Monday, March 12, 2012

Was That a Hiatus?

I'd been feeling like I hadn't done a thing in the sewing room for quite some time—which is true, but let's focus on the positive. 

After working extra hours Saturday and Sunday, I took this afternoon off to sew (dagnabbit!), instead of just think about sewing.  Although, I will say that in thinking about sewing this past week, I did accomplish some things:  I ordered fabric for the Ironwork quilt-along quilt, and I pondered and doodled how I might quilt the Hubcap Diamond Star Halo project.

My fabric order arrived today.  I think it's an interesting combination.  The rosewood solid turned out to be a little lighter than I expected, but I still think it'll work for Ironwork.  I did order some black as well, though, in case I change my mind.  The print is for the quilt backing.

Oh, and I want to show you something else.  I've been looking around for some more Alexander Henry Heath in black, to no avail.  So I ordered some black and white Crosshatch Sketch from Timeless Treasures, and you know what?  It's pretty darn close!  Here it is, on the left, side by side with some Heath in Metal (grey) on the right.
I say, close enough for rock and roll!

Today, I wanted to practice some free-motion quilting and hopefully (simultaneously) get the mini, A Patch of Sun, quilted.  Check, and check!

First I doodled, but not wanting to waste precious time, I didn't dally on the doodling.  Instead, I went straight to the machine and did some loopy daisies.  

This is just a sneak peak.  I will do a proper post when I've got the mini bound, which I think will be with some of that Heath in Metal.  It's going through the rinse cycle of the washing machine as we speak.


  1. Oh your Patch of Sun fmq is very pretty. I love your little flowers. Bravo to you for taking this afternoon to quilt. The fabric colours are wonderful.

  2. Love, love this yellow P...doesn't it always brighten your spirit? Your design will be wonderful with your colors too! Great job! Have a great evening! Hugs

  3. Sneak peaks are awesome. I've been throwing a lot of them into my posts! Loving the solids and the FMQ looks great!!! =D

  4. Rockstar progress, awesome FMQ too!

  5. Wondering where you've been lady jane!

    I like those darling swirling flowers!!

  6. Excellent quilting! I love your new fabrics...they're very similar to what I've been working with lately. An afternoon of quilting is a good thing!

  7. Progress - isn't it wonderful? Can't wait to see your mini, and glad you found a substitute for the Heath!

  8. Squee! Those flowers are AWESOME! Your stitches are so even and pretty! Loving the sneak peek! Can't wait to see it all.

    xo -E

  9. I'm sure I speak for many when I say "I missed you"! Can't wait to see your sunshine quilt, I love your daisies!

  10. I love the quilting, it looks great with that yellow.

  11. The solids look terrific all stacked like that .

    I loved that Alexander Heath fabric too...and I'd say your alternative is pretty darn close.

    Patch of Sun is stunning.

  12. LOVE your loopy daisys! and the crosshatch from TT is a great substitute for Heath for sure!

  13. Your FMQ is so good. Such even stitches and your daisies are wonderful. I think the doodling is a great idea. Since I'm really new at FMQ I have lots of doodles to go before I quilt this next quilt.

  14. HA! It seems that most of what I do in relation to quilting anymore is "think". Just too much other stuff going on.

    Cool on finding the Alexander Henry "close enough".

    Love the daisy quilting.


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