Sunday, November 17, 2013

ALYoF Update

I set a pretty demanding goal this month for A Lovely Year of Finishes and it's going to test my patience to achieve it. It's ironic because I love this project so much when the blocks are done... but I really have to force myself to make them. It is tense sewing no matter how I try to go about it

Taking blog pictures in gloomy November weather is also a challenge and these seem to be the best I can come up with. I'll hopefully get some better ones for my next update.
I have 6 of 9 blocks done for Kristy's "And Sew On" BoM series. I have been drawn to these blocks since I first saw them on Kristy's blog Quiet Play - they are so darn cute and she is so darn talented! My November ALYoF goal is to finish the blocks, assemble them into a finished wall quilt and hang it in my quilting room.

I will keep at them and look forward to doing an inspired Happy Dance when they look like this! Then I will admire them Every Single Day Forever!
One issue that I'll have to deal is that my 1st two blocks are smaller than the rest... not being very experienced with printing paper pieced patterns off the internet I didn't realize they were incorrect until I changed to a new printer on block #3. Live and learn. So I will be adding some extra framing and I now print carefully, measure the pieces and leave a little extra around the edges just in case. Just a wee bit paranoid!

I'm going to be sashing them with the pins print from this line (Sew Stitchy by Aneela Hoey) in white with some cornerstones and am thinking about a piano keys border using my left over fabrics.

Today I am working on the hand sewing block with the hexies and tea cup. At the moment I am beginning to fear that I will run out of the grey pins fabric which is making me a bit nutty so I decided it was time for a break to write up this post while my husband grills dinner (my sweet, sweet man!).

UPDATE: I did have enough grey pins fabric and will show a block pic tomorrow!~
One small section at a time... I CAN do this right!?!

I'm linking up to November Mid-Month Check In@Sew Bittersweet Designs and Paper Piecing Party@Quiet Play.


  1. you can do it. cross my fingering you don't run out of fabric.

  2. Yes, you can do it. And STOP Stressing!!!!! If you run out of grey - so what!!??

    You are a very talented woman, and you will find a way to make this work, no matter what comes up!! This is a testament to your skills, the over coming of challenges and your perseverance. This is going to be beautiful when done -

    And, you are going to have proof of all of the above, hanging in your chamber of creativity for you to just look and 'know'!! YOU made this happen, you did and you can accomplish anything - and now, go enjoy you dinner and remember, one small section at a time, and you are DONE!!!

  3. I'll join the cheer squad too! You can totally do it! And it will look so beautiful when you are finished! Not too much to go now!

    (and yay for enough grey pins fabric!!)

  4. These are so cute! Wonderful blocks, which you can absolutely finish! This will be such great quilt room decor.

  5. So darn cute! The designer put some very clever details in them.

  6. So glad you had enough of the grey. I am loving the sewing room blocks.

  7. This is the cutest thing I have seen in a long time! I wish I had the talent to make one myself. You can do this and you will be so happy every time you look at it. Keep working because I NEED to see how it looks finished.

  8. yes you can definitely do it - cheering you on. It looks so amazing :-)

  9. Adorable blocks! Love the piecing for the Hexie looking block.

  10. Two of my blocks are smaller also! It's kind of got me duscouraged--that and the fact that I'm not crazy about my fabric choices. I've always loved the way yours looked. Maybe I'll just start over... :)


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