MCM #88 – I’m Back and ReEnergized!

Last week I took a much needed break and spent several days hanging out with my friends and recharging my batteries. It was fun to get away from my daily routine and do something different. I totally disconnected from social media – leaving my laptop at home and only posting two pictures on Instagram(!) In some ways it was scary to unplug, but I’m so glad I did because now I feel pumped, full of energy and ready to sew, quilt, and blog again. Amazing what a week away will do!

Thank you to everyone who commented and linked up to last week’s Main Crush Monday party. I’m still catching up on all my reading, so I’ll be visiting all your blogs this week. It looks like you are working on some amazing projects and I’m looking forward to reading all about them!

I did manage to visit one quilt shop while away, but only bought four pieces of fabric. I know! I even surprised myself with my restraint! I picked up a white on white just because I liked it, and two black/white prints to use as bindings.

My most surprising purchase was a panel. Yes, a panel! I see so many people make lovely quilts and wall hangings with them, but I find them difficult to work with. However, I spied this one and immediately saw possibilities. So I’m challenging myself to work with this panel and make something amazing. Okay, maybe not amazing, but at least something finished…

I have a few ideas of what I want to do to make this a wall hanging.  Before I start on it I’ll have to make a visit to my local quilt shop to pick up some coordinating fabrics. Darn! 🙂 The project may take me a while as I plan to work on it between customer quilts, but hopefully I’ll have it finished in time to use for Christmas. This year. As in 2017. I’ll keep you updated.

A few days before I left on vacation I received the sweetest note from Christine, a customer who had purchased my pattern Pretty in Pink. Christine shared pictures of the quilt she made from the pattern and is allowing me to share them with you.

Photo by Christine Ulichney

I love the soft color palette, and that backing and binding fabric is so yummy! The quilting is so fun for a baby quilt and the thread color was the perfect choice. Christine told me the quilting was done by Island Quilters in Hilton Head, SC and I think they did a fabulous job.

Photo by Christine Ulichney

As a designer, I feel so honored when someone uses their valuable time and resources to make a quilt from one of my patterns. I especially love it when they share pictures – it’s inspiring to see their color/fabric choices. Thank you Chris for sharing your beautiful quilt!

If you’d like to make your own version of Pretty in Pink, you can download a PDF copy of the pattern via my Etsy shop or through Craftsy.

I’m off to catch up on reading your blogs and load another quilt on the frame!

But first: now that I’ve shared my weekly crush with you I would love for you to share yours with me! You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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17 Responses to MCM #88 – I’m Back and ReEnergized!

  1. Cindy says:

    Love your binding additions! Have fun playing with your panel can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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  4. Liz W. says:

    Welcome back! I love your binding fabric acquisitions … especially that striped one! Can’t wait to see it on a quilt!

  5. Glad to see you back and energized. It’s a busy few months between now and the New Year for most quilters. Love your new fabrics.

  6. Welcome back from a much deserved vacation. It’s wonderful you were able to unplug so completely and that you are refreshed. And it is awesome to see a quilt made from your pattern. It turned out beautifully!

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  8. Your break sounds like it was just the thing! We finished the last of cleaning out the house for sale, and now I can get back to a few things I love. I hope to share a blog post in the next day or two!

  9. karenfae says:

    nice to take a break now and then.

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  11. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Beth,
    Such lovely fabrics you picked up, and the panel is cute. I cannot wait to see what you have planned for it! I have a few panels in my stash that I haven’t done anything with, so maybe you’ll give me some inspiration for them. ~smile~ Roseanne

  12. Jayne says:

    I’m glad you got yourself recharged! It takes a day or two getting use to no social media…but it sure is nice once in a while!

  13. That’s a very nice panel! I’m sure you’ll make something lovely with it 🙂

  14. Alycia C says:

    Good for you – I like Unplugged . A lot of times hiking there is no service, and I breathe a sigh of relief

  15. Debbie says:

    Can’t wait to see what you do with the panel– I use them for my OBW quilts!

  16. SarahZ says:

    Yay for some R and R! Welcome back, Beth!!!

  17. Kate says:

    Sounds like a much needed unplugged weekend. Love your new acquisitions. I’ve got a few panels put away in my stash. I’ve been considering using them for backs as I’ve not been real inspired to use them in a quilt. I’m looking forward to checking out what you do with your panel.

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