Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Back to a Sewing Routine

Now that Christmas is over and we have welcomed a new year, I have forged ahead with some sewing that I have been anxious to get to. Since Christmas I have done a lot, I think, and I am really excited for this year of projects planned, bees and sewing related travel.
First up was to make the December block of the month in Jeni's HST BOM.  I was happy to finish this in December, right on schedule.
December HST BOM

If you love half-square triangles, give Jeni's pattern a try. It comes together so easily and looks great all sewn together. With sashing and corner stones finished, I am waiting on a fabric order for the borders. 


Next up was to finish the January bee blocks for the Modern Stitching Bee for Jenni. She asked for Quatrefoile blocks from the Modern Blocks book. This was a fun block to make and I think Jenni is going to end up with a great scrappy quilt.

January bee blocks for Jenni

January bee blocks for Jenni

If I am going to have this quilt ready for my granddaughter's birthday next month I need to get going, fast. I can piece it pretty quickly because I have it all cut out, but the quilting...I can't decide whether to have my long arm Susie quilt it or should I do it myself. I really want it to be special for my sweet Olivia.

4/20 blocks finished for the Flower Girl quilt

Camille Roskelley's fabrics and pattern will be so sweet and feminine for this little cutie.

This segment can be titled: She Drank the Kool-Aid
On December 30 I saw some crazy chatter on Instagram and beautiful scrappy quilts popping up all over with the hashtag #scrappytripalong. I have been wanting to make a scrappy quilt for so long but just could not imagine going through my mounds of scraps, but when this one popped up I knew I had to jump on board. I call mine the #vomitversion because I have no color scheme, no plan, just sew until it's finished. I cut all my 2 1/2"x 16" strips, all 216 of them, and have been sewing whenever time permits. Here's what my first 16 squares look like. There will be a total of 36 squares, making a nice, large cuddle quilt.

16 blocks finished, 20 more to go.

I am sure I will be playing with the layout of this quilt before I sew all the 12 1/2" squares together. If you want to play along look for the hashtag #scrappytripalong on Instagram and follow me too, I'm @ylmommyx4. The pattern is a quick one. You can find it here on the Quiltville website .

With a bridal shower to plan and a pattern for a clutch purse to write, I hope I will be able to get these two quilts finished in the next week or two.

Just to throw a wrench in my sewing plans, I decided to polish our wood floors and the local ants decided to invade our kitchen today. But, I think we are all caught up with housework for a few days, so I'm going to sew a lot in the next few days.

I am really NOT super woman, but have an incredibly helpful, patient husband. He has had so much vacation time these last two weeks and looks forward to going back to work where he will not have a "honey do" list. I love you, Mr. Romance!


Patchwork and Play said...

Ah, how sweet- does Mr Romance read your blog! I also have a husband who keeps the household going, but you are working like a machine! Love everything...the queen bee in the middle of one of the Modern Blocks, the pretty fabrics and pattern for cute Olivia's quilt and the Scrappy Tripalong....I saw yours and couldn't wait to get started!

Cindy said...

Olivia is adorable! I can't wait to start my #scrappytripalong.

Leanne said...

Looks like you have settled right back into your sewing room, each project looks great. I have been cutting a few strips making other things today, I expect to be tripping along too.

dutchcomfort said...

Happy New Year Diane! You are right back into the sewing mode. Love those scrappy quilts popping up on blogs!

suemac said...

As soon as I get the binding on two quilts I am going to start the scrappy trip along. Several people in my guild have already jumped on the bandwagon.

Jennifer Marie said...

What a gorgeous quilt idea for your granddaughter! I've managed to avoid the kool-aid thus far, but mostly because boyfriend cant understand the concept of "scrap vomit" or "Scrappy" so he's not crazy about it which means.. it wont get used :(
sigh.. my will power is weening though.. haha i'll live vicariously through yours, its stunning!

Canadian Abroad said...

You are on a roll! Loving it all. Happy sewing days.

Flying Blind... said...

Lovely blocks, and loving the scrappy trip xxx

Katy Cameron said...

Woohoo, go you with all that sewing! I'm skipping the kool-aid for now, mainly because of the insane number of WIPs I need to do!

Carla said...

I am loving all the trip along blocks too! Happy sewing ; )

Annabella said...

If you want the quilt to be special, you must quilt it yourself - it will mean so much more when she is older :-) I may jump on the bandwagon if you budge over a bit - and mine will definitely be a vomit version! BTW, from the little I see of Mr.R on IG, I can tell he's a keeper for sure.

capitolaquilter said...

your granddaughter's quilt is adorable -which fits her perfectly. give it a go and quilt it yourself, she won't mind any imperfections that might happen.
I got caught up in the hashtag craze and I don't even have IG. Your blocks look great.