Welcome to Cloud 9 New Blog Hop

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Do one thing everyday that scares you…Eleanor Roosevelt

Welcome everyone, Long post alert but it’s my first tutorial y’all! My name is Sola in case you are visiting for the first time via the blog hop, I do hope you enjoy looking around and find a reason to stick around!  In other news, sadly (yes I did say sadly )I’m back to work today after my long holiday . It feels like yesterday when I was tracking my fabric delivery hoping it gets to me before I left for my holiday but guess what, they delivered it a day after! Anyway, 3 weeks later after lots of hiccup and dragging my husband out of bed at 6 a.m., I finally got the fabric. Wait…what fabric am I on about?

Well I’ve had exciting things happening since I took part in the 2016 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop and somehow I took a leap of faith and signed up for this blog hop (the reason why you are here). The Blog Hop is sponsored by Cloud 9, and hosted by (Thank you Ladies! 🙂 )Yvonne of buy cheap Quetiapine online free consult Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl of http://carenannegeiges.com/uncategorized/kendal-senior-session/ Meadow Mist Designs and Stephanie of Methocarbamol without rx Late Night Quilter! I believe there are almost 70 bloggers creating new blocks using the fat quarter bundle of the oh so soft and oh so pretty organic  Cirrus Solids generously provided by Cloud9 fabrics and the palette we got is called “Berry Harvest” how befitting and clever. Before I forget, Don’t miss out on the (3) separate fat bundle giveaways, visit the hosts for entry details! Another cool fact, all the new blocks are going to be pieced together to make a charity Quilt. Continue reading “Welcome to Cloud 9 New Blog Hop”

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?).  Continue reading “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. Continue reading ““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*! Continue reading “I’ve moved on!”

Thanks for stopping by…I’ve been expecting you!

Hive-Sewciety-Button-200-x-200I am really glad you are here, thanks for stopping by like I always end my blog posts! On one of those random days I actually decided to scroll through my WordPress reader, something interesting caught my eye. Someone had posted about a New Quilt Bloggers group and I wanted to find out more. I definitely found out more and while I didn’t think I was even qualified to participate based on the stated requirements, I filled the form anyways and I have to say that’s probably one of the best decisions I’ve made all year! Fast forward couple of months later and here we are, it’s finally my turn on the Blog hop  but first, a  big thank you to the hosts of this 2016 New Quilt Bloggers advisory group Stephanie @Late Night Quilter (I belong to Stephanie’s hive and we are the Hive Sewciety) Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, and Cheryl @Meadowmist Designs. Please stop over at their blogs to find out more about other new Quilt bloggers and for your chance to enter amazing giveaways by the sponsors. Continue reading “Thanks for stopping by…I’ve been expecting you!”

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! Continue reading “Sighting of the moon and a work in Progress”

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. Continue reading “The Ying Yang”

Some Progress at Last

Guess who’s making progress on those bed size Quilts I’ve been putting off forever…yayyy you guessed right meee!!!

OK I can be all excited about this now but I promise you this progress wasn’t without its fair share of  sweat, pain and perseverance. Why did I ever believe those videos and blog tutorials that convinced me that “Quilt as you go” is the easiest and fun method to Quilt a large Quilt on a domestic sewing machine? I mean I had to believe this because the thought of logging a 72 x 96” quilt through the throat of my machine was too daunting to even consider.  Truth be told I enjoyed the liberty of being able to quilt each block at my convenience but joining the blocks was such a struggle. Continue reading “Some Progress at Last”

The Quilting Process: Piecing your Quilt Top

Welcome back! where were we? Oh yes, you have successfully cut all your fabrics  into the required pieces for your chosen pattern…Excellent! Now it’s time to join them all back together or how else are you going to bring that design to life? At this stage you are going to need a few things such as:

  • Sewing machine obviously (unless you are doing hand piecing, and if you are wow, you are a strong one…i’m far too lazy for that unless the occasional English Paper Piecing, applique or binding of course),
  • Needles (I use the 90/14 needle for my piecing, I don’t know why but it works for me). I personally use Schmetz needles,  I got the Universal needle pack (Containing 70/10, 80/12 and 90/14 sizes) off  Amazon  and then I got a good deal on Massdrop for the box of 100 in the 90/14.  Find out more about choosing a needle here or here .

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Creatively Disguised Procrastination

I am currently reading a book titled “Ready, Set…PROCRASTINATE: 23 Anti – Procrastination Tools designed to help you stop putting things off and start getting things done by Akash Karia”. I signed up for Amazon Audible last year and got this book before cancelling my subscription. Anyway, I’ve had this book in my library since then and while I listened to the first few chapters and thought what a good book it was, I’ve been unable to complete it thanks to procrastination…Ironic isn’t it :). Few days ago, I randomly picked up where I left off and the chapter I’d just started was really hitting the nail on the head and I could totally relate with every scenario being painted…call it fate or coincidence if you will, all I was thinking is wow I really needed to hear that, I was totally feeling the vibe ;). Continue reading “Creatively Disguised Procrastination”