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2014 Quilting To-Do List: Update 7

I had a surprisingly productive month! And although I put two projects aside, I did cross some things off my to-do list that I was dragging my feed on (buying supplies, finishing binding). I’m at the point where I’m nearing the end of a few of my projects. I’m happy to permanently get them off my list and on the wall or bed they belong on! (Find out more about my goals this year in my resolutions blog – read it here.) Four more months this year to finish the five projects I chose. Since the holidays get busy in the magazine world, I’m hoping for one more very productive month so I’m not panicking by the time Christmas hits!

 

On my to-do list this year:

 

I finished the last 20 of my Tula blocks! Now time to choose a sashing color that will match brown, blue, teal, and green! See all my blocks here.

 

 

Nine of the blocks for the Globetrotting Block of the Month are done. The quilt is almost done! I love all blocks equally in this and love the fabric line. I hope I have enough time before the end of the year to quilt and bind it.

 

Finally got the binding done and all the layers ready to quilt. This is the first quilt I started (and obviously one that I put on hold for awhile). I’m ready to get it off my design wall and hanging in my house.

 

In a burst of energy over Labor Day weekend I almost got the Quilts and More Fall Welcome Home wall hanging done. A little bit of binding left to sew on and some embellishments to make, but I’ll be ready for cooler temps when they come!

 

I have some tips for jumpstarting your creativity. (See my tips for making your list here.)

1. Take time off. While it’s important to be creative every day to keep the juices flowing, it’s also alright to take some time off from your to-do list. I took time this month to be creative while reading, gardening, and baking. And while I did do some quilting, it was a gift that was not on my to-do list. Taking a break gives you the energy and motivation to move ahead on your projects.

2. Do what you feel. With nicer weather this month, I didn’t want to be cooped inside at my sewing machine. I, instead, opted for a lot of cutting. I liked being on my feet with some music playing. And touching the pretty fabric was a nice stress reliever after a long day. I still made progress on a quilt, but it wasn’t something that was time-consuming or felt like work

3. Let your mind wander. We always say in the office that sitting at your desk and thinking counts as work. While it may seem silly to let your mind wander while you’re working on a quilt, sometimes the best ideas or creative spark come from just sitting. If you’re not feeling the creative process, look at some quilting magazines, browse some websites for inspiration, or go to a store to look at fabric. You’ll be surprised how this can jumpstart your motivation!

 

Happy quilting in 2014! Share your own quilting to-do list in the comments and make sure to check back to  see my progress.

Lindsay

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Trend Talk: Type Prints

Every month, we highlight a trend in quilting and show you how you can add this hip style to your projects!

This month, we’re all about fabric with words! We’re writers, so we’ve obviously always loved the look of printed text on fabric. But we’re starting to see a lot of word fabric on the market now, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! From standout prints to tone-on-tones, word fabric can take on a lot of different looks!

 

 

Type fabric for your shopping list (in order going clockwise):

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100 Modern Quilt Blocks: Month 8

 

I’m done! I’m done! I’m done! (Almost…)

 

I finished the last 20 blocks in my Tula Pink‘s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks!  quilt! I now have 100 blocks in 5 different color ways: brown, teal, blue, light green, and dark green. You can see my dark greens above. (See my previous posts for my progress and tips for choosing color and patterns.)

 

I’m not going to lie. I wasn’t very careful with these last 20 blocks. I was so excited to finish and a little short on free time to sew, so I pulled a few late nights to work on them. There’s two blocks in the set above that don’t look like the ones in the book, because I sewed the parts together wrong. I could definitely go back and redo them, but I think it’s all part of the charm of a sampler quilt. It will be a little reminder to me about the process of making this quilt (and something that no one else will notice).

 

I’m going to let this one sit for awhile, so I can think about the design and what color sashing I want (post any suggestions you have in the comments!).

 

Buy Tula’s book here and play along with us!

 

Happy quilting,

Lindsay

 

 

 

 


Blogs We <3 This Month

Once a month, we highlight blogs our staff is reading right now!

 

 

The Cottage Mama

If you consider yourself the domestic type (or wish you were), this blog is perfect for you! Blog owner Lindsay is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (#4 is coming soon), a business owner, and still manages to get sewing projects done. Her blog is full of sewing and crafting tutorials, cute clothes patterns for kids, and even recipes and party inspiration! She also frequently does giveaways, so it’s worth it to make this blog part of your daily routine.

Read her blog here.

 

Jaybird Quilts

Julie Herman is a master of tutorials! Her step-by-step photos are so clear and she is always willing to share a tip for making it easier! (If you haven’t already, check out her rulers — they’re life-changing tools!) She also frequently posts pictures of her readers’ projects using her patterns and rulers making her blog a one-stop shop for quilt ideas and inspiration. On top of that, Julie is the cutest and we’ve been stalking her upcoming nuptials like the Royal Wedding.

Read her blog here.

 

 

The Sewing Loft

Blog owner Heather should be your go-to gal for when you have a sewing question that you’re too afraid to ask. Her tutorials on sewing machine feet, binding and so much more take the guesswork out of the topics every sewer should know! And one of our personal faves is How To Hang A Mini Quilt (you think you know, but you don’t!). She’s never short on ideas, and her daily blogs are constantly creative, inspiring, and super helpful!

Read her blog here.

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2014 Quilting To-Do List: Update 6

My month of relaxation is over. After almost two weeks or vacation time in July, I’m back to the grind. And while I did get a little sewing done this month, I concentrated on a quilt for a gift and a lot of reading. (Find out more about my goals this year in my resolutions blog – read it here.) My month off helped me regain focus on my projects and helped me look forward to working on my quilts for fun instead of a chore.

 

On my to-do list this year:

 

 

I got the last 20 blocks for this quilt cut out! Only a little more sewing to do and then I get to start the fun process of designing this quilt!

 

 

I got four more of the  American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Along blocks done. Only 7 more blocks to go! Check out everyone’s blocks on Instagram if you need motivation or ideas (search: #apqquiltalong).

 

Seven of the blocks for the Globetrotting Block of the Month are done. The next block came out today, so I’ll be working on this soon!

 

I have some tips for jumpstarting your creativity. (See my tips for making your list here.)

1. Take time off. While it’s important to be creative every day to keep the juices flowing, it’s also alright to take some time off from your to-do list. I took time this month to be creative while reading, gardening, and baking. And while I did do some quilting, it was a gift that was not on my to-do list. Taking a break gives you the energy and motivation to move ahead on your projects.

2. Do what you feel. With nicer weather this month, I didn’t want to be cooped inside at my sewing machine. I, instead, opted for a lot of cutting. I liked being on my feet with some music playing. And touching the pretty fabric was a nice stress reliever after a long day. I still made progress on a quilt, but it wasn’t something that was time-consuming or felt like work

3. Let your mind wander. We always say in the office that sitting at your desk and thinking counts as work. While it may seem silly to let your mind wander while you’re working on a quilt, sometimes the best ideas or creative spark come from just sitting. If you’re not feeling the creative process, look at some quilting magazines, browse some websites for inspiration, or go to a store to look at fabric. You’ll be surprised how this can jumpstart your motivation!

 

Happy quilting in 2014! Share your own quilting to-do list in the comments and make sure to check back to  see my progress.

Lindsay

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