Chatelaine Blocks 7 & 8

Chatelaine Block Seven - 'Thrifty'

Playing...Sewing...Baking...all that Christmas fun! I've been busy....busy....busy. Hope everyone is enjoying the season! Happy Merry Making! ....see you soon.

Chatelaine Block Eight - 'Country Farm'

...and the Aqua & Red progress... making these blocks!

Chatelaine Blocks 5 & 6

Chatelaine - Grandmother's Pride - Block 5

Running a bit behind with my blocks, It's that time of year again :) You know, when we wished, we had 4 of ourselves. Extra hands, feet, machines.... but it is my favorite time of the year.

This is block 5, a rather simple little block and I chose some rather simple fabrics. I wanted to bring the green fabric back in but I chose not to for this one and used it for Block 6. Now I have 6 blocks complete using the same 10 fabrics. I have more of some, less of others to add to a block later, to keep the quilt balanced with 'like' fabrics throughout. 

Chatelaine - Rising Star - Block 6

And so, it was time to go sorting through scraps again. I have a nice assortment for the next batch of blocks. All caught up....for this project! I'm Christmas sewing too! I'll have lots to share next week.

...til next time, Happy Sewing!

Surprise... you're sewing tomatoes today

Well Surprise! I didn't know I was making tomato pin cushions today either...not exactly.
At the rate I am going... I'll have a bushel by the end of the year. I got into my 'Hand Maids' fabric collection again and began to sew. I saw the collection there on the shelf and away I went. These have been on my list for a while...
This time of year, my creativity is at an all time high and so, Ideas continue to flow. Creating and doing....happens without thought or plans...I just need to make things.

The colors of the fabric evoke heirloom tomatoes and I can see some pretty pears too.

I tend to stream in and out of color schemes and styles.  In the last 2-3 weeks, I've gone from pink pretties to aquas & reds, to soft, cute, shabby....some red & white and now these. True art in fabric.

This fabric is very unique and yet so flexible. I fear cutting it, that I will waste an inch of artwork. But I save the smallest pieces for another day....another project. It fits in really well with other fabrics too, making it very fun to work with. I have other ideas on my sewing table to be sewn using this collection. Projects that have been waiting....Imagine that!

I like to make new things for the sewing room, particularly around this time of year. Something about the air, the cozy of warm inside your home. Seeing something new is always nice too. So, I wonder what's next?

......til next time... Keep Calm and Bake Pies! Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving Day My Friends!

Fabric: HandMaids by Janet Wecker Frisch 
Pattern: 'Freshly Picked' by Heather Bailey 

and sew here we are...

Holiday Making Begins....see you soon.

Chatelaine Block Four

Block four is finished for the Chatelaine bow. This was a fun block to make and one I did over again in the aqua & red. I'm making two versions of this quilt selecting blocks as I go along. One aqua & red mini and the original. Looking at all four....I'm going to bring the green into the next and maybe introduce another fabric. 

The Aqua & Red...

I look forward to getting a new block each week. Each one is such a treasure! 
....til next time....Happy Sewing

sewing a bit...everyday

quilting....block making....

......pouch making..

I've been busy.... steady sewing a little something everyday....working on those piles of fabric. I have a lot of things finished but somehow the piles don't seem to be moving much. I am determined though and I got to playing a bit & arranged them like books.

I got the Block Four of the Chatelaine bow and it's all cut out and ready to go. I have a surprise to share with you about that too! I decided to make two versions because I've always wanted to make an aqua & red mini. These blocks are perfect for that, measuring at 6 1/2" and each one so far have been little sewn treasures. Even the ones where my points aren't lined perfect...Heck I don't mind....that used to bother me tremendously... I've learned to just let it go. ;) I'll rip it out once, twice, even three times and if it doesn't work after that... I just look away and carry on. So, my mini aqua&red is started and I'll be sharing that soon. I chose 2 of the four blocks so far and will add blocks, as I go along, making the original one. 
...til next time....Happy Sewing!

Chatelaine Block Three

Chatelaine - Whirligig - Block Three

My third block for the Chatelaine bow sew-a-long is finished. Who doesn't like a fun whirligig!? Fun to make and I made mine using the 'Cheat's Alternative'. The instructions offered a template or the cheat's method by cutting strips. I opted for the strips because I think it's easier and more precise. It's just a matter of preference but I thought, it was nice that Rose offered the choices in the making of this block.

I've been busy sewing the days away, getting closer and closer to getting my piles of fabric down. This Wednesday, Rose will post Block Four....Yippeee! I can't wait!
........til next time....Happy Sewing!


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