Sunday, July 05, 2015

ALYOF - July Goal!

Way back in October 2013, I was Queen Bee for (the now long since finished) ModQImprov Canada group. I requested Improv Herringbone blocks made with Amy @ 13 Spools' tutorial. It was definitely one of those "seemed like a good idea at the time" choices. The block turned out to be challenging for less experienced quilters and more than a little fiddly. But in time, I did receive these treasures...

And then they languished in one of my cubbies. Shameful.

So my goal for ALYOF this month is to do something with them. It's pretty open-ended since I truly don't know what they're going to turn into. If all goes well and the creek don't rise, I might end the month with a finished quilt. Who knows!

I'm linking up with the Goal Setting Party for A Lovely Year of Finishes. It's not too late to jump on this bandwagon. I've found the monthly goals really motivating. There's something about making a goal public (and the lure of prizes!) to really get one going!


Friday, July 03, 2015

Friday Finish - 1 Hour Basket

Yes, it really did take 1 hour... or something very close... and it's a free pattern from Kelby Sews. I first saw this basket when Kitty @ Night Quilter whipped one up. I was smitten... as I often am with her creations!

I snagged a Lizzy House print (purchased in Montréal last year) from the stash and paired it with some Kona Avocado. It's one of those colours that doesn't match the name for me... I think of a lighter green when I think Avocado. You know, the one smeared in GT's hair yesterday during snacktime. But I digress...
The pattern called for home decor weight fabric... but I didn't have any I felt like using. So, I backed the print with some canvas ticking purchased for my Sewing Circle Tote. I also used a lightweight fusible batting instead of the Thermolam the pattern called for... 'cause if I had to go the LQS, it definitely wasn't going to be a 1 Hour Basket.
I didn't time myself, so I can't say for certain it was only 1 hour to make... but I can say it was quick enough that I didn't take many pics. It was fast!

This one is housing some of the baby crap paraphernalia that has collected on the table in our living room.  People, if I could offer you a tip in the parenting arena, it is this: Run from the baby/kiddie coloured stuff whenever possible. Match stuff to your living room. That way it blends in a least a little and it doesn't look like babies have taken over your life. (We all know they have... denial is not just a river in Egypt.)
I'm pretty sure this won't be the last 1 Hour Basket I make. Himself admired it and thought it would be great to hold assorted stuff when he's at sea. Next time, I'll be more careful about using the prescribed materials... this one's just a tiny bit shlumpy. But it works, so it's a win.

I'm linking up today with TGIFF, hosted this week by someone not in MMQG (there's been a bit of a streak lately), as well as Finish Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts.