Sunday, January 29, 2017
Winter Blues - January Update
I know a lot of you have had the winter blues this year with lots of snow. My heart goes out to you living in the northwest who seem to not be getting a break from the snow. Fortunately (don't say it!) we have been very lucky here in the northeast with very little snow thus far.
But what I mean by Winter Blues here are some of the projects I have been working on the past month. I seem to be working with a lot of blue.. must be the season. I hope to get the binding on this tabletopper I made for my coffee table. This is from a pattern by Primitive Gatherings.
It will go well with my snowman pillows which I made two years ago. These are my own design.
I used my favorite method for HST (half square triangles) - the Star Singles hst paper by Spinning Star. I can make 8 HSTs with each paper and they come out very accurate. Easy peasey!
Unfortunately this 28" x 28" table topper did not go together as 'easy peasy' as it should have. Can you see the problem here? Well, I didn't see it until I had it all pieced together... obviously not paying attention! My husband said that it still looked like a snowflake (he's so sweet), but I knew if I didn't fix it, it would always bother me. I know you understand. :-)
That error resulted in some of this....
Once I got it sewn together correctly, I free motion quilted swirls in the blue patch area and machine stitched 1/4" in the white areas.
I also have been working on some blue and white applique. These are the first two blocks of the 1857 Album Quilt by Sentimental Stitches. I have been seeing these blocks posted to Instagram and finally (caved ) joined in. I can't say I am going to make all 80+ blocks, but these first two have been fun. I have wanted to make a blue and white quilt for awhile. This seemed to fit the bill.. we'll see how it goes.
Sentimental Stitches post the patterns (3-4 a month) on their blog and you can also purchase previous month's blocks on their online store.
That is my January update. Where did the first month of the year go??
Oh... I have one more January update to show.
If you follow me on Instragram you have already seen this, but I can't help sharing again because I am such a proud aunt. The top photo is of my nephew, Chris, who worked in the Whitehouse for the Obama administration. About 2 weeks before the end of his term, appointees were invited to have photos taken with the president. So cool!
The bottom photo includes my brother, sister-in-law, my niece Brigit (far right), my nephew Sean (far left) and Chris's girlfriend.
I am linking up at Kathy's Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching since that is what I plan to do the rest of the day!