Saturday, November 12, 2016

Two Color Challenge

The LIMQG had a challenge for November to create a mug rug using only two colors.  I chose blue and green because I think it's a classic combination and I decided to try out a paper pieced star from Carol Doak's 50 Fabulous Paper Pieced Stars.  This is a great book if you like paper piecing, you can make so many different combinations of stars and you can change the block size using your copy machine/printer.  I have a small pinterest board for star inspiration you can see here.

This mug rug/mini finishes at 7 inches square.  It was definitely challenging to (try to!) get all the points and seams lined up when working with such small pieces.  I also found that the ends of the seams stretched a little, so an even smaller stitch and paying attention to stops and starts would help the finished look.  I enjoyed this challenge, it's great to try something out on a small project.

Have you worked on any skills or challenges recently, I'd love to hear about it!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Persimmon Pillows

It's a cold wet day here in New York after a warm week.  I finished up a few pillows to add to my Interlock quilt bedding.  You can see my king size quilt and sham here.  I think I'm just about done with this amazing Persimmon fabric by Basic Grey.  I do have some yardage that may turn into some regular pillowcases though...

Enjoy the weekend, happy sewing!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

2016 Finish-A-Long Quarter 4

It's the final quarter of the 2016 Finish-A-Long, which means the end of the year is coming soon!  I didn't make a lot of progress for Quarter 3, but I did have one finish and I did work on some other projects from that list.  So here's my hopeful list for Quarter 4:

First up (again) is my Anna Maria Horner scrappy trip around the world quilt.  I actually finished all of the 24 blocks I had planned for last month.  When I laid everything out on my design wall, I decided it needed another column, so I'm back at it for another 6 blocks.  This quilt has taught me so much during the process of making it, and I hope to finish it this quarter.

I did start my second project from my Q3 list which is the Follow My Lead quilt.  I have most of the fabric cut and ten blocks made, so I'll keep working on this one as well.

I haven't made any progress on the Anna Maria Horner Mod Corsage quilt, but we'll try again!  The pattern I have for these is called Grandma's Garden, but I'm open on this one.

I'm also going to be working on a scrappy quilt with Cotton + Steel fabrics.  The inspiration is from this quilt.

My last project will be to make the O Holy Night paper pieced mini from Paper Panache.  I've seen a few versions and I think it will be a great Christmas present.

I hope you have success with your 2016 FAL Quarter 4 finishes, can't wait to see what everyone makes!

Link up here to participate!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Mini Totes

I had fun making these super cute mini totes for my neighbors' three year old twins.  They are always carrying around a bag with little toys so I thought these would be perfect for them.

I used cotton webbing for the handles.  The blue and red fabrics are from the Country Girls line by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake, and the peach and blue fabrics are by Rae Hoekstra from her Lotus Pond collection.  The bags finish at 8" x 11".

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Elm Street Quilts Bag It 2016.