Sewing Goals for 2015

I am not a big new year’s resolution person. Instead I choose topics to think about, work towards, or meditate on, but this year I do have some measurable goals for my sewing practice.

  1. Hand quilt something. Maybe something very small- a mug rug, a pin cushion. But hand quilt something.
  2. Quilt my Portland quilt. (uh, apparently I never even posted about that…but )
  3. Quilt my Botanics offset cross quilt.
  4. Take a long-arm certification class at Prairie Quilt to see if I like long-arm quilting.
  5. Learn how to use rivets in bag making.
  6. Make a sewing machine cubby.
  7. Show work in a quilt show. This is cheating because I know I’m showing something on the second weekend of January. I’m terrified; more about that later.
  8. Get more involved in my local quilt guild. Also cheating, because I was just elected to the board of my local quilt guild, haha.

I have some other goals that I want to define more and that are more personal to me. There are some items I want to design myself, which I’m sure will take some painful trial and error, but such is learning and growing.

2015 has been a blast. Can’t wait for 2016!

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Sweet sewing gift

The awesome boyfriend got me an awesome Christmas gift- a sewing station! I have complained multiple times to him that I can’t get organized with my fabric, so he got me a cubby with bins, as well as hooks and a sewing light. Awesome job, boyfriend! I can’t wait to fill it up and get more fabric. 😉

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Christmas sewing- sister’s quilt!

Long ago, I bought a layer cake of the Cotton + Steel line Mustang, because it reminded me of my sister. She loved horses growing up, and I loved the designs and metallic accents of the fabric.

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A few months ago, I decided to make her a quilt this Christmas. It’s a simple stack and whack block, and I sashed it with Cotton + Steel sprinkles in gray.

It’s backed in two kinds of chambray and a stripe of cream and metallic gold stars.

She loved it. I love it. Happy Christmas to all. 🙂

 

Holiday sewing- the saga continues

I finished all 16 commissioned Roam zippered pouches!

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I’m feeling pretty confident in my zipper pouch skills right now, haha.

But as I finished the home stretch, I had two sewing injuries. I sliced my thumb on a straight pin and got my finger caught up in the needle mechanism. It huuuuurt. And it still hurts.

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I started a new job in May, and one of my coworkers has been super helpful and kind to me since I started, so I made her a pillow:

This picture can also be labeled, “straight talk- what my sewing table really looks like right now.”

I have one big project to finish before Christmas, but I am well on my way with it. Can’t share that one til after Christmas. 🙂

Ho ho ho!

Pattern testing- Venice!

I had the privilege to test another paper piecing pattern from Esther at iPatchandQuilt- Venice!

I’ve never been to Venice, but I love that her inspiration was historical architectural elements.

Since as I have been posting about all week, I’ve been bitten by the holiday bug, I wanted to use traditional holiday colors- red and green! And since the pattern lent itself to being interpreted as a wreath, I went with that.

This is a great pattern, easy to follow, no tiny pieces, and comes together pretty quickly. And it comes in a wide variety of sizes, which I love. I also love the monochromatic versions some of the testers did.

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Holiday sewing- hexies!

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I’ve tried to teach myself how to English paper piece a few times in the past couple of years, to no avail. Since I find myself spending quite a bit of time away from my sewing machine these days, I had renewed motivation to try. I found this tutorial that finally helped the pieces snap into place for me:

And I got busy! I have a few Christmas fabrics that I’d wanted to make wall hangings out of, so I have been fussy-cutting and hexieing them up! 🙂

I’ve been on the lookout for modern hexie projects. I am excited to have this new technique available to me now!

Holiday sewing- that red cup

Hello people of the internet-

I have gotten to do a good bit of Christmas sewing lately. Some for gifts, some for sales, and some just for me!

One project I saw and loved and wanted to try immediately was the That Red Cup pattern from  Tessa Williams.

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Tessa Williams’ Sample of That Red Cup Pattern

It helps that she used several of my favorite fabric lines in the sample I saw (Tinsel from Cotton and Steel and Botanics from Carolyn Friedlander)!

So I whipped up a couple. If you are comfortable with paper piecing, they go very quickly. It’s an easy and fool proof pattern. And FREE on Craftsy! Can you believe it?! Happy holidays, indeed.

And of course, after sewing a couple, I had to treat myself to a beverage from the home of the red cup, itself.

I’ve done more sewing, but will share that over the next week or so!

Plus I ended up being commissioned to make 16 of the Roam zippered pouches, haha. Ho ho ho!