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2017

June Recap

* Life got so crazy that I'm posting this 2 weeks into August! Sorry


June was an awesome month in the Wahn household.  Summer is in full swing, the garden beds are bursting, the girls practically live in the baby pool, and my days are split between play time and quilting.  Unfortunately for Handsomepants, work has been crazy.  June not only means the end of the fiscal quarter, but also the end of the fiscal year (he's a financial reporter for the state) and the state went live with an incredibly glitchy new computing system which has just compounded the normal stress of meeting work deadlines. I don't know how he likes his job, but he does, and I'm thankful for that.

I've also gotten lots of quilting done this month!  I've been able to get lots done and actually start preparing for a big, little something I'm thinking about launching in September, but I'll keep you posted on that as we get closer to launching!

 

Resolution: Blogging

I'll admit that I may have overstepped my initial New Years resolution to publish a blog post every week.  That's a goal that is overly ambitious  so I'm changing my resolution to publishing a post every other week. Two quality posts a month is a more realistic goal to work with my daily schedule, be a present mother, and sleep at night.  That being said, here are the links to June's posts in case you missed any of them.  

"Independence Day" Quilt Pattern

 

RESOLUTION: QAL's

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The Quilter's Planner QAL treated me very well this month.  I made the community spotlight on Angie's blog over that GnomeAngle again!  And I won the monthly drawing - woohoo!  Deanne over at Stitches Quilting sponsored May's giveaway, a generous $100 gift card!  It very quickly burned a hole in my pocket when I picked up two fat quarter bundles (Arbor Blossom by Nadra Ridgeway and Posy Garden by Carina Gardner both for Riley Blake), a new Olfa cutting mat, and some fork pins (which are amazing!).  And because Deanna is so awesome, she also sent me a mini charm pack of Bitter Sweet by Sue Daley Designs for Riley Blake.

52 Weeks with the Quilter's Planner

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Sewcial Bee Sampler

I'll admit that i missed this one this month!  Good thing there are no penalties for falling behind!

 

Resolution: Finish WIPs

Bust! Instead of trying to finish one of the many quilts awaiting quilting or binding, I decided to start a new project.  It's what I do people, don't hold my character flaws against me!

A couple of years ago at a quilt fair in Denver I waited until the last moment to to buy fabrics, and I made out like a bandit snagging up super deep discounts.  One of the things I bought was a bag of precut 3" squares for $1!  The fabrics were all calicoes or gingham, and to be honest, not all of the patterns appealed to me, but it was a $1!

I dug out the bag and grabbed an old white sheet and started making Granny Squares.  I have another post coming up about it, so keep tuned for that!

I did restart a baby quilt though! A good friend is having her second baby and I transferred a couple of embroidery patterns onto negative space on the quilt top that I'm going to use instead of a free motion quilt pattern.  I wanted a sweet, floral feel for the quilt, and nothing beats vintage embroidery for that!

 

I'll talk about why July was such a bust for me in the July Recap post, but I hope that August is just as productive in quilting that June was!

Hope you guys have all been having a great summer!

Happy Quilting!

- Rita

Hello 2017! Resolutions and To Do's

What a crazy year 2016 was! For me and mine it was a great year with big changes: we bought a house, had a baby, Goose is rocking preschool, and Handsomepants made some improvements in his office and therefore his career. I'll never understand accounting , but I'm glad he enjoys it. Despite some little hick ups like a miserable drive to Wisconsin for the holidays (Wisconsin was great, the drive was not) and M breaking a finger the day after Christmas, this last year was awesome Like everyone in the world I've made some New Years resolutions, and I hope to actually follow through with them. 

Rita's 2017 Quilting Resolutions

  • publish one blog post a week
  • organize my quilting closet (achieved 2/7/2017)
  • join and complete three quilt-a-longs
  • make a quilt completely hand sewn from start to finish
  • perfect the art of machine binding
  • finish 10 WIP's

 

1. Blogging

The first is consistent writing.  Writing a blog post takes way more preparation and work than I had anticipated when I first started this blog.  But knowing that I have 1 or 2 readers (Hi Mom!) gives me a sense of accountability to someone other than myself.  It doesn't allow me to get lazy.  All the other resolutions don't have the same level of accountability so I've come up with an action plan for actually following through with them.

 

2. Organize the Quilt Closet

Since we moved, Handsomepants asked if I could keep my quilting contained, instead of spread all throughout the house.  I laid claim to the entire closet under the basement stairs to store all of my quilting stuff.  All of my things have been unpacked but haven't been organized.  When we moved I took an extensive inventory of all of my quilting supplies, and we somehow ended up with an extra dresser so I'm planning on using that for fabric storage.  With such a chore, I'm determined to get it right the first time and to do so I'm going to designate an entire weekend to organizing the closet.

 

3. Join 3 QAL's

I've never done a quilt-a-long before but they always look so fun. The first one I've decided to join the Quilter's Planner QAL hosted by Angie at Gnomeangle.  It's a 52 week QAL with a block a week.  I'm afraid I'm cheating a bit on this QAL since I've decided not to buy the Quilter's Planner, but with a tight budget this year it's a bit out of the question.  That does disqualify me from prizes, but not from participation.  I like the idea of being part of a community, both in the blogsphere and on Instagram, where you post the weekly blocks in the QAL.  I haven't decided which other quilt-a-longs I want to take part in, but I'll keep you posted on those when they come up.

 

4. Make a Quilt Completely by Hand

This is something that's actually on my Dream Quilt List.  Hand quilting is something that can seem arduous and in a world of instant gratification and the vast variety of amazing sewing machines, quilting and piecing can be done in a flash.  It's easy to prefer faster methods of quilting, especially when you're excited to use all the yummy fabrics you bought the week before or when you have a deadline for birthdays, graduations, and baby showers.  Hand sewn quilts aren't very common any more and I love the look and feel of them.  To help with my first resolution of consistent blogging, I think this is a project I'll keep you updated on throughout the year.  

 

5. Perfect Machine Binding / 6. Finish 10 wips

I have to admit that binding a quilt is not my favorite part of the creative process. Neither is quilting if I'm going to be completely honest, but it's an absolute thrill to piece the tops of quilts. I think that's probably why I have so many WIP's on my to-do list.  I get distracted or bored as soon as I baste a quilt.  Since I have so many WIP's I'm going to concentrate on using the binding foot for my sewing machine to perfectly bind the half-made quilts waiting for me.  I know that some of the WIP's are only unfinished because I gave up on the binding.  So this year I resolve to practice and perfect my least favorite aspect of quilt making.

I'm not particularly excited about the binding resolution I've committed to, but it will improve my quilting skills.  I think that's what New Year's resolutions are all about, improving yourself.  It only makes sense that I should try to improve my skills so that my quilts aren't sub-par since I give almost every quilt away as a gift.  I want every stitch to be perfectly placed so that the recipients of my quilts know how much time and thought I put into a gift for them.

What are your New Year's resolutions? Do you have skills you want to improve or projects you want to finish? Leave a comment and let me know!

Happy Quilting!

- Rita