Saturday, March 4, 2017

Hi Again, this week has flown by and amid all the busy-ness I did get a couple of things finished.

First, there's Block 5 of the Sewcial Bee Sampler Quilt.  This was a little more challenging than the block Maureen and Sharon showed us, but I really wanted to add some fussy cuts to the centers of some of the blocks.  So instead of using multiple center patches and sewing straight seams, I had to set this block into the middle.  I had read how to do it and remembered seeing it on some television show many years ago, so I winged it.

But I think the finished block was worth it.  I really like the fussy cut and and the whole Easter theme of this quilt.  I keep reminding myself that the Sew-a-long won't be over until August but right now I'm loving the Spring feel of it and the soft colors.

The "side" project I did this week was a tutorial Caroline shared on SewCanShe earlier this week.  It's a Mini Card Wallet by Susie at Loganberry Handmade .  It is really easy to follow the instructions. The main reason I wanted to try it was I found some snap buttons left over from my father-in-law's hobby days and this project uses a snap.

So I started off fine...

Steel Essex Linen on the outside, denim colored cotton lining, and batting.  I also made the Bias Binding thanks to another tutorial from Susie; also a first time experience.  Again, her instructions were great!

Everything was peachy!  I took a TV break (oh, and lunch) to hand sew the binding down and then went back to the sewing room to tackle that snap. (Susie has a tutorial for that, too!)  However, it was then I discovered that the Snap Buttons Bob had were intended for leather and were way too tall to work on this little wallet.  Looks like I'm going to log back onto Amazon and find smaller snaps.  I'll let you know how it goes next week.  Until then have a great week.

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  1. Just popped over from the 2017NQB group to say hi Debbie! Isn't the Sewcial Bee Sampler so much fun? I love the fussy cut centre of this block and your first 4 blocks look great together. I keep having to check when this will be over because I want my quilt now!!

    1. Thank you. This is the first BOM I've really committed to doing. It is really fun. I don't think it's over until August but with 2017NQB I'm betting we'll be pretty busy and the time will fly...thanks for commenting. Debbie