Monday, February 4, 2013

Sew Much to Tell You!

It was a whirlwind of a weekend!

It started off with Sew Day with my MQG on Saturday.  Due to poor planning on my part I didn't have nearly as much done by the end of the day as I would have liked.

I finished another Triple Zip Pouch.  I would have finished three more but after I started this one I realized I had forgotten to iron on the interfacing before I left the house and it was still sitting at my work table.  I actually think it came out okay with out it.  I may try using fusible woven interfacing on the next one and see what happens...
Again poor planning got the best of me.  I put together all of my blocks for my Reverse Applique Christmas Tree Pillow for the Threadbias Pretty in Patchwork Sew Along but forgot to print and enlarge my templates.
I'm doing the Valentine version too!
I did get my Sugar Club BOM done.  The pieces don't quite line up but if you don't look too closely you won't notice (I hope!).
And my Lucky Stars BOM is finished.
On Sunday my dad made a trip down to see us.  He always comes prepared to do handyman work around the house :).  And as always it was greatly appreciated.  The tv is now mounted on the wall well out of Squeak's reach.
Squeak though he was helping :).  We've also added risers to the bottoms of the couches to keep him from crawling onto them.

Besides bringing his tools, Dad also brought me this lovely new machine.  It came in a beautiful cabinet designed specially for it.
And all of these disks and feet!  This machine has more features than mine could ever dream of!  And its 50 years old!!!  I will still be using my singer for most of my piecing but this one will come in handy for quilting!  I haven't gotten to play around with it very much but I will definitely be setting some time aside to do just that.  Would you believe the whole package only cost $25?!
He also brought me some new shelves for my stash since mine collapsed.  Yes, a bookcase collapsed because the weight of the fabric was too much.  Maybe that should tell me something.  And I hope to soon have my new laminate counter that runs the length of the wall and has tons of storage built into the supports.
Then came the Super Bowl Sale at one of the LQSs.  I picked up (clockwise from top left) precuts of Chicopee and Simply Color as well as quarter yard cuts of some Bunny Hill, random stash prints, Type, and Reunion and coordinates.

Most of these are just fabrics that I have been admiring for awhile.  But a couple I have plans for.  I purchased the Tea for Two pattern from Blossom Heart Quilts (such a sad story, btw) and it will be the perfect pattern for the Chicopee.  And the Reunion prints will be used to make a travel set for our trip this summer.  I made Anna Maria Horner's Art Student Tote out of these last year and if I can add a Weekender Bag and maybe a Bari J. Duffel along with some small pouches it will be perfect.
 I got an e-mail Saturday reminding me that our original block for the 2013 Mystery Round Robin was supposed to be in the mail (whoops!)  So I sat down last night and got to work 
I have to thank Pink Chalk Fabric for the block.  The fabric was my first month's package of goodies from their Charming Solids Club.  The prints are Kate Spain's Honey Honey and the solid is ______________ (?).  The pattern I used for the block was featured in one of their e-mails earlier this month.
And last but not least...

I tested out a great heart pattern for Juliette of Tartan Kiwi.  I figured instead of having yet another orphaned block I would try to make a complete project for once.  I put together two of her hearts, designed a LOVE pattern using Quilt Assistant, put them together, quilted them and came out with this!

I even love the back!
Well that is enough from me for today :P.


  1. Fun things here :D Those are gorgeous BOM blocks. And once it's all quilted, the mismatches will be even less findable! Hey - what are the discs for that machine for?

  2. Wow you've been busy. Thoes cam sewing machines are great and I nearly had one myself a short time back from a yard sale. I live that scottie dog backing so cute.

  3. What beautiful blocks! Meanwhile - it's always fun to get a new machine to play with. Yay for dads! :)

  4. What a fab zippy bag, I am definitely making one of these soon. Love your "new" Singer, and there is nothing wrong with an old one, mine is about 60 years old, semi industrial and an absolute workhorse, it will work through thicker fabrics beautifully. Good Luck playing with it! : )

  5. Well I can't see anything wrong at all. Wonderful job a blocks.

  6. Lots of lovely blocks - you've done a great job on all of them!

    Did have a little giggle at the shelves collapsing under the stash. I'm just waiting for the day that happens here hehehe

  7. You are lucky to have a great dad. Can I borrow him? XX Kathleen

  8. Wow! You've been busy! And it looks like we're working on a few of the same projects--triple zips and lucky stars. Your new machine looks like the one my mil had that I gave my daughter, cabinet and all. Great work!

  9. You definitely had a very productive weekend. Your new machine looks fab and what a great deal! I really like your Love mini quilt.

  10. You've been so busy and I love what you did with Juliet's Heart pattern - I tested it for her too and haven't decided yet how to use it. :)