29 November 2013

A Little Bit of This and That

My arthritis is getting much better these last few days - I'm so thankful for that! I've been able to play around in the sewing room, slicing up fabric and piecing projects. I tried finishing up my Memory Quilt but the weight just proved too much for my arms. I've also tried laying out some blocks on the floor, but my knees were screaming for me to stop. I need to be just a little bit more patient!

In the meantime I've sorted out some of my scraps:

When I saw all the strips I had I decided to make some string blocks.

And then discovered I had another bag of strips stashed away in the cupboard - plenty for my project.

I decided on 6.5 inch (unfinished) squares.

I've now completed 14 of them. And I think I'll stop now. There should be enough for a table runner perhaps ...

There still plenty of strips left... I guess its back to the cupboard for them for now.

Oh, besides the scrappy string blocks, I also decided to cut up and piece some fabric for a boy version of Pink Rainbows.

And lastly, I couldn't resist breaking out another charm pack. One I've been hoarding because I think the fabric selection in this one is Just. Too. Cute! I'm using this to make into a baby quilt for a dear friend, and I can't wait to get it done!

It's Friday everyone - have a great weekend!

20 November 2013

First it was Lazy

And then it was hazy.

Yes, hazy is what I've been. You see, I caught a bug. A really nasty one. And now I have something called viral arthritis which basically means that my joints hurt - a lot!

I've been told I just have to wait it out. Which could take weeks!

So in the meantime there's not been much sewing. *sad*

But I do have something to show... something I finished up before the virus.

Introducing Pink Rainbows aka Scrappy Pinks 2:

(You can see from the sky in the background that it's  been raining a LOT here lately).

This little quilt was really easy to make -  turns out I have a lot of pink scraps!

I indulged in some free motion stippling, my absolute favourite type of quilting. I really should be a bit braver and try out new designs...

For the back I used up a yard of a really sweet lavender fabric from Annette Tatum which I've been hoarding for at least a couple of years:

I took it out and put it back on the shelves. Then pulled it out again. Pretty fabric is meant to be used, right? There wasn't quite enough of it, so I pieced it with another print. And I quite like the result actually :-)

I feel perhaps that my hands are recovered enough to be able to handle a little bit of easy sewing soon. I've been itching to get to my sewing machine. It's no fun being on sick leave and not being able to sew! I might try a small project or two ...

Hope everyone stays happy and healthy!

07 November 2013

After Work Sewing

Something to do when you have a few short hours at night... and a lot of scraps in your bin!

Pot holders!

Made with 2.5" squares.

Two pairs - perfect for gift giving :-)

Hope everyone's having a happy week!

05 November 2013

Where Was I...?

It's been a while... but hello again! I guess lots have been happening - my back has been acting up, work has been OMG, Milo's tail fell off (yep, you read that right), but honestly I've just been lazy to write in. Terrible I know, I know. My bad :-( 

However, I think feel like I've been doing a fair bit of sewing, though. Let's see if I can bring this blog a little bit up to speed. 

First up, I did unpick all my straight line quilting on the scrappy log cabin quilt. Now its just quilted in the ditch around each block. So much simpler! 

And I've decided that this one will be called the Memory Quilt. Because every single piece of scrap I used to make this reminds me of a previous project I did. *Happy* 

It's pretty much done now, all I need to do is to bind it. I auditioned a LOT of prints for this, but I think this quilt will need a solid binding. 

Oh, and then I finally quilted and bound the girl patchwork quilt...

... quilted in the ditch around every group of four squares, then free motioned a little flower (is that a flower?) inside every quilted square. 

I've said before that this quilt was actually inspired by Michael Miller's mermaid fabric, so of course I just had to use the same print for the back. And I LOVE it! Picture overload of the back coming up...

I was enjoying all that pink-ness so much that I dove into my stash and cut up some fabric for another pink quilt. I'm doing a repeat performance of my Scrappy Pinks quilt, because its fast, easy, and very, very pink :-) 

And finally on top of all of that, I received a custom order for a little baby boy quilt. Here's a sneak peak... 

I'll spare you more pictures for now. Hope everyone is having a good break - Salam Maal Hijrah!