Catching up on my Civil Roosting Round Robin blocks

>> Monday, January 15, 2018

With the holiday season over, my quilt guild's first meeting of the new year is quickly approaching. Time for me to catch up on some projects that will be due!

First up, my Roosting Round Robin that I'm doing two of - this one is my civil war fabrics one.
I did an initial post on the fabrics and my first block here.

This time I had two blocks to do.

The first round after the starting block was to use triangles.
I decided to try one of the blocks in the latest Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine.

Here's the block:

quiltmakers 100 blocks block 1565 marilyn foreman quilt moments

This block is named, "Flying 'Round" by Marilyn Foreman of {block 1565 of Quiltmaker's 100 blocks vol.16.)

qm 100 blocks vol 16 flying round by marilyn foreman

I used my blue background quilt and one of the white prints to make the spinning pinwheel stand out. I liked this block because it let me make good use of my 2 1/2" strips.

Block 2 needed to be a log cabin. Again I wanted to use my 2 1/2" strips effectively and use lots of them!

log cabin traditional block 2 1/2" strips

I simply started with a red 2 1/2" square and added to it with 2 1/2" strips. I stopped when it measured 12 1/2" - can't get much simpler than that!

Then I spent a little time playing with setting ideas. As a member of the planning committee I know what the next rounds will be (shhhh!) I think setting everything on point will work out nicely!

on point setting sashing between 12 inch blocks

Next up, to work on the modern mystery!

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Planning for Play time! Quilting Goals for January 2018

>> Saturday, January 13, 2018

 How are you doing with your quilting goals for the year? I *think* I'm finally catching on to this planning thing! Actually, I think I'm finally reaping the rewards of all the planning I've done in the past.

You've heard the 'work smarter, not harder' motto I'm sure, but I'm realizing it fits my needs when it comes to realistic planning for what I can get done in my quilting time. I have small, doable monthly goals. Not one loooooong list of wishful thinking, but little bits I can focus on a month at at time.

The results?
I am well on my way to reaching my January goals!
These include:

  • catching up on two guild mystery quilts - 1 done

  • completing two block lottery blocks for my guild - done
2 - 14" bear paw blocks
  • designing, writing pattern for a block - sent one off to a magazine, still 1 to do
  • quiltiing my Jolly Christmas quilt - started!
quilting jolly christmas quilt pfaff sewing machine

  • prepping for next month's quilt guild mystery (my turn to present) - 1 done
MORE than being well on my way to reaching my goals, I have confidence that I have planned for my own success. Finishes make me feel happy and spur me on to keep finishing! How about you? :)
AND, as I finish ahead of the end of the month - I will have time to play!

Now. This is not my first attempt at planning. I've done a lot of the heavy lifting, so to speak, in past years. The biggest pitfall to feeling joyful and reaping the reward of finished quilts is WORKS IN PROGRESS. The ever present WIPs. I'll be honest. My plan this year doesn't include quilting many of my completed tops. They might get done in my 'play time', but I'm really focused on getting a few key quilts done this year, either to put in a quilt show or to gift on time.

I'm not committed to any Blocks of the Months this year. Yet. I get tempted on a weekly, if not daily basis, but again, focus. I want some finishes! I want to create my own quilts. I want to walk my own path, at least some of the time:)

To get my Works in Progress under control I started working on it almost 5 years ago. Thanks to Pat Sloan and her challenge I purged, organized and then last year I got a lot of quilt tops completed. I still want to go through my projects again this year, but for right now I'm moving forward with my current quilts.

You can seek out group support to deal with your UFOs -seriously! All People Quilt does a UFO challenge where you number 12 projects to work on over the year and then they announce a number to work on each month. This can work great for you if your UFOs don't have deadlines.

There is also a lively support group of users of the Quilter's Planner that post a lot on instagram. {Quilter's Planner on Instagram}Public accountability might help you focus on your goals. Then again, looking at all the social media posts might help you find more projects to work on too!

And then there's the guilt and overwhelm. It happens. It happens a lot when you're focussing on what you haven't finished, what you want to start, the time you have, the money you have, the stash you have (or don't). Hey. This is supposed to be fun! Therapeutic. Healing. Enjoyable.

Make it Sew. 

You'll succeed at what you want to succeed at. Give yourself permission to be you - whatever that looks like for you this year. Maybe you need to try something new to get out of a rut or get lost in learning something new. Or maybe you need to soak up some inspiration and just look. Or you might need to keep your head down in your own work, walk your own path and stop once in a while to see where you've been and acknowledge how far you've come.

Welcome to 2018. Your year is waiting for you!

With Joy,

Sarah V.


A Quilt for Christmas, eh!

>> Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy Holidays! I'm still on break and looking forward to a few more days of quilting and organizing my quilting space.

For Christmas this year I finished a quilt to gift to my brother - finally!

tula pink fabric christmas quilt made of churndashes

As soon as I saw this fabric line, Holiday Homies by Tula Pink, I knew I had to make a quilt with it for my brother. 

I used my Churn, Baby, Churn baby quilt pattern and a half yard bundle of fabric. Well, I didn't use all of the fabric - that was part of the plan! I have some left for me to make some more projects with :)

churn dash quilt pattern by sewjoycreations

I love using this pattern with a whole line of fabrics! 

I finished the quilt by binding it in all of the green fabrics in the line and used an 'army green' flannel for the back (my brother's in the military.) I used the same shade of green Aurifil thread for the quilting. The only photo of the back I have is process shot over on my Instagram feed. Check it out over there if you'd like. (I need to get better at taking photos with my real camera again!)

Holiday Homies fabric in Churn Baby Churn quilt by sewjoycreations

This quilt was fun to make! I have plans to make at least one more Churn Baby Churn quilt this year, this time using ONE fabric for all of the churn dashes. Okay, maybe two!

Wishing you a healthy, happy, and quilty 2018!

Sarah V.


Quiltville Mystery - My First!

>> Monday, December 11, 2017

I'm pretty excited to be making time in my hectic holiday schedule to squeeze in a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt!

aquas browns and corals for quiltville mystery

Believe it or not, these are the only fabrics I had to buy for the mystery. I got the rest from my stash. If you follow me on Instagram you can see a photo of my stash fabrics that I pulled. I bought all of these online and only that one very dark brown one will be stepping aside because it really is too busy to read 'brown'.

nine patches scrappy blocks bonnie hunter mystery

This is my progress so far on clue #1. I finished cutting all of my pieces and organizing them to sew on every night this week. In between quilting a quilt to give as a Christmas gift. ahem.

Bonnie has posted clue #3 and I needed to catch up with my cutting and piecing so last night I did a trial sew of some fabrics for clue #2.

corals and neutrals fabric pull for quiltville mystery

Clue #2 is all flying geese! I rarely use coral in quilts and was happy to have an excuse to use up some of the fabrics that have made their way into my stash.

quiltville mystery coral and neutral fabrics

 I'm also using up some of my neutrals which is very hard for me to do. It's a challenge for me to even buy neutrals! Once I find one I like I find it hard to use; so far, sew good:) Clue #3 will also be using the corals and neutrals. I have more of these fabrics but these are the ones I will start with for these two clues. I'm a bit reluctant to cut into all of my different ones for one clue and not have anything different to use for later clues.

Do you like quilt mysteries? I'm going to link up over at Quiltville so I can see some of the other fabric combinations quilters are using for this mystery. I might even see some coral fabrics that I like:)

Quiltville Mystery Monday link up clue 3

Wishing you a joyful week,

Sarah V.


Mug Rugs are for Gifting

>> Sunday, November 26, 2017

The season of gifting is upon us! I hope all my American readers enjoyed the Thanksgiving weekend. I know some of us have been hitting the Black Friday sales too - remember tomorrow is Cyber Monday and I do have a few downloadable patterns out there in the  cyber shop;)

fussy cut mug rugs

Last week was my first holiday gifting opportunity this year at my Quilt Guild's Christmas dinner. The lemon meringue pie was amazing! And so were the mug rugs! Everyone made two and wrapped them up to swap. I made two using last year's Cotton and Steel Christmas fabric, fussy cutting these cute glasses that remind me of my Aunt.

fussy cut glass from cotton and steel fabric

I added a thin pink border between the prints and simply quilted around the glass to make it a little puffy.

front and back selvage mugrug

I wanted to make them reversible and decided to use a rainbow of selvages! I liked these almost too much to giveaway - a good clue that they will be well received :)

handmade gift bag

Then I had fun decorating the gift bag; you guessed it, more selvages!

selvage tree handmade gift bag

I used a glue stick to adhere the selvages then tied the bag with another selvage. I have a few more little bags like this that just might get the selvage treatment too.

With Joy,

Sarah V.

p.s. you can find my selvage patterns and more at Craftsy - click here to see!

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