Sunday, March 03, 2019

Hellllooooo?????

Shockingly, I'm still here. Part of me wonders if you are too!

Sewing is still a massive part of my life. It's my escape. For 2019, I've made a goal to sew every day. Even if it's only 15 minutes of handsewing. One way to keep myself on track is this calendar.

I cross off every day that I sew. I don't beat myself for the days that miss. I accept and move on!
Here a few wee things sewn up during those sessions in recent months!
I'm kind of obsessed with these wee phone stands. So far, I've made three, but I'm definitely going to make more! Factotum of Arts has this awesome tutorial!
GT got her first big girl doll from Santa. I might add that she's still miffed that Santa didn't bring the pink and purple dog that she requested in her letter. Anyway, Abigail had some lovely indoor clothes, but there was a risk of her getting cold when out visiting.
It was determined that she needed a coat. And of course, momma went a little overboard. I've gone down a rabbit hole of new sewing opportunities (as though I needed more). The ensemble pictured above is Sofie's Winter Sports Outfit by Sofie Clareese. I've resisted buying more patterns, but just barely!
In 2019, I'm doing Random Acts of Craftiness. One of my first acts came in the form of this mini mini quilt. I'll tell you more about it in a future post!
For Christmas, I sewed up a number of these portable cutlery rolls. I've been thinking so much about garbage lately. Plastic, in particular. These rolls started out as a way to transport my metal straw. I hated the idea of it floating about in my purse.
While I haven't been blogging much, I'm pretty active on Instagram. And it keeps feeding me more ideas for things to make. More sewalongs. So. Many. Things. To. Make. I was totally sucked in to the #tinydresdenparty in January. It's a fun little pattern from Quilty Obsession!
And hand stitching! I finally finished my Hawaiian appliqué pillow.  Well, at least the appliqué portion. I'm seriously considering hand quilting it, even though I've never hand quilting anything! It seems like the right thing. The kit and workshop were Himself's birthday gift to me last year. I spent a couple very pleasant hours at the Maui Quilt Shop last March.
I also got down to work on my Violet Craft EPP Peacock. He's certainly going to be a bright fellow! The pattern's been looking at me from the design wall for some time. If I'm going to get down to business on The Night Quilter's Pollinate quilt, this one needs to be finished first!

That's just a sampling of some of the projects I've been plugging away on when I haven't been working on the blog. I'm going to be back again soon... sharing more details about the projects above and bringing you up to date on some others!

Hope you're still out there, dear reader. I've missed you!

J

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Looking back and looking forward...

Six years ago, something new and amazing came into my life. This blog. There was definitely a learning curve... inserting links, joining link-ups, staging pics for posts. After not too long, blogging was a integral part of my craft. I'd think my way through projects in a post. I'd be writing posts while I sewed.

And then there are the friends. Ladies all over the world whom I've never met that have shared so much with me. Not just praise for my creations and fixes for my quilting troubles, but their lives from afar.



It's been a good while since I wrote a post... almost a year in fact. I've flipped over to the quick and easy platform of Instagram, though I did put up a valiant fight. I don't have to ponder my posts quite so much, but I've missed my friends. You know who you are!
So I'm back.... at least for the moment. I've been creating. Mind you, I'm not so prolific as I once was.  So if you're an Insta-follower, you're likely to have some deja vu going on. I'll do my best to mix in some fresh stuff for you too!
This past March, Himself, DT, and the extended fam jam traveled to Hawaii. Himself gifted me a Hawaiian quilting workshop. It doesn't get much more traditional than this, but I'm liking it!
I've been really into hand-stitching lately. I know. Try not to fall over. But DT have gotten to the stage where they play fairly independently. Not so independently that I can go inside and sew happily for hours at a time. It's more likely that I can cram in some EPP or a little sashiko before the next "Mammaaaaaa!!!!!"
And it's portable! I sit and stitch as the helicopter parents swoop.

Speaking of DT, they've moved to big kid beds. WTF. And those lovely wee crib quilts I made served them well in toddler beds, but they look pretty shrimpy on their new beds.
So I've been picking away at some new ones for them. I figure that I might have them done by the time we extend those beds to the length of twin beds! For GT, it's the Release the Kraken quilt that I posted about way, way back. It's come a long way!
And for BT, it's a hybrid of Elizabeth Hartman's Fancy Forest and Delightful Desert. Here's my most recent block finish, wee Freya Fawn. Isn't she a sweetheart?

See you soon!

J