Monthly Archives: February 2015

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In true form, I've finished my monthly ALYoF goal on the last day of the month. A great big gigantic thank you to Sarah of Berry Barn Designs for her inspiration to do a little selfish sewing this month. This king size quilt top is for our bed, my largest project by far. My goal this month was to finish the quilt top by sewing at least 30 minutes a day. You can see my progress through the month: week 1, week 2, week 3, and the finish below!The pattern is Puzzle Box by Tracey Brookshier. The AWESOME purple ninja fabric is by Robyriker Designs on Spoonflower. I was so appreciative to Elishka when she was willing to edit her design into the correct purples to match my bedroom wall paint. Molli Sparkles helped me find the perfect background fabric (Blueprint Basics by Valori Wells) when he was at Intrepid Thread on his visit to California. Thanks to my sister Jenn for taking these pics of the quilt. I look forward to getting it onto the bed and showing it to you in place once I send it out to be quilted and finish it up. This has certainly been an "it takes a village" kind of project and I really appreciate all the help and encouragement in getting this far. Now to figure out where to have it quilted. Any tips on finding a quilter and questions to ask a quilter are greatly appreciated, as this is my first quilt that I'll be sending out to be quilted.

Linking up to 4x7 Sewing Challenge, ALYoF February finishes, and Stash Bee February Linkup.

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The Bee Hive (Swarm Tisha, #beehiveswarmtisha on IG)

The Bee Hive is a quilt block tutorial series and quilt bee put together by Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts. There are some great block patterns coming out of The Bee Hive and for our first month Lauren picked the Tic Tac Toe block, which was fun to put together. I didn't take a picture of the signature block I made for her to include on the back of her quilt... I used some of my leftover bits to make a 4-patch of HSTs and surrounded it with white fabric. I think I may want a better (permanent) pen for writing on quilt blocks/labels. What are your favorites?

 

Stash Bee (Hive 1)

In February, Sara was our Queen Bee. She has an existing project with 20 of these blocks and decided to add to it this month with the bee. I love her color palette and had fun putting these together. Two months in a row of Stash Bee Flying Geese... I wonder what March will hold. ;-)

 

do. Good Stitches (Promise Circle)

Heather of Modern Parti Quilts joined our circle this month and chose these improv log cabins. While these aren't really my colors (the mustard... I was surprised I even had so many fabrics in this color in my stash!), I think the project is super fun and will look great all together. We had the option of making these 12" log cabins or making a 12" block comprised of four 6" log cabins. You can see her take on the blocks in her blog post. P.S. I'm loving that navy diamond fabric and looking forward to using it in a project again soon!

 

Linking up to Sew Cute Tuesday and Let's Bee Social.

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This is certainly the project of baby steps. Yesterday I attached his quilt label and we spent some time in the evening pinning together the quilt sandwich to prepare it for him to machine quilt. He helped me tape down the backing and smooth out the batting and quilt top layers. Then I pinned it and we worked together to put the pinmoors on the pins.

I'm trying to crank out a quilt top finish before the end of the month, so I think I'll be hogging the sewing machine through Friday or Saturday, then I can set him up with the walking foot on the machine for him to do some straight line quilting. He's decided to do echo stitching on either side of his seams (agreeing that stitch in the ditch would be too tricky).

Thanks for visiting! If you haven't been following along you can start with Part 1 of this series. :-) See his finished quilt and interview in Part 7.

If you're local to the San Francisco Bay Area, you'll be able to see his finished quilt hanging in the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association quilt show alongside 3 other children's quilts and over 350 other traditional, contemporary and art quilts (3 of which are mine!). The show is March 14th 10am to 5pm and March 15th 10am to 4pm at the Santa Clara Convention Center. $12 adults, children 12 and under free. For more information: www.scvqaquiltshow.org.