Friday, February 12, 2016

Stash Bee February Block

This month in the Stash Bee, my friend Heather is Queen Bee for my hive. She requested scrappy trip around the world blocks with navy and mustard as the center colors.

Now, for some reason, I really struggled with this block and basically threw a half completed block into the "project abyss" because it wasn't cut straight. My second try turned out just about perfect so I'm not sure what happened the first time around.

Here's my block:


After making this one successfully, I can definitely see why people love these blocks for scrap and strip busting!

I am waiting on one more pineapple to arrive to me and then I will show you all of my fruits!

Happy  Friday!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Oh Fudge Tutorial and Giveaway!

Today I am sharing a "sweet" tutorial over at the Benartex blog Sew in Love with Fabric as a part of their Oh Fudge hop to celebrate Valentine's Day.


This table runner is made with fabric from the Oh Fudge 10 x 10 inch stacker and you can win your own Oh Fudge stacker for yourself! *Pink solid not included*



Want to enter to win?

1. Leave me a comment with what you would want your sweetie to bring you on Valentine's Day.

2. Followers via any platform get a second entry -- lots of following options on the right sidebar! Just tell me how you follow!

I will announce the winner on Monday!

Pop over to Sew in Love with Fabric to check out  the tutorial!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Chocolate Blocks

This weekend I made a big dent in my "chocolate covered strawberry" blocks for this month's Rainbow Scrap challenge.

Here are the first two from last week:


Here are the ones I finished this weekend:


Top row: #14 - Butterfly at the Crossroads, #15 - Buzzard's Roost, #16 Calico Puzzle
Bottom Row: #17 - Cats and Mice, #18 - Century of Progress, #19 - Checkerboard

Of the six I finished this weekend, the top three were traditionally pieced and the bottom three were paper pieced. All of these have a touch of pink and I am happy with the dent I have made in my brown scraps! I don't think I'll be able to cut my brown scraps by half like I did with my blues last month, but any scrap busting is progress to me!

Here are all eight:


I think my favorite block out of these eight is the checkerboard block because I was able to use eight different small brown scraps in the squares. Which is your favorite thus far?

I am working from home today because we are getting MORE snow. This makes me more and more excited for the trip we just booked to Arizona in March! Anyone else getting hit by more snow this week?

Sharing at Sew Cute Tuesday, Linky Tuesday, and Fabric Tuesday,

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Chocolate Covered Strawberries {RSC February 2016}

This month in the 2016 Rainbow Scrap Challenge our color is brown with pink accents -- that is perfect for February and Valentine's Day! It makes me think about chocolate covered strawberries!

Here's my brown scrap stash:


This is actually more than I thought I had, so hopefully I will make a big dent in this! Here are my fabrics sorted into light, medium, and dark with my pink accent pile pulled too.


This month I'm making blocks 12-22 of the 1920s Farmer's Wife blocks. Unlike January where I only paper pieced one of the blocks, since a good chunk of these have odd angles or are set on point, I plan to paper piece the majority of these blocks this month.

I think adding the pink in keeps the brown from being too drab, and I am planning to use more pink this month as an accent than I did last month with the purple accents in the blue blocks.

Here are the first 2 blocks:


#12 - Broken Sugar Bowl and #13 - Buckwheat

These turned out so cute! The pink is a great accent. The one on the left is cut and pieced as normal, and the one on the right uses the paper piecing patterns and it turned out great!

Now on to making more of these!

Linking up at Scrap Happy Saturday!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cross Stitching {Peacock Plumes}

My first real crafty love was actually cross stitching. I spent a lot of years making samplers before I started quilting but then drifted away from it about 6 years ago when I got more into quilting. So as I mentioned in my Snowzilla post, I got myself a cross stitch kit to work on during the snowstorm as a quiet couch sitting project. Here's the one I picked out:

Here's the day by day progress I made from (1) Saturday AM, (2) Saturday PM, (3) Sunday, and (4) Monday during the snowstorm:


Since then things have gone a little slower since, you know, I had to go back to work and be a responsible adult and not sit on the couch and sew most of the day. Here's what it looked like last night.


The next step will be continuing with the flowers (the peach areas scattered around the bottom) and the neck of the bird. 

Happy Tuesday!