Sunday, September 4, 2011

Making Progress

I'm still on holidays from work and The Child has been having afternoon naps which means one thing: sew, sew, sew!

That's a good thing, since President of the Last Minute Club here was (is?) late with August's blocks for Sew & Bee Happy. Henny asked for a wonky log cabin in orange, turquoise, white and grey.

Sew & Bee Happy August for Henny

She commented on the floral batik when I used it in a different block for this bee so I knew I *had* to include it for hers. Now the block is on its way to Indonesia! Isn't this online community awesome? I made a block for someone in INDONESIA, people!

In order to really cement my title as Prez of the aforementioned Last Minute Club, I am staring down a deadline for the For the Love of Solids swap. September 8th is the last day I can ship. In my own defense, I was mulling over my plan, and mentally designing my "big item" - a mini quilt - over the last couple of weeks.

I was thinking I'd do some New York Beauty blocks, but when I saw this Pickledish quilt in Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Romance book, I knew I'd found my design. I'm very pleased with how it turned out, and those middle ellipses are behaving a bit better now that I've removed the foundation piecing papers. Now onto the quilting!

FTLOS Mini quilt top

This swap requires you to send a small item in addition to the large one, so I decided to make my partner a pouch using this hilarious tutorial. I surprised myself by making a practice one - I've never sewn a pouch before (though I've read many tutorials with great interest) and it's just like me to barrel ahead and go for it. Anyway, I'm glad I did - it made sewing up the one for my partner slightly less stressful. Here's the practice one; I will wait til my partner receives her actual one before posting photos as it has some identifying characteristics on it (like her initials) and this is a secret swap.

Practice Pouch - For The Love of Solids Swap

I am happy with my work! And I am linking up to Sew Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations, and Manic Mondays at SewHappyGeek!


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{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

14 comments:

  1. Wonderful block! And I agree, that Kaffe Fassett's designs rock ;)

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  3. Your Pickle Dish block is fabulous! The colours are stunning!

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  4. Wow, your partner is oh so lucky!

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  5. Your solids project is lovely! So glad I'm not the only one that was thinking about the project too long & now has to rush the sewing! yikes!

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  6. Great block - it will make a wonderful quilt! and you're right, that is a hilarious tutorial! Your little practice pouch looks great, so the final project is sure to rock - lucky partner you've got

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  7. I think I gasped when I saw your quilt in the FTLOS pool. Stinkin amazing!

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  8. gorgeous!

    That solids block is amazing... seriously.

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  9. The VP says she still has a couple bee blocks to finish for last month, too! :) Love your FTLOS mini! Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday and have a great week!

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  10. That's so cool that your block is heading off to Indonesia! I loved getting a block from Australia recently.

    Your pickledish quilt is a stunner! I made two of that block and had some major struggles. Part of my problem was that it was for a bee and I wasn't feeling the fabric choices. I think that this complicated block looks amazing in solids, it lets the design shine!

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  11. Love that beautiful mini quilt- great use of color and I am so impressed with your first zip pouch! The ends look perfect- that is where I always have trouble. Great job!

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  12. Wow! I love the pickledish block - it turned out lokng amazing with all those colours!

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  13. I love the pickledish! Good for you for making a practice pouch. Too often I finish something new and wish I had done a practice one first.

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