What I Made Monday with Pretty Piney

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The weather has finally been nice enough to enjoy the outdoors! I’m not one of those people who love the winter and the cold. I’d be perfectly happy to have a long spring, a long fall, a month of summer, and two weeks of winter. Is that too much to ask?

Anyway, I started some herb and flower seeds. We moved into this house three years ago and I’ve never really reestablished a vegetable garden, but belonging to a CSA kind of helps to cut down on that feeling of loss. They don’t open until after asparagus, though–I really miss growing my own asparagus! I’ll have to find a good spot.

Spotted on yesterday’s walk: lots of turtles! Spring is definitely here.

Island Batik Ambassador April Challenge

What I Made Monday Walking Foot

I did more walking foot quilting on the next Island Batik Ambassador challenge (a baby quilt made using the AccuQuilt Ready Set GO dies). It’s been slow going for me, I know. But I really did make a lot of progress. I don’t think it’s ever taken so long for me to finish quilting such a small quilt.

It’s just that there are so many starts and stops! It’s what the quilt wants, but it’s so very tedious.

Union Square Block

Union Square Quilt Block

Did you miss the Fat Quarter Shop release of the free Union Square block pattern and video tutorial? I fell in love with this block!

Spelling Bee Book by Lori Holt

Mask Challenge

The next prompt for the Birds on a Thread art quilt group is “Masks,” and as I mentioned before, I’m taking inspiration from Alice Walker.

Alice Walker

I used Photoshop to manipulate some photos of female ancestors (I can only positively identify ONE of them without having the original prints, and I’m not sure who has them now) and printed them onto EQ printer fabric. I pulled some hand-dyed fabric from my stash, and used tea to dye some twill tape. I stopped there, because A. I need to find my double-sided tape, B. I don’t want to reconfigure my machine and lose what little momentum I have going on that baby quilt, and C. I need to up my embroidery game to achieve my vision for this mini.

What I Made Monday Mask Challenge

Upping My Embroidery Game

So, in order to get a handle on embroidery for the Mask art quilt, I started the Daily Embroidery Challenge with Rebecca Ringquist on CreativeBug. It’s 31 lessons, but each one averages only about five minutes, so I’ve been working several stitches a day. Rebecca does a good job of explaining how to create each stitch, and starts with the most basic. I especially like it when she shows examples of how you might use the stitches on your own projects. You can get the Drawing Stitches pre-printed sampler panel here.

Dropcloth Sampler Drawing Stitches

Plans for This Week

I reallllllly want to finish that baby quilt. The next few embroidery lessons look like they’ll take a little longer to practice, so my goal is to finish at least one stitch a day.

Oh, and tomorrow you’ll get to see the third Sew Let’s Quilt Along block!!

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3 Replies to “What I Made Monday (08 April 2019)

  1. Hi Becca! Oh, I can see how that quilting is slowing you down with too many starts and stops and twists and turns. How fabulous to be seeing the turtles on your walks. And that embroidery class – is it on the machine? I suspect yes, and wow – what a nice variety of stitches. I’m looking forward to the next block being release! ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. Hi, Roseanne! The sampler is hand embroidery–I even carried it with me to my kids’ tae kwon do class on Saturday to practice. I’ve never done machine embroidery. Thanks for asking, I should have specified that!

  2. Hi Becca, you’re really busy! Good luck with the quilting of the baby quilt as well as your other projects. I’m doing some embroidery for #The100dayProject. I hope to do some handwork (especially embroidery) every day.

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