Hi Guys, can you believe it is two entire weeks of the New Year already gone? I can’t either!! That just shows how time flies. Anyhow, let me officially wish you a happy new year and welcome you to 2017. In my last post I briefly reviewed everything that went down last year especially in my Quilting and I did refer you back to my first post from 2016 where I made a list of commitments as against resolutions. I mean there is nothing wrong with making resolutions but I found out over the years that most times the excitement ends at making the list and most often than not it remains a list with no action or result to show. Hence, decided instead on a list of short and achievable commitments. Subsequently, in addition to the commitments I made last year which are still very valid, I am adding a commitment to be more proactive and deliberate in the actions I take towards achieving my set goals for this year. Truthfully I can’t even say I have it all planned and figured out yet but I am consciously noting what would be nice to and what must be achieved in my quilting and general life.Read more: Welcome to 2017…let’s get it started!
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
Been a minute friends…How have you been? Well I’ve slowly but surely packed and relocated my things ahead to my new home. However I’m currently visiting family in another city and will be traveling to go spend Christmas with my In-laws before heading home. What are your plans for the festivities?
On the quilting scene, I’m all packed up for the year but I did travel with my sewing machine and was able to make some gift items ?. I’m so excited about the year ahead and hoping we’ll have so much quilty fun! Read more: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Advance
Remember what I said about relocating and how I am struggling to pack my stuffs? I decided I could squeeze out time to make some blocks or minis out of my huge scrap stash (should be easier to handle that way). Yesterday, I rummaged through my scrap basket/box and pulled out some coordinating fabrics and I plan to make as many things as I can until I exhaust them. Anyway, after my previous failed attempt at slashing and stitching, I wanted to give it another try with a mini in mind. I started out with 15″ square in some left over gray fabric because I tried black the last time. Read more: Current Work in Progress: To stop or to go on?
Now that I am gradually coming out of my lull (read more about that in random musings) I can finally reveal what I’ve managed to accomplish since the last finished Quilt post. You already saw Anna and Elsa and the other baby Quilts as well as the pillows I made from my left over scraps from piecing and binding the Chevron Quilt. In addition, I did mention a couple of posts back that I completed my Quilt as you go Queen size Quilt and you know I completed the chevron and Nautical quilts.
The other weekend I managed to take another trip to the park to photograph the finished quilts. However, it was a very sunny morning and the pictures could be better but I thought I got some decent ones to share certainly beats taking them in my poorly lit home.Read more: It’s a wrap!…recent finishes (part 1)
Phew…I’m not even sure what I need to write about but I certainly have to break the jinx so a random musing on what’s been going on with me lately it is. If you recall, I mentioned I might have to be less frequent here due to other commitments. However, I didn’t intend to be away this long or maybe I did but totally intended to be busy with other things the entire time. I thought I had it all figured out, I’ll complete another quilt, finish a tutorial and some posts I’ve been putting off and whatever else came in view. Instead I have been so tired and unmotivated that I could barely do more than lay down and read novels at the times when I’d normally be quilting.
Let’s just say I have been in a lull these past weeks and at some point I started stressing about the fact that I wasn’t doing much. Do you know that feeling when you know what you should be doing but you just couldn’t get up to do it to save your life? No? Well that was me most of the time. Read more: Random Musings
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!
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.
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
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 🙂