Friday, February 26, 2016

Have you heard of the Bullet Journal?

I hadn't until I saw one on Pinterest the other day. So of course I Googled it because that is what I do, I need to know things. Oh my gosh, so many people use a Bullet Journal, and so many of them look amazing. It's kinda crafty if you want it to be, so of course I immediately went on Amazon and ordered a couple, along with some colored pens.

It's basically all of your post-it notes, your schedule, your hopes, dreams, lists, goals, time management, etc all in one book. How amazing is that? The best part is there are no rules, you can add whatever you want to it, and it's better than a planner because months and days aren't pre-printed, so if you've got nothing you want a track for a month you don't feel guilty with the blank calendar staring back at you.

Google it. I dare you.

Here is the original website of the guy that started it. And here is his other website which explains how it came to be (found this on a Google search).

The great part is you can get started right away. You can use anything for your Bullet Journal. I ordered a couple books online but you could use a composition notebook, a spiral bound notebook, basically whatever floats your boat, whatever makes you happy, whatever makes sense for you.

I can't wait to get started. I'm hoping the time management part... which I will be including in my Bullet Journal, will somehow get me to find time to quilt!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Hexie Quilt Confusion.

I realize this isn't anything even close to a "finished" project in this photo. All my hexagons are hand sewn together though, I swear. For a while it's what I did in between phone calls at work.

Now I have completed two small tops, maybe to be little mats to go on side tables or something, I don't know... I didn't really have a plan, I was just trying to pass time.

So now I have these two tops and no idea how to add a backing to them, so I did what I do when I want an answer, I did some Googling and I came across three tutorials I thought I would share in case you have trouble backing odd quilts too.

The first is specific to Hexie quilts and I really love this one, although my hexies are kind of large and finished tops are kind of small, I think, to use this method. It has you add more hexies around the edge of your quilt on the back, it's pretty neat. It allows you to quilt your quilt layers as you normally would before adding your hexie "binding". You can view that here.

The next one is also hexie specific but has you attach your backing by sewing around the edges then using an open seam in the backing to flip the quilt right side out. I like this method also but it would not allow you to quilt the layer until after the layers are all sewing together, so you'd be quilting a "finished" quilt. You can view that tutorial here.

The last one has several methods, including appliqueing your hexie top to a square or rectangular top, sort of like your hexie top is floating I guess. Kinda neat. It also uses both methods above for other shapes. You can view those here.

I'll let you know what I decide! As far as quilting goes I think I'm going to hand quilt these, at work between phone calls, and it should be interesting because I've never hand quilted anything before!!