Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tuesday Archives #181: Marking Tools

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This week's theme is: Marking Tools
LOL! Oh I love when I'm late to my own party! Especially, when I'm really looking forward to this week's linky theme. Seriously, I've YET to find a marking tool that I like. 
I've used pencils, pens and even chalk...but no favorite yet. 
Lea Anne who blogs at Poduck Pretties wrote a helpful post  last week that highlighted markers AND included a detailed variety of ways to get rid of a stubborn stain left behind! Arg! I think I would cry.

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Family Fun!

Surprise family visits took precedence of my weekend sewing...and that's a okay with me,
as these are the people I create many of my quilts for anyways!
 My report this week:
Days with sewing this week:  4 out of 7
Days with sewing this month:  14 out of 21
Days with sewing this year:  14 out of 21
Success rate:  57%

I did get a few more scrappy flowers sewn and pre-cut fabric for my February OMG. I'm actually "recycling" last year's Valentine Quilt that I never finished using a MUCH quicker pattern.
Stay tuned, as I get my long-arm back this week after being in for some much needed TLC. (Admittedly, I messed up the hook balance too.) Anyhoo...I can't wait to get some things done!

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

A Quilty Nap...

 The only sunny spot in our home right now:
Such an unseasonal winter we are having. 
So very mild in comparison to our Winter Snow last year!
But it's still cold out...so when I can't find Jackson, I know this is where to look! I'm looking forward to a quiet afternoon of sewing as I too stay warm and await for our house guests to arrive later this afternoon. And yes! That includes two cute little grand guys on top of a surprise visit from our niece last night and again tonight. Love these kind of last minute surprises. Love staying up till 1:00 in the morning by a warm fire, sipping tea and catching up with family. I'll drop in to share my progress in the sewing room tomorrow. Until then, Happy Saturday everyone!!

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tuesday Archives #180: Modern Quilts

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This week's theme is: Modern Quilts 
A quote from the Modern Quilt Guild helps us define the genre today:
"Modern Quilters bring a new bold new aethetic to a craft dominated by traditional and art quilting. The clean lines and stylish color schemes prevalent in modern quilting appeal to fans of sophisticated modern design."
This is our second time visiting this theme, the last being two years ago.
From that linky, I found Jasmine's modern take on the traditional Farmer's Wife:



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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Scrap Play!

I've continued to enjoy Kate's 15 Minute to Sew Challenge and even finished my Jan. OMG Snowman Jelly Roll into a flimsy. Here's just a peek as I'm hoping to get my long-arm back from some well needed maintenance and actually have it finished by month's end.

I also started a CREATIVE project that I've had in the back of my head:
I've never done strip piecing.
I've been wanting to use text prints against bold, print  for e v e r.
With that said, this makes for the perfect 15 minutes of sewing after a long day at work.
It's going to be fun to watch this project evolve, as right now I have no plan accept to continue having fun creating these scrappy flowers that seem to be quickly blooming from my scrap basket.
Quilting is more fun than Housework
 My report this week:
Days with sewing this week:  5 out of 7
Days with sewing this month:  10 out of 14
Days with sewing this year:  10 out of 14
Success rate:  71%
Stay tuned!

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tuesday Archive #179: Machine Binding

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This week's theme is: Machine Binding

I have yet to master the "art" of machinge binding. Seriously, though I prefer the look of handing binding, machine binding is a bit more durable for all the toddler quilts I make. Yet,  I can never get that beautiful, straight finish on the reverse side. Anyhooo.... this is my "go to" tutorial, by Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew, that I use when I do finish a quilt using machine binding.
 I appreciate her step by step, illustrated directions.
 



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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Jan. OMG: Jelly Roll Progress

 I continue to enjoy stitching my Anni Downs BOM.
I'll receive my final block next month and will have the whole quilt baste stitched. At which time, I look forward to adding a bunch of Sue Spargo's creative stitching as this continues to be my evening stitching project though-out 2018. I can't wait to add a bunch of whimsical details to this piece.

And have found motivation in the rejuvenation of Kate's 15 Minutes a day linky:
Days with sewing this week:  5 out of 7
Days with sewing this month:  5 out of 7
Days with sewing this year:  5 out of 7
Success rate:  71% 

This is a perfect statistic for me as my "15 minutes" doesn't include my evening stitching. Instead, I;m using this linky as motivation to get myself into my studio and sewing. And it worked!
I got all my jelly roll strips sewn and pressed this week. Four sets of six:

Three sets of five:
At this pace, I'll have these cut and sewn into a flimsy by next week's report. This will put me right on track for meeting my OMG. Happy New Year to me! Thanks for the motivation Kate. 
Linking up with everyone else at:

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Jan. OMG: Snowman Jelly Roll

This year I'm setting out to De-stash projects I've had sitting around for way too long. Each month this year, I'm going to use the motivation of the OMG Linky to get them done one month at a time.  With that said, say hello to January's OMG: 
Turning this Snowman Gatherings II Jelly Roll by Moda into a quilt top. 
I have a quick and easy pattern that allows for some easy strip sewing.
Thank so very much for organizing this event for us Patty!
I'm looking forward to a productive year of De-stashing.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

California Thomas Fire Quilts

I'm answering Carole's "call for"  quilt blocks as she sets out to create two quilts for the California Thomas Fire victims. Her goal is 60 blocks. How easy it was to dig through my scraps and in less than 45 minutes, I had these two blocks done and ready to send to Carole. I'm a firm believer that many hands make for light work. I wanted to share this with you, as well, can you imagine how good it will feel for these victims to receive a homemade quilt from strangers during a time when one has lost everything and their faith is being tested. 
I hope you'll think about joining me in answering Carole's call for help.You can find this Thomas Fire Relief 12-inch block design at the Ventura Quilt Guild HERE. 
Click HERE to stop by Carole's blog: From My Carolina Home for the details of her mission.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

The Need to CREATE in 2018!

Happy Happy New Year! WOW! 2018!
Boy this time of year finds many of us reflecting and taking inventory of many areas of our lives.
I have found myself doing the very same thing and came to realize that I have not kept an 
"idea/sketch" journal since 2015! I don't even know how that happened...but it did.

Yet, like many of you I'm sure, tons of  unmanifested ideas are always floating around in my little head. I have also found myself  more often than not, wanting to add more originality to my quilts and sewing. So I took some time this New Year's Day and set out to resolve this. I grabbed one of my 5"x 8" Moleskin books, some washi tape, pulled out my old scrapbooking supplies and walla:
YES! 2018 is going to be my year to:
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I want to create more original quilts like THESE. 
I want to create more time IN my studio sewing. 
Thus, I'll be joining Kate's 15 Minutes a Day Challenge.
I want to create monthly goals that will help me empty my stash of kits/projects. 
Thus I'll be setting OMG and linking with everyone at: 
 I also want to continue to create opportunities for my Second Graders to explore sewing/knitting.
I'm in the process of creating a donorschoose.org project and will continue to share updates here on the ol' blog. And finally, I will continue to take good care of myself as I carry on the habits of  healthy meal plans with my hubby, my daily exercise schedule and walks with Jackson, sleeping well, drinking lots of water and green tea (and maybeeee less wine) and well, continue enjoying life.  
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But most exciting to me, notice these aren't so much goals?  It's weird, with all that said, I've noticed over the past few years, my youthful "goal setting, go-getter" self has gradually morphed into this "self-accepting, content" middle aged woman. I have evolved through this transition finding myself wanting to have a more creative life. I have visions of my studio bursting with new projects. My roles of being defined as a mother and a teacher no longer feed my esteem. My children are grown. I can teach with my eyes shut. (It's been 29 years and though I still enjoy teaching, it just doesn't challenge me anymore.)I like to grow. I like to learn new things. I don't just want to sew quilts anymore, I want to create quilts. (Vivian..I DID order the Growing Gills book you recommended on your blog. Thanks!) But, I seriously have no idea what this is going to look like!  I just know I have this growing desire to be more creative and self-expressive in my sewing process. I know getting back to my sketch book will help. I know the fact that I work full time stands in the way of my creative process but with seven  more years still to go...I need to be more intentional in nourishing my creative heart now! I'm excited about the possibilities and kinda curious what changes will occur. It really is a "Happy Day" and seriously, thank you for joining me as I set out on this journey to evolve as a creative type in 2018. It think it's going to be fun! Well, Happy Happy New Year again and here's wishing you health, happiness and success with your 2018 intentions as well.

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