I'm linking up to Lynne's Fresh Sewing Day:

Fresh Sewing Day

Well I have to say I was a little disappointed in my productivity this month until I started doing my mosaic and realised I'd made more than I thought! January was a really long month! I had such a slump after Christmas and was recently ill but I seem to have spurts where I achieve a fair bit and I do really love all the things I've made.

I finished the Hacienda quilt, my Not So Charming Rainbow Stars Quilt top and did a little fmq, a camera case and a thimble pocket! I also made a sewing machine cover, two sewing cases and a zip pouch. I'm most proud of completing four rose and star blocks this month, having never done any English Paper Piecing before - I'm totally hooked and loving every part of it! If you want to join in the Rose and Star Block Party is being run by the very talented Selfsewn :)

Since it's Wednesday I'm linking to Freshly Pieced:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


Two more Rose and Star blocks:

I also did the Blogger's BOM:

still not convinced about where I'm going with this


I managed to fmq five more stars on my Not So Charming Rainbow Stars Quilt last night! In the zone!!:

There's only 3 left to do so I'm hoping to do that tonight and then it just needs binding. I originally thought about using Kona charcoal but actually I don't have that much spare and I realised I still had some of the backing fabric left over when I cut the length so I'm going to use that instead :)

I've also been working on some Bee Blessed blocks, my first contribution.

tutorial: http://modifytradition.blogspot.com/2009/11/amish-diamond-tutorial.html
I made two different blocks and they both went horribly wrong. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. They both came out about half an inch too small (12" square instead of 12.5"). Any clues?? My seams are all 1/4" and I don't know why this has happened.
If anyone has any good links to SIMPLE 12.5 blocks for beginners that I can try not to mess up please let me know. I feel so annoyed about it but obviously I need some practice. Sorry Judith I will try again and failing that send you some fabric!!

no progress:

The secret quilt - I have to do something on this by next week. seriously.

completed: 0 (well 3 blocks but I think I have to stop counting them!!)
new projects: 0
in progress: 3


Finally it's Weigh In time at Missy Mac Creations:

Weigh In Wednesday

Although honestly can I just skip it?? I've done nothing, ate rubbish and been ill.
There's been no change. I haven't gained or lost anything. Just feel blah about it.
I have been walking but clearly all the carbs I've inhaled after feeling better haven't helped anything.
Need a bit of motivation!!

Any ideas about the blocks or improving my clear misinterpretation of instructions would be very helpful too :)