What’s on my Sewing Table – Midsummer Edition

Oh my goodness – it’s hard to believe that July is here. I thought I’d share a little bit of what is happening right now on my sewing table. My sewing mojo tends to wax and wane in the summer months, but at the moment I’m feeling motivated and enjoying sewing, so I’m running with that and even enjoying it too. 

Baby Lock Accomplish Sewing machine

Here’s what I’m currently working on.  I also want to clear-up any mystique that quilts appear overnight out of thin air around here, so I’m trying to be more transparent about progress reports.

This past week I’ve been working on sewing on the sashing and cornerstone blocks of the Riley Blake Quilt Block Challenge Sampler quilt. Oh man, I love it! Here’s a little peek of how it’s looking so far. I’m going to attach one more border and get it off to the quilter’s this week. 

Free Sampler Quilt Pattern 2021 from Riley Blake Designs

After it’s bound, I’ll be sharing pictures of the full, finished quilt. You can find the links for the free block patterns + the finishing instructions here. 

I’m toying with the idea of putting together a small number of kits using the same fabrics I used in my version. If you’d be interested in one, will you leave a comment? I’d like to get an idea of the amount of interest and possible number of kits to make.

Also currently on my sewing table is this new kid on the block. I’ve been working with Baby Lock Sewing Machines for a few years now and they recently sent me a new machine to try out and review. This is the Accomplish and I’m having a lot of fun learning about and playing with this purely mechanical, straight stitch machine. It’s a speedy machine!

I’ll be sharing my review + what I’m learning next week, so stay tuned for that.

Flannel Stuffed Bears for Dolls of Hope

Also on my sewing table at the moment – I’m making more stuffed bears for Dolls of Hope. I’ve been cleaning out my fabric stash and found a bunch of flannel. A few weeks ago Dolls of Hope put out a plea for more bears as their requests have grown recently now that NGO’s and other aid workers are able to resume more humanitarian causes. And the need has grown.

Charity sewing - Flannel Stuffed Bears

These bears are a good handwork project for me this summer. I can stitch faces quickly or stuff bears while hanging out with my family. Last summer I was making a kajillion facemasks – it’s nice to get back to making toys for kids instead.

If you’re looking for ideas, I’ve got a list of other causes in need of charitable sewing here.

I live not far from the Dolls of Hope distribution center. If you’d like to sew bears and send them flat, I’ve got some expert stuffers and we can stuff them and deliver them to Dolls of Hope. Email me directly at amy@diaryofaquilter.com for details.

Star Free motion Quilting

Also on my table today – I just picked up my Sparklers quilt from Sew Shabby Quilting last night. Here’s a preview of the quilting – it’s perfect for this quilt! I’m hoping to get the binding sewn on tonight so I can sit and finish the hand-binding tomorrow while watching Wimbledon and have it finished for the 4th of July!   

Also on my sewing table – this little “squirrel” project. These are all of the triangles I trimmed when making the Sparkler quilt. After talking scraps last Friday on the Quilting Hour with Lee of May Chappell and Heather of The Sewing Loft (it was SO much fun. You can find the replay here) I’ve been feeling inspired to play with scraps.

And since this little bowl of them was sitting next to my sewing machine, I started feeding them through chain-stitch-style making mini half square triangle blocks. I’m not 100% sure of their final destiny yet, but having fun playing, for sure.

Here’s another glimpse of what’s happening around here – I’m trying to get out to the mountains at least once a week. I always feel rejuvenated after. Normally summer kind of wears me out, but this one is feeling much more manageable.  I think part of it has to do with comparing life to the past two summers – two years ago navigating a house disaster and last year navigating a global disaster. By comparison, this summer feels pretty pleasant. And I’ll take it!

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  • Reply
    July 3, 2021 at 7:21 am

    No; your quilts DO appear overnight out of thin air around here! Ha! I am amazed at the amount and quality of your quilts, Amy. It is a pleasure to read about each new project that you are working on, and it is inspiring. I have been working on two quilts for over a year; you would have had them finished and quilted way before now! You are truly talented and amazing.

    • Reply
      July 3, 2021 at 1:06 pm

      Hah – it’s true – I’ve been on a good roll recently. Thanks so much for your kind words. But don’t be hard on yourself. These projects are also my business/job, so there’s a little extra motivation to have stuff to share. 😉

  • Reply
    Margery Pinnetti
    July 3, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    Amy, you ARE amazing and inspiring. Your quilt challenge project is gorgeous. You refresh us!

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    Erin Sandman
    July 3, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    Your quilts are stunning. I’d be interested in a kit for the RBC quilt or at least more information. I like your color combination. Thank you!

  • Reply
    July 5, 2021 at 5:48 am

    Hi Amy!! Yes I would definitely be interested in a kit!! I love love love everything that you do!! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing gift!!!

  • Reply
    July 17, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    I’m late commenting, but I’d love to see a kit! I haven’t done the challenge yet, but have at least downloaded all the patterns. I’m so taken with yours because of the dark background and beautiful blues and reds. I’ll keep watching in case you decide to do it.

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    Margery Pinnetti
    August 21, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    Your finished challenge quilt is GORGEOUS. Your color choices are perfect. You keep inspiring us, Amy! Bless you!

    • Reply
      August 22, 2021 at 3:06 pm

      Thank you, Margery! xo

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