Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bigger is Better

The saying bigger is better doesn't always apply, but when it comes to me and piecing it's usually true. Take these little cross blocks.

When we were first asked to make them, I couldn't wait to get started and thought they were adorable. Don't get me wrong, I still think they're adorable but I've gained some perspective. I struggle for accuracy when the fabric pieces are smaller. These are made using 2.5 inch squares and rectangles and they did not make it easy on me. I've pieced them together, ripped them out, and re-pieced them, only to still have them slightly off. I don't know why it makes a difference but whenever I have to press to one side, I have this issue. I think that's why I've always pressed my seams open. It makes my work flatter and my scant quarter inch seam works perfectly. I press to the side and I always have to adjust my sewing to something between a scant quarter inch and a fat eighth inch seam.

How about you? Do you ever struggle with accurate size with smaller pieces and does pressing make a difference?

Friday, January 09, 2015

A Little Birthday Splurge

It's that time again, when another candle gets added to the cake and facebook messages abound. I'm midway between milestone birthdays and while I've never been one to call attention to myself when it's my birthday, it's still nice to be pampered and splurge once in a while. I did just that when I decided to add this book to my collection.

My online quilty friend Chelsea has made many of the quilts in the book and highly recommended it to me so I finally decided to treat myself. The hard part will be deciding on what to make.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

January's Stash Bee Block

I'm participating in the 2015 Stash Bee this year. It's the only one I've signed up for since I'm still participating in Compass Quilter's as well. I'm amazed that I was able to finish this up as quickly as I did given the fact that 1) it's paper pieced, 2) my son is sick, and 3) did I mention that it's paper pieced?

You can read my post on the Stash Bee blog here.

I really do like how you can get beautiful points using paper piecing but I really have to re-train my brain to not be frugal. My first instinct is to always try and use scraps so as not to waste anything and it always get me in trouble. Every. Single. Time. Luckily, this came together pretty quickly. I hope the colors are what the recipient is looking for since my stash seemed to be very limited in the selection of lime green, teal, and raspberry (I didn't have any of that color).

Thursday, January 01, 2015

A New Year of Possibilities

One of the things I really like about having a blog is that I can list out a slew of things that I want to accomplish for the upcoming year and get excited about all of the possibilities. Don't confuse this with a New Year's resolution. In my book a New Year's resolution is merely a to-do list for the first week of January - filled with great intention but quickly forgotten once the holiday haze has lifted.

I've always been a list person and still love the act of writing things down on paper and the sense of satisfaction when I can cross something off my list. Of course, for long term goals like this, typing it up makes more sense. So, without further adieu, here is my list of projects that I hope to do this year (in no particular order):

  1. Compass Quilter's Bee - we have 3 more months of queen bees so I'll be making some blocks for them. I also have to figure out what to do with the blocks that my hive-mates made for me.
  2. Make some springtime themed potholders for my parents, per their request.
  3. Make my first Dresden plate. I picked up an acrylic template last month and need to try it out. If I can make them small enough, I'd like to appliqué them onto the above mentioned potholders.
  4. If the "Disappearing Hourglass" tutorial from Jenny Doan at the Missouri Star Quilt Company was a quarter, it'd be burning a hole in my pocket! I just love the look of this quilt and it's one of the reasons why I've been purchasing various layer cakes. I definitely want to make this, possibly with my Flirt layer cake using black as the contrasting background color.
  5. I'm a member of Stash Bee 2015 and have been assigned to hive #4. I'm excited to get to know my other hive mates and see what blocks the come up with.
  6. This past year I bought bins for all of my scraps and sorted them all by color. This year I think I want to expand upon that and start cutting up all of the scraps into specific sizes for easier usage.
  7. Advent calendar - this was on my list for last year and I just never got around to it. I still want to do it for next year and hopefully make 2 - one for a Christmas gift for a family member.
  8. Finish up my pinwheels quilt. The top is 90% done. I just need to add a border to it and then baste it for quilting. 
  9. I saved the best for last - it's the quilt I want to make for our bedroom. It will be the biggest quilt I've ever made. I have all the fabrics and even the pattern drafted out on EQ7. It's just a matter of going back and tweaking it since I'm not sure if that's truly the pattern I want anymore. I love the fabrics I've chosen and I have enough even if I do decide to make a different pattern. We'll see.

I'm definitely not a fast quilter and this is more than enough to keep me working throughout the year. Now it's time to get started!