Gut Check

Praying this morning, I got to thinking about complaining. I complain a lot. I wasn’t always like this, but recently I think I have gotten a lot worse. I made a point this morning to try not to complain. Then I forgot about that plan.

I went for a run on the treadmill while the baby took her morning nap. It wasn’t my best run and I didn’t particularly enjoy it. I sent my husband a text complaining about the run. Then I noticed an alert from my runkeeper app. I checked it, and right after my run had posted, my husband had commented “good job.”

Wow. What a gut check for me! i did a good job. He is proud of me. I should be proud of me. Because I did SOMETHING. Even though I’m still adjusting to the treadmill, and even if my treadmill runs are never as good as my outside runs, I still did something. And that is nothing to complain about.

So here’s to starting over with today’s pledge not to complain. It’s a beautiful day. It’s 10:30 and I’ve already worked out. We are having icecream at church tonight! It’s time to be positive.

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Getting Started Again?

I enjoy writing. I truly do. I also enjoy crafting – more specifically, sewing – even more specifically, quilting. I realized this morning that I have no idea how many quilts I have made. When I was first getting started, it was simple to count. But here I am 3 years in to my quilting journey and I have no idea. In an effort to keep these records, I will be reviving the dear old blog. I wouldn’t look for regular posts and I won’t be committing to anything crazy. Let’s keep it real, I am not the best blogger. But I am working on updating my finishes pages as well as adding a WIP page. I would love to be able to look back on what I have made and the internet seems like the most clutter-free place to store everything! I’m not saying no to blog posts, but I’m being realistic here! ha!

So if any of you are still following, hi! I’m here! I had another baby. Did I mention that? I moved to the country before the baby. I’m not sure if I mentioned that either. All is well in my world and I look forward to documenting my quilting journey a little better.

A Quilty Finish

The Fort Worth Modern Quilt Guild issued a challenge a few months ago. We were to take a traditional quilt block and “make it modern.”

Yesterday I finished the binding on mine.

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I admit this qas quite a challenge for me.

The block I chose was a Dresden Plate. This is a block that has always intimidated me. I have never challenged myself to make one because, to be honest, I am not a huge fan of them. I have seen some great modern versions on blogs, but nothing I was in love with.

Piecing the plate was SO much easier than I had imagined. It went together quickly and I like the look of doing all one color.

After getting the top  together, I admit I was not a huge fan. I didn’t hate it, but it certainly didn’t appeal to me. I suppose that is the nature of a challenge, and so I pressed on with basting and quilting.

I had a few ideas for quilting but finally settled on echoing the plate design. Because the quilt is new born size, I wanted the quilting to be loose and the final feel to be soft and poofy.

After finishing, I love this quilt. I love the look of it all. The quilting really brought it together for me. Sometimes I see a flower, other times I see the sun.

I also love that I did not mark my straight line echoing. I used a walking foot, but I did the lines and angles without a guide. I like the slightly organic look to it. Straight lines, but not perfect.

The quilt finishes close to 30×30 and is destined to sit on my shelf until I make a decision on where it goes. This is the first time I have made a quilt without an intended recipient. It was fun.

Finish Friday

I have 2 finishes today. Both were started this week, and one was started today!

This quilt is for a yet-to-be-born little one. The back is a stretchy fleece-like material that I will never use again. Ever. I like the way the finished product turned out but quilting it was a beast!

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The started-and-finished-today project was a set of quilted letters for a sweet girl’s first birthday.

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They will fray up nicely when they get washed.

WIPW – Granny and a baby shower

Last week my husband’s grandmother, Granny, passed away. She was, among other things, a quilter. In cleaning the house for guests, my MIL brought me a few bags of fabric. I found these blocks inside.

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They are foundation pieced on muslin. The bag also had extra strips and more muslin squares.

Thinking about her, I got to work. This is what I made.

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These will be pillows for Grandad (her husband) and my Mother in Law.

In all the craziness of the last few weeks I completely forgot that my friend’s baby shower is this weekend. Oops! They do not know if they are having a boy or a girl so I had to go neutral.

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This is what I came up with. I have never worked with HRTs before so it was a learning curve. I do like the way it came out.

The fabrics are a mix of my stash and some from Granny’s house.

I am hoping to finish the top today at nap time, and get started quilting tomorrow. I am considering not using batting and having a flannel back. I have never done this before and I’m not sure how it would affect FMQing.

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Working with Granny’s fabric has been therapeutic for me. Prayers for my family would be appreciated as we cope. I also would love some feedback on how to quilt the pillow cases. I would like to highlight the squares she made (one per pillow). I was considering quilting over my 3 squares and leaving hers without but I am unsure as to what would compliment.  Any ideas?

Friday Finish

Riley Blake Designs posted a simple sun dress pattern on their blog. I had some large scale yardage hanging around with no use. I give you…

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My first dress!

The pattern was so simple. It came together quickly. There are a few adjustments I need to make for the next time, but there WILL be a next time. I can see having a closet full of these for summer.

Work in progress Wednesday

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The rainbow quilt is coming together! The rows are pieced and it is time to put it together. I still need outer borders (one with the perimeter wings and a solid white beyond that). I love it!

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This is some fmq play on a trivet for a friend. I based the design on (aka copied the idea from) living water quilter on instagram. Check her out! She is so inspiring!

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I have 10 of these pieced and cut out (so 40 little squares all over the place). This is my block design but i am still playing with the placement.

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I think that is it. I am hoping for a trivet and 2 pot holder finishes by Friday AND I have a fun dress to share!

Work In Progress Wednesday

I have been a busy little bee trying to make progress on my rainbow pinwheel quilt!

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I got all of the base pinwheels made this week. I also played with the layout to find a good randomness to the solid backgrounds. To me they feel like a glimmer off a gem. I hope this is not the final layout because looking at the picture now I don’t like it! Ha! But this is an older photo (days old I tell you!) So who knows what I did since then.

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Here she is on the (too small) design wall. I don’t have the room to spread it all out yet, but you get the idea on the left.

I have decided to sew it together in rows. The purple and red pinwheels are attached with their wings in between. Any other wings are just stuck up there for effect.

I will end up with long rows of pinwheels and rows of wings that I will put together. Then I need to figure the outside border with wings for the perimeter pinwheels. After that, I think I will add a final all white border so that none of my tips get cut off in binding. I think it will give it a better look to be floating in a sea of white… and the size addition won’t hurt!

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This isn’t the best shot but you can see a little better how the pinwheels will play together.

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I have piles and piles of HSTs to trim for the wings. I haven’t begun to cut my background whites for the interior (between 4 pinwheels there is a small square of negative space) or for the borders.

This quilt is for a May wedding so I have time. I am enjoying the process on this one a lot. I got so angry at my HSTs at the beginning but it is becoming soothing to me to work on.

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The next project on my table is another May wedding quilt. A great friend gifted me the fabric for this one. I have jelly rolls for the front and FQs for the back. I am thinking about doing the 3 Dudes block on the front with borders. I may just lay out the FQs in a giant 16 patch for the back. I want it to be calming after the business of the front.

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The other option I have come up with for the back is this grid pattern. It would only use 14 FQs. But before I figure out the back I have to make decisions about the front.

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I started working on these as leaders/enders for my pinwheel rows. I divided the strips into “light” and “dark” piles. A few of the batiks run from dark at one end to almost white on the other, but it is MOSTLY divided.

Right now I am stitching them together in light dark pairs. Then i will combine pairs to get groups of 4. Then… I’m not sure.

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The pattern calls for sets of four, but it looks like using more would just make for bigger blocks. I THINK that is right. But I don’t want to cut into it and find out I’m wrong. Plus, will I like it with more stripes? Decisions decisions!

I found a beautiful teal in my stash that I will bind it in. I think it is going to be great!

Saturday Finish

Because I couldn’t get pictures Friday…

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I cut this a long time ago not knowing for sure who it was for. When I received an invite to a childhood friend’s wedding, I knew this would be perfect.

I enjoy making wedding quilts. I know they are not typical. They are not bed quilts (intimidated much?) And they are not any set design. But I love the process of piecing while I think about the hapoy couple. Praying for them as I quilt. Sending the quilt off in the same way that I send my friends off to their new lives.

Edit: it is Tuesday but I promise I wrotr this Saturday. Apparently I am not so great at remembering to post…

WIP Wednesday

The cold or the flu or ome nastiness has had my family for over a week. In that time i managed to LOSE a quilt. My husband found it in his car…? So if you are wondering if I have bound the wonky log cabins yet, that would be a no. But at least I know where it is, right?

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Yesterday and today I did get some work done on my pinwheel quilt.  Here it is on my design board. Not so impressive but you can start to see where it is going.

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I think it looks much more impressive as a pile of rainbows right now.

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And for a quick reminder, this where we are headed.

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