Sugar Block Club 2014

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Last year I participated in the 2013 Sugar Block Club by Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock.  I enjoyed it so much that I signed up to sew along with her again for the 2014 Sugar Block Club! On the first day of each month Amy sends a new pattern and a yummy recipe.  This year she decided to go beyond a pattern and recipe and has included a personal challenge for each month.

Kim's Quilt - The Sugar Block Club

Last Year’s 2013 Sugar Block Club Quilt

I must admit that I have not focused a lot on the personal challenge aspect of the BOM.  Not that I don’t want to, I’ve just found myself so busy that I haven’t had the time.  What I find interesting is that I’ll read through the challenge and even though I don’t have time to really meditate and think on it, I will remember it as situations come up during the month.  So even though I haven’t made it a focus of my month, Amy’s words resonate with me throughout the month.  And I appreciate the extra “food for thought” aspect of participating in this sew along.

Inspiration fabric

Inspiration fabric (sorry for the bad picture)

Last year I went with Kate Spain’s Cuzco fabric line when sewing up my blocks.  This year I decided to challenge myself in my weakest area as a quilter: Color.  My fabric pull was inspired by the grey Medallion print in Denyse Schmidt’s Florence line. It is a print that has all the colors/shades that I am not comfortable using together.  I determined that if Denyse Schmidt could put a fantastic fabric line together using them, then I should be able to put together prints and use them together in a block.

Fabric Pull

Fabric Pull

I had fun with January’s block. I will be using the Medallion print as a focal part of each block. Choosing the black fabric to be part of the center of the block had me chuckling at how “rebel-ish” I felt at doing something different.  I really liked how it turned out!

January Block

January Block

February’s block was a bit more difficult for me.  Lately I seem to be having trouble with making my seams too scant.  When I trim the block up I end up taking too much off so that when the blocks are finally assembled any points at the edges will have been taken off because I cut into the seam allowance.  I had a particularly difficult time with this on a couple of other blocks. It’s not as bad on this block as it was on another (that I ripped out and re-sewed THREE times), but this is clearly an area for me to work on.

February Block

February Block

Again with the black in the center!!  I am having fun with these fabrics and using them together.  I think 2014 is the year of trying different things and so far I’m loving it!

 


Sunday Stash #7: Books! And… Scissors

There is no fabric to share this week, but I do have sewing related stuff to share… I think that counts, right?! (If not, well, it counts in my world!)

Recently, I’ve bought a few books to add to my sewing library. All from Amazon, because that’s how I roll.  (It also helps that I have Prime.) I really want to start doing some apparel sewing for myself, so I’ve been slowly adding books that I think will be helpful in educating myself. The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting by Sarah Veblen has had some great reviews on Amazon.  The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction is a new book by Christine Haynes.  I’ve only had a time to briefly go through the book, and it really looks to be a fantastic book.  Both books have excellent pictures detailing techniques, and I always find that to be very helpful.

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I’ve also had a need to buy a book about sergers, so I bought Successful Serging: From Setup to Simple and Specialty Stitches by Beth Ann Baumgartel  and I’ll be talking about that in a future post.  The other book I’ve added to my library is Modern Bee — 13 Quilts to Make with Friends by Lindsay Conner.  Since I am participating in the Modern InstaBee 2014, this book was required.  So. Much. Fun.

WM Serging & Modern Bee books

 

My last non-fabric additions are these incredibly adorable scissors and needle minder from needlegoods.  I have been eyeing these spiderweb-lightning bolt scissors for a while.  When I finally decided to buy them I saw the Witch boot scissors. Since Halloween is my favorite holiday, how could I not get them?!  Also, I decided to try this adorable owl needle minder.  Holy Schmolies, I don’t know why it took me so long to buy one of these.  I typically drop or lose my needle at least twice every time I do any hand-sewing.  I got this needle minder just in time to bind a quilt and I didn’t drop or lose my needle once. Not. Once.  A record. Seriously.

WM Scissors

 

I also might possibly be eyeing some owl scissors over on needlegoods.  It will be a long time before I buy them, but that doesn’t stop me from doing virtual window shopping, ya know??

Linking up with the ever fabulous and always inspirational, Molli Sparkles.

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To-Do Tuesday: 2-25-14

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Another To-Do Tuesday is upon us! Thank you to all of you who linked up last week!  I enjoyed reading the projects you had planned.  How did it go?  Were you able to tackle a project or two? Or even your whole list?

This week was okay for me.  One of you mentioned that my list was ambitious.  I think that was actually an understatement!  I was able to get most of my list done, but not the whole thing.  Most of the week was spent catching up on my Vintage Quilt Revival blocks. I ended up re-doing one block, twice. I also put the borders on all of the blocks completed so far and trimmed them up to correct size.  That last part was NOT on my To-Do list, and I spent an entire day doing that rather than focusing on projects on my list.

These 3.5" blocks took longer to make than I anticipated.

These 3.5″ blocks took longer to make than I anticipated.

I started my Stitches block for the 2014 Skill Builder BOM block today.  It was a lot more labor intensive than I anticipated.  I had hoped to finish the entire block today, but I only got 1/3 of it completed!  I might have been able to finish it this week had I not done extra work on the Vintage blocks, but I don’t regret that decision.  I remind myself that these lists are simply a way to have noted all of the current work I have to do, so as not to get overwhelmed.  If I have to rearrange or move them around, that’s okay… so long as I don’t keep putting them off on purpose.  I like to get to the end of the week with the whole list crossed off, but that’s not always going to happen.  Especially when I underestimate the time it takes to complete projects! (ALL. THE. TIME.)

1/3rd of the Stitches block  is finished! (sorry for the blurry pic)

1/3rd of the Stitches block is finished!
(sorry for the blurry pic)

Okay, enough blathering, let’s get on with the list for this week!

  • Finish Skillbuilder BOM 2014 Block #3 “Stitches” Done Feb 26th
  • Quilt Skillbuilder BOM 2014 “Ruler” and “Spools” blocks Done Mar 1st
  • Make Week 6 Vintage Quilt Revival blocks Done Mar 2nd
  • Write up Sugar Block Club blog post Done Mar 2nd
  • Write up the March 2nd Sunday Stash post Done Mar 1st
  • Make January Bag of the Month (put off until March)
  • Make February Bag of the Month (put off until March)

Now it’s your turn!  Write up your post and link up here! I can’t wait to read how you did with your list this past week, and what you have planned for the upcoming week!

Rules:

  1. Link up your To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky (below).
  2. Try to visit at least one to two other blogs and leave a nice comment!
  3. Please feel free to grab the blog button to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday!

That’s it!  Now let’s get sewing… or whatever there is to do on your list!

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Vintage Quilt Revival: Catch Up

I am finally caught up with the Vintage Quilt Revival block-along that Sukie – Don’t you know who I am? is hosting. Whew! When finishing my Riley Blake Challenge I had to put all other projects aside, including these blocks. It’s amazing how far behind you can feel when committing to doing two blocks per week.  Glad I took some time and focused on getting these done!

Blocks for Week 3:

Dove at the Window

Dove at the Window

Art Square

Art Square

I had a very difficult time with Art Square.  I figured it would be the easiest, but ended up sewing with the wrong seam allowance (too scant) and when trimming I went into the 1/4″ seam allowance.  Which basically meant my points would be chopped off when putting the borders on the block.  I ripped it all apart, cut new HST’s and sewed it up again.  But this time I messed up the seam allowance the other way (not scant enough), and had to adjust that.  Thankfully I checked before sewing the entire square together.  It’s not perfect, but it’s good enough for me!

Blocks for Week 4:

Riviera

Riviera

Dakota Star

Dakota Star

Out of all the blocks made so far, I think Riviera is my favorite. Those points. I. Die.  I have never made such an almost-perfect block (yes, I actually am bragging a bit here).

Blocks for Week 5:

Rolling Square

Rolling Square

Red Cross

Red Cross

These are the blocks for this week.  I really pushed myself to use color combinations that I would not normally put together, not to mention colors that I would usually not choose to use.  These Modern Solids fabrics have really been amazing to work with.  There is a fairly limited selection of colors, and I am determined to get all the colors into this quilt.  These blocks really showcase this fabric, and this fabric really makes my blocks look amazing.

I had a friend stop by recently and I showed her the fabric.  She said that it looked great in pictures, but in person these fabrics are even more amazing.  I have to agree.  I am really sold on these fabrics, and if you have an opportunity to get your hands on some, or at least see (and feel) them in person, I would highly recommend doing so.  They’re really worth it! (Disclaimer:  I have not been paid to say any of this by Alissa or the manufacturer.  Nor has any fabric been given to me.  But I’m totally willing to accept both.  Ha!! Just kidding, Alissa!!!)

Linking up with Sukie!

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