Wednesday, February 22, 2023

February One Monthly Goal Finish

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Don't panic - this link-up is open until February 28 at 11:55 pm ET.

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My goal was to make some gifts for friends I'll see at QuiltCon. Since I want these to be a surprise, only sharing a sneak peak here. 

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Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, February 20, 2023

My QuiltCon Sewing Bag

While I have plenty (and I mean plenty!) of zip bags, I decided I needed a new one for my QuiltCon sewing kit. Inspiration for the bag came from several places including the Sew Together Bag (see my version)  and the Zip-Up Tray Pouch (see my version). (I do not know why I took the photo at this angle but I'm going with it!)

This was very much a design and modify and I went kind of project. I sized it too big at first and then trimmed it down. I used scraps from my Loves Me, Loves Me Not quilt putting all the odd bits to good use.

I'm signed up for one class on Friday morning - Jogakbo with Ssamsol Technique with Youngmin Lee. I am bringing along a selection of quilting cotton and some threads and am really looking forward to learning a new handwork technique.

Atlanta here I come! Will you be there?

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Both Halves of a Mobius

Isn't this amazing?!

I love a good foundation paper piecing project and am a major fan of Audrey @cottonandburbon. She has several patterns available and this one - the Mobius Radial pattern - is my favorite.

The pattern instructions are very clear - complex but clear. I spread the construction out over several days and used lots of pins during the assembly process.

Before removing the foundation paper, it was important to mark where the registration marks were so the pieces would align correctly during assembly. I used a basting pin instead of a straight pin or a marking pen and it worked out great.

I left the basting pins in and just added many, many straight pins around them, only removing them right before I was going to sew that area. That way, if I needed to reset, my marks were still there.

The final step is to inset the mobius into a large circle. My piece still needs a good pressing to flatten out some 'bumpy bits' but overall I was really impressed on how the registration marks made the inset process go well.

A friend shared a rainbow version in our last guild meeting - it was gorgeous and may just tempt me to make another! 

Now onto the quilting!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Embroidery Finishing Ideas Wanted

I'm about to be a great-aunt for the second time when my nephew and his wife have their second child this spring. She is a beginner quilting - the only other quilter in the family. 

When my niece-in-law was a newborn, her great-aunt made a sweet embroidery for her mom to hang up in her room. Sadly, that never happened so they asked if I would give it a try and turn it into a quilted wall-hanging.

The workmanship is really nice. The back is as neat as the front! The embroidered image is 30" tall and 22" wide and there is enough fabric around the image to support a 2" border which yields a finished size of 34" x 26". I intend to put a hanging sleeve on the back and they want a black border.

But, now how to quilt?

I'm not confident enough in my FMQ ability so I'm thinking a walking foot grid. My other thought is some hand quilting / tacking to just hold the layers together.

I'd love your ideas on how to tackle this project!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, February 6, 2023

Half a Mobius

I love a good foundation paper piecing project. When Audrey @cottonandburbon released her latest pattern, she put all her patterns on sale so I bought a copy of Mobius Radial pattern - see a version of the finished wall hanging.

My background fabric will be the blue - Paintbrush Studios Colonial Blue - with white as the accent. The pattern is assembled by taping lots of paper together but I was able to sew through the tape just fine. Removal of the papers should be easy (although tedious!) because they are just strips.

Now off to make the second half which swaps the location of the blues and white.  After that, assembly which will involve an inset circle and partial seams - quite the adventure awaits!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

February One Monthly Goal

Happy February!

New to One Monthly Goal?  Welcome!  To join, share a photo of your project plus, some words about what you want to accomplish in a blog post or  and add that photo to the link-up.  Return at the end of the month and share your results.  (Results link-up opens for the last 7 days of the month.)

I'm pleased to announce that I'm sharing hosting duties with Anne-Marie from Stories From the Sewing Room.  Anne-Marie has been linking up to OMG for quite some time and is thrilled to co-host OMG. You can link up at either of our blogs and your OMG project will show up in the same link party!  

My goal for February is to make some little quilting gifts for friends I'll see at QuiltCon!  Since I want these to be a surprise, here is a random photo of scraps that may or may not be part of the project. (wink)

Now it is your turn to link up - what is your goal for this month?   The One Monthly Goal accomplishment linkup will be available on February 22.  Make sure you add a link to this OMG post so others can find the OMG link-up from your blog.  Let's make that easy -  just paste this into your post:  

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Have a wonderful day! Patty