Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Sparkle Punch Top!

Hi friends!
Took an unplanned little bloggy break.  My 9 year old computer decided it was time to retire and I've spent some time trying to get my files off of it.  Now I'm the proud owner of a shiny new iMac desktop and am back online.  I'm loving the new computer and hope we have a long, long friendship!

The Sparkle Punch quilt top is finished!  Hurray!!!!!
It took several days to get it all together, and I have to say by the time I got into the last quarter of it I was really forcing myself to work on it because it is darn tedious, but seeing it whole just makes my heart sing.


Here's a couple closer looks.


Sparkle Punch is already with the long arm quilter.  I sent it to the same quilter who quilted the first one for me back in 2012.  I can't wait to see it all finished!!  Need to dig around in the stash and find a good print to make the binding.  

Hope your day has lots of Sparkle, too!
Staci

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sparkle Punch is Growing!

Sparkle Punch has been taking up every moment I have for sewing right now.  It is a very time consuming project.  First 30 squares are assembled into a block.  All the seam allowances are pressed open so every seam has to be pin matched.  It's a S L O W process!

Then four blocks are assembled into a quarter.  Lots of smiling goes on at this point!  All the hours of work are starting to really pay off!

Then the quarters are joined and finally half the quilt is assembled!
Might have been a Snoopy Style happy dance!

And I might have walked back into the sewing room about a dozen times just to look at it again.  And hubby might have been dragged from the front door directly to the sewing room when he came home from work... ; )

Hope your projects are bringing you joy, too!
Staci

Previous Posts about this project:
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Seeing Pretty Pretty Spots: 1st Quarter FAL Prize

FAL 2016

When the 1st quarter of the Finish-A-Long ended there was a prize drawing and I was one of the very very lucky winners!  I was so surprised!  I won a $20 gift certificate for Sew Me A Song. (click HERE to visit the shop!)  It's a shop on Etsy filled up with all kinds of wonderful Japanese fabric as well as other modern fabrics.  I spent an awful lot of time looking at all the pretty things.  In fact, I looked at every single item in the shop. When I found this bundle though, I knew this is what I wanted.  
These are Honeycomb Dots by Yuwa of Japan.  
Seriously, aren't these some of the most fabulous dots EVER??
I think my love affair with dots will never get old!

I applied the gift certificate toward this fat quarter bundle, paid the balance and the shipping and eagely waiting for my package from Maine to arrive. 
And you know what?  
The fabric is even better than I thought it would be!  

Don't know what I'll do with these lovely fat quarters yet, but whatever it is will be WONDERFUL!!

Thank you, thank you, Rebecca of Sew Me a Song!

Happy Quilting!
Staci