Monday, August 14, 2017

So hard keeping secrets & Other crafts

I totally underestimated how hard it would be to keep up with my blog posts when I was working on secret project after secret project.

I figured that having an advanced plan would help....nope.  I have discovered that I am much more of an "in the moment" gal.  Especially with quilting.  I have so many photos on my phone just waiting to be on my blog or Instagram, but I cannot share them until their release dates.  This is SO hard!  Especially when I am really excited about the project I am working on.

I have a full weekend planned to work on my quilt for Christa Watson's new book Piece and Quilt with Precuts.  I am going to try something new and follow her excellent quilting suggestion (with directions) for this quilt.  I am quite excited to see how well I do as it is a brand new motif for me.  I have done my practice block and am ready to get started on the actual quilt.  This quilt is so gorgeous!  I cannot wait to share it with all of you.  ***And of course I just realized it is ALREADY mid-August and there is no way this is going to be finished by time the hop arrives.  You may have to settle for "in-progress photos".***

In other news, I have finally got around to opening an Etsy shop.  I will be sharing the shop with my mom.  She is an amazing crafter of all sorts of things.  She has beaded bracelets, felted creatures, aromatherapy badge reels, and everything crochet that you can imagine.  I am still working on getting things added to the shop, so make sure to check back often.  ETSY SHOP.

How many of you experience the Quilting Mojo ebs and flows?  Somedays you can quilt for 12 hours in a row, other times you will go for a month without turning on your machine.  It makes me a little sad that I haven't had much inspiration in the quilting path lately, but I will get it back.  I am pretty sure the weather and my super messy sewing space have a lot to do with it.  Maybe it is time to put Esmeralda (my machine) under the table for a little bit and do some very serious clean-up.  I have been saying it for months but have made very little progress.  I'll keep you updated.  :)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Over the Rainbow Quilt Retreat

Oh my gosh you guys!  I had such an amazing time at my retreat!  It was such a wonderful setting and has so much potential to make it whatever kind of retreat you want it to be.

Jacque and I had a fantastic drive up to Seattle from Portland.  We had a fairly early start (not too early because most shops didn't open until 10am, so we had time to get a workout and coffee in before we left).  Our first stop was not even far from our starting point.  We stopped at Sorella Farm Inc.  A darling little shop with a fabulous discount rack where I found a few very nice pieces.

We had a few stops along the way, one of the unexpected best stops was Momma Made It in Longview, WA.  The shop was not my usual taste in fabric.  They had a lot of Civil War prints and the place was very warm and cozy.  I could see any of these fabrics in a nice cabin with a wood stove with a cup of strong coffee or tea.  Isn't it amazing the images certain fabrics evoke?  The shop inspired me to change my Holiday Sweet Treat pattern for the 12 Days of Christmas in July from a bright wall hanging to a muted, rustic version and it turned out great!  You can see that HERE. The pattern for it will be coming soon in my Craftsy shop.

We did make a few more non-quilty stops along the way.  The Ewe and I shop had some fabulous wool for my newest addiction.  And the Sandstone Distillery in Tenino was one of our favorite stops. If you get the opportunity, I would definitely check them out.  The tour was fun, the people friendly, and the drinks were out of this world!

After taking our time getting there (obviously :) ), we arrived at the retreat just moments before dark.  We managed to get our car unloaded with barely enough light left in the sky.  But that is ok, because we were exhausted and didn't plan on sewing anything that night anyway. We introduced ourselves to the other small group that was there and they had decided to take the 2 smaller sewing rooms on the upper level.  Now, when I say small, I don't really mean small.  There was plenty of room for five of them to sew in one and have the connecting room to spread out, then there was another room across the hall for their ironing and cutting.  They also claimed the upstairs bedrooms and kitchen.  Which was fine with us this time around.  We had the lower level all to ourselves.  It included the HUGE sewing space that had small design boards at each table, plus a few larger ones around the room.  Lamps and tabletop outlets were at each table.  A large TV, cutting tables, ironing boards with comfort mats under your feet made this room a dream sewing space.

I can say I will absolutely be going to a retreat here again...and again...and again.  Anyone want to go with me?  :)

I can't believe I forgot to get a photo of the huge sewing room.

One of the many upstairs bedrooms.  So cute!

The main upstairs living area off the kitchen.

That same living area but from the upper level.

One of the smaller bedrooms.

A lower level room with all kinds of fabric for sale as well as some other things to buy/rent or just chill.

The downstairs room that we stayed in.

There will little spaces like this all over.  Great area for those phone calls or just some quiet time.  The shelf was full of quilting books and magazines.  There were board games around too.

A view of the two "smaller" sewing rooms. Great light.

View from the upper deck.

Lovely bathtub.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop

Welcome to my day on this amazing pre-holiday blog hop.  The 12 Days of Christmas in July hop run by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict is a fabulous way to get some inspiration for those holiday gifts and crafts. Starting early will ease the stress that comes with that time of year as well.

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

Make sure to check out the other bloggers for today.  There are some pretty amazing prizes for those that comment on every post for each day.  I will post all of the past day's blogs at the bottom of this post because there were some excellent projects and you should visit all of them.

Monday, July 24

I knew almost right away what I wanted to do for this blog hop once I signed on to participate.  As many of you know, I don't decorate much.  Especially when it comes to holidays.  I just don't have the room to store different themed decorations.  So, that means I prefer simple decorations with an impact that don't take up much room.  I opted for a "wall hanging" in the beginning, but it has evolved a bit into a "door hanging".  It is a piece that is the perfect size to hang on your front door or the outside of your coat closet door in the entry.  It would look great anywhere really.

I stepped a bit outside my comfort zone with the fabric choices on this one and went with gorgeous muted fabrics that I just could not pass up.  I found them at a little shop called Momma Made It in Longview, Washington.  They were so friendly and while the stock was of a certain style (Warm, Homey, Civil War type fabrics), there was a great variety and I will be visiting there again.

Aren't they the prettiest?

I don't know what possessed me to choose a directional, lined print for the background of this, but I learned something new.  Matching up all those prints when there are lots of HST's is a bit of a pain, but the end result is gorgeous. If you didn't have to line up a print, you should be able to finish this project in a day.

I made sure to put hanging corners on the back so I could use a dowel and pretty ribbon for hanging (even though I don't have that yet in the photos).  You could use a sleeve or any preferred hanging method.

If you notice, my quilting on my test "Sweet Gift" is not ideal.  I had wanted to try a poofy  lofty batting and it didn't work out so great.  I would suggest something flatter and more dense unless you happen to like this poofy look.  :)

I have not had time to complete an actual pattern for this "Sweet Gift" yet, but if there is interest then I will try to get it done sooner rather than later.  So, let me know if it is something you would want to make.

Make sure you check out all of the great Holiday ideas from the days that have already passed on this fun-filled blog hop.  Show your love with some comments (there are prizes!!)

Here are the blogs participating in the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!
And don't forget about Confessions of a Fabric Addict!  Sarah has a QAL as well as a roundup of posts and details about the prizes, but hurry because we are almost at the end of 2017's 12 Day of Christmas in July Blog Hop!

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