Finishes and Christmas Countdown Progress

In case you didn’t already know, there are 67 days until Christmas.  With that being said, I’m making great progress.

In this post, I mentioned all of the projects I’d like to get completed by/before Christmas.   I’ve already finished the 2 charity quilts, both of which I did FMQ on. They both measure 36″ x 36″.

I’ve already started quilting mom’s quilt.  Ever since I started making this One Block Wonder, well over a year ago, I planned to quilt it in orange. I’m using the color Pumpkin from Connecting Threads which is no longer available.

However, I’m not doing FMQ. I’m doing wavy lines which I’ve also seen called the Serpentine stitch. Mine is a lazy serpentine. You can see the quilting better from the back of the quilt. I really like it so far. I will do fmq/meandering in the borders.

back of quilt

 When mom’s is finished, which should be by the end of this week, I’ll get busy on my kid sis’ quilt. Then I’ll start knocking out the small quilted gifts, I’ve got 3 of 40 done so far.

Lastly, I’ll start quilting Diamonds and Purples. I’m making it a quilt w/o binding AND keeping all the points. I’m trying something I’ve never done before and I’m excited to see how it turns out. It might even turn into a tutorial.  Stay tuned!

I spent some time this weekend organizing my stash. I usually get overwhelmed trying to figure out where to sort/file the multicolored prints, but this time…I just did it! I didn’t touch the shelf on the right, but it has batiks, Christmas fabircs, pre-cuts and other miscellaneous stuff.

And since I was taking pics of my stash…I decided to straighten up the lab (that’s what I refer to my sewing room as) to share some pics.

I guess that’s all for now. I’ve got to get back to the lab.

Until next time, Happy Quilting and God Bless!

A Thread for Life

Where the spirit of the Lord is, There is freedom

Lift Your eyes to heaven, There is freedom

Freedom reigns in this place, Showers of mercy and grace
Falling on every face, There is freedom

If You’re tired and thirsty, There is freedom
Give Your all to Jesus, There is freedom

Freedom reigns in this place, Showers of mercy and grace
Falling on every face, There is freedom

If your burden’s heavy, He brings freedom
If you’re hurt and broken, He brings freedom

Freedom reigns in this place, Showers of mercy and grace
Falling on every face, There is freedom

Great is Your faithfulness

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Around the World Blog Hop!

I was tagged for the Around the World Blog Hop by Anna at Woolie Mammoth. Thanks for the tag Anna! If you haven’t already visited her spot, be sure to do so.

The Around the World Blog Hop is kind of like a chain letter except it’s w/blogs on the internet.  It’s a great opportunity to meet and learn about other bloggers.  When tagged, the tagee has to acknowledge who tagged them, answer 4 questions and then tag 3 different bloggers. If you can’t find 3, one will do! And they don’t have to be quilting bloggers neither.

So here goes…

What am I working on?
I am currently working on several projects, all of which I’d like to get completed by Christmas or sooner. 

The 1st is a gift for mom’s birthday which is November 3rd. It’s a quilt top I finished quite sometime ago that was intended to be for my bed, but in order to make it big enough I added very generous borders  and hated the way it turned out.  FFWD 8 months and now it’s a large lap quilt top waiting to be quilted.

A quilt for my kid sister. 4 blocks down, 38 more to go.

Diamonds and Purples I’m keeping all the points and making it a quilt w/o binding. I’m excited to see how it turns out! 

Plus, I want to make several small quilted gifts, approximately 40 of them, for coworkers, family and friends.

So yeah, I have my work cut out for me. 

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My work isn’t all that different from others. I make quilts just like the lot of you. I would say that 99% of my quilts are made from patterns since I have not yet had the desire to design my own quilt.  But what does differ is the fabric I use. I cannot afford to buy the latest and greatest lines or collections and am not super picky about color/print.  I believe all of my fabric is 100% cotton though; the majority of it has come as donations from friends or was purchased at Goodwill.  I’m very fond of scrap quilts but I think I do a great job of coordinating colors/prints from my 2nd hand stash for the quilts I’ve made that aren’t so scrappy.  With that being said, I have purchased brand new fabric, either on sale or clearance…and usually at Joann.   I also adore pieced backings and I don’t think they have to match the front of the quilt at all.   

Why do I write/create what I do?
Truth be told I started writing this blog because I think my family, friends and coworkers were getting tired of hearing all my “quilty” talk.  And…I wanted to share my incredible, God-given, quilting passion with others who love and appreciate it as much as I do. I have a few friends who quilt, but they are not nearly as obsessed passionate as I am. The funny thing is, I absolutely LOATHED writing in school. During my senior year, I elected to take a general English class to avoid having to write a senior paper in British Literature. However, when I start or finish a new project, find a new pattern or tool, or make a great fabric score, I just have to write about it and share it with the world!

How does my writing/creative process work?
As for my writing/creating process, it’s a simple 4-step process.

  1. I see a quilt/pattern I like. It’s usually something already in my queue.
  2. I pick out my fabric and start cutting. (I already had most of the fabric picked out in my head AND have 1-3 other projects already going)
  3. I write about it and post pics of my progress
  4. Write about it and post pics again after completion.

I’m working at establishing my blog and increasing my follower base. After 1 year of blogging I’m pleased w/the number of followers and the amount of interaction I’ve had.  My 3 kids are grown but I work full time and don’t have a ton of time to dedicate to it.  Several months ago I committed to writing 1x/week and I have been meeting this commitment. 

I follow a bunch quilters via Blogger, G+ and Instagram, many who are mothers of young and/or multiple children and it seems like they quilt and post constantly! I have no idea how the heck they do it!  I think many of them are stay-at-home moms. But even then…how they juggle motherhood, homeschooling, quilting/crafting, AND still have time to blog and post so often, truly AMAZES me! KUDOS to you ALL!

I like to end each post w/something encouraging; be it scripture, song lyrics or just words of wisdom from devotions or other quotes.  

I call it A Thread for Life.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Feel free to look around and leave lots of comments.

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A Thread for Life
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Col 4:6

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She’s Still Stitchin’

Two months ago tomorrow, I insisted my sis come to quilting.  You can read about it in the Bitten post. Kinda long story short, she was instantly hooked! I’m proud and happy to say she’s still stitching strong!  

She gets frustrated at times, especially when she’s rushing to get something finished, but she’s been very productive. She’s already completed 3 patchwork quilts, several pillows and a couple “jellyroll” tops.  I often have to remind her to slow down. What’s the rush? But we all know how it is when you want to see a project complete.  

I maybe should sometimes take my own advice about not rushing. Well, not rushing so much as just not having so many projects going at once.  I know this is the norm for many of us quilters but what’s not normal is the other craziness going on in my brain. Like me thinking that since I didn’t start quilting until I was 40 that I have at least 15 years of quilting to make up for, because I would’ve loved quilting when I was 25yrs old if someone would’ve just introduced it to me !! Crazy huh? LOL! Anyway having multiple projects you want/need to finish is definitely more stressful than having just one. All I can say is, I NEVER get bored! 

And speaking of projects, I finished one last night! I did different FMQ in each block. I also used Jera’s Quick Binding method.

And, I finally decided what I want to do w/the One Block Wonder I put together many moons ago and hated. You can read about it here and here It’s going to be a large lap quilt for my mom instead. Her b-day is on November 3rd so I’ve got several weeks to complete it. I’ve already taken the too wide borders off and reduced the overall size of the quilt a bit. The orange will still be the 1st border and I’ll add a 2nd wider border of the brown floral. The back will be pieced w/the plain aqua and white/light aqua floral AND the extra strips I removed from the quilt top will serve as binding.

I’ve got a few other quilt deadlines too!  The Summer Star Mini and Bento Box are due on November 6 for a charity we are working on in QA. They’ve yet to be basted and quilted.

These Double Option Stars Blocks are for a quilt I’m making as a Christmas gift for my little sis. Three down, 39 more to go.

I’d like to have Diamonds and Purples completed in time for Christmas as well. Waiting to be basted and quilted too.

In addition I have several small quilted gifts I’m working on. I’ve got a lot to accomplish so I better get sewing.

Until next time, Happy Quilting and God Bless!

A Thread for Life
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,  and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. Isa 61:1-3

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