Thursday, October 27, 2011

My Amazingly Productive Day!

Yesterday, I got so much done!  I can't even believe it!  After months of just doing things here and there yesterday was a day of progress.

I started out, before my girls got up, finishing that Far Far Away II Scraptastic Tote that I talked about yesterday.

Then I went on to work on and finish two trick or treat bags that I had started a year and a half ago.  Leave it to me to leave something to the last minute, but at least they're finished now, before Halloween, and my girls love them!

For these bags, I started out using the tutorial I found on Sew4Home, but I changed mine up a bit.  I haven't made a lot of bags, and I'm no expert, but having just finished the other bag that morning, these went pretty quickly.

And then.  Oh man.  Paper piecing.

Let me back up.

I saw this super cute Christmas block on Sew Sweetness, and then looked into more details about it.  Sew Sweetness is hosting a "12 Days of Christmas" Sampler QAL, and this cute block was the first one in the series.  I have a lot on my plate right now, but I really, really want a Christmas quilt, and in fact, that's on my To Do List for 2011, but it's something I thought I wasn't going to get to.  So I convinced myself to follow this QAL, and then I'll have my Christmas quilt!

Then I found out this block involved paper piecing.  But I've been wanting to try paper piecing lately, because there's just some amazing stuff out there using this method. 

Then I started.  And I wanted to cry (and I may have actually shed a few tears...give me a break, though, I'm pregnant!).

Then I got stubborn and told myself not to give up, that this block would.not.defeat me!

So I finished it!  And by the time I got towards the end of it, the paper piecing did start making more sense.

As you can see, I didn't have quite enough of the one red with white polka dot fabric, so I decided to mix it up with another one to make the truck.  I think it turned out pretty cute!  And I actually learned something out of the process!

So there you have it.  Four things finished in one day.  I think that's a new record for me.


  1. That Christmas block is awesome! I've only paper-pieced traditional quilt blocks and while I liked the look of this one I thought it looked too hard. I'm glad you succeeded, maybe I'll give it a try.

  2. This is your first pp attempt? I would noticed if you haven't mention about this!
    It's really really great sewed. Your fabric selection is awesome and idea with different polka dots fabrics catches the eye!
    Thank you very much for sewing this block!

  3. Get down with your bad self, girlfriend!

    The Christmas block is AAAAAAdorable. So cute. I can't wait to hear all about it. :)

  4. So completely cute--I love the snowman!!!! You're really something!

  5. AND, the girls' bags are adorable! Great job again!

  6. very cute stuff! I think you are super talented!