Monday, March 27, 2017

My Week In Quilting

It was a busy week, but I managed to get my fair share of quilting in this week - that hasn't happened in awhile! My goal was to get all of my wavy flying geese sections - 15 in all - made. Yay, I actually got them done!
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I shared in my last post that I had designed my own paper piecing pattern for my wavy flying geese for the next row in our quilt guild's row quilt challenge.
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Well, after sewing the first three segments of this pattern, it dawned on me that I had drawn the pattern wrong. How many of you looked at that photo last week & said "Pffftt! That'll never work!" So it was back to the drawing board. I studied a pattern of flying geese made in a circle and realized that the sew line of the background pieces had to extend out to the edge of the pattern each time to make it sewable (if that makes sense). After a little time redrawing my pattern, scanning it into the computer, and creating a mirror image for the other half of the 'wave', I was back in business. I just need to sew the sections together into a 60" row before our April quilt guild meeting.
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The highlight of my week was a group of my quilty friends who call themselves the "Dine & Dash Quilters" got together to present the friendship quilt we made for one of our friends. (I don't know why I didn't take any photos of the quilt): It's always fun to get together over good food & visit & share our latest quilting projects. I'm in charge of the next friendship quilt, so I made a block to show what the next one will look like. This quilt will be different than anything the group has done before. The pattern is called "Saw-tooth Stars & Signatures" and features a quilt label in the center of the stars for signing. This week a few of us will get together to make block kits in preparation for our next sew day.
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I received some happy mail this week - the second of my Instagram giveaway winnings. This one is from Summer @summer_stitcher & it is awesome! It's a complete kit to make Thimble Blossoms "Swoon Sixteen" quilt top featuring Bonnie & Camille fabric! I've had this one on my bucket list and I can't wait to get started (but I have several WIPs on the list to finish first.) Thank you so much Summer!!!
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And I hit a milestone on Instagram - 1000 followers! So I hosted my own little giveaway that Mary Ann of Little House On The Dairy won. The giveaway was for 10 fat quarters of Quilting Treasures Ombre Dots, a set of Lori Holt's (Bee In My Bonnet) Cut. Press. Sew. Quilt. magnets, and a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop. Congrats Mary Ann!
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I'm looking forward to another week of some quilty fun, how about you?