Hey everyone! It’s the last Sunday of the month and time to link up your February UFO & WIP Challenge project! I hope you were able to cross something of your ” quilting to do” list this month. If you’re new to my blog, you can find links to all of the details of my 2019 UFO & WIP Challenge here.
Like all good challenges, there is a dangling carrot to motivate you out there. If you add a photo of your finished project to the link up at the end of this blog post, you’ll be automatically entered into the giveaway. Update: now closed. This month’s prize is sponsored by Jacquelynne Steves, and she is giving away a box of her favorite Aurifil Thread Floss (a $45 value!) to one lucky winner. Jacquelynne is one of the most generous quilt designers I know. Her website is FULL of inspiration, free patterns and video tutorials, and her yearly, free block of the month program is always a favorite.
As for me, I finished one Sew Happy Mini Quilt! And I am sew happy, wouldn’t you know? I’ve already received requests for more details and a pattern for this mini quilt. I think I’ll work on that very soon! For now, I’ll show you a few pictures, but I’d like to leave the construction details for a future blog post.
What I love about this quilt is the contrast between the Essex Linen yarn-dyed black fabric and the beautiful, saturated prints I’ve collected from Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics. Even the back is fun to look at! And I love my quilt labels from Dutch Label Shop.
What I don’t like about this quilt is the rainbow stripe binding fabric. It was a mistake because it competes too much with the quilt top. My eye doesn’t know where to look first. But, it’s done and the lesson has been learned. It’s still a keeper!
Some of the details I enjoy are the big stitch quilting using different colors of variegated floss. The embroidery floss was left over from a kit, so I don’t know what brand it is. I stitched along the horizontal sashing, the border and the applique. I’m a total novice at this type of quilting, if you couldn’t tell already.
I love how the applique turned out. I used a small zig zag stitch and matching thread colors (Magnifico from Superior Threads). To make the letters, I used Microsoft Publisher (Word would also work) and played with different fonts. I guessed on the size and got really lucky. The first try was a perfect fit. The letters need to be reversed if you’re using a fusible applique technique. I just traced the letters on the back side of the paper as I held it up to the window.
I also enjoyed working in a small scale. Each block finishes at 3″. Some of those squares are just 1/2″! To get a visual, I placed my Olfa rotary cutter next to the quilt blocks. Now you can really see the size proportions.
The finished size of my Sew Happy Mini Quilt is 18 1/2″ x 17″. It already looks great in my sewing room – if I could just figure out where to put that ladder.
February UFO & WIP Challenge Link Up
Update: This giveaway is now closed.
Now it’s your turn to show off your finished project. Remember, you don’t need to have a blog to participate. (Note: 7 am PST – I just updated the link-up tool so it will work without needing a URL.) After clicking on the blue “Add your link” button, you can upload a photo using the “upload” tab. If you have any trouble, just leave a comment or send me an email with your photo attached. I can add it for you.
- You may add up to 2 finished projects.
- One image per finished project.
- Project must be quilting, sewing or needlework related.
- The link-up will be open until
March 2, 2019, at midnight, PST.CLOSED
- This month’s giveaway is open to USA or Canada, however, anyone can join the link-up. If a winner is chosen that is international, then another number will be picked until it meets the criteria.
- Winner will be drawn at random on March 3, 2019