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 🙂

“Playing Along”: A work in Progress

This was supposed to be part of my #workinprogresswednesday post and for some reason I keep feeling like it’s Wednesday today…so let’s just go along with it shall we?

I recently moved on to a new project after unashamedly abandoning my previous project due to the fear of basting at least for now 🙁 . In the previous post about my new project which I have decided to name “Nautical” …thanks Tierney 🙂 I shared my fabric choices, my chosen pattern and progress as at the time of the post. Today I’m just going to post a quick update of what I’ve done so far.Read more: “Playing Along”: A work in Progress

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*!Read more: I’ve moved on!

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…*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 “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!Read more: 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.Read more: Some Progress at Last