Friday Finishes… Sorta

Good grief. These titles I’ve been coming up with lately. “Friday Finishes” “To-Do Tuesday” “Sunday Stash”

I’ve become an alliterating fool. *sigh* All I need now is to add a “WIP Wednesday” and come up with something for Monday (ohhhh..epiphany! “Motorcycle Monday”… Works for me!). I’m totally ignoring Thursday and Saturday.

Also, I don’t know if finishing blocks that were on my weekly to-do list count as a “Finish”, but I’ve decided that in my world it does!

Anyway, on to the blocks. I finished quilting the Stitches block from Pile O’ Fabric’s Skill Builder BOM series. Each “stitch” square within the block finshed at 3″. So there were some pretty tiny areas to quilt. I definitely got to practice working on my “straight stitch” when doing free-motion quilting.

Skill Builder "Stitches" block

Skill Builder “Stitches” block

I also completed my two Vintage Quilt Revival blocks for week 7. I am getting so excited to see this quilt finished.  I have a feeling it’s going to be SO awesome.  Probably my favorite so far.  And it will be MINE.  (Just sayin’.)

When I made the Wheel of Fortune block I was so very careful to be sure the colors were in the right place.  I even laid all the template pieces, along with the cut fabric pieces, around in a circle to be sure.  Except that I forgot that when you look at a paper piece template you are looking at the reverse side of the paper piece.  So I ended up with my color wheel going counter-clockwise. After having spent an entire afternoon sewing this block (while not feeling very well), I decided to go with a phrase I’ve heard recently from Nina With Freckles, “Done is better than perfect”.  Also, a big lesson was learned, so there’s that!

7 VQR Wheel of Fortune

Vintage Quilt Revival: Wheel of Fortune Block

The Tilted Star block was my first time sewing with partial seams.  I actually enjoyed it!  I did have to rip out the initial partial seam and a full side because I was doing too scant of a 1/4″ again.  I just breathed deeply, sewed slowly and was able to finish it nicely!

7 VQR Tilted Star

Vintage Quilt Revival: Tilted Star

Only three more weeks and all the blocks will be done!  I think I may start sneaking in some cutting time to get the sashing pieces ready for when the blocks are finished.  I don’t want to be tempted to put aside the blocks and have this be a quilt that ends up as a UFO while I try to “find the time” to assemble the top.  I may or may not already have three sets of blocks that are waiting for me to put together because of that very reason.

Linking up with Sukie — Don’t ya know who I am?

Vintage Quilt Revival Block Along


To-Do Tuesday: 3-4-14

Yes, this is my fourth post in three days. Yes, I really do feel bad for spamming your feeds. No, I couldn’t wait a few days to post this because…. It’s To-Do Tuesday!!

I hope you all had a wonderful week and were able to do exactly what you wanted to do… Whether it was on your list or not!

Some of the blocks I finished this week!

Some of the blocks I finished this week!

I managed to cross everything off last week’s list and am officially caught up with all BOM’s and blog posts! There was a huge sigh of relief to be heard over here! Although, now that it’s March, I have to figure out when I’ll be catching up with the Bag of the Month Club… *sigh*

This week’s To-Do list will have all the items I want to get done in March, as well as this week. So I will most likely be moving some items to next week. I just don’t want to forget anything!

  • Quilt the Skill Builder Stitches block Done Mar 6th
  • Mail Thank You note/package Done Mar 5th
  • Make Week 7 Vintage Quilt Revival blocks Done Mar 7th
  • Make two of the March Bee Block (one for recipient & one for me)Got the block done for recipient. My block pieces are ready to be sewn together.
  • Finish making my block from the February Bee block Done Mar 8th
  • Make March Sugar Block Club Block
  • Finish embroidering blocks for secret quilt
  • Practice FMQ designs on paper at least three nights per week Still practicing every night, but met the weekly requirement I gave myself.
  • Write up How-To Make a Quilt for friend (if any of you know of a great blog tutorial for this, please leave it in the comments for me… no sense repeating the same thing!)
  • Create a better blog post schedule. Solution here is to not wait until Monday to write VQR posts. Need to have any “block finish” posts done by Thursday or Friday.
  • Write Sunday Stash Post Done Mar 9th
  • Create a How-To/Tips page for the Brother PQ-1500S
  • Make time to ride motorcycles with Mister this week (it’s not sewing/quilting related, but it is still important to us to make time for)Had a nice long ride on Mar 10th
  • Girl, get your hair did. Seriously. You’re two months overdue. (Make an appointment for Mister while you’re at it) Done Mar 10th.
  • Make January Bag of the Month
  • Make February Bag of the Month

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up to this post using InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up your To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky (below). The link up is open all week!
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment!
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That’s it!  Now let’s get sewing… or whatever there is to do on your list!

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Skill Buildin’ and Vintage Quilt Revival’n

When I wrote this title I had an image flash through my head of one of those old-time Revival preachers dancin’ around on a stage, hands raised in the air, preachin’ with a drawl plus the added emphasis on the last syllable. You know what I mean, right?

“It’s-ah timmmmmmme-ah to get-ah workin’-ah on-ah our-ah quilt-ah blocksssssss-ah!! Yeeaaaahhhhhsssssssss!!! Praise Gawddddddd-ah!”

Ok, seriously, I’m not mocking. I grew up listening to that particular cadence from a few pastors. And every now and then it just tickles my fancy thinking about it. Enough goofiness from me! I just wanted to post my finished blocks-ah! Ok, I’m done now. For reals.

The week 6 Vintage Quilt Revival blocks:

Crosspatch

Vintage Quilt Revival Week 6: Crosspatch

Mayflower

Vintage Quilt Revival Week 6: Mayflower

And these are my quilted Skill Builder Ruler and Spools block.  It’s been a while since I free-motion quilted the spirals and pebbles, so I have been practicing away in my gigantic notebook every evening.  Starting to see some progress, finally!

Skill Builder - Ruler quilted

Skill Builder – Ruler quilted

Skill Builder - Spools quilted

Skill Builder – Spools quilted

I’m all caught up with the BOM’s now and ready to start working on the March stuff… Whew!

Are you participating in any BOM’s or sew-alongs?  

If so, how are you doing with them?  Having fun (I hope!)?

Linking up with Sukie — Don’t ya know who I am? for this weeks’ VQR blocks.

Vintage Quilt Revival Block Along


Sugar Block Club 2014

SBC-2014-Large-Button

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!