It’s a wrap…First Finished Quilt of 2017

Hello Friends.

Thank you so much for all your warm birthday wishes and for making my day very special!

Unfortunately, I keep getting disappointments regarding the delivery of my sewing table. At this point, I have resigned myself to patiently waiting for the delivery whenever it comes through. Consequently, I am not getting a lot of sewing done as my stop-gap setup is not the most convenient and piecing or small quilting is all I can do.

Anyway, I completed the Wonky Log Cabin Baby Quilt a while back like I mentioned in previous posts here and here. Over the weekend I made an attempt to photograph it. Now I can finally reveal the finished Quilt, I have to say I absolutely love this one, probably because I enjoyed the process of making it so much ūüôāRead more: It’s a wrap…First Finished Quilt of 2017

Older and Wiser…Free to be me!!!

It's my Birthday

Happy New Month Friends! You already know from my last post that it is my birthday today and thanks for all the advanced birthday wishes in your comments.

Remember how I was talking about my anticipation of this day in my last post? I was excitedly looking forward to it for the most part but there was also a looming sense of anxiety. You see, I turned 30 today and there is a lot to be grateful and excited about. When I was younger, seeing people celebrate their 30th birthday seems like such a huge deal! Like a big milestone that is supposed to be marked with a long list of achievements; a sort of benchmark if you like. As if an impressive list of achievements is the whole reason for celebrating. It’s not surprising then that as this day approached, I started making a mental list of my “achievements”. I was a bit disappointed and sad when I recounted the dreams that are currently unfulfilled or has been abandoned for some reasons.

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In retrospect…end of year review

When I wrote my last post, I was sure that’ll be the last post for the year. However, I started seeing posts from other blogs I follow listing their top 5 posts of 2016 as part of the¬†Best of 2016¬†linky party hosted by Cheryl of @meadowmistdesigns¬†I figured I might as well join the party and review year 2016.

Earlier in the year, I wrote a post titled¬†No resolutions only commitments¬† and in that post I mentioned that reflecting back on 2015 so many goals were left under achieved and resolutions unfulfilled but I have another chance to make things right in 2016. To that effect, I decided I wasn’t making any list of resolutions but I instead made these commitments:Read more: In retrospect…end of year review

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!

Decisions, Decisions…here’s my Decision.

Thank God it’s Friday! Things are a bit quiet at work so I’m seizing that opportunity¬†to quickly share an update on the decision I made following my last Work in Progress Post¬†Decisions, Decisions…¬†Thanks to everyone that shared their thoughts and suggestions on that post, your lovely suggestions were ringing in my ears as I made my decisions.

Quick recap, I already decided the quilt was going to have a pieced border (I had a rail fence block kinda thing in mind at the time) but then¬†I was torn between having another round of border before or after the pieced border. I also needed to determine what color of fabric to use if I do decide on¬†a border before the pieced border. I was leaning towards another round of black border but I found a floral fabric I considered for a minute (I eventually decided against the floral and I settled on using it in the binding instead, it worked perfectly!)Read more: Decisions, Decisions…here’s my Decision.

How to make 32 Half Square Triangles (HSTs) at Once

Oh yes you read that right! I “accidentally” made 32 HSTs 2 years ago and I said accidentally because I messed up the¬†cutting of my Squares for the 8 HSTs at once method. I had seen the tutorial for that method somewhere but couldn’t pinpoint it when I needed it (I wasn’t on the blog then and I still don’t know why I didn’t do another Google search?) so I did the maths in my head and figured to get (8) 2.5″ HSTs, I need 2 squares measuring 11″ needless to say I was far from being correct! I stitched 1/4″ away on both sides of my diagonal lines but when I came to cut my pieces I realized my HSTs were way bigger than what I wanted so I stopped to find a solution¬†and that’s the brief history of how I came about the 32 HSTs at once.Read more: How to make 32 Half Square Triangles (HSTs) at Once

Hitting the breaking point? ‚Äď The struggle for a focused mind

Thank God it’s Friday! Today is my “Blogiversary” at least the anniversary of my first post and to celebrate that, I decided to share that post again. At the time of writing that post, I was all over the place with so much going on, I was busy all the time but not really achieving much, starting a blog had been in the works but I just couldn’t get started until I resolved to jump right in and this post felt like the right starting point.

Fast forward a year later, while I am not at the top of my focused mind game, I can proudly say I’ve experienced much improvement, at the very least I have gotten better at focusing on the task at hand and achieving good results.

Here is that post again and the struggle for a focus mind is still ongoing ūüôā

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 ;).Read more: Creatively Disguised Procrastination

The Quilting Process: All about Cutting

Hiya! Let me quickly¬†apologize for being away too long, lately I’ve been a¬†bit all over the place and it¬†has¬†taken me longer to return¬†here and for that I am sorry ūüôĀ On that note, welcome back to the Quilting Process series ūüôā

Now that you have done all the due diligence of choosing the right pattern, the perfect color scheme and have shopped and selected the best quality fabric for your quilting project, it is time to get busy and the next process is the cutting of your precious fabrics ! Read more: The Quilting Process: All about Cutting