Friday, February 15, 2013

Another Little Finish!

So yesterday I posted about this:

newbee quilters block- february

My first ever bee block! It was very exciting, of course. I thought it was going to be the only thing I got done this week, too, so I went ahead and prematurely linked to Finish it Up Friday.

But then I decided at the absolute last minute that I NEEDED a drawstring bag to put Mario's little gifts in. See, we agreed not to buy each other anything because we're both pretty broke until our new jobs start. But I did go out and buy a bit of candy and wrote a little note... I may or may not have cut out hearts from some pink paper. It was fun. I needed to put them in something, right? So I made this:

in color order drawstring pouch

A cute little drawstring pouch using the tutorial from Jeni at In Color Order. It was such a great, easy tutorial! I only had an hour and a half to get it done before Mario came home from work and I was able to choose fabric, iron it, cut it out, and finish the bag with a few minutes to spare! The only problem was that I didn't have any ribbon and I definitely didn't have time to make the ribbon out of fabric... So I used yarn. It's pretty ugly so I hid it for the picture ;) But I plan on getting some red ribbon to replace it. I am rather fond of the fabric I used. Two moose for the sort of focal point! How perfect is that? Moose are kind of a thing with us so I just HAD to fussy cut the fabric to put them in the center. I like it because it's Valentine's-y without being pink and girly. PERFECT. And he loved it, so even more perfect!

I actually got a lot more sewing done yesterday than I thought I would. After dinner and dessert (a delicious chocolate stout cake- from where else but Smitten Kitchen?) and a movie, Mario had a lot of paperwork to get started on. So I practiced some FMQ:

fmq practice
Found a use for the "irregular" squares from my Hounds Tooth quilt!
I know it's hard to see the white thread in the off-white fabric, but the upper left is swirls and the lower right is pebbles. I actually did a lot better on the pebbles on the white than the purple.

fmq pebbles close up

Still needs work, but I feel much better about actually quilting my Skill Builder blocks! I hope to get them both done this weekend so I can start on this month's blocks!

Linking up to Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts!


  1. Your FMQ practice blocks look great. I need to be doing some practice just like you're doing. I think your pebbles in the last photo look fantastic!

  2. Your FMQ looks great! I haven't tried the peppling yet but plan to soon.

  3. That bag is adorable (I have used the same tutorial -- love it!) and your FMQ looks great! I have tried pebbles with no luck at all. Your white ones really pop, makes me want to give it another shot.

  4. What a cute bag! You're so good practicing your FMQ -- I really need to put in some time there!

  5. good work on your FMQ - I have been practising too, I love the textures you have created!

  6. I love the colors in your block! Looks great! I also like your approach to quilting practice. I usually wait until I have a quilt to complete and that's always dangerous. Nice work.

  7. Your FMQ looks great! I haven't tried any yet, but I think your post has given me the kick in the pants I need to finally attempt it. Those pebbles, man. They remind me of bubble wrap :)


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