Inspiration from the Bahamas

Yep, I have been away for a bit, but quilting inspiration can be found everywhere! I thought I would post a few pictures of things that spoke to me.

I have been fortunate to travel to quite a few places and several times sailing, but never have I seen such beautiful turquoises, blues, and pinks/corals!

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The Wall this Week

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The design wall this week doesn’t show much new, but I love the Wonky Stars! The swap has been completed and I have a beautiful galaxy to show for it! I believe these will become a quilt! I love to sleep outdoors and this will feel like sleeping under the stars!

The log cabin play was mentioned in an earlier blog, but I do love how these bright blocks play together. Not sure how they will be used, or if they are just a start to something more. I think I will cut up the b/w/g block for further experimenting.

That one dark blue wonky star was an attempt at my QuiltCon 2018 swap. A fail, for me, as also noted in a previous post, but I will keep it for possible use somewhere.

The rest of my sewing time this week has been consumed by that same QuiltCon 2018 swap. I am finally about to put the finishing touches on it, but it is a secret, so I won’t be showing it here. That will come along very soon with all the other info that will be on the blog from attending that event! Here is just a hint of the swap mini…

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I am so glad I finally discovered my partner’s mosaic so I can make something that I am enjoying…and, hopefully, she will too!

That’s it for now! Until next time…    

and Happy Quilting!

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2018 Stash Bee

I just finished my February block for the 2018 Stach Bee. I am in Hive 5! Got this one done in a hurry!

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The Queen Bee for February is Francis, @francispaul61 on IG, from the Netherlands. She has a mighty cause of making “‘Droomdekentjes’ , comfort blankets for children who are sick or who are in a not so nice place in their life.” I love being a part of a good cause and I hope the little ones who receive these blankets find happiness and dream big! This block is scrappy reds and pinks with my message for dreaming and happiness and is 16″ square…a fun and easy block to make!

I failed to mention my January block on the blog, so I will do that today. The Queen for the month of January was Cathleen, @kitchkouture on IG, (also our hive mama) and she requested a block of improv stripes. “I would like to construct a modern winter tree quilt. I was inspired by Elizabeth Hartman’s winter quilt that you can see here. https://blog.fatquartershop.com/2012/12/blogger-choice-elizabeth-hartman.html I would like to create a forest of monochromatic gray trees. I am intrigued by gray and also want to create something that will help me process the wildfires that destroyed about 3000 homes in my town this last October.” If you are not into improv, this is an easy way to practice it. My block and a suggestion for color to go with it…really a suggestion from @judemadeit on IG…and the only green I had on hand…

Seemed like green supported her thoughts on the fires and the rebirth that will come after the devastation.

Thanks goes to Diana, @reddeliciouslife, for coordinating the Stash Bee and for finding a way to get me in at the last minute!

Happy Quilting everyone! I hope you are finding your buzz in 2018!

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January/February Goals

Happy February, friends!

Since it is the first of February and the month of love, I will not beat myself up too much for the fact that every box is not checked off on my short list of January goals.

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That said, I will mention that I have made something for the MQG Swap…actually I have made two! I just didn’t feel warm and fuzzy about them and so I will be starting a new one today. Does that really count as a fail??

I felt rather silly when I went and looked again at my partner’s IG feed only to find that she did post a mosaic in November. I have looked several times and don’t know how I missed it, but now I have a clear goal! Not sure what will happen with the other items I made, but such is the life of a quilter…not everything works out, but most things find a home sooner or later. These are what I have made and won’t be swapping at QuiltCon…

So, I moved the MQG Swap to February!

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February is an exciting month! My main excitement is about the 2018 QuiltCon…I am going! It is my sew mate’s, Jude Made It, birthday month and appropriate that we are going together. It is our first time to go and we are participating in as much as we can! More will come about that on the blog as it happens!

In prep for the big event, there was some making in January that I didn’t blog about.

Buttons and cards to swap, a lanyard for displaying the buttons, and a bag for stashing things. I am carrying the bag I made a while back as a tester for Yvonne Campbell, @quiltydream. I like that the bag and lanyard include the color of the year…Ultra Violet…or at least, some shades of it! Will YOU be at QuiltCon?

Once again, my February goal sheet is a little on the sparse side. This time is it because we will be traveling, in addition to QC. Though it has not been terrible winter weather here, we will be going to the Bahamas for some fun and sun and friends. I feel lucky and hope to get some great turquoise quilting inspiration! It will be great to spend time with our great friends on their boat, Terridup, too! She keeps a blog here, if you are interested in checking it out.

Well, that about rounds up what I can think of today. Happy February, “make love – not war”, and happy quilting!

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Basic Blocks Often Mess With My Mind!

Ok! I am just going to admit it! Some of the most basic things about quilting really mess with my mind!

This image might just give you an idea why…

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This was an attempt at an improv log cabin square…and I call it a fail! My strips are not in order for that log look and more! To me, it looks more like a messed up courthouse steps block.

So, today I am moved to work with that old, familiar, very basic log cabin square. I am doing it for the sake of:

1) practice in improv (Can I really just grab a strip and sew it in place without thinking about it?) and

2) understanding this basic square so I can learn to make it modern.

I am using the pattern from Suzy Quilts. I am using solids to keep it even more simple…I think. This pattern creates nice even strip sizes, but something bugs me about the center.

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I think I don’t like the two same-size squares next to each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I found another tutorial from Marzi on her blog, Made by Marzipan. I like that this one has a different way to add the second piece in the center, but I can’t figure out the math to do it with 2.5″ strips, which I have a lot of! However, this block has a look that is not as uniform. Maybe that is why I like it? Off I went to cut some 3.5″ strips from scraps! Drat…I have cut the 3.5″ strips and guess what? They really turn out to be 2″ strips for most of the pattern! This is where that old addage, “measure twice, cut once,” comes into play only a bit different, “read twice, cut once.” Or better yet…”read and think about what you are doing!” I hate to rush and making mistakes is a sign of just that! Oh well, more for the scrap bins! Here is the block I made…

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I am wondering if the log cabin block is just not for me! However, I do like the bright colors in the first set of blocks. And (for the most part) I did grab and go! I also figured out that the 2″ strip width in the directions from Marzi should work with any width. I’ll have to give that a try. And maybe I will try the wonky look…that for another blog!

What do you think of the log cabin block pattern? Do you have a favorite way to produce this block? Do you have tips and tricks you can share?

This is part of my commitment to the process pledge! It IS all a process…good, bad, or ugly!

Happy Quilting!

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Blog Sharing

If you are a quilter, you must know of Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl! Today she shared some really great tips on creativity. If you have not read them, check it out. And be sure to read the comments too, as many of her followers have posted some good ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

In a similar vein, Jacquelynne, at The Art of Home, shared some thoughts on finding time for creativity in an email to subscribers. There were lots of good ideas presented, but one thing that really rang true for me was this…”In order to say Yes to your priorities, you have to say No to something else.” I am not suggesting that we should all be neglecting other things in our lives, but it is so true…we can always find something else calling to us that creates guilt over spending time doing what we are passionate about.

So, today I say, “get creative”, “get going”, “do something YOU love”. Find your mojo or your juju or whatever you call it. Sew, paint, sing, dance, cook…whatever makes you happy deserves some dedicated time! I hope she won’t mind if I quote (and give her credit for) this…“The dishes can wait a little while, and chances are no one in the house will go naked if you fold the laundry tomorrow instead of today. It’s sooo easy to get caught up in the “should’s”, and the stuff that’s right in front of you, and forego what’s really important.”

 

 

What are you going to be doing?

 

As a side note, I will also throw in here what I bet some of you may be feeling…reading all the blogs I follow, Instagram, Facebook, etc. is eating up my time. Well, I am guilty of that, as well, but I will say that my creativity is also fed by those who inspire me via these sources! I am thankful for them! What’s a person to do?

Happy quilting…or whatever it is!

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Calling Cross-Stitchers!

Hello friends out there in the blogosphere! Looking for some help.

My mom was an avid needleworker! We have the cross-stitched pieces pictured below…

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…aren’t they adorable? Well, here is the problem. This is it…the poem is imcomplete.

Would any one of you crafters out there just happen to have cross-stitch patterns like these? They are at least 20 years old and I can’t find anything like them.

We would like to make something in mom’s honor. Perhaps a quilt for the upcoming children (no time soon!) who will be her great-great-grandchildren! Of course, that would be only one quilt and it would have to be passed around. Still thinking on that idea and have some other possibilities.

At any rate, I know this is a long shot, but worth asking, as this community is so caring and helpful. Feel free to share any thoughts you may have on a project to incorporate these items too!

Thank you SEW much!

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