I am so happy my busy season at work is finally over!! This means that I can finally get back to my quilting. The first thing I did was get my room all ready to go. I took out the guest bed and completely made it my room! My son was very excited because this means he got to up grade from a twin size bed to a queen size bed. Of course I had to remind him that he will have to relinquish that bed to our guests! 🙂 Needless to say I have so much more room now and I am loving it!
To get back into the swing of things the first project I decided on is a little mini quilt. I joined the Small and Sweet-Mini Quilt Club and oh what cute patterns I have gotten! The first one I am doing is OhCherry! Isn’t this the cutest! The pattern is from Jacquelynne Steves and is hosted by Michele Foster. So much fun!
I have also been busy starting up my own small business. Quilting is my passion and I decided to use that passion and put it into quilt products. As a quilter I know how important good product are and thought why not make my own line? Then I know I will always have quality notions and tools at my disposal! Knowing how much we quilters value our fabrics helped to inspire me to make my first product a rotary cutter! I have been using it myself for a while now and I truly do love it! I know you will too! Here is the link. I’d love for you to check it out!
Until next time; happy stitching!
For my day job I am a bookkeeper and tax preparer. Tax season is a crazy busy time that steals my energy and mutes my creativity! Needless to say I have not sat down at my sewing machine since January 4th and I am really really missing it!! I knit a lot and do a bit of hand embroidery during the tax season but I have been missing the colors and feel of fabric! My next solution? ENGLISH PAPER PIECING! YES!! I do enjoy hand sewing so why not give it a try. It’s nice because I can watch movies and spend time with my hubby and son and still be in my creative zone. I found a class on Craftsy. I am a HUGE Craftsy fan. I signed up for Quick and Easy English Paper Piecing with Helen Stubbings. It’s a great class so far. She has a great way of teaching and I love her accent! 🙂 There are so many neat things being done with EPP. I am especially fond of the Millefiori Quilt-La Passacaglia. WOW! These quilts are unbelievable! Once I master the art of EPP I will definitely be diving into one of these!
The class gives you a shopping list for all kinds of fun goodies! Here is my new EPP stash of fun stuff!
I got my first set of hexie’s cut out and stitched together fairly well. I found that I really enjoyed the complete process from cutting out the pieces, to glue basting to finally stitching them together with an unbelievably small needle! Here is my first Hexie Flower
I have my next set basted and maybe tonight after work I will feel up to doing some stitching!
Until next time.
I can’t believe we are halfway through January already! I’ve been thinking back to my 2015 year of quilting and crafts. It was a great year for learning and stepping out of my comfort zone. I joined several Facebook quilt-a-longs. I really love the support and inspiration that you can get from an online group. I even finished my first full size paper piecing quilt top! It is Harry Potter themed and the pattern comes from a wonderful site called Fandom in Stitches. This project was so much fun. I was brand new to paper piecing and when I completed the top I felt so proud! Now my goal for 2016 is to get it quilted.
I also took 2 classes at a local quilt shop. I learned how to machine applique; which I LOVE and I also took a class and started to learn how to free motion quilt on my home machine…which I LOVE but have A LOT more to learn! The classes were a lot of fun.
I made a Christmas table runner and actually finished it in time for the holidays! It was simple but it was cute and I was happy with it. My friends that know me know that I have a habit of starting MANY projects and finishing a FEW! I just get so excited for everything and want to do it all at once haha!
Of course there are many more projects I am still working on but I am pretty happy with my 2015 stuff! I learned knew techniques, met knew people, and fell in love with quilting even more! Oh…and I added quite a lot of awesome fabric to my stash!
Happy New Year to all. I am looking forward to what 2016 will bring!