Saturday, January 30, 2021

RSC January 2021 Pink! and Table Scraps Challenge

I was overjoyed to see that pink was the chosen color for January's Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC) ...such a pretty, happy color to start off the year! 

It's also perfect to use for a Valentine's table runner.

I saw this block called "Be Mine" on the Perkins Dry Goods blog

I loved it the moment I  saw it. 

I made 3 blocks (12.5" x 12.5" each) and added a sashing on each side of the middle one.

I chose a loop and heart motif as I free-motion quilted. 

I'm getting more comfortable with my FMQ !

I really enjoyed using up some of my pretty pink scraps to make 

this runner for Valentine's Day.

Joy at The Joyful Quilter has started a new link up this month called

Table Scraps. Please consider adding a project to join the fun. 

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So Scrappy RSC January

The Joyful Quilter Table Scraps Challenge January


Saturday, January 23, 2021

Project Quilting 12.2 Fussy Cutting and Sew Sweetness January Challenge


I was sewing double duty this week! 

Persimon Dream's Project Quilting's task was to use fussy cutting in a completed project. 

I decided to include the fussy cutting in the Sew Sweetness January Challenge which was to stitch up any Sew Sweetness pattern. I chose a free pattern called the Persimmon Dumpling Pouch. This sweet pouch comes in 3 sizes (I made the small and medium sizes) and is absolutely easy to do following Sara Lawson's video tutorial and written directions. I know I'll be making more in the future!

I started with fussy-cutting strips of fabric that I've set aside over the years for just this reason. Most strips were 2" wide and sewn with 1/4" seam. 
Above were the sections sewn for the medium sized Dumpliing Pouch.

Quilting the newly-made fabric was fun. 
Shape-Flex Fusible Woven Interfacing helps to give the sides of the pouch some stiffness,
 and also gives the fabric depth when quilting. 

I even did some FMQ about shapes to help the designs stand out. 

You can't scare me, you sneaky zippers!
The lighting is poor here, but I have an awesome view over a pond just beyond our backyard.

Here's the finished pouches! So darned cute!

For some reason, one end on each pouch is wonky where the seams line up. 
It doesn't affect the structure, and is only aesthetics. bugs me.

It was fun choosing some coordinating lining fabric!

Ok, so if you don't mind a bit of "wonky", I'd love to give this smallest pink-zipped pouch to one of my readers!  
(Email subscribers and Bloglovin' followers of this blog may be given preference!)

Congrats to The Joyful Quilter for winning the Artsy Bib in my last post!

Please leave a comment on this post stating that you are interested and I will draw a name next weekend. (US addresses only, please.) You will have 48 hours to reply to my email to win. 
*Sharpie pens not included.

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Project Quilting 12.1: Illuminating + Ultimate Gray


Sometimes inspiration doesn't happen at the speed of light. 
Sometimes it doesn't happen at all.
For me, it came just in the  nick of time.

This is the first week of Project Quilting 2021 sponsored by Persimon Dreams. 
This challenge requires the use of Pantone's Color of the Year, which actually is 2 colors. 
Any shades of either color are acceptable, along with white/and or black.
Along with those basics, each project must include at least one of the following:
3 layers stitched together

Call me an overachiever.
I've included all 3 of the above.

Somehow, I saw a vision among these scraps. 

I "made" my own fabric by stitching those scraps together. 
Such fun!
Soon the piece was big enough to make a baby bib.

I got it traced and cut out.
Ready for quiltin'!

Simple cross-hatch quilting on Franken-batting.

A cute Mary Englebreit-type flower was sewn and appliqued to give a bit of a feminine touch.

Backing is a yellow light terrycloth for ultimate absorbency!

If you've made it this far and you've decided you really like this artsy bib, go ahead and leave a comment! 
Mention that you'd like to have your name added to the hat. 
I'll choose a winner on January 17th and will email the lucky one. 
(U.S. addresses only please)
A reply email must be sent to me within 48 hours or I will need to choose another name. 

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