Happy New Year!

Happy 2013 everyone!

As we round the corner into the next year, I find myself a bit dismayed to discover that I have very little sewing to show for the year. Basically just these three quilts…

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I’m proud of all three but I sure do wish I’d had more hours at the sewing machine… But that’s ok! There are other quilts that are almost finished!

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And I certainly did a lot with my year. QuiltCon, and working for the MQG, has been a huge and on going project. And there’s so much excitement with QuiltCon being less than two months away! Last year I also cast two seasons of Project Runway and together we raised over $17,000 for Action Kivu. But the biggest deal in my life is of course that this lil’ guy came along:

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Hands down my best project of 2012. Happy, happy new year to all of you and here’s to many more successful projects in the coming year!

2012 coming to an end!

Boy that year flew right by, didn’t it??

I’m determined to get some good sewing time in these last couple weeks of the year. Quilts will be finished!! I’m shooting going to get these three done before the new year!

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Yeah, that first one is from June 2011 – the waaaaay back machine! Let’s see how I manage.

Other stuff – a winner of 15 Minutes of Play was picked and contacted by Victoria.

And also, I’m on Instagram! Are you? I love it. You’ll be certain to see loads of my baby, but I post my sewing as I’m doing it too. Follow me if you wanna!

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Victora Findlay Wolfe‘s book, 15 Minutes of Play.

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I’ve known Victoria for a while now and her unique voice with her quilts has always impressed me. Her book reflects that voice so clearly and well! I’m a really lover of improv. piecing, but I’ve moved away from it in my design and this book reminds me to keep it in my repertoire! For just 15 minutes a day…

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Victoria’s idea of just playing with fabric for 15 minutes a day is a great one. It keeps those creative juices flowing, even when you’re very busy or feeling a lack of inspiration. I should take her advice more to heart! I work with fabric all the time, but sometimes I need to think of it in a more playful way. Victoria’s book focuses on that process and the inspiration it can lead to. Such a great approach!

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In world full of pattern books, this one helps you find your way and voice with play and who wouldn’t want that?? BTW – my favorite color to “play” with is blue. I’m always turning to my blue stash!

Now who wants to win a copy? If it’s a US winner they will receive a hard copy of the book, and an international winner will receive an electronic copy of the book, direct from C&T. Just leave a comment here on this post and I’ll pick a random winner on Dec. 12th.

Be sure to check out the rest of the tour!

Nov 29: Pat Sloan
Nov 30: Fat Quarter Shop
Dec 1st: Karen Griska
Dec 2nd: Angela Walters
Dec 3rd: Generation Q
Dec 4th: Tonya Ricucci
Dec 5th: Michele Foster
Dec 6th: Scott Hansen
Dec 7th: Amy Ellis
Dec 8th: Rachael daisy
Dec 9th: Jackie Kunkel
Dec. 10th: C & T Publishing

LAMQG retreat

I was able to sneak away this past weekend for a quick day at the LAMQG retreat. It always looks like a sewing bomb went off in the room at these things…

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It was so much fun to get to just chit chat with friends and sew for a day. I actually didn’t get that much sewing in but did tons of quilt back making and basting…

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…and got a start on my Center City quilt.

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A lot more work to be done but I’m on my way!

For those of you in the States I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Here I am!

I’ve been gone a bit, huh? Sorry about that – just lots on my plate these days!

I have managed to get this top finished up. I love it. It might be my favorite quilt that I’ve made. Though that tends to happen with the latest project I’m working on…

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While making everything line up took a lot of attention, the hardest part was trimming the edges on the bias. HARD when you don’t have a large space to lay the quilt out on. My solution was to put it up on my design wall, draw the lines on with chalk and cut the edges with scissors. Not perfect, but I’ll square it up again once it’s quilted!

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Now to think through the quilting… suggestions welcome!