Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Classic Meets Modern and Baby!

I finally finished my new niece's baby quilt.  Two days after she was born.  That is a win in my book.  Not like she needed it in the hospital anyway.
So, without further ado....
Baby Aurora Elaine:

Please ignore that quilt pucker and focus on my cute niece!

She makes the quilt look so giant.  It really isn't that big.  Large crib size I would say.  Isn't she just the sweetest lil' punkin you have have seen?  *I may be biased*

On another note:
The Classic Meets Modern Block of the Month Quilt A Long with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation  has begun!!!
I finally decided on my fabrics, although not which fabric will be which yet.  I'll probably do the solid black for the background, but the rest....who knows.   Here they are:

Please ignore the dog hair...it will be removed when sewing.  :D

Oh so gorgeous!  I can't wait to get started on this one!!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Progress and Growth

Heads up:  Semi-Non-Quilting post ahead., but kinda sorta quilting related......

It is a New Year and new years bring new things.
In 2018 I am going to focus on personal progress and growth.
There are a few areas I am going to focus on:

  • Sticking to my To-Do list
    • This means getting the projects I  have planned done on time and not stressing about them piling up.  I have multiple obligations I have committed to throughout the year, but I have left plenty of time for No Due Date projects as well.
  • Downsizing
    • My fabric stash is only a part of this goal.  I have far too much clutter in my life & house.  I am going to focus on purging the things that are not useful or do not bring joy to my life.  I will be getting rid of a lot of things that have been cluttering my life for far too long.  I will make a serious attempt to get rid of these things in ways that do not waste them, but if waste it must be, then it still has to go.
  • Intellectual Growth
    • I am a firm believer that if you should NEVER stop learning new things.  I want to keep my brain and my skill set active and growing always.
  • Physical Growth
    • This one has been a HUGE part of my life for the last 6 months and I don't ever plan on letting that fade.  I have changed my eating habits and added a fitness routine into my life.  I am such a better person because of it.
This last one is where my question to you all comes in.  For the most part, anyone reading this either sews or quilts with some regularity.  And that means sitting at a machine.  Sometimes ALL DAY.  I also sit at a desk for my full time job. Even with my new fancy-schmancy stand up/sit down convertible desk, I am still for a good part of the day.

This sitting for long periods of time is not good for our bodies.  And the tension that builds up in our backs and necks from being hunched over a machine can wreck havoc on us.  

I was considering starting a Facebook group for sewists/quilters/crafters that are also into some form of fitness or needing some advice and possibly motivation for it.  It might even include healthy eating tips or recipes.  How many of you would be interesting in joining something like that?  

While you ponder on your answer to that question, here are some cute photos of my latest project:

Sunday, December 31, 2017

January Color Challenge Block

The first month of the 2018 Monthly Color Challenge is finally here!

January's color is RED!  Oh red.  Wonderful, wonderful Red.
Red is one of those colors that is always an accent for me.  I don't think I have hardly anything that is just red.  The red in my life consists of
*a pair of heels
Well darn.  I was going to make a cute clever list about how red is the perfect accent for almost any color combination, but the truth is, other than that pair of heels (which are brand new and have only been worn twice), I don't have a lot of red in my home.  There is a little maroon in my living room rug, but it could almost be a brown.  I think I have a red shirt somewhere too.

This lack of red extends to my fabric stash as well.  I had a heck of a time finding any red fabric for this month's block.  I did find some though.  And the block turned out lovely.

I tend to lean towards reds that are dark rather than bright.  I decided to make the smaller block for January and had some perfectly lovely fabrics to make this small block.

Don't mind the wonkiness of this block....It straightened out with another press.  :D

Make sure to check out the others that are posting about this month's color:

There will be a fun Link-up at the end of the month so you can see all the different Red blocks (either this one or others) and share your own.  The Link-up with Patterns By Jen will be up January 24-January 31 and a winner will be drawn on February 1.  The Winner will be getting this lovely prize from Northcott Fabrics:

Have fun making  your RED blocks!  I can't wait to see them all!
Happy Quilting!