Friday, January 24, 2014

Working on Finishes

Finished this week:

1) BOM
Last year, precisely at this time, I fell in love with Winter Solstice, a BOM over at Keepsake Quilting. It's Kathleen Starr's paper pieced pattern with her absolutely beautiful hand dyed fabrics.

I jumped right in and started on kit #1, loving every step. Then I wasn't concentrating and cut on a sew line. Ack, the fabric piece was now too small and there was no more in the kit. I waited for kit #2 to arrive with more of the needed fabric. By then, though, my dad was ill and all sewing got packed away and stalled. So now, one year later, I've ordered the full kit at Starr Design Fabrics and I'm picking up where I left off.

Today I finished block #1. I love it.

Winter Solstice, Kathleen Starr
I have also cut out the 136 pieces for block #2. I will work on that in February.

2) The Rainbow Scrap Challenge
Angela, over at SoScrappy, has challenged us to use up our scraps in monthly chosen colors. Since every Christmastime I like to provide homemade gifties for my friends and my dh's coworkers, I've decided to kill two birds with one challenge. I am going to make toiletry and cosmetic bags in each color, thereby having pairs of bags to gift when the time comes. This month the color is blue and I have completed the two blue bags. I've learned a lot from them and expect hope the next months to go even easier and quicker. ;)

The smaller cosmetic bag is about 8" x 4.5". The larger toiletry bag is about 11" x 6". I'm using the pattern from the Thermoweb blog. The instructions are easy and sewing the zipper is especially straight forward.

I will be linking up at SoScrappy, SewManyWays, WhataHoot and ConfessionsOfAFabricAddict.


Jasmine said...

Your star block is stunning. And it's a great idea to get two birds with one challenge. Your pouches are great.

Shannon said...

Your block is so beautiful!! I love those bags!!

scraphappy said...

What a beautiful block. The finished quilt will be stunning! Adorable bags. I am sure each one will be easier to do. Such a practical project too.

Nell's Quilts said...

Your block just sparkles. What a great idea to make gifts and get rid of scraps at the same time. I'm sure each recipient will just love those bags.

Marly said...

The big star is beautiful and the bags are sure to make good Christmas presents.

Elly D said...

Your block is beautiful! What a great idea to make Christmas gifts now!! I know I should follow suit. Love the little toilet and cosmetic bags. One of these days I must try to make one myself.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

That star block is exquisite!

Angie Church said...

beautiful love those stars
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BillieBee (billiemick) said...

This is such a gorgeous star! I'm glad your continuing.

Anonymous said...

That's a lot of pieces for one block!! It's such a FANSTASTIC, gorgeous quilt, though - well worth the fiddling, eh? :)

LynCC said...

(And that was me just above - don't know why it posted me as anonymous, think I've got it fixed now)