As always after a brief break, it seems I haven’t been here forever! What have you been up to?
2 more sleeps till the month of February 2017 is gone forever but I don’t mind, I am actually excited. Why? well when I wake up after the 2nd sleep I’ll be a year older! 1st of March is my birthday and I am happily looking forward to it. It isn’t like I have any plans besides anticipating another year of my life that is. I had planned to have a giveaway but I haven’t gotten round to making any of the things. However, I’ll probably just keep it open for the entire month and that should give me plenty of time to make some things.
My sewing table didn’t make it home this past weekend after all but I did manage to get some sewing done with my stop gap setup. Anyway, remember my challenge for now is to quilt my stash of strip scraps and I have been doing just that with my experiments so far. This weekend I decided to take it a step further, probably because I was inspired by the idea of improv piecing from Carole’s Book. What better way to get rid of some of my scraps than a fun log cabin block piece. To make it even more fun I figured wonky log cabin quilt was just the thing! I did say I particularly liked the color palette of my EPP project from Work in Progress Wednesday and could likely make a quilt in that palette.
My machine works now yippee! Remember that work training I mentioned in my previous post? Well it required me travelling back to my former city, I called up my regular service guy and he was happy to look at my machine if I was willing to travel down with it. Duh…of course I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity even if it meant travelling heavier than I should. Long story short my machine is up and my table should be coming in this weekend hopefully…happy days.Read more: Quick Catch up
Hello! You already know I’m not doing enough sewing right now thanks to my machine deciding to malfunction at the most inconvenient time ugh! Speaking of the machine, the repair man did check it out on Saturday and got the wheel working but wait for it…it is still not functioning! This time it’s something with the top and bottom sync. The needle won’t pick the bobbin thread and when it does, it struggles to sew less than an inch before the thread breaks. He will come back to sort that out hopefully…fingers crossed that it works well after that ?.Read more: Work in Progress Wednesday
Remember what I said about relocating and how I am struggling to pack my stuffs? I decided I could squeeze out time to make some blocks or minis out of my huge scrap stash (should be easier to handle that way). Yesterday, I rummaged through my scrap basket/box and pulled out some coordinating fabrics and I plan to make as many things as I can until I exhaust them. Anyway, after my previous failed attempt at slashing and stitching, I wanted to give it another try with a mini in mind. I started out with 15″ square in some left over gray fabric because I tried black the last time. Read more: Current Work in Progress: To stop or to go on?
Thank God it’s Friday! Things are a bit quiet at work so I’m seizing that opportunity to quickly share an update on the decision I made following my last Work in Progress Post Decisions, Decisions…Thanks to everyone that shared their thoughts and suggestions on that post, your lovely suggestions were ringing in my ears as I made my decisions.
Quick recap, I already decided the quilt was going to have a pieced border (I had a rail fence block kinda thing in mind at the time) but then I was torn between having another round of border before or after the pieced border. I also needed to determine what color of fabric to use if I do decide on a border before the pieced border. I was leaning towards another round of black border but I found a floral fabric I considered for a minute (I eventually decided against the floral and I settled on using it in the binding instead, it worked perfectly!)Read more: Decisions, Decisions…here’s my Decision.
Oh yes you read that right! I “accidentally” made 32 HSTs 2 years ago and I said accidentally because I messed up the cutting of my Squares for the 8 HSTs at once method. I had seen the tutorial for that method somewhere but couldn’t pinpoint it when I needed it (I wasn’t on the blog then and I still don’t know why I didn’t do another Google search?) so I did the maths in my head and figured to get (8) 2.5″ HSTs, I need 2 squares measuring 11″ needless to say I was far from being correct! I stitched 1/4″ away on both sides of my diagonal lines but when I came to cut my pieces I realized my HSTs were way bigger than what I wanted so I stopped to find a solution and that’s the brief history of how I came about the 32 HSTs at once.Read more: How to make 32 Half Square Triangles (HSTs) at Once
Welcome back everyone! Now that the blog hop is done and holiday is over, it’s time to move on to a new project ?
I pieced the center of this work in progress last year but it ended in the unfinished object pile because I couldn’t decide what to do with it then. I picked it up again this year and added some borders. Then I planned to add a bigger border to take it to the desired size (A double bed size) but I wasn’t completely sold, so it went back into the UFO pile.Read more: Decisions, Decisions… A new work in progress
I am still on my annual leave and no, I didn’t travel anywhere fancy but I did travel to go be with my husband who works in another city which is just what I needed. Usually when I travel, I don’t go with plans to do any active sewing as I travel without my machine but I always have a bag of English paper piecing (EPP) kit to go. I have now relocated my spare machine to be permanently here, however, I still planned to do more English Paper Piecing and I found this old grid paper…a memorial from beginner’s class. I had made a mistake on this particular one so I tossed it aside, that’s all I have left of this isometric grid paper that I have looked everywhere online for as I recently discovered another use for it.(I’ll be sharing that in another post)Read more: A Box full of Junk
I know, I know! I said the next time I post about this it will be completed but that’s not happening anytime soon because I won’t have access to my full sewing space for a while, I’m still on my annual leave. I am however posting a quick picture of my achievements so far and in this post basting your quiltI mentioned I won’t be Quilting this as I go like I have been doing with my other projects. That means the Quilt top is now completed and I might then stick to my promise of not posting about this again until it is completed but I seriously doubt that 😉 I foresee another post while basting this so fingers crossed for now.Read more: Piecing Completed on “Nautical”