weekly update

Sew Pro: A Year Later

Last year about this time, hundreds of quilters descended upon Chicago for the Sew Pro Convention.  The convention was unique because it was about being a professional in the sewing industry.  You can read my initial recap here.

So what have I done with all I learned in the past year?

  • I have a logo and a brand: Powered by Quilting
  • I’m officially registered as a small business through the Minnesota State Department.
  • I have 3 patterns for sale on  EtsyCraftsy, and Payhip!  (most recent, Circular Illusion, has introductory pricing until the end of the month).
  • I have participated in several blog hops (See the buttons on the right side bar on PC or at the end of the page on mobile). The most recent is Making Connections Blog Hop – giveaway ends at the end of today!
  • I am a designer for the I Wish You A Merry QAL (my block was released this past Tuesday).
  • Last but not least, I’ve made lots of quilting friends!

Without Sew Pro, I would not have gotten the inspiration and the motivation to really push for publishing patterns and creating a brand for myself.  I have a long way to go, but I definitely feel like I’m off to a good start! Continue reading “Sew Pro: A Year Later”

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I Wish You a Merry QAL Block 5!

I am so proud to share the Snowman block I designed!  I used Moda Grunge Evergreen, White Paper, Onyx, and Red for the piecing portion of the block.  Mr. Snowman’s nose is a Moda Grunge Orange scrap.

When we first started planning this QAL, I jumped at the chance to make a Snowman block!  Snowmen are my favorite thing about winter and the holidays, especially cute snowmen.  As you can see, I made a lot of not-so-cute and not-so-proportional snowmen through the different iterations of the design I tried.

Continue reading “I Wish You a Merry QAL Block 5!”


Circular Illusion Quilt Pattern!

I am so excited to share my newest pattern with you today!  Introducing Circular Illusion!  When looking at this quilt from a distance, it gives an optical illusion of circles.  However, it looks like simple patchwork up close.

Circular Illusion is a beginner friendly pattern made with fat quarters or fat eighths and would look great using collections as well as scrappy fabric from your stash! Continue reading “Circular Illusion Quilt Pattern!”

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Hello from Dallas!

Well ladies and gents, I’m in Dallas this weekend to visit my family and oh em gee it’s hot hot hot!  I know I grew up here, but I’ve definitely grown accustomed to the weather up north!  The best part about visiting is looking for fun new Quilt Shops in the area or returning to some great new ones!  One of the shops close to my parents house is Sew Let’s Quilt It, and they carry yardage of Moda Grunge. I plan on making the #IWishYouAMerryQAL quilt with mainly Moda Grunge with some accent Christmas fabrics. If you don’t know what this quilt is about, check out my previous post!  I’ll be working up a storm to get ready to host this quilt along that starts in a week and a half!

This past week I picked out the pattern and fabrics for my PBQ104 sample quilt.  I’m so excited to get my designing mojo back after this cold spell these last few months!  If you missed my sneak peak on Instagram, here it is!  I’m using Sugar Pie by Lella Boutique for the sample quilt!


Which brings me to the update on my PBQ103 pattern progress.  I got the sample back from my longarmer and it looks completely rad!  I am making the finishing touches on the pattern and should have it ready for testers soon!  If you would like to pattern test for me, please send me an email from my contact page.  I will contact everyone on my list with the requirements and time frame to complete the block or blocks once I have the pattern ready.

As for a different sneak peak, here is the stack of HSTs from my S.W.A.K. quilt I’m making for the Piece and Quilt Blog Hop coming up next month! I don’t normally press seams open and was feeling the heat on my fingers a lot using my big iron.  I ended up using my travel iron, the baby one, and yay for no more burns!


I feel like this week got away from me, but I got most of my to-dos complete.  Have a great weekend everyone!

7/21-7/27 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday PM

Projects I want to work on:
EPP Peacock
I Wish You a Merry QAL

Goals for the Projects:
EPP Peacock:  Get another section or two done.  (To do in Dallas!)
I Wish You a Merry QAL: Block blocks and more blocks, the QAL starts Aug 1!
PBQ104: Finish cutting all the fabric needed for the sample; start sewing as ender and leader
S.W.A.K.: Lay out the quilt and start sewing the HSTs into blocks

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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!


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?!


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!



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.


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!



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

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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Blossom Blog Hop

It is Day 2 of the Stitching Stars Blossom Blog hop, and I get to share with you my project inspired by “Blossom.”  As much as I wanted to be inspired by Mayim Bialik from the Blossom TV show, I figured showing my blossoming quilting skills was a much better idea.  I also gathered inspiration from Cherry Blossoms to have that floral spring touch as well.  I started with wanting to create a foundation paper piecing pattern and I somehow thought a 5 petal cherry blossom inspired flower would be the best idea.  It takes a smarter person than me to create a repetitive pattern on a 72 degree angle. It ended up being way too complex for me and nothing looked good.


So I decided to do an appliqued piece. I’ve done plenty of hand applique before so I sketched out an overall look of what I wanted the piece to look like.  I thought a mug rug size would be great!  I’m in a mug rug swap in May and was told they are typically 8″x8″ in size so that’s what I targeted.


I forgot to take a photo of the poorly drawn PowerPoint art I did to create a flower petal to confirm the shape that I wanted.  But once I got the shape, I traced it to a piece of paper, and you can see the final design layout of what my Blossom project would be.  You can also tell which flower I started on and which one I ended with. (Hint: I got sloppier as I went)


For the applique, I used sew-in lightweight interfacing to flip each piece and hand-appliqued them to the background.  The stems were made using 1/4″ bias tape maker and hand-appliqued to the background as well. I decided to try my newly learned free motion quilting skills by quilting this piece with paisleys all over.  This is the first piece I’ve ever completely free motion quilted, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.  It’s definitely scary for me to sit down and free motion quilt a project because I’m terrified that my quilting will ruin the piece.



I think this turned out to be a super fun project.  The overall size seems to be slightly large for a mug rug, but I don’t think there are any set rules for sizing.  This is finish number 6 for the year, and the Completed Quilts page is updated!


The Stitching Stars Blog Hop group is made up of ladies who all went to Sew Pro Convention last September in Chicago.  It’s been so helpful to have a network of great people to support each other as we all grow in our journeys.  What’s even more awesome is this giveaway quilt that had blocks contributed by people participating the blog hop!


Special shout-outs to Lissa LaGreca of Lovingly Lissa for putting the blocks together into the quilt–she is also going to have the pattern for the quilt for free on her blog after the hop–and to Lisa Peterson of Lisa and Lorelai for quilting and binding this quilt!

How to enter the giveaway:  You will need to go to a Rafflecopter giveaway and complete the entries to enter.  The winner will be selected Sunday April 9.


I am also hosting a giveaway for everything shown below, open to the US only (sorry to my international friends).


How to enter to win:

  • Comment below with which 3 blocks I contributed to the giveaway quilt (hint, check my Instagram).
  • All followers of my blog will also get an additional entry to win!

Winner will be randomly selected Sunday, April 9, 2017.


Here’s the Blossom Blog Hop lineup for the week.  Be sure to check all these fabulous ladies out with their Blossom projects!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Lissa LaGreca: Lovingly Lissa
Carmen Ross: See Carmen Sew

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sherry Shish: Powered by Quilting (You are here!)
Becca Fenstermaker: Pretty Piney

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Lisa Peterson: Lisa and Lorelai
Pam Cobb: The Stitch TV Show
Deanna Wall: Stitches Quilting

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Vanessa Behymer: Vintage Barngirl
Paula Mamuscia: Creations by Paula

Friday, April 7, 2017

Andi Stanfield: True Blue Quilts
Nancy Scott: Masterpiece Quilting
Anne Beier: Hudson Valley Quilts


For those of you who are new to my blog, I end each blog post with my accountability goals for the week.  I usually have a recap of progress made within the past week, but I’ll continue the updates next week.

4/4-4/11 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Friday night and Saturday

Projects I want to work on:
Quilter’s Planner Block
MQG Fabric Challenge

Goals for the Projects:
Quilter’s Planner Block: Complete this week’s block
MQG Fabric Challenge: Finish the design for the text and start applique

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Broken Lattice Pattern Release Day!

Today’s the day!  Pattern #102 (called Broken Lattice) is now released as a FREE PDF Pattern on Craftsy! (Free for a limited time!)

I’m really excited about this pattern because it showcases the fabric and colors really well.  This quilt is a beginner and precut friendly pattern with either 2 Jelly Rolls or 1 Honey bun for the 2 sizes.  The full size quilt finishes at 72″ square and the small quilt is 36″ square.


When I was designing this quilt, I was a burnt out on complicated blocks.  I wanted something that I could create quickly and easily that also had a cool design factor.  The meaning behind the Broken Lattice is the fact that the quilt is not a complete lattice.  It’s only on every few columns that the lattice shine through.  The fact that the rows and columns are consistent across and down help the continuity of the pattern.


The smaller sample is made from Sundrops by Corey Yoder.  I divided the main row of strips not by color but by contrast so the lattice structure is not quite as pronounced compared to the larger sample made from Spectrum by V&Co. The bright colors in Spectrum are showcased well, and the awesome quilting job is by Rhonda Walker from Olie&Evie.


The two sample quilts were Finish #1 and #2 for 2017!  Finish #3 goes to my Steampunk quilt!  This looks amazing with the Spirals Big and Small quilted edge to edge by Rhonda!


I’m still in progress of starting my new Completed Quilts Page for 2017.  Hopefully it will be up by next week!

I head off to Winter Quiltfest tomorrow, and I need to get to work on cutting more fabric for enders and leaders.  The Modern Heritage BOM Block 6s are finally finished just in time for my Month 7 package arrived.  I’m doing the BOM with a fabulous group of ladies with Pam from Serendipity Woods leading us.  I look forward every month not to the fabric for the blocks, but the personal letter she writes each month.  It’s super awesome, so thanks Pam!


So because I’ll be at the retreat until Sunday I realized that I had to play catch up on all the blocks for this week so I made double the normal list!  For the Quilter’s Planner block, I ended up using my wild card because I just wasn’t feeling the block with the yoyo.  I did however finish this week’s block early!  There are a few corrections to the tutorial cutting instructions for the white fabric. Replace 2.5″ square with 2.5″ x 1.5″ rectangles and replace 2.25″ square with 2″ x 1.5″ rectangles. You don’t need any of the squares and with the 2.25″ dimension your strips for columns 2 and 4 will be too long.


I finished the Maine and New Mexico Blocks for America’s Garden Quilt.  I seriously LOVE this quilt.  I’m not typically a fan of lots of florals, but the significance of the state flowers is really neat.


For the Modern Building Blocks, I completed a total of 8 blocks this week.  I’m working on the tutorial page for each of the blocks as well as arrows for pressing directions.  I’ll include that once I get that up and going!


Block 17: Alternate the seams on flying geese, and when you sew the strips together.
Block 39: This block is the same as Block 5, just smaller!  The only seams that need to nest are the solid blocks on the corners with the center blocks.
Block 42:
 Churn block! The 9 block grid seams will be pressed in alternate directions to be nested
Block 20: 
For the flying geese there isn’t an direction you need, but 9 block grid will need to be pressed in alternate directions to be nested


Block 26: Ohio Star block! 9 grid pressing instructions
Block 35: Press towards the dark and to the middle strips.
Block 36:
 9 grid pressing instructions
Block 17: 
Press towards the dark when the dark orange and cream are sewn together.  Press towards the triangles on the edges.

It’s been a busy week, and I didn’t get a ton of time to work on the January Mighty Lucky challenge.  I will be trying to work on it this week while I’m in a new place!  Time to get inspired to design.

1/24-1/31 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Winter Quiltfest Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

Projects I want to work on:
Winter Quiltfest!
Mighty Lucky

Goals for the Projects:
Enjoy Winter Quiltfest
Mighty Lucky – January Challenge

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Why I say No.

Saying no and my reasoning behind it is something I’ve wanted to talk about for a while…people I know all think everyone is getting a quilt for a present.  There are many articles that have been written on how to say no as a crafter since we all feel that nagging guilt when someone you know and love asks you to make them something whether it’s knitting, crocheting, quilting, needle work, etc. So here’s to the world on why I say “No.”

I say “No” to everyone, don’t be offended by it.  I won’t outright say it but I internally scream it.  The people that have been and will be gifted quilts are the people that don’t initially ask for one.  Let’s start with the people that have already gotten a quilt from me.  My Grandma, she got my very first gifted quilt.  Not because she wanted one, but because I wanted to make her one.  I actually had to tell her that I made her the quilt for her to actually use not just to look pretty on the bed or chair.  Knowing her, she’d consider it special and then never actually use it.  The next person that got a quilt was my sister.  I love my sister, but she really knows how to weasel her way to the top of my gift giving list, call it a talent.  But to be fair, I’m getting my sister into quilting so I consider it sharing the hobby!  Plus, she sends me photos of my nephews snuggling with the quilt.  (It makes me want to make them one too!)

I’m sharing this because quilting making and giving is very personal for me.  There are hundreds of hours poured into making a quilt, not to mention the money on materials.  I want to spend my free time on my rules for creativity and making something I want.  Back 6 years ago or so, I used to have an Etsy store that I sold some paper craft work and cards.  I enjoyed making them until I was selling them.  That conversion to becoming a “job” destroyed my love for the work.  Call it fear that it will happen again, but quilt making will never become a job.  There is just too much time and love sunk into the quilts to make it a viable “job.”

Ultimately, if you want a quilt that I’ve made, the best way to get one is picking from an older quilt that I’ve made that I would be willing to part with.  I’m not sure how socially acceptable it is to gift “used” quilts, or quilts that were not made with an intended person in mind.  I have a very short list of people that I want to give a quilt to.  Everyone on that list is either very important to me or someone that I know understands the value and the effort that goes into making a quilt.  However, I still struggle on how much input I’m allowing those people to influence their gift. If I’m asked to make something I don’t particularly like, the odds are slim for actually finishing it.  (sorry!)

So this is why I say no.  I don’t have that much spare time to make everyone something, and most people don’t understand how personal quilt making is for me.  Eventually the situation might change where I am drowning in quilts and would be more willing to give them away, but that falls under the gifting “used” quilts.


The most exciting new I have from this past week: I got a logo!!!


Next week, I’ll share my next pattern that’ll contain the new logo!  I can’t wait to share the process of how I came up with the design too.  The large sample is completed as finished quilt #2 of 2017, and the pattern is almost ready to share!  I was also very productive this week finishing everything on my list!  The four Modern Building Blocks I completed are below.


Block 4: The Quadrants are not the same, there are 2 of each.  I made the mistake of making all the same and having to rip out and redo two of them.
Block 13: The seams can be pressed in any direction, none of the seams are nested.
Block 15: Press the seams towards the darker orange triangle, or away from the lighter orange on blocks that do not contain the darker orange. All the seams for the HSTs will then nest.
Block 21: Use the Marti Michell’s Corner Trimmer tool, the triangles will be easier to spot on the side of the square.

Eventually I will mark up the Blocks to show all the pressing directions for the seams.  It’s on my to do list to help others out.

This past week’s Quilter’s Planner block was so cute.  I used some spare Jelly Roll strips for the color. 2 out of 51 complete!  (one week will be a WILD CARD aka skip)



I completed Pennsylvania’s block for America’s Garden Quilt.  Their state flower is the Mountain Laurel.  This quilt is going to be educational for all the different state flowers. 3 out of 50 complete!


I’m not yet done with the Modern Heritage Blocks, but I was able to complete half just by using them as Enders and Leaders.  I think of it as bonus sewing!


Next Wednesday, I will be leaving to go to Winter Quiltfest in Logan, UT.  I can’t wait to go and learn from some awesome instructors!  Recap of the trip will be the following week, yay!

1/17-1/24 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday PM; Saturday and Sunday

Projects I want to work on:
Powered by Quilting Patterns
Modern Heritage BOM
America’s Garden Quilt
Modern Building Blocks
Quilter’s Planner Block
Steampunk Quilt
Mighty Lucky

Goals for the Projects:
Powered by Quilting – Finish PBQ102 and release next week!
Modern Heritage BOM – Month 6 Blocks as enders and leaders
America’s Garden Quilt – Make 1 Block
Modern Building Blocks – Make ANY 4 Blocks
Quilter’s Planner Block – Make this week’s quilter’s planner block
^ looks almost standard each week!
Steampunk Quilt – Finish Binding the quilt!
Mighty Lucky – January Challenge

Bonus: Start either the Elephant Abstractions quilt or work on the Technicolor Galaxy BOM.

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Push Through the Daily Grind


Back to reality of the daily grind.  I forgot just how exhausting working can be and how hard it is to get motivated to quilt after work.  So my to do list?  Way too aggressive!  But one of my personal new year’s resolutions is to be kind to myself.  So it’s okay, the stuff will get done after I get back in a rhythm.  🙂

The update for the new pattern (PBQ102) that is releasing this month… I haven’t started writing it.  I know that’s awful, but I am committed to getting it out by Jan 24 prior to Winter Quiltfest.  This one most likely will not be proofread due to the multiple diagrams I plan on having!  I will be getting the quilt I made with Spectrum fabric by V&Co. back from Rhonda this week, too.  So I can’t wait to finish it!  I was able to complete my first finish of 2017, the mini-version of the PBQ102 quilt.  So a sneak peak of the back of the quilt, but it’s missing a label.  Recognize the Sundrops fabric by Corey Yoder? I’m obsessed with this fabric line, it’s so pretty!


I realized I was going through enders and leaders so quickly that I figured that the Modern Heritage BOM Month 6 blocks would be perfect for the enders and leaders this week.   Obviously I did not get these blocks done this week, so this is my excuse!  Hopefully with the sewing I’m doing, the blocks will almost sew themselves!

I’m giving myself low pressure for finishing America’s Garden Quilt by attempting to finish at least one block a week.  This past week I finished the Tennessee block with their state flower, the Iris.  It’s such a beautiful block!


The 52 Quilter’s Planner block this week was “Unnamed.”  I read some frustration with how much waste this block created and how frustrating it was to align.  I tend to agree with the comments, however I used my scrap bin to make the block, so the waste just went back into the scrap bin.  I oversized the block and cut it down to size to minimize the frustration and it worked out well!  I made a head start on week 2’s block by cutting out the fabric and using them as enders and leaders.  (I’m loving the usage of enders and leaders!  I feel it’s like bonus sewing!)


I finally finished cutting all the blocks out for the Modern Building Block quilt.  It’s rather unfortunate the way Moda lays out the cutting instructions for the quilt.  You will end up cutting more squares than needed if you cut each block as instructed.  If you purchased the kit, make sure you cut the larger blocks first or you’ll run out of fabric.  There is a published google sheet a fellow quilter made to help with cutting, but there are also some errors on that as well.  I’m trying to figure out a good way to communicate the cutting instructions better, but it’s rather cumbersome.   If I come up with something, I’ll definitely post about it!

The 4 blocks I decided to do were Blocks 6, 23, 27, and 41. Here are some tips for each block!


Block 6:  Press all seams to the lighter yellow fabric.  This  will help all of your seams match up!
Block 23: Be careful about pulling the fabric, the bias will catch the fabric to stretch and the block to distort.
Block 27:  Press all seams to the darker fabric.
Block 41: Like Block 23, be careful not to pull on the fabric as the bias will stretch.  Press the seams to the darker fabric and then the final seam will align.

Once I have more blocks created, there will be a page added for Moda Building Block tips to be able to find them all in one spot!  One thing to note, the pattern is written so that there is NO trimming needed with using half-square triangles or quarter-square triangles.  If you would like to trim your blocks, you will need to add 1/8″ to the squares prior to cutting.

1/10-1/17 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Friday PM, Saturday, Sunday PM (Boo on traveling for work this week)

Projects I want to work on:
Powered by Quilting Patterns
Modern Heritage BOM
America’s Garden Quilt
Modern Building Blocks
Quilter’s Planner Block

Goals for the Projects:
Powered by Quilting – Start writing PBQ102 pattern and name the pattern.  Bind the Spectrum Sample Quilt.
Modern Heritage BOM – Month 6 Blocks as enders and leaders
America’s Garden Quilt – Make 1 Block
Modern Building Blocks – Make ANY 4 Blocks
Quilters’ Planner Block – Make this week’s quilter’s planner block

**hummm this looks similar to last week’s to-do list doesn’t it? Maybe I need to drop a weekly task. *sigh, but which one?




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Massdrop is my new love

Since it’s the holiday season and I’ve been purchasing a lot of items online, I have been keeping a running list on my Google Keep of items I’ve ordered but haven’t received yet.  Lately I’ve noticed that the items that take over the list are from Massdrop.  Massdrop is a website that utilizes group purchasing to get a cheaper price on items by buying in bulk.  They organize “drops” with vendors then offer them up to the people that are subscribed to the website for discounted prices.  The more people that join a particular drop, the cheaper the price gets!  Once the drop ends, Massdrop orders from the vendor.  The items get shipped to Massdrop and then repackaged and sent out to the individuals who joined the drop.  The normal delivery to customer is typically a month out, but the deals are worth it!

I first learned about Massdrop from an Instagram comment and I went to investigate.  Since then I’ve purchased quite a few items from the site.  I’ve gotten a large range of items from scissors to patterns to a lightbox to a sew steady for my machine!  There was an article on the Craft Industry Alliance a few months ago about if Massdrop was hurting other quilt shops (local and online).  I personally feel like I gain more value seeing all these different tools that I wouldn’t normally have been introduced to on the website.  There are a few things that have been drops that haven’t been the best deal on the internet either so that’s something to be aware of.  There are other categories of items that get sold on Massdrop, but quilting is the only one I believe specifically targets women.  I think it is pretty cool that they recognize quilting is a thing and there are definitely people out there enjoying this hobby!

Also I should mention that you need to become a member of Massdrop to see the prices; you can’t do a direct comparison of prices without being signed in.  I should also mention I am no way affiliated with Massdrop and received no compensation for writing this on my blog.  I am just really excited that I’m started to get some of the items that I ordered!  If you want to sign up, if you could use my referral link that’d be awesome! https://www.massdrop.com/r/WY5ZFX

Anyway, this past week I definitely suffered from anxiety working on Pattern #102.  There is always this anxiety that what I create is not going to look good or the fabrics I’ve chosen are terrible and don’t work.  I dragged my feet all week to work on it.  What I can say is that I’m very happy with how my sample turned out.  That’s right, when I started working on it I went all in and finished the sample quilt top!  It’s going to be a strip quilt, so it will take a honey bun (mini size) or two jelly rolls for the full quilt.  The sample I made was from a honey bun just to test and make sure everything worked out well.  I’ve ordered some fabric from sample spree so the full-size finished quilt will be from new fabric coming out in January.  I decided to use my extra bits and pieces from my small sample to make some hexies.  Here’s a little sneak peak!  Do you recognize the fabric? It’s Sundrops by Corey Yoder!


I must have been in a mad dash finishing mood this week too.  I finished 14 of the steampunk blocks, 4 more than my goal!  Now I just have one more to finish all 41 blocks! (and then of course, I need to applique the centers on)  This quilt is going to be so wicked…I can’t wait till it’s completely finished!


One thing I was very aggressive about this week was finishing the Treehouse quilt.  I got the basting down, but haven’t started machine quilting.  Oops. As I was pin basting, I realized I am not a fan of basting whatsoever.  I think I need to figure out how to glue baste, maybe I’ll like that technique better.  I wonder how much space I will need or if I need a hardwood floor (those are rare in my house).  Hopefully I can get time to finish quilting it this next week.  Maybe I’m not a machine quilting fan either, I feel like I fight my quilt so maybe a good goal will be to finish quilting this calendar year!  (way to set achievable goals!)


I was super bummed I didn’t get my Christmas fabric I ordered from Fat Quarter Shop this weekend.  The post office messed up because it criss-crossed the Twin Cities before it finally got to me on Monday.  I really wanted to make some Christmas Ornaments as gifts this year.  So this is going to heavily influence my goals this week…

12/6-12/13 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Thursday and Friday Night, and Sunday afternoon

Projects I want to work on:
Christmas Ornaments
Treehouse Quilt
Cozy Christmas  (Since I’ll be getting it back this week from Rhonda!!!)

Goals for the Projects:
Christmas Ornaments:  Make at least 5 (I think I only have enough straight pins for 5 right now)
Treehouse Quilt: Quilt and bind (who am I kidding, I most likely will be making ornaments!)
Cozy Christmas:  Bind