Thursday, 18 April 2013

Progress on the Bloom Bloom Pow Quilt Along and a finished Honey Cowl

I have been working hard on my Bloom Bloom Pow Quilt Along quilt in order to keep up with the group. I do not want to fall behind. This weeks instructions were easy to complete in a few hours today. Here is this afternoon's work.
Many, many triangles cut and ready to sew.

Last week's strip piecing took quite a bit longer and there were times when I didn't think I was going to make it. It seemed to take forever and was very tedious. But I made it through!
I am also working on a Father's Day quilt but I have no photos yet. And yesterday morning I started and finished my design for the "Briar Rose Quilt Design Contest". I got it done while my little girl was at playschool. I will post a photo once voting opens in the contest. I am quite happy with how it turned out. It was my first time using the quilt design software at Threadbias and I am sure I will sign up for a subscription and start using it very soon. It was quite an enjoyable experience.

My daughter and I went for a bike ride yesterday.We had to wear our winter coats as it is still quite chilly around here. The temperature is above zero degrees but the wind makes it feel like it is below zero. I also wore my new Honey Cowl. I ran into a bit of trouble and wasn't sure how to get out of it so I bound off and I have a shorter cowl but I learned the pattern which was my main goal. I am now awaiting some Madelinetosh yarn that I ordered from Etsy and will begin again on the "for real" project.

I hope it warms up soon. This is the coldest spring ever I think! Thanks for stopping by. :)

Friday, 12 April 2013

Work In Progress

I finished one block of my "Fireworks" quilt. It is a Thimble Blossoms pattern. It's taken me all week. My husband is working a lot so productivity is suffering in the crafting department. But productivity is way up in the mothering department. ;)
Here it is. The first block. The centre square and four corners are supposed to be of a different fabric but I messed that up. (This is what comes of quilting after you finally get the kids to bed and you're tired but you really want to accomplish something.) I was going to tear out seams but then I looked at the other fabrics I'm using and decided to leave it as is. I think this looks better than having another one of my fabrics in the same block. So, that's one down, 15 more to go. It's going to be a while before I have a finish to show on this one.

Work continues on my "Bloom Bloom Pow" quilt along project. If you want to get in on this one there is a link on the right hand side of my blog. Here are all my strips cut and organised. Now I can start piecing.
But first I need to get my little girl to playschool, pick up a prescription for my son and buy some groceries. Maybe I'll get to the sewing machine this afternoon?

Thursday, 4 April 2013

A Spring Dress and Earrings

Well, Spring Break is over. My husband was home for the whole break so he was playing with our kids a lot and I got a lot of crafting and sewing done. It was lovely. I made this little dress for my daughter.
This is the "Ice Cream Dress" by Oliver + S. You can buy the pattern at their website. Here is a shot of the back of the dress.
I've had the butterfly fabric for years. It was just waiting for the perfect project I guess. I am going to make another one with cupcake fabric and cherry red accent fabric.

I also made these adorable bird's nest earrings for my Mom for Easter. I learned how to make them at this wonderful blog. My Mom loved them!
So here's hoping the sun keeps shining today and the snow keeps melting. I see the Magpies are busy building a nest in a tree near our house so baby birds must be coming soon.