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!

Sew Happy Geek

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations


  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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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

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

  7. gorgeous!

    That solids block is amazing... seriously.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

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

  12. 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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