Behold the QIP (quilt-in-progress)
In keeping with the past post, life in the country in a new(ish) home will keep you on your toes. I've managed a couple more quilt blocks and decided to join the Stash Bee again next year. I have really enjoyed making such a variety of blocks, and guess what? This is my month to receive!
Behold the QIP (quilt-in-progress)
I took inspiration for the color scheme from some interestingly geeky art I purchased this year.
I do have a few other things in the works, but finishing stuff has become a real challenge recently. Here's to more finishes by year's end!
Moving is hard. Home ownership is hard. It sucks all your time and leaves you exhausted......but brings with it the greatest sense of purpose and accomplishment. I am just beginning to have the time to craft again, in dribs and drabs. I have managed to do some blocks for my stash bee, but some didn't even make a photo. I have two more (over)due that I hope to finish on tomorrow's holiday.
In the meantime, I made some diaper bags for online friends that are expecting. Our online knitting group is sending goodies, and we'll stuff the bags for the new moms.
It has been insanely busy in my life these last few weeks. I have managed to move myself halfway across the world, and we are about to close on a new home!
I got to see it inside for the first time today. Although the individual rooms are a bit small, there is plenty of space and a nice central area full of natural light. I can't wait to start the decorating and crafting in my new space.
Alas, that will have to wait about 3 more weeks for the financials to be complete, but it is getting near to complete. For now, I've taken over an old Singer machine that mom had in her studio and have managed to complete one square for the stash bee. It was nice to do a little crafting!
I hope to be able to share the decorating projects with you when the house is finally ready. Until then, happy stitching everyone.
This is the last thing I ever sewed on my Brother sewing machine. It is now packed up and ready to live out its life in the company of another. It has been a good run, Innov-is NV-10. I will miss you, but I look forward to meeting your cousin in America.
On a more serious note, this block is on its way to France today. The MQG individual members group is joining forces to make a quilt for the Medecin san frontieres benefit later this year. It is a very worthy thing to sew with my last bits of thread on this machine.
Happy stitching everyone!
I saw the coolest block on Pinterest. Thanks to a friend in a quilting forum, I figured out that the pattern is free on Craftsy. So, I've been doing some last minute playing around with quilting the past couple of days. It is paper-pieced, but the piecing is pretty simple. Highly recommend.
This month's block was a crazy, super-scrappy creation. It was a lot of fun to make. Now I can take a deep breath until I reach NM.
I have been spending more time dreaming about crafting rather than crafting. The packing is nearly done now. In just three weeks most of what I own will be put in boxes to make its long journey. So, I find myself spending a lot of time on Pinterest looking for ideas for my new home (yet to be purchased). We will have some temporary digs until the purchase is worked out, but that hasn't stopped me from envisioning the grandeur of what could be my new home! We will probably not see that for a few years, mind you, as our goal is to get a piece of property and then build our dream house (finally). In my head, it looks like this.
Courtesy of Just The Design
Until then, there are plenty of other ideas rolling around my head. Like what an actual room devoted just to crafting might look like. p.s. It looks like this:
But enough of that. I just wanted to show you what's in my head right now. I can't wait to find my new creative space.
If this sort of things interest you, my ideas will be populating Pinterest boards for a while.....
This past month has been a crazy flurry of activity, and nearly all of it has NOT been sewing related. I got the knitting bug again, and the packing and organizing for the move has begun. The only things I have really managed to do on my sewing machine are my Stash Bee blocks. Here are the February blocks, ready to send out in the mail today.
To say these were challenging for me is a bit of an understatement. I had a few false starts, and I am not 100% happy with a couple of these, but I feel like I really challenged myself and made a good effort. You can download and print the templates for 8 different blocks at this website if you want to give it a try!
I do have a pattern from Craftsy that is based on the same techniques and I may just get to it before the move. Flying geese and NY beauty curves are used for this one! We'll see. Most of the fabric is already packed away for its long journey home. I still have access to my quilting fabric so that I can do the March square before I leave, but other than that, this blog will remain largely dormant until April when I touch ground in New Mexico again.
Happy stitching everyone. I will hopefully have plenty of exciting things to share with you when I am back home.
I mentioned before that I got the book Quilty Fun by Lori Holt. You can find her blog here. Her patterns aren't difficult, per se, but they are made to be scrappy, and that means lots of little pieces to be dealt with. In an effort to make moving easier in a couple of months, I've been using up scraps of both yarn and fabric so that I don't have to pack up big globs of messy bits of things, and so I have started the row along that went with the book.
I have a couple more rows cut and ready for piecing, and I've been slowly going through the fabric bins to organize all the quilting pieces for more efficient use. Maybe I will snap a picture of that process this week. The hope is to have it nice and organized when I pull it out of storage in NM. We'll see how far I get!
I am having a blast over at the Stash Bee. We got instructions and color preferences for our first hive mama (find her blog here). She made a lovely choice in this block. I have many reasons for joining in this bee. I decided this would be the year to learn new techniques and improve the precision in my piecing and this block allowed me to do both thing.s. It isn't quite as intimidating as it looks. A strip piecing technique is used to form the diamonds. I had never pieced diamonds, so the slightly offset seams to get nice sharp points was a bit challenging. Still, I love the end result! I may even entertain making some of these for myself someday soon.
You can find the original tutorial for the block here. Sara (hive mama) tweaked it just a tad, and you can see how here. Now, I can pack up a little goodie I made for her yesterday and send these on their way over the ocean!
In other news, my apple quilt is sandwiched and the quilting has begun, so you may be seeing that soon.
Until then, happy stitching everyone!