Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Work In Progress Wednesday - Webs

Getting closer to a finished top with my spider webs.

Also, getting excited about going to Quiltcon.  The hotel has been booked, so now I am working on gathering supplies for my classes.  I have been quilting for many years, but this will be the first time that I have ever taken a quilt class.
Check out everyone's projects at the WIP Wednesday link up.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Design Wall Monday - Spiderwebs

What is on my design wall?  Well, it is spiderwebs again.  All of the blocks are complete and a top should be ready quite soon.

So, how did I get back to this project?  Well, I was ready to put my stars together during the last holiday weekend.  All the squares were laid out on the living room floor all weekend and I went back and forth trying to decide on 3 possible layouts.  I chose layout #3 and got the top about 25% together and hated it.  So I told myself to give it a chance and kept going till it was 50% complete and -------I still hated it.
This really kinda bummed me out.  My mom suggested that I put the whole project away for awhile and think about it.  She thinks I should complete this layout.  But, I think that since I put all the time and work into hand piecing the stars that I will spend some time with the seam ripper this weekend and go with my #1 layout. 
So while I was stewing over the star quilt, I felt like getting some sewing done and went back to my scrap box of strips.  I am quite happy that the spider webs made a big dent in the scrap box!
Also, I got some squishy mail this week from Marta at From Marta With Love.  I won her 100 Day Hustle contest and received a handmade item.  Look at what I got!

It is a linen wine bag and it is excellently constructed.  This is so cute, it inspires me to upgrade my sewing skills.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Oh My, I'm Seeing Stars

I am still trying to be a good quilter and see this project through, without starting something new.  I am down to my last few stars and am still trying to select the best layout.

I thought that I would link up to the monthly Hexie party at Sarah Did It.  I hadn't realized it at first, but I have gotten a lot of comments that these stars look like giant hexies.  Here are a few that I just completed.

This month there are some fab linky prizes, so be sure to check out all the great entries.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Design Wall Monday - Star Parts

I am almoooooooooost done with my stars.  All the parts are complete.  These triangle blocks just need to be pressed, then sewed into stars.

I can feel the end is near and a quilt top of stars will be posted soon.

Linking to Design Wall Monday and to the Lets Get Acquainted Monday Link-up.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Design Wall Mondays - Stars

I can't stop making these stars!
I laid them all out on the floor and there are 20 stars, so it may be time to put them together. I still need to cut the sashing strips that go between the stars.

Linking to Design Wall Monday

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year 2013!

To think that about one year ago, I was a new blogger that was stuck in a quilting rut and trying to choose a word for 2012.  The word I chose was "Stretch".  I told myself that 2012 would be the year where I would stretch myself and my skills by trying all new things and techniques.  I even created a set of yearly goals for myself.

1.  Get more involved with challenges 
  • I think I entered many challenges this year including the monthly Color Palette Challenge
2.  Blog more and comment more
  • I tried to post more regularly, such as Design Wall Mondays or WIP Wednesdays
3.  Take a class, a retreat, or a quilt cruise
  • I have one Craftsy class in progress and have 3 classes registered for Quiltcon
4.  Make a pouch with a zipper
  • Many completed
5.  Upgrade my fabric
  • Uh.....lets just say I really accomplished this goal and leave it at that
6.  Learn to machine quilt
  • I have a class scheduled at Quiltcon and have done a few minis
7.  Make a mini
  • Made plenty of these this year
8.  Get control over hexies
  • Finally, I think I got over my hexagon issues under control.  I even made my first pillow using all hexies
So, after reviewing my goals I am amazed at how much I got accomplished (why is it that I cannot make this sort of accomplishment on my weight goals!!)
I am looking forward to new things in 2013, and my word for this year is "Build."  I am hoping to build on all the experiences I have had in 2012 and complete more projects. My new goals include:
  • learn to take better photos
  • learn to machine quilt
  • conquer my fear of triangles (those pesky things need to get under control)

Linking to the Fresh Sewing day at Lilys Quilts.
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