Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Where does the time go?

Seriously, this blog break has gone on for far too long.
Time has completely gotten away from me.  I think 4 out of 5 of my last posts have been apologizing for my absence.  Between my job, working out more, learning Irish (Gaelic), and getting my quilt ready for my VERY FIRST pattern being published in International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene magazine this October I have been swamped.  Oh, and I ran in the Starlight Run 5k with my son and friends AND I had 2 sets of company come visit me in the last couple of weeks.  All good things!  :)

Here is a little bit of what I have been up to quilting-wise:


I have been trying very hard to keep up with my Bee Inspired bee blocks.  Not quite on time, but not too late either.  I am hoping the rest of the year I will be more punctual.  These little grey pieces were so tiny!  I completely forgot to take a photo of the finished block.


I finally purchased my first spool of Aurifil thread!  That is pretty exciting.  I haven't used it yet, but soon...soon.  I also have a couple of quick flannel baby quilts I need to have done before next week.  I am doing simple strips and they are going to be so cozy!


Gotta love the chain piecing!


Oh yuck, I need to add a new ironing board cover to my to-do list.  
I made my first hanging sleeve last week.  If I am doing a wall hanging I usually just do the corners. I don't know why I was so intimidated by this.  It turned out nice I think.  I sure hope it is up to the standards of the magazine. This whole being published thing is very nerve racking. What if my work isn't good enough?  Oh, I would be so devastated.  It is exhilarating though.  I don't know how I will wait until it is on the shelves in October.


The binding all ready to go for my quilt.  I think Kona Oasis is my new favorite color.  It is gorgeous, don't you think?

I have a couple of other things coming up this summer.  Some new patterns, tutorials, etc.  I will do my very best to stay on top of the blog and not disappear again.
I'll be linking up with my usual blogs on the sidebar.

Happy Quilting!




16 comments:

  1. Glad to know all is OK and that you are getting some sewing time, even if you can't show us much;)

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  2. life gets so hectic,your wee squares, the strips, and new patterns, apart from everyday life, running?? and house chores, it is any wonder any of us find time to actually quilt.Enjoy your week.

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  3. Congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment. Don't beat yourself up over putting your blog on a back burner while you are so busy. Life happens. It sounds like yours is going so well right now. Enjoy it!

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  4. Hey! Did I miss the post where you announced your big surprise? I must have! Hmm, I'm going to have to go back and look for it! Congrats, Jen!

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  5. You have been very busy, congratulations on all the wonderful things you are up to. Kona Oasis is definitely one of my favorites, and hanging sleeves are rather nifty items. I'm sure your work will be just fine. :)

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  6. You have been one busy lady!! I'm so excited to hear you are being published!! I will have to keep my eyes out for the magazine this fall. Also congrats on your first spool of Aurifil thread, I can't wait to hear what you think of it once you use it.

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  7. Jen, the retreat I attend is deep in the woods. It has no power at night, and no cell service! Many women cannot believe us when we say 'no cell phones', but they really enjoy completely getting away. A78mandel at yahoo dot com

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  8. So busy! However, I think that with all you have recently worked on you are a ROCK STAR! Nice.

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  9. Congratulations on being published! How exciting!

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  10. I think it is a busy time of year, and the call to be outside in the glorious weather is a strong one. I said to my husband I might just be setting up my machine on our deck...since he spruced it up and changed it up some from the previous owners, it is a little piece of heaven, complete with a little bubbler fountain. Ahh. I cannot wait either to see your quilt and pattern, SO exciting! Love the closeups of your bee blocks.

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  11. So glad that you are busy and enjoying life! Congratulations on being published!

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  12. You have a lot going on. You will soon have some fabulous finishes!

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  13. so busy, but I do love that kona binding, so so pretty

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  14. Glad to see you've been busy; I was wondering what you were up to. Congratulations on being published, I'll definitely will be on the lookout for your pattern.

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  15. You have a lot going on but I'm sure you'll get it all done, congrats on being published!

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  16. Great times! I have been there as well, getting busy, missing blog posts, forgetting to take photos, nervous about how my patterns will be received. All I can say is enjoy this busy time. It represents a big step in your quilting journey. And don't worry--your work is great and so are you! Thanks for linking up to Wednesday Wait Loss (see, I'm behind as well. )

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