Thursday, January 22, 2015

January 2015 Doll Quilt Swap

I got back into the doll quilt swap for the month of January. Once I got through the Christmas rush, I knew I should have time to make a mini quilt.

My partner this month was Amy P. from Wisconsin. I knew her favorite colors were red and teal and that she did like modern quilts. I'm not sure the one I made is truly considered modern, but I like what I came up with.

"Spool Sisters"

When I quilted it, I did a meandering all-over stitch to represent a piece of loose thread. Then I did a tighter stitch pattern on the large spool to represent the thread wound on it.
Stitch Detail

I finished it off with faux piping on the binding.

I adore the quilt I received from Amy! She stepped out of her comfort zone by making a modern quilt with appliqued hearts.

I Heart This!

Amy was really clever with her quilting stitch. She used a zig zag pattern that she said reminded her of a heart beating.

Stitch Detail

This is a perfect little quilt just in time for Valentine's Day next month, too!

I am already looking forward to next month's swap.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Four Days

My fabric fast lasted all of FOUR days. FOUR!! I was doing so good up until I left on a business trip and found myself sitting in the airport looking at Facebook when beautiful fabrics started showing up in my feed.

"Don't do it," I told myself. And then there was Lulu. I have a few pieces of yardage and a charm pack of Moda's Lulu by Chez Moi stashed away for a quilt project. I love the brightness of this collection. It was one of those cases when you walked into the quilt store you had an immediate liking of the fabrics.

I found a couple of yards on sale of two Lulu prints on sale. How can you resist these?

I can use these in the quilt I will be making. It's not a UFO, yet. I would like to start on this quilt sometime this year.

I still am making an effort to watch my buying but it is hard!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Time for a Fabric Fast & Setting Project Goals

Happy New Year to all!

I am going to try something different this year. Last year, I spent time and money building my fabric stash. I knew that eventually my job would come to and end so I bought fabric while I still had the funds to do it. I am still employed but expect that to change in the coming months. My job was only supposed to be temporary but that was over two years ago!

This year, in anticipation of the pending change in income, I am putting myself on a fabric fast. Yep, no buying of fabric. I must use what is in my stash. A fellow quilter and I have challenged ourselves to do this. She who breaks first owes the other a yard of fabric. It started out in jest, but honestly, I need to do this. My stash is healthy and I do need to start using what I have on projects. We have one agreed upon deviation and that is to buy fabric that will be used for animal shelter donations (see my previous post on a tote bag I made).

Speaking of projects, I am also challenging myself to some projects completions in the coming year. Here is my list of goals:
  • Complete two UFOs (I have several!)
  • Make and ship ten quilts to Quilts Beyond Borders
  • Make and ship twenty TQPM kennel quilts 
  • Make two quilts for myself (I already have the fabric kits stashed and ready to go)

I'd also like to start a home-based sewing business to support my sewing habit once my job ends. This is a stretch goal for me. There is a lot to do to get something like this set up, but I have to have a goal in mind for income purposes.

Charisma Horton over at Charisma's Corner is my inspiration behind this. She set up similar goals for herself in 2014 and kept track of them throughout the year. It gave me the motivation to do the same for 2015. By the way, she has set new goals for 2015, too! I will give updates on how I am doing throughout the year to hold myself accountable.

I hope you have a great 2015 and many happy days of sewing and enjoyment!