Wednesday, January 21, 2015

First Finishes of 2015 Finally!

We are more than half way through January and I did not have a finish--panic mode ensued, but I finally had a finish on Monday night. This is my Candy Hearts Door Banner. I designed it myself! I have made several of Cottage Creek Quilts' "Backdoor Quilt Series" door banners over the years. Their finished size, 11.5" x 30", is perfect on my front door because you can still see out the windows. I made the base the same way as the Backdoor Quilts and cut out hearts. I looked up some candy heart phrases and traced them onto the hearts. The real candy hearts have their phrases printed in red, but I thought black would show better on my door. I also hand quilted it with black perle cotton #8 to show (I am not a confident hand quilter, so I usually use thread that blends in). These bright colors add some color to the front of my house. This was made completely from my stash. Whoop whoop!!!
 Finish number two is my Let Them Eat Cake mini quilt. This is part of the Snapshots BOM sponsored by Fat Quarter shop and designed by Bonnie and Camille. You can find more information here http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/p/snapshots-quilt-along.html I have not decided if I am going to buy the Daysail fabric that the example is made from or just use my scraps...I want to make mini quilts from the blocks instead of a big quilt.  I am looking forward to the puppy block, the VW bug block, and of course the wineglass and picnic basket block. My motto this year is "My glass is half full--of wine!"

 Well the Rowena Effective iron, I bought at Target did not even last 10 days! What a piece of crap, it should be called "Ineffective Injurer." It started spewing hot water out of where you pour the water into it. I returned it this afternoon and bought this T-Fal which was $10 less at Wal-Mart. I tried to restrain myself from putting water in it and using steam, but I am a steam girl through and through and even if I have to replace an iron every couple of years, I am NOT willing to give up my steam.

I really enjoyed my day off Monday and started cutting out the pieces for a Sixteens and Pinwheels--all from my stash. I signed up for this week's Friday Night Sew In
http://sugarlanequilts.blogspot.com/2015/01/fnsi-sign-ups.html
and plan on working on that while I unwind on Friday night...Why don't you join us and stitch the night away?



18 comments:

  1. Girl you have got to tell me your secret! I have got hardly anything sewn this month....and look at all your great projects!!! You are inspiring me to get going!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your conversation. Candy door hanger at Tuesday archives under our valentines theme! (I just realized today thst you created the pattern yourself!!) love your seasonal door hangers!

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  2. Love your Let Them Eat Cake Mini!

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  3. The Valentine quilt really turned out so cute. Your stitching looks great!

    I love the finished cake quilt. You are making it hard for me to NOT start that BOM. I really want to finish some UFOs and refrain from getting anything new.

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  4. I love your Valentine wall hanging. I will need to make one for next year!

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  5. I adore it!!! I feel your anxiety ... I have so many wips!!!'

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  6. Ficou muito legal...
    abra├žos do Brasil

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  7. Two gorgeous finishes and what a nuisance about your iron. I am with you, I am a steam girl, too.

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  8. I love both your finishes, and your brutal honesty! Steam away with your new iron, friend.

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  9. Great finishes. Love the hearts banner on your door. Great work with the hand stitching.
    The mini quilt is a great way to use the blocks, especially if you don't want a big quilt.
    How disappointing was that iron!!

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  10. Both of your mini quilt finishes are so pretty! Love that hand stitching on the hearts door banner. Sounds like you are really enjoying your sewing time. Hope your pressing time goes much smoother now!

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  11. You are very clever deisgning your own banner.The quilting in perle thread is great.

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  12. Uhhh. I hate cheap crappy appliance, especially ones that burn. Love your heart quilt. So cute.

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  13. The Candy Hearts Banner is adorable. I think the black stitching is perfect!

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  14. Loving your finishes! I just made the "Let Them Eat Cake" pattern from Fatquartershop for a Crafty Birthday Bash swap I am in and used it as the base for a birthday pillow! So fun!

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  15. Such a cute door banner and mini! Love them,

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  16. Love that Candy Hearts wall-hanging! It takes me back to my long-ago childhood!

    Congratulations on a wonderful finish. (visiting from Tuesday Archives)

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  17. Wonderful hearts and they are perfect!

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