What I Did This Week #15 – WIDTW

In light of yesterday’s post, it definitely doesn’t always have to be so dapper. :o) Even though my whole intention yesterday was to really also remind us all of our own positivity towards not only others but our own selves. That’s something to smile about. It’s also another week of What I Did This Week… so be sure to link up your awesome finish or finishES for What YOU Did This Week and feel good about it!

You guys remember the fundraiser I did almost a month ago (where does time go?) with the t-shirts I offer for sale at my Etsy store? Well, after much tribulation of life and Etsy transferring funds, I was FINALLY able to meet Karen (@peaceloveandquilts) and get her fundraiser money. She is just as lovely as ever! Her daughter is the cutest as she can be… I don’t know if I could ever get enough of her. I even got to meet the quilt that we saved!

I’ll be talking more about that next week, as her and I have plans to go to a Guild Meeting together next week already! 
We did meet at Quilted Memories, the shop that I rent longarm time at. I love going there and I love using the longarm, but that was not my night. I had so much thread breakage, loops in my stitches and the stiffness on the machine was not balancing right. I spent two hours on a machine not getting anywhere before I was able to move to another one in which I only had left about 45 minutes of quilting time which then resulted in just two rows being quilted by the end of 3 1/2 hours. Ack! I am still considering this my big accomplishment for the week. 
I shared this picture on instagram when I was about to roll up the top onto the bar. Remember this fabric? No? That’s probably because I first talked about it in FEBRUARY and after mail and other quilting issues on this one, I am finally getting to be able to complete it. Maybe. 

I have given up the attempt at making ‘feathers’ and accepting that I make leafy vine looking quilting, which suites me just fine. I don’t think I could quilt in such uniformity and am finding that I am much more of a graphiti quilter than an ‘all over pattern’ on a quilt.

I did decide to do the white with straight lines curving back and forth which I think will help keep the straight lines of the modern chevron design while the curves in the grey will allow for movement in the quilt. We shall see how it turns out when I get to finish this up on Saturday… so long as the longarm and me get along, that is.

Now show your stuff off as I’d love to check it out!

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What I Did This Week #14 – WIDTW

While this year has thrown me for some unexpected loops, the one thing I forgot that I love about myself is how easily I am able to adapt to life’s changes. I have never minded change in life, I have always embraced it. In fact, my family has always complimented the fact that I can move somewhere and not know anybody and be just fine. It is the truth. I love meeting people, talking to people, learning their stories, listening to their stories… I think each and every person’s life is an amazing story and I think I have learned more from others than I did in any school or College.

Here is a quick recap of What I Did This Week –

I went shopping, that’s right… I went shopping. Do you like shopping? I like shopping. ::insert cute evil eye here::: Yep, this was a successful FULL day of shopping. I went with a good friend of mine last weekend; we started out by having breakfast at her house and then we took off from there. Yes, that is a shower head you see there and yes a brush (I had to get a few things for myself, too, ya know). The only thing that was not part of the shopping for the day is that LOVELY stack of Aloha Girl from Fat Quarter Shop that I had pre-ordered and it was at my door when I got home from shopping, so it was a day full of awesome-ness! Most of all of these items will not be staying with me, they will be going to meet their new owners with some swap mates. It’s hard to give up such cuteness sometimes (or all the time).

I received a lovely gift from a quilty friend who thought of me when she saw a few items in her sewing room during a clean-up. The feeling of knowing you were thought of at a random moment can really help change a person’s thoughts, attitude and overall mentality. The consistency of this is what I think we all struggle with. I know it feels good but I am not always the best at also expressing it or reminding others; this was another reminder to DO it.

I received my #igpincushionswap all the way from Australia! This was made by @retrobettybaby and I couldn’t have been happier with this amazing ‘cup ‘o tea’ pin cushion; isn’t it the cutest?! Also, those scissors… seriously too cute! 

These were the extra goodies that came along with it… (I am already sporting those super cute gingham earrings! And those socks make me hungry every time I see them.)

I also received this bad boy girl this week! I plan on reading through it as much as I can today and write about it next week. I have already skimmed through it and really enjoy what I have seen… I love the oldies 50’s look of the entire book! I think that is what drew me in from the beginning.

So now I need to get to reading and checking out these 23 quick and clever sewing projects I’ll love!

You know What I Did This Week, I would love to hear What YOU Did This Week!

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What I Did This Week #13 – WIDTW

A quick update this week as I am looking forward to seeing What YOU Did This Week…

WE Saved a Quilt and experienced the power of our community

Finished two round robin rows… the other you can see here

I finished and got caught up on my #craftybirthdaybash1 swap for February and March birthdays, April’s birthday month will be finished this weekend…

The Inside – the zipper is my favorite
Here was the February package for Melissa over at @ohhowsweetco… (yes, that is how far behind I got… I am proud to say I am all caught up…)

So all in all, I am pretty proud of my week and I look forward to seeing YOUR week!

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What I Did This Week #12 – WIDTW

Sometimes I think things just fall into place. Sometimes I am reminded why I believe “everything happens for a reason”. Even though many don’t understand where I can state that for numerous situations, I hold pretty firm on it but don’t tend to voice it out directly in the most sensitive of situations (for obvious reasons). 
Believing in “everything happens for a reason” does not mean I do not agree with the circumstances or whatever the case may be or that I even understand the reason in the moment; what is means for me is that there is a lesson to be learned and gained from every situation/occurrence with many lessons or reasonings understood years later. I’m ok with that and I am constantly yearning to gain more and more of life’s mystery’s. 
There has been a lot of emotions going on in my household, mainly in those moments when you’re alone and actually really, feeling alone. Those moments you get lost in yourself and your thoughts with the perfect music going that not only brings out the most sensitive of emotions but also is uplifting. I’ve been ok with it as I knew I needed to process a lot of things that have happened and words that were spoken. Emotional spiritual growth fuels me, it is something I have recently learned of myself.
Recently, a fellow Instagram quilty friend Karen (@peaceloveandquilts) has posted up a picture of a beloved quilt of hers for sale… she has expressed in slight detail as to why and I will leave that between her and anyone else for further discussion. 
With that being said, once hearing and reading her mini story I was immediately enlightened and felt I was feeling the way I was… “for a reason”. You’re probably wondering what reason or feeling I could be getting from reading her post. It was hearing the sadness of putting her quilt up for sale through her message… and I simply admired that she was taking care of business, even if it meant giving up something she dearly loves. I have been spiritually and emotionally struggling not being able to answer a lot of my own questions when the sudden urge to ‘help’ (the feeling) came over me. In just a few minutes in deep thought, I realized that I feel at my best when I am doing anything and everything I can to help someone. Now I do realize we can’t all save the world and everyone… but if each one of us helped one person, well, we would all be helping one another, right? 
That brings me to these t-shirts that I introduced awhile back! I have had several requests regarding sizes for these and more are in production to accommodate the request. 
I would like to help Karen in any way I can, to help save her quilt from leaving her and allowing her to wrap herself in her own quilted love… I am wanting her to be able to forever cherish this quilt knowing that the quilty friends surrounded all around her gave so much love to that quilt that she loves so dearly, that she feels wrapped with all of our hugs. 
So starting today and throughout the weekend, including the finish of Monday 4/20/15, these shirts are for sale for $15.00 each with FREE SHIPPING using the code ‘FREESHIP’ at my Etsy Store. Not only that, but 75% of the earnings will be donated/given to Karen (@peaceloveandquilts) to help save her quilt… I thought if we all chipped in… we could be able to get her to her goal to help alleviate a lot off of her and her family. The remaining 25% of the sales truly is all the shipping, so I will not be taking any from the sale of these shirts. 

4/17/2015 – 4/20/2015

These are the moments I feel best in… helping others. This is why I have a hard time saying ‘no’ (although I am learning boundaries) and am always willing to help in any way I can. That is something that won’t change and something I do not wish to change of myself. I would rather be too giving and be burned a few times than never give and never experience life’s battles, good or bad.

***All sales will be ordered Tuesday morning after all final sales are completed Monday at midnight. The orders will take approximately 2-3 weeks to ship as these will be ‘made to order’ with everyone’s requests.***

So, now that you know What I Did This Week or have been up to (deep in thought apparently), please hop on over to my Etsy Store and lets save Karens quilt!

*Update: going through this process, it was discovered how close as a matter of fact Karen really is to me… literally… she lives only 20 minutes from me and I NEVER knew. Here I was thinking she was across the country, so with that, I may be able to personally deliver to her the funds raised to save her quilt! 

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What I Did This Week #11 – WIDTW

I woke up today tired but yet feeling really good. I was tired because well, I just woke up. I felt good because I was ready to conquer the day! Don’t you just love those days? Yes, I am a morning person. Most of the time.

If you follow me on Instagram then sorry, this picture is a re-post for you. That’s right, I do just the same here as I do in my ‘real’ Mon-Fri job. Everyone laughs at me (yet I know they all secretly love it, they each tell me so… secretively) and always walks away shaking their head, smiling. So as long as everyone keeps smiling when they walk away, I’ll keep doing it.

It wasn’t an eventful week but I did get some things done… some of which I have also had done for a few weeks now but I can’t share because the package has still not made it to its destination (insert huge grumpy face here) and it keeps ruining my week posts. Eeerrrgg. But to turn that frown upside down, I’m still thinking positive and knowing that it is going to be even more welcomed than it originally was going to be!

I did get another wallet done… well, almost done. I still have to put the snap on this one, too. I am picking that up today. I can see me making lots and lots more of these wallets.

Now that you know What I Did This Week,… What Did YOU Do This Week?

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What I Did This Week #10 – WIDTW

Good morning to all of you lovelies and welcome to another week of showing off your stuff (we do that all of the time though, right?)! This morning, I woke up with a storm and personally, I love driving in the rain. I would fit perfectly in Washington because I absolutely love the rain and then love soaking up rays of sunshine at it’s finest when everything is at it’s greenest. I am lucky to have the view I have at work…

A few weeks ago I shared this picture on Instagram. Crazy what a good few days of rain will do, huh? Now to just get those trees blooming with leaves.

Almost a month ago (insert dropped jaw here) I shared the ‘pencil pouch‘ I was trying to make that didn’t end up as successful as I had liked. I will be giving it another shot, but not this go around.

Being part of a swap has more advantages than disadvantages. The only disadvantage that I personally see in it is that when life throws you a hard curve ball, you have a deadline that is always nagging on your mind but at the same time can’t find it anywhere to be able to meet it. Although, everyone is particularly lovely and understanding about it, but it doesn’t stop me from feeling like a P.O.S. about it though either. So really, no negatives then. You meet lots of great people and so long as you are enjoying the process, the process will enjoy you.

Along with the pencil pouch, the real purpose for the Liberty of London Tana Lawn Round 2 was to make a mini. And I think I may have really went all out with the whole “mini” thing. It may be stretching it as a mug rug and I honestly forgot to take measurements before every packing it up but it sure is a mini.

This is my first ever paper piece that I have officially done from beginning to end and I did make a few mistakes (well learned). I got the paper pieced generously here from Blossom Hearts Quilts and if you see it already again now after knowing what the pattern was to be… well, you may be laughing at me like I was laughing at myself (which was after being extremely disappointed and frustrated) as I realized every bit of what I did wrong.

This was supposed to be a feather paper pieced.
1. I cut off the top curved end on the smaller side of the feather which tooka way from it’s overall ‘feather’ shape.
2. On the larger end, I used actual printed fabric that would form the feather rather than the background, which again would allow for it to form the ‘feather’ shape.
3. I lost about 2 inches on all sides in the end never understanding why I was… until it was all quilted and ready to be binded did I realized what I had done.

So there you have it, in all my faults and glory. I cursed at myself for some time and almost began it all over again until I continued to sit there and stair at it on my design wall and from a distance, I began to love it in all its own. I loved each Liberty print in it and I loved the bold green for the background and my personal favorite, the quilting. I used a variegated thread that I had gotten at Connecting Threads called Luck ‘O the Irish and the bobbing was a bright yellow that I had had for awhile. I love how you see it really defined in some placed and then it really blends in others, almost giving it just the slightest bit of movement.

I used flannel for the center which was supposed to be a ‘stem’ and while I like it, I don’t love it. I only liked it more once I quilted it. The only reason I don’t love it is because of it’s stretch, I could have cut 1/2” less and it wouldn’t have bunched up or been difficult to match seems since it has a natural stretch to a degree. I do love that it gives it a bit of dimension.

I did get to use my new labels!

I did struggle with just keeping this for myself and reminding myself of my first shot and starting all over again for my partner, but to be honest, I really put a lot of heart and soul into this, even with its mistakes and all. I know that if my partner had made those mistakes with all of the effort and love they put into it, I would want it just as and so I am confidently telling myself  that and hoping my partner loves it all the same.

I did decided to hand stitch the binding on the back since it was such a mini and I was quite pleased with my stitches. I have come a long ways since my first attempt back in August with hand binding (which I still haven’t completed my first hand binding project either… ugh, confession mouth today or what?). Also, I was really pleased with once again how great my new label looked on the mini! Definitely puts a smile on this face!

I was gifted 1/4 yard of this Liberty Print that has lots of colors in it and I thought it was fitting for the binding. I thought it helped bring out more of the colors that are in the feather itself since there is so much solid going on in the background for such a small mini. I am not sure what specific line it is from and have tried searching, if anyone knows, I am happy to update.

Those good `ole binding clips… what did sewers do before us? I am thankful for less pokes in my fingers because of these bad boys.

I did stop at the store before packaging this up for my partner and threw in a few more items. I won’t lie, I am nervous and hoping they love it for the fabric and art in mistakes.

I am still waiting for a special package to arrive so I can’t share it this week and was hoping to, so I am hoping soon! In the meantime though, now that you know What little I Did This Week, share and show off what you feel accomplished for!

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What I Did This Week #9 – WIDTW

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Please continue to the next set of stars if you wish to not read anything personal and only quilty things.

Life has a way of taking hold of you sometimes, and sometimes more than others. In the beginning of the year I stated my resolutions for the year, more pertaining towards my blog; I started off well this year and was met with a bumpy patch in which I thought I was able to jump on track. Unfortunately, exactly on that evening is when it was as if life took me by the throat. I do not necessarily like to divulge huge personal aspects on my blog, but sometimes you just ‘gotta let it out’ in order to move on (that’s how I work at least). My marriage has been struggling for what I am sure both my husband would say also, forever. Even though we know that forever is a strong word, it just plain old feels that way. We both know we wouldn’t continue being here if we didn’t have something strong to hold on to though, as we have weathered quite the storms in the past two years. 
I have been struggling with the happiness that quilting and other things bring me along with interacting with everyone in the quilting world;as well as the requirement that my marriage needs of me, AND with being a person who wears a lot of hats at my 8-5 p.m. M-F job. All of this and I don’t have any kids! I wonder sometimes if the extreme independence that I carry conflicts with my husband’s need for control. Not to say that my husbands intent for control is meant in a negative way, I just do not easily conform to it. With all of this that has been weighing more and more on me, I have found that it doesn’t allow me to sleep and no matter how much sleep, I am still tired all day. I have become more and more disappointed in the commitments that I have and how I am pushing the limits too close than my normal as I have otherwise always made my deadlines. Now that I have recognized so much in the past week and what I have allowed to overcome me, I am able to effectively take control of it. I have never been one to not hold commitments and I don’t intend to allow that to happen and/or continue to the extent that it has. I don’t like having to explain to someone the reasons why they may have been ‘put off’ for the moment. My personal life should not effect my commitments. 
I have been wanting to sew, quilt, make beautiful things… 
So last night, I finally did. 
************* Boy, that feels amazing to have off my chest. Even if just on ‘paper’.*************
This weeks WIDTW will be slightly different from the prior ones, as I don’t have a collaboration of things, just one. It is one of the original points for doing the weekly link up; being able to feel accomplished looking back instead of feeling stagnant. 
I decided to do some mindless quilting last night on the long arm. I don’t know why we sometimes turn our backs on the things that make us happy, because without these things I think I would continue to sulk. Thank you quilting! 
Remember the polka-dot twin quilt tops I finished a few months back? I only had the backing for one of the quilts, so the pink/girl one it was. 
I used basic back and forth straight line quilting, using the direction of the fabric strips to determine my direction in which I decided to go the opposite directions with lines in my quilting from the direction of the strips. Pictures don’t do it snuggly justice. 
For the back I went with a soft pink flannel with small polka-dots on it (which I thought was fitting). I also included 80/20 Poly Cotton blend batting which made it even that more snuggle resistant. I’m not sure the line of the flannel as I don’t have a good part of the selvage. I do wish I had purchased the backing flannel at the same time because when I went to purchase it last night they were out of it. It was the matching blue flannel with small polka-dots in it. It always happens that way, doesn’t it? 
I did go ahead and decide to snag the binding fabric for both of the quilts as I thought this would be a nice quilt to be able to get more practice at my hand binding and do it while watching TV or Netflix. I think this black and white Michael Miller in Dumb Dot polka-dot print is PERFECT for it… it’s just more POLKA-DOTS! Can’t go wrong with a polka-dot binding with a polka-dot quilt, right? I also thought it would bring a great contrast with all of the BAM of color in these two faternally matching quilts. 
Michael Miller: Dumb Dot

I did decide to try something different for both the top quilting thread and bobbin. 

King Tut: Cleopatra

For the top I chose the perfect variegated thread by King Tut in Cleopatra. It literally has every color in this quilt and because there is plenty of light colors (including white) I thought variegated would not only be fun but would be a good adverse for having the quilting showing up more due to the light colors.

Quilting with this was a dream and I am sure I will have plenty of uses to use the variegated thread! Just gives me more reason to use more color, right?

GLIDE: Cotton Candy

For the bobbin I decided to try out GLIDE in color Cotton Candy (yum). My experience with it is that I am unsure if I would use it in the bobbin again; it appeared to almost be too slick as it is polyester after all. I can definitely understand why so many say they love it on the top for quilting. Maybe it would work best with another GLIDE on top as well? There weren’t any quilting issued with it but I did find it tedious making sure it wouldn’t unravel in the bobbin before I got it even in the bobbin case and then next in the long arm.

I wish I had taken pictures of it on the long arm so I will need to remember that each time I am quilting. See… now after this post, I don’t feel so lame for not accomplishing anything. I now feel like I made progress, even if in the smallest degree.

And don’t forget, I still have my SUPER QUILT WOMAN T-shirts for sale over at my Etsy shop!

Now that I have shared with you my personal life woes and my crafty accomplishment this week, please show and tell what you have had going on this week! What was your finish or all of your finishes? I would love to see  and hear about them! And remember if you decide to show your stuff off over on Instagram, use the hashtag #gettingquiltywithit

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What I Did This Week #8 – WIDTW

Good morning my lovelies! It is a great Friday and I feel all of the changes taking effect. I know this was down for two weeks due to poor planning on my end but ultimately family emergencies that took presidence as I expressed a bit on yesterdays opening post.

Not only is there a lot going on everywhere else, my company is also moving its location in exactly one week; which means there is a lot to do. Today I took control of the company’s office portion of moving as I am too much of an organization freak that I was becoming very anxious to how everything was happening as it was a big, BIG cluster. I now have it all lined out for each step and just finalized my final appointment for having installations in the new location next week. To say that I am not busy would be an understatement!

This week for What I Did This Week will be quick and short for myself, as I really have not done a whole lot of sewing, but I did make a decision on the Super Quilting/Sewing Woman and her sewing machine, if you remember from me asking last week. The final winning vote and decision was ….

Super Quilt Woman

And the final naming for her when I reference this lovely drawing will be Super Quilt Woman. It seemed more fitting as well for myself, even though I do other sewing projects and what not. Either way, it seems more fitting across the board for what it is I relate myself with. In the end, really anyone can call it whatever they want… I will refer to her as Super Quilt Woman.

I did get a lot of great feedback and I couldn’t appreciate it more! There are exciting and new ideas coming to play because of all of your great advice and suggestions! This is only the beginning folks! I should be receiving today (hopefully) the product that Super Quilt Woman is being tested on and I am excited to share it with you! The babes (husband) said they turned out really great so I know if he is that excited about it then they really did turn out Sew Stitching Cute!

This is what I have been up to this week… more behind the scenes than anything but it is still getting stuff done. I really would LOVE to know what all of you have done this week, anything at all… share all of your crafty goodness… so What Did YOU Do This Week?

*UPDATE: I got my product in! These turned out SO good! While there will be further updates for different styles due to so many amazing suggestions that I got originally, so be sure to stay tuned!

Please excuse the bad pictures, I just couldn’t wait to snap some pictures and get them posted up for you to see! These are now available in my Etsy shop and this weekend only (3/6/15 – 3/9/15) will there be free shipping when using the COUPON CODE: SHIPFREE, after the 9th, shipping will be $5.75.

Women’s V-neck TShirt featuring Super Quilt Woman on the lower right front of the shirt and #gettingquiltywithit on the back right below the colar! 

Super Quilt Woman is a woman with many powers when in hand with her sewing machine and this shirt is bound to give anyone the boost they need when in the sewing slumps! 


TShirt Brand: District Made 100% Cotton


Colors Available:

– Pink/Fuscia

– Grey

– White

– Blue

*New colors to be added!


Sizes Available:

– Small 

– Medium

– Large

– Extra Large

 

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What I Did This Week #7 – WIDTW

Beginning last September, I joined Cheryl with Meadow Mist Designs with her Foothills Mystery Quilt Along and it is unfortunately almost done. Do you ever experience the feeling of while you are working on something you are anxious for it to be complete but when it is complete, sometimes you are sad to see it end? That’s kind of how I feel with this one. It has been fun connecting with everyone who has taken part of this as Cheryl did a lovely job with the entire QAL. I am hoping she does this more than once…. (here is to crossing fingers). I didn’t write too many progress posts about it unfortunately as late last year was super busy, but if you are curious of my thoughts, they are here:

As I stated, it has come to a near end as February was the instructions for piecing the entire top together. I would have never guessed the design to be as it is. This was most certainly kept very well a secret throughout! Job well done Cheryl! 
I originally chose to stick with one fabric for each of the specified A, B and C fabric groups; however when I received the December instructions, it called for piecing together squares, which in turn would create another square that should really be ‘scrappy’ per-say. Because I didn’t know the ending design of the quilt, I began to panic within myself if I was going to have enough contrast with different fabrics and if really I should have done different greens but with a solid background and all sorts of other things questioning in my head. I also had questioned that if I were going to stick with the green squares and turn them into larger squares, I would rather purchase more of the Kona Sprout (green) fabric (of course I would be low or out of it) and cut the squares so there are less seams… but then I was back where I started and wasn’t sure if I should now add more contrast. I contacted Cheryl just for her advise in the matter and she said either one would really work. I like scrappy and thought adding a scrappy look would be nice, so off I went to put together some scrappy 4-square blocks. 
I really didn’t like it when I put it up on the wall. Right away I knew I needed to change back to the solid, but then I would have all of those seams when really I could have cut just one larger square (ugh). Thank you OCD. I figured before I sewed everything together I needed to see how I liked it with the solid green color and as you have seen, I loved it. I ended up finding a true appreciation for the scrappy once all was said and done and liked how it looked, but I didn’t think it was best suited for what I was going for with this quilt top. I like that I stuck with the solid color and allowed the ‘star’ shapes to really show rather than get lost with the 4 patch square since everything else is done in one fabric. 
I really love this quilt design that I actually intend to make another one… that one will be scrappy. I am not quite done with this one yet, as I would like to make it a bit bigger. I have ordered more of the Kona Sprout so once that comes in, I can get to really finishing this top. This top here was the big finish of the week, but I did accomplish some other things, as well as get spoiled more by my #beehiveswammara ladies!
I am really appreciating what WIDTW has helped me with; that I have accountability each Friday as well as what it forces me to do throughout the week or at the end of the week. I have already experienced the week of feeling I did nothing when in fact when I look back, I very much so did and this week each day I came home from work I almost had no enthusiasm to sew and when I would convince myself to hold off, in the end I realized that if I didn’t then I really wouldn’t have anything to post for my weekly link up! I am loving the benefits of this and hope to continue to grow with it and hopefully everyone else does, too!
Now that I just showed my week off, show us all something or all of what you did this week! 

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What I Did This Week #6 – WIDTW

Good morning and welcome to another week of WHAT I DID THIS WEEK! How has your week been? If you are anywhere but on the West side, you have probably been experiencing a nice cold chill this past week. I live in Kansas City and we got a bit of snow on Wednesday, most of it has already melted. We haven’t gotten too much snow this past winter and I know one of these winters we are bound to get it pretty good. Until then… I will relish in what a lot of KC Native’s say, “We’ve had pretty good winters the past few years” because I dearly miss my ocean. Enough about my boring weather report, lets show off our week!

First up, don’t forget I still have the giveaway that I announced earlier this week! It ends tomorrow some time early evening! Be sure to hop on over to my Instagram and find the original post with the below picture and enter!

The next up and really, for me… the most exciting thing that happened this week! Well, one of them, but I’ll show you the other one next week. I have already shared it over on at Instagram if you follow me. This was something I had personally been waiting for for a couple of weeks. I avidly read Sew Fresh Quilts blog and love her fresh attitude and designs. Plus, she is really nice. With that being said, she is on her mission for her 100 quilt labels that she ordered whenever ago from Ikaprint. I have enjoyed watching her progress as she counts down. I had played around with designs of my own for about two months and finally after up-doing my blog a little while back, I finally decided on a layout I was happy with and content with to mark as ‘my logo’. It feels exciting and odd to type say that. Aren’t they just super awesome!?! I can’t wait to use my first one!

Satin: 1” x 3/4” in Cream

That was pretty exciting, right? I really encourage anyone to do the same, even if for just bags, purses, mug rugs and all of the other fun stuff we make, these are the perfect little tag labels for them! There are other cute ways, don’t get me wrong… but if you’re like me and lazy in the way of just wanting to sew it right into the project, then this is the perfect fit for you! Plus, their pricing is really reasonable! No complaints!

I also joined Patch the Giraffe with Chelsea and From Bolt to Beauty with Michelle second round for a Charm swap! Last year it was all low volume fabrics. I enjoyed participating so much last year that I definitely had to get on the bandwagon for it again! This round is a selection of Art Gallery Fabrics! I still haven’t done too much more than what I started a few months ago with the low volume charm squares, but I was thinking about it last night so I know it will be is the foreseeable future! I have just been dreading unpicking all of that quilting in that one large square! (ugh) There are just a few more spots left, so hurry on over and join! All it requires is ONE yard of fabric and for you to cut it into 56 charm squares and send it on its way with a pre-paid envelope!

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My selection for the swap

Now to recap the week! It has been fun, even though I really didn’t do much sewing. Sunday I started feeling the kink/pinched nerve on the right side of my neck start up again and it has slowly been creeping up even more throughout the week, making it almost impossible to sew as your neck is bent down a lot. I’ve had to take a seat this week to nurse it back to health without going back to the Dr. Last time I ended up in the Emergency Room as it got so bad.

My #craftybirthdaybash1 gift was received by the January birthday girl and I really need to make one of those fun Let Them Eat Cake pillows for myself! Along with that the Schnitzel & Boo Swap also was received which was the Color My Heart mini which again, yes… I need to make a version for myself now. Why do I have such a hard time making something for just me yet when I make something for someone else I want to keep it. haha. I did also receive my gift on the Schnitzel & Boo swap which was the UH-mazing mini which matches my logo on my blog (and everything else really)!!! She did such a great job and it hangs perfectly in my sewing studio! The last thing I sewed this past weekend was the Elephants for the Elephant Parade QAL with Sew Fresh Quilts and a block for another swap I am doing. I also showed off the awesome quilt I received as a gift for my 30th Birthday from a co-worker made by his grandmother and mother. Even though not much sewing from me happened, a lot of other fun stuff happened! The exact purpose of these weekly posts… because even when you don’t feel you have had a purposeful or successful week, I really did!

Now that I showed off my week, show off your week or something from this week and let us all see it! Don’t be shy! Make sure that when you share on Instagram you use #gettingquiltywithit. 

Sew Stitching Cute quilts

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