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LaLa Fancy Quilt and Half Rectangle Triangles

 This past year, I've been focusing on growing my quilting skills and challenging myself to try some more difficult quilt patterns and techniques.  To be honest, when I first glanced at the LaLa Fancy quilt pattern by  Southern Charm Quilts  my first thought was "That's way too hard for me."  But I decided to order the pattern anyway and dug deep to find the courage to give this pattern a try, and I'm so glad I did!   This quilt calls for half rectangle triangles (kind of like a cousin to the half square triangles).  This was my first time making them and I'll admit I was a little intimidated considering that it wasn't that long ago that I mastered half square triangles.  However, if you order the pattern, Melanie at Southern Charm Quilts includes a video tutorial in the pattern for making half rectangle triangles that makes it super approachable and not scary at all.   I did order the half rectangle triangle ruler (which Melanie sells in her shop ( Meande

Human Being, not Human Doing

 Ask any quilter about their WIPs (works in progress) or UFOs (unfinished objects), and you'll likely sense a feeling of guilt surrounding their list of projects that aren't yet complete.  I have definitely experienced this sense of shame and guilt when I think about the quilts I've started but haven't completed.  Just look at my project list below.  I currently have 20 quilt projects that are either started, or in the planning stages, which honestly gives me a bit of anxiety if I focus on the number.  But it also makes me question why I feel this anxiety...these are all projects that I'm making for myself or my family, so there really are no hard deadlines (even though I sometimes like to assign deadlines to kick my booty in gear!).  When I'm feeling this pressure and anxiety, it's a sign that I need to take a step back and remember what it is that I love about quilting.  It's the process of creating that drew me to this hobby in the first place, not th

Serpentine Quilting on My New Sewing Machine!

  I finally got around to quilting my daughter's "I Heart You" Quilt!  I love how it turned out!  This is the first quilt I've quilted using only a serpentine stitch. I quilted my lines about 1 1/2 inches apart and I was worried it would be too much texture, but it actually was perfect!   This was the first quilt I quilted using my new Baby Lock Crescendo sewing machine that I bought in April.  After 10 years of quilting with my little Baby Lock Sofia machine, I decided it was time for an upgrade.  Best decision I've made in a long time!!  I've been really happy with the Baby Lock brand...I think their machines are super user friendly and high quality.  My Crescendo comes with a dual feed foot, which is like a walking foot but even better.  It uses a roller bar to evenly feed your fabric through the machine so there is no puckering or weird rippling of your layers as you quilt them together.  I've even used the dual feed foot when I'm piecing and sewin

Better Together Quilt Finish

 I'm halfway through my summer break and realized it's been a bit since I posted about what I'm working on.  The month of June, while my kids were in summer school, I totally immersed myself in creating and have lots of new stuff to share!  I've also been working on organizing my sewing studio (I love how fancy that sounds) and I'm super excited about the changes I've made to make my space more functional and inspiring so I'll be sharing more about that soon.   Today I want to share about a recent quilt finish!  I've been all over the place with projects lately...I have about 4 current quilt projects in progress and several more finished quilt tops that need to be quilted, so to be able to share a finished quilt feels so good.  I absolutely love how my Better Together quilt from the Quilter's Candy QAL turned out!  This quilt was made entirely from half square triangles...over 400 of them!   I straight line quilted it using the seams as a guide...I u