begin a new sewing and quilting experience!
My first finished quilt this year is a baby quilt. Usually I choose for baby quilts simple piecing patterns, but for this one I used the pattern described in this video tutorial, the Disappearing Hourglass Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt company. I once tried this pattern on a sample fabric and I was so excited about how beautiful and fun it went, so I was waiting for an opportunity to make a whole quilt using it! So here it is the baby girl quilt and the fabrics used were: Robert Kaufman- Cherry Blossom Garden Flowers Pink, Rainbow Remix Cross Bermuda and Riley Blake-Lovey Dovey Brirds. All fabrics were purchased on-line from fabrix, they have good prices and really quick delivery time. I used a puffy batting, just proper for a baby. So what do you think of how this quilt turned?
One of my 2017 objectivs is improving my free motion quilting skills. Yesterday I have discovered a new ‘quilt along’ which appears to be very interesting as it tackels this topic and also a new method for quilting, the ‘Quilt-as-you-go’ method. The method can be interesting especially when you plan for a large quilt and you only have a simple sewing machine, no long arm. ‘Quilt as you go’ method means you prepare quilt blocks, batting and quilting included and in the end you just sew them together using a special technique, and there you are!
So I found this web page hosting the ‘2017 Machine Quiting Block Party’ full of very detailed instructions, lots of video included. I have started with block no. 2 and I must admit every step I made for completing the block was really fun! Although my quilting has not come as accurate as I wanted, I am proud of the result 🙂 Have a nice Sunday!
A few hours to sew on Sunday deserve a quick sewing project to accomplish: after spending more than an hour browsing quilting magazines in the house in search for an inspiration, I have finally decided to give a try to the Drunkards path pattern. I have used rulers for this and a simple two fabrics combination, resulting in 16 pieced parts. Then I started to display different aranging options until been satisfied. Despite the ‘reputation’ of a difficult pattern, I enjoyed doing it and I think that multiple pining before sewing the two parts together is the key for a nice and smooth joining. What do you think?
a lot of chocolate, a new fabric shopping session, a visit to the hair stylist… well, I almost did all of these, the last one will be checked this Friday. This is a quilt from Kaffe Fassett’s book “Quilts in Morocco”. I’ve been started working on it about one year ago, finished the top and then paused till now, as I was afraid of quilting it! Free motion quilting on my sewing machine has always been such a fear. But finally I took the courage and started slowly with small projects to practice FMQ, I even took a class on Craftsy which I truly recommend, I found there many useful techniques and tips for free motion quilting. So here it is, the joy of a colorfull wall kilt, the sense of accomplishment that made my day!
I don’t know about you, but last week here we had the most cold days of this winter. Minus 20 does not make me get out, niether be active indoors. Nevertheless, because I recently received my new Patchwork Magazine number, I carried on with the Mystery quilt they have this year, and I must admit I really like how it went out!
These colours make me think at spring, I know it’s only january… Every year as soon as Christmas and New Year holidays are gone, I build positive mind by thinking at the days left till first flowers arise, and the warm sun and light turn landscapes in green. So here is my purse, with adorable bees fabric from Tula Pink .
It just started this quilt along and the first block has already been released. By the end of this year we are going to have a 12 blocks quilt with each block being released every month. Sounds exciting! If you would like to join this project there is a Facebook group created here and the instructions for the first block can be found here . All the details reated to the boggers who will post the blocks each month are here.
This is how my block turned out
So here we are on the last day of the year. I had time to prepare some goodies for the festive dinner but also to sew from my pile of UFOs (unfinished objects …). I have also made a collage with my favourite works that allowed me to remember that time of this year when I worked on them. Sewing makes me happy as always so the end of the year finds me happy and healthy. Happiness and health to everyone, see you next year !
What better time for planning than one day before a new year begins? Take a few minutes to reflect on the past year experiences, achievements and lessons learned. Planning for the next year means for me more than making a list with objectives, personal or proffessional. It means ‘charging’ with positive mind, building a balanced body and spirit and an optimistic approach to things in life.
This is how I have transformed the new 2017 agenda, sewing a beautiful cover to support all the beautiful upcoming activities! #lilipopo pattern