The snow will not stop in New England. I’ve long lost count of how much has accumulated. Let’s just say we stopped measuring in inches weeks ago.
I don’t mind winter or the snow, but I do mind being cooped up in my house with a 4-year-old and 6-year-old. We’ve passed the many unexpected days off of school by making Valentine’s cards, playing board games, taking double bubble baths, going on treasure hunts, hiding and seeking, and baking cookies. And courtesy of Paw Patrol and Tickety Toc, I’ve sewed—for sanity. (Please don’t misread that last sentence. You should sew. Watching Paw Patrol and Tickety Toc will drive you bonkers. For whatever reason, my kids love those shows.)
The latest finish to emerge from these hours at home is my Oh Christmas Tree wall hanging for the Curves Class I’ve been taking. I love it!
I love this quilt’s navy sky and snowy gray hills. I love the greens in the tree, most of which are new to my stash. I love the light blue Botanics fabric that serves as background to the star. But most of all, I love that I sewed this all on my new machine, a Janome 1600P-QC, and that I actually quilted a project to completion.
My quilting confidence had been running low. My last sizable finish—back in October!—caused me woe. Recent forays into FMQ were not successful. These events did a number on my psyche, but I’m going to take this win and run with it!
I still have two more weeks of instruction for Curves and then a few weeks to wrap up Curves-related projects. In other words, prepare yourself for more talk of curvy piecing.
If all this talk of curves piques your interest, you can still sign up for the Stitched in Color class. Although formal instruction ends in two weeks, the class blog is available through March 19, and the premium version includes an ebook, so you can piece your curves at your leisure.
Another alternative is Angela Pingel’s book A Quilter’s Mixology. She recently released a companion DVD as well. I haven’t gotten my hands on either yet. If you have, I’d love to hear your take, especially if you’re familiar with the Stitched in Color class on curves.
I’ve been keeping tabs on my Curves classmates’ projects, but how about you? What is your experience with piecing curves? What would you recommend for projects after my class ends? (Keep in mind that I don’t like to hand-sew—ever!)
Oh, I mentioned this before, but the dot-laden fabrics in Oh Christmas Tree are my take on the latest theme from Le Challenge!
Linking up to Sew Cute Tuesday, Let’s Bee Social, Needle and Thread Thursday, TGIFF at Quilt Matters, and Finish It Up Friday ...