Wednesday, March 27, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Starts & Finishes

It's Passover, which means that last weekend was dedicated to house cleaning and the days since have been spent preparing food for the seders. I took this week off to celebrate the holiday and for some much needed rest. Now that the seders are over, it's me time! You know what that means right? Power sewing!

I'm pleasantly surprised to share with y'all that I met my March goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes.  I had to reread my goal setting post to check exactly what I'd promised to complete: three final blocks for my 3x6 Plum & Chartreuse quilt top.

Last Wednesday I showed you the two blocks I'd finished during the first half of the month. Today I completed the third and final "goal" block:
I loosely followed the Curves tutorial from the Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild's 2012 September block of the month, but I found the explanation of how to cut and sew the curves very confusing. After some googling, I found a Curved Piecing explanation by Sarah Fielke on Sewn that helped me visualize how to cut my curves and then I resorted to my tried and true method of "pinning the heck out of my curves." Yes, it's time consuming, but I end up with fabric that lies flat (and no puckers!) so it's totally worth it.

Here are my three blocks together:
I love them all!  Here's the thing: my math in my goal setting post totally doesn't add up. I posted a photo of the 8 blocks I planned to use and then said that I'd finish three more blocks, one of which would be my hexie block, in order to complete the blocks needed for my quilt top. Ummm, that's 11 blocks total and I need 12! Also, you'll notice that my hexie block is missing from the photo above.  Y'all, hexies take me forever to stitch up!
So, you might ask, can I really say I met my March ALYOF goal? I sure can! I said I'd finish three blocks AND I DID!  Plus, I do have 12 completed blocks, because I decided the slate grey backed block doesn't clash quite as poorly as I'd thought. I may ultimately switch it out for the hexie block, but regardless: GOAL ACHIEVED! 

In other news, I've started something new this week and this project is a true challenge for me. I recently realized that I haven't made anything for baby-girl-to-be yet. Sure, I've chosen a pattern and fabrics for her quilt, but I haven't gathered the energy to get started on it. By this time in my pregnancy with Levi, I'd knit a sweater and crocheted a blanket for him. Part of my excitement over having a girl involves ALL THE PRETTY LITTLE GIRL THINGS. Time to start making them!
Since she'll be arriving in late spring, I opted for the Swingset Tunic by Oliver & S. I'm making the 0-3 month size using Pearl Bracelets by Lizzy House. The fabric is all cut and I'm ready to start sewing. I'm nervous, due to my inexperience with garment sewing, but I'm excited to give it a go.

Just for fun, let's talk about my most recent fabric purchases. First up is an FQ set of Pearl Bracelets. I placed my order in January when I heard The Workroom was getting them. It took two months for them to arrive. It's a good thing I had pre-ordered, because by the time I picked up my set, only two days after the bolts arrived, several colours were already sold out! I also grabbed an FQ bundle of Liberty's second quilting cotton line, Stile, in blue. I ordered this the minute I saw Karyn post a photo on Instagram. It's stunning. I got an extra metre of one of the prints to make another dress for baby-girl-to-be.

Round up time!

On Deck
Tula Star Quilt for baby-girl-to-be

In Progress
3x6 quilt/March ALYOF goal: done!
Lucky Stars BOM - March block in progress - fabric cut
Sunset Tunic - fabric cut
Triple zip pouch - fabric cute

Hibernating projects

Farmer's Wife QAL - no new progress
Curious Nature quilt - no progress
Sew Intertwined quilt -no progress
Flora Charm Quilt - no progress
Levi's Growth Chart - no progress

NY Beauty QAL - no progress

We Bee Learning Bee/Levi's Bed Quilt - No progress

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

A Lovely Year of Finishes


  1. Your blocks are beautiful, I love the plum with the gray. Congrats on the soon to be baby girl, and good luck with sewing clothes!

  2. oooh, such a cute sewing pattern. Girls are fun!

  3. Congrats on meeting your deadline! And while quilts are easier than garments because they only have to be flat, garments, especially children's, hide sewing flaws since the wearer moves around in them....happy stitching!

  4. I love all of you blocks together! You are doing such a great job with all of your finishes!!

  5. That final block is so gorgeous! I hope you had a lovely Passover. :-)