Saturday, March 19, 2011

FNSI #1 Results

My Friday Night Sew-In didn't exactly go as planned...there was some serious potty training progress tonight that kept me from getting started until around 8 o'clock, but I had a pretty good couple of hours with some good progress to show off, and now I'm tired and need to head to bed.  I've got a long day ahead of me tomorrow, visiting my mother to help her with computer troubles, and need to call it a night.

I did some prep work during naptime to make FNSI go a little smoother - I managed to baste both my Make Mine Modern mini-quilt and the MHC drunk love quilt.  I used spray baste for both, and my back seriously thanked me for it.  I can't get over how much easier and faster spray basting is.  I still used a handful of pins on the edges of the MHC quilt, since it's bigger, just to make sure it didn't slip.  I also wound a bunch of bobbins so I'd be ready to roll tonight.

Locked and loaded, ready to sew!

I started out on my Birdie Stitches block, which was a breeze to complete.  It seems like with each month, I get a little bit more proficient at embroidery and it goes by more quickly.  This one is awfully cute!

Birdie Stitches March - done!

Next, I quilted my bookshelf mini-quilt for the Make Mine Modern swap.  I really love how this one is looking at this point.  I'm

MMM quilting in progress

The last project I got started on was quilting my MHC quilt.  I can tell it's going to take a few sessions, much as I dislike the idea of several sessions.  The fabrics are very busy, and it's taking a lot of focus to stipple without overlapping the stitching.  Instead of going all over the place, like I usually do, I'm trying to actually stick to staying inside one block at a time, to make it easier to follow.  I like how the stippling is looking so far.  I'm two rows into it so far, with 10 blocks quilted. Only 20 left to go!

MHC quilting in progress

So, three bobbins emptied tonight.  A bit less than I expected, but I'm still happy with how my first Friday Night Sew-In turned out!  Have a great weekend!

Empty, empty


  1. I can't believe that I just discovered spray basting, too! 505, where have you been all of my life!?!?! And I'm right there with you with potty training!

  2. Congrats on the progress (both potty training and sewing)! Looks like you got quite a bit done.

  3. Well done! The birdie stitches block is adorable! I didn't sign up for FNSI and I'm glad - lil' G had a "nap" at about 6 while dinner was being prepared. I suspect bedtime will be later than usual tonight. Oh, well..

  4. Great progress. Potty training progress is an exciting reason to be delayed! All your work looks great. I really need to just learn to stipple already!

  5. Great progress there! I really like that little bird too!

  6. Hi Elisabeth! Vow so many lovely things in this and the last post! You are very quick with your sewing! I just love your book quilt - as I love also books, I would love to make this (I have even found some selvages)! Thank you for sharing this idea! Your embroidery bird is also so sweet!
    xxx Teje

  7. You still got lots done! Love the birdie stitches block! :)

  8. Looks like you made good progress to me! I love that bookshelf mini-quilt, how adorable.

    Hang in there on the potty training. : )

  9. You had a very productive FNSI. The embroidery block is so cute. I've been downloading those as they come out so that I can work on them at a future date once I've got my current embroidery projects completed.

  10. Hooray, for your progress! Congrats! I love that bookshelf quilt.

    And good luck on the potty training!

  11. Great projects Elizabeth! I love your bookshelf quilt, can't wait to see more!

  12. Great progress on the quilting. Love the bookshelf quilt with all the selvages!

  13. I really REALLY want that bookshelf quilt. A tutorial? Please??

  14. You had a really productive night. I love the birdie stitches block.
    The book shelf mini quilt looks fabulous, and great progress on the quilting.

  15. looks like you've gotten a lot done!! Your book shelf quilt looks amazing!!!


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