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Can We Just…

Spend more time quilting and less time… all the other things?! At the beginning of the year, I was great about setting my quilting goals for this year, reflecting on everything I did and learned last year, and how I was going to share all of that with you.

Then 2022 busted in the door with a big ol’ “nah.”

And I know you probably thought you were done with happy new year posts, but I still wanted to share my successes and goals with you. We’ll recap 2021 and then talk about some exciting things I have planned for 2022.

2021 in Review

My 2021 goals were to find my signature color palette, learn more about modern quilting, and – to quote my planner – “become a walking foot quilting bad ass.” Let’s see how I did, shall we?

Find My Signature Color Palette

Short story, no. I’m a huge Rebecca Bryan fan girl and a member of her Playful Color Quilt Guild. Each month, she hosts challenges to help you learn to play with and use color in your quilts. The exercises are amazing and range from really simple to head-scratchingly curious. Each month, I would watch her challenge demo, get excited, and then get drawn into another project I just had to finish or a busy time at work.

This was on my goal list because I really admire quilters out there where you can tell right away it’s their work because of the way they use color. I wanted to use this goal to refine what I know and like about color so I could have a signature palette as well. This is still something I really want to do, so don’t be surprised if we talk about it again in the next section!

Learn More About Modern Quilting

Yes! At the end of 2020, I learned about the Modern Makes Membership from Amber at Alderwood Studio. Each month, I got a box with a modern quilt pattern and the fabric and batting to make a mini quilt. This was so fun! I could complete a project in a solid evening of sewing, and I could start to see what makes modern, modern. I posted my January, February, and March projects as I finished them.

Once I started to learn what I liked about modern quilting, I didn’t do every single project. Some I would trade away to quilty friends and some went to thrift donations. At the end of the year, I still had a solid collection of mini quilts to hang over my sewing table. I have a few more finished that I’ll share here if we can ever get a decent day for taking pictures.

sewing table with machine and quilts hanging on the wall

Spoiler Alert: Amber and Alderwood Studio will show up again later in this post! Can you figure out why? Read More…

4 Ways to Get Out of a Color Rut

Have you ever been in a color rut and just didn’t know how to get out of it? Or are you there now? Being in a rut like this really messes with my sewjo! I think all quilters can relate to these questions, so today I’m sharing four ways to get out of a color rut. Here’s how I got here:

I’ve been organizing my online photo albums and have been looking at pictures of my quilts over the years. I’ve noticed very distinct trends in my color preferences. At one time, I loved putting bright colors on black backgrounds to make the colors really pop. Then it was those same bright colors on white backgrounds. (I wasn’t much for switching things up!) Then there was a black and white phase, a rainbow phase, and an “all the colors” phase. Now I’m working through the Playful Color Quilt Guild exercises to really refine and define my color style.

But there were still times I just looked at all my fabric and couldn’t create anything without getting stuck in that groove I was already in. It was frustrating because I really admired quilts in other color ways. I just couldn’t figure out how to get there. These ideas came to me as I was putzing around aimlessly in my studio one day. I hope they help you.

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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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