Friday, January 22, 2016

{ First Finish of 2016 }

I'm getting to check UFO numero uno from my list for the first quarter.
The Tumbler Quilt is complete!

I originally got this pattern, by Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts, from Moda Bake Shop. The link isn't available anymore. {sorry}

Since  I have no one to gift it to presently, it has been keeping me company on the couch the past few evenings. I love the fabrics and colors. I used Flora by Lauren & Jessi Jung.

{ Moving Right Along }

Even though it's not a finish....yet, I wanted to share the progress on my Fat Quarter Shop Mystery BOM from 2012. 

The top is almost finished- I just have the borders left to do. Three of them, with some flying geese thrown in for fun. {yeah, right}

Since we're expecting a winter storm this weekend, I'm hoping to get the borders pieced and attached. Maybe I'll even make the binding and piece the backing.  The blizzard could be a good thing!

I'm linking up to Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Can I Get A Woop-Whoop


Sew Fresh Quilts ~ Let's Bee Social

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

{ A Work in Progress ~ What I'm Working on Currently }

The next item on my "lets get this done" list is my 2012 FQS Mystery BOM, using the Vintage Modern collection by Bonnie and Camille. The information on the completed blocks is HERE 

Last night I cut out all the pieces for the flying geese units that are part of the sashing. This morning I marked all the squares with sewng lines and tonight I'll start putting them together.
I'm linking up to Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story

{ Addendum 1/13/16 }

I started piecing the flying geese ( not one of my favorite blocks) I'm glad I'm seeing progress.

I'm linking up to Sew Fresh Quilts

Sunday, January 10, 2016

{ 2016 Finish-A-Long ~ First Quarter }

I'm participating in the 2016 Finish-A-Long, hosted by bloggers from the US to Australia. The plan is to finish up projects that have been hanging around in drawers, plastic bins, cardboard boxes, whatever, in all states of completion. Motivation comes from the realization that I am not alone in my collection of UFO's and that there will be others working to complete their UFO's too.

I'm linking up through A Quilter's Table

My first quarter Finish-A-Long list - a short one this time around

1- Tumbler Quilt ~ I started this in my early quilting days-2012- and got as far as piecing three rows before it was tucked into a project box and stacked in the closet. There wasn't anything wrong with it, I just had other quilts that took it's place. I actually started working on it right after the new year began with intentions of including it on my Q1 list. I've only got the binding to hand sew and I can cross this one off.

2- Patchwork Pillow ~ I don't recall exactly when I started this but we were still splitting our time between Brooklyn and the new house. It's my first attempt at a pillow cover and will eventually rest in our guest bedroom.The fabric is Whitewashed Cottage by 3 Sisters. I'm using a tutorial on Crazy Mom Quilts 
to make an envelope back pillow. It's in the very early stage. 

3- Fat Quarter Shop Mystery BOM 2012 ~ All 12 blocks are pieced and the top needs to be assembled, quilted and bound. This one's going to take awhile.

4- Splish Splash ~ This is another early quilt top -2011- which was pieced but never made into a finished quilt. I'd like to get this done for when the grandkids come over, maybe for use as a playmat for the baby.

That's all for Q1 of the Finish A-Long. Wish me luck.

Monday, January 4, 2016

{ Wish I was a Farm Girl Sampler - First Two Blocks }

I started sewing the 6 1/2" blocks from Lori Holt's
Farmgirl Vintage  book this past weekend.

Up to this time, I really hadn't worked with such small pieces of fabric so I really wasn't sure what to expect. Everything seemed to work out fine and I'm happy with the blocks. 

Choosing the fabric is a lot of fun. Sometimes I struggle with fabric choices, second guessing myself all the way through, but I think the colors and prints of Farmhouse and Strawberry Fields make it easy to be satisfied with my choices.


Corn and Tomatoes
So, here are my first two completed blocks! So happy to finally be sewing them. 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

{ Wish I was a Farm Girl Sampler Quilt- The Beginning }

Due to circumstances beyond my control, namely way too many projects in line
 ahead of it, I'm just starting the 6" blocks from Lori Holt's book 
I've had the book since it was released, occasionally taking it out of the closet to drool over the cute quilts inside. I knew from the first time I saw the cover that I wanted to make the sampler quilt.

I've been looking and waiting for the perfect fabric. I like to plan ahead , know exactly what I'll be using and order everything to have on hand.
One of my favorite fabric designers, Joanna of Fig Tree & Co, released a fabric line called Farmhouse. I'd say that's a pretty darn perfect collection to use for my {Wish I was a Farm Girl } sampler quilt. I'm also going to incorporate leftovers from her line Strawberry Fields, one of my all-time favorite fabric lines.

I ordered a fat eighth bundle of Farmhouse, backing, binding and border yardage from Farmhouse, and 4 yards of Milk solid from Farmhouse for the background and sashing. With the leftover Strawberry Fields I should have enough to complete this quilt.

My goal~ at least two blocks each week. That really shouldn't be too difficult to squeeze in. {wishful thinking?}My quilty list of to-do's is more realistic than previous years so I'm hoping to see several finishes in 2016.

{Wish I was a Farm Girl} sampler quilt will hopefully be one of them.

Hey, if there are any more of you who are way  late to the Farm Girl Vintage sew along, JOIN ME. I'll be posting photos of the completed blocks on Instagram with the hashtags #wishiwasafarmgirl, #farmgirlvintage, #beeinmybonnet and #loriholt