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: Continue reading “In retrospect…end of year review”

Current Work in Progress: To stop or to go on?

Hi guys!

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.  Continue reading “Current Work in Progress: To stop or to go on?”

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 http://themaatrust.org/maa-beadwork/ 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 see url 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. Continue reading “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.  Continue reading “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! Continue reading “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  order Finpecia online 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!) Continue reading “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. Continue reading “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 🙂 . Continue reading “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. Continue reading “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.