Thursday, June 27, 2013

Swoon - Block 1

I finished my first Swoon block! Yay! :-)

Aren't those little bicyles awesome? This Lucy's Crab Shack collection is just so pretty.

The block really wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. Just lots of seams to match up and points to be careful with. This first block isn't perfect, but it's not bad at all. I decided to press the seams open and it helped reduce the bulk where all the seams meet.

Now only 8 more to go! :-)

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!



Wednesday, June 26, 2013

WIP Wednesday and Swoon 2013

I have a Swoon quilt on my list of goals for 2013 and when I signed up for Camille Roskelley's Craftsy class a couple of months ago, I was super excited when I discovered we would learn how to make a Swoon quilt.

I've had my 18 FQs for Swoon for a while, but I just was never able to find the time to get going.

Until this week.  Sarah, at FairyFace Designs, decided to host a Swoon QAL she is calling Swoon 2013.  This QAL is for all of us who really wanted to get on the Swoon bandwagon when it first came out, but for whatever reason, didn't.

If you're interested, click the button in my sidebar.  There is a Flickr group for this QAL and you can use #swoon2013 on Instagram to see everyone's progress.

So in addition to spending a few hours quilting Two Percent over the weekend and finishing the piecing of Dulcinea, the June Schnibble, I got out my 18 FQs and started cutting.

I am using Lucy's Crab Shack by Sweetwater for my Swoon...

Fabric for #swoon2013

Linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday!

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Dulcinea in Boho

I'm on vacation this week! And it's been raining on and off since the beginning. But I'm not complaining because rain means sitting at my sewing machine. :-)

Today, I finished piecing June's Schnibble - Dulcinea. I love her! She was designed by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie Quilts Co. and I used Boho by Urban Chicks as my fabric for the blocks.

I didn't do the outside border the way the pattern explains it though... seemed a little too complicated. So I cut some leftover charm squares in half and sewed them together. I think it looks pretty good.
Don't forget to check out the Schnibbles Parade over at Sherri's and Sinta's on July 1 to see all the different versions of Dulcinea!
Linking up at Quilt Story for Fabric Tuesday and at Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday.
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

WIP Wednesday

I will be linking at Lee's for WIP Wednesday again this week, so here is a recap of what I'm currently working on.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

First up is this month's Schnibble - Dulcinea.  I'm using Boho by Urban Chicks for Moda for this month's little quilt.  I love the colours of this collection.

I have more than half of the blocks pieced already so I'm pretty confident I'll have that one done in time for the parade on July 1.

I've also been playing with a paper-piecing pattern this week.  I've been wanting to make a circle of geese for months now, but before I cut into my gorgeous solids bundle, I wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing.  :-)  So this is 1/4 of a block.  It's all I've managed to get done so far.

And finally, I've been having fun with some cute purple fabric which I'm hoping will turn into a beautiful small quilt.  I'm not crazy about the quality of this fabric - I bought it at Wal-Mart and it's really not as nice as the fabric I purchase from quilt shops.  But I liked the colours so I decided to use it.

I was supposed to start quilting Dylan's quilt over the weekend, but I didn't have a big enough piece of fabric for the backing so I had to order some.  As soon as it arrives, I'll piece the backing, baste and get started.

I hope you are all having a great week and thank you for stopping by!


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Gentle Art - The May Schnibble

I finished my Gentle Art Schnibble top in May and blogged about it here, and this past weekend, instead of getting started on the quilting of Dylan's Quilt, like I should have done, I decided to finish Gentle Art and not let it languish in my pile of tops forever.

I forgot to take close-up pictures to really show the quilting, but trust me, it's really nice! :-) I went with paisleys in the lighter areas and stitched in the ditch around each block.

To finish it off, I chose a red print for the binding. It measures 24 inches square - perfect as a table topper or a wall hanging.

Now I'm off to pick the fabric for this month's Schnibble - Dulcinea. I'm way behind schedule on this one!

Linking up at AmandaJean's for Finish It Up Friday and at Quilt Matters for TGIFF.

Have a wonderful weekend!



Monday, June 10, 2013

Learning Something New

I was browsing through the Craftsy catalog of online courses the other day and saw this course on paper piecing. I tried paper-piecing once and let's just say, I wasn't very successful. In fact, I made such a mess of it, I just gave up.

But then I started seeing gorgeous blocks pop up all over blogland and knew I wanted to try the technique again so I signed up for the course above.

I watched the first couple of lessons, and it seemed easy enough once you have the right tools and techniques, so I ordered a new "Add-a-Quarter" ruler, found a book I had with a bunch of different block designs in it and got to work.

And here is my first block!

Isn't it beautiful? Love those perfect points and it really was pretty easy.

I'm going to practice some more and when I'm ready, I'm going to tackle this design which I've been dying to make. The Montreal Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a challenge over the summer and we have to make a quilt (any size) with a traditional block but give it a modern twist. I think these geese are going to be the project I choose.

I even ordered a bunch of solids from Mad About Patchwork last week to get started.

Love those yummy colours!

What about you? Have you learned something new lately? If yes, please share in the comments.

Have a wonderful and thank you so much for visiting.



Sunday, June 2, 2013

June Goal for ALYOF and a Call for Suggestions

A Lovely Year of Finishes

I've decided to take a break from finishing old UFOs for this month and chose Dylan's top as my one finish for June.

I finished piecing this top in May and hope to have it all done and on Dylan's bed by the end of June.

I plan on preparing the quilt sandwich this week and start quilting over the weekend.  The problem is I have no idea how I'm going to quilt this one.  I have to pick designs that are appropriate for a little boy and I don't want to quilt it too heavily because I want it to be soft and snuggly.

Do you have suggestions?

I look forward to hearing your ideas!  :-)

Thanks for stopping by everyone.