Happy New Year!

I’m so excited for the new year! I plan to do a lot of quilting and hopefully make some money in the process. I’m doing two “firsts” this year. I’m participating in a mystery quilt along and a crazy quilt along. I also just finished another “first”. Sometime in November I signed up to test a pattern for a quilting magazine. Last night I finished the quilt and it is so cute!! I cannot post any pics until the pattern is actually published in the magazine, which I believe will be in April, but I’m sure you’ll agree that it is adorable!  I am so excited w/how it turned out. Stay tuned for pics.  Along with all the new quilts I plan to make this year, I have a few UFO’s I’ll be concentrating on as well.

Wall Hanging – it’s currently basted and awaiting quilting.
Mia’s Quilt – This is a quilt for my granddaughter which is still waiting for borders.
Summer/Spring Quilt – I really would like to have this done by May…but it’s on the back burner because it’s so big and I’m not liking where I’m at with it.
 After taking these pics tonight I’m thinking about doing a complete overhaul and it makes me ill to think about all the seam ripping I’ll have to do. = (
Check Mate! – top done, needs to be basted and quilted. This is one I plan to sell on Etsy.  If anyone has pointers or tips about selling on Etsy, please send them my way.
4-Step Flagstone – got fabrics picked out and 10″ squares cut.
 Oh yeah I almost forgot! Last night was our 1st Quilters Anonymous meeting of the year. I won this basket o’ goodies in the raffle!
A Thread for Life
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace. 
Numbers 6:24-26

Blogging vs Sewing

When I started this blog I planned on posting once a week but I haven’t been living up to it.  Blogging isn’t easy and it takes a lot of time. Writing, editing, editing/posting pics, links, labels, hashtags, sharing…aghhh!! When I get home from work it’s shall I sew or shall I blog? It’s not always an easy decision but sewing usually  wins. Blogging is great though and I’m excited to say I made a new friend! Meet +Greta Anderson from Material Detachment. A marvelous seamstress/quilter and a remarkable writer. I had the pleasure of talking w/ her on the phone yesterday. She’s an admirable person w/a huge heart for kids and humanity! Make sure to stop by her blog.

As you can see, I’ve made quite a bit of progress on the Kaleido-Hex quilt, officially known as a One Block Wonder (I’ll be referring to it as 1BW going forward). It still isn’t the only thing I’ve been working on (see distractions below:  origami bag and applique).  Once I have all of strips sewn together it will measure approx 56 x 90.  I’m planning this for a king size bed so the side borders will have to be substantial.  I picked out border fabric yesterday. What do you think?

Border Fabric

1st Audition

This coming Saturday I’ll be heading out for a week long quilting retreat to Colorado w/a couple of friends. I’m so excited! I’m also very ambitious and will be taking at least 4 projects to work on, one of which will be the 1st quilt I’m getting paid $$ to make (A Rag Quilt). I’ll also be taking the 1BW, the applique wall hanging and a Quilts w/o Corners quilt that I’m turning into a tree skirt.

For the Rag quilt I bought some charm packs, but I have the backing and fleece already cut.

I whipped up another cute Origami bag over the weekend for a friend’s birthday.

The wall hanging is ready to be appliqued which I plan on doing while I’m in Colorado.

This is the Quilts w/o Corners quilt that will become a tree skirt. You can’t really tell from this pic…or maybe you can…but the edge of this quilt is all jacked up. I’m going to cut a slit in it, cut the middle circle out AND attempt to add a ruffle of Christmas fabric to the edge.

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

A Thread for Life
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever. 
1 Chron 16:34

I’m linking up on Val’s Tuesday Archives.

Hello, my name is…

Zenia and I am a Quilter! I’ve been quilting for 2 yrs and am just recently inspired to blog about it. It’s kind of odd because I’ve never cared for writing much but I am quite passionate about quilting so I’m sure I’ll have a lot to say about it!  I’ve made 20+ quilts over the last 2 years and I plan to post all of my pics on here eventually. Someday I may write up some tutorials but  until then, I’ll be posting about projects I’m working on and hopefully pass on some tips and tricks that have helped me a long the way. 

I’m currently working on a kaleidoscope quilt inspired by Maxine Rosenthal’s book, One Block Wonders,( I prefer to call them one bolt wonders).  It’s my 2nd one using this technique. I am using a fabric called  “koto” by Alexander Henry

I fell in love w/ this fabric about a year and a half ago but I couldn’t bring myself to buy it at $12.99/yd.  So I put it off and put it off until finally one day I was browsing the Red Tag section at Joann when all red tag was 50 % off and  guess what?!! It was there!!! I ended up paying something ridiculous like $3.50/yd! Needless to say I bought all they had which ended up being about 8 1/4 yds.  

I plan to make 2 quilts for my bed. One for Spring/Summer and another for Fall/Winter. 
This shall be my Spring/Summer quilt  which I hope to have at least the top finished by this December.

The quick short version of this technique is. 

First stack and cut the fabric yardage into 6 pieces with the same design element. (I believe this is also referred to as a “stack & whack”)

Cut into strips. I did the suggested 3 3/4 inches.

Cut strips into triangles. 

Stacks on stacks on stacks

Because the fabric is stacked up w/the same design element lined up, you end up w/6 identical triangles. 

You then sew the 6 triangles together to make some awesome hexagons! 

So this is what I have so far. I will be back again w/my progress.