When Your Quilt Design Takes A Turn

v christenson string quilt with binding

Do you keep a basket of treasured fabrics?  A basket of Lotta Jansdotter and V Christenson fabrics live in my sewing room.  They are my special fabrics since I adore both designers.  My pink basket of V Christenson fabrics have gone with me every year to my quilt guild’s retreat.  Last year this quilt was created at the retreat.

V&Co HST offset quilt by quiltytherapy, #modernquilt, #V&co, #HSTquilt #halfsquaretriangles, #babyquilt

This year I was determined to use a jelly roll stashed deep down in this basket to create Cluck Cluck Sew’s Diagonal Strip Quilt.  It’s been on my to make list for a couple of years.  Since I am aiming for 40 baby quilts this year, it seemed easy enough.

At the retreat I had a chance to get started on it.  Some of my strips were not full length so I adjusted and just went with it.   A stack of blocks was created and I was so excited to lay them out.

v christenson string quilt

However, I had a few left over halves and unsure what to do.  These blocks were not enough to make a baby quilt.  Rather than get frustrated I changed the design.  I cut all of the blocks above into half.

v christenson string quilt

To utilize all of the halves I had, I just pieced them together randomly.  The new design was perfect and big enough to be a baby sized quilt.

v christenson string quilt

I posted this picture during the retreat after a brief snow storm.  After I wrapped it on a bolt and left it to sit.  Once my machine was back from it’s spa treatment I was ready to quilt this.

v christenson string quilt

A number of quilting options were tested on this.  Ultimately, I went for straight lines.  I backed the quilt in the purple zig zag print.

v christenson string quilt

The binding on this quilt is my favorite part.  With the leftover 2.5″ strips I pieced together this scrappy binding and machine pieced it in place.

v christenson scrappy binding

Here is the finished product in it’s quilted goodness.  It came out of the dryer all crinkly.  A freshly washed quilt straight from the dryer is my favorite part of the creative process.

v christenson string quilt


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The 100 Day Project Wrap Up

The 100 Day project

This experiment is becoming harder to remember daily.  While the overall experience is more important to me and it’s given me a better perspective on things, life gets in the way.  Sitting down every night to write about the good in the day didn’t feel honest.  Some days were a stretch.  This is the 100 Day Project wrap up.

Since I have been looking at grace and positivity and feel like there is something missing in this.  You guys, I launched an application while the project was happening.  Things were stressful and chaotic.

This post came resonated with me earlier this week.  “You Can Do It!”  Damn right I can, so can you.  Stop now and read that post, you will thank me.  There are highs and lows that offer the opportunity for growth.  While the article focuses on small businesses, it’s important to remember your friends and support network have your back too.  This post has been weighing on my heart over the last few days.  Weighing on me in a good way and it gave me pause.

What I learned

While I continue to look for great things everyday, not everyday has great things.  Some days are a stretch for even the most optimistic person.  Shaking the pom poms daily can be tiring because the truth isn’t there.  There are lows and challenges we face each day.  Positivity helps push us forward into a better balance.  However, ignoring the lows seems fake.

boxing class, gym, #the100dayproject

Being fake is not the intention of this blog.  Sharing the truth behind projects and life is more important that some 100 day challenge.

In yoga class recently the instructor said something that just stuck with me.

Celebrating positivity is wonderful and the world needs more of it.  Without discomfort there is no growth.

  • Growth is more important.
  • Growth provides a lasting impact.
  • Growth makes the world better.

My life has seen growth and change over the last couple of months in positive ways.  I want to get back to sharing balance instead of just the great things.  Grow with me.

What have you do recently that makes you uncomfortable?  What growth do you want to see?

The 100 Day Project Days 21-25

The 100 Day project

Le’ts get mooshy for days 21-25.  Well maybe a little.

Day 21 – April 23rd, 2018

A prince was born today.  I’m not really into celebrities, but love the monarchy.  While it’s archaic, I find the system and traditions beyond interesting.

I want to applaud Kate Middleton for standing in front of the public hours after giving birth.

Day 22 – April 24th, 2018

Today is an easy one.  It’s my wedding anniversary.  We said I DO! eight years ago.  Thanks hubby for your love and support.  You make me better.

Day 23 – April 25th, 2018

I hope to have 34 years with my husband.  The love and compassion it must take to be a caregiver is astounding.

 

Day 24 – April 26th, 2018

Today I attended an event where Emily Ward was the Keynote Speaker.  The biggest takeaway was being your authentic self.  It’s hard to do.  Read a little about her here.

Being your authentic self is hard on social media.  You guys I’m a weirdo, I’m all over the place with my interests, but those things make me ME.  I love the things that make me, well me.

P also rode his bike to a pizza place and back.

Day 25 – April 27th, 2018

This week has been chaos with a product launch at work.  Once it’s available to everyone I will share more details.  Let’s just say it’s been a week of messy buns and coffee.

The 100 Day Project Days 16-20

The 100 Day project

The 100 Day Project days 16-20.  With today’s post this project is 1/5 of the way done.  It’s been refreshing to look at positivity during the day.  It’s making the practice easier.

Day 16 – April 18th, 2018

Maybe you have seen this.  Maybe you have not.  I found this video awesome.  She learned a Beyonce dance in days.  That is kick ass.  I don’t know this girl, but I want to be her friend.

 

Day 17 – April 19th, 2018

Two of my boys enjoying a sunny afternoon.  Boss got a car ride, note the smiling face.  P is now tall enough to put his hand out the window.  He loves it.  That late afternoon sun feels so refreshing.

Day 18 – April 20th, 2018

Five miles run today.  No pain + no stopping = fastest time in a while.  Considering I have a half marathon in a couple of weeks, this is a good thing.

Day 19 – April 21st, 2018

Family time.  We played outside and worked in the yard.  It’s finally spring and that feels amazing.

Day 20 – April 22nd, 2018

SPRING!  My favorite tree is in bloom.  The magnolia tree is vibrant and every year I’m in awe of their blooms.  I ran 8.6 miles and saw a number of them along my route.

 

Scrappy Half Square Triangles Quilt with Negative Space

Earlier this week I talked about how this project got started.  So let’s dig into how the final product came to be.

Layout

In my retreat bag I stuffed a number of projects and a few Kona solids.  You can’t go wrong with white and shades of gray.  I had some gray scraps that I wanted to use up.  Once the blocks were made I knew it needed a bit of a border.  This quilt was a bit of the inspiration.

amy butler cameo tiny scrap quilt by quiltytherapy

This is what I ended up with once I added some gray and white borders to the blocks.  Then I used that lovely Kona Capri to surround the blocks.  I know, it’s a little out of my comfort zone for a background.

I pieced the backing and binding as well at the retreat.  Quilting wasn’t really on my agenda for that weekend.  So, I wrapped it up on an empty bolt I had.  Genius idea to reuse those bolts. Easy to store my projects and I can have everything for the project together.

Quilting

When it came time to quilt, I went with simple free motion loops.  It was a nice contrast to the triangles and squares.

I love the colors on the back of this quilt.  However, the fabric did not want to cooperate when it came time to baste.  Look at how crooked that is?  UGH.  We will call this a design element.

The quilt is straight, but with that crooked backing it looks lopsided.

Overall it’s bright and fun.  It’s out of my comfort zone but it’s a finished quilt.  This is more of a throw sized quilt so I’m not really counting it in my baby quilt goal.  It measures 53″ x 54″.  Thoughts?

The quilt is currently for sale in my Etsy shop.  You can find some other great quilts looking for new homes over there as well.

So glad I cleaned out the sewing room and found these just sitting there.  It was a great project to just play with and create.  The entire project is scraps and stash fabrics.  Win win.

The 100 Day Project Days 11-15

The 100 Day project

Welcome back.  We have made it through the first 10 days of the 100 Day Project.  It’s been nice to comment on something positive everyday.  It’s easy to get wrapped up in negativity online.  This is a growth exercise for me.  Life, stress, and challenges still happen to me everyday.  I’m choosing to focus on positivity and grace to help make a better impact.

Day 11 – April 13th, 2018

Friday the 13th is supposed to be spooky.  Instead I took the opportunity to get outside for a bit.  The weather was still nice.  I was aiming for 5-7 miles.  My body had other thoughts and really didn’t want to cooperate.  Still being able to get out and run three miles is good.

Day 12 – April 14th, 2018

It was a done of quilting fun with members of the IMQG.  We drove over to Ohio to see a Charlie Harper quilt exhibit.  It was nice to support other quilters and their work.  River City Quilt Guild licenses Charlie Harper’s work to be able to create these wonderful quilts.

Day 13 – April 15th, 2018

Today was IMQG meeting day.  As I’ve noted before these people get me and are truly amazing.  After meetings I’m inspired to come home and create.  We had a massive scrap swap and I found a few things that came home with me.

scrap swap at IMQG

Day 14 – April 16th, 2018

Did you watch the Boston Marathon?  I watched Des Linden take the lead and not look back.  Her determination was inspiring.  She passed others and sustained her lead with some of the worst conditions the marathon had ever seen.  Not only that, she is the first American woman in over 30 years to win.

 

Day 15 – April 17th, 2018

Today someone shared this video.  It reminded me of my grandma.  That may sound odd, but I will explain later.