Saturday, August 31, 2013

August accomplishments

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It has been a busy month full of fun family adventure (vacations, outings, and activities galore), but not a whole lot of crafting (and even less blogging). However, I did manage to complete my August goals for Carrie P.'s Nothing but UFOs Challenge. It took me until the last day of the month, but I did it. Woo hoo!

  1. Baby Bot quilt:

    Baby Bots quilting detail


  2. Mod Mosaic quilt:

    Mod Mosaic binding in progress

    Quilting is complete and the binding is now in progress (2 sides to go!). I'm really pleased with this one. Crossing my fingers that it will join the finished pile very soon!

  3. Vogue 1224:

    Vogue 1224, completed and on the hanger

    I completed it this morning! Woo! But then I spent the day doing yard work and was too gross to put it on for a picture, so the slightly blurry hanger shot will have to do for now.

Yay for progress! And, as always, many thanks to the fabulous and inspiring Carrie P. for hosting the challenge (and helping me get my bum in gear!).

I plan to do separate write-ups so I can share more details about each of these projects (and more pictures!) very soon. Hmmm... maybe I should try making some blogging-oriented goals for September? I've got some catch-up to do!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Eden Baby Quilt

This little quilt has been in the works since the end of last year. I had intended it as a shower gift, but once I learned about the nursery colors, I changed my plan. As a result, this one got shoved to the side for quite awhile.

Eden Baby Quilt, front view

It is a Moda Bakeshop offering called "Line Dance Baby Quilt" by Kathy Mack of Pink Chalk Studio. The pattern is straightforward everything goes together very quickly (truly, a perfect last minute baby gift!). I used a charm pack of "Eden" by Lila Tueller and some happy Kona Maize for the background. The backing is also from the "Eden" collection. The binding is Kona Crocus. (I love the bit of purple around the edge!)

Eden Baby Quilt, quilting detail

The quilting motif over all of the yellow is from the book Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters; it is called "Concentric Circles." I can't recommend this book highly enough. I'm telling you, Angela Walters is totally awesome!!! Truly, her book is getting me to try new things, and has made me all excited about improving my quilting! I'm also learning that quilting over solid fabrics is a lot of fun because the quilting really (really!) stands out. I LOVE how it turned out on this quilt. Anyway, I quilted it back in April, and for the life of me, I cannot remember what kind of threads I used. That's what I get for waiting 3 months to stitch the binding down and blog about it. Ha!

Eden Baby Quilt, back view

As I don't have a plan for this one, there isn't a label. I'm torn between keeping it to give as a baby gift at some point in the future (should the need arise), or donating it. Decisions, decisions.

Eden Baby Quilt, artistically draped on my front bushes

A happy finish!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

UFO Challenge Win!

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As if I wasn't a winner enough just for successfully doing the challenge, I also won Carrie P.'s "Nothing But UFOs" July drawing! Yesterday afternoon, I received my prize...

just look at how pretty this package is!

It was wrapped so prettily!

look at all of this happy goodness!

And inside was a wonderful array of treats-- some handmade, some vintage, and lots of happy.

even the zipper pouch was full of treats...

Even the little pouch was full of goodies! (Look at those trims! And that lovely handkerchief!)

And the block is gorgeous... it needs a picture all its own:

a beautiful applique block from Carrie P.

I'm kind of thinking it would make a lovely quilted pillow cover. I've not made one before. But Carrie P. has made quite a few-- so it just kind of feels right, you know?

Meanwhile, I am plugging along with my August challenge. I'm binding up the baby quilt, and I've started quilting my Mod Mosaic.

quilting progress on my Mod Mosaic block exchange quilt


Many thanks to Carrie P. and her monthly motivational challenge. It feels good to work on these UFOs and even better to be finishing them!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

UFO Challenge - August

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Woo!!! I can hardly believe it-- I was the winner in July's Nothing but UFOs Challenge hosted by Carrie P. at A Passion for Applique! What a treat!

Since I seem to be on a bit of a roll still, joining the challenge for August will be a good motivator for me and help keep me on track. (One can always hope!) So here are my three goals for August:

  1. Baby Bot quilt:

    Bot Baby quilt, ready for some binding

    Baby is due any day now, so I want to get this one DONE! Still to do: binding and label.

  2. Mod Mosaic quilt:

    Mod Mosaic quilt rolled and ready for quilting

    This one is basted. I'd really like to get it quilted. Even better would be finished-- but that might be stretching it a bit considering how much time I have available in August... it is a busy month!

  3. Vogue 1224:

    sewing plan for Vogue 1224

    It has been cut out for three months now. I would really like to get this sewn so I can actually wear it at least one time before summer is over.

Meanwhile, I am still feeling the itch to work on other things... new things... I'm not sure how much longer I'll be able to stay UFO-focused. But I'm gonna give it a go!