Category Archives: WiPs

30 days of quilting – Week 2

Check out week one on my 30 days of quilting experiment. This week’s project was Beating Heart. It is an abstract piece that shows the 4 chambers of the heart and the arteries.

I choose to finish this piece as it has more meaning now, than when I originally made the top. Since I turned 45, I started having panic attacks. These occur mostly at night for me and I really think I am dying from a heart attack. It could start with a twinge and then my mind jumps straight to I’m dying. Of course, logically I know I am going to be ok. Most of the time, I can talk (in my head) myself down and also use a variety of relaxation methods. Once I get to sleep I know that I’ll be ok if I wake up in the morning.

It is so hard when you know your body and its signals so well and then all of a sudden you can’t trust it. It’s definitely been a journey. I have talked with friends and did you know that panic attacks are common in females in their 40’s and related to peri-menopause. Once I found this out I spoke with my doctors and we worked on a solution together. It is so important for us to share and tell our stories. No shame, no more hiding. I think it offers great support for others.

Beating heart, is made from beautiful Oakshott Cottons (an amazing cross weave that adds another dimension to this quilt when you see it in person). I had always wanted to make this secondary design of a heart, off center, with the quilting.

Once that initial markings of the geometric heart was mapped I used straight line quilting around the shape.

I didn’t like the puff though in the middle where the negative space was so I added some hand quilting lines into each of the quadrants of this geometric heart. I used Wonderfil’s Razzle 8wt thread for this.

Also this one for binding I did block match the binding, so that the binding is color matched with the quilt. I think that is one of my favorite parts of the quilt.

Details

Name : Beating Heart
Design:
 Original Design (one of my QDAD designs)
Fabric: Oakshott Cotton (mostly Ruby Red bundle)
Backing: Kona Cotton Neutral
Binding: Kona Cotton (Putty, Lipstick)
Dimensions: 
25 x 27 in.
Quilted: Straight lines walking foot quilting, Aurifil # ; Hand quilting Wonderfil Razzle
Start date: 02 March 2016
Finish date: 11 March 2021

30 days of quilting – Week One

I have started a new 30 day project to help finish some smaller WiPs and bring back some joy to walking foot quilting. The quilting part of making a quilt is not my favorite part. It’s obviously needed to finish a quilt, but I always feel like its work. I am hoping that I can experiment and play with these smaller quilts and enjoy the process. My goal is to finish one mini quilt (smaller than 30×30″) each week.

Also, I decided with home schooling and work loads my 30 days is not necessarily continuous. I am allowing flexibility and making sure there is no added pressure.

First project up, is my Improv Mod House quilt that I made in Jacquie Gering’s class at Sewtopia. This house was inspired by a butterfly house I have my eye on round the corner from a friends house.

I also, recently, attended Jacquie’s 60 degree quilting class based on her Walk 2.0 book. As I was adding the lines, not knowing, if I would stop at 4 sets of lines or continue to do 6 sets, I realized it was not 3 sets. This reminded me of a puffer jacket.

I finally decided on the six set grid design for the background, as this is a small quilt. Note, just because these are small I did not skimp on quilting design or the need to bury threads (LOL).

The texture this produced was so good. I loved how it turned out and it was fun experimenting with this design. I am not adding binding to this one, as I am going to frame it.

Details

Name : Butterfly House
Design:
 Original Design (in Jacquie Gering’s Mod House class)
Fabric: Scraps + Kona Cerise (background)
Backing: Lucky Penny, Alison Glass
Dimensions: 
12 x 24 in.
Quilted: Straight lines, Six Set Grid (from Jacquie Gering’s Walk 2.0 book)
Start date: 06 April 2018
Finish date: 06 March 2021

Mid-year check-in

Wow, can you believe it s already July? There’s not much I can say about the year. I am doing things I could never have predicted I’d be doing. I never thought I would be working from home while helping a middle school remote learner, and maintaining a household. I never thought I would be leaving the house no more than once a week. And when I do leave the house wearing a mask.

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I feel that this is the time to listen and educate myself. I am a foreigner in the US and I had a lot to learn about the importance of Black Lives Matter and the history / events that has lead to this point. What I learn will help me be a better manager in my day job, a better mother to my child as I pass on and help him understand, and a better person.

Anxiety has gotten the better of me, some weeks. As I mentioned before, anxiety has only been an issue for me the last 3 years. There are days where I think I am dying from some pain or symptom that I feel, and I have to keep telling myself that if I wake up in the morning it is just a panic attack. It’s ok.

I am finding balance though, even though it is something I have to work on. I have started to exercise (walking to start), focused on eating better, enjoyed cooking and baking for us, and using quilting as my stress reliever. For quilting not to be a stressor, I did have to change my self imposed expectations. I had timelines, a book and projects that must be done. I decided none of these mattered. I would just work on whatever I felt like. Surprisingly, I am feeling more creative at the moment, I procrastinate less and I am enjoying being behind my machine.  I feel I accomplished a lot so far this year.

  1. Completed quilts for Baby Gifts for my employees (Squircle, Lines Drawn)
  2. Finished 3 Charity Quilts which I plan to Auction off on Instagram.
  3. Finished up these WiPs ranging all the way back to 2016 – Q3 2019 (Study no. 3, Home, Map of Mannheim, Isolation)
  4. Finished a couple of new quilt tops (Covid Mash-up, Ford & Son)
  5. Worked on progressing other WiPs (Tree-Lined Streets (hand appliqué), Snow (redoing quilting with hand quilting), Art Deco Medallion (piecing the top))
  6. Then other smaller sewing projects which include my second ever piece of clothing I made and a bjillon masks for family and friends.

I am really pleased I finished 12 projects so far and made progress on the others. Many still need to be blogged about (I am always behind). I have no thoughts yet on the rest of the year so let’s see what happens the second half of this year.

I hope you all have found a way to survive 2020 and are doing well. Thank you for letting me share. I’d love to see your projects, especially your favorite one, so feel free to include a link below.