Friday, February 1, 2013

February Fresh Sewing Day

After all the busyness of December, January was a welcome relief to just create without deadlines or pressure. Doesn't that sound relaxing?
For me, January was very productive and fun. I finished piecing and then quilted and bound 2 quilts. One of my husband's favorite quilts that I have made is the scrappy trip-along quilt started with a prompt on Instagram on December 30th and finished a few weeks later. When he showed such a liking for it I decided to make it a "man-quilt", so I backed it with some fresh water fish fabric. It gets used every night as he sits reading, watching TV or looking on his iPad. I am so happy he likes it and has his own quilt now.


My second quilt finish was also one I started in December and finished in January. It's the Flower Girl quilt made for my granddaughter's 2nd birthday. That one was quilted by my long arm quilter. 

It was so exciting to me that I saw there was another quilt-along on Instagram in January. This was just the push I needed to dig out my x and plus blocks from last year. I had about 50 of them from bees and swaps and have been wanting to make more and get this quilt put together.  I made a bunch more blocks until I had 80-8" blocks and knew this would make a good sized quilt for me. This one is now on the "to be quilted pile", which makes 6 quilts waiting to be quilted by me. Gosh, I wish I had a long arm Juki or the new sit down Baby Lock long arm. Do you think that would improve my skills.

I blame Instagram for all my quilts this month. The Pezzy Churn Dash quilt is all pieced and on "that to be quilted" pile. It will be a baby shower gift so it is at the top of the pile.

Bee blocks completed in January were for the very secret Stitch Tease bee. One more block to make and I am finished and we will be able to start revealing our finished quilts.

Modern Stitching bee, Jenni wanted Quatrefoil blocks in bright colors. This one was fun to make.

A house block for Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte, North Carolina, as part of the Sew South group. We are putting together a quilt that will hang in their welcome area.

What month is complete without making a few purses and pouches?
I made two clutch framed purses as samples for the class I am teaching at  Sew South Retreat, a wide mouth zipper pouch to be filled with some surprises for a friend and the triple zipper pouch made as a quilt-along on Flicker with Debbie.

I also made a great scarf with a voile and velveteen kit from Pink Castle Fabrics, but never took a photo of it. You'll just have to believe me when I say I wear it all the time and it is so warm and cozy.

That's my month. I feel like I am in a good rhythm and can't wait to see what I get accomplished in February.

As usual I am linking up with Lynne's Fresh Sewing Day.




16 comments:

Cynthia said...

Wow, you have been busy!!!

Jennifer said...

wow, you have been VERY busy -- i've enjoyed watching all of these transpire! I cant wait to see the Stitch Tease quilts! I'm so jealous and intrigued by what you all came up with for one another!

Canadian Abroad said...

I cannot believe how much you got done in one month! Love the x&+ quilt so much.

Patchwork and Play said...

You stagger me with your productivity Di! All your makes are so colorful and happy! And a happy hubby to boot!

Annabella said...

I feel in a good rhythm too - we had better not stop then! I love your quilts you made this month along with the other makes. 6 quilts waited to be quilted? Wow!

nerospost said...

Hi! All your quilts are so beautiful! Wonderful colours and great patterns! Teje

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

Any idea yet what the next Instagram quit will be? I love the scrappy trip along and the pezzy churn dash, so will we try and predict the next one? And will we both play along again? :) hugs

diannajessie said...

A very busy month of sewing you have had. Your projects and productivity are amazing. It's so good to have so much fun:)

diannajessie said...

A very busy month of sewing you have had. Your projects and productivity are amazing. It's so good to have so much fun:)

suemac said...

You had a very productive month. That pezzy churn dash is especially cute.

Carla said...

What a lovely mosaic! Beautiful projects

Leanne said...

You made such beautiful things this month, so inspiring. I do thing that you would have a lot of fun with a long arm of your own. I so want one too, I have to figure out first where I could even put one.

Flying Blind... said...

Brilliant month there missus!

heart of charnwood said...

Love all of your makes, but the x and + quilt is gorgeous! : )

Katy Cameron said...

You had a great month, and so glad Mr Romance finally got his own quilt out of it :o)

Chase said...

You have been busy!! All the blocks look great and the quilts are just lovely! I hope to have all the quilt done, so I can start something newer..:)