This February Sarah from Berry Barn Designs is hosting a fun challenge called the 4×7 Sewing Challenge to sew for yourself for 30 minutes each day during February. I haven’t quite made 30 minutes each day – some were more and some were less – but I like trying to sew a little each day.
I’m trying to make my sewing more purposeful. As in, choose projects that I really want to finish. Finish the projects I start. Do something with the scraps or throw them away. Finally finish the quilt for my bed. That type of purposeful.
I made two sets of leaders for my new velcro longer setup (which so far I am in love with, other than having to make leaders). I watched Sharon Chamber’s youtube video on how she loads her quilts, and while some of it doesn’t apply because she uses a different type of machine than I do, I love her leader method. It helps me attach the quilts to achieve a flatter surface which results in a more even stitch especially at the top and bottom of the piece. It’s also easier to load because I can center the quilt easier – and if it’s off by a little, re-center much easier. You can see the newest 50″ leader in action below.
I also pieced a little mini that I had started during the January meeting of the Quilting Circle I am part of. I am really trying to not create new UFO’s so I pieced the top, made a backing (even attaching a label!), found a scrap of batting that fits, and it is in line for the longarm.
I also made another block for the “Real World Red & White” quilt. I was obsessed with that quilt last winter, and then as it warmed up my interest waned. I had though about signing up for the 4×5 block exchange on flickr this winter to get more blocks for the quilt. I did the 2014 Winter and 2014 Spring (received and sent) iterations and received some great blocks, but I have so many blocks that I want to make myself. I had to really ask myself if I was going to sign up because I wanted to do a bee, or if I wanted a forcing function to get 6 more blocks done. I really wanted a forcing function, so I’ve decided to just challenge myself to make 6 more blocks. I would like to get it done by mid-March. That’s one block a week, and seems do-able. This week I started with the Stepping Stones block from Piece n Quilt’s 30 days of blocks.
Week 1 was super productive! Here’s hoping I can keep up the momentum with week 2!
Linking up to Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs, and some of the following: Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts, WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric
Free paper pieced pattern for 12″ finished block that includes detailed photographic instructions on how to paper piece.
Today, my new Jewel Puzzle paper pieced block pattern was featured on Sew Mama Sew! Head over to Sew Mama Sew for the Jewel Puzzle Tutorial.
This paper pieced pattern is probably a solid intermediate level… not too hard because there aren’t a lot of intersections to match up, but a lot of pieces for a true beginner.
I made this block to use a pillow in my daughter’s new room. I wanted something bright and cheerful, and I think this block does just that.
I also made a version of this block for my Red & White Sampler. It amazes me how different these blocks look with some different fabric and different fabric placements.
If you make this block, please let me know because I would love to see your work! I’ve started an Instagram tag for #jewelpuzzle block, or you can email me a picture.
Also linking up to:
WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric, Show off Saturday at Sew Can She, Sewing Saturday at Simple Simon & Co, Anything Goes Monday, Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts
It is always fun to receive bee blocks! I try to do the 4×5 Modern Bee quarterly, which is nice because it has instant gratification as far as bees go. You send your blocks and receive your blocks at the same time. This spring I was in hive 3, and was fortunate to receive the following blocks to add to my Real World Red & White Sampler:
1. Dawn, 2. Christina (illy23), 3. Brandy (Jade Rose), 4. Sarah (Coincidentally Quilting), 5. Cinda (Sewbusy64), 6. My Double Pinwheel
I am also part of the Stash Bee, which is a more traditional monthly bee where you send away a block each month, and then have to wait until your month to get all your blocks in return. When it’s your month though – it’s magical! Everyday going to the mailbox felt like my birthday.
Hive 12 did an amazing job on my blocks. I requested that they do my Square Dance block using my paper piecing tutorial in gray and shades of aqua. As you can see below, they did beautiful work.
Thank you to the ladies of Hive 12: Heather (Quilts in the Queue), Cheryl (Texas Quilting Gal), Jennifer (Taken Patiently), Michele, Kristel (Work in Progress Girl), Laura (Sew Frou Frou Quilter), Toni (Gypsygirl Wanderlust), Genevieve, Francis (Quilts n Stuff), and Willa.
Linking up to:
Anything Goes Monday, Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric, and Sewjo Saturday at My Go-Go Life.
I chose to make the Double Pinwheel Block from McCalls.
I think it’s a fun block, that isn’t seen very much around the inter webs right now. It’s one of those classic blocks that can be modernized with fabric choices. The only downside of the block is using the construction directions from McCalls there are a gazillion bias edges. All you can do is starch like crazy and hope for the best.
Sarah requested aqua, lime, cobalt, and grey on a text or low volume background.
Christina requested sea foam green, pale turquoise, pale gold, champagne, pearl white, and kona white background.
Cinda requested aqua/turquoise, orange, yellow, and grey with a white or low volume background.
Dawn requested red, turquoise, aqua and pink with a white background.
Brandy requested purple and aqua with grey or low volume background.
I continued with my real world red and white theme.
Linking to: Anything Goes Monday, WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric, and Sewjo Saturday at My Go-Go Life.
In my continuing quest to create a queen sized quilt so I can actually sleep under a quilt I’ve made, I started the Spring Sampler over at Cora’s Quilts.
Block 1 is Pyramid. These are all 12.5 inch unfinished blocks, so a great size for bees or a sampler quilt (in my case!).
Block 2 is Beacon.
Block 3 is Tombstone. I varied the fabric placement a little from her suggestion to make it look more different than Pyramid, because it is pretty similar.
So far, I’m enjoying these blocks. Cora has done a good job making these tutorials available, and I can’t wait to keep making more!
Linking up to:WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric, and Sewjo Saturday at My Go-Go Life.