Wednesday, January 31, 2018

February Color Challenge Block - Blue

It is time to reveal the Monthly Color Challenge Block for February!

February is BLUE!  Oh I love blue.  Such an extensive variety of tones and shades to choose from.  I have a lot of blue in my stash (unlike the red from January).  I have pale denims and royals that pop.  I have deep, stormy fabrics and festive, playful ones too.

For the block that Patterns by Jen designed this month I decided to go with a bit of a subdued tone that went well with the red from January.  At the end of the year I want to put them all together, so I am considering that in my choices when I can. 

Two of my favorite fabrics in my stash paired with an almost-solid.

This block was super fun to make and you can get the design over at Patterns by Jen.  I want to make this one in some different colors eventually.

The threads were running wild in my sewing room.  I could not seem to take a single photo without some of them making an appearance.  Also, no natural light to be found....oops.  

Make sure you check out the other blogs that are sharing their versions of this block and some of their own BLUE blocks for the February Color Challenge!

And don't forget to make your own Blue Block for the linkup at the end of the month!  The sponsor for this month is ....... The Fat Quarter Shop!!

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

CMM January - Star of Bethlehem

It is no wonder I am a bit off on my scheduling of my blog posts and link-ups!  I have decided to do two year-long quilting adventures.

1.  The Classic Meets Modern (CMM) quilt a long block of the month with My Quilt Infatuation.
2. The Monthly Color Challenge (MCC) with Patterns by Jen.

Do you see the similar acronyms (thanks for the correction Yvonne, my tired brain couldn't find the right word)?  I am entering a disclaimer here for any future misspellings or mislabels of these two projects.  :D

Last weekend I worked on the first block for the CMM Quilt A Long.  It took me forever to decide on my fabric choices for this.  I knew right away (even before she announced the QAL) that I was going to make this quilt. But, I had ZERO idea what colors I wanted to make it in.  The solids were so striking, but I am on a quest to use my stash this year, so solids were out.  I considered doing each block scrappy, but I didn't feel that was the right direction for me either.

One day I was rearranging my bedroom and pulled out a tote I had been using as a foot rest under my desk.  It had my unpacked items from the retreat I went to last July....ooops.  :D
And guess what?!?!  I had completely forgotten that I had found this absolutely stunning fabric at a shop on my way to the retreat.  And guess what?  I bought enough yardage for 4 of the 5 colors needed.  I had one more from my stash and the decision was made.

I have the first block done for the QAL and plan on doing the second sometime this week.  I can't get behind in the first month right!  :D

This is going to be so much fun!
Happy Quilting and have a great week everyone!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Classic Meets Modern and Baby!

I finally finished my new niece's baby quilt.  Two days after she was born.  That is a win in my book.  Not like she needed it in the hospital anyway.
So, without further ado....
Baby Aurora Elaine:

Please ignore that quilt pucker and focus on my cute niece!

She makes the quilt look so giant.  It really isn't that big.  Large crib size I would say.  Isn't she just the sweetest lil' punkin you have have seen?  *I may be biased*

On another note:
The Classic Meets Modern Block of the Month Quilt A Long with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation  has begun!!!
I finally decided on my fabrics, although not which fabric will be which yet.  I'll probably do the solid black for the background, but the rest....who knows.   Here they are:

Please ignore the dog will be removed when sewing.  :D

Oh so gorgeous!  I can't wait to get started on this one!!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Progress and Growth

Heads up:  Semi-Non-Quilting post ahead., but kinda sorta quilting related......

It is a New Year and new years bring new things.
In 2018 I am going to focus on personal progress and growth.
There are a few areas I am going to focus on:

  • Sticking to my To-Do list
    • This means getting the projects I  have planned done on time and not stressing about them piling up.  I have multiple obligations I have committed to throughout the year, but I have left plenty of time for No Due Date projects as well.
  • Downsizing
    • My fabric stash is only a part of this goal.  I have far too much clutter in my life & house.  I am going to focus on purging the things that are not useful or do not bring joy to my life.  I will be getting rid of a lot of things that have been cluttering my life for far too long.  I will make a serious attempt to get rid of these things in ways that do not waste them, but if waste it must be, then it still has to go.
  • Intellectual Growth
    • I am a firm believer that if you should NEVER stop learning new things.  I want to keep my brain and my skill set active and growing always.
  • Physical Growth
    • This one has been a HUGE part of my life for the last 6 months and I don't ever plan on letting that fade.  I have changed my eating habits and added a fitness routine into my life.  I am such a better person because of it.
This last one is where my question to you all comes in.  For the most part, anyone reading this either sews or quilts with some regularity.  And that means sitting at a machine.  Sometimes ALL DAY.  I also sit at a desk for my full time job. Even with my new fancy-schmancy stand up/sit down convertible desk, I am still for a good part of the day.

This sitting for long periods of time is not good for our bodies.  And the tension that builds up in our backs and necks from being hunched over a machine can wreck havoc on us.  

I was considering starting a Facebook group for sewists/quilters/crafters that are also into some form of fitness or needing some advice and possibly motivation for it.  It might even include healthy eating tips or recipes.  How many of you would be interesting in joining something like that?  

While you ponder on your answer to that question, here are some cute photos of my latest project: