Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday UFO Finish

Well, it's not the best photo -- but the top is pieced, and that's what counts, right?

The wind is blowing too hard to take a photo outside, so I hung the flimsy over the bedroom window. I'll try another photo when the sun goes behind the mountain, and see if the fabric shows up better.

In the meanwhile, here is my September 13 in 2013 UFO Challenge. The pattern is "Cobblestone Road," by Daniela Stout of Cozy Quilts. The fabric is Circa 1934 by Cosmo Cricket for Moda.

Linking up to Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

And Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday, hosted this week by Megan at Cherry Valley Designs.

It's the last Friday of the month -- I think that calls for a celebration! Enjoy the weekend!

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thursday on the Wall

I spent WIP Wednesday delivering hazardous materials (paint and motor oil) to the recycling center, so here is what's on the wall this week.

It's the sample for November's Jelly Roll Party at Ruth's Stitchery. I had a little trouble with the pattern, but once I basically re-wrote it to work with my jelly roll, it's going pretty fast. The pattern is "Mirror Mirror" from A Quilter's Dream, and the fabric is "Little Black Dress" from Basic Grey for Moda. I'm excited to see how it looks with the remaining blocks, but first I have to finish my Quiltmaker's Scrap Squad quilt and write the blog post.

Since I can't show you the quilt until it appears on the blog next Friday, I'll give you a sneak peek of the lovely quilting done by Cornelia:

If you're a PBS fan, you probably already know a new season of "Foyle's War" has launched on public television. I always TiVO Masterpiece Mystery, so I can watch it twice. Each episode equals enough knitting time to finish one hat for Hats for Sailors. Here's the first two of the season:

Isn't this yarn great? It's a custom hand-dyed yarn from Sunrise Fiber Co. The colorway is called "Freedom" -- perfect for US Navy sailors, don't you think?

This had is made from the Liberty Wool I won in a Hats for Sailors Giveaway. The colors didn't photograph very well, the cast-on edge and the very top is really a soft olive green. If you're a knitter, go to the HFS website to take a look at the incredible giveaways being offered for the next round of knitting!

I've only received one entry for the September UFO parade so far -- I hope you're sewing away on your #6 UFO!

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Selfish Sewing Week: I Can Do It!

When I first read about "Selfish Sewing Week" on Rachael's "imagine gnats" blog, I thought, "Oh yeah, what a great idea!"

Now the week is here, and I had no idea what to sew for myself when I realized "today is the day!" I'm totally on board with the glass of wine, but since I give away 99% of the quilts, bags, mug rugs, etc. I make, I had no idea what to make for ME!

Luckily, Debbie listed her goals for the week, and one is a new bag. I have two test-sew bags in the queue, so I don't want to make a new bag. But wait a minute -- there IS that "Sweet Retreat" bag I started at Quilting in the Pines two, maybe three years ago. I know it's in a plastic bin -- where is it?

Found it, hiding under My Little Sailor's loom, covered with dust. See?

When I pull it out, I realize it isn't far from finished:

I even have the binding made.

The pattern calls for 6-8" gussets on each side, but I think I'll alter it to be nearly flat. I want it to carry my big cutting mat and junior size Sew Steady table, plus maybe a ruler or two.

If you want to make one, too, here is the link to Whistlepig Creek Productions.

Now, if it just weren't 7:55 am, I could pour that glass of wine and get to work on my Selfish Sewing project!

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