Saturday, January 16, 2016

Finish Along 2016 {Q 1}

For the last couple years I really haven't made much progress on completing any quilting projects. I have really wanted to make some progress on my long standing WIPs. And for once I think I am going to be able to get my post up on time for this years Finish Along. 

1. Aqua and Teal Bento Box Quilt  - This one is a is from a flickr bee that I was in a way to many years ago. 

First time using my new design wall and I already see one block that needs to be moved... For some reason pictures always help me with that.

2. Periwinkle Mini Quilt - made from left overs from an other mini quilt. 

Was able to get the tiniest bit of mini quilt sewing in today... Using up leftover can be quite fun! #miniquilt

3. Patchwork Prism Quilt - Again a long standing WIP.  This one is almost 4 years old. It is all cut up and just needs to be put together. 

Over 3 years later # #annamariahorner #patchworkprismquilt is finally cut out... Now the question long before it becomes a top?

4. Embroidery 101 Quilt Along - I only have one block left to finish. Who knows how many years I have been working on this one. Well it was whenever the quilt along started, but I really can't remember.  

embroidery 101 block 6 finished

5. Central Park - This is a finish top that just needs to be quilting. 

Geese in the Park finished top

6. SacMQG Bee Mini Quilt - I asked for a cute little paper pieced wonky log cabin block and I just need to put them together. 

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7. Miss Kate Piece of Cake Craftsy Quilt - I bought this layer cake just so I could actually make a craftsy class quilt and I still haven't done it yet. I think I have had this layer cake for 9 months or so.

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8. Leaders and Enders Quilt. I have been making these blocks with my leaders and enders. I want to finish up this quilt and donated it to a charity though my quilt guild. 

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9. Priare Claw Quilt - This is another quilt that I took a class on from an author and I still haven't finished it. I only took the class in June 2011. I think it may have aged enough to quilt it. 

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Ok I am going to call that good to go. I think under 10 is a good amount of choice. I can hope to finish them all but truly I will be happy to finish one by the end of the quarter. 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015

And then I don't

Today I attended the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild meeting. I really wanted to be able to share during show and tell. However, I sadly have not really been quilting. So I pulled a quilt I haven't share off with them off my mini quilt wall and the mini quilt I use as a placemat at lunch. Both adorable scrap quilts... but seriously that is I have.

I couldn't actually tell the last time I sat down at my sewing machine, or even went in my sewing room for anything other than dropping junk that I didn't know what else to do.

I keep thinking to myself... I am going to sew tonight. And then I don't.

Then I tell myself tomorrow..tomorrow I am going to sew. And then I don't.

So then I start bargaining with myself... Well if I can just get ___ done then I can have time to sew. And then I don't.

When I reflect back all I have done is avoided doing something that makes me happy. Something that relieves stress (which I have)... something that helps me focus (which I haven't been). Something that allows me to be creative. So what is the problem??? Why can't I seem to find my sewing mojo???

Not to say I haven't sewn at all these past few months. I did get kind of sucked into the instagram mini quilt swap mania.

But even for all of these mini quilts that I made, I have felt like I was forcing myself to sew. Oh yeah and of course these mini quilts were my other excuse for not sewing...

I will just finish this mini quilt and start on my projects. And then I didn't.

So what should I do to get my sewjo back? I am hoping that putting this out there, that maybe just maybe I might be able to use my thanksgiving break to find my sewjo again. What do you all think? Any tips for me to get out of this block?
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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Sunday stash #2 - collecting for swap

Recently I have been playing on instagram. Ok more like I have been playing on instagram a lot. It has been totally inspirational. I can easily scan the photos whenever I have a few moments. I also discovered swaps and I may have joined 4. Each one was fabric designer specific so of course I had to do some collecting.
All of these have been added to my stash in the last couple months... As I obviously forgot about blogging :)

First I joined the cotton and steel mini swap. It was the first that I joined and I may have went a bit over board on collecting fabric.

Next came the Lizzy House Mini swap fabrics:

Then Anna Maria Horner Mini swap and picked up these plus one more print for the cotton and steel mini:

Last but not least I joined the inside voices club from Westwood Acres fabric. They had a spot open up and I really like low volume but never buy it when I buy fabric so I thought it was a good choice for me.
I am hoping to cut back on my fabric buying spree. This is a little extreme...Even for me. I am guessing I am making up for taking a year away from quilt related activities. Yeah that sounds like a good excuse!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Making progress

I was lucky enough to have a break last week, which means I actually had time to make progress on a few things.

The first thing I tackled was just reorganizing my sewing room. My darling husband took me to Ikea to buy a shelving unit and he even put it together for me. I moved things around and started organizing my stash onto magazine boards... I will tell you more about that later when I am actually done.


I also had time to work on cutting out the background fabric and starting the sewing on my adorn quilt. Didn't quite finish the top during the break, but I took some time to finish it tonight. This is the second month that I have actually finished my a lovely year of finishes goal. That is pretty exciting to me.


I was hoping to maybe get it quilted with my break, but instead I decided to work on my sewing room. I think that was a great choice. I feel like it has really helped me get some of my sewing mojo back as I am much happier in my space now. Can't wait to finish and to share the new room set up with you.


Monday, February 16, 2015

SacMGQ Bee Blocks

One of my favorite things to do with scraps is make bee blocks. Luckily a few of us from the Sacramento MQG decided to start our own little bee.

We had three queen bees this month. They each picked something so different.

SacMQG Feb Bee Blocks

I felt like this was a great way to get back into creating a little every couple days. I also feel like it maybe helping me get my sewing mojo back.

Phew scrap sorting done. Too bad the rest of my sewing room isn't looking that nice. Oh well. Calling it quits for tonight.

It was odd little bit of a coincident but, our SacMQG topic of discussion was fabric storage and scrap storage. I shared my scrap storage system.  I really like this system because it is easy to pull the colors that you want. Plus it is pretty :).

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Lovely Year of Finishes Feb 2015 Goal

I had thought about making my goal simple for this month. I was going to make it finish my bee blocks for the SacMQG bee. However, since I have already finished two out of the three I decided to go with a loftier goal.

sacMQG bee Blocks

I decided that I would like to finish one of my current work in progress boxes. I am looking forward to at least finishing my quilt top of my adorn mini from Simply Retro with Camille Roskelley. I still need to cut the triangles and of course sew it all together. I may even get it quilted.... but that might be a long stretch to even try to set as a goal.

I almost forgot to post my a lovely year of finishes this month. I am going to try to finish my adorn mini quilt. #alyof

I may have picked the easiest one, but it still maybe hard for me to tackle. I mean I am still just getting back into this whole quilting thing.

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