Curve It Up Challenge

I have decided that I need a bit of a mental break. I still want to sew, I just don’t want to have to fuss with math and design and all the jazz that comes with designing patterns. So for the next little bit here I am going to work on the Curve It Up Challenge that Sew Kind of Wonderful is hosting right now.

I picked out some American Made Brand solids that I bought from my LQS this summer and whipped up the first block today.  It is a curved version of a Churn Dash block. It measure 16.5″ x 16.5″ and I was able to do it in less than an hour.

Curvy Churn Dash - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comSo be looking for more of these curvy blocks from me soon!

signaturePS. If I complete this, it will be my first successful QAL (that I didn’t run)!

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Email and Blocks

Have you ever just felt so behind you don’t know if you can dig out of the chasm that has been created. That is how I feel. The first 2.5 weeks of this deployment have been so difficult, much more so than I anticipated. Largely because Anne is so much older this time and it is taking a deeper emotional toll on her than the last two. Age really does matter.  I am dreadfully behind on email. I’m going to try and catch up this week. If I haven’t replied to a comment, please know I am reading all of them, I’m just not really finding the time to sit down and respond to each one.

As terrible as it sounds, while I am behind on email, I am not behind on sewing, mainly because when Anne is napping it is exceptionally therapeutic for me to sit behind my machine and sew my heart out.  It makes all the pain and exhaustion go away.

Here are my bee blocks from August for Do Good Stitches, I am happy to report they were even mailed on time!

Trust Circle - Do Good Stitches - August 2014 Blocks - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comHave a happy hump day everyone!

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A Lovely Year of Finishes – September Goal Party

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With my husband having deployed again, I pulled out a project I started during his last deployment. In fact I started it exactly two years ago, September 2012. The top is now sewn and it needs some borders. I want to do a solid border and then a scrappy border. My goal is to get the borders for this made. It is my design and most of the blocks were made by some pretty incredible friends, including the lovely Shanna.  This quilt will be for him when he gets home, though considering the time of year he will be getting home I’m not sure how much use he will get out of it at first.

Fireflies Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

What is your goal for September?

You have two requirements to be entered into the prizes this month.

1. Link-up {on this post} the first 7-days of the month

and

2. Link-up in the last 7-days of the month.
Add your blog post or flickr photo (with appropriate descriptions) to the linky party below.

Please grab a button or link back to Shanna and I so other people can join in the fun!

**Please note, the linky party is the same here and over at Shanna , so there is no need to enter twice **

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 Here is a list of our generous sponsors for September!!

1. 2. Honey, Bunny and Doll – 2 Patterns

Honey, Bunny, and Doll

3. Sew BitterSweet Designs  one pdf pattern

http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/

4. One pdf pattern from  Sew Sweetness

Sew Sweetness

5. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

 

6. 1 Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate to

Stitches n’ Giggles (winners choice)

7. $30.00 credit towards Long Arm Quilting Services
from by Orchid Owl Quilts

250

8. Thread Prize from Aurifil

9. Thimblepie’s Quilt Supplies - Custom fabric package, 4 yards (worth $20) plus free shipping

10. 11. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet

cloverandviolet

12. PDF Pattern from Katy – The Littlest Thistle

The Littlest Thistle - http://www.the-littlest-thistle.com/

13. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams

Project QUILTING

14. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

 Meadow Mist Designs Button

 



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Sew Kind of Wonderful Blog Hop

QCRbloghopbuttonI am sew excited! I have been asked to be part of the first ever Sew Kind of Wonderful Blog Hop. I had the privilege of meeting Jenny a few years ago at Sew Expo in Puyallup, WA. I bought her ruler and quickly fell in love!

Over the years I have done a few projects with Jenny’s ruler. My first project was her Urban 9 Patch that she had as a QAL on her blog. Check out these blocks I finished back in September of 2012 (yup, I’ve had a pretty long love affair with the Quick Curve Ruler):

Urban 9 Patch Blocks - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com Later that year I made a couple pinwheel blocks for a swap. I didn’t actually have a pattern to makes these two, which is why they aren’t exactly the same. This ruler is so simple, you can improvise your own blocks once you have Jenny’s techniques down.

Pinwheel Quick Curve Blocks - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comWhen Jenny asked me to participate in the blog hop, she generously sent me a copy of her and Helen’s new book, “Contemporary Curved Quilts” and a copy of her Metro Scope pattern – both are available for purchase on her website: www.sewkindofwonderful.com

After perusing the book I fell in love with the Crazy Eights Pillow.  It sewed up so quickly and was so much fun to quilt!  I finished this project during 3 nap times last week (I measure sewing time based on the naps that my daughter takes), so it definitely goes together fast, and sometimes we just need a quick finish!

Crazy Eights Pillow - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comIt will go perfectly with my Gray, Yellow and Aqua quilt that I have been working on for the last 2 years. Hopefully having a pillow done to match the quilt will encourage me to actually finish the quilt!

If you are at all interested in curves, I highly suggest trying out the quick curve ruler, you will find that Jenny and Helen have figured out how to completely demystify curves.

There is going to be a linky party on the Sew Kind of Wonderful blog on Friday 29 through 31 August – you can link up any quilt or block made using the Quick Curve Ruler. If you haven’t tried a QCR project yet, never fear, there’s a chance to win a ruler during the bloghop and have a go. You can find plenty of inspiration on the bloghop so please go and check out the other participants!

 

Monday 18 August http://quokkaquilts.com
Tuesday 19 August www.cluckclucksew.com
Wednesday 20 August www.fromthebluechair.com
Thursday 21 August liveacolorfullife.net
Friday 22 August www.happyquiltingmelissa.com
Monday 25 August www.greenfairyquiltsblog.com
Tuesday 26 August http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com
Wednesday 27 August www.pleasant-home.com
Thursday 28 August http://www.lucymade.wordpress.com
AND
http://msmidge.blogspot.com.au
Friday 29 August http://www.dontcallmebetsy.com

The bloghop is going to be followed by a ‘Curve it up’ Challenge Quilt-a-long on the Sew Kind of Wonderful blog starting in September, so join in the bloghop, get inspired and get ready to Curve It Up!

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Have you made anything using the Quick Curve Ruler?

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sew Kind of Wonderful. I received a free copy of Contemporary Curved Quilts and a free pattern as part of my participation in this blog hop. The opinions expressed are based on my own experiences.

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A Lovely Year of Finshes – August Finishes Party

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Well August is just starting to wrap up and I have to say, this month was another failure. If you have been following my blog this past week you will already know that my husband deployed. This has thrown my life out of whack and shifted my priorities.  Some progress was made on my goal, I purchased the fabrics, but I didn’t do anything else. I worked on lots of other things, including an awesome Halloween project for Anne.  I am setting a personal goal to have this one done before Halloween but I’m not beating myself up for letting it slip this month.

Elsa Dress Pattern - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

What was your goal? I hope you were more successful than I was!

You have two requirements to be entered into the prizes this month.

1. Link-up {on this post} the first 7-days of the month

and

2. Link-up in the last 7-days of the month.
Add your blog post or flickr photo (with appropriate descriptions) to the linky party below.

Please grab a button or link back to Shanna and I so other people can join in the fun!

**Please note, the linky party is the same here and over at Shanna , so there is no need to enter twice **

 ~~~

 Here is a list of our generous sponsors for August!!

1. PDF Pattern from Katy – The Littlest Thistle

The Littlest Thistle - http://www.the-littlest-thistle.com/

2. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams

Project QUILTING

3. $15 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

4. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

5. One pdf pattern from  Sew Sweetness

 Sew Sweetness

6. 1 Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate to

Stitches n’ Giggles (winners choice)

7. Thread Prize from Aurifil

8. 9. TWO winners each getting to choose one pdf pattern

from Sew BitterSweet Designs ($10 value)

 http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/

10. Thimblepie’s Quilt Supplies - Custom fabric package, 4 yards (worth $20) plus free shipping

11. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

 Meadow Mist Designs Button

12. 13. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet

 cloverandviolet

14. $30.00 credit towards Long Arm Quilting Services
from by Orchid Owl Quilts

250

 



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