Saturday, July 23, 2016

Half Empty or Half Full: A Mid Year Review

Howdy y'all! Hope your weekend is kicking off to a good start! Over the past week, I've been spotting Mid-Year Reviews pop up on my blogger feed, so I decided to join in the fun. I was hesitant at first because I feel like I haven't done much in terms of quilty endeavors. Things have been a bit rough for the first half of the year, but I'm still hopeful for the last half! So let's see how I'm measuring up to those goals from the end of December! 

  • Make a quilt to give away. I actually did this! I have one baby quilt ready to be donated and one quilt top in line. I'm really glad I've jumped on this one! It's been so nice to work within my stash and make something for somebody else.
Charity Quilt #1!
Quilt top #2, waiting to be finished up!
  • Try new things, with the main one being CURVES. I haven't done this one yet. I've bought a pattern to try out curves and paper piecing, it's just waiting on supplies. 
  • I've had a pixel quilt on my mind for as nearly as long as I've had this blog. I did all the planning, all the math, all the quilty crap. And then I did the price math...and now it's an idea sitting in my quilting notebook. Maybe someday, but this one is definitely on hold. However!! I have been making some smaller pixel quilts and feel like I'm continuing to get better matching seams! :)
    The 3rd Youtube themed mini I made - if you follow me on Twitter, you've seen this one!
    The first Youtube themed mini I made!

  • A quilt for Mr. LBC. Bad wife is bad. Lol. I haven't given much thought to a quilt for Mr. LBC. Nothing is really inspiring me for him, so this one is on the back burner.
  • Label, label, label! I've been on the ball with this one! Everything that has left the studio (with the exception of a few mini's on my wall) has had a label!

  • More consistency with blogging. I had hoped to keep up posting once or twice per week, but that hasn't happened much. I did good for a while, but life has a way of stalling progress. I'm still posting, but it's closer to once every 10 or so days. 
  • I'd like to clean up and update my blog a little bit. Haven't done anything with this one yet, though I do plan to before the end of the year.
Overall, I felt like I hadn't done much this year...but then I got looking! And I've actually been fairly productive. I'm not going to post links of everything (and I'm too tired to wrangle a mosaic together, sorry.) but scrolling back through my posts, I've been a sewing machine! (PUN TOTALLY INTENDED!) It actually brightened my day to see the finishes, the WIPS, and all the fun I've been having in this space. So a huge thanks to Quilting Jetgirl for hosting this Mid Year Review link up

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Faux Baby Cherries : A Finished Quilt Top

Howdy y'all, I'm late to Finish it up Friday once again. Seems I can't make a deadline for anything! Lol. I'm excited to share a finished baby quilt top this week. For this little one, I used the leftover tan fabric from the last quilt top I finished and used the charm pack I recently received. I used the well known Charm Pack Cherry quilt pattern, but didn't entirely follow the instructions since I was short on fabric, so it got a little wonky in places.

Although these fabrics aren't my normal choices, I really do love when they get put together. They just work and I love it. :)

This one has been added to the stack that I'm forming, waiting for backing fabric and quilting time. Also, I added that last picture to remind myself on bad days that there are times when I can match seams, if nothing else. LOL. 

Also, I figured I would share that I made a twitter! It's mainly quilting related, but snippets of life are inevitable when it is so easy to update. Elvis has been the main focus so far, but I've been sharing a little bit of quilting as well. :) If you have a twitter, let me know so I can follow some more quilty friends!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Finish It Up Friday: Back in the Mini Mini Game!

Howdy y'all, I hope your week has gone well! I've been getting sewing time in like crazy lately, so I actually had TWO finishes this week! I'm going to share one of them today and save the other for later next week. :)

So here is a mini mini I finished last night! It was actually done in one sitting after I got into a bit of a sewing frenzy. :) It's the logo for one of my favorite Youtube channels, Markiplier. It's a gaming channel and, despite the foul language, I usually laugh so hard that I cry when I watch his videos. Nothing like laughter to brighten any day, right?

This was a good project to get back to tiny sewing and getting back to the mini mini mindset. It was also a good little exercise in pixel-y piecing. The smallest white squares finish at one inch square! The mustache is appliqued on with Heat n' Bond and I actually did two layers - one layer was too transparent. Also, it's glittery!
You can barely make out the quilting on this one!
The quilting is...hmm...organized matchsticks? It's vertical lines that are more or less 1/4 inch apart, I wasn't too picky. Lol. Also, look how sharp that binding is! I used the Clover Wonder Clips and holy smokes! Those things are aweeeeesome!
Such a happy sewing wall. :)
This little guy gets to join the wall in front of my sewing machine. I've got mini's off all sizes now! Now off to plan more mini mini's, I've got a swap to get ready for! :)

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday!