Simple Little Pouch

December 20, 2015 § 11 Comments

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Only five more days until Christmas! Are you ready? I am, but I’m not. Where does the time go?  I finished up my first semester of grad school last week and I was dying to get into my sewing room and create. All I’ve been doing, though, is laundry and errands and baking and napping. I have been knitting on one final gift that doesn’t need to be done until after Christmas.  All I want to do is escape to a cabin in the snowing mountains with some snowshoes, a fireplace and some handwork. Instead, we will pretend that our house is in the snowy woods, make a day trip to the mountains, build a fire at home and imagine that we are somewhere else.

This little pouch was inspired by one that I saw on Pinterest.  It may end up as a gift… or it may not. I haven’t decided. I was thinking about making a tutorial but I don’t have the energy at the moment. Instead, here are the basic measurements in case you feel like tackling one on minimal information.

  • Start with an 11″ x 13″ rectangle, layer with batting and lining and quilt.
  • Trim the corners with a 3″ radius (6″ diameter circle)
  • Bind all the way around.
  • Apply the zipper to the long ends of the rectangle.
  • On the short end, fold to make box corners, stitch at a width of 3″ and trim.
  • Bind the raw edges of the corners and slip stitch from the zipper to the corner to close.

I know those are pretty rough instructions. Maybe I will create a better tutorial later, if anyone is interested.

Merry Christmas! May you experience the true light and peace of Christmas this year. <3

Modern Building Blocks

December 8, 2015 § 9 Comments

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I finished the Modern Building Blocks quilt a week ago and it is now hanging up at my LQS, Gathering Fabric.  This was a fun block-of-the-month that we did through the shop.  We decided to make the quilt with dots and small prints instead of solids like the original Moda quilt.

When it came to finishing the back, I decided to  use up a few scraps and make a pseudo label.  That’s about as close as I get to labeling my quilts, I’m afraid.

Ten more days left of school and then I can play! Hurray!  I have been missing my sewing machine.  My husband has the misfortune of being forced to take some days off before Christmas or lose his vacation days. Not really a misfortune for us!  We are looking forward to relaxing over the holidays and enjoying ourselves.

Quilt Stats:

84″ x 94″
Batting – wool
Quilted – by Richla of GotKwilts

The lone quilter

October 10, 2015 § 17 Comments

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Going back to school as an adult later in life is not easy. I have been so busy! And I need to learn how to study all over again. I also miss my sewing machine.

I thought I would pop in for a moment and chat about this portion of a statement in a book that I recently read,

at many times along the way we will feel the inevitable loneliness that comes with doing good work: [ ] the artist who works alone on a quilt that in the end will be enjoyed by many, but no one will fully appreciate the lonely hours of tedious work that lies behind the completed project.”

The author was talking about the necessary time spent alone to improve & perfect a task or job. He listed athlete, teacher, business owner, artist & quilter as examples of people who out of necessity spend time alone to improve their game, instruction, business or craft.  I wonder if he consulted any quilters about how they feel about their time spent making a quilt?

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I rarely find that time alone to be lonely.  While working alone I am not lonely. As an introvert, I use that time to think, listen, process and renew my energy. Sometimes just the process of strip sewing pieces of fabric together is just what I need to de-stress and relax. Without that time spent alone I tend to feel rushed, tired and grumpy.

What about you? Do you find time spent sewing alone refreshing? Or do you feel lonely?

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The photos are from a trip we took to Whistler, BC back in September.  It was gorgeous up in the mountains! I want to go back!

Everlasting love

September 8, 2015 § 14 Comments

Mini Hearts

Between trying to finish this quilt, going back to school, and dealing with my rib all summer I know I have been a less-than-present blogger.  I’m happy to say that my rib is now A-Okay!  Hurray!  And…  I’m a happy to announce that this quilt is finished!  Hazzah!  And… the two classes I am taking are falling into a new sort of rhythm in my life.  Maybe there will be some resemblance of blogging again.  I found a few drafted blogging ideas that I had been working on, so we shall see how this goes. So many ideas, so little time.

Mini Hearts

The heart blocks in this quilt were made by the ladies in the Faith Circle of the Do.Good.Stitches Flickr group.  They did a fantastic job!  Thank you ladies!  While my hubby is replacing the wood on the deck, there is way too much stuff in front of our shed for a decent photo shoot. So I walked over to the elementary school near us to take some photos. Late afternoon sun makes for some interesting shadows.

Heart quilting

I’m quite happy with the way this quilt turned out.  Although my quilting is less than stellar, once washed the quilt transforms into that crinkly, cozy goodness that I love so much. I decided to free-motion quilt long strings of hearts on the quilt.

Matching Plaids

And the plaid on the back was a sale fabric acquired some time ago. It worked perfectly.  I even made an effort to match the plaids in the center seam. As always, click on the photos to see a bigger version.

Mini Hearts Back

This quilt, as are all made by the ladies in the Faith Circle, go to Restore Innocence, an organization that rescues girls from human trafficking.

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
~ Jeremiah 31:3 ~

Good-bye summer, hello autumn

August 25, 2015 § 9 Comments

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For some, school has already started. But for some of us around here, school starts next week. I miss the change of seasons that comes with school starting (or ending).  I miss the anticipation and unrestrained excitement over a new box of crayons.  At our house we live that autumnal, back-to-school anticipation vicariously through others.

But, maybe, what replaces that back-to-school excitement, for me, is the start of a new project.  Yet I can’t seem to finish the old ones!  Argh!  I think I need deadlines, or grades, or something… or someone to keep tabs on me. I have not finished one thing yet this summer. Not one.

Above is my stack of Steam Punk parts all cut out and ready to sew should I ever get the motivation or time to work on them.  And below… are the really old paper pieced string blocks for a Liberated Wedding Ring quilt with some of my scraps. I thought I had lost them. But now they are found!

Wouldn’t it be fun to have a huge space to dump out all of our scraps and we could all get together and sew all day long with them?  Anybody have a barn or a warehouse that I could rent for cheap?  Joking… Not Joking. Seriously…  I would love to rent some studio space… cheap.  I can’t afford real warehouse space. But I keep dreaming of a way to make it happen.

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So… I just felt the need to check in here even though I have very little to report.  I’m slowly quilting the Mini Heart quilt for Do.Good.Stitches.

I’m waiting for our new washer & dryer to arrive. It has been back-ordered for almost a month.  Our current machine can only handle 1 or 2 loads a day or it just decides to randomly stop.

We have also been eating a modified Whole30 diet for the month of August, which takes a lot of extra time to chop, prepare, and cook.  But most of my cravings have gone away. Now all that remains is the psychological aspect that popcorn & movies go together. I mean, what does one eat while watching a movie?  Carrot sticks & movies just don’t create the same mood. You know?

Ok. Enough rambling.  What does the end of summer look like at your end?

Whatever is lovely

August 13, 2015 § 8 Comments

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The pink flowers at work coordinate with the do.good.stitches quilt that I am quilting at the moment. The heart blocks were made by the lovely ladies of the faith circle and all quilts are donated to Restore Innocence, an organization that rescues girls from human trafficking.

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”  ~Philippians 4:8

What if… ?

August 8, 2015 § 12 Comments

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I am immensly delighted at all of your answers to my previous questions about blogging!  There were SO many good thoughts & ideas!  Many of you see blogging as a quiet respite from your busy day.  They are a part of your daily routine.  You likened bloggers to the local columnist in a newspaper who would write about local and current ideas or activities.  Blogs are a place where you can learn something new and be inspired.  Many of you limit the types of social media where you want to be involved. And they help you connect with the world when you are stuck at home.  I truly Thank You for all your marvelous feedback!  You are inspiring me to make my blog a better place.

And since you gave such good feedback on that topic, I have another topic for you.  I often find myself wishing that I had more space for my quilting, among other things.  What if there was a place that you could go to that would meet those needs?  Would you be likely to use it?  Would you be willing to pay a small fee to use some studio space to meet those needs?

I’ve created a poll that lists some of the ideas that have been rolling around in my head. Feel free to leave additional comments as well as vote on the poll. You should be able to select all that are of interest to you.

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