MCM #56 – Fabric Acquisitions

You guys. I’ve got news. BIG news.

My Twelve Year quilt is done! Finished. Washed. Dried. Done.

And she is gorgeous.

Unfortunately, you can’t see her yet.

We’ve had the worst weather for taking pictures, and I want you to see her at her best. I am sooooo hoping to have a day this week when the sun peeks through the leaden sky and I can capture some pictures of her. And when I do, you’ll be the first to see her.

She is my first OMG project, and I’m so excited to have her finished in the middle of the month. I have to say, I was pretty motivated.

So. While we wait for pictures, I’m going to show you what I did over the weekend.

I went shopping. I bought way too much, but I have a plan for all of it so that’s okay, right? I even had a squirrel moment and started on the plan. Then common sense jumped in and I got back on track. Whew!

But here’s where I am so far:

Gotta love those HSTs!

I was just so excited to see that my local quilt shop has started carrying a few bolts of Quilter’s Linen by Robert Kaufman. And…drum roll please….they have even started stocking a few bolts of Grunge!! While I was in the store, one lady commented that Grunge is her favorite fabric line and I had to laugh. The store owner isn’t sold on it but is carrying it due to customer demand. So it was fun to hear her say how much she loved Grunge, and it made me smile.

The Quilter’s Linen is going to be a big hit too – 9 yards of the white flew off the shelf while I was there. I hope they restock soon!

I also picked up backing for the ombre quilt I’m working on.

Backing fabric for Ombre Quilt

This will look okay but I’m not super excited about it. The fabric feels a bit stiff and now I’m second guessing my choice. I know I’ll use it since I bought it specifically for that quilt. Hopefully it will all work out.

My goals for this week are to get the ombre quilt basted and start on the quilting. I have some great variegated threads I’m excited to use – it’s going to look so good! I also want to get the instructions written for a new quilt pattern I’m working on, so there’s a lot going on here this week and all of it is crush-worthy. 🙂

Now, let’s take a look at a couple of the great projects that were linked up last week.

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge shared her adorable mini mini quilt. I love the way she stitched the little hopping lines for those sweet bunnies! Jenn has a love for all things Kona. Her posts are always a fun read; I hope you’ll check it out.

Photo by Jenn of A Quarter Inch from the Edge

 

Cindy from Stitchin At Home designed a quilt block for the 30 Quilt Block Design Challenge and then turned it into a mini quilt. The quilting is really nice, and the soft colors are so pretty. I really like how this looks.

Photo by Cindy of Stitchin At Home

 

Erin of The Lazy Quilter (don’t you love that blog name??) shares the story behind this beautiful cross quilt. It was fun to read her honest post – we’ve all had days where we’ve felt exactly like she did. Go check it out!

Photo by Erin of The Lazy Quilter

 

Now it’s your turn to link up your crushes for this Main Crush Monday! What are you working on that has you excited to be in your sewing space? You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

That seems to be a theme with me so far this year. First, making that bright ombre quilt (which will hopefully get quilted next week) was a challenge for me. Even though I love those colors, and use bright fabric a lot it is still a bit nerve-wracking for me to see it hanging every time I walk in my sewing room.

Then, this past week I got in my car and took myself to the local guild meeting and joined the group. Doesn’t sound scary at all, does it? But for me, it was. Just a bit. I mean, I’m so used to hanging out in my own little piece of the world where it’s just me sewing and sometimes it’s easier to stay put.

However, one of my goals in 2017 is to put myself out there – meet people, enter quilt shows, hold real conversations with people who can talk back and not just the TV or my reflection in the mirror that hangs above my sewing machine. (Yes, there’s a mirror behind my sewing machine, actually there are 3, but it’s not nearly as conceited as it sounds. Someday I’ll explain…)

Annnnyway…..what I wanted to say is that I’m SO glad I went to the meeting. I had previously met a couple of the ladies through activities at my LQS, so I did recognize a few women enough to say Hello. Everyone was welcoming and encouraging and helpful in explaining all the activities the group does. One lady took it upon herself to make sure I knew why they were doing what they were doing at any given time, included me in all her conversations, and then ate lunch with me. A super sweet person!

And now I’m an official member of the Helping Hands Quilt Guild, have my instructions for the project we’ll be working on next month, and am signed up to be a hostess for the October meeting. Whew!

I almost talked myself out of getting in the car that morning. I’m a quiet person who likes to sit on the sidelines and not draw attention to myself. But my need for quilty friends is stronger than my need to sit at home and it pushed me out the door.

If you, like me, are hesitant to put yourself out there let me encourage you to make the leap. More than likely, you’ll meet great people who are as passionate about your craft as you are and you’ll feed on their energy. Energy fuels creativity and having a fresh burst of energy is what I need to keep me sewing and creating.

Push yourself outside that comfort zone, and see what happens!

If you have a story about stepping out of your comfort zone, we would love to hear it. Please share it in the comments, and have a wonderfully creative weekend!

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MCM #55 – Free Motion Quilting is So Fun

Welcome to Main Crush Monday, the 55th edition. 🙂

My crush this week is on the Twelve Year Quilt. I have made so much progress and I’m so close to having a finish – I can hardly stand it! On top of that, I’m having so much fun in my sewing room.

Let me show you the border I’m working on today:

FMQ Feather Border

When I started quilting the blocks, I knew exactly how I wanted to quilt them. Not so much the sashing or the borders. So I spent a lot of time thinking about it while working away on the crosshatch.

Crosshatch FMQ

Let me tell you, I had a lot of time to think! There are twenty blocks in this quilt and I marked each one with a water soluble blue pen before quilting. Just to keep me kind of on track.

Anyway, back to the borders. I decided a piano key border would look okay in the outer border. I have done that design on several quilts and really like the way it looks. So I worked on that while still pondering what to do in the rust-colored border. Before I knew it I was finished with the piano keys and it was time to make a decision.

I have a wave ruler that I’ve wanted to use for a while, so I started with stitching a wavy line. Seriously, when I started I fully expected to pick it out. So imagine my surprise when I didn’t! Once I stitched the first line, I filled in the outer section of the border with dense back and forth lines. I also added a second wavy line that echoed the first.

Then I decided to just go for it and stitch some feathers. Many of you know that I have a love/hate relationship with feathers. I love them. I just don’t stitch them very well. But that’s only going to change by practicing them, right? Since this quilt is a keeper for me and hubby, and it’s my first pieced quilt ever, it seemed perfect to use it for practicing a design I love.

FMQ feather border

And….I think they turned out okay! There are definitely some funky looking ones, and a few places that aren’t great but overall I like them. If this was a quilt for someone else I would definitely have picked them out and stitched a few of them again. But since it’s for me – not happening! I’m going to keep them as a comparison to future feathers. You know, as a record of just how far I’ve come…

I still have to finish those borders and work on the sashing. Then it will be time to trim, bind and wash the blue out. When it’s finished, we can all do the happy dance. My hope is to get it done and take some pictures before the rain moves in this week. Wish me luck!

Now it’s time for you to share your crush – but before you do, here’s a look back at a couple of the link-ups from last week:

Miaisimine of Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer shared her beautiful pinwheel quilt. I love the colors she used – they are some of my favorites.

Photo by Miaisimine of Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

If you love to see beautiful stitching, then you’ll definitely want to check out Lena’s sunflower quilt. I’m showing a picture of her detailed quilting with variegated thread here, but be sure to visit her blog for more pictures. The quilting is fantastic.

Photo by Lena of Quilt Art by Olena Pugacheva

 

Gina of Quilts and Cakes shared her fun water-themed quilt, with lots of swimming fish. The quilt is to be auctioned off to raise money for a family in need. Her fabric choices and quilting designs are perfect for the theme of her quilt.

Photo by Gina of Quilts and Cakes

Okay, now it’s your turn to link up your crush! What has you excited to be in your sewing space this week? Remember, your crush can be anything quilting/sewing/fiber related – new fabric, new tools, new technique, or new project. You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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January OMG – The Twelve Year Quilt

Well drat! I really wanted to finish the 12 Year Quilt in 2016 because I didn’t want to call it the 13 Year Quilt. 🙂

Remember this?

Winning hand Flimsy Quilt Top

I started the quilting but I didn’t get it finished, so I am setting that as my January One Monthly Goal and linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts.

This is my first time participating in the monthly linky party. My hope is that it will keep me on track and help me to finish up some of the projects hanging out in my sewing room.

This quilt is taking some time as I am quilting a crosshatch in the background of all the blocks. I have almost half of the quilting done and am really going to push myself to finish it this month.

Maybe then I can call it the 12 Year, 1 Month Quilt!

 

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MCM #54- I’ve Made Progress

First, let me say:

Are you ready for the new year and all it will bring? I am!

Welcome to the first Main Crush Monday of 2017!

I can’t wait to see what you are working on.

I’m happy to report that even though I’m still fighting this cold, I was able to spend some much needed time in my sewing room last week. (Thank you so much for all your kind comments. I hope I responded to everyone; if I missed you please know how much I appreciated you taking the time to wish me well!)

My progress went from this pile of yumminess…

Ombre Rectangles

…..to this on the design wall…

….then on to the finished flimsy! (I hope to have better pictures tomorrow – it was after dark when I finished the top and these are indoor shots.)

Having all day to sew on New Year’s Eve really helped with the progress on this top. Hubby had to work, so I had most of the day and all evening to myself. After running a few errands in the morning and then sending DH off to work, I cranked up my playlist and got busy! I had to unpick four seams because I was so busy chair dancing I lost my concentration for a minute or two! 🙂

I’m not sure I’m as in love with this quilt as I thought I would be. I know it will look different once it is quilted so I’m going to delay my final verdict until then. We’ll see. I do think it’s interesting that all those color changes are in one piece of fabric. I would love to try using an ombre fabric again, but maybe in a cool colorway since those are more the colors I’m drawn to.

Anyway, just being able to sew again is crush-worthy news for me, and having a finished flimsy makes it even better!

Now let’s see what you were working on the last week of 2016 before getting to this week’s party.

Deana of Dreamworthy Quilts shared a group applique project that will be a wedding gift for her nephew. I always like seeing the applique projects because it’s something I want to try. I’ve taken a Craftsy class, messed up one of the projects (totally my fault, well, my iron’s fault), and didn’t try it again. Time to add that to my To Do list this year.

Photo by Deana of Dreamworthy Quilts

 

Kristin of Our Alaska Life shared a stocking she made for her sister. She used a Holly Hobby panel and some lace doilies. The stocking has such an old-fashioned vibe and I think it’s so cute! I’ve enjoyed exploring Kristin’s blog – I love reading about life in Alaska. Go check it out!

Photo by Kristin of Our Alaska Life

 

Also, Patty of Elm Street Quilts will be hosting the One Monthly Goal again for 2017. So, if you want to join in it’s a great time to do so. You can get all the details on her blog.  Patty shared a pillow she made for her daughter and the colors and low volume she used make my heart sing! I would hug this pillow every day. 🙂

Photo by Patty of Elm Street Quilts

Okay, now it’s your turn to link up your crush! What has you excited to be in your sewing space this week? Remember, your crush can be anything quilting/sewing/fiber related – new fabric, new tools, new technique, new project, whatever! (I’m working on a knit shawl that I can’t wait to share!) You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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