Sunday, January 8, 2012

2012 Week 1

The first week of 2012 has come to a close and I can honestly say...whew! It was an interesting week. 
I had my first class to learn about my new Bernina 820 sewing machine. OMGosh, run on sentence here this thing can think and remember and knows what your doing, if it's wrong it tells you, it has a dual feed and a stitch regulating foot, it has a large throat for getting your quilts all bunched up inside it when you are ready to quilt and to top it off I ran into an old friend in the class.  I learned so much and have another class this coming Friday. Hopefully, I will remember and be able to use all the tools and tricks this machine can do.
My 3x6 bee blocks are due January 15 and I had planned to make them this past week. The sewing stars were not aligned in my favor this week, but I have completed 5 of the 6 blocks. I found a block online called Linda's Star. It looked easy enough and I was pretty sure it would work for this bee. Can I just say I do not like making 2 1/2" quarter square triangles and if I never see another one, it will be too soon! One more block to make tomorrow and I will be doing my happy dance.

poorly lit photos, too

With the first week of the new year there are bees and swaps, quilt alongs and all sorts of inspiration popping up everywhere. I want to sign up for everything, but managed to resist several.
But I just could not turn down a chance to Swoon with Katy I'm a Ginger Monkey. To be honest I started this quilt a few months ago and had to put it away to complete some other projects. This is just the incentive I need to finish it. I am using Joel Dewberry's Heirloom in the Citrine colorway.

At the end of last year I also signed up for the Japanese + and x block swap that Isabella The Cat has put together on Flickr. It officially starts this week. You should check out some of the great blocks already posted to the site. This swap will help me with getting this quilt finished. I also have my New Bee on the Block friends making this block for me. I am queen bee for the month of January. They have created some beautiful, scrappy blocks for me and I am excited to see them all in person.
Also on Flickr is the For the Love of Solids swap. I am so excited for this swap and especially glad to see my friend, Annabella grabbed the last spot. I have several friends in this swap and look forward to making for and receiving from someone in this talented group of people. This is my inspiration block and colors for the swap. But to be honest, anything anyone in this group creates will make me so happy.

Jeni In Color Order has a great QAL going. It's called the Half-Square Triangle Block of the Month. That should be a pretty easy goal, one block a month. I know I can do it! I just need to choose the fabrics for this one.

And to really step out of my comfort zone I want to try the Rose Star Block Party that Clare My Self Sewn Life is starting this coming week. It's a learn to English paper piece block party. This one I am not 100% committed to, but I really want to try it. Isn't this a pretty little quilt.

rose star paper pieced quilt

One more thing I started this week...I'm relearning to knit. There was a group of women at Sewing Summit in October who were all learning to knit. They were making the Honey Cowl pattern found on Ravelry, so I decided to give it a try. So far it is going well. I hope to have it and another done before my trip to Seattle at the end of the month.

This is a really long post and I thank you for reading to the end. Here's a cute photo to make you smile.
We watched 3 of the grandkids this afternoon and took them out for a Hawaiian Ice after dinner.

Thanks for stopping by,



Leanne said...

Your blocks are wonderful! And it sounds like you have a lot of fun planned.

Dianne Neale said...

I like your inspirations for the love of solids sqap. You are going to be busy!

Susan Snooks said...

My, you are going to be busy!! Have fun!

Katy Cameron said...

Yay for mastering some of the new beatie's tricks! I'm determined to take my lessons in a couple of weeks, finally...

The blocks look fab, although I can see why you might be having an aversion to those quarter square triangles for a while!

Looking forward to seeing your Swoon (I've held off on that for a while, as I'm not sure I can master all those HSTs just yet) and your x and + blocks. I've got 1 done, but hoping to crank more out in the next couple of weeks as I get other things done. I think I'm going to join you with the HST block of the month though, that might get me over my fears! Looking forward to seeing you in the FTLOS swap too, although I'm a tad bit nervous about getting one of the big guns to make for!

Enjoy your knitting :o)

Cindy said...

I wish I had your energy! I need to get down to the sewing room and at least accomplish something this week. Have a great sewing week!

Danny Heyen said...

Busy lady!

Geri said...

Great job on the knitting! You're one busy sister!

Annabella said...

So excited to have got the last spot in the FLSS! Great inspiration mosaic - I have to do mine. I may also be doing the Swoon QAL as I bought the pattern a few weeks ago and the HST QAL sounds fun too. So many fun things going on - where to start? Love the icecream pic - what cuties!

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

Might have something else for you tomorrow - just sayin'!!

mammafairy said...

The stars in stars are amazing! they are so well worth the work!Looking good.