Hello Everyone! We had a rainy week in Cleveland, Mississippi last week for my daughter’s Conference Championship Swim Meet. It was a good thing I took my sewing machine.
My daughter (on the left) had a good week with a couple of best times. The team finished a close second, only 17 points from first place. Way to go Argos!
I took two projects with me to work on. I was able to get some sewing done in the mornings before the swim meet and in the afternoons between prelims and finals. I finished the Winterville center snowflake block and I’m loving how this is looking with the dark blue background, Shadow Play by Maywood Studio.
I finished the four corner snowflake blocks before I left home.
Be sure to send me a picture or post it on Instagram, #tqnwintervilleqal2018, if you are sewing along.
In March, I’ll be making the tree blocks and holly and berry blocks. I do have a hint if you are sewing along, cut out all your background fabric first. The directions call for using your leftovers for the holly blocks.
I also worked on the Strawberry Social Mini by the Pattern Basket while we were in Mississippi. I finished the top while we were there and quilted it over the weekend. It’s ready for the Minis and More Parade on March 1. I loved using Bonnie and Camille fabrics for it.
Before we left, I was pretty busy so I didn’t have time to update you on a few works in progress. I finally finished my son’s quilt! I have been waiting for a sunny day and for both my husband and son to be home at the same time (to hold it) to take some good pictures, but this is a peek. The yellow is supposed to be gold. I’m hoping that taking a picture outside will get the true color.
I also have been working on the Moda Blockhead sashing.
Now I need to sew the rest of the red and black sashing pieces together and cut out the setting triangles and cornerstones. I’ve been playing with EQ8 to finalize the design and fabric requirements. I have enough of what I wanted to use so I’ll get those cut this week and hopefully get the quilt laid out so I can start piecing the rows.
On the Monday before we left, I taught an “Almost Invisible Machine Applique” workshop to my guild, The Silver Comet Stitchers. This was my first time teaching a quilting related class and I really enjoyed it.
It took a lot of prep work over several months, but I had a lot of fun teaching it. We made three samples, two mug rugs and my Wonky Heart Mini, to learn using invisible and matching thread, different stitches, and techniques for curves and points. I think the attendees had fun and learned some new things, too, except for having to thread a very small, 60/8 Microtex Needle!
I’ll have the Minis and More Strawberry Social post up on Thursday afternoon. Please stop back to see it and the other parade minis. Thanks for stopping by!