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Slow but Steady Progress

With summer winding down and school getting ready to start again, I feel like I haven't made much progress on my sewing projects lately.  But I've been trying to snatch an hour here or there to sew and I've also spent some time making small changes in my sewing space to make it more inspiring and functional for me.  I finally got a design wall hung up to help me visualize projects I'm working on! My Matilda WIP quilt is hanging on it now.  I love how the applique book blocks turned out! Stitching the applique blocks is the next step. I've also been working on a few more mini Wonderland Cottage Quilts...I think Melissa Mortenson's Wonderland II fabric line is one of my all time favorites!  I always loved Alice in Wonderland growing up and this fabric line with its metallic accents is such a perfect representation of Alice's adventures in Wonderland...the bunnies and teapots are my favorite, but all of the fabrics work so well together!   So naturally, I had to…
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The Summer For Finishing Projects

Between cancelled vacation plans, having to wear masks everywhere we go, and not being able to enjoy a lot of our normal summer activities, it's easy to overlook the positives that are undoubtedly surrounding us during this summer of quarantine and social distancing.  One positive I'm choosing to focus on is the extra time and energy it's given me to finish up some long forgotten projects.  I actually pieced this quilt top nine years ago, and after brushing off the dust I finally quilted it!  Better late than never! 

I like that the bow tie quilt block is a traditional block that can be made to look more modern with your choice of fabrics.  You can also completely alter the look of your quilt by switching up the direction of your bow tie blocks...they're actually kind of fun to play around with to see how many different looks you can create.  However, matching up those seams was tricky, and it's far from perfect.  I think this quilt tells the story of my journey of …

Lola Dutch...I Love You “Sew” Much!

Ever since I was little, I have loved books and reading.  When I was growing up, my older sister used to read The Chronicles of Narnia to me, and I can remember begging her to read just one more chapter, then another...and another.  Now, as a mom one of my favorite things to do with my kids is go to the library to pick out books and I look forward to reading with them every night before bed.  I love watching them carefully peruse the library shelves on the hunt for the perfect book...my son has been into Dog Man lately and my daughter's latest obsession is Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie series.  But we also have those special books that we keep coming back to again and again, and one of those is Lola Dutch.  So when I discovered Sara Jane came out with a fabric line based on her Lola Dutch books, I had to have it!  And create something special with it! 
My daughter loves hanging artwork in her room, so I decided to make her a cute little wall hanging for the reading corner in …

Nine Years and Counting

It’s been nine years since I started my quilting journey...a lot has happened in nine years!  I’m now a busy mom of two, about to start my ninth year as a high school Language Arts teacher (yes, I started quilting about the same time I started teaching!), and even though I’ve gone through periods where I haven’t done much if any sewing, I’ve never stopped loving quilting.  My sewing room has truly become my happy place.  When I’m in my sewing space, the world around me disappears for a little while...which has been especially comforting in these past five months of craziness we’ve all been experiencing.  I’ve definitely been taking advantage of extra time at home by finishing up old projects, decorating my space, and dreaming up new projects. 
As I was going back through my old blog posts, not only was I amazed at how much I’ve learned over the past nine years since starting my quilting journey, but also how much I am still learning and growing as a quilter.  And I think that’s one of …

Still Sewing

If you follow my blog, you probably thought I fell off the face of the earth. Nope, still here. I finished up my student teaching this spring, managed to snag my first ever teaching job for the fall, and am in the process of building a new house. Life is crazy, but I wouldn't want it any other way! With a few months off before I start my new job, I am back at the sewing machine again and picking up some new skills. I am attempting to expand my horizons a little with some sewing projects other than quilts. I love bags because not only are they cute but practical too and great for organizing all the junk that somehow magically accumulates on my bedroom dresser. This was my first experience putting in zippers, and it was much easier than I expected. I didn't even have to use my seam ripper.



  I also used my embroidery attachment for the first time to personalize the bags with initials. It was a little hard to get the letters exactly where I wanted them, but with more practice I t…

Blogger's Choice Contest

If you've ever shopped at the Fat Quarter Shop, you're probably familiar with the Blogger's Choice Fat Quarter bundles. These bundles are groups of coordinating fabric put together by well known bloggers and sold at FQS. Quokka Quilts has teamed up with the Fat Quarter Shop for a fun contest in which contestants are asked to create their own Blogger's Choice bundle. I love putting together fabric, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to practice my design skills (not to mention if your bundle is chosen as a favorite, you win free fabric!). I went with an aqua, gray, and chartreuse color palette. Here are my choices. Wish me luck!


First Row:
Modernology Grey A la Mode Yardage SKU# MO-4806
Outfoxed Olive Fern Stripe Yardage SKU# 5574-G
Circa 52 Organic Shroom Tree Stripes Yardage SKU# JM16-SHROOM
2nd Row:
Lark 54" Wide Sateen Charcoal Treasure Box Yardage SKU# SAAB002-CHARC
Ruby Cotton Grey Sundae Yardage SKU# 55037-13
Citron Gray Gray Bird Swing Yardage SKU# CX40…

Looking Back on 2011

With the New Year quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to reflect on the projects I've completed this past year. Even though I just learned to sew this summer when I purchased my very first sewing machine, I feel like I've come a long way and accomplished more than I thought possible. It hasn't all been perfect, as I've shared on my blog, but I've learned a lot and I'm having fun which is all that really matters. What I've enjoyed most about quilting is the creative aspect of selecting color schemes, coordinating fabrics, and finding ways to add modern flair to more traditional quilt patterns. But, I'll admit I played it safe this year, choosing designer fabric lines that were already coordinated and went together easily. Next year, my goal is to experiment more with combining fabrics from different lines and to challenge myself to try more difficult patterns and designs (If I get really brave, you might even see some triangles!).

Here's …