Quilt-Life Crisis Update

I came to this space a couple months ago having a quilt-life crisis. I guess staying at home all the time during a pandemic can really make you over think some things! But it’s all good. I’m still refocusing my quilting purpose, and I’m pretty excited about the goals I’m setting for 2021. I’ll share those next week.

But before I moved on, I knew I needed to get my WIP list under control. I had jumped on quilt along bandwagons for the past several years, and some of those were still hanging on… from 2018. I also had a few fabric piles that had been pulled for projects that I never started. There was no space left to create anything new and keep it all organized.

So I went on a tear to try to finish everything I could before the end of the year. That’s a lot of sewing, but I’m proud to say I made it happen! In just over two months, I finished 5 quilt tops, basted 9, and quilted 8. I now have a stack of 14 quilts that need the binding sewn down!

a stack of finished quilts

While I still have a lot of binding ahead of me (I love it!), there are only four projects left on my WIP list that I’m carrying over to 2021: two EPP projects and two hand appliqué projects. This really does feel like the fresh start I hoped it would. So I guess it didn’t end up being a quilt-life crisis after all!

See you back here next week to talk about my plans for 2021.

2020 Highlights

2020 was simultaneously the most boring and most hectic year of my life. I can’t leave the house! (Boring.) And my workload exploded! (Hectic.) But I couldn’t let that crazy minx get out of town without another look to see what my 2020 highlights were. I’ll start with the quilty goodness and share a couple cool things from my work and personal life too.

2020 Highlights: Quilting

I went into 2020 with six quilting goals. Looking back, that was way too many! I managed to meet most of them despite All This, I crashed and burned on one, and I completely never understood why I made another. So here’s how I did: Read More…

What am I Even Doing Here?!

I know this sounds like the tagline to 2020, but I’m talking specifically about here: this blog and my quilting life. 2020 has really had me thinking about a lot of things, but the thoughts about my quilting life have been really unexpected in some good and bad ways. Let’s dig into some sweet, sweet therapy on it all.

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Label Your Quilts! (And How I Label Mine)

I’m here to implore you to label your quilts! There are a lot of reasons we don’t label quilts, and they’re all crap. You don’t think it’s good enough. (It is.) You’ll remember all the details about it. (You won’t.) No one in the future will care where your quilt came from. (They will.)

Today I’m going to show you how I make my custom labels you see on all (most) of my quilts. Here we go.

anemone quilt label

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Ellen the Unicorn Quilt

I’m super excited to share my Ellen the Unicorn quilt! A while ago, I had a graphic designer leave my team at work. I was really bummed to see Ellen leave. She was so creative and had such a great personality within our team. She really was a unicorn! So when I saw the unicorn pattern from Elizabeth Hartman, I knew I needed to make an Ellen the Unicorn quilt.

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Navigation: My Perfect HST Quilt and Mini

I finally finished piecing, basting, quilting, binding, and photographing Navigation: my Perfect HST quilt and its mini! I started this at the beginning of last year when the amazing Lee Heinrich came out with the Perfect Half-Square Triangle templates and hosted a quilt along that used these amazing pieces of paper.

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Two New Starts

My sewjo has taken a beating during quarantine. Between being exhausted after work and not having a sense of urgency to go into the studio since I’m always home, quilting took a major back seat these past three months. While I learned some new things, I’ve been aching to get back into the studio. So I did what most quilters do and started looking for new projects to inspire me. And today, I have two new starts to share!

Thrive

Thrive is a product of Suzy from Suzy Quilts, and I’m really excited for this one. We’re working through putting together the quilt top each week, and she’s including meditation activities as well. Who couldn’t use some of that kind of good energy right now? I decided that I needed bright, bold colors to keep me inspired, and I’m so happy with my choices.

fabric for thrive quilt

I’m using Kona Cotton Solids, from front to back: Valentine, Cerise, Orangeade, Tangerine, Malibu, Celestial, Fern, Clover, Berry, and Silver. I’ll use White for the background.

100Days100Blocks

This quilt along from Angie at Gnome Angel has you making… um… 100 blocks in 100 days. Such a clever name!! This one is a lot more intimidating for me. I really want to keep up and do each block on its assigned day. I figured since we’re likely going to be working from home indefinitely, I can go straight to the studio when I wake up and get the blocks done before I start my work day. Not only will that help me keep up, it’s a great way to start the day! When I was picking fabric for this project, I knew I wanted to go even bolder.

fabric for 100 blocks quilt

Since I’m a huge fan of Kona and have them all in my stash, I shopped around until I found the perfect combination. I’m using Flame, Duckling, and Hibiscus. This will also have a White background.

If you’re quilting along with either of these projects, let me know! I want to follow you on IG so I can see your amazing progress.

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