What a busy month!

Wondering where I was?  Well, I wasn’t here…

 

But let me back up.  First I want to tell you about my friend Kate Chiconi in Australia who assembles donated quilt blocks into quilts for Ovarian cancer.  She sets the theme, all based on a teal colorway and then sews them up, quilts them, and donates them for auction!  The latest quilt is called “Signed, Tealed, and Delivered.”  My donation was featured HERE.  Go visit Kate at Tall Tales from Chiconia She is a fabulous quilter and you won’t be disappointed.

I had chosen to participate and mailed these to her for inclusion…

(I have no clue why these did not display when I posted this!)

This was an enjoyable paper pieced project for me!   I received notification of their arrival on the day I got back.

Back from where?

I went on an over 2,000 mile (including side trips) excursion through 5 states!  Yes, me…

The ex agoraphobic!

And you can call me Han, as in SOLO!

Because, yes, I traveled alone on this two-week trip.  I am so proud of this breakthrough.  I am owning the saying “Go big or go home!”  I went BIG, came home and it was exciting!

I will be posting a few pictures and telling more about my trip over the next week.  But I wanted you to know how excited I am about these blocks and my road trip.

Posting soon with more…

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I make no resolutions

Starting 2017 fresh and debt free has awakened a sleeping desire to create.  Over the past few years I have come to my studio pulled things out, put them back; started some projects and left them lay…

Until I was just as depressed as before I started and now awash in fabric which had lost it’s meaning.

Previously I had taken the “*Process Pledge” and wanted to share with you what I was doing and how I was getting it done.  However, my old nemesis Depression and his side kick Lack of Funds found me not able to function as I had intended.  I needed a do over!

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The first step in this re-boot is to clean up, sort out what I have, and then finish a gift that is now overdue to my lovely Sister-in-law and a teal block for my friend Kate in Australia who sews them together, quilts them, and then donates them for Ovarian Cancer.

My steps:

  1. Complete the gift for my SIL and the Teal block for Kate
  2. Make a wool coat for me which is a lofty ambition, but I have my fabric and my lovely pattern.  I will enjoy this even if it is slow work.
  3. After practicing on me I look forward to a couple of fun coats for my Etsy shop.  I have a vision of what I want to create and will be drawing it out before I tackle the fabrics!
  4. Just keep creating and sharing my progress!

A journey begins with the first step and forward momentum takes it from there

I believe this.  So, no resolutions, just a call to creativity for myself and then share the process and progress along the way!  The projects will get done when they get done Knowing this when I start means there will be no pressure and no deadline.

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What lies ahead on your map for 2017?

 

*NOTE:  The Process Pledge was begun by Rossi of Rossi Crafts,  who is a creative powerhouse!  Thank you Rossi for your inspiration!

 

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My Scrappiness

Posted for April 15th, 2016

As I have mentioned before I began my quilting adventure in 2011 by crafting a quilt for a new friend I met when visiting Jayme from Tales of the Coop Keeper.  At that time I had the desire to quilt, but no knowledge of the plotting skills or the math involved to pull it off…

Ergo, after making a “watermelon” quilt

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I had tons of red and white squares and triangles to spare and they have been stored in a Ziploc bag, at the bottom of my scrap drawer, till now…

I have joined up with Kate Chiconi  at Tall Tales From Chiconia in ScrapHappy.   This is a creative group of like-minded people who want to use it all up and have fun making their scraps disappear.  Then we all share on the 15th of the month.  Links to all participants will be listed on Kate’s blog site!  Please follow the link above to see what the other more experienced quilters have come up with.

After much experimentation, and cutting down I am left with a pair of ten inch blocks.  A bit of blue border has given them a decidedly patriotic flair.

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Windmill block to the left and Hourglass blocks to the right.

I haven’t finished them yet, because  I can’t decide if I want a table runner or pillows!  If a table runner is in their future I will have to come up with a third block to tie them all together.

This process of laying out and working with my scraps has reminded me of the Inuit carver who studies a bone or wood specimen to see what is living inside, then begins carving to release the spirit and image within.  No spirits in my work, but this time around my *points are coming along nicely.  🙂

Practice, practice, practice!

 

NOTEPoints refers to the area in the quilt block where all the corners meet up.  Getting them to get along is very exciting for a budding quilter.  Well, actually, I think it may be an exciting moment for any quilter!  Those little corners can be rather pesky.

The next four blocks for the 1857

My monthly 1857 wedding quilt post is here!  I wanted you to see where I am in this needle turned applique adventure.

There are two more blocks from the original that are supposed to be done and they involve building and Mason’s tools, but I am making a couple to my own liking that represent me and my endeavors too.  There is a method to my madness, because you see, I want this quilt to fit our queen sized bed when I am done with all this painstaking applique!   So the tools will be done later throughout the year.  😉

My personal blocks as if you couldn’t guess are the goose, which is Polly, and a representative chicken.  These will soon have some outlining added to them for more definition.

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That red number with the bazillion red diamonds was a challenge.  I almost didn’t finish it, but then I hitched up my big girl panties and took charge of it!  Now I am proud to say, “I did it!” 😀

I think a monthly summary of my progress is probably prudent, don’t you?   Well, unless I do something truly thrilling and spectacular and then I will not hold back, OK?