Saturday, August 9, 2014

Lost Your Sewing Spirit? Found It at My Place!

One of the best effects from my Social Media Hiatus was all the sewing I did. It's been eons since I even wanted to sew. Well, my Sewing Spirit is back! If you've lost yours, sorry. It found its way to my place and I'm hanging on to it as long as I can! 

The Carolina Shop Hop kick-started it all. LittleGirl, my sweet friend, GreekC, let me drag them all over town to the local quilt stores. What a fun day! We acquired free fat quarters, registered for raffles, and I snatched up some quilt block kits to boot. Oh, and low & behold...LittleGirl won a gift basket of goodies from Schoolhouse Quilts!

Having never purchased a block kit before, I wasn't sure quite what to expect from my little bag of fabric. Well, I just  about went into apoplexy when I opened the bag, pulled out the instructions, and realized I had to cut the pieces. Ha!

A few deep breaths later, I completed my most challenging quilt blocks to date. 

12" Patriotic Block from Marietta's Quilt and Sew
This was a 'sew around the perimeter and cut in half twice' procedure. You can see my bottom center blocks don't quite meet in the points. Sigh. All in all, I was happy with the way this turned out. I should have squared it up & pressed it a bit better before taking the snap. Oh, well. You're okay that I took the lazy route, right? 

12" Carolina Celebrates America from Bernina Sewing Center
This was my Holy Frijoles! block. The instructions were very involved, and seriously...what was I thinking that I could stitch this?! Not trying to toot my own horn, but very proud of myself for not giving up. This beautiful block was a challenge for me, and I'm so glad I finished it. It gave me the boost I needed to keep stitching for several days. My center points are off, but I don't care. I cut those crazy triangle shapes and stitched 1/4" seams 3/4ths of the way to the end & still managed to get it all sewn without any holes in the corners. All that matters, friends, is that I forged ahead. 

The Red White and Blue blocks will be donated to Marietta's store to add to the Quilts of Valor project. I'm happy I can contribute since I will most likely never complete an entire QOV quilt myself. (Have you seen all the requirements?! Yeah, I'm not good with that many rules. I understand the need for them, but don't have the tenacity to stick to them. Haha!)

Next on my list was this fun Tutti Frutti Block.

12" Tutti Frutti Quilt Block from Bernina Sewing Center
A leftover from the 2013 Carolina Shop Hop
I am in serious love with this quilt block. I love that it's turned on point. I love the little blocks in their bright colors. I love the batiks. I just love it. It makes me smile. I smiled while I was sewing and pressing it. I smiled while snapping the photos. I sometimes walk by it, give it a caress, and smile as I do so. 

The small blocks are 2 5/8" squares and the triangles began as 6 7/8" squares cut in half diagonally. I was kinda worried if I could get everything to line up, but thrilled how it all came together. What should I do with this block? Maybe turn it into a pillow? Ideas? Anyone? Anyone?

Rather than overload you with all the sewing in one post, I'm going to give you a reprieve. Tune in Monday for the rest of the projects!

Quilt Block Kits - Love or Loathe Them?

Happy Saturday!

4 comments:

  1. You did good girl! Points are really hard to master and I cant see anything wrong with yours ! (When you quilt that stuff it kinda hides any wee mistakes – trust me )

    Tutti Fruiti is gorgeous . That is definitely a pillow or a small wall hanging under glass? (Some hand quilting on that would look fabulous )

    Waiting eagerly now to see what else you got up to in your absence!

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    1. Thanks, Shay! I'm hoping that quilting will throw off one's eye enough to miss the mismatched points. :)

      Ooh! I like that small wall hanging idea. Thanks!

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  2. Fun blocks, but I really love that last one. It's gorgeous!

    One of my first quilting instructors was a big believer in the horse rule for quilting. If you won't see it when galloping by on a horse, changes are no one else will notice either. Your blocks look great, minor flaws and all.

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    1. Oh, yes. I truly love the Tutti Frutti block. Still toying with how to finish it. I need to take it with me to the LQS and find some additional fabric for it. You think anyone has ever designed an entire quilt around just one block? ;)

      I like that horse rule! I'm going to adopt it and move on from the mistakes. Thanks!

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