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Christmas Wishes & Fabric Dreams!

I love Christmas as much as anyone but I have to admit I’m glad it’s here and tomorrow will be the beginning of things returning to “normal”.

However, before  things return to normal I felt this to be a good time to share and very short but sweet snippet of what’s been happening in the sewing room these past few weeks.

Christmas Wishes

Of all the Christmas projects I had hoped and wished would be finished by Christmas and the one I’m most proud of is my Christmas Tree quilt.

Christmas Tree Quilt

This image with the terrible lighting does not do the colors or the overall appearance of this quilt any justice but have no fear…a much better image is in the works!

I had a lot of fun stitching the strips and learned a LOT about free motion quilting.  My original intent was to have it professionally quilted on a long arm but I needed to get it in to the shop by early September.  This wasn’t ready to be quilted until December 23rd!

Finished is Better Than Perfect

Many mistakes were made…many lessons learned but it all will serve to improve my skills as a crafter and quilter and give me a better sense of how to manage my time with future projects. The downside to making the attempt to finish before Christmas left me at times too stressed to enjoy the journey.  Next time, the journey comes first!

On the subject of “finished is better than perfect”, I managed to applique and quilt another mug rug – (The perfect size for my husband’s favorite Christmas mug and what’s left of my last two batches of candy)

Christmas mug rug with Christmas mug and candy

And stitch a few felt ornaments:

Snowman and Chrismas felt ornaments

There are my Christmas wishes – projects I was determined to finish before December 25th!

Fabric Dreams

Now, on to the fabric dreams! It seems I’ve been really good this year as I received something (actually 2 things) I never expected:

Book Covers: Why We Quilt and Complete Guide to Quilting

Not one but TWO books on my favorite subject!

A quilter like myself would not be surprised to receive either of these books as a gift from a fellow quilter but finding these under the tree were even more special because they were given to me by my husband.

I have no doubt he supports me in my hobby but taking the time to choose such a thoughtful gift shows he not only supports me but wants me to have every available tool at my disposal to maintain my enthusiasm and facilitate my success as a quilter.  That has to be the best gift of all!

As I read through the pages of each book I will no doubt be inspired to create and to share those inspired creations here!

Stay tuned and watch this space – My Quilting Space.

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Need a Little Inspiration?

It’s 17 days before Christmas and if you’re like me you are a bit stressed, tired and almost to the point of just “wanting the holidays to be over with” so your life can return to normal – whatever that is!

To keep up that momentum until it is “all over with” you need inspiration – something to make you feel energized and to ignite a spark of creativity to carry you through the remainder of the holiday season.

If this speaks to you then you have arrived at the right place – My Quilting Space!

For me, this time of year not only finds me with so much do but so much I WANT to do…and, as always, so little time.

This week I’ve found inspiration in SO many places. From Christmas decor and frugal deals to delightful techniques and beautiful patterns.

If you aren’t yet feeling inspired or in the Christmas spirit yet, keep scrolling – I’m certain you will find something to spark your creativity and get those lights and tinsel shining bright!

The Sewing Room

Learning Lori Holt’s applique technique has opened wide a door to the world of applique that I don’t see closing anytime soon.

In my previous post you can scroll down to the section “I Have a Notion”, and take a look at the fabric pieces arranged in prep for applique with the intent to use this block as a pillow front.

Those pieces are still on my design board however, after rummaging through my fabric stash I was once again inspired and decided to create another of Lori’s patterns into a pillow front and quickly finished the whole thing last night.

PIllow using Lori Holt's Autumn Love Pattern and Templates.  French General fabric for the background.

This image was taken in a hurry and in poor lighting (and the pillow does not have a proper pillow form). My next images will be in better lighting – I promise!

Looking a Lot Like Christmas

Sherri at A Quilting Life shares her Saturday Seven Inspiration for Quilters each week. I’ve recently found myself looking forward to each post! This week did not disappoint – the top image alone provided enough inspiration to get a few projects finished! It evoked such a sense of nostalgia for me – a reminder of the days when I used to display Dept 56 village pieces. A lovely mix of old and new!

Something Old and Something New

Perusing the blogosphere I discovered a new interpretation of an old technique.

What is so old about it? It uses a technique as old as time itself – weaving. I’ve been in love with weaving since my college days when I was first introduced to a floor loom. Although at the time I never really thought I’ve ever retire, I would from time to time imagine my retirement days spent in a cabin by a lake with a big basket of fibers or thread weaving my time away. (Now that vision includes sewing and quilting those hand woven fabrics!)

The new ( at least to me) is Fabric Weaving! The Jolly Jabber at the Fat Quarter Shop has posted Mister Domestic’s video tutorials which instruct three different fabric weaving projects

I haven’t had the chance to try it yet but rest assured, I will be posting about it as soon as I do!

The prospect of starting a project like this makes me feel like I’ve already opened a Christmas present!

What’s Cookin’

Diagram of Jessica Dayton's quilt block - Reindeer Tracks. Courtesy: Moda Bake Shop

I don’t have a food recipe to share but Jessica Dayton at the Moda Bakeshop has baked a fun and colorful fabric recipe entitled, Reindeer Tracks. If you like triangles, this block is for you! It has it all – flying geese, HST’s, QST’s, corner triangles as well as a block on point within another block squared.

This would be stunning as a block incorporated into a larger quilt but I can envision the design holding it’s own as a wall hanging or pillow.

I’ll be trying and posting about this in the future as well!

What a Deal!

I’m probably playing favorites here but for those of us always on the lookout for a good deal, giving a look at these two sites are certainly worth your time. I do my best to visit these two sites each day.

Daily Deal – Missouri Star Quilt Company

24 hour Flash Sale – Fat Quarter Shop

But wait…that’s not all!  Going to the respective “deal” or “sale” page introduces you to other great finds…fabric, patterns, notions, BOM clubs, etc. If what you have read here wasn’t enough to inspire you, visit the “What’s New” pages at the Fat Quarter Shop and Missouri Star Quilt Co.

If I had a dime for every time I visited these sites only to find the very item or inspiration I needed to get a project started!

What will inspire you today?