Thursday, May 21, 2015

Idea Pouches

I love a quick, fun project. Sometimes sewing something up that takes only a few hours is really satisfying. Making these Idea Pouches for Quilt Sandwich Fabrics turned out to be one of my favorite projects to work on this year so far. Even when I only had a few minutes here and there to sew between packing boxes for our move, they gave me something creative to work on to break up the time.

Idea Pouch

I made these versions with Elizabeth by Tula Pink and Flora by Joel Dewberry using the Idea Pouch pattern by Michelle Patterns. I also threw in an apricot shot-cotton from Westminster Fabrics to compliment the colors in these collections. You can read more about the details of this project over at the Quilt Sandwich Fabrics blog

Becca, proprietress and one half of the sister duo at Quilt Sandwich, also happens to be a guild mate. in the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. It was so much fun to be able to work with her on this project and geek out a little over the fabrics (hidden bats!). If you love these as much as I do, you can find Flora here and Elizabeth here in the Quilt Sandwich Fabrics online store.

Idea Pouch

I also finished this project as part of my 2nd Quarter Finish-Along Goals:

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

May Sewing Goal

With moving last month and also starting a new job, (Yes both together! How else would one schedule major life changes?) ;) April was a busy month for me. Our move was just a local one--we're living north of Seattle now--so I'm already starting to get my sewing space set up again and feeling anxious to begin pulling out my projects.

I took last month off from A Lovely Year of Finishes to focus on work and home stuff, but I'm ready once again to set a sewing goal to work towards for this month. My goal for May is to finish my Seattle Modern Quilt Guild "Paint Chip Challenge" Mini

SeaMQG Paint Chip Challenge Fabric Pull

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, our guild is having a quilt show for the minis that will go on display at Drygoods Design in Seattle in June. I'm working on an 18" square paper-pieced design using the light grey paint chip. It's the first paper-pieced pattern I've ever created, so making my blocks has been a bit of a learning experience, but it's working out! I'm excited to share finished photos of this, but I still have about 75% of the design to piece (not to mention quilt and bind).

The minis are due next week, so I'm hoping for a productive weekend with lots of sewing. I'm linking up today with the ALYoF ladies:

Monday, April 13, 2015

Book Review / "Dear Quilty"

For my latest contributor post at Imagine Gnats, I had the chance to review a new quilting book that I've been pretty excited to check out.


As a fan of Mary Fons and her fantastic blog, I was all too happy to have the chance to check out her latest book release "Dear Quilty", and it didn't disappoint!

Head on over to Imagine Gnats to read my full review of "Dear Quilty" by Mary Fons and Team Quilty

Thursday, April 9, 2015

FAL / 2nd Quarter Goals

It's time to set goals for the second quarter of the year for the 2015 Finish-Along. I have one project from last quarter that's hopping over to this list to try to get finished (my knit socks), but other than that, I have a whole new list of goals to tackle over the next couple months. 

Dead Simple Lace Socks
Dead Simple Lace Socks
Stacked Tiles Quilt
Stacked Tiles Quilt
Some of the projects are recent WIPs, like my Stacked Tiles Quilt for Imagine Gnats (which you may have seen in progress on Instagram), while others are projects that I've had on the backburner for a while and would like to see get finished, like my Sunglow Quilt.  

Sunglow Quilt Top in Loulouthi
Sunglow Quilt
Idea Pouch Fabrics
Joel Dewberry "Flora" Fabric for Idea Pouch
I'm also working on a fun guest contributor project for Quilt Sandwich Fabrics this quarter using these gorgeous fabrics from their shop. I'm making a couple Idea Pouches from Michelle Patterns. I've had this pattern stashed away for some time now, but I hadn't had a chance yet to make it. I'm looking forward to it!

Idea Pouch Fabrics
Tula Pink "Elizabeth" Fabric for Idea Pouch
SeaMQG Paint Chip Challenge Fabric Pull
Paint Chip Challenge Fabrics
Also, the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a "Paint Chip Challenge" mini quilt show for the entire guild that will go on display at Drygoods Design in Seattle in June. I'm working on an 18" square mini using the light grey paint chip and some fun paper piecing that I designed in Illustrator. It's the first paper-pieced pattern I've ever designed, so I hope it goes together smoothly.

So here's the master list of projects that I hope to complete this quarter. It's pretty ambitious for me, but I have high hopes of making some good progress, keeping the momentum going, and getting a lot done this quarter:
  1. Stacked Tiles Quilt
  2. Idea Pouches for Quilt Sandwich Fabrics
  3. SeaMQG Paint Chip Challenge Mini
  4. M&C Wedding Quilt
  5. Dead Simple Lace Knit Socks
  6. Twin Woodland Baby Quilts (first blocks here, and here)
  7. Satsuma Street Autumn Bird Cross Stitch
  8. Sunglow Quilt

Linking up with Adrianne:

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