Monthly Archives: March 2014

30/30 Challenge Last Project

March 30th 2014

Sarah over at Berry Barn Designs had this great idea for us to sew for 30 days and for 30 minutes just for ourselves. 

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I completely forgot that I was going to be out  the last week in March.

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I am barely making it under the wire to post over here where you can see the projects from other great sewists and quilters.

One mistake I made during this 30/30 challenge is not using a clock! I guess I kind of cheated myself by not enjoying the daily treat. Sometimes I sewed like crazy and just lost track of time just because I wanted to finish my projects.

Here is my progress on the last one: a Spools quilt. I just love this Marmalade fabric ~it’s the orange) by Bonnie and Camille   (Her fabric is there on the sidebar of her blog)

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Since I got home I have managed to cut all the pieces

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and arranged them all for sewing so this should be fun. Thanks Sarah for hosting this great challenge!

Award Ribbons

March 24th 2014

This is just a quick post about some Award Ribbons I made for the Stuffed Animal Night contest at Awanas last week at church!

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Awanas is a children’s ministry that helps to develop spiritually strong children through games, fun activities and most importantly bible verse memorization and teaching. You can read all about it here! 

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I’ll be posting a tutorial soon, start collecting your papers, ribbons, some cardstock, posterboard or cardboard, Mod Podge and hot glue! You can make some too!

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This was a great craft for using up extra papers in pads (so you can make room for more!)

 

Mary’s Cherries

March 18th 2014

I am just thrilled to finally be able to share this happy, cheery and sunny project with you.  And I am also glad that it served two purposes.

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First, this is my second project for the 30/30 challenge (sew for 30 minutes a day, for 30 days, for yourself) hosted by Berry Barn Designs.  My goals for this challenge are here if inquiring minds want to know. I’ve had this in the “want to make it” list for-ever! My first project was another gem, take a look at that one here.

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I wasn’t sure which charm pack I was going to use, but it became obvious very quickly!  I bought this pattern on clearance from the Fat Quarter Shop ages ago. This pattern is by Pieces from My Heart. But seriously, it’s not rocket science, I could have saved the $4.50 and bought a mini charm pack instead! But in reality, it was a reminder that I wanted to make this, otherwise it would have stayed in fantasy land forever!

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Naturally, I decided to go with “Recipe for Friendship” Mary Engelbreit for Moda. (I love when Moda makes her fabric, the quality is fabulous!)  This collection is full of cherries which goes perfect with the pattern. You know cherries are all over Mary’s art! I have new found joy now that I have started sewing with this much loved and saved fabric.

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A few details to notice above: The leaf is the only feature that is appliqued and blanket stitched.  The binding is Mary’s classic cherries and the back is Tossed Mary’s Motifs fabric. I think the only fabric I have ever bought enough of, even for backing is Mary Engelbreit’s! And that was a fluke just because I didn’t want it to run out and I got it for a great price, back when Walmart sold fabric. It’s all coming in very handy now for these projects.

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The only adaptation I made on the pattern was to take the cherry stem all the way to the seam. Unlike her method of incorporating the stem when she stitched the rows together, I just picked apart the spot I needed and then stitched down the Rick Rack and then closed the seam.

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Here is more of the backing. (Sorry about the date, my new camera is doing things I haven’t quite figured out nor am pleased with)

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The last “Mary must” is the checked ribbon I used for hanging. I prefer this for small hangings instead of sleeves.

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I just love how this turned out. Merry Christmas to me!  The second purpose is for this monthly Handmade Christmas activity going on over at Sew Cal Gal.  People pledged to make something for Christmas, as a decor or gift, every month until December. Hop on over there and see what everyone else made!

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I have decided to pack it up so I can forget about it. After some rearranging of my Craft Corner, I should have a spot to hang it by Christmas.

Are you a Mary Engelbreit fan by the way?

Friday Night Block Party: Country Farm

March 14th 2014

Hi there, this feels like my second Friday this week! Has that ever happened to you? Well it would be nice to have two

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This week’s block was supposed to be Corn and Beans, block #21 from the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt book.

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Let me just confess and put it out there that I much rather work with triangles, trimming down from a larger unit, than working with such little shapes!

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The level of frustration for me is a killjoy. I cut precisely, manage the seams and sew slowly and press after each seam and yet when it’s time to make the block. Disaster. So I just stopped and went on to the next block. I’ll have to finish that one later. Do you think I am giving up?  I find that walking away is the best thing to do and return to it fresh.

Here is the next block called Country Farm.

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These triangles were less intimidating because they were a little larger, but I was skeptical. I was really proud to have a seam allowance from the triangles and not have to trim them off which is the norm for me because the blocks are always “wonky.”

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I was generally pleased with the end result.  I decided to go to my jelly roll leftovers and pull out some different scraps.  This block is just sweet!

Do you angst over triangle units?