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… http://christenallocco.com/portfolio/video-blogger-poster/ *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  enter site “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”

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:

  • enter 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 .

Continue reading “The Quilting Process: Piecing your Quilt Top”

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”

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 🙁 On that note, welcome back to the Quilting Process series 🙂

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 !  Continue reading “The Quilting Process: All about Cutting”

The Quilting Process: Color Theory

Welcome back!  Let’s pick up right where we left off here

I was telling you about the Color Wheel I installed on my tablet and how I sometimes use that to guide my decision on color scheme for my Quilts . It is also very easy to see colors to put together based on my scheme of choice. At the time of writing that post, I really tried to give enough information without making it too long hence the decision to continue the discussion in another post. My intention was to expatiate on the use of the Color Wheel and give discussing the concept of Color theory a go…sounds like an easy plan right? Well I eventually found out it wasn’t at all 🙁 As much as I tried last week I just couldn’t decide on a direction for this post and it took me over a week to figure out why! Continue reading “The Quilting Process: Color Theory”

The Quilting Process: Choosing Colors for your Quilts

Welcome back 😉 Yippee we are making good progress on the series – if you are just joining you can go check out what we’ve talked about so far here.

OK let’s get right to it…Colors! This is about the most daunting part of the quilting process for me even till now. I love dark colors, I’m all for black, grey and when I deviate from that I gravitate towards purple, blue (not the light shades) and on the bright end of the spectrum is white (but technically black and white aren’t colors they are neutrals…hmm?). I rarely experiment with colors in my personal styling, my wardrobe is almost devoid of bright colors…I wonder why.  Well I’m not here to talk about that, I’m here to talk about working/experimenting with colors in my Quilting 🙂 . Continue reading “The Quilting Process: Choosing Colors for your Quilts”

Every Little Thing Counts: Part 2

In the first post, I was talking about making little efforts even when you don’t feel like it and how every little action can yield noticeable achievements. Today, I want to talk about the little changes I have been making to my sewing routine.

When I started sewing again this year after the holidays, I noticed my favorite rotary cutter was faulty 🙁 I had left it opened the last time I used it and it obviously fell…I don’t know when or how but anyway, the blade doesn’t retract and I can’t cut with it anymore (I won’t make that mistake again!!!). I switched to my newer cutter which I recalled or so I thought that I only just changed the blade and I was so frustrated because cutting was such a struggle. In my head I couldn’t believe or even accept the fact that a dull blade was the source of my headache but alas I changed the blade and hmm it cuts like knife through butter 🙂 Continue reading “Every Little Thing Counts: Part 2”