My goal for 2015 is to make a bit more time for something that I really enjoy by spending a bit more time at my sewing machine. Life can be busy and crazy and hectic but those few minutes or hours of enjoyment that come from creating something with your own two hands, no matter what the craft, can make a heart happy and fulfilled.
If you follow my on Instagram, you may have noticed I've been sharing quite a few pictures of another kind of craft, quilting. I was bit by the quilting bug a couple of years ago and have since found it a great outlet for creativity. When your job is paper crafting sometimes you just want to be able to step away at the end of the day and do something different.
This past week I finished up the Shortcake Quilt (pattern by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew). I had cut all the fabric for this quilt almost two years ago in anticipation of giving this quilt to a niece for her first birthday however I got completely sidetracked by life and never got it pieced, let alone quilted. Over Christmas break, I decided to sew it up while getting caught up on the past 4 1/2 seasons of The Walking Dead (I know, I know.... strange choice of viewing material for sewing up a sweet blanket for a little girl but my older two kids have been nagging me to watch it so that I can view it with them on Sunday evenings when it comes back in February so I finally took the plunge....I"m addicted). I got the whole quilt pieced really quickly (this pattern goes together SO fast) and once I had the quilt top pieced I straight line quilted it in one evening. I'm extremely happy with how it turned out and the best news is that I think my 3 year old niece loved it when we gave it to her at her birthday party yesterday!
Fabric is Posy by Aneela Hoey for Moda.
My next project? The Swoon Quilt by Camille Roskelley. I've been wanting to sew this one up since I saw it in her Craftsy Class, Pre-Cut PIecing, and I've finally taken the plunge. I have about two of blocks sewn up (they are huge!) and seven more to go!
I've had some requests to share my favorite quilting tools and if there's enough interest I will dedicate a post to it here. In the meantime, click HERE to visit my Amazon Store where I've linked to quite a few of the tools that I use and love for sewing and quilting.
To view any of my past quilting or sewing projects, click HERE.