I started working on my next project. I’m going to make this pattern Prism by Zen Chic. Look at all that wonderful quilting space! I got it as a downloadable pattern from Pink Chalk Fabrics. This pattern only needs 1 layer cake, so I ordered Botanics from Fat Quarter Shop. I want this quilt for my guest room, so I want it to be a bit sophisticated (just a little) and gender neutral. There’s a couple of pieces in the layer cake that I didn’t like, but I was able to replace those. This is what my pallet looks like There were a few things that I wasn’t crazy about with this pattern. This is a paper pieced pattern, and the blocks are around 9 1/2″. This means for each block, you have to print 2 parts (paper is only 8 1/2″). With 44 blocks, this was 88 pieces of paper being printed. That’s a LOT for such a simple pattern. Anyone who knows me knows I hate to waste. But I sucked it up, and moved on. I trimmed the extra paper before I taped each block together To get the pieces to line up properly, I use a light under my acrylic extension as a light box. This pattern also calls for using a template to cut the shapes. I feel that this makes for too much fabric waste (again with the waste!). Look at all that unused fabric! Don’t worry, I’m saving the bigger pieces. I’ll find some way to use it. I put a piece of double-stick tape on the back of the template to hold it in place and I was able to easily cut 6 layers (a fresh blade made this easier). I used my cutting ruler to make it easy to cut with my rotary cutter and not cut into the template plastic. I didn’t get very far with the cutting yesterday. So I hope I can squeeze some time today to get more of that done. The piecing will be pretty simple and straight forward. I really like the design of the quilt, and I look forward to seeing this all come together.
Next up for quilting is a Quilt of Valor. I’ve been quilting quilts for this organization for over 8 years. I’m fortunate to work with a woman in the Portland area, who makes nice tops. I’ll share pictures when that’s done.
Look at these adorable Yarn Coccoons They are hand knitted an felted. They’re used to hold your ball or skein of yarn so that while your knitting, it stays in control. Look at how creative you can be with the colors. You can get this pattern at Ravelry.com here. My sister, Cindy, designed these and wrote up the pattern so you can make your own. So go to her Ravelry store, and let your imagination go wild!
Here’s a sneak peek at how the quilting is coming along on the Feathers quilt. I’m really liking it!
After taking quite a bit of time off from blogging, (over 2 years), I thought I would give it a try again. The past couple of years have been very difficult for me personally. I was getting burnt out on quilting, I lost a very important relationship, and I just wasn’t feeling very creative. I would quilt quilts for others, but just couldn’t get into doing anything creative for myself. It was a big struggle. After working through it all, I’m finally getting my groove back. And it’s exciting! I’ve got all kinds of ideas for quilts I want to make, and other creative crafty things I want to try. So come along on this journey of creativity and exploration and we’ll see where it takes us. I’m still continuing to take customer quilts, so contact me if you need some long arm quilting done.
I started a Facebook page for my quilty stuff. “Like” my page at www.facebook.com/SewNowWhat It’s all a work in progress, so bear with me while I figure all this stuff out.
This is a quilt I made for my bed. I have a king sized bed, and the last time I made a quilt for it I swore I wouldn’t make another one. That was until I came across the patterns and ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful. For one, Jenny’s quilting is to die for! Her patterns are fun and her ruler makes them easy. I bought the “Abacus” pattern because I wanted something to showcase the cute fabrics I bought. Even though it wasn’t too hard to make, it took a long time. Over 280 blocks to cover my bed. I love the way it looks, but I won’t be making another quilt for my bed for a LONG time. It’s just too much! I haven’t put it on my bed yet because I used silk batting so it could be a warm weather quilt. I’m planning on putting it on in the spring. I’ll post the whole quilt when that happens.
That’s all for now. I’m looking forward to sharing projects, and fun stuff in the future.
My husband and I have been doing a lot of hiking and backpacking. Most of my summer is spent out in the forest somewhere. I have exciting trips planned for this year. You can follow those adventures on my other blog, Hitting the Trail, if you’re interested.
I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m on a Relay for Life team, our goal is to raise money for The American Cancer Society. Our relay is next weekend and I would love to get more donations. I’m not very good at asking for money, which is why my donation page is pretty weak. It’s very easy to make a donation. Just click on my page and donate any amount you want. Every person has been effected by cancer in some way. You either have battled it yourself, or know someone who has. Please help me make a difference. Please help make more birthdays.
I appreciate it very much. Remember, any amount helps.