Monthly Report: January 2018

The first month of the new year has come to an end. Are you the type to make new year’s resolutions? Or do you do like me and just kind of wing it?  While my goal-making skills are “loose” at best, I do keep track of what I do in life so I can make sure I’m spending my time on things that are important to me. Like quilting!

I spent time quilting or working on quilting-related projects all but two days this month. That’s pretty awesome! Since I do keep track of my quilt life, I thought I would share a recap of this month’s projects.

This Month’s Projects

Three scrap buckets on a shelf.

Scrappy Scrap Buckets

I’m slowly starting to organize my scraps so I can actually use them. What a better start than with scrappy scrap buckets. The pattern is from Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison. Amanda Jean is the scrap guru behind Crazy Mom Quilts, so I knew her pattern would be perfect! Three down, and who knows how many to go. Read More…

King’s Puzzle Quilt

Every now and then I take on a project that fights me each step of the way. As I get closer and closer to done on these projects, I swear I’m going to set it on fire as soon as it’s finished. If King’s Puzzle hadn’t been gifted so quickly after it was finished, it would definitely be in my fireplace right now!

King's Puzzle Quilt, a red and white bargello

King’s Puzzle Quilt

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Clementine Quilt Along: Block 1

I’m quilting along with the Fat Quarter Shop’s Clementine Quilt Along! Are you?!

This year’s quilt along is super cute, and it benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The first block is Watermelon Wheel, and you can get each pattern on the 25th of each month. They only suggest you make a $5 donation to St. Jude’s for each pattern you download. Here’s my version of the block:

A picture of the large and small Watermelon Wheel blocks for the Clementine Quilt Along.

Here’s my version of Watermelon Wheel. I think I’m going to absolutely love using my Tula Pink fat quarters in this quilt.

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7 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started Quilting

It’s been over 20 years since I first purchased some ugly fabric and inadequate supplies in a quest to make my first quilt. While that first quilt was a technical and aesthetic disaster, I was hooked and started learning everything I could about quilting. While I was soaking up as much information as I could, there were obviously some things I didn’t quite learn as early as I would have liked.

If you’re new on your quilting journey, or if you’ve been at it for a while, please learn from my mistakes!

Buy the Good Fabric & Thread

When I first started quilting my daughter was nearly four, and four year olds are not cheap! While I wanted to make quilting my hobby, I also knew that I couldn’t spend a lot of money on it. So… I went to JoAnn’s and bought the 70 cent fat quarters and $1.99 cotton fabric. And polyester thread. With coupons. Don’t get me wrong, JoAnn’s has really upped its quality game in the fabric department lately, but that was definitely not the case 20 years ago.

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