the water on a beautiful sunny day. At this rate, before I know it, the lake
will be frozen, and we’ll be back in the dead of winter. Ugh.
while casually and leisurely making progress on some of my quilty WIPs.
is, after all, meant to be a slower time with more focus on outdoor activities.
But, having become a die-hard quilter (no doubt that’s what they refer to us
when we opt to sit under a quilt while hand binding away on hot summer days!
Die-hard or crazy – one of the two 😉) I can’t seem to resist the pull of my quilt
participating in the 2018 Finish-A-Long and list out all the projects we hope to tackle this quarter.
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hoped it would be, so my list of completed projects is short.
secret sewing #3 on my Q2 FAL list) that I made as part of the
#modernsewcialitesBOM blog hop. This fun, simple and super quick pattern is designed by Stephanie
Kendron from Modern Sewciety as part of the Modern Sewcialites QAL.
We were lucky enough
to have Art Gallery Fabrics, Sulky Threads and Hobbs Batting provide the
materials, which meant I got to try out some new quilting notions and materials.
You can learn more about this quilt, what I thought about the new notions and a
link to sign up for the quilt-a-long in my Modern Heart Baby Quilt post.
From the moment I heard I had won the Crisp Forest Talk fat quarter bundle from
Cathy Nordstrom, I knew I would be making a quilt for my mum. I’ve made her
lots of things over the years, but a quilt wasn’t one of them and it was high
time that changed. Is there anything better than creating something for someone
looked by changing the fabrics. The first version I made was very simple
with a strong Scandinavian feel. This one reads much more traditional, which is
a departure from my usual style, but I really love how it turned out.
MARBLE REVERBERANCE QUILT (secret sewing #1)
Quilt Market to be featured in Michael Miller Fabrics’ booth,
but I just haven’t had the chance to share her here with you. I’ve already
started drafting the post, so it shouldn’t be long now.
SECRET SEWING #2
Robert Kaufman. I adore Karen’s prints and this collection is no exception. I
mean it has coral in it, how bad can that be?!
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then you know I’ve spent a good solid few months on secret sewing. This new
pattern will be featured in the 2019 Quilter’s Planner and focuses on these
gorgeous Cotton Couture solids from Michael Miller Fabrics. I’ve had this pattern drafted for quite awhile and
it felt SO good to finally see it come to life.
I told you it was a short one 😉
WORKS IN PROGRESS
my Q2 2018 FAL list.
been referring to it so far. Considering all my secret sewing, I’m surprised
with how much progress I made on this quilt. The quilt top is all pieced and I
just received a new roll of batting. This time I went with white instead of natural.
I’ve learned that I incorporate a lot of white in my quilts and, while I really
like natural batting, it does dull my whites a little. So, even though white is
more expensive, I’m going to try it out. I was going to send this pattern out
to my testers, but I think I may redesign it slightly. I like to make my quilts
before sending them out for testing, so I’ll finish this one up and then try
out the changes on a second version.
MODERN IMPROV LOG CABIN
which for a mini seems crazy that it hasn’t been completed. But this project
hasn’t been my focus and I’ve been turning to her when I needed a break from my
deadlines. It’s nice to have a fun project on the go that breaks up the routine
and just offers a chance to play. And that’s exactly what this one is all about
– just having fun. No pattern. No plan. Just what strikes me in that moment. I
got the hand quilting finished during my vacation and hope to get the binding
SECRET SEWING #4
getting done this quarter, but I won’t be able to share the details until the
first quarter of 2019! That’s the challenge of working on secret projects is
having to keep it under wraps for SO long. But the wait will be well worth it!
And I can’t wait to share her with you as this one is a collaboration with
Camilla Carvalho, a local surface pattern designer behind Oak Print Design.
You don’t have to wait until 2019 to get your hands on these pretty prints,
they’re available in Camilla’s Spoonflower shop.
of my sofa for months as I worked on my secret sewing projects. She’s all
basted and ready for my first trial quilting with 28wt Aurifil Thread. It’s been years now
that I’ve been wanting to try 28wt thread, so staring at her has been a mix of
anticipation and frustration! Does that ever happen to you? You really want to
get to a project, but other priorities are getting in the way? In any event,
I’m hoping this quarter I finally get her done – especially since I’m going to
need some of those pins!!
did manage to sneak in a couple of blocks. You can read more about this English Paper Piecing project here and find the pattern here.
course you consider taking them out of the zip lock bag they’re stored in and
flipping through the blocks as progress? I suppose reminding yourself of what
you’ve done so far is somewhat progress. Or is that totally stretching it?!
SEW MOJO MINI QUILTS
out to find myself some frames for these cute little improv minis. I made them
all the way back in 2017 when Suzy invited me to make one for her Fabric Play: Sewing Mojo Minis Craftsy class. I
did check out Suzy’s post on how to frame these minis, so that’s progress,
MEDALLION SQUARED QUILT
have been setting aside my old needles for this project. Do you use fresh
needles or used ones for foundation paper piecing?
SEWCIAL BEE SAMPLER
my fabric cupboard as this beautiful Menagerie Birch Eggplant Rifle & Paper
Co. for Cotton + Steel backing stares back at me. I’ve only got 1 row left to
tackle and then it’s onto basting, quilting and binding. Here is Row 1,
Row 3 and Row 4 that have been completed.
explains why such small projects are still sitting incomplete in my WIP pile.
No doubt one day the mood will strike, and I’ll get them done.
MOLINARI WALL HANGING
my fav task. What about you? BUT I am thrilled to say I finally made some
progress! It’s been months and months, possibly even over a year, since I last
buried a thread on this mini. That all changed this past Sunday and it felt so
good to get some of those loose threads cleared away! Still have quite a bit
more to do, but I’m definitely over the half-way mark!
what binding I’m going to use. Strange I know, as I’m far from the binding
stage. I had planned on using the leftover fabrics, but then I went and used
them for my 100-day Project.
NEW QUILT PROJECTS
seem to resist adding new projects list! Whether I get to them or not, I do
like having a central place where all my projects and ideas are captured. So,
with that in mind, here are the new quilt projects I hope to make this quarter.
take me some time to complete. But I have made some progress on stitching down
those pretty petals and leaves. I know this will be one of my favs once I’m
done, so I’m just trying to pace myself 😊
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