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Monday, January 12, 2015

2014 in Review

Last year was a slow year for me as far as quilting goes. I only made seven quilts, all minis except for the triangle baby quilt.

And of the six mini quilts only two of them were "art" quilts, the rest were regular wall hangings and/or table quilts. (Dark Tower Quilt here, Smile Quilt here).

I did make a lot of crayon rolls, a lot of wallets, and mostly baby items as I spent a majority of 2014 pregnant. 
Two very exciting things happened that are so much better than anything I can sew. One: we welcomed our fourth and final child in August. She has been such a blessing and she brings so much joy to our lives. Two: my husband got out of the Army and we moved back home to New Hampshire.

All in all the 8 months I was able to sew in 2014 were pretty productive. Maybe not as productive as I would have preferred but not bad.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Slow but steady progress.

Here is what we woke up to this morning, along with a two hour delay for school!!

I am still working on my hexies. It's going kind of slow, mostly because Nomers requires a great deal of my attention. But I baste when I can. I feel very old-timey when I do it because I usually sit next to the wood stove while I'm doing them.

Yesterday I spent some time reading about quilt history. I know back in the day English Paper Piecing was done using newspapers as the foundation and the paper was often left inside the quilt. Knowing this got me thinking... how did they wash those quilts? What would happen to the newspaper inside the quilt? What I learned was that back then quilts didn't really get washed. They got hung out on the line maybe once or twice a year and beat with a rug beater or some such thing, to get the dust out. And back then a lot of quilts were made with a flannel piece added to the top (the part that would go under your chin) and that piece would be removed and replaced when it wore out. Very interesting stuff.

I also managed to get on Craftsy for the first time in months and see they have a new Block of the Month class. I didn't care for last year's free BOM class, I thought the quilt was ugly, but this one looks interesting and the final quilt looks pretty. A lot of hand sewing involved from what I can tell. I'm excited to try it.

That's about it for now. I hope everyone is managing to stay warm this week with the arctic chill in the air.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Back at it.

My daughter bought me a bundle of fat eighths for Christmas and that bundle of fabric in shades of pretty purples has been calling to me.

I couldn't think of much I could sew without my sewing machine though. I finally settled on hexagons. Good old fashioned English Paper Piecing, that's how I'll sew! I have no idea what I'll make...

It took me a while to draw a hexagon, you wouldn't believe how difficult they are to draw accurately without the proper tools, using just a plain straight ruler. I got it though.

The greatest thing, I've discovered, is that I can baste my hexagons even while I'm nursing Nomers.

Something I had forgotten these last six months of no sewing is how back breaking ironing can be.

My only resolution this year is to sew more and read more. Sorry, I know that was random.

Hope everyone's first week of 2015 has been great!! And I hope you all have tons of sewing in your future!