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.  :)


  1. Yes, doing secret sewing means you have to work twice as hard (or more!) to continue to have content that you can share. It can be exhausting. I hope you have fun working on Christa's project!

  2. Jen, It is most definitely challenging to time to blog when you don't have much to share...even though you have lots that you want to share. I look forward to seeing what you've been working on.

  3. Congrats on getting your Etsy shop open! Your mom's bracelets are so cute! Does she use a loom on these? I bought a loom and have not had time to try it yet. I have made lots of bracelets by using a needle and fishline though, really fun to do. Good luck to you both!

  4. Congrats on your Etsy shop! I will have to hop over and check it out. Sometimes, a cleaning reboot is exactly what I need to kick the quilting blahs. Can't wait to see your project for Christa's blog hop.

  5. Hi Jen,
    That beaded bracelet is just gorgeous! Is that something your mom made? Congrats to you both. I'll got check out your shop. ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. After my husband died, I went almost 9 months without sewing, but other than that, it's been years since I went more than 2-3 days without turning my machine on. I can't even imagine what that would be like! I love your bracelets. They are really pretty, and I'm going to check out your Etsy shop. Thanks for linking on Wednesday Wait Loss so I found you!

  7. Oooh! Can't wait to see your secret projects! I know that's it's hard to sew and sew and not be able to show anything. But you do have something to show for it! An Etsy shop! So exciting. Thanks for linking up to Wednesday Wait Loss. Jennifer

  8. Congrats on the Etsy shop, I hope it goes well for you. I love secret sewing, except when it's someone else's and I'm dying to see it! Yes I loose my mojo, sometimes it's hard to get motivated especially when it's a busy time and you are being pulled in different directions. However once I get back and just do 'a little' all of a sudden I'm off again, till the next time.


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