Monday, September 29, 2014

In to something new

I was inspired at our last guild sew-in by Lauren who was working on this english paper piecing pattern. Quilting in general is pretty new to me but since I had two long flights on my way to and from Las Vegas this weekend, I thought I would give english paper piecing a try.  

I thought the Passacaglia pattern was a bit much for a newbie so I started with Katy's Spring Carnival pattern instead!

I am using a Denise Schmidt layer cake, one of my first fabric purchases. I don't have too much of a plan as I am mostly hoping that it fabric selections will come as I go.  Fingers crossed!

Have you tried something new recently? I'd love to hear about your experience too.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Weekend Fun and progress

I know the weekend seems so long ago, but what a fun weekend it was! Really it started last Thursday. My husband's birthday was Thursday, but we chose to go to an extra special dinner to celebrate 10 years since our first date. What an incredible decade it has been. In those years he taught me to race cars, I taught him how to grill, and we built a life with three gorgeous kids that make us laugh until our sides hurt.

Courtesy of Diane McKinney Photography
On Sunday, I was able to hang out with my fellow guild members of the Triangle MQG for a sew-in. I was able to chat with some members that I had only spoken to briefly before which is always refreshing and inspiring.  I am thrilled that I was able to get almost all of my diamonds cut for the Emerge quilt from Stitched in Color's Angled class.  I am loving this class so far, all about sewing with triangles, diamonds, and various other angled cuts.  This week we will be working on a quilt based on the lonestar found in many quilts and I love my fabric choices.  I have been holding these fabrics (Joel Dewberry) for a while just waiting for the perfect project.
Fabric Selection for Emerge Quilt from Angled Class by Stitched in Color
Next up is cutting my fabric for the C + S Basics Swap which just arrived.  I am loving diving into some fresh fabrics!  What are you diving into this week?

Linking up with I Quilt @ Pretty Bobbins - see button on the right - and Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fall Renewal

Labor Day signals the end of summer and the beginning of fall here in the States.  I love the changing of seasons, particularly here in North Carolina where our seasons are so unique, each one fading into the next as the years ebb and flow.

I am hoping to take advantage of the change in seasons to reinvigorate both my personal life and my quilting/crafting life.  So here is what I am working on...

A new tote bag for my preschool son to take to school.  Last year I made each of my big kids a tote bag but they were too small and really too flimsy.  They were good sports and used them for the year anyhow, but I thought it would be good to make something more sturdy that will handle Little Man's art work and lunch box.  He chose the fun dino print from my stash and although he wanted an entire bag made of this print, I only had a large scrap. So I dug further into my stash to find some fun to go with these friends.  My stash is a bit of a challenge currently as I am still a new quilter, but I was thrilled to put together this mix of fabric.

I am also thrilled to be starting a class presented by Stitched In Color called Angled. I love Rachel's sense of color and have followed her blog since I began on my own quilting journey. I am regularly inspired by her work and I am really looking forward to stretching my quilty muscles with this class. Rachel has provided us some planning sheets before the class begins today. Here is my first plan for the Emerge quilt.  I think I might end up actually reversing the color order and putting the lighter colors in the center since the background fabric that I purchased is a very light neutral.

Are you invigorated by the change in seasons?  Are you already planning for the holidays?