Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sew Thinky Thrusday: Sewing Friends

It is another Sew Thinky Thursday.

Each week a new topic is posted to write about. This weeks topic is:

Tell us about your sewing friends. Have your fabric tastes changed by having friends who like to sew? Do you like the same things or are you completely opposite?

I really don't have a lot of friends that sew. I know many of my friends are always impressed with what I create and enjoy watching it all unfold, but I don't think many are interested in participating themselves.

The only sewing friends that I have, are the friends I met through the SacMQG; which I happened to talk about during last week's sew thinky post. I would say that some of us have very similar tastes, but not the same. I think some of us like a lot of the same designers, but what we lean towards from those designers often differs. I would also say some of the people I have become closest don't always have similar tastes to mine, but I greatly appreciate what they create each time they share it.

My other sewing friends are family, who live far away from me. I would say that often than not our tastes differ. Yet, I don't really get to see their work all that often. So I couldn't be quite sure.

The one person work I see most often is my mom's. I would say our tastes are sometimes very similar, and yet oh so different. For my mom and I think the best analogy would be our makeup choices. We lean towards similar looks, even same brands. However, some colors are just more my mom than me or more me than her. I may buy a tube of lip gloss thinking oh this is so me, only to get home and realize it is really my moms's coloring. Also there are just some styles that fit me just right and some styles that fit her just right. And some makeup that we just steal from one and other or if I was still younger and at home we would have fought over. There has been many times when we have handed over make up to each other and said this is more you than me and most of the time we are right and the other person loves it. Not always but that is usually the case.

It is the same thing with fabric for us. I can walk into a LQS and think oh yeah this fits my mom's style/color, or maybe even take something home realizing it is more her than me. Just as she can see a pattern/fabric and know that it is more my style than hers. And then there is other things that we both just have to have our own of. We always joke that if we lived near each other we would save a lot of money by sharing a sewing studio... but more likely than not we would spend much more filling the space with everything that makes us happy and it would be a very eclectic space with no one style being dominate.

I don't feel like my fabric tastes have change due to my sewing friends. Even though I might like some of the elements they use, I usually still sew with what calls to me. Part of the reason why I don't think my tastes have changed, might be the fact that I am really trying to use what I have, or that I found a group of gals where many of us already have similar tastes, or that the person I talk to the most about sewing is my mom.

The best part of all of this is that even if you have similar or different tastes it really doesn't matter. It is important to remember that we all enjoy using the fabric, that makes us happy, to create beautiful things. I truly believe it is important to appreciate what your friends create. No matter what it looks like, you know they put a lot of love into. And that of course is what is most important.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Work in Progress Wednesday

I have very busy on many projects.

I finished and posted about my zigzagged quilt.

Zigzagged Quilt with Suzie inspecting it

I have almost all of my patchwork prism quilt cut out.

Back to cutting out my patchwork prism quilt. #quilting

I made soft cube toys for my friend's grandson's first b-day.

soft blocks for Dean's 1st bday

I put together and quilted my Christmas hexagon table runner, which has been a UFO for over a year.

Working on my christmas hexagon table runner ufo. Totally not my normal color range but Christmas is tradition colors for me.

Now I am working on the binding for my Christmas hexagon table runner.

Just about to start binding my hexagon table and runner.

I also made four blocks for my sister-in-laws wedding quilt.

First block of Nikki and Paul's wedding quilt is done!

Phew.. It was nice to be on vacation last week. Now it is back to work time and often I find myself wanting to be home creating. However, that just means I try to do as many things as I can at work to keep myself busy. So at least I have been getting a lot done there too :)

Oh yeah and I got a call from the camera repair shop. My camera and lens will be fixed in a couple weeks as they have to wait for some parts to come back in.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Friday Night Sew In Recap

I accomplished a lot, but not much to show for it.

Spent the evening cutting gold/brown fabrics for patchwork prism quilt

I spent my night cutting fabric for my patchwork prism quilt. 23 equilateral triangles and 6 bottoms to be exact. 

But that is OK. Mostly, because earlier in the day I sewed 4 blocks for my sister-in-laws wedding quilt. Here is just the first one. They are a tricky little block, but they are getting easier as I make more. 

First block of Nikki and Paul's wedding quilt is done!

I also made something yesterday, but I can't show it yet because it is a present.

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February Bee Blocks

I had lots of fun bee block to work on this month. I am currently participating in two quilting bees on flickr. Each month I am completing two blocks for the each bee that I am in. Then I am to ship them off to their new homes.

For the Sunday Morning Quilt Bee (all blocks are based off the book) I was asked to make:

A row of 40 2 1/2 inch squares to help my bee mate make the checkerboard quilt.

Sunday Morning Quilt Bee Block Feb for gingerthreadshop

I am sort of addicted to those that I wanted to make checker board for myself and I just might soon :)

I was also asked to make a 9 1/2 inch slab of green for leaves and vines. Kimmie also asked for some red/purple/magenta charm squares to make the leaves.

Sunday Morning Quilt Bee Block Feb for kimmie9503

For the Make Mine Modern Quilting bee I was asked to make:

An improv block. Renae gave us a couple  tutorial choices. I based my block off this block. I find it really surprising how much fabric improv blocks take. I almost ran out of the green to finish this block. 

Renae Make it Modern Bee Block Feb

For my second block Kelleigh asked for any 12 1/2 inch block made of solids. The picture looks Eastery but the colors are bright in real life. 

Kelleigh Make it Modern Bee Block Feb

Another month and another set of bee blocks done. And on time I might add. I am very proud of myself for keeping up this time. 

Can't wait to get next month's assignments. One all ready came in. Luckily it was early, because I had to call my mom and have her raid her stash to mail me some black prints. It turns out I have 1 yes 1 black solid in my stash and it is a fat quarter. I guess I don't use black fabric much. I would say never but some did come with the Madrona road challenge that I didn't finish. 

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Finished Zigzagged Quilt

I am so excited to say I have my first finish of 2013. I was hoping to have this one done last month but it just didn't work out that way. 

Zigzagged Quilt

This quilt is made from the empty bobbin pattern called zigzagged. Yeah I know I could have come up with another name for my version, but that name it just perfect. Zigzagged is probably an early intermediate  pattern because you have to get all those flying geese to turn out the same size and at two different sizes. 

Zigzagged Quilt with Suzie inspecting it

Suzie of course took her time inspecting my work. 

close up zigzagged quilt

Which, was very important because this is the first quilt that I have quilted this much. I did a different design in each size of zigzag and totally different design in the open spaces. For the small zigzags I did squiggles. While for the big zigzags I did loops. As for the open space I used a paisley design. I felt like this quilt, with all of its negative space, needed at lot of quilting. 

I wish I could have got better pictures, but since it was raining this was the best I could do.

Full Length Zigzagged Quilt

Quilt Stats:
Name: Zigzagged 
Size: 50" x 70"
Fabrics:  Solids, but the aren't bella or kona so I can't tell you the names. 
Binding: Denyse Schmidt, Chicopee, bleeding heart in green
Pattern:  Zigzagged by Empty Bobbin 
Quilting: by me, squiggles, loops, and paisley 
Started : October 2012
Completed: February 2013 

I made this quilt for a local quilt shop - Sew Katie Jean. I will be teaching a class on this pattern on April 6, 2013 from 10:00 - 3:00. If you are in the Sacramento Area and want to join me for this class contact Katie to get the pattern and sign up for the class. As I said this is early intermediate quilt, so if that is where you are at and you would like to sign up, just give her a call. The class isn't up on the website yet, but you can still sign up for it. Oh yeah and if you want to see the quilt in person, just stop by her shop.
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sew Thinky Thursday: The Creative Mind

So I have decided to join in on the Sew Thinky Thursday posts. Basically every week there is a question posted and you get to answer it. I am sad that I missed last weeks, but since I am on vacation and I am able to catch up on everything and decided to join in. 

This weeks question is: 

What is one regular thing you do for yourself to keep up your creative mind? Do you go to a guild, out for coffee with a friend? Are there people / activities you do regularly or as needed? 

For the past three years or so I have been running/leading the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild. Going to the meetings each month and keeping up with modern quilting trend has definitely been helping my creative mind and keeping my ideas fresh. It has been a lot of fun meeting all the creative minds that have joined or group of the past few years.

SacMQG inspiration
1. May Meeting Melody's, 2. Zig Zag Pattern, 3. HeartPillow.OnBed, 4. Newtown Auction Pillow, 5. Tula Pink Grannys, 6. Pebble quilting, 7. SMQG July 2012 Meeting, 8. Habitat Challenge piece " Nordic Star", 9. Saltwater Quilt  - ALL pictures from the SACMQG Flick Stream

However, I have given over my role as leader this last month. It was strange attending the meeting and handing everything over to someone else. Nice in some ways. Sad in others. I feel like a stress has been lifted off me and I can concentrate more on my own creative process and just enjoy the meetings now. Sad because the role had somewhat defined me as a quilter for the past few years. Now it won't, but I kinda feel like that is a good thing. 

I am really wishing I was going to QuiltCon as I feel like that would be a huge inspiration. This year was just not the year for me to go. We have too many weddings to attend. Including one in Hawaii. So that will be taking all of my vacation funds. Maybe I can find some inspiration there. :)

I also often feed my creative process through reading everyone else's blogs, flickr and pinning to pinterest. Oh pinning you creative inspiration space that often takes away from my creative time.   

Speaking of taking away from creative time. I really should be going so I can go get everything I need to get done and get back in my sewing room. 

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Work in Progress Wednesday

I spent a lot of time finishing up my zigzagged quilt. I finished the quilting on Sunday.

Suzie and Gus tested and approved. The # quilting is done! Now time for binding

Then worked on the binding for a few tv sessions.

Binding is done now I just have to move the pup so I can throw the quilt it to the wash.

As you can tell Suzie likes this quilt. Once the quilt was finished I washed it and took it to Sew Katie Jean's. I will be teaching a class for her on this pattern by empty bobbin. The class is in April. I will post more picture of the whole quilt soon.

I also started a new quilt. My sister-in-law asked me to make her a wedding quilt. We choose the Kiss Me pattern by Fig Tree Quilts. Her colors are yellow and gray so I picked lots of yellow and gray fabrics and then she picked her favorites. I also helped to make sure there was a balance.

Empty storage box means it would is time to start a new project. This one is a special one for @nixietink

Yesterday, I had a sew day at Sew Katie Jean with Katie, Rebecca and Amy. It was so nice to get go do that. The whole work thing usually gets in my way.

On my way to spend time sewing with @rebeccasrags and @sewkatiejean

While I was there I worked on the wedding quilt. 

Sewing at sew Katie jeans with @rebeccasrags @makeaface and @sewkatiejean

It is good to be on vacation. Time for breakfast and more sewing. 

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Zigzagged Progress

It has been one busy month of quilting. And when I saw quilting I mean free motion quilting. I have been wrestling the zigzagged quilt through my machine. I have been posting many pictures of this progress on instagram and some of those pictures are what I will share now.

It all started here on February 9th with stitching in the ditch of the zigzags. I didn't want to lose them in the quilting process.

Quilting away

Followed by the start of FMQ that continued on and on and on.

Hubby took over my TV so I am at it again #quilting

During this time my machine and I got in a couple arguments. She had a few good cleanings and adjustments.

So frustrated with my sewing machine right now. It has been snagging thread and being annoying. So I cleaned everything for the second night in a row changed my needle. It was looking good and sounding good until snap. When the brand new needle. Luckily i

I also went through 4 needles and over a spool of thread. 

Empty spool and the end is in sight #quilting

But luckily the quilting is done. I had two good friends (Suzie and Gus) test out the quilting out and say that it is good to go. 

Suzie and Gus tested and approved. The # quilting is done! Now time for binding

Now that I have wrangled the quilt back from them it is time to work on to binding. I am hoping to have this quilt done very very soon so I can start something new :) OK fine so I can work on my projects I have already started and my bee blocks that are due this month. 

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

SacMQG Meeting

Yesterday was the SacMQG Meeting and as I always I come away impressed. Luckily Rebecca had her phone ready and snapped a whole bunch of pictures. It was really fun seeing out meeting come to life on instagram and flickr.

Yesterday I shared my zigzagged quilt.

@jenniffier quilt from the #sacmqg meeting today, beautiful quilting Jennifer:-)

I am still not quite finished, but it is so very close to being done.

There were some really fun projects this month. However, my favorite was Rebecca's Saltwater Quilt.

My saltwater quilt at the #sacmqg meeting today.

Now it might be my love for Tula Pink fabrics that swayed me. Or it maybe that I really enjoy Rebecca's work.

Plus we finished up our Madrona Road challenge.

I didn't finish mine. I forgot what size I had originally made the blocks so it was kind of hard to finish. Maybe someday I will just start it over with larger sized blocks. Silly me.

Well that and I have been so busy quilting my zigzagged quilt.

So frustrated with my sewing machine right now. It has been snagging thread and being annoying. So I cleaned everything for the second night in a row changed my needle. It was looking good and sounding good until snap. When the brand new needle. Luckily i

Plus the fact that I was dealing my machine wasn't behaving a couple of nights that I haven't done any piecing.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Been Quilting

I spent most of my weekend quilting my zigzagged quilt and posting progress on instagram.

First I started by doing a bit of stitch in the ditch of the zigzags.

Quilting away

Then on to FMQ of the insides of the zigzags. I did a different design on the big and little zigzags .

At it again #fmqquilting

Then I moved on to the large open spaces in between.

Time for a quilting break!

And more progress..

Hubby took over my TV so I am at it again #quilting

That was until my bobbin thread started causing problems. For some reason the tension is off on the actual bobbin and the thread is just falling off. So I am going to have to unwind the whole thing and start a new bobbin in order to continue. I am also running out of thread. So I guess I am going to have to buy some more. And then get back to work because I have six more light blue big open spaces to quilt.

Oh yeah and the quilting may not be perfect but I am still enjoying the process and I am getting better. Plus once I was it, it is just going to look like crinkly fun :)

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