Galaxy Mini Quilt- first quilt show

I first mentioned this mini-quilt in another post, and wanted to give an update since it is now finished, in some state.

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As you can see, compared to my previous post, half of my intended mini is missing. When I started quilting the warm side, everything just went to crap. It wasn’t working, and I knew I was approaching melt-down. So I made an executive decision to go with just the cool colors. It’s approx 13″ x 13″.

For the quilting I was inspired by this tutorial from 107 Quilts: and used invisible thread

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I’ll be honest. I am having severe anxiety about this. One thing about quilting that I have never been good at is perfection. The day I finished/turned it in for the quilt show, I cried MANY TEARS. I was so ashamed because it didn’t feel up to snuff and I truly tried the best I could.

I’m coping a little better now, but I might have another meltdown when I see it displayed next to to the other submissions from our guild.

But I’ve been listening to Elizabeth Gilbert’s book- Big Magic, and it reminded me that all creativity comes with fear and vulnerability, so I’m trying to embrace it in whatever way I can. I know that the upcoming year will hold many challenges creatively for me and require much bravery, so I guess this is a good way to start the year.

If you’re in the area, the Oklahoma City Winter Quilt Show is this coming weekend. Check it out!

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!

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!

Tessellation with Lizzy House

I’ve started a new project that makes me happy.

I ordered the Lizzy House Natural History FQ bundle from Westwood Acres Fabrics and the coordinating solids bundles from Pile O’Fabric, and decided to pair it with the Tessellation pattern from Alison Glass.

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I’ve had fun fussy cutting around the delightful designs and playing with the rich jewel tones.

Since this is just a “for fun” project, it’s nice to not feel a looming deadline or pressure.

Timber QAL

timberFRONT4.7MBI was excited to see that Modern Handcraft is hosting a quilt along of Alison Glass’ Timber starting in March. I bought the pattern in a Christmas sale and this is a great chance to have some motivation to get it done.

I’ve been thinking a few days about what colors to do it in, and today I pulled the trigger and went ahead and ordered them.

I wanted to do solids, and I wanted to do a masculine colored quilt, so I went with Kaffe Fassett Collective Shots.

Here are the ones I chose below:Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.58.13 AM Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.58.28 AM

And Kaffe Fassett Woven Strip in Emerald 

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I am looking forward to getting started! There’s still plenty of time to plan to join!

Layer Cake QAL- Blocks 5 and 6

Quilt along continues!

I think this is actually really helping my sewing technique. These blocks are far more precise than almost anything I’ve sewn. I’ve talked about having trouble with that before. But hey, I’m getting better! Since each block has 16 HST, it provides a lot of practice. I really like both of these blocks- both the designs and the fabrics. It makes me happy. 🙂

Blocks 5 and 6

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Of course this is from the wonderful Quilt Along from Material Girl 

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