Sunday, October 1, 2017

And the most lazy blogger ever award goes to...

Me! Holy wow, I have been quite a terrible blogger this year. So few posts! Social media really seems to hamper my penchant for blogging, because of the super easy way I can just toss a photo up and a pithy little caption and call it a day. Maybe I need to try doing that here too, see if I can get back in the habit a bit!

A few big updates to share before I try that though -

1. Big destash today at 1pm on my shop right here as well as on Instagram at @dcmbdestash - The husband has gotten a new job out of state, so we'll be making a very big move in the next six weeks or so. It's super stressful and the fewer things I can pack, the better!


2. I finished a quilt! I made a gorgeous new quilt using Denyse Schmidt's Washington Depot collection, and there's a super simple tutorial coming for it super soon. Lorelei has claimed it as her own and likes to play on it.



3. I've been cross-stitching a ton. I'm working on a secret cross-stitch project right now, in fact, that is nearly finished and I'll be able to share in a week or so, but in the meantime, I can show you a sneaky peek...



4. I'm even working on a quilt right now. Amazing! It's a simple tessellated plus quilt in reds and purples, but I'm having fun with it...in between stressing about moving and dealing with a screaming almost two year old (she's warming up for the terrible twos in the worst way).



These next few weeks leading up to our move are going to be crazy, but I sure am going to try to be more involved with my blog! I miss you guys!
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Apparently I only make warm/cool quilts for my bed

As I carried the two halves that I have going so far for my epic Anna Maria Horner patchwork quilt up the stairs to my bedroom to take some progress photos yesterday afternoon, I realized that apparently I only make warm/cool quilts of my bed. My other bed quilt, made some eons ago, is a warm/cool HST quilt, and this new quilt is a simple charm quilt set on point and sorted into warms and cools. I had myself a good chuckle over it for a few minutes before setting about to laying out my work so far on the sheet to see how things were looking, now that my progress doesn't fit on my design wall.



That's the thing about making big quilts for me - it's hard to really get a good sense of how they're looking in my sewing room right now with the way things are laid out. I really need a full wall of design wall. That would be superb. But that would mean giving up a lot of storage space, which isn't really doable with the current state of my stash, so unless I downsize my stash massively, this method of laying things out sometimes in my bed will just have to do. Make it work, as Tim Gunn says, and he says it so enthusiastically and convincingly that he's got me believing.



I'm really, really, really excited about how things are looking so far. Super excited. Wish I could sew, sew, sew and finish the whole thing off today excited. But life rules, and there are kids to care for, and QuiltCon to work on, and dogs to walk, and real life waits for no one. But come next weekend, here's hoping there's at least another row or two added onto this bad boy. I think there's ten more to go total to get it large enough to have enough size to be able to tug back and forth between me and my husband and for it to hang down to where I want it to hang to. Ten more. I can do that. Eventually. Here's hoping you all had a great stitchy weekend too!



Monday, April 24, 2017

A weekend of sewing some epic patchwork

After a long week with a sick baby, all I wanted to do this weekend was sew. And thankfully, I was able to get in a good bit of good sewing time. I dug out the Anna Maria Horner charm patchwork quilt I started eons ago and started right back on it. I'm not even positive I've ever managed to blog about it! Let's fix that.



The plan for this quilt is simple - colorful, simple patchwork on point with my Anna Maria Horner fabric collection for my bed. When I initially did the math for this quilt, I tallied up that it was going to take around 1500 charm squares. I overcut, so I'd have plenty of wiggle room throughout. That wiggle room has been a good thing - and a bad thing. I've been indecisive, and re-worked things throughout. I spent a good bit of time sorting through my fabrics and laying things out. I actually spent a good bit of time laying out the rest of the quilt entirely, so that I won't have to again. I clipped everything together with wonder clips and labeled them by row number.


And when I finished all of those rows, I set to work sewing many of the rows that I'd already pieced together. I'm up to 14 of the 31 rows all pieced, so I'm almost the halfway point!



With this being an on-point quilt, it gets to be a royal pain to work on right in the middle, where it's positively at its widest. Being nearly at the middle of the project right now, that's pretty much where I'm at right now.  In fact, the quilt gets so wide that I've had to use my floor for a good bit of the layout! It sure would be nice to have a full wall as a design wall one day...


The last thing I tackled was sewing together the bottom corner of the quilt, because I knew it would be fast and would give me a small feeling of accomplishment after spending much of Sunday laying out fabric. So that's four more rows down, so technically that pushes me over the halfway point! Hooray for halfway!


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