Monday, February 18, 2013

February So Far

So far this month I've completed many projects but have not blogged about them. I really want to get better about posting as I go, but the habit has eluded me. "There is always tomorrow" I tell myself and then I get bogged down by the minutiae of work and my personal life. I am at least getting better about remembering to snap a picture of my projects when I'm done! (I am thinking about a new camera instead of my cell phone. The colors never really match when I see them online. I want to do these projects some justice.)

Here's a summary of the fun things I've been able to make:

Rainbow Table Runner

My first attempt at diamonds.

I learned the hard way about piecing them correctly.
(They are not supposed to be  sewn evenly.)

A happy accident becomes a trapezoid table runner.

I also completed a pillowcase for a niece's birthday in February. I haven't sent it to her yet and I can't wait to see if she likes it. I made it double-sided with her favorite pink and green colors and a matching row of flowers. 

Paper bag template used to make the heart center.
Fat quarters and half a yard of
green and pink to make borders and the background.
I love the opposing color blocks I created.
(I should have created a pattern for others to follow.)

          Skillbuilder Block of the Month Work

 I am finally making a quilt for myself thanks to the BOM from Pile o' Fabric. After 12 years of quilting, this is the first project I plan to keep. (I can't believe that I've never made anything for my own bed. I was so in love with the Kona colors I found on sale that I couldn't resist getting a rainbow.) It took forever to pick the fabrics I wanted but I am so pleased with the results. I love the easy to follow directions that are filled with tips and tricks to make any skill level quilter feel accomplished at the end of each piece. I know that future projects are going to be so much nicer as a result of these tutorials.

Rainbow Sound Wave is my favorite so far.
 It contains almost all of the colors I plan to use in the quilt.
January's BOM
Sound wave and Magnum

February's BOM
The Mood and Em Dash

I am still deciding on the quilt as you go method for these blocks. I did purchase the backing and borders just in case. The table I ordered to help become proficient in free-motion quilting is on it's way. I hope it will help settle the matter once and for all. (If it's easy to do on a practice block then it's going to happen!)

              OMQG BOM for March

My recent sew day with my guild has really inspired me to push myself to create more daily. I've always loved the soothing aspect of sewing but have never been able to share that with others in a group. It was a lot of fun to meet with these crafty women who were all doing their own thing. I was always a modern quilt lover and didn't know it had a following or even a name for that matter. I wish I found this group years earlier!

The block for this month is so pretty. The Garden Fence design is one I see appearing in future quilts due to the ease of assembly and simple yet elegant design. I can see so many colors working with this pattern. (I was not very fond of yellow until now. I made 2 in the hopes of winning these lovely yellow and gray beauties back.)

Garden Fence for March's BOM (OMQG)

Well, there you have it. February is almost over and I am having "sew" much fun. I look forward to posting more soon.

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