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March 2017 Recap

March in Denver was beautiful!  Temperatures were in the 70's, spring was in the air, the grill was pulled out from the depths of the garage, and it rained the last week of the month!  It rains so little here in CO that the pitter-patter of rain drops is a treat for me.  Plus, any extra moisture on the ground helps postpone the start of forest fire season, which is kinda important!  

To me, rain and spring means open windows and fresh air, tulips and trees in bloom, and laying on pretty quilts spread over new grass.  I definitely was in more a quilting mood in March than I was in February, and I got a lot more done because of it!  Here's my monthly recap to see how my New Year's resolutions are keeping up:

Resolution: Blogging

I was more consistent with blogging this month, I published several posts and I did some serious housekeeping on the blog in preparation for the 2017 New Quilter's Blog Hop hosted by Yvonne over at Quilting Jet Girl.  I am very excited about how this is going to work, and things should start picking up the second week of April!  Stay tuned to see more over the next couple of weeks!

Resolution: Joining 3 QAL's

The Quilter's Planner Quilt-A-Long has been awesome and challenging to say the least!  I was a bit reserved about paying so much for the planner, but I justified the purchase with cost analysis of the number of patterns that came with the planner.But let me tell you that planner is worth every penny!  I have learned so much by participating in this QAL, and my skills have improved noticeably (Handsomepants can vouch for that) that I will certainly be pre-ordering the 2018 planner in the fall!

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Because the whole family was so sick throughout February, I almost missed a couple of deadlines.  I prepared a head of time and sewed a few extra blocks, I'm hoping to give myself some breathing room to meet future deadlines in case life gets a little crazy again.  Here's all of the blocks I've made so far.  I'm pleasantly surprised at how much I like the quilt, because I don't normally like black and pink paired together, but that color choice was a something I challenged myself with when I started this project.  I have to admit that I'm starting to get nervous about the finished size of the quilt.  I knew the blocks were large (12"), but this is only about half of the blocks.  I'm thinking that I won't have a backing to this quilt, instead both sides will be the "top."  I've also been thinking about the finished lay out of the quilt, I can't decide if I want to set the blocks on point or not, but I do know that I want to use black sashing.  

Some more exciting news regarding the Quilter's Planner QAL, Miss Angie at GnomeAngle was generous to feature one of my blocks for the second time!  Every week, she showcases 9 participants she thinks her readers would benefit from following on Instagram.  She featured me last month too!  If I'm not careful I might start to get a big head!

Click on the picture to AngleGnome's blog to find links to other lovely ladies where featured here, there is some serious talent to be found on their Instagram accounts! 


The Sewcial Bee Sampler hosted Maureen over at MaureenCracknellHandmade has been agony, and I mean that in the best way possible!  I know that the point of a QAL is to work a bit at a time, but man oh man is it hard to be patient waiting every week for a new block to be released!  I'm kicking around the idea of starting a second quilt in some kind of monochrome variation too, but I should probably finish some of my WIPs first.


I've also been working on a wedding quilt for some friends (who got married in September) and I am soooooooo close to being done with the top stitching.  I'm just one of those people who looses steam on a project once the novelty of it disappears and I just need to muscle through it.  I also need to stop watching K-drama when I work on it, because I honestly spend more time reading subtitles than I do quilting!  I'll update on this quilt once it's finished, hopefully by next week!

How're you keeping up on quilting?  Have you met any New Year's resolutions yet?  Share them below and we can celebrate together!

 

Happy Quilting!

-  Rita

February 2017 Recap

Holy Spamoni, where did February go! It seems to me that the second month of the year literally disappeared overnight! February was a month of change and mess in our household.  Handsomepants has been working his butt off, he's financial reporter for Medicaid for the state and he's had major deadlines recently.  I started 2 jobs (because, ya know, why not?) as a personal Norwex consultant and as a children's karate instructor.  The girls are just crazy awesome as usual, and Little Man has started cutting teeth so everyone is sleep deprived, and I was diagnosed with pink eye... for three weeks straight! 

Needless to say, my quilting resolution accomplishments were not as spectacular as they were last month.  

Resolution: Blogging

FAIL! I think I posted once in February and it was probably my January Recap.  This is definitely a resolution where I need to pick up the slack.

Resolution: Join 3 QAL's

So far I have been doing quite well with keeping up with my quilt alongs, which seems to be the only quilting I've been doing lately.  

The 52 Week Quilter's Planner quilt along hosted by Angie at Gnome Angle was been awesome!  In January when I decided to join the QAL, I decided to challenge myself and I gave myself two restrictions: 1. I can only use what fabric I already have to make the blocks, 2. I can only use a color pallet that I wouldn't normally choose.  That means that my color pallet is largely based on black and pink.  Not that those aren't great colors, but I'm not a fan of that combination, and to my surprise I am very pleased with how these blocks are turning out!

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I've also been following along with the Sewcial Bee Sampler by Maureen Cracknell and I'm having a blast!  Tuesdays can't come fast enough when I have to wait for the new blocks to be released every week.  I suppose that's how QAL's are supposed to run, but oh the anticipation!

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Exciting News!

For as poorly as I've been performing in quilting lately, I do have some exciting things to share!

First, and this is completely a point of hubris, is that one of my blocks for Quilter's Planner QAL was featured on Angie's blog!  You see the proof for yourself here!

Second, I am very humbled and very excited to have been selected to join the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Hop hosted by Yvonne at Quilting Jet Girl! OMG what have I gotten myself into!?! I'm hoping for some fun!

Maybe this will be the kick-in-the-butt I need to be more consistant with my blogging, finger's crossed!

Happy Quilting!

- RIta