Feb 26, 2014

Cheery Mellow: Block 1

Something tells me that my blogging resolution of posting 4 times a month is not going very well...

I decided to work on two quilting projects and a good friend asked me to make a baby quilt, because she'll be a grandma in June!! 

On another note, I finished reading "The Prayer Box" Tyndale sent about three weeks ago and the review is almost done.  

But coming back to this post, do you remember the fabric I ordered? They are part of a really upbeat collection called "Mellow Yellow."  I am planning on completing a sample quilt this year and I'll be using this fabric as main accent.  I'll borrow a bit for the name of the quilt, and I've decided it will be called Cheery Mellow!!  

I started experimenting with an 8-fabric kite block, but I guess the bias cuts won this battle... I'm on the lookout for other patterns or even a paper-pieced block to give it a second try. This baby will eventually have a home in the back of the quilt.  Because this will be a sampler, I think it won't look too bad on the back, because of the mismatched points, and it will reminisce of the fabrics in the top.  Also, I'was not completely sure I wanted that shade of gray and the marbled fabric in other blocks...

While I find an alternate pattern, I decided to go ahead and work on a Drunkard's Path Chain block.  I know that there are a hundred different ways of building these units, but there is a certain appeal that all these little guys with a bunch of pins have... It reminds me of traditional quilts, and all the time lovingly spent in putting them together.

And as I mentioned in my previous Drunkard's Path blog post, I use Marti Mitchel's templates. I really like making Drunkard's Path units, the templates are sturdy and I figured they would be a good investment that would last a long time.

A Drunkard's chain looms in the horizon...  I just can't get enough of having two pieces of fabric that go different directions and end up matching so nicely.

I'll try to keep up with my blogging resolution, but won't make promises I can't keep, haha...  

Stay blessed!

Feb 8, 2014

On the first week of February...

...I wish I had more time to be crafty and somehow put into practice all the ideas fluttering around in my head.

There are several projects I'm working on right now; for some reason, I still think I can accomplish more by working on more than one thing at a time, but I may have to start listening to those studies that have demonstrated that multitasking is not as effective as we think it is - you never get enough time for one task, so quality diminishes...  Hopefully, never in the crafty world in the Hill!!  :)

Something curious is that I came across this fun and bright fabric for Red Rooster, and I actually got it!

This would be my first yellow-focused fabric purchase, and I'm wanting to turn it into a sampler quilt, not only to practice different quilting techniques, but to showcase the fabric and -you may guess it- to have scraps left so that I can eventually experiment with those.

I continually browse the internet for sales, and found some of the prints of this particular collection at a really good price, so I decided I'll treat myself for the 14th in yellow... (ha! excuses...).

Just one idea for combining my Mellow Yellow with fabrics I already have...
Also, I received another book from Tyndale for review.  This one is called "The Prayer Box." I will be posting a review about it soon; with the quality of fiction stories Tyndale has been publishing lately, I'm confident this book won't be a disappointment.

And in between the full-time work (for which I'm deeply thankful) and all the scraps, the stack of pieced hexies is still growing at a very slow, but steady pace.  I don't have any more pictures about those because I took one of grandma's sewing boxes to the office, with a bunch of scraps, a pin, a needle, thread and hexies to work on during lunch break.  

And going to the office, one friend will be a grandma in about 5 months, so I'm putting a quilt together for her!!  She already chose the fabric, so I'm just waiting for it to get home.

And just in case all of this was not enough, I found this super tempting 6-print fat quarter sale, but it has a string attached - a quilting challenge!!  And this has a deadline for mid-March!!!  

Phew! With all of those exciting things going on, I hope they all get finished one day!!

In the meantime, I pray that you stay blessed and warm!  :)