Hello from the other side!

Hello again everyone, if you received my earlier post We are moving then you know we are in a new location. So far everything looks about right but please let me know of any observations, issues or questions in your comments… Thanks!

Besides welcoming you to the new location, I thought I should share with you some of the projects I’ve been working on as mentioned here. As a follow up on that post, I mentioned I was attaching the backing and finishing off my Quilt-As-You-Go Queen Size Quilt…I can gladly report it’s done!Read more: Hello from the other side!

English Paper Piecing (EPP) : Making your template

I remembered when I was first introduced to  English Paper Piecing in beginner’s class, I thought it was cool and easy.  On one hand I thought I am not sure I’ll be doing a lot of this (not a fan of hand stitching – I think it takes forever) and on the other hand I thought this is going to be great to carry with me anywhere. Lately, it has become handy for keeping busy at those times when due to electricity outage I can’t use my electric machine.

Anyway, I have been doing bits and pieces of EPP mostly Hexagons and a brief experiment with diamonds but I got tired of those. I wanted other interesting designs that would be easy for me to make…I’m terrible at following patterns so it had to be something I could figure out on my own. Plus I have all these invitation cards from A box full of Junk that needed recycling 🙂 .Read more: English Paper Piecing (EPP) : Making your template

Decisions, Decisions… A new work in progress

Welcome back everyone! Now that the blog hop is done and holiday is over, it’s time to move on to a new project ?

I pieced the center of this work in progress last year but it ended in the unfinished object pile because I couldn’t decide what to do with it then. I picked it up again this year and added some borders. Then I planned to add a bigger border to take it to the desired size (A double bed size) but I wasn’t completely sold, so it went back into the UFO pile.Read more: Decisions, Decisions… A new work in progress

A trip to the Park – Part 2

In Part 1 of this post, I shared about my trip to the Millennium Park with my photographer colleague who did a generous work of photographing my recently finished quilts and how we took too many photos to share in one post so here are the rest of them. I love making mini quilts (about 18″) they’ve been the perfect way for me to develop my quilting skills, I make 18″ minis to practice new techniques, try out new blocks and as practice piece for my free motion or straight quilting. I usually end up making most into throw pillows so when a friend contacted me to make some for her mum, I excitedly agreed.

I spoke to her mum to discuss colors and she said to use my discretion (this is what I love to hear -what does my discretion mean though? perhaps in another post). She described her space and I figured I’ll settle for a gray background and just add various colors to that. I found this variegated gray fabric that works perfectly (I think I am obsessed with variegated fabrics by the way). I couldn’t decide on a color palette but worked from what I had in my stash. I shared my progress with her and she has decided she will like me to include some with black background, coffee brown and touch of yellow so I have more minis to make when I finish my current project. In the meantime, here’s what I’ve made so far 🙂

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In other news, I’m currently working on my block for the Cloud 9 Blog Hop and wow…writing a pattern and a tutorial is major work! I am about doing my second test block as my measurement was wayyyy off the first attempt and I missed a lot of steps in the instruction. Much kudos to pattern writers and people that post tutorials!!! I’m happy I signed up for the blog hop though, it is challenging me on so many levels and who doesn’t like a challenge :).

As always, thanks for stopping by and I’ll love to hear your thoughts on writing a tutorial post. For my block there are irregular shapes like diamonds to cut out, would it be better to include templates or will instruction on cutting suffice? I also found useful links to a clear instructions on cutting irregular shapes, is it OK to include that instead? Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week.

Sola 🙂

The Quilting Process: Basting your Quilt

There has been a huge break in transmission on this series but if you’ve been following my latest posts, I have practically been talking, more like lamenting about this next process in all of them. Anyhow, congratulations on successfully piecing you Quilt top! Now we move on to the next stage and that’s preparing your sandwich (no you won’t be needing bread hahaha) it’s time to baste that baby ?. Basting is the process of “sandwiching” your three layers of top, batting and backing together in preparation for actual quilting. Depending on the size of your project, this could be fun if ever or this could be a major task headache but you can’t skip this process trust me I would if I could …unfortunately I do not have a long arm quilter anywhere near that I would have passed this onto (You only need to send the pieced top and backing fabric right or how does that work?). Read more: The Quilting Process: Basting your Quilt

“Playing Along”: A work in Progress

This was supposed to be part of my #workinprogresswednesday post and for some reason I keep feeling like it’s Wednesday today…so let’s just go along with it shall we?

I recently moved on to a new project after unashamedly abandoning my previous project due to the fear of basting at least for now 🙁 . In the previous post about my new project which I have decided to name “Nautical” …thanks Tierney 🙂 I shared my fabric choices, my chosen pattern and progress as at the time of the post. Today I’m just going to post a quick update of what I’ve done so far.Read more: “Playing Along”: A work in Progress

I’ve moved on!

Yes I have…moved on to a new project *insert any cheeky smiley here*. Remember that post about procrastination? turns out I’m back right where I started …creatively procrastinating!  Meanwhile, I am giving myself a major pat on the back for successfully quilting this giant quilt with spirals that seems to literally take forever and thus completing the Quilt top! Now it’s time for that horrific part of the quilting process…Basting! If you have been following my Quilting process series then you know the next post should be about basting and quilting but for the life of me I can’t come up with a strategy for that post. I’m worried it will be such a lamentation that might scare a fellow beginner quilter to death and we definitely don’t want that *gasps*!Read more: I’ve moved on!

Sighting of the moon and a work in Progress

Eid Mubarak! Happy Eid- el- Fitr to all the Muslims around the world…Have a good one!

The Nigerian Federal Government announced Tuesday the 5th  and Wednesday the 6th of July as public holidays for the celebration of Eid-el-Fitr which marks the end of the Muslim fast…*I did my happy dance*. I’ve been so behind on my current projects thanks to work and the fact that I’ve been away from home for the past 2 weeks with absolutely no sewing. Consequently, I was overjoyed at the thought of 2 days uninterrupted quilting “all things being equal” and believe me a lot can go wrong to change that for instance, there might be no electricity…Yes you read that right! I still live in that part of the world where uninterrupted electricity is a dream waiting to be fulfilled!Read more: Sighting of the moon and a work in Progress

It’s “Game on” at the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

I hate to admit it but everyone might actually be right…It’s very possible I am addicted to fabric shopping but isn’t every Quilter or maybe not?  Anyway, on this faithful day, Fabric.com sent an email about having sales on certain fabric lines including their Disney Character panels. I remembered in that mail they had this Princess Sofia panel that was really pretty…You probably know where I am heading with this right? Nevertheless, I followed the link with the intention of feeding my eyes (One day I’d actually do just that) and check out what the sales were all about. One thing led to another and before you know it, there were about 30 panels in my basket! I closed the page in my guilt and kept going back and forth removing and adding over the next few days before the sales stopped…long  story short, I ended up getting 17 panels only (ssshhh let it be our little secret 😉 )Read more: It’s “Game on” at the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

The Ying Yang

It’s my first wedding anniversary today and I can’t even believe it’s been a year already…feels like only few months ago that I was stressing about wedding plans and all that. Anyway, it’s been a journey but I’m glad for this new phase of my life. You know there has to be a Quilt involved somewhere in this story right…Yes of course there is but before I show you, here is a brief background!

My husband likes, more like loves the “YING YANG” symbol and the whole concept dunno why.  For as long as I’ve known him he’s had this bracelet with the Ying Yang symbol all over it but he recently lost it. He has been asking me to make him something with Ying Yang and particularly mentioned an appliqued T-shirt but I wasn’t feeling that. However, anniversary was coming up so perfect excuse to make my him something, naturally, I decided on a Ying Yang inspired mini.Read more: The Ying Yang