Monday, February 25, 2019

A Farewell Gift

A few weeks ago I was very saddened to learn that my boss and friend had accepted a new position at a performing arts center in Michigan. My first thought was how is this native Floridian going to survive Michigan winters? My second thought was what I could make for him to remember me and the arts center where we'd worked together for the last 4+ years?

Don't get me wrong, I'm so happy for him and I know he'll do well on his new career adventure, but work won't be the same without him. That's why I decided to make him a mini with the Dr. Phillips Center logo on it.

This abstract symbol was inspired by the four-beat motion of a conductor’s baton. The mini is 9.5" square, the perfect size to put on the wall of his new office. Safe travels my friend, and I look forward to seeing you when you come home to visit.


Linking up to the Beauties Pageant link party that is hosted by Michelle From Bolt to Beauty.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Seattle Showers

With everything that's been happening at work, it's been quite a while since I'd posted anything quilting related but I'm happy to say that I'm getting back into a groove and have a finish to share.

This is a quilt for my brother and his wife that I'm calling Seattle Showers. Since the fabric line is actually April Showers by Bonnie and Camille, I think I'm being clever since the recipients live in Seattle. (I know I'm not that clever, but please don't burst my bubble. 😊)

I really enjoyed quilting this even if I had some struggles with my machine. It didn't seem to like my backing fabric. I used Freefall by Tula Pink and it almost has a sateen quality to it. For some reason, it made adjusting my tension more difficult. I also encountered a needle detection error and after that, whenever I got halfway through a bobbin (I was using magna-glide bobbins), the bobbin thread would jam. I've thoroughly cleaned my machine and I'm hoping that the issue has resolved itself. Here's a close-up of the backing so you can see the quilting detail:

This is a belated Christmas gift that I will be giving my brother and his wife when their family is visiting from Seattle this week.


Linking up to the Beauties Pageant link party that is hosted by Michelle From Bolt to Beauty and Needle and Thread Thursday.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Hamilton Takeover

The last 3+ weeks have been an absolute whirlwind due to work. The touring production of Hamilton was in Orlando and it was at The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, where I work. That meant a lot of long hours. But it also meant a lot of opportunities for me to be "in the room where it happens." 😁

When it was all said and done, I saw it twice as a guest and worked another 14 performances. Needless to say, I got very little sewing done during that time opting for naps instead, but it was all worth it. I loved every minute of this show and was sad to see it go. I'm looking forward to when it comes back again.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Quarterly Goals

So I missed the opportunity to participate in the link-up for the First Quarter of the 2019 Finish-A-Long, but that's not going to stop me from posting the things I hope to accomplish.

1) First up, is the quilt top that is currently on my long arm. I'm halfway done with it, just need to quilt most of the blue areas.

2) Next is my red and white quilt top.

I won these blocks from my local guild sometime last year and they've been put together for quite some time but I couldn't decide on a backing fabric. Now that I have the backing fabric, it's just a matter of piecing the backing and getting it quilted.

3) Last on the list is my StashBee blocks from 2018. I just finished piecing the top together this past weekend. I have a few possibilities for a backing for this one.

I guess with all of these projects I should probably buy some more batting.  😊

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Great Purge of 2019

I'm not sure what started me on this path the other day but in opening up one of my scrap bins to find some fabric, I realized that I have saved every single scrap from the time I started quilting in 2012. Originally it was because I didn't have a stash to speak of, but eventually I'm sure it just became habit. I decided then and there that enough was enough and it was time to just get rid of all those tiny scraps and start fresh.

Over the last few days, I went through my clear shoe box bins for each color and got rid of all the small scraps that I know I would never realistically use. I also got rid of most of those edges that I cut off from squaring up quilts after they'd been long-armed. By the end of this afternoon this is the pile I had:

Now the question is - what do I do with these? I hate to just throw them away so I'm going to see if anyone in my guild wants them for anything. I think there are a few members who use scraps to make pet beds out of them and another guild member is known for making quilts with super tiny scraps (she won a 2018 QuiltCon award for her quilt Leftovers).  All I know is that I feel lighter somehow when I walk into my stash closet.

~ Diana

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Happy New Year

We rang in the New Year on a week-long Caribbean cruise and with the new year came... the PLAGUE. It started with me while on the last day of the cruise, then my son on the first day of school, and today my husband has been afflicted. Having the flu is not the most ideal way to start off the new year.  I had high hopes of starting a new exercise and sewing routine this week. Instead, it will be spent on the couch and catering to those sicker than I am (and catching up on some blog reading if I'm lucky).

~ Diana