Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Holiday Sewing

This was the second holiday season I have been making things with fabric. Both years I decided to make handmade gifts. Of course, this meant I was madly dashing to get things done. I never have enough time! I always think I can manage what I have planned and it never seems to be the case. I still have a pile of UFOs from this year and last year! One last unfinished placemat and all these half-made bowl cozys! 

Thankfully I did finish a few of the Bowl Cozys and people seemed to be happy to receive them! It is difficult to know if they "mean it" or are just being nice, but I think most people like the concept so I hope they are enjoyed by the recipients! I had wanted to make two or three for each person but that definitely did not happen. I probably could have finished up a few more on Christmas Eve, but I decided to prioritize going sledding with my family instead. This was no doubt the right choice, we had a blast and made memories together.

I added some Fruit Spread made by my friend at Mt. Hope Farms. I haven't tried it myself (not on my food plan!) but everyone I have talked to that has raves about it. Check out their Facebook page she is doing some great videos with fun and unique recipe ideas. 

I am off work this week and really need to spend most of the week cleaning the house. But I will probably spend much of it sewing of course. I've got a few bee blocks to make and am so close to being done with my Wayward Transparency Quilt (just need to add the corners!). I'm debating about joining the Elizabeth Hartman All the Animals Sew Along hosted by Gnome Angel but I also have a few other quilts on my mind that might take priority. My Garden Snails Quilt is needing finished, and my Sew All the Curves Quilt is calling me still. And I want to finish quilting my #100blocks100days2017 quilt. I love it, but quilting it on my tiny little machine is so much work!!! 

Wish me luck on my cleaning!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

2018 Planning Party!!!

Obviously I could use a good excuse to write a blog post, it has been awhile! So I'm joining the #2018PlanningParty hosted by Quilting Jetgirl.

As we near the end of 2017 I'm proud of my quilty accomplishments. I'm an "all or nothing" kind of person so during the first part of the year I overcommitted with the 52 Weeks with the Quilter's Planner SAL, the Garden Snails Quilt SAL, the Long Time Gone SAL, and my second go at 100 Days 100 Blocks. These were the major projects, but you can see a few other random makes scattered through my Instagram Feed. I'm really happy with everything I worked on, but it took a lot of time and as a result other things were neglected.

In fall I did start a few other SALs and projects but I really needed to find more balance and not let them take over. I needed to prioritize making lunch for my kids and being a swim Mom. This left little time for sewing and that is okay. I'm back at it a bit more, and excited that I'm almost finished with my Wayward Transparancy Quilt (blog post to come!).

As I near the end of my second year as a piecer/quilter I have been reflecting on how my work has evolved and where I'm at now. Through practice I feel like it is inevitable to become more skilled in the technical and creative aspects of piecing/quilting. I do feel more confident in selecting fabric and putting it together. Or at least more confident in what I like and what I want to create. I can only see this evolution continuing. When I started I was all prints, no solids. I couldn't envision having any desire to work with solids. Now that is where I am drawn. I never imagined working without a pattern created by someone else. And while I still primarily working with the guidance of patterns by others, I have more of my own ideas and feel like I am able to bring my own spin to things just a little more than before. I want to see where 2018 takes me creatively and how I continue to evolve as a maker and creator.

So what are my plans an resolutions for 2018? Really just continuing to strive for balance and keep growing. I do have a wild idea for a very small niche business that would use my sewing skills. I'm not sure if I will actually keep going with the idea, but it is fun to consider. I've been cross stitching when I'm places that I can't sew and I'd like to keep doing that and maybe get back to knitting a bit. And I'd really like to be better at blogging. I always had the dream of participating in the New Quilt Bloggers Hop but I'm never able to meet the minimum post requirements (I'd rather be sewing!). Maybe I can step up my game for 2018.... We'll see!

am so grateful to Yvonne AKA Quilting Jetgirl for giving me the push to write a new post and for the nudge to really reflect on this past year and what is ahead for 2018! Looking forward to seeing the other #2018PlanningParty posts!!!

2018 Planning Party

Monday, March 27, 2017

Synnove (2017 Finish-A-Long Q1 #2)

I'm excited to be posting my second finish for the 2017 Finish Along! You can find my original post with details about my Finish-A-Long goals HERE.

I met my goal of finishing this Synnoeve quilt by 2/10 so I could give it to my Mom tfor her birthday. She loves yellow so I thought it was perfect for her. I'm happy with how it turned out even though I couldn't get the best picture. I actually had yellow thread that matched the backing perfectly. Happy with how it turned out. 

Pattern and fabric by @patbravodesign purchased from @quilterscandybox

100 Blocks 100 Days / Tula Pink's City Sampler (2017 Finish-A-Long Q1 #1)

I'm excited to be posting my first finish for the 2017 Finish Along! You can find my original post with details about my Finish-A-Long goals HERE.

I worked hard and was successful in completing my 100 blocks / Tula City Sampler by January 25, 2017. Here is a picture of the final finish!

I have been using it ever since and I still feel joy every time I look at it! The best part about making and finishing this quilt was the wonderful group of quilty friends I made through the process. I was able to connect with so many wonderful and inspiring quilters and I'm glad I made these connections! 
Too many different fabrics to list. Total mishmash.
Sashing: Cotton & Steel

Warm and Natural

Aurifil 50wt Grey and Black (Backing)

Everything sewn/quilted on my very modest but hardworking Janome Magnolia 7330.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Quilting JetGirl Alison Glass Challenge

Since I recently completed a small project using my new bundle of Seventy Six fabric by Alison Glass I figured I might as well write up a post about it so I could join the fun challenge hosted by Quilting Jetgirl. 

Quilting Jetgirl Alison Glass Challenge

My finished project is actually quite modest, but it is still a finish! I have been thinking about creating at least one quilt with a quote that I love (still deciding on the quote!). So I took advantage of multiple Thanksgiving sales to purchase some letter patterns. I wanted to try a few of them out, and to use this amazing new Alison Glass fabric I had just received. So I got the idea for a small project I could make -- and In/Out sign for my cubicle at work! 

This little project gave me a good sense of what the letter patterns will look like in a quilt with the bonus of being practical because I use it everyday. Wish I would have switched the colors though, because I love the "out" side so much but I never see it because it is only facing that direction when I'm not there!

Thanks for the fun challenge, looking forward to making more with this amazing fabric line!

Friday, January 13, 2017

2017 Finish- A-Long

I'm a little bit late to the party, so I'm going to make this post short and sweet. I love the extra motivation that a little contest with fun prizes gives me to finish stuff so I'm joining the 2017 Finish Along for a few projects I really want to tie up this quarter. Since this is the first time I've done this I'm going to start small and manageable.

1. 100 blocks / Tula City Sampler: My goal is to have this quilted and bound by 1/25 to be eligible for the #100BlocksFinished prizes. Not sure it will happen, but I'm trying. It will be done by the end of March.

2. Mini Quilt from Quilter's Candy Box: This is for my Mom. For Christmas, which I obviously missed. New goal is to have it done by her birthday on 2/10. Needs backed, quilted, bound.

3. Missouri Star: I am close to being done with quilting, just need to decide how far I want to go with the quilting. Will set my goal of finishing by the end of March.

Good luck to everyone participating!