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!
I still have very little mojo for garment sewing right now. I just can't seem to get in the groove, although something simple like a t-shirt may be in the works soon. Deer and Doe has just released a new t-shirt pattern and has a sewalong going, so I may use up a bit of knit and give it a go.
I feel the quilting mojo so far this year. The apple quilt just needs batting/machine quilting to get done. I will try to pick up the batting later today and finish it up over the weekend. That means I am planning my next quilt already!
I picked up these quilt packs last month. The yellow is called curry and the pink is magenta. I really love the combo! I have been knocking around ideas for what this should become. It screams 70's to me, but a friend says it reminds her of India. Either way, I think it will make a fabulous quilt. I hope to have some design and cutting on it done this weekend. That's all I've got for now!
It was a great weekend. Saturday I met up with three of my crafting besties and we hung out and knit and sewed and chatted. It was a perfect way to spend the day. I have been thinking a lot lately about the large task ahead of me to pack everything I own into boxes for the big move. My craft supplies and equipment is really the largest chunk of it, since we rented a furnished apartment here. So, I'm trying to get things organized and under control before we leave. Enter the yellow fabric tote I made Saturday.
I have steadily acquired quilting fabric. I had no system to store them, so it takes a lot of time to dig through the stack and find what I am looking for. I plan to make individual totes that are color-coded to keep a bit of order to the operation. I figure if I make one per week for a while, my fabric stash should be all arranged to be stuck in a shipping container for 2 months! LOL.
Have a great week everyone. Hope you are enjoying your crafting as much as I am.
Edited to add: This is what happens when I do my posts in the morning before I have sufficiently caffeinated. The tote pattern is free and online. You can find it here on the Two Little Hooligans blog.
Happy New Year, everyone! Well, since my garment sewing mojo is gone, I've pulled out unfinished quilts the last couple of weeks. Here is the latest, a crib sized quilt which will be mailed to a dear friend in New Mexico tomorrow. There will be some more quilting content in coming weeks, but I don't think many garments will come out of the studio soon. That's just how the cookie crumbles.
It only took 2 years! This is a quilt kit I bought more than two Halloweens ago. I can either think of it as being really late or really early for next Halloween. I will choose the latter. This is one of the first things I ever machine quilted. It is, therefore, by definition imperfect. I still love it and it will make a nice decoration next year.