Wednesday, March 27, 2013

WIP Wednesday

I'm realising now that March really hasn't been a very productive month for me in the sewing room. Too much going on at work and not enough energy left at night to even bother going to my sewing room.

Once again this week, I've made a little bit of progress on a couple of things, but nothing huge.

I did finish 2 mini quilts for my daughter (blogged about here).

I also finished piecing row 7 of Lori's Row Along. Love those cute leaves!

And I pieced the Fat Quarter Shop's Designer Mystery BOM block 10. This block is called "Sunday Drive" and was designed by Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson (

Linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday!



Thursday, March 21, 2013

Two Mini Finishes

I finally finished the two minis I blogged about here.


The smallest one is now a pillow.  It's about 14" square.  And the biggest one is now a table topper for my daughter's computer desk.  It measures about 17" square.


I tried to do some FMQ on the bigger quilt, but my machine just didn't want to cooperate.  I think I have to accept the fact that my "city" machine is excellent at piecing and can do some pretty good straight line quilting, but it cannot handle FMQ.  I'll have to stick to my plan of quilting my tops in the country on my bigger machine.

For this one, after lots of time spent ripping out my FMQ, I decided to go with some super simple stitching in the ditch around each block.

I'm very happy with these finishes and they look fabulous in my daughter's room. 

Will be linking up at AmandaJean's for Finish It Up and at Marit's for TGIFF.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday - Rowing Along

I've had a pretty quiet week on the sewing front.  Since I found out about Google Reader going away, I've been doing a little research into other blog readers.  I really haven't found anything I like yet.  Most of the blogs I follow are on the Blogger platform and I can continue to read those directly from the Dashboard.  For blogs that aren't on Blogger, I usually follow by email anyways, so that won't change.  I have imported all of the blogs I follow to both feedly and Bloglovin' and I'm trying both...  we'll see!

As far as quilting, I have managed to start the FMQ on The Big EZ and I am loving it!  You can see pictures of my progress here.  The quilting is taking way longer than I thought though so I might not be finished by the end of the month, as planned for A Lovely Year of Finishes.

I continued piecing my granny squares and have about 20 blocks all done.  Only 22 more to go!  :-)

I turned one of the minis I blogged about here into a small pillow and basted the other one so it's all ready for some FMQ (most probably tomorrow night).

I also continued with Lori's Row Along and pieced rows 5 and 6.

Row 5 - Cups

A close up for Row 5

Row 6 - Flying Geese...  48 of them!

Rows 1 through 6

I love working on these rows, but I am quickly running out of the 12 Days of Christmas scraps.  I hope I'll have enough to complete all 13 rows.

And that was my week!

How about you?  Are you working on those WIPs?

Linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Quilting The Big EZ

About a week ago, I signed up for Leah Day's Craftsy class on FMQ a sampler quilt. I watched a couple of lessons last week and decided to put into practice some of her designs on The Big EZ this weekend.

First, let me say this - I love Leah's style of teaching and watching her videos made me feel a lot better about trying out FMQ on a big quilt. Even her stitching isn't perfect... so how could I possibly expect mine to be? :-)

The first thing I did when I got to the cottage on Friday was modify my universal FMQ foot, as she demonstrated in her lesson.

Making these modifications made a world of difference right away. I can now easily see my stitches and have a much better control over the machine.

The Big EZ has a bunch of large squares separated by sashing. I started with some stitching in the ditch with my walking foot and then decided to use a different design for each type of fabric for the squares.

For the purple butterflies, I went with a beautiful paisley design.

I didn't use a practice sandwich for any of these, I just jumped right in and started stitching on the quilt. My stitches are far from perfect - I'll need lots more practice to gain consistency in my stitch length and my curves are a little bit choppy in places, but overall, I'm quite pleased with the paisley I managed to stitch.
In the small purple floral squares, I went with some pebbling.

In the yellow floral squares, I decided to go with a square spiral.

Next, I tried some wandering clovers in the huge pink squares. I love this design!

In the 4 patch squares, I went with 2 different designs. Pine Needles in the neutral part and spirals in the prints.

And finally, I decided to try some echo shells in the large inner border. My "shells" are far from consistent and they need quite a bit of work, but not bad for my first time.

I managed to quilt one square of each design this weekend and plan on continuing next weekend when I get to the cottage. This quilt is a gift for my step-daughter and I'm sure she won't mind some of the wonky stitching so that took a lot of the fear out for me.

Thanks for these lessons by Leah Day, quilting isn't as unpleasant for me as it used to be. I actually had a lot of fun quilting these designs. But seeing Leah quilt on that spectacular Janome Horizon 7700 though made me wish I had a higher-end machine to use. Maybe I need to start saving my pennies! :-)

I hope you had a fantastic weekend everyone and thank you so much for visiting!


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Claiming my blog?

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

WIP Wednesday

It's been a pretty slow sewing week.  We are installing new hardwood floors at the cottage so I didn't get much sewing done over the weekend and I've just been too tired in the evening to spend time in my sewing room. 

I did make progress on a couple of small projects though so I thought I'd link up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I'm working on a small table topper for my daughter's room.  She wanted something with red in it so I used one Always and Forever charm pack for this mini. 

Magic 9 Patch Top

It measures about 17" square so it will be perfect on top on her desk.  I had a bunch of leftover 9 patch blocks so went ahead and made another mini which I will turn into a pillow for her bed.

Bonus 9 Patch Top

Both patterns are from Konda Luckau's book Simply Charming Minis.  I love those cute little patterns!

I also continued making granny squares this week so the pile is growing...

Grannies Pile

And what have you been up to this week?

Thank you for stopping by!


Thursday, March 7, 2013

My new tote bag!

In my last post, I mentioned I was working on a new tote bag for myself. Well, I finished sewing it last night and used it to go to work today. I absolutely love it!

I used this tutorial I found on the Moda Bakeshop and Cinnamon Spice by Blackbird Designs charm squares. For the lining and handles, I used a nice green I had on hand which fits perfectly.

All of the stuff I need to bring to work everyday fits inside... My planner, my iPad and my lunch. And it is super comfortable on my shoulder.

I think I'm going to have to make a bunch of these tote bags in a lot of different colours so I can change things up a bit... I might even try to make one with a zipper and an inside pocket! :-)

Have you finished anything this week?

Will be linking up at AmandaJean's for Finish It Up!
Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

WIP Wednesday

I love WIP Wednesday!  I love that it keeps me motivated to work on those WIPs and I love to see what everyone is working on.  Other bloggers are such an inspiration to me.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

So what have I been up to this week?  Let's see...

I pin basted The Big EZ and I'll be able to begin the quilting this weekend when I get to the cottage.  I want to try some FMQ designs on that one.  It's for my step-daughter so it won't be too too bad if it's not absolutely perfect.  :-)

Then I finally got around to piecing Row 4 of Lori's Row Along.


I love those apples, especially the apple cores...  I have to admit they sorta look like Christmas ornaments in that Christmas fabric, but they are cute nonetheless!

Another project I'm working on these days is a Granny Squares quilt.  I started making scrappy blocks a while ago, but I really wasn't crazy about how they looked.  And then I found this tutorial this weekend which uses a Jelly Roll for the blocks.  Right up my alley!

I picked the Little Apples Jelly Roll I had been holding onto for a while now and started cutting my strips.  Once all the cutting is done, the blocks go together super fast!


I'm also working on a new tote bag for myself which should be finished by the weekend.

How about you?  What are you working on this week?


Sunday, March 3, 2013

March Goals and a Winner

Before I talk about what my goal for a Lovely Year of Finishes and my To Do List for March,

A Lovely Year of Finishes


I have a winner to announce.  The winner of the book Sweetwater's Simple is...

Chelsie C!
Chelsie - I've emailed you to get your mailing address.
Now onto my March To Do List.  The top 5 items on my list this month are:
1.  Quilt The Big EZ.  This will be my ONE goal for a Lovely Year of Finishes.  I pieced the top back in November 2011 and it has been sitting in my pile of tops to be quilted since then.  We are painting my step-daughter's room in purple so I thought this quilt would be perfect for her room.
2.  Use one of my Jelly Rolls to make a granny squares quilt.  I will most likely use this pattern.

3.  Make rows 5 to 8 of Lori's Row Along.

4.  Make tote bag for myself with this pattern.

5.  Make a mini quilt for my daughter's room.

And that should keep me busy for a month!

And what are your plans for March?