Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Behind the Kate

Lately I've done a lot more thinking about quilting, than actually quilting.


Here's the little sis' holding the quilt requested from the older sis'

So here are my thoughts:

1. I thought about my blog and what I REALLY want from it.

2. Then I thought about my style and how I approach quilting.

3. Then I OVER analyzed my abilities and came up with a list of shortcomings.

4. Then I felt inadequate and subsequently unsure of myself.

5. Then came the loss of my desire to sew.  It was painful to even think about sewing.

I'm not the only one who faces these "quilt mind demons," right?  Why do we let this happen to ourselves?  We need to be critical of our work to improve, right? Why do we let comparison or critics be the thief of our joy?

When you feel burnt out and unconfident, what do you do to rise above the quilting blues?

I took a break from sewing and from my quilt blog reading (I really do love you all, but I needed a complete separation).  Who could concentrate on finding peace when you have all of those wonderful pictures and projects to see and read about?  You all continue to amaze me!

I'm slowly getting back into sewing.  The request from my sister came at a good time and a simple quilt project is what I needed.  I also joined a Friday Night Sew Along group on Instagram (#fridaynightsewalong) and the support from my fellow quilters boosted my sewing confidence.  Thanks Sarah of Sarah Quilts!



Seriously, who doesn't love all the quilters?  We have such a wonderful community and I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to get to know everyone.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Handstitching

To hand-quilt or to machine quilt, that is the question...



I find that this is an interesting question to ask quilters.  There are some who enjoy the hand-quilting and believe this to be the best way, while others love the speed and consistency or "look" of the machine quilting.  Some quilters are more passionate than others with their opinions.

For me, I enjoy the hand-quilting, but can only get myself to do it every four quilts or so.  And sometimes I only do it when I have a tight deadline.  Wait, isn't hand-quilting supposed to take longer?  Sometimes yes, but my trusted quilter tends to have a 3-4 turn around and sometimes a girl does not have that scheduled into her timeline. 



This weekend I started hand-quilting an adorable project for my niece.  She is turning eight and in my faith, it's a big milestone.  As a part of this milestone, my sister asked for a quilt...with a short timeline.  The result is a simpler quilt that I'm excited to share, but I'm waiting on finishing the hand-quilting first!



The quilt features some of the Wee Wander fabric along with prints from my stash.  To make the quilt more snuggly, I used a "flamingo" colored minky for the backing.  The coral color lent itself well to some pearl cotton and I'm now off to the races.

By the way, it's a little tougher to hand quilt through minky...just an fyi.

Crossing my fingers I can get this hand-quilted this weekend!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Alive Alive Alive: Quilting Priorities

My husband enjoys taking long bicycle rides in the mornings before he heads to school and on Saturdays.  Sometimes he takes a bit longer than expected, but he always texts or calls me "Alive! Alive! Alive!" when he arrives home safely.

So quilters, I'm alive! alive! alive! and have arrived in my new home safely.  There's still a lot of unpacking to do, but I made sure I had my priorities straight:

 
Design Wall is wrinkled, but up!
 
I can't begin to describe how wonderful it is to have something "pretty" on the walls while we unpack.  It gives me a sense of accomplishment and a huge boost of motivation to unpack.  I need to make room for the sewing machine!
 
Hope you all are doing well and are "alive!"

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Finished: April Showers Plus Quilt

Yes!  It's finished!



It features fabric from Bonnie & Camille's April Showers line and several low volume prints (including my coveted chicken wire fabric).  The circular quilting compliments (at least I think so!) all of the right angles in the quilt.



Backing is a crossword print I found on clearance!  Yay for cute backings that are awesome!



I was tempted to wait for yardage so that I could get the navy bias stripe for the binding, but the solid navy stole my heart.  Love how it gives an edge to the quilt.

Quilt measures roughly 52" x 60".  Quilting done by my LQS, Cutting Edge Quilts and the quilting design is called "Champagne Bubbles"

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Best, Kate

PS.  Anyone else use PicMonkey?  I love it, but it no longer supports my browser... and I didn't feel like upgrading tonight... please don't steal my pictures :)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Nearly Wordless Wednesday

Nearly wordless Wednesday brought to you by moving boxes!
 
 
And wonderful packages from Kelsey at Everyday Fray.  Go check her and Amanda out!  They're fabulous ladies who are so very sweet and supportive.
 
 
Kelsey knows my favorite color is blue and that cute zippered pouch is perfect!  Plus she sent some fabric to "round out" my blue-heavy stash.
 
 
 
 
A quick baby shower gift - gauzey swaddle blanket perfect for desert summers.  Material can be found here.
 
 
 
Scrappy triangle remnants from the on-going scrappy x blocks.
 
Check back on Friday, when I share my April Showers finished project!


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Relapse: Fabric Diet Takes a Hit

For those who follow along on Facebook or Instagram (quartermilequilts), you noticed that I had a *minor* setback in my fabric diet.

But with this Jack and Lulu collection named "London Calling," can you blame me?



I'm not usually partial to novelty prints, but this collection had me at "cheerio" (ok I know it's cheesy...I couldn't help myself!) The little double decker buses and the crowns are my favorites, although the soldiers are pretty awesome, too.

Oh well, at least I'm making progress on my scrappy x blocks. 




I'm pretty sure that this quilt will be fantastic.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Scrap Busting: Blues & Greens

One of my favorite movies, Sneakers, shares a interesting lesson: you can learn a lot about a person by going through their trash.


I think you can learn a lot about a quilter by going through their scraps.  You can get a sense of their taste in fabric, what colors they tend to use, sometimes you can see what patterns they have used recently (I have a few Dresden pieces myself).

For me, you can readily see that I use and LOVE the color blue.  I'm quite obsessed with it really.



 Blue Scrappy X Block Progress

Green is the next favorite, followed by neutrals. 


Howie has enjoyed inspecting my piles.


Red and purple follow next, with yellow and orange dead last.

As I mentioned in my last post, we're moving in the near future and I'm trying to get my fabric collection ready to move.  It should be fairly easy as everything has a place, but things have been feeling a bit cramped lately.  I keep my scraps in plastic bins separated by color and the blue bin was running over with scraps.

I decided that I would do a combination of cutting strips for my herringbone project, then strips for my new scrap project - scrappy X blocks, then smaller pieces into the 2.5" for hexagons and finally 2" squares for a new granny square quilt.  So much cutting, with great results.  It was a perfect project for the Winter Olympic marathon!



Piles of blue scraps

So far, I've made it through my blue and green scraps and am getting ready to dive into the red and purple collection.

So excuse me while I go back to my rotary cutter, mat, and my collection of Psych dvds.