Slowly picking up the slack

A few weeks ago, a quilty friend Yvonne with Quilting Jetgirl posted a request for quilt blocks for two very special children in her life; be sure to check out the story on her original post!

As it has been the past few months, I am behind but as of the end of this week, I will not have ONE thing that I am ‘behind’ on or cutting close to the deadline. Hooray for such supportive people in my life! Truthfully, that is all of YOU… if it weren’t for YOU guys I wouldn’t have snapped out of it as quickly. Sometimes choices in our lives are not the easiest, yet I am a firm believer that the hardest decisions are the best decisions (which is why they are so difficult to make). She should be receiving them today if not yesterday…

The request of quilt blocks were simple: (Directions from Quilting Jetgirls original post)

What kind of blocks should I make?
Older: Boat / ocean themed or dancing themed blocks using navys, teals, grays (same tones as in her block above), and pink or salmon.
Younger: Music themed blocks using blues (in the same tones as his block above), black, and white. Improv blocks in the same blue tones as above would also be appropriate.
Because I was able to see how it was coming together, I decided on using batik scraps mixed with a teal scrap piece I had and did quick HST chevron to do modern ‘waves’ for the ocean. I think the blue batik fabric helps give it motion like the movement in the water.
For the younger and music tones, I wanted so badly to do the music notes but time was not on my side. After seeing all of the other blocks, I decided to do 4 small letter L’s surrounded since there was more B&W and music notes filling it up, I thought I would help even out the pops of color. Although in person this blue looks like it would work well but in the picture it looks like it won’t… hopefully it can find a place somewhere. 
I am considering this a WIP because my contribution for it is done but Yvonne still has two whole quilts to put together. It is really a mixed sweet story behind the reasons and inspiration of the quilts, it is just another thing to love about being part of the Quilting Community! I am looking forward to seeing how she puts these together as she does do pretty amazing work! 
I am linking up and showing off at WIP Wednesday w/ Freshly Pieced and Let’s Bee Social w/ Sew Fresh Quilts so stop on over and show your stuff off, too!
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Elephants!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you have seen these dumplings already. I’m not sure if you heard or not, but Lorna over at Sew Fresh Quilts is doing an Elephant Parade QAL. Even though I have plenty going on, I couldn’t help but jump on the band wagon for this simply ADORABLE quilt she created! I really do love Lorna’s creativity and seeing where it all comes from and how it is then portrayed in her quilts.

When I decided to join the QAL I immediately decided that I would USE MY STASH! I have quite a collection of some older/vintage fabrics that I love to hoard but yet I don’t see me using them. I decided this would be the perfect QAL for it because of the prints and how old and ‘vintage’ I find Elephants to be. They are so graceful and elegant in their own form. I immediately fell in love with the larger Elephant and so I couldn’t just stop and not make some of the babies!

Come on, they are killing it with the cute factor, right!?!? Needless to say, I am eager to make the remainder of them and their additional friends (which even includes a FROG!) for part of the quilt. These are extremely simple to make and Lorna write really clear instruction for them. I was able to cut, sew and iron all of 3 of these in an hour or so. After I was done with these, I finally had to get back to what I was doing which was working on the “Spongebob Square Pants” block swap. I decided to do these with two other wonderful ladies last June (OH MY! Don’t judge). They have both sent their blocks to one another but I have yet to them and they have yet to me. ??? In any case, I finally got around to cutting the fabric for it and even got a block all sewn! The colors are beautiful!

I do have that block all sewn up now and I love it… now I just need to make 17 more! I don’t feel too terrible for not having these blocks done, as I had originally purchased 5 yards of fabric of that grey but then somewhere in re-doing my sewing studio I lost it and it has yet to be found. I finally gave up the cause for finding it and purchased 3 more yards of it. Progress is happening!

I am linking up today with WIP Wednesday w/ Freshly Pieced and Lets Bee Social w/Sew Fresh Quilts. Join in on the party and show your stuff off!

Deadlines Approaching

As October is ending and we welcome November, I have more approaching deadlines creeping up. While initially I think of stress when I type that out, I am finding myself more relaxed for the first time in awhile when it came to my sewing. Not only do I have this amazing new space to allow my creativity to go with it, but I have made good progress on all of my deadlines, which I thank tremendously for the new space as well. I haven’t been NOT wanting to do something since it’s been completed!

–  Two Large Dog Beds: One female and one male dog. I am going out on a limb here (not really) and guessing that my SIL and BIL do not read my blog, so I am safe to give my design concept away for the time being. They have two dogs, Pica (Pee-kuh) and Floyd who are extremely lovable and beautiful dogs. My SIL and BIL recently bought their first home and are having their house warming party this Saturday. In all honesty, I have struggled about what I should get them and they are personally not very easy to shop for. (Hmph). The SIL really loved the dog bed I made for my sister and we talked about making one for their dogs… so why not make it a house warming gift? I mean, I am a sewer/quilter, so you should be expecting something homemade.

Pica: Green and Purple
Floyd: Orange and Grey

 – King Size Purple Chevron Quilt: My friend Kathi bought this fabric literally over a year ago and has not really done anything since. I finally was able to get her to get some cutting done this past weekend when she was over and later that evening I finished up the HST for the 1st row.

30’s Birthday Quilt: Aaahh… my 30’s birthday quilt, and I have FOUR of them to make! I really can’t get too much into the details as I believe one or maybe even two of the people may read my blog, even if randomly; we all turn(ed) [I am the last of the 4 of us to turn 30 in December] 30 this year and we have all been friends since pre-school; therefore I am marking it with a special quilt. For mine… this shall be the main color palette. Yes, every color will be used.

Liberty of London Partner Swap: I am part of a Liberty of London Tana Lana Swap and we have no idea who is making something for us, it is a secret. It has been fun seeing all of the things on Instagram (#lolswapround1) and wondering who exactly is making what for whom. Some give little hints here and there, some only show parts of the projects they are making so that it doesn’t give it away too much for the person. These are to be arrived to the specific partner by Nov. 10th and so this weekend I will be finishing up the last few things I have.

Pillow: The coloring on this came out horrible. It is a nice teal/blue shade mixed with a light blue. This is the beginning of a pillow, that is all I can say.
           
Small zippered pouch
Coasters

I still have other WIPs such as my Rock’n Round Robin row I need to put on for the prior person and has to be mailed out; however I am still working on that one and do not have any picture of it for some reason. These are my current deadline items that need to be done sooner rather than later and with these, better late then never does not suffice. What deadlines do you have approaching or how do you handle your deadlines? How far ahead do you typically like to be or are you the “pull an all-nighter” before the day it needs to be done? I find myself to be in between the two and am told regularly I work better when I am busy and idle time is not my friend. I have come to accept that. 
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My Top 10 Quilt Blogs

So along with being a fabriholic the way I mentioned in yesterdays post on fabric I had won; I am also an avid Blog Whore. I accept it proudly though. While I am always open to reading anyones Blogs that have to do with quilting, sewing, fabric, etc. I do have my top 10 that I admire quite a bit. These are in no direct order mind you, and these are only the opinion of myself on whom I avidly read quite a bit. I read a lot of others as well, so I hope no one feels left out. I feel these are the ones that are at the top or growing towards the top even as I type this. They have a lot of experience already in it and great advise to take away from just about anything you may want. Each of the following links will link to their “About Me” page unless they don’t have one it will go to their home page, and you can continue searching from there on how you feel about them and take from it as you wish. 

Diary of a Quilter – Truth be told, Amy Smart was my first love when it came to blogs, but her blog quickly led me to so many others and I slowly became falling in love with each and every one. Amy has a great fresh look on things and her style in quilting amazes me all the time, even when I see her color selection and wonder how it will turn out – the end result comes out more beautiful and it always reminds me how different we all each see and visual things. It truly is all in the perception of our own minds… yet Amy tends to grab people from all over with her final results. I believe she has gained a forever admirer over here, all the way in Kansas. One day I might be lucky enough to meet her as I have read so many that have and said she was just as pleasant or more pleasant in person. 

Crazy Mom Quilts  – Well, Amanda came along when she was mentioned in Diary of a Quilter somewhere (sorry, can’t remember the specific post). This woman blows me away with her dedication to quilting, fabric, her followers, her overall love of all things fabric and sewing. She has this great interesting look for her ideas of creating different quilts. I love her Finish it up Fridays and I keep telling myself I need to get on the band wagon with it, as it would only continue to help me finish more of mine up. Her latest post from yesterday, the color almost spoke to me! Again, Amanda seems to be very open and candid with her thoughts and ideas, along with her followers and just as Amy does, she responds quite frequently to others (which wins high brownie points for me). If you need help possibly with getting moving on your projects, Amanda with Crazy Mom Quilts in the way to go!

Red Pepper Quilts – Rita with Red Pepper Quilts appears to have been around for awhile and I apparently was last on the list to discover her. Rita is extremely well known but does not live in the U.S. If I ever travel outside of the U.S. and am in her vicinity, I vow I will stalk her so that I may meet the wonderful woman behind so many beautiful quilts. Between Amy, Amanda and Rita, I feel like I am lazy in the quilting world as they seem to finish up so much in such a short amount of time! Time to put a needle in my seat to get my rear-end moving. Rita uses a lot of fresh bright colors that mix well with small to large print fabrics. I take away from her that she can see just exactly how that fabric would be utilized to its best and ultimately be the one to ‘stand out’ and yet every fabric on her quilt stands out on its own. She is also the one I was lucky enough to win the drawing for the 30’s Playtime Fabric that I also posted on yesterdays blog post here

Fresh Lemon Modern Quilts  – Faith inspires me to applique and I am actually working on and off on my first quilt that will have a few applique items. I am excited about it and hope it turns out just as well as hers do! She shows a lot of pictures and lot of diversity in her quilts but I think she also sticks with the originality of quilts and mixing it with the modern feel. Lots of color with old time applique items… her most recent one that she posted about today of her progress with the butterflies has me almost having butterflies with excitement to really see how well I could make my applique quilt come out as well as what hers will turn out to be! The butterflies are beautifully done on the fabric! I find her to be inspirational to me when it comes to applique, so if you’re scared or may be wanting to give it a shot… Faith really can give some inspiration towards it.

Film In the Fridge – I recently discovered Ashley. I haven’t dug too much into her blog other than her posts as it is mainly fabric and pictures of finished quilts. I love it as it helps with my visual withdraw when I can’t seem to see my own creations coming to light. Again, very bright colors with fresh modern twists to them. Lots of links to online fabric stores, pictures to help get your creative juices going or to now discover what that one fabric you have been stashing for 3 years would be perfect for and if you’re one for very little reading but lots of pictures, this is one to really look at. 


The last 5 blogs I am posting links to; as I have unfortunately not gotten to know them through their blogs so much as I have the above 5. I can only read so much and more times than not, I find myself reading more and more of their blogs; one leads me ‘here’ and that one leads me ‘there’. They are ones that I avidly read whenever something is posted or continue to read their older blog posts. I am inspired by them, their technique, the personality they show through their blog, their designs and their open and candidness for sharing with everyone. 

Sew Mama Sew  – great for lots of inspiration outside of quilts (bags, purses, trinkets, etc.)
Patch the Giraffe – fun, interesting and amazing ideas for linking everyone together in some way, even though we are so far apart
Freshly Pieced – Lots of fun fabrics and her WIP Wednesdays has me inspired to join in!
The Polka Dot Chair – I find myself drawn not only by her story about herself and what she shares about her life, but how it “seams” that it coordinates with her quilting!
Plum and June – Lots of amazing ideas, give-a-ways, ideas and the old-time fabric, I swear she makes it look more modern!  

I hope you all enjoy them just as I do and find inspiration through them. If there are any others that I should really list or that I have not discovered at all, please let me know! As I said, I am a Quilt Blog Whore and so that means, the more the merrier! 

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