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Fun + May goals

Getting back in the zone of making is important for me, and I am making it a priority this month. After all, it is all May is about making. So, every day this month, I plan on sewing for 1 hour.  Hopefully, that will land up being more than just 1 hour.

I have some deadlines coming up, so to balance the must do projects one day a week should be dedicated to a fun project. I am thinking of items like finishing my makers tote, playing with a couple of ideas, throw in some improv. projects like this one:

Including this time for play, provides me an avenue to get the ideas in my head out. I tend to over think things and if I can’t release them then I start not sleeping and getting stressed. I am sure I am not the only one, right?

Here is my current active projects or known projects I am working on, not much has changed but all of them have moved forward.

Project Dates Current Status
 NY High Line  May  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT (Underway), BIND
 Medallion  June  TOP (Underway), BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Project 1 (Secret)  June  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Project 2 (Secret)  July  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Project 3 (Secret)  August TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
Graveyard  August TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Trellis  September  TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Manicured Garden  September TOP (Underway), BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Triangle Quilt  July Pattern Release
 Square Dance  July  Pattern Release
Abstract Triangles II & III  August Pattern Release
Phased Circles & Lunar Lines  August Pattern Release

What are you all making in May? What are your goals? Do you all have those slumps and how to you get out of them?

March Madness {Hope not}

March is usually a crazy time of year, in my world (and not due to basketball). I am hoping it is not the same this year. It’s been a month since I blogged last….wow where did time go. I have been super busy with various projects…

QuiltCon 2017

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1. Sunday Best; 2. Rails; 3. Negative Crosswalks

QuiltCon 2017 happened last week. Three of my quilts were accepted, which was so great to see in the show. Sunday Best (first quilt on the left) was also in the QuiltCon Magazine and was the feature quilt for the section introduction of “Quilts of the Show”. I was thrilled.

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I also organized a showcase for Quilt Design a Day that had some amazing quilts from amazing people.

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The whole weekend was so amazing, as I got to meet old friends and make new friends and got to try hand quilting for the first time. Overall, a fantastic and memorable weekend.

Other News..

I published my second article for the MQG  (you need to be a member to view the link) on Improvisation: Shapes and Lines.

Also, the other big news item, is….I am self-publishing my own book (with help from a great technical editor and graphic designer). The book will be on the process of Quilt Designing. I hope to have it for sale late Q1/ early Q2 2018. I am so excited and can’t wait to share more.

I hope to be blogging a little more this month (shouldn’t be hard to improve from 0 posts in February ;-)).

 

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Looking Forward | 2017

I have been contemplating what my goals are this year, and to be honest I don’t really have any defined goals.

I do, however, have things I want to do more of:

  • Be more engaged with a wider quilting community.
  • Kept expanding and learning my quilt style.
  • Teach more quilt classes this year. New class offerings are coming later this month.
  • Release a few more quilt patterns. Start with the previously released magazine submissions.
  • Submit quilts to one or more Quilt shows.
  • Work on a couple of magazine submissions and additional content submissions.

I would also like to finish at least half of these WiPs this year:

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1. Orange Creamsicle; 2. Home; 3. Rangers Station; 4. Tree-lined Street; 5. Lines Drawn; 
6. Bjorn the Bear; 7. Aerial Quilt; 8. Tapa Cloth Star; 9. Stitch and Flip

I have a couple of other things brewing but still working on defining them. So, that’s my loose plan for 2017. What about you all?

Reflection {2016}

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1.  Square in Square 2. Lunar Lines 3. Spoonflower Sampler 4. Cheri d'Amour 
5. Treehouse Ladders 6. Daughters Love 7. Fly Away 8. Push-me, Pull-me 9. Mad Dash 
10. Rails 11. Sunday Best 12. Fractions (upcoming post) 13. Abstract Triangles I 
14 & 15. Abstract Triangles II & III 16. Denim Blues

I am super excited, taking this time to see what I accomplished this year as I did way more than I thought I did. Above were all my finishes in 2016. I am so pleased to see that 3 of the quilts were old WiPs (~2 years in the making), and 3 were magazine submissions.  I am most excited that 7 of these projects were gifted and that included a quilt to my son and my mum.

This year, definitely has not been without its challenges, especially with my Mum and her struggles. We (myself, husband and son) are happy to be able to see her and the rest of my family at Christmas, and get to spend this time with her before the now inevitable end. Thank to all those who bought a Daughters Love Pattern, all proceeds have been donated to NZ Cancer Society.

Lastly, as we wrapped up on the year, I decided to take a look at goals I set for myself. I have not really looked at these goals until now… and I was curious how I did.

  • Make that quilt for my son and one for my mom.
    Completed (both a quilt for my son and mum)
  • Continue making my designs into reality. My goal is to make 1 quilt a month…12 quilting projects total.
    I have continued to do QDAD but on an intermittent basis and been exploring more improv in that last couple of months. I did accomplish more than 12 quilting projects this year. Thumbs up!!
  • Start a blog or Instagram series, related to design (plans are underway).
    This changed to a Color Blog series which was fun to run, even though schedules were what they were. Thank you to all the folks who helped out during the series and/or sponsored it. Such a great time.
  • Release at least 4 patterns (PDF and in Print).
    Partially completed, I published 4 new patterns via pdf and updated 1 older one. I have my template for print patterns but have not executed further on it.
  • Go to Spring Quilt Market (I was approved/qualified!!)
    Did not get to do this year and it looks like it might be a 2018 thing.
  • Teach at least 4 quilting classes and attend at least 2 quilting classes.
    I taught 4 quilt design classes and attended classes at our guild’s retreat (from @melintheattic) and Sewtopia Atlanta (Elizabeth Hartman and Denyse Schmidt). Great time all round.
  • Submit quilts for consideration to juried quilt shows (definitely QuiltCon 2017)
    For Quiltcon 2017, I submitted 3 new quilts and 3 were accepted. I submitted another one was a repeat submission that had been juried in before but I modified; and rightfully so it was not accepted a second time around. I also got 2 quilts juried in and accepted into the Modern Quilt Showcase at Quilt Festival and 1 quilt juried into the Modern Quilt Category for an AQS show.
  • Submit an application for an art gallery showing.
    Work in process, currently building out a theme (have 8-9 pieces out of 10 ready)
  • Make some decisions about my brand to set up for the future.
    Keeping with what I have, at the moment, but have new logo’s/branding for patterns etc. Thanks to the wonderful Melissa @ meliherboth (IG)

Additionally, I wrote by first published article (fantastic Tech. Editor Ginny @minnowpeck (IG)), and presented my first quilting webinar for the MQG…..with more things coming next year!!

I need to gather my thoughts for my goals next year and take stock in my outstanding WiPs, but I have a couple of big ideas brewing. Check back here in the new year for my 2017 goals.

 

Blogiversary {Giveaway}

Folks, who knew, that after having sinus surgery and deciding that I should start using the sewing machine I bought 6 months ago, I would be here. Welcome to my 4 year blogiversary. Wow!!

Sometimes, I am amazed that I kept with a hobby for 4 years and other times I can’t believe its only been 4 years, its gone by so fast.

This year has been an amazing journey. I want to thank all of you who have joined me and supported me on this journey, both here and on Instagram (IG). Looking at October 2015 through September 2016, these are some of my most memorable projects & WiPs. mosaicdd25f3e4fb290200b7e0c21c02c4d93b5baf4c6d

This year has been a big year. I have loved experimenting and playing with different techniques and color. I have loved teaching my new quilting classes. I hope the year ahead is as good to me…I know it is starting out well.

Giveaway

As a thank you, I would like to give away a $80 gift card to Hawthorne Threads. To win:

  • Leave a comment, about what quilting topics and themes you are interested in at the moment.
  • If you are a follower, leave a second comment letting me know how you follow.

A winner will be randomly chosen and announced next Sunday 9th October at 8pm.

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Winner: Melanie C (email coming your way with the gift certificate).

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In the Works {Update}

Keeping it real…I have made progress since my last post, though not as much as I hoped. At least its moving in the right direction.

So what’s happening…

From the releasing pattern front, I have managed to release the 3 pattern of 4 patterns (Abstract Triangles, Daughters Love and Altitudinal Ecosystem) with Mad Dash coming the first week in October. So overall completed all that I set out to do in September. YAY!!!

From a project perspective, they have all moved forward.

Sew Ready to Play Blog hop – The mastermind project, completed and posted a tutorial on Monday.

Mad Dash – binding is underway. I had some issues, with wonkiness when machine binding so switched to hand stitching it. I think its related to the pressure of the foot while stitching through 2 layers of batting. Only one side to go and this should be finished before the weekend.
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Sunday Best – My favorite project at the moment, and I finally got over the fear of what to do with the quilting and decided to just start. After all, a finished quilt is better than an unfinished one. Right??!! Here’s how I started…
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I really love this block as a whole:
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Orange Creamsicle – all the blocks for the top are now complete. All hand-stitched. I just need to hand-stitch all the straight seams. This is slightly modified from what I posted on Instagram (IG), as I changed one of the blocks backgrounds for more balance (top right).orangecreamsicle_top
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Directional Lines – Is a new project start but has a deadline of October 14th. It’s my #whatshadeareyou for RJR fabrics project. It is another improvisation project. Can I say I love this already and I have only done 8 lines.
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Overall Project Plan

Here’s my overall project plan and recent changes.

Project Dates Current Status
 Mad Dash  September
(3rd FAL project)
TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND (underway)
 Sunday Best  September October
(4th FAL project)
TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT (underway), BIND
Sew Ready to Play Blog Hop  COMPLETED TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, FRAME
 Orange Creamsicle  October TOP (underway) BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Directional Lines  October TOP (underway), BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Quilt Market Project  October TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Fractions  October November
TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 NY High Line  November TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Ode to Clothes  November December
TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Beating Heart  November December
TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

How are your projects going??

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In the Works

It has been a while since I have documented, on my blog, my WiPs. I have been using Instagram mostly to document the my additions to various projects. However,  I am feeling the need to finish some  of these projects, which lets to active planning and accountability.

So here goes….what am I working on that needs to be completed for September/October/November time frame?

September Projects – Quilts

Sunday Best: Goal is to finish this quilt in September. The top and the back are all ready for basting/quilting.

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Orange Creamsicle: An Improv hand-stitching project which I would like the top and back to be finished in September. I am still deciding how large it will be…maybe 36″ x 48″ or I might do 48″ x 48″??
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Ode to Clothes: Part of a study that I started out of the blue last night, inspired by Lance Letscher’s paper/paint work and #makedoquilt. Made from clothes – T-Shirts with Cord and Wool Trousers. I would like the top for this one complete. It will likely be a mini quilt – currently a ~24″ square. I thinking of adding more negative space. More to come on this project.
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Mad Dash: Goal is to complete this quilt, this weekend. Binding is ready to be stitched on.MadDashFront

September Projects – Pattern Releases

I am so behind on these, I know I promised patterns in August. For some reason life just gets in the way ;-).  Anyway, here are my new planned release dates.

Abstract Triangles – September 5th (next week !!)

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Daughter’s Love: September 19th (All proceeds for the first month will go to a cancer charity).

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Mad Dash: September 26th

Overall Project Plan

Project Dates Current Status

 Mad Dash

 September
(3rd FAL project)
TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Sunday Best  September
(3rd FAL project)
TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Blog Hop Project  September TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Orange Creamsicle  October TOP (underway), BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 World of Angles  October TOP (underway), BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Quilt Market Project  October TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Fractions  October TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 NY High Line  November TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Ode to Clothes  November TOP (underway), BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Beating Heart  November TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

As previously, projects are likely to shift and I am flexible with this list. It just helps me to put it down on “paper”.

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