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Project of the Month??

I know this sounds terrible but I am struggling this month on what I should choose as my “A lovely year of finishes”.

This is what should have happened in April, which is not too bad:

April Where is it at?
Attend Nashville Sew Down DONE
Blocks and Patterns complete for
Sample Block Mini Quilt
 3/9 COMPLETE
Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks  ALMOST COMPLETE (1 complete,
2 cut and ready for piecing + 1 cut)
Stash Bee Blocks  DONE
Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)  LOW PRIORITY – NO PROGRESS
Border & Lines Project Check-in  NO PROGRESS

I did add additional projects too, unfortunately that has meant more UFO’s. You can see my original goals for May here. This month, my projects are varied and I would like to make progress on all of it.

  • Sample Quilt (finish off all 9 blocks)
    Spoonflower_Class1_Blocks
  • Tapa Star Pillows (Finish completely)
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  • DS Chicopee pillow
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  • Stitch and Flip Quilt (Baste, Quilt and Bind) – Practice FMQ
    Stitch_and_FlipQuilt
  • Lotta Aerial Quilt (Baste, Quilt and Bind)
    LottaAerialQuilt
  • Bee Blocks (Scrap-bee-licious and Stash bee blocks)

However, the one project I select for this month, is a project that is brand new and not a any list previously. It is a baby quilt made with Juliet @ Tartankiwi’s butterfly paper piecing block. I have a color scheme in mind and a design, so stay tuned.!! This is what I a linking up.

Linking up with “A lovely year of finishes” (see button on the right).

My week of sewing…Progress being made

I am loving my new machine. Thank you all, who commented and wished me fun on my new machine – sorry I have not had a chance to reply. I have a good reason though…I have been sewing most nights…

Over the weekend, I finished all my blocks for Carolyn Friedlander’s Mini Aerial quilt. I used various prints of Lotta Jansdotter’s lines (echo, bella, glimma, mormor and sylvia). I plan to finish the top for Friday.

AerialQuilt_FinishedBlocksI am pleased with how it is turning out. I think I am going to add some Essex-dyed Linen around the edge and possibly bind it in an eggplant print or teal print from the Lotta Jansdotter lines.

Monday night, I spent the time redesigning my sampler quilt to include the right colors based on the bundle I selected and adding the sashing. I also simplified a couple of blocks.
SqueekCrafts_Sampler_Quilt
I then moved on to cutting and writing up the fabric requirements and cutting instructions for making the top row of this quilt. This is the fabric selection (check out this post for details), but I have decided to drop the pink and possibly use it for binding.
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Tuesday, I was sewing up the second block of the top row, it turned out fantastic. I am so looking forward teaching the blocks at Spoonflower next month.

The rest of my week, I am planning on keeping up with my great progress:

  • Wednesday – last block of first row of my sampler quilt
  • Thursday – Photograph blocks + sewing together my aerial quilt blocks and finish top
  • Friday – Start 15/30 min. daily practice sessions for FMQ ( I plan on blogging my progress over the next two weeks – 1 month…maybe in a photo a day type style via instagram with a week blog summary??).

That’s it for my week of progress and activities. Keep an eye out for Book Review Tuesday next week – it will be a FMQ special.

Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on the right).

My mum’s mad skills

My mum has been visiting the last few weeks, and has done a wonderful job looking after my son and us, during track out (school vacation). This past week we had a blast in New York….that’s my Mum!!!MumNY

My Mum is a fabulous seamstress, who has made our kids clothes, my ball gowns and 1930’s outfits for the Hawkes Bay Art Deco weekends in New Zealand. This is the first time, my mum and I have talked about fabric and sewing. She had mentioned that a woman in her book club had this great teapot skirt. We raided my fabrics and next thing you know she has a finish….FullSkirt

I love the waistband on the skirt and how she has finished it off with the edging and the bias. It breaks up the print wonderfully.Hem_biasHer fabric choices are:

That’s my Mum first Friday finish, is it not a pretty finish. I am linking up with Amanda Jean over @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.