Friday, August 26, 2016

Cathedral Bed Runner Progress

With the return of school, my sewing time has more than doubled overnight. I've made significant progress on my cathedral window bed runner. I made the goal this month to try and get the squares all sewn together. Not only have I finished that, I was able to decide on a color layout for the top squares and have them all pinned down and ready to quilt.

I really wanted the backing to be one continuous piece and since I didn't have anything suitable in my stash I ordered some wide back fabric. Once that arrives I can quilt and bind it. That will be my One Monthly Goal for September. Looking forward to finishing this project.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Serious Cookie Problem

I think I might need to find a 12-step program because I have a serious cookie problem. I've always fancied peanut butter cookies as my all-time favorite variety but a new one has pushed them to the side. I seriously cannot stop eating these yummy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from Averie Cooks.

Now I've always liked oatmeal cookies but so often they contain raisins and/or nuts which I'm not a fan. An oatmeal cookie with dark chocolate, peanut butter, or butterscotch chips is right up my alley. So far, I've made 2 batches of these and have used peanut butter chips since it was what I had on hand. This recipe calls for nuts which I omitted. I also used a small cookie scooper which made almost 2 dozen cookies, I think. I can't be sure since I stole bites of the dough. :)

Since the dough needs to be refrigerated before baking, a little forethought needs to be done to make these but it is oh, so, worth it! Next time I'll just make a double batch and freeze most of them. Maybe then I won't bake an entire batch and eat 6 of them in one sitting (no joke!).

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Aspiring to Inspire

I've had this post in my draft folder for over a week now, unsure of how to properly word what I want to say.  When I started on this quilting and blogging journey, I didn't do it for anyone other than myself. I think that's how most of us start out. That is still the case for me, but what keeps me motivated and wanting to try new things are those that have truly inspired me with their creativity and passion. And whether or not it was their intent, Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl and Jayne from Twiggy and Opal, have both done that for me, each in their own way.

Yvonne's post from last week is what got me really thinking about the path of my creative journey and it prompted me to start writing this post, but it was Jayne's post yesterday that gave me the push to publish it. Yvonne's almost scientific approach to quilting and her attention to detail results in some of the most spectacular creations. You can see that she puts her heart and soul into every stitch. And Jayne's way of just running with a spark of an idea and following her instincts is just amazing to me. Learning to let go and letting a project guide me without worrying about the end result is something that I'm not good at but want to explore more of, thanks to her. And while it might not have been part of their grand plan when they each started blogging, I just wanted to express my gratitude to them for helping me on my own quilting journey. Thanks, Yvonne and Jayne, you truly inspire me!

I've always loved teaching and mentoring others and I'd like to think that someday I might inspire someone else on their creative journey.  What about you? Is there someone that has really influenced and inspired you to keep creating and growing?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Back to School = Back to Business

I completely fell off the grid this month. It wasn't intentional but sometimes it happens. A recurrence of a migraine, back to school shopping, a sick kitty, and then the eventful start of first grade all took precedence. This should give you an idea of how I feel:

Now it's time to buckle down and re-establish a more structured routine. Back to blogging, back to sewing and back to business. It's time to do something about all the creative ideas and projects that I've been harboring all summer long, just waiting for when I have time to spend more time in my sewing room.
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