Monday, January 27, 2014

Week 1: Vintage Quilt Revival Block Along

I finally decided on my fabric for the Vintage Quilt Revival Block Along. Back here I mentioned a few prospects. I opted for the Katie Jump Rope fabric as the backing and pulled fabrics from those colors as well as a few blues. 

I envisioned the blue as a few pops of color throughout the blocks. I am not sure I'm a fan of how it looks in the right block here. I think it's a little too much. I'll wait to see how everything looks when all the blocks are complete, but I may end up altering that block and inserting some red or coral prints in place of those large blue squares. I'll think smaller on the coming blocks.

These were simple blocks to start off with, although I made double the work for myself by opting to use a different fabric for each HST rather than using the pairs. I expect to use those extras down the road in other blocks so hopefully the extras won't be wasted. I was able to use the same orange HST in these blocks by making them for the right block first, then trimming them a bit and using them for the left block next.

Linking up for week 1.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Giveaway Winner!

I owe you a winner from my giveaway last week. I noticed there was definitely a theme among all those goals mentioned in the comments--sew more, finish more, and buy less. I've really been driven lately to try using what I have--especially the fabric I think I "need" to horde. I wish you all the best of luck in your crafting and sewing projects this coming year.

The winner of these two bundles is Carol who commented on January 7, 2014 at 1:54 PM

"I don't make resolutions as such, but I'm going to make a concerted effort to finish some quilts, especially some of the tops I've made that I really like."

I'll send you an email Carol and get this fabric out to you!

Have a great Monday!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Vintage Quilt Revival Block-Along with Sukie

Vintage Quilt Revival Block Along

The day before Christmas this box showed up on my step after being on pre-order from Amazon forever. I posted this on Instagram. I couldn't figure out what I ordered that required such an enormous box. Amazon must have run out of small boxes by this point in the Christmas shipping chaos. Inside I was thrilled to find the Vintage Quilt Revival book I had been anxiously awaiting.

Many of you have likely heard of this book already. It's written by Katie from Swim, Bike, Quilt, Faith from Fresh Lemons, and Lee from Freshly Pieced. I've met each of these talented women on several occasions and am continually impressed by their work. I had high expectations for this book considering what they have individually created in the past. I wasn't disappointed. 

I love the idea behind this book. The authors demonstrate 20 traditional blocks with ideas and projects for each block. Three different samplers with the blocks are included at the end. 

My very favorite quilt in the book is the Star Bright Quilt. It's on my list to make. 
Source: Amazon

I also love the Cut Glass Baby Quilt.
Source: Amazon

So, now back to the title of this post. My quilting friend, Sukie is hosting a Vintage Quilt Revival Block-Along. Sukie will work through two blocks each week and post any tips or tricks on her blog in a weekly post starting Tuesday, January 21. There will be a link-up each week for those who have completed the blocks as well as a Flickr group. (You will need a copy of the book to participate as specific instructions aren't included on the sew-along posts).

I'm planning to participate. I figure I can do two blocks a week. Now, I have to decide on the fabrics. Super scrappy samplers are generally not my style. Because all the blocks are different, I need the fabric to be cohesive. Here are my thoughts for the project:

Option 1:
Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander-- I'm not sure if I'd use a white or a grey background on this one.

 Option 2:
True Colors by Anna Maria Horner--I'd probably use a neutral linen background with this stack such as Yarn-Dyed Essex in Flax (my absolute favorite).

Option 3:
I have five yards of this print from Katie Jump Rope that I'd like to use as a backing. This is one of my favorite prints from this fantastic (and sadly very-hard-to-find) line. My final option is pulling colors from this print and making a more scrappy version of the quilt with oranges, neutrals and red. 

Which option would you choose? I'm having a hard time deciding.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Timeless Treasures Giveaway

When Timeless Treasures sent me the fabric to make my Fat Flying Geese Quilt, they also included some extras.

From those extras I made the Wonky Block Baby Quilt which I recently posted about.

Plus, they included a few bundles which I'm sharing with you today!

The giveaway is closed.
If you would like these bundles to show up in your mail box, simply leave a comment. If you've made any sewing/quilting resolutions, I'd love to hear them! The giveaway closes on Friday. 

The products in this post were provided and sponsored by Timeless Treasures Fabrics.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 In Review

I love seeing the mosaics popping up on blogs, summing up the creations for the year. Not only does it show at a glance the many accomplishments, it's also a great way to get an overall impression of a quilter's style. Here are my quilts for the year as well as a few other favorite projects:

Slowing Down
2013 was the year to reassess what I'm doing on this little blog. About halfway through the year, I had a very strong feeling--inspiration if you will, that I needed to slow down. I knew I could no longer try to do it all. I was going crazy, and all my relationships were suffering. I terminated my advertising agreements with online shops, stopped writing patterns (for now), stopped saying yes to every blogging opportunity, and stopped putting so much pressure on myself. I needed to minimize those I was responsible to. If this were actually a full-time job for me, I'd obviously feel different. But it's a hobby, and other things need to take priority in my life.

I have learned how to be more selective about what I take on. I have only a few significant commitments for 2014 at this point, but I'm excited about each of them. I found when I said yes to everything, I dreaded them all because I was creating deadlines for myself and ruining my love for this hobby. I couldn't keep up, and it took away all the fun.

I'm trying very hard to keep the "should's" out of my brain: I should try to write a book. I should do a quilt-along. I should try harder to get published. I should write more patterns. I should write a tutorial for that last post....The list goes on. My focus lately has been on what I can and want to do rather than what I "should" do. It's been a nice change.

As is typical, I've been thinking a lot about goals for the coming year. The word that keeps coming to my head is "Simplify". I know it's such a buzzword right now. Simplifying is trendy with dozens of new books written on the subject, but simplifying sounds so calming to me right now. I plan to get rid of the extra things, ideas, projects, etc that seem to clutter my life and make things more difficult.

Just this morning I took an hour and finally shortened the curtains in my daughters' room. They have been driving me crazy for more than a year because they kept getting caught behind the bed. They needed to be shortened to window-length rather than floor-length. I finally fixed them and feel surprisingly better. I no longer have fix the curtains every time they got caught behind the bed. It just simplified things a tiny bit. It's funny how much relief comes from finally fixing the little things.

As for quilting, I plan to simplify as well. I'm craving simpler design and more negative space. We'll see what my brain cooks up this year. I have several projects sketched out, although nothing is on the design wall yet.

The beginning of the year is a wonderful time to reflect and plan. I love the feeling of a new year, full of possibilities.

I wish you all best of luck in your plans for the coming year! I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone creates!