Saturday, September 8, 2018

Linky party is back from summer break

Since I have very few followers, I really missed linking up on Fridays through the summer.
Now Amanda Jean is back with her linky party once a month and I am ready to share my summer sewing. If you have checked in over the summer, thanks!

Most recent finishes first.
Four little dresses for Ava.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears in their own tote bag.

Pink and gray lap quilt

A blouse for me

Medallion challenge top is finished. I am planning to hand quilt it.

Baby quilt for a friend's first grandbaby

Bonnie Hunter's Chunky Churn Dash

That's all folks!
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Birthday Ready

This long week end I was busy sewing for Ava's birthday. I wanted to try out two new patterns.
Here are four dresses made from the two patterns.

The short dresses are cotton knit. Earlier in the summer I made a top and shorts from the fabric and had enough left to make the flowered knit dress and the pink knit dress.

The longer dresses are made from quilting cotton fabric. The pattern is very quilter friendly. The pieces are cut out with rotary cutter. 

Mr. M suggested that Goldilocks and the Three Bears needed a tote bag.
I bought some of the coordinating fabric and made this bag and one of the dresses above.

Peek-a-boo, Ava!

More snaps of the dress.

I hope the dresses fit. It is hard sewing long distance.
We will see if they fit this Saturday.

Just waiting for the books that will be the rest of the birthday present.

Inside the bag.

This is the pattern that I used for the two longer dresses.

Now I need to work on some quick baby quilts.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Ava's Birthday

Baby Ava will be two in a couple of weeks. I made her the bear family and Goldilocks from a printed panel. She has a similar Little Red Riding Hood that I made for her when she was very little.

My skills at making stuffed dolls and animals has improved.

The skirts were fairly easy to make.

The backs are cute, too.

I left Papa Bear's outfit for last. It seemed more complicated.

All finished. Papa Bear has shorts and a bow tie.
Hope Ava has fun with these.

Next a couple of quick dresses for her. Look for future posts.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

August Color Challenge

Here are my August Color Challenge blocks. I thought there would be more contrast in the one on the left. I guess I need to work on my skills at picking out the shades or tones in a color way.

Here are all eight of my alternate blocks. Only four colors to go.
I have an idea for how I want to put the blocks together.
We will see how that works when all the blocks are finished.

Linking with challenge group.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Back to School - Last Summer Project

A couple of weeks ago on the way to a conference in Austin, Texas, we took a short detour to Stitchin Heaven Quilt Shop. I have bought fabric from them and done block of the month by mail but never visited the store. I bought two fat quarters and some coordinating fabric for baby gifts.

The fabric was from the same line with cute baby animals.
I bought a half yard of pink and blue and a yard of green. Mr. M. helped me pick out the right shade of blue. There were so many choices and his color sense is better than mine.

The first baby 9 patch is finished. My final summer project.
Here is a close up of the print.

The corners are pink because this one is for a girl. 
There was enough pink for binding, too.

I found a bee fabric for the back at Stitch N Frame. They were having their big summer sale.

Back to school. Sewing only on week ends now.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Color Challenge for July

The color for July is yellow-green. 
I call it chartreuse. 
I don't have much of this color. 
I plan to make my other block out of two fabrics
like I have in previous months. Sewing is on hold while I work on some writing.
It's the carrot that I am using to motivate me to finish the writing.

Here is my yellow-green block.

Linking up.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

3rd Quarter Finish A-Long Goals

I don't make resolutions or have sewing goals. But this year my quilt group has a UFO challenge that I joined. It is very simple. List unfinished quilts, pay one dollar for each proposed finish, share finishes with the group at monthly meetings. Bonus- for each finish I will get a ticket for the drawing at the end of the challenge. Winner gets the pot of money.
Suddenly, I am motivated. 
So I listed 4 quilts. I have finished 2. 
Then I ran across the quarterly FAL on the internet and decided to piggyback my finishes.

Here are my revised goals for 3rd quarter FAL:

1. Pink and Gray lap quilt. The blocks have been hanging around for years.

2. Medallion Border Challenge. I am 3 months behind on the borders but all requirements and fabric has been given out. Now I have to add the 3 borders and finish the quilt. I'm pondering hand quilting.

3. Around the world lap quilt made with a jelly roll. I don't have a photo because I haven't really even started this quilt. The jelly roll is green, blue, yellow, and white. I hope to use stash for all of it.

Now I have to get to work. School starts soon and my sewing time will be very limited.