Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Small, Smaller Smallest Blog Hop

It is my day on the Small, Smaller, Smallest blog Hop, hosted by fabulous Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. Here is the schedule for the event so make sure you visit them all as there will be lots of great projects to see.

For this blog hop we needed to made a small  project. So what I decided to do was pick a block I like and see how small I could make it.  My choice was the Ohio Star block.

One of my favourite quilt features this block in two sizes 12" and 6", so my goal was to see how much smaller I could make it. I pulled out the scrap bin and selected some fabric and set out to make a tiny Ohio Star block.

This is how I made it , just in case you fancy having a go.

1. Cut 2 x 2" squares from Contrasting fabrics. (2 squares from each fabric) Draw a diagonal line on the back of the lighter one.  Pair two contrasting squares right sides together.
Sew a 1/4" either side of your drawn line.

 Cut along the drawn line and press to the darker triangle. Trim up.

2.  Draw a diagonal line across your previous stitch line.

Pair two half Square triangle together right sides together, (as the seams were pressed to the dark the seams will nest together.) as you want the dark triangle matched up with a light triangle.  Sew either side of the drawn line and cut along the line Press seams open. Repeat with the other pair. Trim to 1 1/4" squares. Those tiny little star points are so cute.

3. Cut 5 x 1 1/4" background squares, layout your block as picture.

4. Sew into rows, pressing rows 1& 3 outwards and row 2 inwards. Sew the rows together. Press well.

Repeat steps 1-4 and make a second Ohio Star block. Mine ended up at 2 3/4". That is pretty small.

5. Cut 2x 2 3/4" squares, layout the two squares with the two star blocks. Sew into pairs, press to the plain square.

6. Sew the two pairs together to complete your mug rugs top.
7. Make a quilt sandwich and quilt.

8. Cut a 2 1/4" strip fold wrong sides together press. Sew your binding on with your preferred method.

Your mug rug is now completed.
Please visit the other bloggers and have a look at what they have made. The list is at the top of my post.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching

Saturday, March 3, 2018

March's Project Uninterrupted

It is Project Uninterrupted in store on Saturday and I had a full house, which is great. There was a mix of the regulars and a few new ladies. They were all doing hand work and the projects were all different. That makes for a very interesting day. It is always good when the shop is busy. The down size I don't get to spend as much time in the classroom. I can't have it both ways can I?  Here are the projects that were being worked on.

What is Project Uninterrupted I hear some of you ask?  It is a community of stitchers working on  finishing projects so we can start new projects. We have two stitching day a month in store the first Saturday and the third Sunday of the month which you need to book a spot. Plus we have the Cynthia's Ark Project Uninterrupted Facebook group which you can join and become a member no matter where you live in the world, so you don't have to live close by to stitch with us. We share our progress on projects, get inspired by other projects, help each other out when we get stuck, participate in our Project Uninterrupted monthly challenges and loads more.

 The Project Uninterrupted monthly challenge involves you posting a project goal at the beginning of the month. I will ask you to post but you don't have to wait for me to ask if you are ready. (It can be finishing a project, completing all your blocks on a project, quilting a project etc). You don't have to set a big goal if you are busy, small goals count. The aim is getting closer to finishing your project. When you complete your goal post a picture telling us that you reached it and I will put your name in the monthly draw for a prize.

My February Challenge was to do the binding on my Framed Up quilt and March's challenge for me is to complete the last nine blocks of my Desert Sky quilt.

  We are loving sharing our project in the group, it is very motivating even though we can't all get together and sew, we still have company somewhere in the world. If I get a few hours at the machine I will pop in to the group and ask what everyone is working on and see who is sewing with me. We love new members.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

One Monthly Goal for March

It is March and it is time to set this month's goal. There was only one choice for me and that is to finish February's goal. I did make some progress but I didn't make it to the 18 blocks I set myself.
I had 18 blocks left to make which I did manage to complete 9. So this month I need to complete the remaining 9 blocks. The ones I have completed.
They are cut out, so I need to sew them together.

I have linked my post to Elm Street Quilts so pop over and check out what everyone is working on.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching