Monthly Archives: March 2014

30/30 Challenge project #1

March 9th 2014

 As promised I am right on target, someone pinch me!!  I finished my first project for this challenge hosted by Berry Barn Designs.

30-30 challenge

The purpose is to dedicate 30 minutes to sew for yourself everyday for thirty days. There are even prizes if you link up your project over here. My goals for this challenge are listed on this post.

So here it is, a little tote for my embroidery supplies.

This was super easy using patchwork scraps. Here is the lining

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and this is the outside

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It sat a couple of days when I realized I didn’t have of these.

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But what a treat, all this for $6.00 at Zipit on Etsy! A perfect match!

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I used scraps from Bonnie and Camille fabric collections

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Vintage Modern

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and Scrumptious, her newest line.

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I can’t stop looking at it!

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What did you make for yourself 30 minutes a day?  Don’t forget to link up!

Friday Night Block Party: Contrary Wife and Churn Dash

March 7th 2014

Another Friday night means, another block party!

pinwheel block party

This week I did two, just because! For one, it will move things along a little quicker and also, I have reconciled with the Churn Dash block.

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It’s not common knowledge that I was a little “miffed”with the Churn Dash block. The first time I made them, I was so frustrated after four tries and my imperfect corners, that I put them away and never finished that project! You can read all about that here and see my first attempt below.

But after trying again for this Farmer’s Wife Sampler Block, we have made our peace.

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The other block, paired with the mixed feelings I was having with Churn Dash, is coincidentally called the Contrary Wife, not to be confused with a “contrite” wife which are entirely opposites!

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After laying these blocks out on the patio for a photo shoot, I wondered how nice the back would look if there was a quilt block in each square….

30/30 Challenge

March 3rd 2014

I spent this weekend almost wishing for Monday so I can get some quilting done, for ME! I know it sounds crazy, nobody likes Mondays.  I have been spending so much time making patterns and quilts from my patterns and reading about business matters all of which carries with it a little stress and tension, which is necessary.  But I am anxious to get started on that growing list of projects I’ve been adding to for years. You know, the list of projects from magazines, blogs and patterns that are easy and fast to do?  Yeah, I just have to sit down and get it done. Cool stuff I want to make just for fun and not as an obligation.

So while I was visiting my favorite blogs, Julie over at The Crafty Quilter mentioned this totally doable event that will also help me cross off some things on that list and hopefully create a new habit.  It’s a 30/30 sewing challenge that requires you dedicate 30 minutes a day for 30 days, to sew for yourself! Just the motivation I need!

30-30 challenge

Here is a list of some of the projects I want to do this month:

1. Make one of these for my embroidery supplies on the run. It’s called Abby’s Treasure Box from This and That patterns, pattern #067.

treasure box

 

2. Next I want to finally use my Marmalade fabric and make a Spools quilt!

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3. And this little Cherry wall hanging with some Mary Engelbreit charm packs I have.

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The 30/30 guideline is to have 4 goals. But I think 3 in pretty ambitious for me. I can always add something if I have time leftover, right?  I am excited to have something to look forward to that I get to do just for enjoyment. Plus,  I need to use up some of my fabric to make room for more!