I’m calling this playful finish the "Family Jewels." It’s destined for our family room as a large, colorful throw we can all snuggle under together on movie nights, and the made-it-up-as-I-went quilt motif reminds me of faceted gem stones.
I've been doing a lot of digging into what makes me tick as I work on my business and personal goals this year, and as it happens, one of my most favorite things is gift giving (which corresponds nicely with many other people's enjoyment of gift receiving ; ) As such, I'm starting monthly giveaways on both my blog and Instagram accounts, and since Tuesdays are my favorite day of the week, the first Tuesday of the month will be treat day!
Confession time: I hate binding quilts. I know, I know, I've probably mentioned it before, and I'm not the only one out there who feels this way, but my case is extremely severe. See these lovely finished twin quilts? They were meant to be my daughters' birthday presents... two and a half years ago!!! Talk about belated birthday gifts, huh?!
One of my oldest and dearest friends just had her first child, and plans a "muted rainbow" theme for the little girl's room once their current renovation work is completed. Now, you probably know "muted" it not really my color palette, and I had nothing to go on since the room isn't set up yet, but when I saw a fellow Late Night Quilters Club member's similar quilt using these Flying Colors by Momo fabrics, I figured they read about as muted as I could envision and plowed ahead ; )
After a crazy spring and hectic summer, I'm finally back in my [new and improved] studio! (It's becoming a rite of passage that the longarm has to be moved at least once and at least up or down one flight of stairs in each house we live in.) So in an effort to clear out clutter and get back into my sewing routine, I've been pecking away at my mending pile and various UFOs the past few weeks. It's paid off: my husband and kids are all happy to see their missing pants/shirts/stuffed animals again, a favorite old blanket has it's binding back on it, and I can walk around without tripping anymore!
When we lived in the south, we were teased for driving an Outback. We never saw another on the road, and I chuckled at the teeny tiny Subaru dealership the one time I had the car serviced - I think they only had five cars on the lot! Our first five minutes back in New England, though, we noted how every other car on the road was like ours, and joked that it wasn't just us but also our vehicle who was happy to be "home." So last summer as we headed to Kansas, we were expecting to be the exception once again... imagine our surprise when we turned onto our new street and there was another family with a Subaru, and they hailed from our home state! It might be silly to pin so many hopes on a car make, but we were certain we'd have a lot in common and looked forward to meeting them.
And that's a wrap! A whole month of sewing daily for ourselves is under our belts. I've really enjoyed seeing the variety of projects you've all worked on, from quilts to baskets to EPP to setting up a new sewing space! Thank you to all of you who joined me for the 4x7 Sewing Challenge this year.
Do you love the habit of sewing for yourself daily? Are you loving your progress this week?
Isn't it a lovely feeling to be getting so much accomplished?
A few years ago I created a baby quilt for a client welcoming her first grandchild, and it was so treasured that she recently asked me to create a coordinating quilt for her soon-to-arrive second grandchild! This one just has a slightly different color scheme...
The challenge's main goals are to sew daily and sew for yourself. This year I'm choosing a set of "P" projects to focus on. Here's my plan:
Have you decided what you're sewing for the
4x7 Sewing Challenge yet?
One of my projects is purple, so I'm also joining the #purplesewingchallenge hosted by Jess at Quilty Habit, Sarah at Sarah Goer Quilts, & Meg at My Tea and Brie.
If you're a fellow fan of purple, join in!
Are we really bearing down on February again?? We are! And that means it's time for my annual month devoted to selfish sewing - four wonderful weeks that I spend sewing every day just for me. And of course I want YOU to join me!
Guess what's in the box! Curious? I'll show you below, but first, a little backstory...
Happy 2016! I hope the year is off to a fun, fresh start for you. I'm rolling into it with my trusty new planner by my side....
I am *this close* to tossing my laptop out the window… apologies to everyone who wrapped up the 4x7 Sewing Challenge with me and was expecting the Completion Prize Winner to be announced this past Saturday. My computer has been acting all sorts of weird, locking me out of some websites but not others (of course my site and my webhost were in the lockout group), randomly closing pages mid blog comment as I tried to review everyone’s final link ups. Weird stuff I’ve been unable to solve myself, and unfortunately between sick kids, weekend company and work, my IT department (also known as my husband ; ) wasn’t available to figure out a solution right away either. Frustrating!
I can't believe we only have one week left in February! I'm so not ready for spring to be right around the corner. Well, I'm a tad ready to leave the house in less than four layers, but not for the actual date on the calendar to read March. Way too many quilty things I want to get done before warm weather beckons me outside (though with yet another snowstorm on the way tonight, maybe I'm worrying needlessly ; )
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