Friday, January 12, 2018

Intentional (My word for 2018)
Hello 2018!  I hope that the new year finds you well.  For me a new year means reflection on the past, goal setting for the future and living actively in the present.  Personally (as well as globally) 2017 was a fairly chaotic year.  My husband's deployment at the beginning of last year, then a slew of house projects, my children's increased independence and my return to the work force (part time) this fall changed my routines and left me feeling a bit adrift.
So as most of us do, I have spent the last few days think about what I was for this year.  I have never been big on resolutions but I have decided that I want to be more intentional.
When you look up the definition you intentional you find...
adjective: intentional
 on purpose; deliberate.
  *synonyms:deliberate, calculated, conscious, intended, planned, meant, studied, knowing, willful, purposeful

 To live more intentionally I need to break habits and set some goals.  To accomplish these goals I'm making lists and put them where I can see them.  That includes listing them here to try having some accountability especially on the sewing and crafting ones.
1. Finish multiple UFO projects. I'm using American Patchwork and Quilting UFO challenge to keep me on track.  A few of these only require quilting and binding!
2. Make and wear more handmade garments.  I've created a "make 9" list to keep me focused. I'll be writing another post about the specifics of that next week.
3. Be fiscally responsible and eliminate some debt.  I mean that's the whole reason I got a job to start with.  I am being deliberate about putting money in savings to pay debt and treating it like a bill.
4. Work on my mental and physical health.  I am getting back in the habit of daily yoga using Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube.  She's an incredibly supportive and encouraging teacher.  She's got a 30 day program that just began called True and it's been great so far.   Yoga helps me feel more settled and calm my overactive mind.
5. Read more.  I "shopped" my bookshelf and have pulled a stack of unread books.  I'm make a list and have a doable goal of 1 a month.  You can find me on Goodreads if you want. 
6. Use time wisely, so I can be more present for my family.  On my days off I am going to better utilize the time I have to myself at home for sewing and crafting projects.  When my children and husband are home I am going to try to be more present in what they are doing.

I'd love to know what are your goals and resolutions for 2018 are?  Do you have any tips on how do you stay on track?  Don't forget to check back for a post next week about my list of garments I want to make this year.  AND I have a post coming soon for the first blocks of the Clementine Quilt Along.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Clementine Quilt-a-long

Can you believe that 2017 is swiftly coming to an end?  Christmas is only a week away and the new year is coming faster than I'd like!  I thought I'd better pop in and let you know that I'll be quilting along with the Fat Quarter Shop on their 2018 charity quilt.   The Clementine Quilt is a stunning sampler quilt with fun blocks in varying sizes.  It runs from January to July 2018, with all the proceeds going to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

If you are interested in more specific details you can read all about it in their blog post.

I thought you might be interested in seeing what I'm going to be working with...

I've loved every quilt I've seen made from V & Co's beautiful ombre fabric but this is the first time that I'll be sewing with it.  And I'll admit to being a bit giddy about it.  I'm excited to see how it works with the block in this pattern.  The Bella White is going to be my background fabric and the chambray is the boarders and accent fabric used to set the small blocks on point.

I may have had a bit too much fun photographing these lots of pictures!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Mini Charm Chocolates with Fat Quarter Shop

The Fat Quarter shop is at it again!  They just released another project in their Shortcut Quilts pattern line.  This time the pattern uses mini charm packs (2.5 inch squares).


I chose to make the table runner version that uses two mini charm packs.  I picked Chestnut Street by Fig Tree & Co because I want to create a fall-ish version of the pattern. 

You can check out the pattern and video on the Fat Quarter Shop's blog.  And don't forget to check out the other beautiful versions create with the pattern!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Cobblestone Stone Quilt with Fat Quarter Shop

The team over at the Fat Quarter Shop is at it again!  This time with another quilt in their Shortcut Quilt series.  The newest pattern, the Cobblestone quilt, is fat quarter friendly and a great way to show off your favorite prints. 

When it came time to choose what fabric I wanted to use, there was no question for me.  I knew it had to be Sweetwater's Hometown Christmas line.  To say I'm a fan of their designs would be a bit of an understatement.  Of the finished quilts in my house 3 are made from fabric they've designed, including one from their other Christmas line.  One of the things I enjoy about the way they design is the input they get from our quilting community.

The quilt comes together quickly and leaves hardly any scraps.  My quilt finished at about 63" x 80"  and is going to a great size for my whole family to snuggle under this winter.


I did simple straight line quilting to start with and I'm planning to go back and add some hand quilting in 12 wt. thread.  Not exactly sure but I'm thinking maybe some snowflakes or little trees. I love this binding fabric.  It finished the quilt off perfectly.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Handmade Wardrobe ~ Shirt No.1 Pattern

I have acquired quite a stash of fabric specifically saved for making clothes for my self and my kids.  I began collecting and making with it when we lived in Alaska because finding unique, well fitting garments was difficult in our little town.  Of course, we all know that stashes seem to grow faster than we can actually use them but I finally feel like I'm making a dent and getting more handmade items into my closet.

I recently watched a class on Creativebug by Sonya Philip's the designer behind 100 Acts of Sewing.  The class showed how to make her Shirt No. 1 pattern and a few really creative variations.  Since I'm pretty much a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl, the simple silhouette of this top will help me up my game without being uncomfortable. 

I was pretty confident that a straight up size L would fit me based on the fact that the pattern has a boxy shape, so I pulled out this great voile from an older Anna Maria Horner line.  With only two pattern pieces to cut, this top came together really quickly.  My only struggle was with the bias binding at the neckline...I had to try three times to get it to lay flat.


As you can tell it hits me higher on my hip, but since I'm fairly tall this wasn't a big surprise.  I will probably length the top a bit the next time I make one and I want to make one with the contrasting yoke.  I've already worn this one a couple of times and the voile will definitely make it easy to wear layered under a cardigan during Virginia's cooler months and in the summer when the humidity is  hits.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Lady of the Lake Quilt Block with Fat Quarter Shop

The Lady of the Lake block is the newest Fat Quarter Shop tutorial and pattern in their "Classic and Vintage Series".   This block is quick to make following their great tutorial (which can be found on their free pattern page) or go watch their YouTube video here.

The pattern suggest using half square triangle paper but since I didn't have any on hand I drew diagonal lines on my background fabric and stitched on either side with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  After that I used my rotating mat to cut along my pencil lines.

Then I lined up the triangles with the 45 degree line and cut them all together, creating the required HSTs.

 A helpful tip if you don't have one of those fancy rulers for trimming block is to run several layers of washi tape down the back side of your ruler along the 45 degree line.  It creates a little ridge that can rest up against the seam line making it easier to keep everything lined up while you trim.

 This pile of scraps was all I had from creating these blocks.  There is really very little waste!
 I've completed 16 blocks so far but had to stop because I ran out of the background fabric I was using and then bought the wrong color.  So hopefully in a few days I'll be able to go pick up what I need and get the rest of my blocks made.  My print fabric is a bundle of Amy Sinibaldi's Les Petits from Art Gallery.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Simply Mini Swap

So, a couple of weeks ago I shared my Mermaid Mini....well that was actually the second mini that I made with a mermaid.  The first was made for the Simply Mini Swap back in October 2015.  Based on my partner's preferences I created an ocean themed mini.  I created the ocean and coastline with the same curved cutting technique.

Then I sketched out the details that I wanted to include.  The scale of the details are much small to create the ocean scene.  I backed all the piece with fusible webbing and ironed them in place after I got them arranged in a way that I liked. 

I happened to have a Day Sail charm pack by Bonnie and Camille out on my sewing table when I was creating this mini and the little sail boats were perfect for this mini.  I used several of the other prints to help with the details of the lighthouse and mermaid's tail.

Intentional (My word for 2018)

Hello 2018!  I hope that the new year finds you well.  For me a new year means reflection on the past, goal setting for the future and li...