Sunday, February 07, 2016

4X7 Challenge - Week 1!

February's here and the 4x7 Challenge @ Berry Barn Designs is well underway. I knew it would be a true challenge for me to manage some sewing every day, but I managed fairly well this week. Here's my day by day breakdown!

Monday
Ah... the first day of February. Not just the start of the 4x7 Challenge, but also the first of the month. So my "sewing time" was more like stash time.

I spent a fair amount of time rummaging about in my stash cutting 2½ inch squares to form a lovely rainbow palette for the February Birthday Queen of the Birthday Bonus Club.


Tuesday
I managed two sessions of sewing on Tuesday! The first was preparing fabric, templates, and notions for an EPP demonstration. And the second was spent passing on some sewing skills. As I've before, I'm a leader with the oldest Branch of Canadian Girl Guides, Rangers. We watched an eye-opening documentary, Misrepresentation, and stitched while watching. I'm pleased to say that at least one of the Rangers in attendance was well and truly bitten by the EPP bug!

Wednesday
I counted this as a banked day as Tuesday had me in my studio a lot! I did spend some quality time with my MMQG Executive Peeps planning our first ever retreat. I am over the moon excited about this opportunity to sew all week-end long!

Thursday
My sewing involved a little computer time to whip up a Kona Palette using Play Craft's Palette Builder 2.1.
I found an image on-line of this print from my stash, Dear Stella's French Lessons by Jack & Lulu and got to building.
I ♥ that selvage! Off I went to my Kona stash. I'm always amazed at how well the Palette Builder matches the colours in one's image. I had to make a few little substitutions in keeping with The Year of the Stash.
 Now I've got bits and pieces all cut out for my vacation EPP project!

Friday
Does fixing my Himself's ski mitts count as selfish sewing? ☺ I'm going to say it does!

Saturday
Alas, a day's driving with DT left absolutely zero in my personal tank for sewing. Not even a few stitches of EPP.

I'm linking up with Sarah @ Barn Berry Designs.
Berry Barn Designs
To sum up Week 1, no projects finished, but definitely some sewing play time. Week 2 is going to be all about EPP and cross-stitch.

J

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Throwback Thursday {Volume 7}

Welcome to Throwback Thursday @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge!
This month, I'm really digging into my dark quilty past!
Certain quilts in my house have been seeing a lot more action since DT came on the scene. This is one of them. It rides around the car and gets thrown over the kiddos when it's chilly.... which is pretty much all the time lately!
It's the fourth quilt I ever made and my first scrappy quilt, completed in November of 1999. Lots of these 2½ squares came from my stash... pre-quilting scraps that is. In this pic, I can see cottage curtains, a skirt I made, a piece of tie dye done in junior high art club, some scrunchies... not to mention my first three quilts! Adrienne @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts might recognize more than a few of these squares. That's how long we've been quilting together!

It was also well before I learned about the wonders of printed backs (they hide quilting foibles so much better) or the fist rule of spacing one's quilting. And that solid isn't a Kona!
And it was definitely before I learned how to "properly" bind a quilt. It's not the prettiest, but it got the job done and is going strong today. Results like this are also why I learned to hand stitch my bindings!
With the February blah's upon us, I had to get a little creative for this photoshoot. I got some odd looks from the Emera employees coming and going at lunch time!
Scrappy happiness circa 1999. For me, the best part of Throwback Thursday is envisioning quilts re-done in more modern ways. Rainbow palette? All Konas? Low volume perhaps? Makes me want to drive into my scrap bins!
Now it's your turn! Link up a blog post about a project from your dark quilty past. This month, you can win a gift certificate from Canadian on-line fabric shop (and big supporter of A Quarter Inch from the Edge), Fabric Please!

How to win? There are three ways.

  1. Link-up a blog post telling all about a quilt from your past. Don't forget to link to A Quarter Inch from the Edge in your post or grab the Throwback Thursday button for your sidebar.
  2. Leave a comment on this post telling me about what quilt from your past that you'd love to give a makeover... or a do-over!
  3. A bonus entry for followers of Fabric Please! followers. Just tell me how you follow!
The giveaway is open to International participants until Sunday, February 10th at 11:59 Atlantic Time. If you are a no-reply blogger, please be sure to leave an e-mail. If I can't reach you, you can't win!


Hope to see you back on March 3rd for Throwback Thursday {Volume 8}!

J