Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fresh Sewing Day

June had more than its share of little projects and mini quilts. Not that that's a bad thing as they are usually pretty satisfying. And honestly, it was a pretty comfortable spot to be.

Bee and other blocks were pretty simple this month, which was kind of a relief.
There were odds and ends littles, which I really enjoyed, as did all the recipients. And I published a short tutorial for Postcard Blocks, a random little idea that just came to me and I had to try it out, like immediately.

One thing I don't make too often is pillows, so to do 2 in 1 month was pretty unique. Crazy 'Gator was kind of a stretch since I'm not a real paper-piecing fan, but I was excited about my plan to make him crazy-pieced, so that encouraged me on. And I must say, I loved that he fit perfectly on an oblong pillow. This one was made expressly for Louise/I'm Feelin' Crafty's blog hop to share her new 'Gator Quilt pattern, which is available on Craftsy.
Crazy 'Gator

The Nested Churn Dash pillow was made during the Nested Churn Dash sew along with quilt jane. I do love a churn dash, and the delight in this one was magnified by using my little stack of  Sunprint and Field Day by Alison Glass. I think I smiled more with each new round. And the pillow finished at 24", big and comfy.
Nested Churn Dash pillow

So on to the mini quilts. First, Scrap-Vee, made for the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap using a new-to-me tutorial for shattered chevrons by playcrafts. Most of the prints were swapped with bee-mates, and I fell in love with my partner's favorite palette. Chevron quilting this one was a pleasure.
Shattered Chevron mini quilt #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap

Made for the Oakshott Ruby Mini Quilt Challenge hosted by Sew, Mama, SewRed Hots was as satisfying as they come! From the day the Ruby Red Oakshotts arrived in my mailbox to the last stitch, I was entranced with this one. I think I can honestly say I enjoyed the planning, the execution of the striped curves, the quilting(!), and of course the striped-and-matched binding . . . yeah I could go on and on about what a treat this was to make.
"Red Hots" - a #oakshottrubymini

And finally, that idea that just came to me one day ended up in a few day's time as The Postcard Quilt. Totally made on a whim, it just delighted me.
The Postcard Quilt
Enough so, I started The Postcard Quilt Along. There's a variety of tweaks you can make to the simple block patterns, so take a look in the flickr group, and don't hesitate to jump in and join us!
The Postcard Quilt Along with A Quilter's Table

Looking back over this post I realize that every single item was either made for someone, or with someone - or many someones! Sewing for and with others is really an amazingly satisfying thing!

Linking up with Fresh Sewing Day.


  1. wow you have so many beautiful things going on here. those pillows are great

  2. What a busy month you had, with so many wonderful projects!

  3. Well, you had a very good month! All gorgeous makes. I really love your Nested Churn Dash pillow. Beautiful!

  4. Love your pillow! The churn dash is a favourite of mine also!

  5. I agree! a very productive month for you once again

  6. This past month was a bunch of little projects, but all of them really interesting and great to have that many lovely gifts!

  7. Love your makes for last month. THe alligator cushion is great xx

  8. Wow these are some beautiful projects! I really love your mini chevron quilt.

  9. Love the 'gator pillow - what a fun idea. You have been so busy!

  10. Scrap-Vee is just beautiful! Great colours. The alligator is adorable. I saw the pattern on Craftsy but as I've never tried paper piecing it looks way too complicated for me!

  11. Your croc almost makes me want to try paper piecing! Lots of fun stuff Debbie!

  12. June was a great month by the looks of it :) great projects!

  13. Wow what a month of finishes! Loving the cushions and quilts!!

  14. What a beautiful month. I especially love the oakshott mini, it is fantastic.

  15. Wow! Way to get it done, girl!! I cant pick a favorite, but your xo blocks and that alligator!!

  16. Such a productive month - really love the Oakshott mini!!

  17. I just love your Oakshott mini!!!