Friday, December 25, 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015

And then I don't

Today I attended the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild meeting. I really wanted to be able to share during show and tell. However, I sadly have not really been quilting. So I pulled a quilt I haven't share off with them off my mini quilt wall and the mini quilt I use as a placemat at lunch. Both adorable scrap quilts... but seriously that is I have.

I couldn't actually tell the last time I sat down at my sewing machine, or even went in my sewing room for anything other than dropping junk that I didn't know what else to do.

I keep thinking to myself... I am going to sew tonight. And then I don't.

Then I tell myself tomorrow..tomorrow I am going to sew. And then I don't.

So then I start bargaining with myself... Well if I can just get ___ done then I can have time to sew. And then I don't.

When I reflect back all I have done is avoided doing something that makes me happy. Something that relieves stress (which I have)... something that helps me focus (which I haven't been). Something that allows me to be creative. So what is the problem??? Why can't I seem to find my sewing mojo???

Not to say I haven't sewn at all these past few months. I did get kind of sucked into the instagram mini quilt swap mania.

But even for all of these mini quilts that I made, I have felt like I was forcing myself to sew. Oh yeah and of course these mini quilts were my other excuse for not sewing...

I will just finish this mini quilt and start on my projects. And then I didn't.

So what should I do to get my sewjo back? I am hoping that putting this out there, that maybe just maybe I might be able to use my thanksgiving break to find my sewjo again. What do you all think? Any tips for me to get out of this block?
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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Sunday stash #2 - collecting for swap

Recently I have been playing on instagram. Ok more like I have been playing on instagram a lot. It has been totally inspirational. I can easily scan the photos whenever I have a few moments. I also discovered swaps and I may have joined 4. Each one was fabric designer specific so of course I had to do some collecting.
All of these have been added to my stash in the last couple months... As I obviously forgot about blogging :)

First I joined the cotton and steel mini swap. It was the first that I joined and I may have went a bit over board on collecting fabric.

Next came the Lizzy House Mini swap fabrics:

Then Anna Maria Horner Mini swap and picked up these plus one more print for the cotton and steel mini:

Last but not least I joined the inside voices club from Westwood Acres fabric. They had a spot open up and I really like low volume but never buy it when I buy fabric so I thought it was a good choice for me.
I am hoping to cut back on my fabric buying spree. This is a little extreme...Even for me. I am guessing I am making up for taking a year away from quilt related activities. Yeah that sounds like a good excuse!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Making progress

I was lucky enough to have a break last week, which means I actually had time to make progress on a few things.

The first thing I tackled was just reorganizing my sewing room. My darling husband took me to Ikea to buy a shelving unit and he even put it together for me. I moved things around and started organizing my stash onto magazine boards... I will tell you more about that later when I am actually done.


I also had time to work on cutting out the background fabric and starting the sewing on my adorn quilt. Didn't quite finish the top during the break, but I took some time to finish it tonight. This is the second month that I have actually finished my a lovely year of finishes goal. That is pretty exciting to me.


I was hoping to maybe get it quilted with my break, but instead I decided to work on my sewing room. I think that was a great choice. I feel like it has really helped me get some of my sewing mojo back as I am much happier in my space now. Can't wait to finish and to share the new room set up with you.


Monday, February 16, 2015

SacMGQ Bee Blocks

One of my favorite things to do with scraps is make bee blocks. Luckily a few of us from the Sacramento MQG decided to start our own little bee.

We had three queen bees this month. They each picked something so different.

SacMQG Feb Bee Blocks

I felt like this was a great way to get back into creating a little every couple days. I also feel like it maybe helping me get my sewing mojo back.

Phew scrap sorting done. Too bad the rest of my sewing room isn't looking that nice. Oh well. Calling it quits for tonight.

It was odd little bit of a coincident but, our SacMQG topic of discussion was fabric storage and scrap storage. I shared my scrap storage system.  I really like this system because it is easy to pull the colors that you want. Plus it is pretty :).

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Lovely Year of Finishes Feb 2015 Goal

I had thought about making my goal simple for this month. I was going to make it finish my bee blocks for the SacMQG bee. However, since I have already finished two out of the three I decided to go with a loftier goal.

sacMQG bee Blocks

I decided that I would like to finish one of my current work in progress boxes. I am looking forward to at least finishing my quilt top of my adorn mini from Simply Retro with Camille Roskelley. I still need to cut the triangles and of course sew it all together. I may even get it quilted.... but that might be a long stretch to even try to set as a goal.

I almost forgot to post my a lovely year of finishes this month. I am going to try to finish my adorn mini quilt. #alyof

I may have picked the easiest one, but it still maybe hard for me to tackle. I mean I am still just getting back into this whole quilting thing.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Cutting it close

My one sewing goal for the month of January was to finish this quilt top.

I have officially conquered...I mean completed the wedding quilt top for @nixietink... Let me just say three borders were a little much, but it does look cute. Now I just need to put a backing together and send it out to be quilted.

I have been working on my sister-in-laws wedding quilt for too long. Like since before their wedding in 2013. So I decided the top would have to be finished this month.

I spent the month putting blocks together and then after three borders (and by the way I hate borders, the cutting the attaching just everything about them except they way to end up looking) this quilt top was finished at almost 10 PM on Jan 31, 2015. Just barely making it with 2 hours to spare.

Surely I must have mentioned this before, bit I hate borders. 1 down 2 to go...

This pattern is Kiss Me by Fig Tree. My sis-in-laws wedding colors were grey and yellow. We picked the fabric out online together. It is turning out to be an amazing looking quilt. Can't wait to see it finished. Luckily I am sending this one out.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January quilting goal

Ok so I am officially putting this out there. My goal is to finish my sister-in-law's wedding Quilt top and send it out to be quilted.

I don't think I will get it back in time to finish it this month, but my goal is to have the top ready to go.

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