Sunday, February 07, 2016

4X7 Challenge - Week 1!

February's here and the 4x7 Challenge @ Berry Barn Designs is well underway. I knew it would be a true challenge for me to manage some sewing every day, but I managed fairly well this week. Here's my day by day breakdown!

Ah... the first day of February. Not just the start of the 4x7 Challenge, but also the first of the month. So my "sewing time" was more like stash time.

I spent a fair amount of time rummaging about in my stash cutting 2½ inch squares to form a lovely rainbow palette for the February Birthday Queen of the Birthday Bonus Club.

I managed two sessions of sewing on Tuesday! The first was preparing fabric, templates, and notions for an EPP demonstration. And the second was spent passing on some sewing skills. As I've before, I'm a leader with the oldest Branch of Canadian Girl Guides, Rangers. We watched an eye-opening documentary, Misrepresentation, and stitched while watching. I'm pleased to say that at least one of the Rangers in attendance was well and truly bitten by the EPP bug!

I counted this as a banked day as Tuesday had me in my studio a lot! I did spend some quality time with my MMQG Executive Peeps planning our first ever retreat. I am over the moon excited about this opportunity to sew all week-end long!

My sewing involved a little computer time to whip up a Kona Palette using Play Craft's Palette Builder 2.1.
I found an image on-line of this print from my stash, Dear Stella's French Lessons by Jack & Lulu and got to building.
I ♥ that selvage! Off I went to my Kona stash. I'm always amazed at how well the Palette Builder matches the colours in one's image. I had to make a few little substitutions in keeping with The Year of the Stash.
 Now I've got bits and pieces all cut out for my vacation EPP project!

Does fixing my Himself's ski mitts count as selfish sewing? ☺ I'm going to say it does!

Alas, a day's driving with DT left absolutely zero in my personal tank for sewing. Not even a few stitches of EPP.

I'm linking up with Sarah @ Barn Berry Designs.
Berry Barn Designs
To sum up Week 1, no projects finished, but definitely some sewing play time. Week 2 is going to be all about EPP and cross-stitch.



  1. Wow, you have quite a lot of Kona! That's awesome you can pull so much just like that - and I love Pallette Builder : ) I hope your retreat turns out amazing! I'm jonesing for one myself... I really need to get connected with a local group soon.

  2. How awesome to have the Kona on hand to coordinate so well with that print. What did you sub out (out of curiosity / if you remember)? :)

  3. Hi! Looks like your week went quite well and I hope this week will even better! That fabric is fantastic and with solids you will create something special! x Teje

  4. That Paris fabric!! I'm a French teacher, so..... :)

    I too jumped on the rainbow this week, as you can see in my post, and I see at least one of your fabrics in mine! I can't wait to see what yours looks like because I already have another rainbow percolating in my noggin!

  5. Oh those fussy cut diamonds! So exciting to see another EPP project. And that yummy rainbow of squares from your stash makes me smile, it's so happy. :)

  6. Considering the week you had, I think you did quite well. Kudos!!

  7. A very busy week! Isn't Kona!s palette builder fun? I haven't used it for real yet, but plan on some Kona fun this weekend! A retreat? What fun! Can't wait to hear more about it. XO

  8. Love your fussy cutting and all those pretty Kona fabrics.

  9. So busy! I wish I had the time for this challenge. But maybe that it the whole point. Making the time...hmmmm

  10. I have had to fix cycling gloves. It counts.
    I love the fussy-cut diamonds. They are working well and fitting the shapes perfectly. We have had visitors all week so I managed to do a little EPP while still chatting to everyone and being sociable.

  11. I will have to try out that Palette Builder. I've recently seen a quilt pattern with all solids that I love. I think I want to purchase the background solid but use my stash for the rest :)


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