Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Busy Little Bee

Nothing like a new year to motivate some serious sewing. Well, that and a boot on your leg which prevents you from doing much. Whatever the reason, I've been sewing up a storm the last 2 days. Here's what my design wall looks like right now:

That's 25 8.5" blocks up on the wall and there are 17 more that won't fit. Man, I can't wait until I'm in our new house and can enlarge my design wall! Now I need to decide how I want to set them. I'm leaning toward sashing with rust colored posts and a double border, but I want to see what other interesting layouts I can find in EQ7 before I make the final decision.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

New Year -- New Creations!

Now that Christmas 2013 is in the books it's time to start looking forward to 2014, and all the new and exciting quilting projects that I want to tackle. I'm not one for making New Year's resolutions but this year I want to set some project goals and track my progress throughout the year. I'll start with the things I already know that I want to make and can add more along the way. Here goes:

  1. New Quilt: Brown Bear themed baby quilt for my son's preschool teacher (needs to be done in by March)
  2. UFO: need to finish up the backing so I can quilt my Accuracy Quilt
  3. Software: Learn how to confidently use EQ7. I've been playing with it since it showed up a few days ago but there is definitely a learning curve.
  4. New Quilt: A queen sized quilt for our new master bedroom, using batik fabrics. I was originally going to use the Star Surround pattern that Melissa from Happy Quilting developed for her 2013 QAL but then she posted about her 2014 QAL called Star Light Star Bright with different variations and I fell in love with variation 4! After input from her readers, the majority voted for variation #1 but I'm still going to make variation #4 (with her permission of course!)
  5. New Project: A Christmas tree skirt for next year, based on my earlier post here.
  6. New Project: A quilted Advent Calendar for next Christmas
  7. New Quilt: A large lap quilt with all the half square triangles I made back in October. I still have another charm pack to make so depending upon what layout I select, it might be bigger!

I think that is MORE than enough to keep me busy! As a new-ish quilter (and one with a preschooler) I think it's an ambitious list especially since 3 of them are finished quilts! Of course, even if I don't accomplish everything on this list, I'll still be quilting and having fun!

How about you, are you the type to set New Year's resolutions or goals? What crafty type projects do you hope to tackle in 2014?

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

A Letter to Santa

Dear Santa,
I wasn't planning on making out a wish list this year since I didn't think I needed anything.
I have an amazing husband and a wonderful son. We have a roof over our heads and never have to worry about where our next meal will come from. We have wonderful friends and amazing family. The holidays make me even more aware of all the blessings that have been bestowed upon me.

So what else could I possibly ask for? Well... after sketching out this design for a quilted tree skirt and not knowing how to convert my idea from paper to reality, it dawned on me that a copy of the EQ7 quilting software under our tree on Christmas morning would make me giddy.

Happy Holidays & Thank you Santa,

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Feathers Afoul

I was feeling well enough today to sit down at my sewing machine for a little while and was able to finish up a Christmas gift.  I also planned on finishing up the mug rugs that I'm making for my son's teachers but I noticed something looked wrong. Here is the first mug rug, finished:

I quilted it using some flowing swirls. Nothing fancy and I think it worked. Then there was the second mug rug:

I had quilted feathers. Eh gad?! What was I thinking?! The photo just doesn't do it justice as to how distracting these truly are which is why I included a photo of the back so you could see it a bit better. I wish I could blame my free motion quilting pattern choice on the drugs that I've been taking for my foot, but no, I quilted these the morning before my surgery.

Lucky for me (and my son's teacher), I have enough of the school-time fabric to make another one. This time, I'll stick with using the swirls for the quilting.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Just Checking In

After having surgery on Monday, I'm feeling surprisingly well. I'm sure some of this is due to the heavy narcotics but having the holiday decorations up and not having to worry about any major holiday shopping definitely helps. I go to the doctor this morning for them to remove the initial dressing and see how it looks. I should also find out how long it will be before I can start putting weight on it. I'd be nice to be able to do a bit of sewing again. Until then, I'll just prop up my foot and enjoy some White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street whilst sipping my tea.