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Friday, November 9, 2012

W.I.P. Wednesday (or Friday)

I've been busy this week.  I'm taking a beginning quilting class at Thimble Pleasures, in Chapel Hill.  I figured I needed to learn some correct techniques for cutting and piecing, and I was right!  I have been cutting all wrong!  What I mean is that I've not been making the most of my fabric, not practicing good safety habits, and the like.  Now I know better.  Here's what I'm working on:

Beginning Quilting Class progress

I've also been working on my test block for the 3x6 Bee I signed up for over on Flickr.

3x6 Bee test block for me

It is the Ribbon Star and the tutorial can be found over at Freshly Pieced.  Lee does a great job of explaining how to do this block.  There is a lot of steps but I went really slow to make sure I got everything lined up and such.  I really want to do a good job for my beemates and this is good practice.

I'm also working on a quilt for my niece.  The top is assembled, sandwiched and basted, but I'm waiting to learn some quilting in my class before I attempt it on this project.

Oz quilt top
Oz quilt block

So to recap:
Beginning quilting class:  still working on
3x6 Bee:  1 block done, 6 more to go
Oz quilt for Tanner:  need to quilt
Sawyer's quilt:  cutting
Seth's quilt:  not started
Weekender bag:  waiting on pattern
Messenger bag:  not started

I'm linking up to Lee at Freshly Pieced, you do to!  What are you working on?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sew South

I did it!  Signed up for Sew South.  I've been devouring blogs and have been coveting the idea of actually going to a sewing conference.  Then, I stumbled upon Jennifer's blog at Ellison Lane Quilts, and saw the post for Sew South.  How awesome!  It is a sewing conference, organized by a very talented Jennifer, so you know there will be some great classes, plus, it's close to home.  Bonus!  I've talked my mom into going with me.  It's gonna be so much fun!  

So, my very first post is up.  This is great; I've finally taken the plunge into the blog-o-sphere.  I'll be posting what I'm working on, classes I'm taking, and of course, the fabric I'm collecting.  I'm a new quilter, though I've been sewing since I was a kid.  I hope you'll check back soon!