Thursday, December 31, 2020
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Welcome to a day of fun and learning what the resolutions for some quilters are for 2021.
Thank you Carla @ https://createinthesticks.blogspot.com for hosting this hop and letting me join.
There are 4 words that I am going to focus on for 2021.
If I can learn to do this, I will have a very happy hubby. I will also have quilts made for all my kids (4) and grandkids (9), if I set realistic goals.
Continue learning new things about quilting. Learn new techniques. There are some things I want to try. One of them is to play with quilting designs in variegated thread. I think on this quilt, using variegated thread in my petals in the border would be fun.
I also want to try wool batting. I like the look it gives a quilt. I currently have a comforter on my bed that has poly batting in, and I just cannot sleep with that on me. I get too dang hot. I usually use cotton. Just working on getting this quilt done for my bed.
Share what I have learned and know. I will do this by teaching classes at a local quilt shop and also with my granddaughters. I have been doing virtual classes with my granddaughters during 2020. Can't wait until I can do in person with them. I will also continue to blog and share on social media.
Improve on my quilting skills. Practice new designs. I have been saving ideas on Pinterest as well as following some quilters who have done some free virtual classes.
SHARING MY GOALS AND UPDATES
Because I am not always great at planning and follow through, I want to try something new to me. Each week, on Monday I will share my Make a List, which are things I am going to work on. I will share a goal of something new I want to learn or try. Then the following Monday I will share how I did with that goal or over the weekend I will do a post on what I learned. I would like to ask you to be willing to encourage me throughout the week.
I would love to hear what your goals are for the new year.
Here are the other bloggers:
Words & Stitches
Sew Many Yarns
Stitchin At Home
Ms P Designs USA
Life in the Scrapatch
Kathy Kwilts and More
The Joyful Quilter
Becky’s adventures in quilting and travel
Karrin's Crazy World
Quilting and Learning: What a Combo
Cynthia's Creating Ark
Quilting Patchwork & Appliqué
Homespun Hannah's Blog
Monday, December 28, 2020
I am going to try to really start things off right with 2021. One of those things is to be more organized. I am not a planner kind of person but I find if I have lists I do better. So I am going to start making lists and goals for the year.
I did not get as much done this year as I had hoped. I tend to procrastinate, and sometimes put more on my plate than I should then feel overwhelmed and procrastinate.
I am doing something different this year, which I need to really be organized for, and that is teaching classes at my local quilt shop.
Onto my list of things to do this week:
1. Finish a nightgown for my granddaughters 3rd Birthday. It is started and almost done. She love unicorns. I was glad to find this fabric.
2. Doll clothes for some of the 3 year old baby dolls. She has 5. She loves to undress them as soon as mommy dresses them. Her babies take lots of baths.
3. Doll clothes wardrobe for 18" dolls for the SWAP (sewing with a plan) I am doing with Avery Lane Designs, due by January 1st.
4. 2 Yellow Brick Road quilts to use for samples for my class. 1 has straight line quilting and 1 free motion. - do this with granddaughters to give practice in teaching. This is the fabric for the 1st one.
5. Lesson plans for class: accurate cutting, piecing, pressing, color selection, walking foot quilting.
6. Block ready for post on Janury 1 for 2021 monthly color challenge.
7. Work on project for Hearts on Fire blog hop.
8. Finish quilting this quilt and then choose another one to work on.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Today I want to share with you some fun Christmas ornaments I am making. This is a new to me technique called reverse applique. It is fun to do and really easy to learn.
The pattern for these are by Margaret at Eye of the Beholder Quilt Design and to get them you can go to her website at https://www.eobquiltdesign.com.
|These are the scissors that I like to use for the intricate work.|
Want to learn to do this? You are in luck as Margaret is holding 2 virtual classes in the coming week. They make great last minute gifts. One class is Sunday, December 20th 1:00 - 4:30 pm. Mountain time and Tuesday, December 22nd 9:00 - 4:30 pm Mountain time, and this one includes paper piecing these ornaments. That is next for me to try.
I changed mine just a bit. Instead of doing the back just like the front, I just let the back be quilting.
I hope you will try these ornaments and try this technique of reverse applique. It really is fun.
Monday, November 30, 2020
I can't believe it is already December. I had so many plans this year. Oh well. There is always next year. This monthly blog hop is hosted by Jen @ https://patternsbyjen.blogspot.com
This month's color is red. It is inspired by the cardinal.
This block goes together very fast.
One think I did with this block that I wish I had done with the others is starch the fabric. By searching, the fabric is a lot crisper and behaves much better. I usually use best press or the good old Niagra. I cut the amount of fabric I needed and starched that. It cut easier and straighter.
Another thing I did was do as many steps as I could before going back to the cutting board for trimming and before pressing.
Pinning. Don't be afraid to stick a pin in to help hold some of the pieces.
Doing these steps made my blocks look a whole lot nicer.
To get your free block pattern, please visit Jen at https://patternsbyjen.blogspot.com
A very special thank you to our sponsors during this color challenge.
The sponsors this quarter are:
Patterns by Jen 2 different prizes: 1 pdf pattern 1 spool of Superior so fine 50 wt thread,
Island Batik - 3 1/2 yards assorted fabrics. I love their batiks. They are awesome to work with.
Quilters Dream - a 60x60 Dream blend which is 70% cotton 30% poly. The poly gives it a bit of a poof.
For the Love of Geese - pdf pattern
P&B Textiles - fabric Bundle of over 60 fat quarters
Said with Love - pdf pattern
Warm Company - warm and plush batting 45 x 60
Sunday, November 15, 2020
It has been a while since I have made a list, but I find I do much better with one.
I posted on Saturday, on my sewing blog about sewing with a plan, you can read it here. https://sewcutecouturebykathy.blogspot.com/2020/11/swap-sewing-with-plan.html?m=1.
So here are the things I want to work on this week:
1. This quilt I am quilting for a friend. It is king sized and I am doing it on my Juki tl98q. It has been lots of fun.
2. Cut out these pajamas. There are 8 of them for grandkids for Christmas.
3. Cut out doll clothes. 4 granddaughters. 4 dolls. Some are even requesting Barbie clothes.
4. Work on my fabric pull for a mystery quilt with Bonnie at https://quiltville.blogspot.com/?m=1
5. Work on these 2 quilts that I am making. The pattern is Eve by Be a Lee @Https://beaquilter.com
6. Work on this quilt for my bed.
7. Work on this quilt. It has a lot of applique on it.
8. Work on quilting this quilt.
9. Work on this BYU quilt for my hubby.
There are more things I want and need to work on, but I think this is good for now. Maybe even start decorating for Christmas.
Have a great week and I will share progress on Wednesday. So, what are some of your plans for things you are working on? I would love to hear from you.