Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Work in Progress #29

I hope you all have been enjoying my where it all began post, my own personal quilting history :) If you are new here or you just haven't read them yet, please check them out.

There is only one part left and hopefully it will be up this Friday. 

On another note. All sewing machine related projects just came to a complete stop. I have been having bad technology luck and I guess my sewing machine isn't immune to my bad luck with electronics. The sewing machine will be going into the shop on my way home tomorrow. Thread keeps snapping/tension is way off. Oh yeah and sorry for the not so great photos, I am not even touching my nice camera with my currently luck. Seriously I am lucky my computer is working (on it side), because it won't work siting how it is supposed to. Sigh!

Completed Projects: 

July A twist on tradition block. 

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Nearly Completed Projects:


Scrap-bee block - This is were my sewing machine decided to die. First time trying this type of applique.

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Posh Quilt - in the process of hand stitching the binding on
Posh quilt with binding


Blue and Orange Commissioned Quilt - Been free motion quilting. Boy if you don't practice often you really do lose your timing on it. I am only about 1/3 of the way done. Oh haul (see above).

Blue and Orange Commissed quilt top


New Projects:

Nada! Now that is a good thing! 


Ongoing Projects:

Bee projects. 

4 x 5 modern bee - fabric picked out, block design done. 

Embroidery 101 Quilt Along -  All 9 blocks are done.  Two blocks even have the embroidery done and I am falling behind on the others. 
Embroidery 101 work so far



Kaleidoscopic quilt along - My kites are sewn but still haven't taken a new picture and I am too tried to do it now :)
Kaleidoscope Quilt Along Progress


I didn't do anything with these:

Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild's Kona Challenge - I have decided to add one more row, just haven't got to it yet. 

Kona Challenge Quilts Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild

Central Park Kit - Nada, haven't even looked at the box.

Kit for Central Park Quilt

Prairie Claw Quilt blocks -I won an ebay auction last week to get more of that momo pepper print fabric. Man that was a difficult auction to win, but I won no the less!

praire claw-5.jpg


UFOs -

Scrappy Bear
Halloween Quilt
Christmas Hexagon table runner and pillows
Loves road quilt * to be discussed later

This week's stats:
New projects: 0
Completed projects : 1
Currently in progress - 14 

Linking up to:
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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Where all began - Part 4

Mid 20's, My Career 

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know me a little better. As I was saying in my previous post, I had figured out that I didn't have anyway of dealing with the stress in my life. I started to question who I was other than a teacher. I mean there was my soon to be husband, my dogs, my family, but what did I like, what did I enjoy. It took me a while to figure this out.

This questioning of myself also had great timing. Shortly after I started thinking about this I received my first pink slip after 5 years of teaching. They were laying off a lot of teacher due to budget issues. Everyone in the district who had 5 years or less experience/years with the district received a pink slip. 
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I had to figure it out. I need to find something that would make me happy. I used to be creative. I used to write. I used to work with photography. I enjoyed quilting. 

So I decided to quilt to look into quilting online and I found this whole new world of quilting had popped up while I was gone. There was this blog world, flickr, modern quilting, and moda bakeshop. All the sudden I wanted to quilt again. No, I had to quilt again. 

So after about 10 years I finished this quilt top.

Love Road Quilt 1

Yes it is still a quilt top. I  had planned on finishing it this summer. Yet that just didn't happen.

So that brings us to the present time, well almost. One more where it all began post to go.



Friday, August 26, 2011

Where it all began - Part 3

Early 20s, Life as a Student

If you have read the previous post, you know I am talking about how I became a quilter. We left off on part two with my first actual quilt. I was so proud of myself for quilting this quilt and I now considered myself a quilter. I went to quilt shows with my mom, I was now a quilt shop regular. I had begun my stash. I was reading quilting magazines and buying patterns.

I even too a class to make a very scrappy bear. 

This is all he ever became.


Why, well college happened. I left home moved up to sonoma and did my undergradutate studies in English.
 

I continue to shop for fabric and wanted to sign up for classes, but my school schedule did not allow for it. Four years later I ended up with my B.A. in English, from Sonoma State University. As soon as I finished I got together my supplies and started my pink and white quilt using the Yellow Brick Road pattern. 

Atkinson Designs Patterns Yellow Brick Road

Shortly my break from school was over and my credential program began. I started the process of becoming a teacher. I did a whole multicultural project based learning unit quilts from different cultures for my credential program final. However, aside from the work I did for my credential, I didn't do anything else with quilting. 
After my credential, I put all my effort intro becoming a great teacher. I spent hours and hours, days, nights, weekends preparing things/lessons/projects for my students. And over 5 years that was who I became. A teacher. Every once in a while, I would pull my fabric down and play with it. Or get out my sewing machine and kinda start working on that quilt, but there was always something else to be for my classroom.

Love Road Quilt

Then a very stressful year happened. I was having trouble dealing with the stress. I went to go see a personal trainer, because I wanted to put some more time into me. On his questionnaire there was two questions that changed everything. The first was, "How stressful is your job?" - that was easy very. The second one was, "What do you do about your stress?' - I had no answer. None, nothing. I did nothing for my stress. 

That was until... see next where it all began post.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Work in Progress #28

I hope you all have been enjoying my where it all began post, my own personal quilting history :) If you are new here or you just haven't read them yet, please check them out. 

The next scheduled post in the series will be on Friday. 

Completed Projects: 

Nada, but oh so close. 

Nearly Completed Projects:


Posh Quilt - Attached the bias binding.
Posh quilt with binding


Blue and Orange Commissioned Quilt - Been free motion quilting. Boy if you don't practice often you really do lose your timing on it. I am only about 1/3 of the way done.

Blue and Orange Commissed quilt top


New Projects:

Nada! Now that is a good thing! 


Ongoing Projects:

Bee projects. 

4 x 5 modern bee - fabric picked out, block design done. 

Embroidery 101 Quilt Along -  All 9 blocks are done.  Two blocks even have the embroidery done and I am falling behind on the others. 
Embroidery 101 work so far



Kaleidoscopic quilt along - My kites are sewn but still haven't taken a new picture and I am too tried to do it now :)
Kaleidoscope Quilt Along Progress


Completed tops awaiting quilting:

Loves Road- forgot the thread so I didn't get to do it on the long arm. 


I didn't do anything with these:

Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild's Kona Challenge - I have decided to add one more row, just haven't got to it yet. 

Kona Challenge Quilts Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild

Central Park Kit - Nada, haven't even looked at the box.

Kit for Central Park Quilt

Prairie Claw Quilt blocks -I won an ebay auction last week to get more of that momo pepper print fabric. Man that was a difficult auction to win, but I won no the less!

praire claw-5.jpg


UFOs -

Scrappy Bear

Halloween Quilt

Christmas Hexagon table runner and pillows.

This week's stats:
New projects: 0
Completed projects : 0
Currently in progress - 14 

Linking up to:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Where it all began - Part 2

18 Years Old and My First Quilt

Back to the story. Slowly the addiction began. For the next few years I helped my mom with projects here and there as I always had, but come on, teenage girls don't quilt. I also continued to help her shop for fabric and piece together the log-cabin quilt.

Mom's Logcabin

That was until one of my good friends was having a baby which just happened to be around the time my brother wife got pregnant too. That and the fact that a really close family friend was quilting too, and that a quilt shop opened up in our town. Basically, I was 18 and the quilting stars had all come into alignment for me.

I saved up what little money/tips I was making at a local restaurant and bought my first sewing machine.

Frist Sewing Machine

Then my mom, our family friend, and I decided to take a quilting class at that LQS. My mom was making a quilt for my soon to be niece and I made a baby quilt for my friend. After the 3 classes, with my moms help to actually quilt and bind it, I had made my first quilt.

First  Quilt

I don't remember all the details. I should have written it down.I actually didn't take the picture until years after I gave it to my friend and her baby. 

First Quit Close up

There you go. That is how it all began. However, if your wonder what happened over the next 12 years, I guess you just wait to find out :)


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Where it all began - Part 1

The Teen Years

Well it all started about 16 years ago, when I made my first quilted item. It was a pillow. I had been looking at some of my moms magazines and fell in love with a design. I wanted my mom to buy the pillow cover for me, but she suggested we make the same design ourselves. (I have this strange feeling that it had something to do with the price of said European pillow sham...)

She had just taken up quilting (again) and she told me she could help me design it and make something I would like even better. My mom had been sewing since her teens and always allowed me to help with anything she had been making.


It was my grandmother who had introduced her to quilting, and I loved my grandmothers quilts she had passed down to me.

Grandma's Quilts

Grandma's Quilts  close up

So needless to say, I had complete confidence in my mother (yeah right I was a teenager) and we went for it. 

In that moment I was introduce to quilting. Along with helping my mom with a quilt that she is still working on today.
Mom's Logcabin

Yes sixteen years later and she still has not finished the quilt for me! Sorry mom, had to out you there. I helped her pick the fabrics, I even made a couple of these log cabin blocks myself.

Mom's Logcabin

I wish I could share a picture of that first pillow. I searched every where for a picture of that first pillowcase. I even found a picture of the back, but nothing of the front.

You may think this is the end of the story, but there is always more to every good story. You will just have to wait for the next, where it all began post to find out. 


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Work in progress #27

A little bit of a change on my normal work in progress posts. 

Accomplishments: 
I finished a bee block for a twist on tradition. 


I have my classroom mostly set up. I meant to get a picture, but I left work before snapping one. I even cleaned off my desk so I couldn't be embarrassed by it. 

Totally slacking:

Post about how it all started (the quilting that is) I searched and searched for a picture of my first quilted item, but I could not find it. Oh yeah that reminds me, I need to call my mom to see if she can take a picture of the second quilted thing I ever worked on.  Have a fun week. I will start posting regular again in about a week or so. Maybe sooner, this class seem to be really sweet, but I still have a lot of beginning of the year stuff to get done. Before that however, look for my how I got started quilting this week. 
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This week's stats:
New projects: 0
Completed projects : 1
Currently in progress - 13 *I think 

Linking up to:
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