Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Sewing Again!

Sewing again 

I don't know about you, but it feels like it's been ages since I had a good sew.  With the holidays, sewing has come in bits and snatches, plus I've also been working on projects with deadlines, which isn't usually the most fun.  Right now I'm craving some new BIG projects.  It's the New Year, I guess!

But, before I launch into new schemes in earnest, I definitely need to finish up a few more things.  Sides, I really can't enjoy starting new things sometimes when there's a backlog to finish.   Let's see I need to finish that duvet cover for our bed (below), quilt and write a pattern for mom's Sparklers quilt, finish a mini quilt for Curves Class (spots still open in both encore classes!), an embroidery project for Handstitched and, well... I guess that's all.

on my mind
duvet cover beginnings

Meanwhile, I was up last night sketching out a dreamy quilt.  It combines this pin with this pin with made-by-me Scandinavian motifs and brings to bare all sorts of sewing skills from paper piecing to applique to embroidery.  Oops, hadn't meant to create another big idea.  See, I'm planning to start a scrappy endeavor late January and probably launch a new Scrap Attack, per your sweet requests.  So, anyways, I'm a tad distracted.  Don't know where to start first.

I like paper piecing?!?  cool.

Oh, wait, this post is about sewing again!  Yes, I did finish some Rocky Road to Kansas blocks for Love circle of do. Good Stitches.  It's a simple paper pieced block, a great one to start with if you'd like to try paper piecing.

scraps from Stash Modern Fabric

Stash Modern Fabric sent each member of Love circle a pile of happy scraps from her online shop remnants.  What a cool way for them to help us do good!  These flashy blocks came together with very few additions from my scrap bins.  I used Kona Oyster for my solid.

Rocky Road to Kansas blocks for do. Good Stitches

Liking these pointy points.  I'm warming to machine paper piecing. At last.


  1. Oh for sure Rachel, I have been sewing today too!!
    Happy New Sewing Year!

  2. Lovely pile of fabric you got there!

  3. I have to remember your expression. It's been a while since my last good sew too!

  4. Oh thanks for the reminder to sign up! I'd love to take your curves class, but my sewing machine has revolted and I need to investigate new ones. (It was a hand-me-down, great for learning, but my grandmother really muddled it up before I got it.) So, Handstitched it is! Anyways, I would like to learn more about embroidery and such and there's some kind of mental block for some reason for learning it on my own. :)

    By the way, are you happy with yours? Anything you wish you'd known? Advice?

    Glad you're getting some sewing in! I'm mostly settling for cutting up scraps and beloved tshirts for a tshirt quilt in anticipation of a happier machine.

    Happy New Year!

    Ashleigh @

    1. Thanks for joining, Ashleigh! You know, I'm not in love with my Pfaff Smarter. It seems like it's been one thing after another and I've not owned it for a full year yet. I do sew a lot, but it just hasn't been reliable. I updated my original Smarter review with some details.

      Sorry I can't be of more help!

      The best thing to do is try machines out locally and buy from a shop who's service you trust. Unfortunately, that's just not always possible.

      P.S. You are a "no reply" blogger. If you want to be able to receive email replies, allow Google to "show" your address.

    2. Thanks, Rachel! That's a huge help!

      Also, had no idea I was a "no reply" blogger. Thanks- I'll fix today! :)

  5. I'm jealous. I am taking down Christmas decorations and cleaning. Can't wait to get to sewing again!!!

  6. Unlike you, I feel like the only thing I've been doing in the past few days is sewing !

    And I absolutely love your duvet cover beginning and cannot wait to see more. I love those blues !

  7. Sounds like you've got some great plans! It's hard to know where to start. I need to just sit down and make a list of what I want to work on this year. This morning, I sat down to work on a quilt block and ended up making an apron. How the heck did that happen?

    Happy New Year, Rachel!


    1. Haha! Yep, it's confusing when the whole year stretched out in front, enticingly....

  8. Rachel, all your projects look fantastic. so looking forward to seeing your duvet cover.

  9. Love the scrappy stars but love the intese blues in your duvet cover! Can't wait to see more :)

  10. Love these blocks and the name. Most of my family is from Kansas ~ I've got to do this one. You are always such an inspiration!

  11. oh Rachel, those blue star blocks are so pretty. I am in the same boat with sewing. It's been weeks! I hope to get back to it soon, thanks for the inspiration!

  12. I've been sewing more over the past couple weeks than I did all throughout November and the first part of December. It was bound to come out at some point! :) I really love the blocks you are working on. I am going to learn paper piecing this year, so I think I might need to start with these. :) Happy New Year Rachel!

  13. I can't wait for the pattern to your Sparklers quilt! It's gorgeous!


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