Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bee Blocks

In 2014, I joined two online monthly sewing bees.

First up is Stitched in Color's Do.Good Stitches.  I am now officially a member of Cheer Circle and these ladies are AMAZING!  Lindsey of Happier Than a Bird Quilts, who is also our "Queen", chose Antique Tile for our January blocks in pinks with creams/whites using Fresh Lemons Quilts tutorial.  

I finished my two blocks at the start of the new year and shipped them off early.  It was a nice way to start off the year -- learning a new block, and making them for a charity quilt.  I cannot wait to see it all together in a quilt.

February's block and tutorial was just posted.  As soon as I get my machine back, I will start right on those.

Next up is Stash Bee 2014.  I was assigned to Hive#8.  Our hive Mama, the talented Kat of Flutter Kat, started us off for the year with the January block, Tonganoxie 9 patch and was kind enough to share a tutorial on her blog.

Here's my block that I finished in early January and she's already received it.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

2013 Year End Sewing

It's been a while since my last post.  I spent some time during the holidays with family and friends.  However, I have been busy sewing and setting up my sewing space.  Here's a review of some of the things I made. 

I am calling this mini quilt "Winter's Key".  I made it for a secret holiday swap.  My swap partner, Xandi, loved it and displayed it on the center of her table. Winter's Lane by Kate & Birdie Paper Co for Moda is one of my favorite collections of 2013.

Winter's Key

Before the holidays, I joined Schnitzel and Boo's Mini Quilt Swap.  My secret partner was Ruth of Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner in Ireland.  She asked for bright colors, so I used the Winter's Key pattern that I designed and changed the look and feel with bright fabrics.  I am calling this one "Mediterranean Key".  The "postage" backing was a remnant I picked up earlier in the year in my travels.  I have enough left to make a bag in 2014; can't wait! 
                                 Front                                                               Back
Mediterranean Key

Ashley Y. from Virginia had me for this swap.  I love orange and navy blue, so Ashley made me this amazing Orange and Blue "Plus" mini quilt.  A "Plus Quilt" is definitely on my list.  I have it hanging in my sewing space and I love it.  

Orange & Blue Plus Mini Quilt -- made by Ashley Y.

My wonderful parents bought me a serger, Brother Homelock 1034D, over the summer.  It remained unopened until November when I got together with some guild friends.  

I learned how to thread it, use it, trouble shoot issues, and even learned how to make these pouches.  I made several pouches as gifts for Christmas.

 Zipper Pouches

In the fall of 2013, I reconnected with some of my college friends.  We all got together in Disney with a few members of each of our families.  This is a photo of us from Disney.  

Disney 2013 Mini-Reunion 

Interestingly enough, we all quilt and each have totally different styles.  We currently live in different states,and talked about getting together to sew.  It turned out that in November, all three of us were in Baltimore at the same time, so we got to catch up again, have lunch and do some sewing together.  We were so busy catching up that none of us took pictures. LOL!  It was really great to get together and fun catching up!  

Betty and I have continued to get together monthly.  One of my finishes from December was this pillow.  

Marine Soccer Pillow

If you have been following along with me on my sewing journey, you know that I made two Marine T-shirt quilts in the fall.   Included with the t-shirts was a Marine soccer jacket.  I used the front panel of the jacket in the second t-shirt quilt.   I used the back of that jacket, "Marine Soccer" in gold with bright red background, for the front of the pillow and the inner lining of my friend's field jacket for the back.  The liner was already quilted, which made it easy.  It's really soft and comfortable.

Carrying the Marine theme into the holidays, I made my friend a stocking with United We Stand in Khaki by Dan Morris for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.  The stocking was delivered a bit after Christmas due to our schedules, but my friend loved it.  

Marine Stocking

One of the classes at  Sew South 2013 was how to make a quilted duffle bag.  So, I made a duffle for a a very special co-worker, Catherine, for Christmas.  She loves it!

Duffle Bag

There are also a few quilt tops that I finished, but I hope to blog about them when they come back from the quilter.

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