Great Canadian Fabric Destash!

I’m not crazily active on Instagram, but I had been noticing all of the great destash sales going on over there lately. Well, it’s finally our turn!  The #greatcanadianfabricdestash is happening tomorrow.  Spread the word!  I don’t know yet if I’m just buying or selling or both.  I have got my eye open for some great low volume.



I’m applepiepatchwork on Instagram too, if you want to find me there.


Celtic Solstice progress

I haven’t sewn a whole lot lately, but I have been plugging away on my Celtic Solstice.  I’ve gotten nearly half the blocks done and have been stalled at this point for a bit.  So often this happens to me, that I get nearly halfway on a big project and then loose momentum.  I need to motivate myself somehow to get this done.  Any ideas?

Celtic Solstice - almost halfway!

I really love how it looks, so that’s not the reason for lacking motivation.  And I also really want to see how it looks completely finished.  Do more people have that strange feeling, really wanting to see a project completed but lacking the desire to actually do the work to get it to the point where its done?  I hope so, because then we can commiserate together.

Linking up to the Needle and Thread Network.

Bee block catch-up

This month I had a bit of cross-over on some of my bees.  Two new ones started up this month, but two others had January as their last month, so there was a bit of cross-over.  So I had 6 people to make blocks for, in all.  They have all been shipped now so they should be on their way to their intended destinations.

The Japanese X and + bee is actually wrapping up early.  This bee has been a bit of a let-down, since so many people have dropped out and many others have just not sent their blocks out at all.  The remaining mates decided to just make the blocks for those still waiting all at once and be done with it.  I am one of those still waiting, so I didn’t have to make any for me, and made 3 sets for the others.

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Next up is the Aenous group in the Simply Solids bee. Laura wanted a herringbone block done in jewel tones.

Simply Solids Aenous - January

In Canadians Quilt, Jaclyn asked for any star block, done in aquas and pinks with a low volume background. I apparently have very little pink in my stash, but I found some that I hope is to her liking.

Canadians Quilt - January

And finally, the Stash Bee. Courtney asked for these 9-patches, and I made her two since they were so quick and easy to put together.

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And now I’m done for another month! Next month I should only have 2 blocks to make, which is an easy amount for me. I think 2 bees is right at my comfort level.

Tutorial – Birds of the Air unit

I am still busy working on Bonnie Hunter’s recent mystery, Celtic Solstice.  I’m part of a FB group working on this quilt, and one of the members posted an alternate way of constructing the unit for step 5, Birds of the Air.  I thought I’d post a more detailed tutorial, in case anyone else, like me, had never heard of the method. Most of the instructions are on the pictures, but feel free to ask questions if you would like more details. I’m assuming anyone using this tutorial knows how to make an HST. 🙂

This is what we are going to make:
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You can arrange these units and make an amazing quilt out of them just on their own as well.  And that’s all there is to it!  It gets rid of sewing nearly all the bias edges, and is quick and accurate.  What more could you ask for?

Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I made a conscious decision to not do any blogging during my Christmas holiday.  Instead I wanted to enjoy the time I got to spend with the family that I don’t see very often.  I didn’t even sew anything for two weeks!  I never thought I would say this, but I had such a good time that I hardly noticed.  Until I got home, and saw my poor, neglected machine in the corner, while I still had to unpack, do laundry, take the tree down, etc.  But I sewed today, and it felt great!

I’m still working on Bonnie Hunter’s mystery, Celtic Solstice.  I have steps 1-3 completed now, but I don’t have photos of step 3 yet.

Bonnie Hunter Mystery 2013 - Part 2

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I really love the completed quilt now that the mystery has been revealed, and it has given me renewed motivation to finish it up after my break.  Between shoveling the sidewalk since it started snowing again, and making dinner and tucking little things in bed, I hope to make slow, but steady progress.  Always onwards!