Friday, 5 February 2016

Studio additions

I'm still in the process of decorating my sewing studio. This week i finally got around to starting on the embroidery hoop wall decor i had planned.

Embroidery is great to do in bed in the mornings whilst watching tv on frigid days that don't get above freezing!

I needed to buy another hoop because once i started measuring and hanging i decided on 7 hoops rather than just the 6 I had already bought:

Then i just had to embroider all the words;  design, create, imagine, explore, believe, enjoy, discover.

It's so much fun to make a space your own!

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Goals are progressing

One of my goals for 2016 was to use a different FMQ design as my go to quick finish quilting style.

How am i going with that?

I've been meandering confidently for a couple of years now. So confidently it's too easy I'm stuck in a rut. It's too easy to do the lazy thing and meander.  So this year I'm determined to do loops instead. It's not wildly different from meandering so it's a relatively easy transition but it's different and is PROGRESS lol

So here it is I've stuck to that commitment for every quilt finish so far this year:

It actually took some practice, more to get the layout and direction basics than the flow. But I'm loving the loops and am pleased I've chosen this goal :-)

These are the four charity quilts i completed recently using this quilting:

So it's quick, easy and reminds me of bubble blowing on a windy day so it's perfect for children's quilts.

But my favorite parts of the quilt making process are the design and piecing phases so my quilting is not my biggest priority and I'm happy with slow progress :-)

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Rainbow Scrap Challenge block 2

Yesterday it snowed all day so i spent the morning sewing. This was the view from my sewing machine desk:

We got plenty of snow!

I managed to get the February block done for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge :-) these were the scraps i had to use :

And this is how the block turned out:

I should've reversed the colors so there was more brown and less pink but it's still a great scrap block. And it looks terrific next to block one:

Some time later this month I'll make some easy improv blocks with the remaining pink and brown scraps to go in two other scrappy WIP quilts.