M’s Quilt – BEHIND SCHEDULE – But I’m OK With That

Let me get this out there in the open first thing. I’m behind schedule. I wanted to have M’s quilt quilted, bound and finished before today. Didn’t happen.

I could tell you a million different reasons why I let things get in the way and all the unforeseen interruptions that occurred. But I’m not going to waste your time or mine doing that. What I am going to say is that I own it and I’m OK with it. Things come up. Things happen. I’m tired of fighting the flow and taking it out on myself when I don’t meet my own expectations. Do you ever do that?

OK. So where am I in the process? I am a bit over 1/2 way finished with the quilting, which I decided to do wonky echo quilting (using King Tut #918 thread) instead of wavy horizontal or vertical line quilting. Once the quilting is finished, I will apply the binding which is a randomly pieced scrappy binding made from the colors/fabrics that were used to make the M and accent strip. The binding has already been pieced and prepared, so it is ready to go (a PLUS!). I really like the look of the variegated thread on the solid navy background. I can’t wait to get it finished and wash/dry to see it all crinkly.

I think if I push myself and work really hard I might be able to get it finished today. But if I’m being honest, I need to admit that I already know that’s not going to happen. (See where I’m going with this self-honesty thing?) With all the uncertainty in the world right now, virtually EVERYONE is under incredible stress. That includes me. I was never a particularly fast quilter to begin with. Stress makes me even slower. You know what? That’s a perfectly normal response to stress.

SEW. What am I going do to help myself so I don’t revert to Perfection Paralysis and allow M’s quilt to join my UFO pile? I’ve decided I’m going to lower my expectations of myself–and of others. I’m going to stay true to my personal values but I’m also going to cut myself–and others–some slack. This is all new territory we are in and no one knows when it’s going to end. Sew. YES, I’m going to sew, quilt and work at a healthy pace, allow my process to just be. It will BE imperfect and I’m going to celebrate that because I AM IMPERFECT. I’m going to take breaks when I need to go for a walk. I’m going to spend time with and care for our chickens, goats, and seeds I’m starting for our garden. I will make frugal but tasty and nutritious meals for my family every day. I’m going to take care of myself so I can “be there” for Jeff (husband) and Jacob (son who is a college student finishing his semester online from home) and 3 adult children serving active duty in the military. I’m going to do my very best to be kind, extend love and encourage others. I’m going to look for the good and I believe I’m going to find a LOT of it everyday.

When I feel myself getting sucked into negative thinking and doom & gloom, I’m going to come back here and read this post to remind myself how to get back on/stay on track.

No matter what the situation, giving up is never a good answer. We can always choose to tweak, adjust or even change course entirely. But as long as we remain honest, stay responsible for our own choices and keep moving forward, we retain our own personal power and dignity. With that there is peace and satisfaction at the end of every day.

OK. Enough about me. How about you?

What are you going to do to take care of yourself and keep moving forward?

What do you think about M’s quilt so far?

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Hang On…with me!

Hang On…I’m trying to catch up with my blog posts on projects I’ve attempted, sewn or completed.

In May this year (2017), I stitched up a few “Hang Ons”.

Hang On is a new Lazy Girl Designs sewing pattern, created by Joan Hawley. Hang Ons are little pouch type hanging pockets that are great for holding all sorts of things: tools to cell phones to sweet treats.  They make great gifts too!  You can hang them on door knobs, drawer pull-knobs, hooks of all types (including Command Hooks™, see pictures below) and even push pins.

Here’s my first try: 

I chose a couple lovely metallic Asian fabrics from my stash. I used Superior Metallic Antique Gold thread to finish the edges.  Click the image to view a larger picture with more detail.

Notice, I didn’t flip the handle (as indicated by the pattern cover samples).  Was it on purpose–a design decision? Or was it my mistake?  I’ll never tell.  I will say that I do love how this baby turned out.  What do you think?

 

Hang On #2:

This is a fraternal twin sister to my first Hang On.  I used the same fabrics, swapped right sides and insides, and on this on I did flip the handle as indicated by the pattern.  Again, I used Superior Metallic Antique Gold thread to finish the edges.

Hang On #3:

For my third Hang On, I wanted to experiment with finishing the edges with couching.  Again, I chose fabrics from my stash and found some fun, funky yarn to use in couching the edges. If you’ve never experimented with couching fibers by machine, this is the perfect project to give it a try.  Click the pic to see larger image and more detail.

To couch yarns or fibers, simply stitch them on using a machine zig zag or other decorative stitch.  Experiment and have fun.  You may choose coordinating or contrasting sewing threads to use in your machine.  Many machines have a “couching” foot to help control placement of the fibers. However, I didn’t use one for this project. I love the soft, slubby edges that the yarn provides.

Hang On #4:

I wanted to continue experimenting with couching, so on my fourth Hang On, I also stitched the accent folds with couched yarn (in addition to finishing all the edges with couching — click image for larger picture/more detail).

This one reminds me of those beautiful mossy hanging baskets of flowers.

She’s a working girl — holding a handful of my favorite sewing tools, keeping my sewing table clean and my tools within reach. Tools shown are:  Point2Point Turner, Roll & Press, Superior Snippers, Awl, and Stiletto.

Hang On is a super easy and fun to sew project. It’s a perfect project for beginners or as a first project. It’s also FUN for experienced sewists — can you say instant gratification?  It’s also a great way to use up small pieces of fabrics from your stash.

If you don’t have the Hang On sewing pattern yet, you can get it ON SALE NOW: click here to order yours today. Save more money — sew more smiles.

NOTE:  Stiff Stuff is currently not available from the manufacturer and all our suppliers have sold out.  It is expected to be back in stock in mid to end of October 2017. Until then, I recommend substituting Soft & Stable.

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Quilted Sea Turtle Pillow — July 2017

Scrappy Sea Turtle Pillow — original design and copyright Tracy Lee Chapman
and SewThankful Inc./SewThankful.com, July 2017.  All rights reserved.

This is the Scrappy Sea Turtle Pillow I designed and made as a gift for a very dear friend. She listens without being judgmental, she encourages without being critical, but she also tells it like it is. She is the best kind of friend and she’s made a wonderful difference in my life so I wanted her to have something special to know that she’s important and cared for.  She adores Sea Turtles–and purple & blue are her favorite colors.

At first I was going to make this as a wall hanging. Then I decided to make it into a pillow instead so my friend can display it easily wherever she wants and it’s hug-able. Making the quilted turtle as a pillow sham (with a custom shredded gel-foam pillow insert) also keeps the quilted turtle sham easy to wash and dry.

This is my own original design, entirely from scratch. Where did I get the turtle image? I looked at many sea turtle images and sketched my own. Then I challenged myself to use only fabrics, threads and items from my own personal stash–no buying anything new.

First the turtle was outlined with a hand sewn big stitch using rayon perle from my personal stash.

I used raw edge fusible applique (using Sew Lazy Fusi-Bond http://www.sewthankful.com/Sew_Lazy_Fusi_Bond_Lite_Sew_Lazy_SLG101.html) to place the pieces of the turtle body & shell.

Microquilter Thread

 

Each piece is freemotion quilted using Superior Microquilter thread (http://www.sewthankful.com/superior-sewing-threads-microquilter.html).

Rainbows Thread

Then I added wavy quilting lines (to give the feel of water) using Superior Rainbows Thread (I used #831 Mediterranean – http://www.sewthankful.com/Superior-Thread-Rainbows.html ).

 

The scrappy binding was made from random small scraps of fabric used to make the turtle.

The finished dimensions of the pillow are approximately 27 inches x 20 inches.

I love how this sea turtle turned out. Even better, my friend was thrilled and loves it too.
Yes, a pattern is being developed…stay tuned.

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Donuts go GREAT with coffee, quilts and sewing

Superior Frosted Donut II

Reg. $39.00  // ON SALE:  $29.99
Everybody knows a donuts goes great with coffee! Superior Frosted Donuts also go great with quilts and sewing.

Superior Frosted Donut II includes 36 colors from the Frosting line of L style prewound bobbins with MasterPiece Thread all Tucked into a BobbinSaver for safe keeping and instant access to all colors!

MasterPiece Thread is #50/2-ply 100% extra-long staple Egyptian-grown cotton.

Click here for a closer look and to see what colors are included in this donut.

Another practice panto finished – Wild Horses

The last few weeks have been so packed for me it has been really difficult to spend bonding time with Max (the longarm).

Finally, I was able to work on (and FINISH) another practice panto piece earlier this week.  I chose Wild Horses by Deb Geissler.

WildHorses
Click here to see this panto on SALE at SewThankful.

Click here to see more pantos by Deb Geissler.

I used the large (12″ design) panto and Superior King Tut #925 Caravan thread with Fil-Tec Magna-Glide bobbins to practice edge-to-edge quilting on muslin again.

I LOVE this design and once I got the hang of where I was going, it was no problem to complete…though I did “motion practice” the design several times before I started quilting.  I love how the variegated thread turned out and I have very almost zero issues (LOVE those Magna-Glide bobbins).  I’ll definitely use this panto again!  Jeff and the boys love it too.

Here’s how it turned out (click each image to open larger image in a pop up window):

WildHorsesHanging
Wildhorses1Panto

WildHorsesDetail

I still have a LOT to learn, but I’m feeling good about it because I can definitely see progress in my work.  FUN!

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