Monday, January 8, 2018

Flora and Fawn Mini Quilt


I'm so excited to be part of Amanda Herring's Creative Team...I love her Flora and Fawn Fabric! For February our theme is Home. I chose to make a Flora and Fawn Mini Suburbs Quilt. I just love these sweet little deer and knew they would be perfect for fussy cutting...one of my favorite sewing techniques! 



I am loving Flora and Fawn fabric designed by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake Designs....it is just gorgeous! Keep on reading if you want to make your own mini quilt!


Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Sewing Round Up

I can't believe how much I was able to sew in 2017! It is amazing how a little bit of sewing almost everyday...adds up to SEW much!!!! Here it goes....

30 Quilts!!! Some tops were started in 2016, but finished in 2017! I was so happy to finish so many WIPs...now I can start more :)




I also discovered the love of table runners this year....so I made 15! I love having a different table runner on my dining table for each month! Since many of these table runners are living with my Grandparents and Mom...I need to make more for me in 2018!


Plus 25 Mini Quilts/Pillows! I always add a zippered backing so I can use it as a mini quilt or pillow! I love having options!


I also made 12 bags/pouches/bins too! They make such great gifts!!!


I love sharing my sewing on Instagram @mellierc ...so of course I had to follow the trend of #bestnineof2017 I was so glad that my Geranium dress made it....I LOVE it! 

I am still shocked with how much sewing I managed to complete in 2017!!! I don't think I will be able to top that for 2018...but we will see ;)

Be sure to follow me on Instagram @mellierc and here on my Mostly Crafty Blog for more sewing fun!

Happy New Year!

Melanie

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Planning for 2018


I can't believe it is almost 2018!!!! This year I am trying something new to keep my everyday and quilty life organized...The 2018 Quilter's Planner!!! I'm so excited to do this!!! Plus the included Pattern Magazine is awesome!!! More about the awesome Quilter's Planner at end of post (including a video).

Goals:
1. Finish my WIPs...I cannot just work one project! I see a new quilt-along that I must join (anyone else do this???), new fabric or patterns are released, or I just want to start something new :)
2. Try new free motion quilting patterns. Currently, I am the stippling queen....time to branch out!
3. Purchase Electric Quilt 8 and start designing patterns...eek this makes me nervous!
4. Open an Etsy Store to sell my finished products....eek this also makes me nervous!

I tend not to make exact quilty goals because I love finishing a project that I LOVE! I don't like feeling pressured that I must finish a certain quilt because I pre-assigned it to a particular month. Sewing/quilting is my creative and relaxing time....so I love to sew what makes me happy!

More about the Quilter's Planner and how it will help me meet my goals and be more organized!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Spelling Bee Saturday - Cake Block



It is Spelling Bee Saturday with Fat Quarter Shop and Lori Holt ! I'm excited to be sharing the cake block for the quilt along! The cake block was fun to sew as Lori's patterns are always clear and well written. My cake block finishes at 12"x 12" before border (there is a smaller size too at 6" x 6"). The Spelling Bee Book has 26 letters (upper and lower case) in 2 sizes, plus punctuation, numbers, picture blocks, quilts, and mini quilts....it is quite amazing...more in a bit!



I had sew much fun sewing the first cake block that I needed to make more! Three blocks with a bit of sashing was perfect for a Cake Table Runner. My cakes are: Cherry, Chocolate, and Blueberry...yum! We can't wait for the next birthday!!!!


Ready to make your own.....here is a quick how to....