weekly update

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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Web Piecing Tutorial

I am participating in a blog hop in a few weeks with some very awesome ladies in the Stitching Stars Blog Hop next month.  The grand prize giveaway is going to be a quilt made from blocks from the participants.  Such a great giveaway prize, I can’t wait to have everyone see the finished product.  Here is a sneak peak of the blocks I made for the quilt!  The strips on the side are my contribution for the binding.  The whole quilt will have a scrappy style with so many different contributors!

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I used the large star to demonstrate how to do Web Piecing.  This technique is what I used for my Mega Man quilt top last week with all 744, 1.5″ squares.  You can definitely use this method to make blocks rather than an entire quilt too.  So after I completed the half square triangles (HST), I laid out my block into the 16 square grid.  Also, notice how I labeled the columns.

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When you start sewing the blocks together you will sew block B onto the block As.

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Chain piece all the squares and do NOT cut them apart after you are finished.

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Next, you will continue to add block Cs to the strips of A and B.  Chain piecing in order of the rows and again do NOT cut the strips apart.

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Continue with each column adding to the strips and chain piece in order.  In this case, I only had one more column to do.

Once you are finished, you will have webbed strips.  If you hold it on one corner, you will be picking up the entire piece.

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Now, you will iron each of the seams on the strips, alternating the direction of the seams on the strips.  So the top strip, press the seams to the left.  The next strip, press the seams to the right.  So on and so forth.

Taking the strips and pinning the seams, sew the rows together.  *I forgot to take photos of the pinning portion on the first row, so the photos are of the second horizontal seam.

Repeat this process for all the rows until you finish the block/quilt.

Then press all the horizontal seams to the bottom of the block (or according to the pattern).

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When you have very small pieces like I did with the Mega Man quilt, I had a hard time ironing my seams since they were so small.  A tip is to have the rows you didn’t want to iron sitting off the edge of the ironing board so you will only iron the row you are working on.  Comment below if that doesn’t make sense, and I’ll try to get another photo.

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I should also mention that I’m absolutely horrible at keeping secrets I’m excited about so it’s very difficult for me to be keeping my next pattern secret.  I am so excited about it that I’m already planning on submitting it to the State Fair and Quilt Con for next year (and any other event I can think of!).  Since I personally make the entire quilt myself (sometimes multiple times) prior to releasing a pattern, I’m not quite sure when the pattern will be completed.  Anyway, follow along here on my blog or on my Instagram to catch some sneak peaks!  The featured image on today’s post is the sneak peak of the colors I’m using for the quilt.

I finished the Quilter’s Planner block this week called Flying Kisses by Josie Heron of Avocado Quilts.  She uses the no-waste flying geese tutorial for the block.  I’ve used this method before, but I still don’t think I like it all that much.  The definite benefit is the reduction in waste, but I don’t think I get the same accuracy as I do with the traditional square in the corner and sew on the diagonal.  I should note that the same accuracy is relative because I know it’s a user error sort of a problem!

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Anyway I hope everyone is adjusting to the Spring Forward!

3/14-3/21 Weekly Goal:

Available time for quilting:
Wednesday PM, Saturday and Sunday

Projects I want to work on:
Quilter’s Planner Block
Modern Building Blocks
Powered By Quilting PBQ103
Chic Country

Goals for the Projects:
Quilter’s Planner Block: Complete this week’s block
Modern Building Blocks: Complete 8 blocks (I’ll eventually get back to this)
PBQ103: Make more blocks… or block pieces!
Chic Country: Finish piecing the top (I need my design wall space for PBQ103!)

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Is it Spring yet?

I hope everyone had a great holiday and spent it well with friends and family.  It’s this time of year right after the holidays where I am over the snow and wish it were Spring.  The only thing that is nice this year is being off of work the week between Christmas and New Year.  Lots of quilting going on in my house with lots of progress to getting things finished!  The completed quilts page is now updated with the Treehouse Quilt!

The Steampunk quilt top is finally finished after months of on and off working on it.  The dilemma now is what design to have quilted on it. The quilt is not as scrappy as I’ve seen others in this pattern; it’s made up of entirely “Volume II” by Sweetwater Fabrics.  The red, black, and gray color scheme was the goal, and this fabric collection was perfect.  The interesting thing is with the color choices, I actually see 3 different designs in the blocks.  I see a steering wheel, an “X” with the steering wheel, or the other side “X.”  It really just goes to show how color and placement of color can really change the look of a quilt.

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The PBQ102 quilt top is also finished!  The big reveal will happen in January 2017 when I have the pattern written for it and ready.  If you caught the sneak peak on Instagram, it’s made out of Spectrum fabric by V&Co.  Pretty much V&Co. is an obsession of mine. The colors are so bright and pretty so the quilt looks pretty wicked and I love it!

I had almost forgot about catching up with the Modern Heritage BOM Month 5 blocks.  I was able to finish Month 5 just before Month 6 came in the mail.  These were paper pieced blocks.  I like how paper piecing makes more complex blocks easier to create.

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I learned that the wash-away stablizer that I used to sew with for the Technicolor Galaxy is my preferred method because that way I don’t need to rip the paper out when I’m done stitching.  I also found out the hard way why Laser Jet printed paper is not the best with irons.  The ink transferred to my iron and I had to quickly clean my iron before touching any of the fabric.  I need an Ink Jet printer for future quilting needs.

I am participating in a mini quilt swap for Modern Quilting Guild and we are swapping in person at QuiltCon2017.  I finished my mini this week too.  I was busy this past week and got so much stuff done.   The quilt is made up for modern hexies.  The modern hexies technique was created by Nicole from Modern Handcraft.  I’ve been wanting to make a modern hexies quilt and just never got the time to do it.  But it showed up on my partner’s mosaic of something that she’d like, so ta da! You know it’s a good quilt when I want to keep it for myself!

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One of the best “discoveries” this past week was Insul-bright!  I got a sample from Pam (Serendipity Woods) in the Modern Heritage BOM a few months ago, but never got a chance to use it until the holiday present this past month (also from Pam).  It was this cute little Christmas Tree coaster.  I loved making it so much, I ordered some Insul-bright and made some holiday coasters as Christmas gifts!

I also think making pot holders with Insul-bright will be in my future.

As I look back and reflect on this past year for quilting, I realize that I have never loved a crafting hobby as much as I do quilting.  My sewing room has remnants of scrapbooking papers, yarn for crocheting and knitting, wool balls for needle felting, and other miscellaneous craft supplies.  The fabric stash is getting to be the large majority of the room, but as long as I keep making quilts and using it up the anxiety level of my stash is pretty low.  I’ve grown so much this year from the techniques I’ve learned and the consistency of my quilting.  I can’t wait to see what next year will bring! Next week I’ll give the final count of quilts completed for the year just in case I finish another one this week.  I’ve been on this “finish all the works in progress” mood lately!  My project buckets are getting emptied one by one, just to be filled with new projects for the new year!

12/27-1/3/17 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday AM, Sunday, and Monday

Projects I want to work on:
Modern Heritage BOM
2016 Craftsy BOM
Frivols 9
America’s Garden Quilt

Goals for the Projects:
Modern Heritage BOM: Month 6 Blocks
2016 Craftsy BOM: finish April applique on blocks and border
Frivols 9:  Cut out pieces and start sewing this quilt using the pieces as “end-ers” and “lead-ers”
America’s Garden Quilt: Cut the squares for this quilt.  (Ultimate goal to use this quilt as the “end-ers” and “lead-ers” for the year)

Blog Hop

Sew Pro All Stars Blog Hop

Hello from Shanghai!  I’m traveling for my day job this week, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do a Blog Hop with the fabulous group I attended Sew Pro with!  And today’s the day!  I’m so happy to introduce to you my very first pattern inspired by my Sew Pro attendance this past September.  This pattern is called “Spinning Vectors” for the spinning nature of the flying geese and my STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) background.

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The pattern was designed with 3 main colors for the different flying geese for a more traditional looking block.

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The first sample that I created was using Ombre by V and Co. flying geese that were left over from my Moroccan Getaway quilt.  The rainbow pattern of color is one I just adore in any quilt, so I decided to do that as the first sample.  The edge to edge quilting was done by Rhonda Walker of Olie&Evie.

The second sample is more modern with a low volume mixture for the background color, but it stays with the main 3 color flying geese just alternating positions.  This quilt was made for my sister in a citrus colorway for some fun splashes of color with a modern look.  I quilted it with a simple crosshatch.  I decided to do my samples in two very different styles with the pattern written traditionally to show different possible looks of the quilt.

Look for a tutorial on how to do Y-seams and partial seams within the next month to help the beginner quilters with the blocks.

I’m now live on Craftsy and Etsy to purchase the pattern as a PDF download. (hip hip hooray!!!)

In short, Sew Pro Convention has changed my life.  I attended knowing hardly anything about the industry, only with the desire to be a part of it.  Even though I am working on consistently blogging each week, I don’t consider myself a “blogger” just yet.  My passion and motivation is to move towards pattern designing and my ultimate (long range) dream goal of fabric designing.  Sew Pro really lit the fire under me to start now rather than wait until later to begin.  I didn’t have a good answer when I asked myself, “What are you waiting for?”  So I designed Spinning Vectors and had some really awesome ladies proof read and test the pattern for me!

I gave a recap about my Sew Pro experience a few weeks ago right after the convention (you can read about it here).  But here’s my list of what I feel still resonates with me since then:

  • Quilting is a consistent asset in my life.  There is so much more structure in my creative life and that’s largely due to the accountability I have with blogging my weekly goals.  So thank you to all my readers for following and supporting me through this creative journey and doing your part in helping me stay accountable (even if you feel like you aren’t actively doing anything).
  • The one thing that sticks with me the most was something Tula Pink said in her keynote speech, about how not all your ideas are going to be great.  You just need to trash the not so great ideas and put more ideas down on paper.  I completely paraphrased but that was the gist of it.  Sometimes it’s frustrating that ideas don’t just magically rain down on me, but realizing that everyone goes through that is so normalizing and almost comforting knowing it’s not just me.
  • Keeping in touch with other participants from Sew Pro and supporting each other is going to be critical in staying in touch with the community.  I never considered myself much of an introvert, but too often I find myself that way with quilting.
  • Last but not least, I can do this!  Just see my first pattern above!

In addition to reading about everyone’s projects inspired by Sew Pro, there is an associated giveaway with the blog hop!  There are 3 bundles of fabric with patterns! Enter below.

Note – The giveaway will be live at 12am on 11/14 and end at 12am on 11/19.
Rafflecopter giveaway (Click on the link to get to the giveaway)

SewPro Stars Blog Hop Schedule

Monday Nov 14
Lisa Peterson – Lisa and Lorelai
Sherri Noel – Rebecca Mae Designs
Andi Stanfield – True Blue Quilts

Tuesday Nov 15
Vanessa Behymer – Vintage Barn Girl
Pam Cobb & Lynn Rinehart – The Stitch TV Show
Sherry Shish – www.poweredbyquilting.com  (YOU ARE HERE!)
Joanne Kerton – Canuck Quilter
Lisa Nielsen – Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam

Wednesday Nov 16
Carmen Ross – See Carmen Sew
Anne Beier – Hudson Valley Quilts
Jessica Caldwell – Desert Bloom Quilting
Pamela Morgan – My Sweet Little Stitches

Thursday Nov 17
Maryanna Powell – Marvelous Auntie M
Cathy Smith – A Quilting Chick
Lissa LaGreca – Lovingly Lissa 
Paula Mamuscia – Creations by Paula Mamuscia

Friday Nov 18
Becca Fenstermaker – prettypiney.com
Holly Stockley – www.lighthouselanedesigns.com
Teri Seal – daymoonquilts.blogspot.com
Trinia Braughton – www.penguinfeats.com
Deanna Wall – https://www.stitchesquilting.com/

For those of you that are new to my blog, I end each blog post with my accountability goals for the week.  I will be giving my Sewing Expo recap next week as this week was a special blog hop post.

11/15-11/22 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
All day Sunday and Monday Night.

Projects I want to work on:
Powered by Quilting Patterns
Modern Heritage BOM
Moroccan Getaway  (It’ll be back from the longarm this week!!!)

Goals for the Projects:
Powered by Quilting Patterns:  Layout schedule for Pattern #102 and tentative launch time frame
Modern Heritage BOM: Finish Month 4 Blocks
Moroccan Getaway: Finish binding the quilt.

I almost forgot!  My sister is going to be going to Saturday of Winter Quiltfest!  I conned… I mean convinced her to attend! I’m slowly enticing her to become a quilter, hehe.  But that still means if you are attending and would like to share a room with me and wouldn’t mind it being the two of us Friday/Saturday, let me know!

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November is here!

Happy November everyone!  I hope everyone had a fun Halloween.  We are the odd couple out in the neighborhood (we don’t have kids).  Thankfully, my husband bought candy for the Trick-or-Treaters because we had people before dark and before our porch light got turned on!  I thought the porch light was the universal signal, I guess not!

Anyway I got my Quilter’s Planner yesterday and I squealed with glee!  If you haven’t gotten one yet, hopefully there are some left and you can get your hands on one.  For everyone that’s ever asked me how I get everything done in my crazy life, this planner is laid out so well: Monthly calendar, weekly calendar with hourly breakdowns, and to-do lists for personal, work, and crafting!  It has a plastic cover and it’s really a nice book.  I’m in love.  There are also patterns, tips and tricks, weekly blocks and free motion tutorials, reference quilting pages, project tracking, and a place for ideas or notes.  I cannot wait until January to start using it!  I use Google Calendar and Outlook like it’s going out of style, but nothing can replace a paper planner.  I’m so excited!  The Quilter’s Planner mini is the smaller version you can throw in your purse to keep track of your busy life. I got both to figure out which one will fit my life better.

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This is the first week I didn’t feel super behind and pressed Monday night to get everything done.  One of the first things I talked about was setting achievable goals and I feel like I’ve gotten very aggressive. That means any procrastination or slacking off during the week results in stress Sunday and Monday night trying to make sure I got everything completed.  I am definitely someone that will be accountable as long as someone else (the internet) knows I’m going to do it.

Pattern #101 is out to the pattern testers this week.  I can’t wait to see how people fared making the block.  I have also finished both the first and second sample of this quilt and I’m so excited!  One of the things I did notice about myself is that I didn’t follow my color instructions completely so I hope that doesn’t confuse people.  I wonder if I should be making a quilt that follows the instructions or if the different colorways I chose will work.  One of the best compliments I got from one of my friends, “I’d really like a photo print of the [first sample], it’s like a work of art!”  I may have paraphrased a bit, but it was super cool!

When I was finishing up the binding for both of the quilts, I ended up with enough binding to make 2 of the smaller 10″ x 10″ design boards.  So here’s your sneak peak on the binding of my samples!

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Design boards are one of my favorite quilting tools because they help lay out blocks in a way that is portable!  You don’t need to move the design from a larger wall in pieces to the sewing machine with the potential of messing up the layout.  The design boards also have batting that allow the fabric pieces to stick on the board so they don’t fly away while moving.  The Fat Quarter Shop and Lori Holt made a YouTube tutorial to make the boards or you can purchase some from the Fat Quarter Shop.

I have a debate with my own patterns and other cute patterns that I want to make.  It takes quite a bit of effort to get my patterns made and written, therefore I need to dedicate most of my time to do that.  However, I have a stack of patterns and fabric designated for said patterns that are just waiting to be created!  I know this is going to be a constant struggle moving forward but I don’t seem to be coming up with a feasible solution.  My solution was to quit my day job and quilt full time… but my husband vetoed that solution.  So my goal is to find a balance, work on my own patterns, and work on another cute pattern at the same time!

Speaking of adorable quilts, the Cozy Christmas quilt sew-along is coming to an end quickly.  Here is the awesome block 11, the cozy gift block!

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I can’t believe there is only one more block left and then the assembly of the quilt top.  I am trying to decide if I want to join the next two Lori Holt sew-alongs.  The next one is Sweetie Pie with her new Sew Cherry 2 fabric line starting in January and then Bee Happy next September.   Both are super cute but take up precious time to create.

11/1-11/8 Weekly Goal:

Available time for quilting:
Tonight and Monday night

Projects I want to work on:
Cozy Christmas
Powered by Quilting Patterns

Goals for the Projects:
Cozy Christmas: Complete Block 12 and finish the quilt top!
Powered by Quilting Patterns: Photos and update pattern to prepare for launch

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Join me in the Treehouse Club

This week was a roller coaster.  I will preface this with, I am trying to not be as much of a perfectionist, and I think I strive to be exceptional (and with that comes unrealistic goals at times) because ultimately, I fear mediocrity.  So sending my pattern out to just the proofreaders and reading all the feedback was not the most pleasant experience for me.  But I am so very thankful for everyone that proofread my pattern.  I have lots of feedback now to make it even better before the pattern testers try it out.  I was making the second sample and I was overthinking the whole thing!  Is this the right shades for the sample, does it match, is it going to look okay on the pattern, and worst of all is this ugly?!  I really just needed to do something that didn’t require too much thinking.

I had ordered a “Happy Box” from Sweetwater Fabric and it arrived this week. In the Happy Box I received, there was so much fabric: a Cookie Exchange Frivols, a Noteworthy mini charm pack, 5 1/2 yards of Holly’s Tree Farm and Volume II lines of fabric, and a 2lb scrap bag of the Treehouse Club line. I love the Treehouse Club fabric line, it’s so fun and colorful.  The scrap bag contained so many pieces all that were approximately 13″ long with widths from 1-9″.  I decided that I would “improv” a strip quilt and make 12.5″ blocks for a picnic time outdoorsy quilt.  I took 5 different prints of the fabric that I thought looked good together and just sewed them together, depending on the cut of the scrap there are some that are not straight, but I didn’t mind.  It’s scrappy and I just needed to sew without thinking. I think the quilt top turned out great, and I still have quite a few scraps left that will end up in my scrap drawers for a future project.

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The best part about this quilt are the lessons that I learned about myself.  Sometimes you don’t need to be perfect to make someone beautiful and sometimes you just need to sew something to make progress.  This entire quilt top took me only a few hours over 2 days.  It was nice to not have to constantly think about Pattern #101.

So the good news about all of this, my pattern should be launching in November, the 15th to be exact.  I will be participating in a Sew Pro All-Stars Blog Hop that week and I will be launching the pattern.  YAY! I’m so nervous but excited at the same time.  The first sample is heading back my way from the longarm (Rhonda Walker from Olie&Evie was fantastic and got it done super fast!  I can’t thank her enough!).  The second sample should be finished this week and will be machine quilted by myself so I can get both photographed in time for the launch.  I realized I don’t have many photos to share with the “secret” sewing that I’m doing, but November 15th is not too far away!

The follow ups from last week’s accountability:

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I finished reading all the stories of the different quilter’s inspirations in “You Inspire Me to Quilt” by Cheryl Arkison. The book is pretty amazing.  It gives so many different perspectives from other quilters on how they gather their inspiration and design some beautiful quilts.  It’s an great reality check that no one just wakes up each day and poops rainbows and unicorns.  It’s a process that takes inspiration to a design that could take days up to years.  Some of the standout inspiration designs are the bacon and the time clock quilt.  Yes, bacon inspired a quilt and it looks awesome. The time clock is something that I want to make with my anniversary date on it.  It also just so happens that next year is our second anniversary that happens to be a “cotton” gift year.

I didn’t actually attend the guild meeting last week.  I will need to wait to make more quilty friends in the area.  See the semi-panic attack about the second sample quilt for the pattern above and you can probably guess I stayed home to work on it rather than meet other quilters.  I did however sign up to go to the Winter Quiltfest in Logan, UT in January.  Now if only I could find someone that also wants to go and needs a roommate!  If anyone is interested in going and doesn’t have anyone to stay with, I’d love to have a roommate.  There are some really awesome classes this year with Helen Robinson from Sew Kind of Wonderful as the featured teacher.  I am so excited to be able to attend!

Block 10 of the Cozy Christmas quilt was finished.  I think this block has been the best one yet where everything lined up perfectly!  That is always so exciting that pins are not trying to over work to get things to line up correctly.  I can’t believe that there are only 2 more blocks, this fall has been going by so quickly!

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10/25-10/31 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Wednesday and Thursday night, all day Sunday, and Monday night

Projects I want to work on:
Cozy Christmas
Powered by Quilting Patterns

Goals for the Projects:
Cozy Christmas: Complete Block 11
Powered by Quilting Patterns: Send pattern to pattern testers by Friday!  Bind the first sample and finish the second sample.

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Why Quilting?

There were a lot of firsts last week for me.  I completed my first original design quilt top and also finished the largest quilt I’ve made to date.  With both of these accomplishments in one week, it’s made me want to reflect on why I started quilting.  It’s a good reminder, as I transition into making more of the same original design quilt top and start this business.

Unlike most people that learned to sew during Home Ec class, I only learned hand sewing in my class.  I bought my first machine December of 2014 off of Craigslist.  It proceeded to collect dust in my house for 5 months until my mom came to visit and read the manual with me to learn how to thread the machine and wind the bobbin!  My entire family does not sew frequently.  Over the summer, I learned to make small items, some bags, and some baby items for friends.  It wasn’t until I decided to try a blanket that the quilting world crashed down on me.  My first quilt was a simple patchwork quilt.  The front actually looks pretty good, my seams match up and the sashing looks acceptable.  I did not however understand that you are supposed to baste a quilt. I thought that was only for Turkeys.  (Basting a quilt – pinning the top, the batting, and the backing together so it doesn’t move!)  Nor did I understand that even if you straight-line quilt, you need a walking foot (a presser foot that helps evenly feed the quilt through the machine) or else the back is going to pucker really badly!  And did you know there are instructions for the batting written in some cryptic language that tells you how far you can have stitches so you don’t have issues when you wash the quilt?  Well I didn’t know that. Binding, well I made some binding with the bias tape maker (2in finish width, the bigger the better right?!) and proceeded to machine stitch it to the quilt haphazardly aka as straight as I could at the time without a walking foot.  The photo does not show the disaster that is this first “quilt.”

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Then I attended the Sewing Expo in Minneapolis in November of 2015.  I took a free motion quilting class (oh yeah, jump right in, right?!) and a walking foot class.  It was like the biggest light bulb went off in my head; that was the answer to my problems on the baby quilt with all the nasty puckering on the back!  I took a lecture that talked about different shapes I could use in a quilt, but mainly precut squares, triangles, and rectangle templates.  I thought, hey this is cool, let’s try this easy way of quilting.  I have since neglected those shape templates and just cut them out myself!  The one thing I did purchase was a small little kit for a mini quilt.  I figured the baby quilt was not a great start, maybe I should start small.  Well by small, I mean this finished quilt top is about the size of a piece of paper.

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As you can see, I didn’t quite understand the concept of “trimming” down the half square triangles.  I didn’t know what it meant, so I just skipped that step.  I think I can see the reasoning now, the seams would line up if you trimmed the pieces properly.  For all my friends that don’t quilt, starting extra small is not the answer. Start with a baby quilt size, patchwork even… I had it right, but just didn’t have the techniques!

I am definitely hooked on quilting.  There are so many different unique steps to making a quilt so it doesn’t get boring.  For all the other different crafty things that I’ve done, this is definitely the one I’ve fallen the fastest and hardest for.

So knowing this history and looking at all the quilts I’ve been able to complete since then, I need to remember I’m still really new at all of this.  But I should be so proud that this Moroccan Getaway quilt is huge and it’s still beautiful regardless if all the seams are perfect or not. The quilt measures approximately 79″ x 91″.  My husband barely couldn’t hold the ends of the quilt for me to take this photo, and the only way I could get the whole thing was to have him hold it over the deck railing!  (FYI- don’t start with a large quilt either.  This took me 6 months working on and off to finish this quilt top!)

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I can’t show a photo of Pattern #101 just yet, but I can tell you that when I finished I was so utterly proud. I think looking at the quilt really represents my style and what I appreciate in designs.  I can’t wait until I can share it with everyone.  I am currently taking names for proofreaders and pattern testers.  You can sign up here!  Thanks so much in advance.

I almost forgot to share that my new sewing table came in.  My machine is not completely flush with the table top, but it’s close enough to work out well.  Sewing the Moroccan Getaway quilt top together was so much easier with it level!  Totally worth the $100 investment for a new table.

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I had a little bit of a change in plans for my travel schedule, and I did not end up bringing my Janome machine with me this week.  So my Modern Heritage BOM blocks are sitting at home in the sewing room just waiting for me to get back.  I think I might go through some sewing withdrawal this week for sure.

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10/11-10/18 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Sunday all day and Monday night  (yikes, not a ton of time)

Projects I want to work on:
Modern Heritage BOM
Cozy Christmas
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Goals for the Projects:
Modern Heritage BOM:  Finish Month 3 blocks
Cozy Christmas: Finish Block 9 and sew together Row 3 to the rest of the quilt top
Powered by Quilting Patterns: Finish writing the pattern and email to proofreaders! (Good thing I can work on this without a machine!)