Sewjo

The sewjo just hasn’t been there lately between parenting and work. I have the projects lined up, just not the motivation to do them.

I did teach my friends to make a quilt top last weekend.  Next time they are over, we will do quilting and binding.

I did find some motivation to knock out the summer in the park top. My daughter wants to give this to her school aide.

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I envision circle or spiral quilting on this which I simply haven’t mastered on my machine.  I think it will go off to the long armer for the quilting.

The squares have a lot of wonky line ups but it really works for this. The wonky gives a whimsy that seems perfect from a kid.

Hoping the sewjo comes back soon. I am going to start on flower power which has been lined up and ready to go for a few months now.

Flowers and dreams

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These three flowers are heading to Australia. Jodi at Tales of Cloth is collecting them for Stitches of Color. Birdie designed the left one after hearing why I was doing this.

I also did pick up some fabric. My local quilt shop shared this adorable kit they had in stock.

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I have a couple friends expecting so this is not only adorable but versatile.  I can’t wait to make this. The raindrop print is from my stash and will be the most perfect backing.

Another one down

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I picked up this mini charm pack of 25th and Pine in November. To pass the time, I made up this hexie chain. The white background and the backing both came from my stash.  This final project is wall hanging or maybe baby quilt size.

I admit I am not loving this project so it falls into the “ehh at least it is finished” category.

I am still deep in a freeze on purchasing fabric.  I haven’t bought any since my trip to Maine and even that was restrained to material needed for projects.  I have two project ideas that will need materials outside of my stash. I am holding on those for a bit. I would like to finish Hubby’s Bike quilt and the kids’ Summer in the Park before starting something new.

It has been refreshing working solely from my stash. I even destashed a bunch of material that I knew I just wasn’t going to use.

2015 is really shaping up to be a mind clearing year.

Super duper weekend

Hi Totoro

This quilt started as just a distraction activity. Everything came from my stash (yea, Sew my stash empty please). As I was making it, it evolved into this baby quilt.

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I immediately decided to attempt FMQ hello in various languages around the inner border.  To be honest, it was a little hard cursive sewing in unfamiliar languages, but I so love the final product. I backed this with my horded Totoro fabric only because it is for a very close friend’s baby.

I also finished the Christmas hexie quilt but as it is being washed now, the finished photo will have to wait.

To sew through my jelly roll stash, I decided to try tube sewing with Missouri Star Quilting’s Summer in the Park pattern.

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The primary roll had only 20 strips so this is a bit smaller than I would like. I am thinking I should try to find some yardage of the prints to create a border. We will see once the top is sewn together.

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I do love how bright and cheery these prints are.

So for whatever reason this weekend was a super productive one for me. I am now down to two WIPS (Hubby’s Bikes and the above Summer). I have one project lined up to do and two more ideas formulating. My stash is starting to feel more manageable but I still would like to sew through more of it before buying fabrics. I know my husband is appreciating my newfound restraint.