Thursday, September 6, 2012

A new month

I love the beginning of each month.  So many new possibilities.  I realized I've become much less regular about posting recently.  This is partly due to some of the projects I've been working on--ones I can't share right away.  I've missed blogging regularly about my ongoing quilting projects.  I got myself in a bit over my head with everything I "had to do".  I'm almost finished with my outside projects I've committed to and am looking forward to doing my own sewing again.  Some of the projects I have on the table were ones I committed to months ago, and it's now crunch time.  Since then I've become much more careful about committing to the extras.  It sounds all fun at the time, but I have decided to be more selective about where I spend my quilty time. I'm a much happier quilter when I'm just doing my own stuff.  

I am finding a bit more quilty time now that school has started.  My oldest kiddo started kindergarten this week.  It was a strange feeling to drop her off at her new school with all those older kids.  She loves it and is so happy when she gets home each day.  It's only 1/2 day which I'm really happy about.  I think full-day would be too much for both of us right now.

Three mornings a week I have an empty car after dropping my twins off at preschool.  I'm really liking this break idea.

Yesterday during my break I worked frantically with this pile of fabric.  I just finished a very fun bag for Travel Homemade for Sewing Summit which I'll be sharing in a couple weeks. 

I chopped my hair last weekend and love it.  The hubs made me get a "before" picture.  This wonderful picture was after my unfixed old hair had been in bun all day.  Lovely, right?

And the self-portrait in the bathroom mirror after my friend chopped 8+ inches off my head.  Soooo much better.  I know I'm not a long hair person.  I'm not sure why I try.

Here are my "special" projects all finished and bound.  The bottom two quilts are my samples for sewing summit (one of which will also be a Christmas present for someone special).  I decided if I was going to make samples I might as well start checking off my Christmas list.  The top rolled quilt will be shipped off soon for other plans.

In slightly sad news I shipped off my Pixelated Color Wheel quilt the other day.  I am really going to miss it.  I was having regrets about entering it in the Modern Quilts display with the International Quilt Festival as I packed it up.  But now that it's gone I honestly want to remake it only smaller.  These are 1.5" finished squares.  Wouldn't it be so great with 1" finished squares?  I might have some sort of sickness.  If you see it in Houston will you take a picture for me?

Finally on the design wall today-- I switch up my design wall all the time even if I'm not really planning to work on the project I put up.  It's like my own personal art wall.  I love having something on there.  This project is the predecessor to the quilt I made for Modern Quilts Unlimited Magazine--the one on the cover next month (okay, I admit I'm really, really excited about that part)!  I made these blocks about a year ago and haven't shared them here or done anything with them.  I think it's about time they were made into a quilt.

Hope you're having a great week!

26 comments:

  1. Your new haircut is so cute and fresh!

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  2. I really like your hair now. I am having my very long and VERY thick hair chopped off tomorrow. When it takes 20 minutes to just wash your hair, let alone the rest of you, it is time to get a new "do". I can't wait. Maybe I should take a before photo as well!

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  3. Love the pixelated quilt AND those colorful triangles!!! oh, wow, wow, WOW!

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  4. your new haircut is fabulous!
    and as always, your quilts are fantastic and oh so colorful, keep 'em coming!

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  5. I think a new pixelated quilt is definitely in order!
    I'm excited to hear more about your projects in the works. I imagine you'll have some more uninterrupted sewing time with the kiddos in school, but I bet that time goes by really quickly! Luke started kindergarten this fall too. Ours is all day, and it's a long day for a 5-year-old!

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  6. Kati, your hair cut is fabulous- it suits you so well!
    Love those blocks at the end too. You are SO talented!

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  7. Katie you look awesome!!! Like a new you!! Love the new do!

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  8. Those are pretty blocks! Anyway you'd consider doing a pixelated quilt along? It could be fun..... :)

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  9. You look so great with short hair! I'm the opposite, I keep cutting my hair wanting to be able to pull off short hair, but I really cant.

    Your pixel quilt is so fantastic. I want to quilt my color wheel quilt with circles like that - any tips? I can't quite tell, are those separate circles, or just one that goes around and around and around and around? I'm scared to start quilting it!!

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  10. Love the haircut, and yes, those triangle blocks need to be made into a quilt!! They are awesome!!

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  11. I am wowing at the blocks, and love your haircut. Enjoy the 'free-time'!

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  12. Your hair looks great. You've sported a lot of short cuts, but I don't think I've ever seen one quite like this. It fits you really well!

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  13. Ooh, love the new 'do', I'm hoping to get to see it in your class at Sewing Summit :o)

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  14. oooh, I love your new haircut. And how nice that now you have some child-less time. Enjoy!

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  15. Love the new look, Kati! Can't wait to see how the predecessor progresses! Enjoy your break time.

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  16. Kati, your new haircut is GORGEOUS!! Absolutely beautiful!

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  17. Oh Kati, I love the hair cut. Your hair really was long! And is the "me time" awesome or what?! It helps with sanity for sure. I can't wait to see the unveiling of the other projects, and I'm almost as excited as you are that you have a quilt on the front cover!!!!! Yeah.

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  18. the short hair is perfect for you. Only my opinion. :)

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  19. Hi Kati, Love you hair cut. Sorry about the empty car seats. Summer will be back before you know it. I love your color choices for quilts. The bottom one really caught my eye. Nice job. Hope you have a great month.

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  20. LOVE the haircut, Katie! Super cute! Enjoy your three-mornings-per-week break, I have the same thing this year!

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  21. Congratulations on the mag cover quilt, it is beautiful. You do really nice work, thank you for sharing it!

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  23. Your new hair style looks really cool Kati! I hope to see those quilts unfolded soon! :))I'm still in love with the pixel quilt, and it's so gorgeous with the quilted circles!

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  24. Wow. You look ridiculously good with your hair short! And those quilts are amazing!

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  25. Hope you are able to find a good balance for you and the quilty obligations. It is so hard to say no! especially when it's fun stuff. I LOVE your short hair. I"m the opposite. I keep cutting mine short and then I hate it and spend forever growing it. lol! :)

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