It’s a wrap!…recent finishes (part 1)

Hiya friends!

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)

Random Musings

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 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

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

Beyond Excited!

Wow!!! I am truly beyond excited, you all are far too kind for visiting and leaving such amazing comments.

Like I said, it was my first day back at work and I was looking forward to a very stressful day but none of that mattered because every time I have a minute to check my mail or follow up the progress of my blog hop post, there’s a wonderful comment that puts a huge smile on my face. I couldn’t contain myself…it still feels so unreal that I took a chance that paid off way beyond my expectation. My stats for yesterday blew me away for sure!

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When I created the tutorial page on the blog, it was just a motivation to one day work up a tutorial but I never thought I’ll have one to share so soon and definitely nothing as successful as my Cloud9 Blog Hop Post has been so far. I am not very good at putting myself out there and I seem to be doing a lot of that lately thanks to the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop and subsequently the just concluded Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop. I am so grateful for the amazing quilting friends I’ve made since all these started and most importantly, I am grateful for the level of growth I am experiencing in my Quilting even if I do say so myself 🙂 . It certainly doesn’t feel like I am that lonely quilter in my little part of the world anymore and that feels great.

If you miss out on all the fun posts, don’t worry, here is the permanent landing page: http://quiltingjetgirl.com/2016-cloud9-new-block-blog-hop/ for all the Blog Hop posts. I certainly will be referring back for some fun blocks to make and there are lots! In the meantime, I will catch up on all the posts from yesterday I am yet to visit.

Thanks again for stopping by everyone. Your visits and comments are the reason behind all the excitements so thanks for keeping them coming.

Sola 🙂

P.S: I have been responding to comments via this blog apparently there’s a way to reply via email which I have now discovered, so henceforth I shall make effort to respond to your comments via email and when I can’t, I’ll continue to respond over here.

 

 

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 Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs and Stephanie of 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.Read more: Welcome to Cloud 9 New Blog Hop

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 🙂