It's been a year since I published my first post - so I think it's time to host my first giveaway :) Keep reading to find out how to enter...
It's been a long summer filled with family adventures - we just finished a six week, 10 000km road trip to the Rockies - so my current sewing project is less about sewing and more about unsewing!
This quilt was given to my by a cousin who wants me to fix it, so I packed my embroidery scissors and a seam ripper to get a start on the deconstruction. It took a while to get into the groove of unsewing...usually that's the part I rather hate about quilting because it's proof I made a mistake - but this was quite different.
I didn't make a mistake, I was fixing something. A small tweak to the point of view and suddenly unsewing became relaxing!
I was surprised at how quickly this project came apart. I've spent about an hour per block pulling out the applique and quilting stitches on each of the 16 inch squares.
I haven't pulled out the quilting on the sashing yet - I'll tackle that next :)
As I removed the dresden blades, I sorted the tattered scraps from the less worn yellow pointed fabric. I intend to reuse the yellow on the new dresden design. The other scraps of fabric and thread will be added to my next stuffed cushion project!
While on vacation, I received two important emails. The first was from a customer who wants a memory quilt made from old clothes. This has a short deadline, so this is a quick shot of where I was yesterday.
The second email asked if I would be interested in a design challenge - of course I would! There are about 60 people participating in a block design hop the first week of September, so check us out!
With all this great news, I have to share the joy I have two patterns to pass along to One Lucky Winner. House Rules by Raggedy Stitches is a happy blend of patchwork, applique and embroidery to make this folksy wall hanging. Sunset Silhousette by Sunset Silhouette Designs has a majestic elk appliqued over a strip-pieced background. :) There are two entries for you to win, so good luck :D
Sometimes I need a deadline to keep me motivated to complete a quilt. What better motivation than participating in a bloghop?
While the snow and cold temperatures keep you inside, why not work on projects for this year's fair? The full listing is available to download now!
This month's block used paper piecing technique, one that all three of us were familiar with and happy to assemble!
My favourite customer, Ashley asked me to make a quilt from her daughter's baby clothes. I have previously made her quilts for her sisiter-in-law, her boys and she won a school quilt!
August's quilting technique was English Paper Piecing (EPP), a method I was skeptical to try at first.