Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March’s Farm Girl Blocks Sew-Along

Dawn from sewyouquilt2 is keeping us motivated to finish our Lori Holt Farm Girl Vintage blocks.  She selects two blocks each month for us to finish piecing.

March’s blocks were the Old Barn and the Pears.  Since I had already made the pear block I chose to make Old Glory in its place.

When I first started Lori Holt’s sew-along last year, I chose to make the 6 ½” version of these blocks.  They are a challenge for me as there are so many small pieces.  My blocks are not finishing a consistent 6 ½”.  As a matter of fact, they aren’t finishing a consistent ANY size.  I imagine that I can come up with enough that will work for a wall hanging or table topper and the rest will make cute potholders….

Thanks to Dawn for keeping us focused on the farm 😊

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2017

Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict has announced the kick-off for this year’s Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge.  This is her 7th year organizing this wonderful cause and my third year to participate.

Click here to read more about the challenge and the charities that will benefit from it in 2017.

Right away I know that I will make at least one quilt to be donated to Happy Chemo and these are the fabrics I pulled for it today.

Won’t you consider joining in the fun?  You can sign up over at Sarah's (link above) and be entered in a nice little giveaway, too!

Friday, March 10, 2017

A Quilting Life Mystery BOM – March

Earlier this week Sherri of A Quilting Life released her third block pattern for her mystery block of the month.

This is truly a mystery as we weren’t officially given fabric requirements.  Sherri did respond to my question indicating that a fat eighth would be enough prints.  I’m hoping that I have enough of the background fabric I’m using.

Here is my block…

You can find Sherri’s post with the instructions by clicking here.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

February’s Farm Girl Blocks Sew-Along

Dawn at sewyouquilt2 selected the pumpkin and the strawberry for February’s Farm Girl Vintage sew-along.

Patchwork Pumpkin Block

Scrappy Strawberry Block

March’s blocks are the Old Red Barn and the Fresh Pears Block.

Fresh Pears Block

Since I’ve already made the pears I will make Old Glory instead.

Check out Dawn’s post here to see other Farm Girl Vintage blocks.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Seeing Stars

Last Friday Sherri released her Quilting Life Block of the Month pattern for February.  It is made using half-square triangles so I used my Accuquilt GO! Big to cut the squares.  Between the cutter and the simplicity of the pattern, I had my block together in no time at all.

Sherri calls this one Scrappy Stars

Then I wanted to try a technique my friend Gene Black uses for making flying geese and his Flying Star pattern.  He shares both in a YouTube video (what did we do before YouTube?!?)  You can click here to go directly to the video and here to read Gene’s blog post about the block.

Using this method you make four flying geese at a time.

And that is exactly how many you need for one Flying Star block.

I used the Go! Big again and cut some B&C Miss Kate fabrics to make more of these stars.  I also cut some pieces to use in a leaders and enders project.  These will make perfect half-square triangles.

Have you been seeing stars lately?

Friday, February 3, 2017

17 UFOs in 2017 – February Commitments

I am enjoying the various sew-alongs that I am participating in this year.  I achieved all of my goals for last month and made great progress on some old projects.  Sure hope I can keep it going…

I’m so grateful that Meredithe and Anne are hosting 17 UFOs in 2017 because it has encouraged me to address my long list of unfinished projects and make a plan for getting them done….or at least make some progress on them.

You can see my January progress here.

My commitments for February are:

~~~ Building Blocks – numbers 8, 9 and 10 ~~~

~~~ Complete two blocks from Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage book ~~~

~~~ Make my birdie stitches blocks into mini quilts ~~~
This is also my February OMG

It is a short month so I should keep my list short, too J

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

OMG – February 2017

Way back in 2012, Corey hosted a block of the month called Birdie Stitches.  Click here to visit Coriander Quilts to see her blocks.

I used a jelly roll (can’t remember which one) to quickly border plain white squares and started stitching.  The project was set aside once I finished the hand embroidery because I could not decide what to do with them.

Sorry for the terrible pictures

I was recently inspired by Tanya when she shared her sewing room update and all of the lovely mini quilts she has displayed there.  Pay her a visit and see her wonderful space. Just click on her name above.

I’ve decided that my February OMG goal will be to finish the quilting and binding on each of the birdie blocks and turn them into mini quilts.  I’ll have a different mini quilt to display each month.

Many thanks to Patty for hosting Elm Street Quilts One MonthlyGoal.  It is keeping me inspired to make progress on my projects and I always enjoy seeing everyone else’s accomplishments.