Friday, 22 July 2016

Time Slips Away

I realize that it has been almost a month since I shared a new blog post. Oopps. Time definitely slips away. I went on my week long sewing trip at the beginning of the month. It was INCREDIBLE! Best year so far and plans are already in motion for 2017! Even though I haven't been writing up any blog posts, I haven't slowed down much in my sewing room. I have all these finishes and progress pictures to share with you all today :)

First up are these cute little triangle pouches.

These beauties are for my sister's baby shower (minus the blue dragonfly one which she already claimed!) Here's a link to the tutorial by Crafty Gemini :)

Next up is this awesome rope bowl.

So much fun to make! And so practical. This size was made with 50' of 1/4" braided cotton rope. I followed this tutorial from Julie Hirt. I also first started doing foundation paper piecing through another one of her tutorials. She is incredible!

I also worked on my FQS Mystery Quilt from 2014!
Oh those strips! And huge squares!

So much love went into those blocks...

Here is the center of the quilt top. I still have add the top and bottom borders....Still in the WIP pile....Hopefully I'll have it finished in the next couple of weeks. This quilt will never be leaving my house!

Another project I started was Violet Craft's Hummingbird Paper pattern. And it's free from Violet Craft! I had the opportunity to meet her in Michigan (and get a hug!). She's an incredibly down to earth person. So I got this far on my sewing vacation...

And then I was working on the final piece....and I was talking....and I did this while trimming...

Oopps. So I decided to wait until I returned from my sewing vacation to finish off this beautiful hummingbird.

When I decided to make this block, I knew I wanted to put this block as part of a pouch. So here's what I came up with :)

I love this hummingbird!

The back.

And the inside :)

And just to give you a better idea of how large this pouch is...

That's my iPad 2!

And finally the baby quilt that I was working on my last post. I am calling this quilt pattern "Building Blocks" Most of those FMQ motifs were all new to me. I learned so much in doing this small baby quilt.

This baby quilt pushed me outside of my comfort zone but I feel thrilled that I finished it. Not sure where this one will end up. For now, it'll stay here.

Here are a couple of close-up pictures.

And the pieced backing. I just love the various textures in this quilt. Perfect for a baby ;)

Hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my sewing life in the past month :) I hope you get to enjoy some gorgeous weather over the summer! And some quilting time ;)

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

All in the Name of Practice

So over the last month, I've been practicing some Free Motion Quilting motifs that I had never tried before on a baby quilt that I made back in March. This baby quilt.

So since I didn't have any plans for it, I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to practice some FMQ motifs...scary but it's not like I have a deadline for it now!

Each rectangle has a square block has a different motif. I haven't shared any progress on this one. I figured you dear readers, may get sick of seeing posts everyday with each motif. So I'm going to throw a bunch at you in this post. Here we go :)

First up was Dot to Dot Borders from Angela Walters Book Shape By Shape. She is definitely one of my favorite authors! I love, love, love her books. There was some marking on this block. And considering that my straight lines are usually not straight, this one came out fairly well.

#2 is my dislike of the group....Arches.... I'm happy that you can't see it that much because I really dislike how I quilted this. Definitely need more practice. Another FMQ motif from Angela's Shape by Shape book.

Wavy, Wavy! Another FMQ motif from Angela's Shape by Shape book. This one was quite easy and fun. Definitely a dense FMQ motif but I like it :)

And here's what I did with all that sashing space!

 I love, love, love this FMQ motif. I love wavy lines and this one is just so relaxing to do. And it's just beautiful. Simply elegant. I'll definitely be using this FMQ motif in more of my quilts!

Next up is the Square Chain. I like this but I don't know if I would use it again. And then there are loops....

A very relaxing design...not sure why I never did this one before. Another motif from Angela's Free Motion Quilting book.

And here are the leaves. This Allover Leaves motif is from Angela's Free Motion Quilting book. I'll definitely do this one again in the future.

And of course the Paisley motif from Angela's Free Motion Quilting book. I really do love this pattern. Definitely one of my favorites :)

Close-Up of the Paisley motif.

I also made this pillow with that same Paisley motif for the 87 Pillow Challenge. You can read about that here. Here's a picture of that pillow.

I still have a few more FMQ motifs to go. I'm hoping to finish quilting that baby quilt by the weekend. I also need to pack for my week long sewing trip! Looking forward to that :)