Every Little Thing Counts: Part 2

http://wc8voa.org/author/wb0npn/ In the first post, I was talking about making little efforts even when you don’t feel like it and how every little action can yield noticeable achievements. Today, I want to talk about the little changes I have been making to my sewing routine.

When I started sewing again this year after the holidays, I noticed my favorite rotary cutter was faulty 🙁 I had left it opened the last time I used it and it obviously fell…I don’t know when or how but anyway, the blade doesn’t retract and I can’t cut with it anymore (I won’t make that mistake again!!!). I switched to my newer cutter which I recalled or so I thought that I only just changed the blade and I was so frustrated because cutting was such a struggle. In my head I couldn’t believe or even accept the fact that a dull blade was the source of my headache but alas I changed the blade and hmm it cuts like knife through butter 🙂 Continue reading “Every Little Thing Counts: Part 2”

The Quilting Process: The fun bit!

OK, welcome back. Let’s do a quick recap of how far we’ve come on our journey…what you need to know before you start here √, Quiltspiration and how choosing your pattern or block is the starting point of the process here √ Alright then…you are up to date 😉 !

Earlier last week, I was feeling so crappy and cranky about things that had nothing to do with my quilting or so I thought, but somehow it was creeping into my quilting sessions and I was making mistakes all over the place.  I became literally bored to my bones with the customs I was working on…No, No, No, we can’t have that!!! 🙁 I needed to do something and I needed to do it fast. Continue reading “The Quilting Process: The fun bit!”

Experience or Laziness?

The other day I was working on a block and it must have been my state of mind at the time but I decided to try something different. I was working on a project with lots of corner triangles (can’t post that yet) and usually I’d mark and pin my square pieces before piecing, I mean perfection is all that important right or not ;).  Well this time I tried a tip I’ve seen in a few places and even tried a couple of times on my own for accurate 1/4″ seam. I reached for my draping tape…if you’ve ever seen an episode of Project Runway then you know the one I’m talking about? Continue reading “Experience or Laziness?”

THE WEEKEND THAT WAS

Few weeks ago, my very first paying client contacted me about replacement pillowcases for the ones I made earlier (almost 2 years now…) to change things up she said, she wanted me to stay within the same color scheme as before. I was kinda booked but I knew I couldn’t turn her down or push it till after I completed my current commitments … decisions decisions –  I thought if I could just sacrifice a little comfort time I can get it done for her without disrupting the plans I had for my current project. Final decision, I’d dedicate my weekend sewing marathon to it, I wasn’t banking on the fact that the terrible pain in my abdomen and back will finally drive me to the hospital!!!. Continue reading “THE WEEKEND THAT WAS”

#QuiltinginNigeria Series: Quilt, Quilting…what?

When someone asks me what I do, I reply I work as a Computer Analyst in the Civil Service and I Quilt then wait for what’s coming next or not…hehehehe. On some occasions depending on if I was talking face to face or chatting, I have to follow up with a picture of what I mean by a Quilt and get responses like oh you make duvets or oh you do patchwork…huh? You are probably wondering…are they wrong? well not entirely but there’s more to a Quilt than being just a form of bedding (find out more as we go along) and you could say patchwork is one layer of the Quilt. Continue reading “#QuiltinginNigeria Series: Quilt, Quilting…what?”

No Resolutions…Only Committments

Happy new year Dearests,

I wish you an amazing year filled with nothing but beautiful things!

It’s already 8 days into the new year and though I haven’t done any sewing, i’m excited about the Commissioned work already lined up so far.

I’m still reflecting on 2015 and like previous years before it, there were resolutions left underachieved, goals not met but you know what…it’s absolutely OK! 2016 is a brand new opportunity to get back on track towards achieving those goals. This year, I’m not even making any cliche list of resolutions. All I want is to be my best self in everything, to push harder, work harder, and make every effort to achieve more in all I set out to do. Continue reading “No Resolutions…Only Committments”

I need a new PLAYMATE!

I’m not even going to lie, I’ve probably been on the hunt for a sewing machine for over a year now… I know right! My current Machine which I’ve had for over 3 years has been surprisingly useful but it’s breaking down more often now and I don’t have a choice but to get a replacement/ supplementary one. At the time I got my sewing machine, I just wanted to indulge my passion for sewing and fashion design…how’d I get into quilting? well that’s story for another day.  My point is I got a machine that was fit for purpose at the time and now that I’m all about quilting…it’s no longer as fit for purpose.

Meanwhile, I have a couple of potentials that seem achievable within my budget (hmm not exactly within my budget… there has to be something left over for fabrics right!). Continue reading “I need a new PLAYMATE!”

Hitting the breaking point? – The struggle for a focused mind

A normal working day for me starts around 7 am (I have 2 alarms before that…snoozing is a part of life!) and ends anytime between 12 am -3 am (I swear I’m not insomniac – I just don’t tend to sleep early… 🙂 and yes I’m one of those people that sleeps with my PC, tablet and phone right where I can reach them)

Right now I’m palpitating, frustrated because here we go again! I’m not having a panic attack am I? I’ve been at my desk at work for a couple of hours now and in that time I’ve done and thought about everything and nothing! Continue reading “Hitting the breaking point? – The struggle for a focused mind”