Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Finally a Flimsy Finish

Hey guys!

I have finally finished this flimsy!


Sometimes quilt tops are fast to make and sometimes... sometimes they drag on and on. I've been working on this top here and there for months now. Not that this is a complex design or anything. Quite the opposite. This top could be put together in a day by a speedy and motivated quilter. I guess I was neither.


Really though, I had an initial vision for this quilt then things changed along the way. When that happens, I get bogged down in confusion and doubt. Originally, the legs and corners of each block were going to be made out of the same fabric. Something like this.


Then, on a whim, I tried the block with different fabrics for the legs and corners. And I liked it. Progress!


But then... After the blocks were made, I was suddenly less confident in my design choice. So, I put the blocks away for a while. They kept nagging at me though and, eventually, enough was enough. Sometimes you just have to do or don't. So, I did.


I like it but I think I'll always wonder what it would look like if I went with my original idea. I don't have plans to quilt this one any time soon, so it will go on the pile of flimsy tops. For now, I'm happy it's done and I'm ready to take on new projects!

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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) ---

Yesterday in my Instagram stories (IG handle: 123quilt) I took a poll to determine if people like the "quilt swirl" or not. You know "the swirl." It seems that almost every quilter posts a swirly picture these days. Most of the time it's done because the quilter can't show the full top for whatever reason. They swirl the quilt, obscure the pattern, and give the sneakiest peek of the project. I get it, I really do. But do I like it? Meh. I feel like I'm supposed to like it. More often than not, though, it seems like a waste of a post.


Surprisingly, most of you feel the same way! About 2/3 of the people who responded to my poll did not like the swirl! Most people said they would rather clearly see the quilt than see a picture that doesn't really tell you much. So, now you know!

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Linking up with:

Let's Bee Social with Sew Fresh Quilts

and

Midweek Makers with QuiltFabrication

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A Sewing Room Makeover

Hey Friends!

Join me for a quick look at my sewing room makeover!

I've always sewed wherever I could find the space; whether it was on the kitchen table, the dining room table, the computer desk, or even on the floor! Most of you can relate.

I finally got a dedicated space to sew... BUT the room was seriously lacking. Lacking how? Well, here is the before picture.


Notice the lack of table. So even though I finally had a sewing space, I was still sewing on the dining room table! Please don't ask me how long this went on! (HUGE eye roll!)

If I didn't sew in there, was it technically a sewing room? It was more like an ironing and fabric storage room. It was time for a table. Actually, it was past time. Way past time. So, I looked around, did some research, and found a great table for an affordable price from Walmart. While I was at it, I got a few bookshelves as well. Those storage bins just weren't cutting it any more.

Here is my new and improved sewing room!


Huge improvement! The room is a good size (this is about 2/3 of it), so I have room to expand if I need to. I still have a lot of organizing to do, but that will come later. For now, I'm just pleased to actually be sewing in my sewing room.

Anyway, that's it for now. I have some sewing to go do!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Monday, April 1, 2019

2019 Monthly Color Challenge - April

Hey guys!

Welcome to April! I have been waiting impatiently for April to get here because it's my month to participate in the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge hosted by Patterns by Jen!


Want more info?? Check out the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge page! You'll be able to find out all about how to get instructions for the monthly blocks, how to link up your blocks at the end of month, and all the other important bits and pieces you want to know.

The color for April is BLUE and it was inspired by the flower called Glory of the Snow.


So pretty and so blue! I knew I wanted to challenge myself with this color because I have lots of turquoise and navy blues in my stash but not very many true blues. I definitely had to dig around to find some fabric that was truly blue and I like what I came up with.


Since this BOM challenge is all about color, naturally I made sure to use coordinating pins while sewing it together. ;)


Don't like pins? Hey, that's cool with me. My best tip or piece of advice is to do what works for you!

Don't forget to go to Patterns by Jen to get the instructions for this block!

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Be sure to check out the other great bloggers who are sewing along this month!






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Will you be sewing along? Be sure to use #2019MonthlyColorChallenge on social media so everyone can see your work!


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Until next time!
- Sarah

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

2019 Word of the Year

Hey all!

I think I've finally decided on my word of the year. You know, the one word that I think will motivate me throughout the year or help me to reflect on my goals. It's sort of like a mantra and a guiding principle rolled into one.


WORK!

That's my word for 2019! I usually start thinking about my word of the year in December so that I have time to really mull things over; time to go back and forth between words and find just the right one. This year I knew immediately that I wanted WORK to be my word.

For me, it's a reminder to buckle down and get things down; to approach things with focus and determination. It's a reminder that you reap what you sow and I need to focus on sowing... or sewing. ;) Really though, it applies to more than just my quilting; it applies to everything in my life! If I want to have a great system for organizing all the paperwork that seems to accumulate (don't we all want that?!), then I have to put in the WORK! It's called paper"work" for a reason! If I want to feel healthier and stronger, then I have to WORK out! You get the idea.

So yeah, that's my word for the year. Do you have a word for the year? If so, leave it in the comments; I'd love to hear it!

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Friday, November 2, 2018

Maple Leaf Quilt Block - A FQS Quilt Along

Happy Fall, ya'll!!!

I'm so happy that it finally feels like Fall here in the Carolinas. Summer felt like it lasted forever, then we had hurricane weather, and now, finally, the leaves are turning and there is a chill in the air. Of course, that means there will be lots and lots of leaves to pick up! That's not so fun but today I want to share with you my favorite kind of Fall leaf (the fabric kind)!

The Maple Leaf quilt block!


There are lots of leaf block patterns out there but this one from the Fat Quarter Shop (FQS) is a fun, scrappy take on the block. The pattern is part of the FQS #classicandvintage series where they take classic patterns that we all know and love and remix them in fresh ways. Even though I only made one block, I love the look of the entire quilt.

Maple Leaf Quilt image from Fat Quarter Shop

This image is a mock up of the quilt from the FQS website. You can really start to see the scrappiness of the blocks come through in the whole quilt. Fat Quarter Shop offers the pattern for this quilt on their website. They also offer a quilt kit if you want to make one that looks just the image above! (Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation for making this quilt block or for writing this post.)

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Well friends, it's time for me to go work on other sewing projects. I'll leave you with the current view from my sewing room. 


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Until next time!
- Sarah

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Clementine Quilt Along - July


This is it people! The final stretch! The end is near! Wait... that makes me sound like I'm talking about the end of days. No, no... I'm talking about the final instructions for the Clementine Quilt Along (CQA)!


Since January, Fat Quarter Shop has released a quilt block every month as part of their charity quilt along the Clementine Quilt Along. Every block is available to download but they do ask that you make a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (donation link). It's a great way to support a great cause! All the info can be found on the Clementine Quilt Along page.  


All the blocks have really fun fruit names and every month I looked forward to learning the new names. You can see all my monthly blocks (and their names) here:



True to form, I didn't follow the pattern. Sometimes, I just can't help myself! I always justify it by telling myself that what I'm really doing is showing all you lovely people different options. Yeah... So, in this version of the quilt, I opted to keep the on point blocks square and I left off the borders. Really though, I am a firm believer in doing what works for you! Change sizes! Add/delete borders! Swap blocks! You do YOU! 


I used the Biscuits and Gravy fabric collection from Basic Grey Fabrics for Moda. I love, love, loved working with this collection. It's a color palette I don't usually go for but it made me happy every time I was using it. I hope this quilt will continue to bring me joy every time I see it. I quilted it with a basic serpentine stitch. That's the same I way I quilted this quilt nearly a year ago, and I swore I wouldn't use it again because of how much that quilt shifted. But, that quilt has become one of the most comfy couch quilts I have and it's because of the quilting! So, I decided to try the serpentine stitch again; and I also used every basting pin I had in the house to keep the shifting to a minimum! Lol. I think it turned out great.


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Be sure to check out all the other quilt bloggers who quilted along!

April of April Rosenthal (@amrosenthal)
Bonnie of Sunset Family Living (@sunsetfamilyliving)
Cara of That Crafty Cara (@thatcraftycara)
Carrie of Moda Cutting Table (@modafabrics)
Denise of Pieced Brain (@piecedbrain)
Elise of Elise and Emelie (@eliseandemelie)
Gina of Carpe Quiltin (@gina_tell_carpequiltin)
Heather of A Creative Pursuit (@acreativemama)
Hilary of By Hilary Jordan (@byhilaryjordan)
Jan of Cocoa Quilts (@cocoaquilts)
Jen of Heritage Threads (@heritage.threads)
Joanne of Quilts by Joanne (@turtlequilterjo)
Kairle of Kairle Oaks Handcrafted Goodness (@kairleoaks)
Kendra of Good Starter (@good_starter)
Kristen of 3 in the Nest (@threeinthenestraleigh)
Kristina of Center Street Quilts (@centerstreetquilts)
Leah of Ponderings from My Heart (@ponderingsfrommyheart)
Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff (@mellierc)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Pat of Pat Sloan (@quilterpatsloan)
Pat B. of Life in the Scrapatch (@scrapatches)
Patty of Elm Street Quilts (@elmstreetquilts)
Rebecca of One Wee Bird (@oneweebird)
Sarah of 123 Quilt (@123quilt)
Seema of SSK Craft Shop (@sskcraftshop)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Stephanie of Quilt 'n Party (@quiltnparty)
Tanya of Tanya Quilts in CO (@tanyaquiltsinco)
Teresa of Aurea's Kitchen (@aureaskitchen)
Vickie of Crocheting Vixen (@crochetingvixen)

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Until next time!
- Sarah

Monday, June 25, 2018

Clementine Quilt Along - June


Hey there! It's JUNE already and that means it's the time for the final block pattern in the Clementine Quilt Along!


The Clementine Quilt Along is a charity QAL hosted by Fat Quarter Shop in partnership with Moda Fabrics and benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (donation link). Every month, Jan. 2018 through June 2018, Fat Quarter Shop releases a new block for FREE but the catch is that they ask you to make a donation every time you download a block. It's a great way to support a great cause! All the info can be found on the Clementine Quilt Along page.

The June block is called Strawberry Star and I think it's my favorite of all the blocks!


The more observant among you may have noticed that this block is used in the Clementine Quilt Along logo. How many of you just scrolled to the top of the post to check it out?

It's almost like finding a Hidden Mickey. ;)

Oh, it's the little things in life that amuse me. Anyway... you can see my previous blocks by clicking the following links:


Also, every month I say that it's not to late to join in the fun because the blocks go together really fast, but... it's getting close to the end. I mean, this is the LAST block pattern to be released. So yeah, there's still time but it's not I'll sew a little bit here and there time, it's more like I hope everyone likes pizza because I'm too busy sewing to cook time.

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Be sure to check out all the other amazing bloggers quilting along!

April of April Rosenthal (@amrosenthal)
Bonnie of Sunset Family Living (@sunsetfamilyliving)
Cara of That Crafty Cara (@thatcraftycara)
Carrie of Moda Cutting Table (@modafabrics)
Denise of Pieced Brain (@piecedbrain)
Elise of Elise and Emelie (@eliseandemelie)
Gina of Carpe Quiltin (@gina_tell_carpequiltin)
Heather of A Creative Pursuit (@acreativemama)
Hilary of By Hilary Jordan (@byhilaryjordan)
Jan of Cocoa Quilts (@cocoaquilts)
Jen of Heritage Threads (@heritage.threads)
Joanne of Quilts by Joanne (@turtlequilterjo)
Kairle of Kairle Oaks Handcrafted Goodness (@kairleoaks)
Kendra of Good Starter (@good_starter)
Kristen of 3 in the Nest (@threeinthenestraleigh)
Kristina of Center Street Quilts (@centerstreetquilts)
Leah of Ponderings from My Heart (@ponderingsfrommyheart)
Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff (@mellierc)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Pat of Pat Sloan (@quilterpatsloan)
Pat B. of Life in the Scrapatch (@scrapatches)
Patty of Elm Street Quilts (@elmstreetquilts)
Rebecca of One Wee Bird (@oneweebird)
Sarah of 123 Quilt (@123quilt)
Seema of SSK Craft Shop (@sskcraftshop)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Stephanie of Quilt 'n Party (@quiltnparty)
Tanya of Tanya Quilts in CO (@tanyaquiltsinco)
Teresa of Aurea's Kitchen (@aureaskitchen)
Vickie of Crocheting Vixen (@crochetingvixen)

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Until next time!
- Sarah