Sunday, March 1, 2015

Fresh Sewing Day

By its nature, February was already a short month, and it was made even shorter by nearly a week away at QuiltCon. I swear much of the rest of the month was spent either getting ready to go or decompressing once I was back. Considering all that, I'm pretty pleased with what I accomplished - especially my Marsala quilt! Check back tomorrow for a complete reveal post.
Probably the project that was the most downright fun was pattern-testing The Motley Wheel for Nicole/Mama Love Quilts, and then meeting up with Nicole in Austin was icing on the cake!

Stitching up a simple little doll quilt for grandgirl using her first fat-quarter made us both happy.

From there it was a variety, the highlights being a new-to-me Lola pouch and a travel-worthy Cargo Duffle.
And lastly, I made a stack of covered sketch books.
I promised a little giveaway, and random winners have been selected! Tammie, you get the galloping horses, and Mary, the one with the flower is yours! I've emailed both winners. And that's a wrap!

Linking up with Fresh Sewing Day.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Still Sketching

After making myself a patchwork sketchbook to take to QuiltCon, I decided to make a few more covered composition books as gifts.
I used the tutorial by Stitched in Color for the basic instructions, and made up the actual patchwork on my own. For the first one shown below, I did use the North West block by hey, let's make stuff.
On one, I just did some improv piecing built around a wonky log cabin block.
On another, I started with a mini version of shecanquilt's Canvas pattern and then did improve from there.
 I tried to make a more masculine version that wasn't quite so patchworky . . .
Then it occurred to me that the cheater-type C+S prints might be fun to try, so I made a couple more covers where 3/4 was made from 1 fat-quarter.

By the way, I did make sure to hunt down composition books that had 4 squares/inch. Mine is already well-used from taking class and lecture notes. Any chance you could use one too? The first 4 shown above have all been gifted, but the final 2 - 1 with a fussy-cut flower and 1 with galloping horses - are up for grabs. If you'd like a chance at one, just leave a comment telling me which you'd rather have. I'll choose 2 random winners over the weekend. This time, U.S. only please. This giveaway is now closed - thank you!