April Finishes Party – A Lovely Year of Finishes

ALYoF2014April has just flown by for me. It feels like it came in like a tornado. I have been pretty productive, a couple finishes and a couple near finishes. My goal is one of those near finishes. I will likely be waiting until the very last minute to finish because I am hoping that my swap partner will comment on a picture on Flickr. No luck yet, but I remain hopeful, if she doesn’t comment soon, I will use my best judgment and move forward!

Hexie Wall Hanging Progress - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comSince this picture was taken, I have finished the quilting and trimmed it up. All that’s left is to pick a binding and make the label.  Where do you stand? Did you finish?

Remember there are only two requirements to be entered into the prizes this month.

1. Link-up the first 7-days of the month

and

2. Link-up {on this post} 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’s what we have for April prizes:

1. Thread Prize from Aurifil

2. Quilting Patterns designed by Quilting Lodge

3. $15.00 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop

4, 5. TWO winners each getting to choose one pdf pattern

from Sew BitterSweet Designs ($10 value)

 http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/

 6. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams

 

Project QUILTING Season 5

 7. Sew Sweetness – 1 pdf Pattern

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


9. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

 

 10. 1 Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate to

11. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

Meadow Mist Designs Button

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As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask Shanna or myself!



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Wordless Wednesday – Caption It!

I was gone last week, sorry about that. Did you miss me?

Last night I was on Instagram, as I often am, and I saw that people were posting pictures of their Olfa cutters to celebrate Olfa’s 35th Anniversary. I went ahead and posted a picture. Then I began to think about just how many cutters I have that aren’t Olfa. I took a picture of my entire collection today and it is entirely possible that I have a bit of a Rotary Cutter Problem. I need to go to RCP Anonymous!

Rotary Cutter Collection - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI am hoping I’m not the only one with this problem! Caption it!

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An Easter Surprise for Anne

Last Monday I told Anne that we were going to go on a long car ride and pick something up the next day. On Tuesday afternoon I got her into the car, brought our tablet along with us for entertainment purposes and headed out for a 50 mile trek in rush hour traffic to pick up her “package”.  We got to the airport with about 15 minutes to spare before the “package’s” plane landed.  Anne saw the luggage carousels and assumed immediately her package was a bag of some sort, imagine her surprise when she saw my mom.

Nevermind…you don’t have to imagine it! I will just show you the look on her face!

Greeting Nana - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comHer surprise was her Nana! Best look of joy ever!  We spent the week running wild! We went to the Seattle Pacific Science Center, we went out for her very first grown up tea, and we drove out to Bremerton to visit family.  On Easter Sunday, she got all dolled up in the dress I made her and we had a wonderful dinner at home with my cousins and mom visiting. It was absolutely lovely!

Anne's Easter Dress - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThe dress turned out so different than I intended. I bought the wrong sized pattern (3 sizes too big) so I had to change the bodice sizing. Then I decided I didn’t like the collar so I removed that from the pattern all together. I also decided I didn’t like the skirt or the way that was assembled and I changed that too. I guess you could say I have finally become comfortable enough with clothes to do my own thing! WOOHOO!

Here is a shot of Anne with the Easter Bunny. She LOVES the Easter bunny and so do I because I get a nice picture of her once a year without her screaming bloody murder like she does with Santa!

2014 Easter Bunny - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!!!

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Week 17 Sewing Goals

Wow! Where did last week go?!? My mom was here and blogging just slipped right off my plate! Tomorrow I will be showing off the pictures of Anne finding out that the “package” we were picking up at the airport was her Nana and not a piece of luggage.  I will also show her in her finished Easter dress and some Easter bunny pictures. Gotta love little ones and their excitement for all things Easter.

My goal this week is to finish my Modern Metallics Challenge piece. Thanks to the power of Instagram, Katy from The Littlest Thistle gave me some incredible help (more later) and I was able to figure out how I want to quilt my piece. I have until May 2nd to get this puppy 100% done so it is time to shake my tail!

Modern Metallics Challenge -http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comHave a great week everyone!!!

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April Feature – A Lovely Year of Finishes

ALYoF2014April Showers Bring May Flowers and the middle of April bring us our next feature!  Today we have Mary, also known as Fairly Merry, with us.

Blog name: Fairly Merry, Mary Merrily Quilting Away

Blog address:  www.fairlymerry.blogspot.com

Name you’re known by throughout quilting world: Fairly Merry – IG, Flickr

What’s your ALYoF goal this month.

To finish my Messenger bag! Done and you can read about the finish here!

How do you approach your sewing goals?  

I will look at photos of similar projects on Flickr and blogs, IG photos, and see how other sewists have approached a project.  What color combinations did others use? Will those work in my project?  I like to go off of photos rather than directions, I tend to skip over directions, which has caused a problem now and then.  Sometimes I dive right in, like my recent messenger bag – no pattern!  Yikes!

How do you organize/prioritize your projects?

I TRY so hard to be on time, not my best feature, but I will always get things done.  I’ve been working on several nurseries for friends, and the due dates of the babes have tended to be the dead line for those projects.  I have commissioned projects which I’m trying to keep high on the priority list.  Sadly, I have found that very little sewing time was being devoted to me, and this year I am changing that! I am working on a few ‘me’ items regardless of other deadlines.

For organizing and keeping project fabric together, I have a selection of baskets, bins, and ziplock bags.  I like to keep the fabric with the project until it is completed.  I’ve had projects sit mor months, and then suddenly I want to use the fabric in something else, and there is a flurry of activity as I finish the first project to see how much fabric is leftover!

Baskets for Organizing Projects

Project Storage from Fairly MerryScrap Storage

Scrap Storage from Fairly Merry

What is your current favorite project that you are working on? Will you share pictures with us?

With the messenger bag finish, my next favorite project is the Feathers quilt, pattern by Alison Glass.  These are both projects for me!

Fairly Merry Messenger Bag

My all time favorite to make for gifts is the Divided Basket, pattern by Noodlehead.  Adore this basket as a nursery gift, Easter basket, bathroom basket, it is fun to make & chose different color combinations.

What is your dream project to work on?

I have two quilts I would love to make 1 is using the steam punk templates and the other is the Marcelle Medallion in the Liberty Love book.  Both of these are in my thinking process, but I have purchased the books, patterns or templates needed.  One day……

What is your favorite time of day to sew?  Late night, little or no interruptions!

And here is her favorite quilting companion – Brandy

Brandy - Fairly Merry's Sewing Companion

What is your favorite quilting/sewing accessory?

I would have to say my Bernina 750 – it is a dream machine.  I don’t think there is a project I can’t tackle using this machine! I’m still finding new stitches and playing with new presser feet.

 What is your number one quilting/sewing goal for 2014?

My first goal was to bring down my number of obligation sewing projects (not that I don’t adore sewing for others!) and bring up the number of projects for myself.  I am beginning to focus more on commissioned projects and selling.  I have an Etsy shop, and I would like to begin listing items, so far I’ve sold via Instagram and to people who know me.  Selling & orders should help me bring down my stash as I make a bit of funding for more stash.  It’s a viscous merry go and I’m gladly stuck riding.

Thank you so much Mary for being our April Feature! It has been wonderful learning more about you!

Shanna and I hope that all of your goals are coming along and that you are getting closer to a finish every day!!!

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