Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Time Flies

Good gravy, another week has passed me by already!?!
How does this happen?
Seriously folks, I try to make a post at least once a week and before I know it, it is mid-week already.
To be honest though, there was a bit of a snag in my precious sewing time this last weekend.  As it is, I really don't have that much time to sew throughout the week.  With work, commute times, dinner, grocery shopping, and all those super fun chores that come with being a responsible adult I tend to get time to myself only on the weekends.  Oh how I long for days upon days of focusing only on my quilting.  Not going to happen anytime soon, that's for sure.

So, for now, I take what time I can and enjoy it.  This last weekend however, sew time was interrupted by one good thing and one bad thing.  It's all about balance right?  My mom came to visit me on Sunday.  It was far too short of a visit, but a much needed one.  I haven't seen her in such a long time.  Sometimes you just don't know how much you miss your mom until you get that first hug and smile.  It was so very, very good to see her. Then, probably not even an hour after dropping her off at the train station, I was struck with a miserable feeling..... yuck.  Woke up Monday morning with a headache that was so horrible I didn't move from my bed all day.

On the plus side, my next couple of posts will be full of finishes!  Yeahoo!
Remember that green and grey off-set diamond?  I am mere minutes away from completion on that. Then it is going to be cleaned up and will go on a photo shoot adventure!

AND... There will be the reveal hop for the Shadow Block Mini.
AND...Then the Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop.
AND...Soon I will be releasing my very first quilt pattern.

So many exciting things coming up. But, nothing to share now.  :(  I don't even have a pretty photo to share.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Secret Projects Galore

I wasn't sure if I was going to manage to get a post out this week.  I just couldn't decide if I had anything to share.  I haven't spent too much time at my machine, and what time I HAVE spent there has been on projects that are secrets.  Whether they be gifts or projects for a future hop or a new pattern.
I thought and I thought about what kind of images are ok to share on each of these types of projects.
Here is what I have decided...
For the gifts, I am not going to show a thing until they arrive at their new homes.  They are surprise gifts and I don't want to give anything away.  :)

For the hops, there are two of them.
The first one is a Mini Shadow Block  quilt along/blog hop hybrid that Janice from Color, Creating and Quilting and I decided to do for these couple of weeks.  You can join in and read all about it HERE.  I highly recommend joining us even if you don't have a blog or are worried about the deadline.  It is a super fun mini to make in a day that is a great gift idea or something to brighten up your wall space.  Janice whipped together this super cute button based on the image that Debora used for her tutorial.  Grab it on my sidebar with the html code and add it to your blog.


You can also use the hashtag #shadowminiquilt on Instagram.

The second is that fabulous #2016Cloud9Block blog hop that I have been able to make via the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers group.
I can't share too much, but here is some eye candy of the gorgeous fabrics I am working with...so soft and pretty *sigh*:


And, last but not least is my very own pattern.  I am sewing along with a few other testers on my FIRST pattern.  I am hoping to have it up in a Craftsy shop by the end of September.  I can't tell you how excited I am to finally have a pattern to share.  I have a feeling I will be adding more and more to my shop.  

So many squares! 



So, that is it for this week.  I am hoping to have a bit more to share with you next week.

As I am a bit late with my post this week, I am not sure where I will be linking up, but at least:

Needle & Thread Thursday
Fabric Frenzy Friday
Finished or Not Friday

Monday, August 15, 2016

Shadow Block Mini - Join our Adventure

One day I was lazily browsing Pinterest for some mini quilt inspiration.  I was seeing all of these beautiful mini quilts that everyone was sharing on their blogs and I wanted to get involved.  I hadn't really done any mini quilts before.  I had my Butterfly wall hanging, but that was still rather large.

I started talking with my new friend Janice over at Color, Creating, and Quilting and she wanted to start making minis too.  We decided that there must be others out there that want to start on this new quilting adventure.

We found a mini quilt tutorial that we both loved right away. It was designed by Debora at Studio Dragonfly Quilts.  We have her on board with our little blog hop and she is going to join us as well.  She, as well as Janice and I, are super excited to see all of the Shadow Minis you all make.  They are so much fun I think I will make a few.  


We want to extend an invitation for anyone to join in on this fun and make your own version of this Shadow Block Mini Quilt.  We are going to turn this into a Mini Blog Hop and have a big reveal day at the end.  This is a super quick project that can easily be finished in a day, but we are going to give you two whole weeks before the big reveal.
If you want to participate, here's how:

1. Contact either me or Janice no later than August 31 **Edit  (new date)**and let us know you want to participate by leaving a comment on this blog or by e-mailing one of us:
     Janice:  janice@passionforperfume.com
     Jen: adreamandastitch@gmail.com

Include your name, blog, Instagram address, or wherever you would like to share your quilt.  If you want to share on Instagram, use this hashtag: #shadowminiquilt.  Just be sure to wait until August 29th! And really, you don't even HAVE to have a blog.  Just join us in the fun part.  The making!

2. Go print out this tutorial and create the quilt.

3. Prepare a blog post about it to be revealed on September 5 *Edit (new date)**.  That gives you two whole weekends (and everything in between) to get this done.  Please make sure to include a reference to our blogs

Color Creating and Quilting (colorcreatingandquilting.blogspot.com)
A Dream and a Stitch (adreamandastitch.blogspot.com)

as the brains behind the idea! We hope this idea will generate new traffic for us and for you!

4.  We will be sending a list of all participants to each one who will be making a quilt and blogging about it and would ask that you post this list with a link to each participant's blog, just like a blog hop.  It will be so fun to see everybody's interpretation of this fun little quilt.  It is an easy project with some instant gratification.

Janice and I thought this event up on the fly and really didn't think about any prizes, but I'll bet we could come up with SOMETHING if enough of you want that to be part of the hop.



Thursday, August 11, 2016

One Lovely Blog Award

I was contemplating whether I should do a post this week or not.  I worked on a few projects this last weekend, but most of them I am not able to share yet.  Also, I was struggling with my shoulder pain and was feeling a bit cranky to be honest.  :)  I am doing better now AND I was given a reason to post.

One of my new quilt blogging buddies, Janice from Color, Creating, and Quilting has nominated me for the "One Lovely Blog Award"!  Thank you, Janice!  I have been seeing this pop up here and there and thought it was an excellent way to show appreciation for fellow bloggers. Janice and I have been planning to explore mini quilt making together and we had decided we were both going to make the same mini.  That is one of those projects I can't share yet because I want it to be quilted and finished before I share the photos.  :)  


The Rules:
*Thank the person who nominated you, and give a link to his/her blog.
*List the rules.
*Display the image of the award on your post.
*List seven facts about yourself.
*Nominate (up to) 15 bloggers for this award, and notify them to let them know you have nominated them.

Seven Facts about me:
1.  After living in Montana 95% of my life, in 2015 I finally packed up and moved to the amazing city of Portland and I am loving it!

2. I change my hair frequently.  Color, cut, and curls.  In my passport photo I have super long blonde hair with bangs and in my driver's license photo I have a short dark brown pixie cut.  Currently I have collar length brown (with a little grey) curls.  :)

3. I went to high school in a tiny, country town.  My graduating class was 28 people! 

4. I love supernatural story telling.  Books about werewolves, movies about ghosts, TV with vampires.  Give me a coven of witches over true crime stories any day.

5.  My first pattern design is in the testing process and I couldn't be more excited to get it out there.

6.  My favorite movie is, and always will be The Lost Boys.  

7.  Even my sweet puppy is named after a vampire.  Marius.  :)  Here he is:

My nominations:
Katrin at Puppilalla
Paige at Quilted Blooms

I don't think I doubled up on anyone.  :)

Now that I am thinking about it...I did have a small finish yesterday.  Something that I have been working on for quite some time.  A co-worker asked me to make a quilt out of Crown Royal bags for her.  Because everyone who drinks it, saves the bags.  :) The quilt is still in progress and I will share it eventually, but I did finish a coaster set out of the green bags.  And I made a cute little box to go with it.  I didn't follow a pattern for the box, I just kind of made it up and I think it turned out super cute.  If I do it again, I would add some embellishments I think, cute flower buttons or something.  I might do a tutorial on it if there is any interest.  So, let me know what you think about that.



So, not too much to share, but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy.  I have a "nearly" finished quilt coming up soon and lots of other little things in the wings.

Oooo!  AND I finally started an Instagram account HERE, so make sure to follow me there too.

Happy Quilting Everyone!

Linking up with:
Needle and Thread Thursday
Finished or Not Friday


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Finally a Finish!

My quilting has been so scattered lately.  My To-Do list is out of control!  I look at it, then I start something new.  Have you ever been there?  Where you just can't seem to put the finishing touches on projects?

I have been wanting to work on mini things lately.  Last weekend I tried paper piecing for the first time.  (I will share that story later after I quilt it).  Then I browsed pincushion patterns for hours.  Ooops.  Still haven't found a favorite.  If you have suggestions, leave them in the comments.  :)
Then I went and bought some sand for filling the pincushions that I will eventually make.

I also received my fabric for the #2016Cloud9NewBlock Blog Hop.  Our 2016 New Quilt Bloggers group was given the opportunity to design blocks with Cloud9 Organic Cirrus Solids.  An awesome palette "Berry Harvest" was created by our hosts: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, and Stephanie @Late Night Quilter.  I am so excited.  It will be my first tutorial.  There will be so many beautiful blocks to see.  Make sure to check out the blog hop in September!
Here's a little sneak peek at the color selection:

So pretty!

But now...
A FINISH!  Yeahoo!
Recently a co-worker requested a baby quilt for her niece's new baby that is on the way.  She said the baby shower was in a slightly nautical theme and I thought "Ooo Pirates!"  I made a little hint for my co-worker to bring to the shower.  You can see it here.  Not quite a match, but still fun.  I just made some random rows and put them together.  It turned out pretty cute I think.  She loves it, and that is what really matters.

Last week I tried hand binding for the first time on a little 12x12 square.  This time I did the WHOLE quilt.  And I didn't get bored or even stop at all.  Granted, it was a baby quilt, but still an accomplishment.

 Aren't those little pirates so cute?!

The chevron backing was a huge hit.  Super soft flannel. 

My co-worker just loved the mixing of the light blues and greys mixed with the primary colors.  She said that way it can grow with the kid and won't be too "baby".

I brought the quilt into the office and the requests are just piling up.  I am going to have my hands full for sure, I just have to make sure to meet all of my deadlines.  :)

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