Sunday, March 22, 2015

The End

Last week there were piles of snow everywhere!  This week they are gone!

The End.  Those words bring such different reactions at different times.  Satisfaction.  Sadness.  Relief. Joy. Anticipation.  Hope.  This week was full of "The End" for me.  And this time those words brought satisfaction, relief, and anticipation.  Satisfaction with the completion of several projects.  Relief that winter was over (calendar says so, and our snow melted this week!).  Anticipation of new projects, warmer days, and wondering what life will bring this spring and summer.

This week was the last challenge for persimondreams Project Quilting Season 6 - Isn't it Charming.  The challenge was to use 5" charm squares for our project.   I had this cute animal fabric and a pack of Moda dot charm pack.  I chose to make this 26"x 31" carseat blanket for our local baby pantry.  First I fussy cut the animal fabric into 5" squares and then used the dot charm pack to make squares in a square.  "The End" of this season brings the anticipation of what Kim is going to come up with for off season challenges!

As I was working on this baby blanket, I began to notice the buds emerging on the tree outside the window!  So excited for the end of winter and the beginning of spring!

I got a call from my long armer, and was excited to hear that this quilt was finished.  On Wednesday I sat all cozy under it and finished the binding while watching Survivor.  Counting my Project Quilting challenge quilt, I actually bound 3 quilts this week!  That brought great satisfaction!

Last, but not least, I finished the March challenge for the 2015 Free Motion Quilting challenge hosted by quiltshopgal .  This month's challenge was inspired by the teaching of Patsy Thompson.  I chose to use Option #1 and practiced, practiced, practiced Patsy's boarder method.  I love how my pillow turned out! This ending brought great satisfaction, but also anticipation of what April's challenge will bring.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Project Quilting, Challenge 5 - My Favorite Fabric

This week Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams challenged us to actually use one of our favorite fabrics.  How many times have I bought a fabric and then thought it was to beautiful to actually cut up and use!  Such a waste, really.

Blank Quilting "Audrey - tan"
Tomorrow one of my best friends will be celebrating her birthday.  I thought this was the perfect challenge to create something for her.  By making a messenger bag, I used the fabric without cutting it into tiny pieces.  I am happy with the way it turned out, and hope she will enjoy it as much as I do.

After looking at many different patterns and tutorials on Pinterest, I settled on the bag from crazylittleprojects.  Her tutorial was well done and easy to follow, along with a short YouTube video.