weekly update

Perspective

First, I’d like to thank everyone that gave me their thoughts on how to get over my quilter’s block. I think Pattern 103 is just going to go on hold for a little bit as I work through it.  I apologize in advance if this post gets to be too personal.  Last Wednesday, one of my good friends I’d fallen out of touch with in the past few years committed suicide.  I found out Thursday via a Facebook post of a mutual friend, and this has since altered my entire perspective on life and subsequently quilting.  A couple things on where my head is at now:

  • If you have thoughts of self-harm or can’t trust being around yourself, reach out to the Association for the Preservation of Suicide–www.afps.org–or go to the emergency room. Please seek help!
  • Life is much too short.
  • I need to keep better in touch with the people who matter.
  • I never thought I’d want to see my high school yearbooks so badly before.  (Thanks to my mom, who is sending them in the mail to me)
  • You should enjoy life as much as possible (See point about how life is short).
  • Quilting should be fun, and I should work on fun stuff.

So I decided that I wanted to make a Mario quilt from Super Mario Brothers.  I used a fusible grid that is pretty much a super light fusible interfacing that has grid lines printed on them to show where you put your squares of fabric.  I took enough photos to write a tutorial for next week.  Anyway, he turned out super cute!  I was a little concerned when I did the color matching that some of the colors wouldn’t look right, but he is pretty perfect!  Now to put on a border to stabilize the quilt top, do some quilting, and bind it!

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This week’s Quilters Planner Block was Hourglass at Sunset By Kim Soper of Leland Ave Studios.  I picked out my high school colors to make the block given the nostalgic mood this week.  Purple and Gold, go Eagles!

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After that, I decided I really needed to finish a quilt. Seeing as I thought I’d work on the Modern Heritage Block of the Month quilt last week, I started digging in since I was only 3 months behind plus a redo month. This is what the quilt layout looked like before I started making blocks this week. It’s missing Month 5, 7, 8, and 9.

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I completed the Month 5 blocks as you may recognize from my paper piecing tutorial a few weeks ago.  At the time, I only made the one block for the tutorial and left the other two untouched.

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These are month 7’s blocks.  These are 6″ finished blocks, so the pieces are fairly small. I think this quilt has taught me I really like big blocks!

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5/30-6/6 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Friday PM, Saturday and Sunday afternoon

Projects I want to work on:
Quilter’s Planner Block
Modern Heritage BOM
Mario
Show and Tell Tote

Goals for the Projects:
Quilters Planner Block: Complete this week’s Block
Modern Heritage BOM: Finish Month’s 8 and 9 and assemble quilt
Mario: Add borders, quilt, and bind.
Show and Tell Tote: Make one.  (I ordered interfacing, it’ll get here Thursday.  I can’t wait!)

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weekly update

Quilter’s Block

I feel I have a quilting version of Writer’s Block…so Quilter’s Block? The cause is Pattern #103, but I’m not quite sure why I’m not able to make progress on it.  It’s not technically a hard block, and it looks amazing in the simulated photos, like nothing I’ve seen done before. But why can’t I seem to get myself to make progress and actually work on it?  That’s the million dollar question.  With secret sewing, I don’t want to share until it’s completely finished and the pattern is written in fear someone else will take the design and get to the market faster than me.  I’m thinking maybe I need to make a smaller version of this quilt for the pattern and then make the larger one at a later time.  Any thoughts?

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I participated in the Starbucks Mug Rug swap in which we made a mug rug and then shipped it with a Starbucks mug with extras to our partner.  I decided to make a mug rug called “Orange Slice” designed by Lindsey Weight.

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The mug rug uses raw edge applique and bias binding. I finally looked up how to do a blanket stitch on my machine instead of the zigzag.  But in actuality, I think I prefer the zig zag look. I used a lightweight heat and bond to fuse the slices on the background and Insulbright as the mug rug batting. I love this mug rug so much, I think I need to make one for myself.

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This week’s Quilter’s Planner block, Ocean Fun By Jinger Snapp-Laplace of Trials of a Newbie Quilter, also used applique.  I used the same raw edge applique technique as the orange slice, but I used zig zag instead.

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I got the binding finished for Chic Country, and the quilt looks stunning!  I was a little concerned with possible shadowing that would occur since it was black and white, but I don’t see any of it.  Major props to my Longarmer, Rhonda Walker of Olie&Evie for doing such a great job.

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I have also updated the completed quilts page to include this week’s finishes!

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5/23-5/30 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Thursday PM, Friday PM, Saturday-Monday (I love Holiday Weekends!)

Projects I want to work on:
Quilter’s Planner Block
PBQ103
Modern Heritage BOM

Goals for the Projects:
Quilters Planner Block: Complete this week’s Block
PBQ103: Break the Quilter’s Block; either make a smaller version or make BLOCKS in the existing one.
Modern Heritage BOM: Redo Month 5 Blocks, Start the next(?) month’s blocks (I forgot where I’m at.)

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Who’s Accountable?

Did anyone catch last week that I didn’t finish sewing my basket case quilt top like I said I was going to?  After I posted last week’s post, I noticed I didn’t ever do that.  So I sat down and started sewing immediately to get that done even if I was a day or two late.  I’ve gotten comments about how people like my weekly goals at the bottom of my blog post.  It’s really for me and the internet (you included) to make sure that I’m accountable for what I’m going to be doing.  Working a “regular” job that travels often puts me in situations where time is my most precious resource. I need the internet to keep me accountable for what I’m set out to do.  So here’s the completed quilt top! Yippee! Now if I can decide if I want to walking foot quilt it myself or just send it to my longarmer because it’s easier (and see the limited time resource comment above).

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As many in the quilting industry knows, Spring Quilt Market is this week!  My goal is to sometime be able to attend market vending my patterns or in some other format I haven’t figured out yet.  I actually have a lot of goals for what I want to do, but I struggle balancing them with reality (life).  So my mantra I need to remember and repeat to myself,   “Life’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.”

An update for my PBQ103 pattern: I am generously 15% done with the quilt top. Hopefully I’ll be able to make a lot more progress soon so I can share!  I’m terrible with secrets!

The Quilter’s Planner block this past week was OXB Sunrise By Sarah Smith of 123 Quilt and featured Half Rectangle Triangles (HRTs).  They are definitely not as hard as they look following Sarah’s tutorial for the block!  Definitely can use this skill in future designs.

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I got my Chic Country quilt top back from Rhonda Walker of Olie&Evie and it is FABULOUS! Here’s a sneak peak as I still need to get the binding put on.  I asked to have lime green thread for the quilting to match the pop of color.  This is so that you can see the quilting on both the white and black fabric not just one or the other.

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5/16-5/23 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Wednesday PM, Friday PM, Saturday and Sunday afternoon, Monday PM

Projects I want to work on:
Quilter’s Planner Block
Starbucks Mug Rug Swap
PBQ103
Chic Country

Goals for the Projects:
Quilters Planner Block: Complete this week’s Block
Starbucks Mug Rug Swap: Finish and mail
PBQ103: Finish 3 blocks.
Chic Country: Bind quilt

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Secret Sewing has started again!

First of all, it’s the last week of the 2017 New Quilt Blogger’s Blog Hop.  Make sure to check out all 3 hosts to see who are getting introduced this week as well as enter for some really cool prizes from the sponsors.

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts
Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Leanne @ shecanquilt

I for one am still working on replying to everyone via email that have commented on my blog posts!  So if you haven’t gotten one yet, just know it’s coming, and I definitely appreciate your kind words!

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I am very pleased to say that I’ve gotten over my quilting block on working on my next pattern. (YAY!) However, it’s a secret so I’m not going to be sharing any photos until the design is finished and the pattern is ready for release. This may be a while since this is probably the most challenging quilt I’ve created so far.  Go big or go home, right?!

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I was able to get some stitching done on these Tiny Box Zippy bags designed by Michael Ann Made.  I had previously made 3, one tester with ultra stiff interfacing, one with shape flex, and one for my Maker’s Birthday Bash Partner.  Well, when my sister saw one in Hawaii, she wanted one, too!  Remember how I wrote a post “Why I say No“?  Well apparently that does NOT apply to my sister.  I feel guilty and just make her stuff because she likes it (no wonder I’m her favorite!).  I also ended up making 2 more (they’re actually SO fun to make for some reason) for a total of 6.

I am using the teal one made from Joel Dewberry’s Atrium fabric for work.  We are now “mobile” so we move from desk to desk each day so my headset, mouse, and cords all fit nicely in this little tiny box zippy!

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I made this week’s Quilter’s Planner Block, Floating Hourglass By Kelly Quilla of Quilting it Out, and I made it way harder than it should have been.  I stitched the block using the web-piecing technique which would have been great had I laid the block out correctly.  I didn’t realize it was wrong until I went to take a photo of the block.

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The hourglass portion was very wrong.  Then I thought, “oh I can just rotate the middle two rows, no problem.”  Well if you do that, then the outside pieces of the two middle rows are wrong. It was one of those days, but I finally got the block completely fixed so ta-da!

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5/9-5/16 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Wednesday PM, Thursday PM, Monday PM (busy weekend!)

Projects I want to work on:
Quilter’s Planner Block
PBQ103

Goals for the Projects:
Quilters Planner Block: Complete this week’s Block
PBQ103: Finish 3 blocks.

I should be getting my Chic Country Quilt back from the longarm, so I will hopefully get the binding finished, but it depends on when I get it back.

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Aloha Maui!

Surprise!  Double post this week because of the fabulous blog hop I’m taking part in!  See yesterday’s post for my introduction and to visit the other awesome bloggers who are also a part of the post.  Also forgot to mention yesterday that there are some giveaways on the host’s blogs from some amazing sponsors!  What fun!

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Last week, I missed my regular Tuesday post due to my 30th birthday vacation in Maui. Like any trip I take these days, I went in search of fabric stores to grow my collection.  The first shop I went to was Fabric Mart in Kahului.  They specialize in Hawaiian fabrics, but also have some Japanese, novelty, and a great selection for garments.  The Hawaiian fabric was priced very affordably compared to the other shops that I went to on the island.  The next stop was Sew Special also located in Kahului.  I found some of my favorite print of Central Park by Kate Spain still being sold, so obviously I bought the rest of the bolt.  I think the ladies thought I was a little insane, but I have to feed my Kate Spain obsession, right?!  The shop overall had a great selection of fabric and definitely worth a visit.

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A few days later, I visited The Maui Quilt Shop in Kihei.  This shop was fairly small and there were lots of customers.  I think this type of set up actually overwhelms me quite a bit.  However, they still had a great selection and had bolts everywhere.  I ended up feeding my cute whale obsession as well as getting their 2015 Row by Row quilt kit and a fabric pineapple that was made by a local artisan.  Looking at the pineapple, it looks like it’s made with a similar technique as the styrofoam covered balls I made as Christmas ornaments – using folded fabric and a lot of pins.

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Waiting for me when I got home was the Maker’s Birthday Bash present from Anna of Rosewood Cottage Creations!  Look at all these great goodies she made and sent me.  This has been a great swap, and I’m very happy to have participated.  A shout out to the host Amista Baker for organizing.

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After I opened all my happy mail, I set out to complete the Maui Quilt Shop’s Row by Row and will eventually turn it into a table runner.  I used raw edge applique with a zigzag stitch.  I still haven’t found which stitch I like the best with raw edge, but this technique is much quicker than turned edge.  On a sidenote, I own a lightbox, and it’s amazing for tracing applique patterns.

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Here are some other things that I’ve been working on.  These are the 2 Quilter’s Planner Blocks from the last two weeks.

Beary Goosey By Jan Ochterbeck of The Colorful Fabriholic

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Equis By Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter

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There comes a point where my ender/leader project becomes a project I just need to finish.  The Basket Case quilt was one that I felt the urge to go ahead and make the blocks to finish. Thanks to my husband for helping me layout all 42 blocks! I didn’t plan the layout of the fabric beforehand which actually makes creating a “good” layout difficult.  Good meaning none of the same types of prints or main colors touching each other.  It’s like one big puzzle to solve, but I think this layout will work out just fine. This is made from one of my favorite fabric lines, Vintage Modern by Bonnie and Camille.

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Also for those that live in the Twin Cities area, don’t forget this Thursday – Saturday is the Shop Hop!  I can’t wait to visit all the local area quilt shops again.

5/2-5/9 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Wednesday PM, Thursday PM, Saturday PM, and Sunday

Projects I want to work on:
Quilter’s Planner Block
Basket Case
PBQ103

Goals for the Projects:
Quilters Planner Block: Complete this week’s Block
Basket Case: Finish sewing the quilt top
PBQ103: Finish 3 blocks. ( I noticed not having a quantifiable amount meant I haven’t made much progress)

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