Here's what I bought in February-
I bought the kit to make the Dottie Frames quilt in Kaffe's new book Quilt Grandeur, a magazine, a couple of wonderful and interesting neutrals for my stash, and a few quarter yard cuts from Jo Morton's new line called Woodlands that is mostly rich darks. True, it was more than $100 but I also had a gift certificate to use! So, I ended up being over my $100 goal by $5.71. I can live with that.
Here's what I completed in February:
Starting with the pink dishcloth, I did a little knitting, completing one dishcloth, one scarf and UNknit one fingerless glove to re-do. I completed 33 blocks from various projects-adding a couple more Ohio Stars to the pile, a couple more split nine patches and bow ties and second Saturday sampler blocks. Bonnie's next challenge just came out last week too so I cut 3 rectangles for that from some leftovers already next to my cutting mat! Hey, it's a start!
I'm sewing down the binding on this one so, I'll show it in full another time.
And I made a little progress on the baby quilt...
Hopefully I will get it completed this month because the baby is here!
All in all, I had a pretty good month and I hope you did too! Now, if only Spring would come...
Monday, February 17, 2014
This is Lydia's version of Sparkle Punch that I just quilted for her. I love her sense of color. It's such a fun quilt front AND back! She used up most of her leftovers by piecing them for the backing. Isn't it wonderful?! The quilting pattern is called Blackberry. It has lots of movement and the spiky pattern looks good with the star points, doesn't it.
This is a sample I did for a new gadget I have for my machine called a Groovy Board. It lets you make perfect baptist fans even though my machine does not have a computer program hooked up to it. I think it came out very nicely for a first try and I can't wait to use it on a real project very soon. If you want me to quilt this for you let me know!
My sister-in-law made this quilt top and I quilted it for her using a Robison-Anton thread that's called a super bright polyester. It's finer than what I usually use but I thought it would be just right for this quilt since the blue ginkgo fabric has a metallic line running through it. I love the way it turned out. She hasn't seen it yet, I've got to put it in the mail tomorrow.
Up close it's easier to see the pattern. It's called Mandarin Lace.
Well, the weather has gotten quite nasty again this afternoon and I was glad to be able to get my errands done in the morning so I could stay home the rest of the day. Hope you are staying safe and warm...and that maybe you have time to sew today!
Sunday, February 16, 2014
March is rapidly approaching and there is a new baby coming! My nephew and his wife are expecting their first child, a boy. I finally have a plan and have started cutting and sewing the baby's quilt. On Tuesday, as I was catching up on blog reading I hit on Rachel Griffith's blog ps i quilt. She is doing a review of the quilts in her book quilts made with love. Check out the one called look to the stars. That looks like a perfect baby quilt to me! So, as the snow began to fall, I drove to the quilt shop and picked up a copy of her book and a couple yards of Kona Snow ( no pun intended) and a couple 1/4 yards of blues. I made one change so far and that is to use 2" finished half-square triangles instead of 3" finished. It will make a smaller quilt if I leave the rest "as is" but I think the smaller size block will be better for a baby quilt. So, I am cutting 2 1/2" strips and using my easy angle ruler to cut already matched pairs of strips. Having put dinner in the slow cooker is giving me a little more time to work on this today!
I hope to share pictures of my version of this quilt very soon! But in the meantime, if you need to make a quick quilt gift for someone check out her book for some wonderful projects.