Saturday, March 23, 2013

... and still I stitch... (in praise of letting projects languish)

A few weeks ago I pulled my " Labour of Love" hexagon quilt out of hibernation to take to a Quilt Along at my LQS. I was looking for some ideas as to how I could start transitioning to the borders on my quilt. I had kicked a few ideas around before, but this time I came to the conclusion that this was indeed going to require more hexagons (ohhhh! nooo!)

So I've cut 48 more templates from freezer paper,ironed them on, basted and resumed whip stitching. And you know what? I'm enjoying myself! Which just goes to show - when good projects get stalled - just let them hibernate - percolate and lo and behold - they rejuvenate!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Happy March 2nd! (aka) Happy Saturday!

This is just a quicky post to let you know where I am on the stitch-ey side of life. Lots of new projects on the horizon - now that I'm actually viewing some of the online classes I signed up for during the "great 50% off classes" event over at Craftsy on Black Friday.

Having spent all that moo-la, it is only natural that I would be working on the one "free class" I had in my basket - the 2013 Craftsy BOM. I have a FQ bundle called "Wordplay" (by Benartex) that's been sitting  (languishing?) in my stash for a while now, and this looked like a good option for it. Of course once I got started I realised I hadn't enough suitable background fabric so off I went to the shop. I also discovered they have more of the WordPlay fabric if I get desperate (Except for the 1 FQ I really want).

But I digress...

I put my blade to fabric and got cutting a few weekends ago as I was already 1 month behind. January's block is called "Offset Log Cabin". Offset in that the widths of the strips vary. I've never done log cabin as I was afraid to just "try it". It's a great block for fearful first timers... and it's nice to see how flipping the blocks can create different looks over all. (See below).

I fussy cut the centre square - but I'm not sure it was worth the effort. Would likely have been more noticeable if the object was a little birdie or something.

The February block is called "Spring Blooms" I suppose it looks like a flower. The skill being taught for this block was "partial seams." I really enjoyed this block - and I finally took the time to figure out exactly where the "scant 1/4 inch" sweet spot is on my sewing machine (I have "saved" this into the machines memory bank as well).

I practised my strip piecing and cutting techniques...

... and ended up with a block that fit together perfectly!

Last but not least my reverse side pressing fit together like a perfect puzzle! I am delighted!

I peeked ahead to see what my March block assignment was - but was told "No peeking!"... will need to get back there soon!

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