7/24/2016



Summer is going way too fast for me, how about you? I had ALL these plans----and I see them evaporating before my very eyes. 
I think more than anything, time is the most precious commodity. It's fleeting.
It's progression is unstoppable.
And when you notice, it tends to be too "late"...  




I've been soul searching these past few weeks, and I think I've come to the conclusion that I just plain want to feel happy all the time. ALL the time. I don't want to feel impatient with my kids when it takes 45 minutes to get dressed and brush teeth. I don't want to feel upset and angry when I walk in to a messy house with dishes piled high in the sink. I don't want to feel pressure of "finishing that project" because I need to sell it or turn it in for review. I don't want my kids to grow up and think I wasn't fully available to them. More than anything, that is my number one job- to instill confidence and self awareness for them to have a successful life. Do my personal goals really matter? Do I have the right to "want more" for myself, being that I am a Mother? When I say want I mean achieving things, goals, scratching things off my bucket list. I have never been a lover of "things". Material possessions don't enamor me, they never have-which is why I de-clutter my house every few months and give things away that later I sometimes wish I hadn't...

I'm blabbering on here, but seriously-- it's come to this.
Keep on with the biz, or stop ...

I just don't know anymore.

I want to write a book. I want to sew every day. I want to run in the mornings without feeling pain the rest of the day. I want to make things that make people feel happy, no matter what it is- cooking, sewing, quilting, a photo.... I want joy. 



I want my kids to feel the freedom of childhood fully. I think I did that really well in England, but here it's become this tedious repetition of everyday life-  "hurry up!" "get ready faster Mommy's gotta go to work!" "Let's GOOOOOOO!"  "Pick that up!"  "Where is your homework?!" I hear myself and I want to puke.



I want the freedom to go anywhere, to show them that this is not "it".





I'd carry our passports in my Alpaca passport wallet too.  (heehee)..
 More in the shop.





In effort of getting rid of possessions, I decided to stop buying fabric for a while and use everything up. I do this every so often and it feels good. I have been making a bunch of smaller items to list in my shop, when I get to it....
The process is long, stitch, take photos, edit them, list on Etsy, ship, etc... I mean, it's not easy folks. That's why a home run biz takes so much investment. That's what kills my soul when people are "can you give me a discount?".... No, I really can't.


I do not want to sound like a negative Nelly! I figure you can scroll past the type if you're sick of me by now.

I had to get this off my chest, and I can't see a therapist right now because I work with all the best ones, and if they know how crazy I am they might not talk to me at work. That would make me cry.  LOL <3 nbsp="" p="">













I finally finished the large size eyeball quilt, and was planning to write a free pattern for both the mini and large sizes. I don't know yet if that will happen.
It seems when I finish, I have all these tweaks that I want to make, it's never perfect.
Rather disappointing.
Sort of soul crushing if you're a dramatist like I am.





Everyone is watching, but no one "sees".

That's where this quilt came from. I notice a lot, like freakishly a lot. I call it my 7th sense because I have a 6th sense too. LMAO

Human interaction, the nuances of how people really don't listen, and how we all are just fumbling around in this puzzle like a matrix befuddles me. I mean, there is really no other explanation of how an awful human being like Trump could get the GOP nomination. If you disagree, don't comment here, because you're wrong.  #justsaying




Insert cute Pug pic so we don't get all heavy here.









I listed some slimline wallets in the shop. In case you need a quick gift or selfie gift. ;)













I released a new pattern if you need tons of pockets in a simple "book" shape, closing with an elastic band. This was a special request from one of my favorite pattern testers- and if you want a finished one, she makes them to sell. Message me for her info.











 Moving along on the Summer Sampler blocks. We are on week 10 now, almost 11 (tomorrow). You can still join!  I didn't agonize over fabrics or colors for these blocks- I do what feels good in the moment. If it looks like a HOT MESS when they are all done, so be it. I'll make them into table runners rather than a quilt.

My blocks are not perfect, and I'm okay with that. I squeeze them in between making dinner, herding the kids, stopping fights, and taking the dog out for a sh*t. So deal.

#dowhatyouhavetodo







I cut into my precious Liberty fabric stash too, for these little clutches. I'll be listing them (I hope) before Christmas.  ;)
No, I'm not kidding.
I want to look at them a little longer and pet them a bit.









On my radar:


1. Tour de Freeport Sep 24th in my hometown, Pretzel City. My soul sister Amy has been so active in bettering our hometown, a thankless job mostly. Every time I see a post about artistic things going on there, my heart explodes.  Recently the Freeport Art Museum hosted a workshop for making cardboard creatures-- made by kids from the NCS Youth Home:






2. Anne's poetry:




Every time I read Anne Sexton she slays me. I keep a book of her poems by my bed just so I can shed a tear or two (hundred) ...







3. Tiny Homes

I could totally live in a tiny home, as long as there is room for my sewing machine. :D
I know I'm not the only person who dreads paying the mortgage bill.
A tiny home would be sort of nomadic too, right? I don't know how taxes work out, but I am going to research this.









4. Rock Display tutorial

 My Ruby has a huge rock collection, so it's time to make a display. She has several tool boxes filled now with "things" she finds outside. I thought this display was really cool:









5. Star Gazing road trip list








6. Solar string lights

Wouldn't these be fantastic strung along an outdoor arbor or swing, or even laying in the flower bed?
I'm obsessed with little lights. I have those string light things above my kitchen cupboards, love them.












I splurged and ordered some leather to play with this week, (no, not like that-) so here is my latest zip top bag with a leather shoulder strap. I really really love this style so much. I am making a few more from toned down fabrics so my "normal friends" can have a selection as well. This fabric is Hula Girls by Alexander Henry (I die over his fabric)-- and has a large zip pocket inside with a couple more slip pockets outside. It closes with a heavy duty zipper at the top.
Measures approx 17" x 22" (big).







 Don't look at my dirty porch. I have things to do, okay?! :D








I guess that's a wrap because it's open pool time- my kids are calling! 



Best Pool Floats for the Summer by Twinspiration at  http://twinspiration.co/best-pool-floats/:














Much love to you all, and thanks for being here. 
Sending virtual hugs to every one of you. 



7/01/2016

Free PDF quilt pattern Modern Clementine



Here is the Modern Clementine Quilt PDF pattern, if you fancy a quick piecing top with big impact. I think it would look fab in prints as much as it does in solids. Approximate size is 65" x 65" - a "quilt at home on your machine" size.

This quilt features Kona fabrics throughout- one layer cake in Clementine and one layer cake in snow for the front. You will need 2 yards approx for sashing and borders in snow, and 2 yards of 108" backing material. There will be leftover fabric for table runner projects or whatever you dream up.











I just adore the backing fabric- it's called Grid in Carrot designed by Carolyn Friedlander.

It is so soft, and just the right amount of color/space for the eyes to rest.




The PDF gives all measurements and layouts, see excerpts below.










This Modern Clementine sample quilt is for sale in my Etsy shop.



The colors are super Summery!







Can you believe it's JULY?! 

Where does the time go?







Here are a few things you may want to take a peek at:





1. Mindfulness for Kids 8 week program (free!) by Deepak Chopra

I seriously love Deepak, I listen to him all the time on my phone to help me center and calm by inner b*tch. She takes some taming I tell you. LOL I have this mantra- to *not* feel bad about myself when I have my b*tchy thoughts-but to recognize them for what they are, and then dismiss them. Usually it's Ego, annoyance, and/or impatience. If there is one thing I hope I teach my children, it's the ability to remain calm in the storm. 

That's power.





I must be in for a hell-uva change then, because chaos is everywhere ...  bahaha!









Like probably everyone, I try to make good choices when eating. 

It mostly doesn't happen but I like to think positive so Hey!


 "Just a few meals away from the modern American diet, and you'll start to feel benefits like better energy and a more stable mood," explains Dr. Ramsey. "The moment you make a better food choice you are instantly building a better brain." 






3. Michaels craft shop is having a major summer sale- check their website for coupons that you can send via text to your phone- so easy! 

I just bought this rainbow drawer thingy and organized my shipping supplies and birthday party decor. It's made me happier than a bird with a french fry.

I know one doesn't "need a reason" to go to Michael's - but save some money? Hells yeah I'm in!











And.... if you're looking for stuff to do with the kids, try Creative Bug a really fun website with loads of classes.

They have so many different creative projects with full video instruction, some just minutes long-- that we've been trying out here. I love it! 

This is next on my list of things to do, Heather's Arrow Block. Aren't her color choices unexpected and striking?!











Nobody paid me to say all that mess.
Just sayin'.




Now let's go have some FUN!







6/23/2016

Improv No.2 complete











This Improv Quilt is a full on color riot, just as I like it. This quilt was make with Kona solids for the most part, as the rich tones are exactly what I was looking for. I threw in random prints here and there to shake it up a bit. I'm really drawn to super intense compositions, where there is little rest for the eyes. I'm sure it has something to do with emotions, the world, the chaos...

But I like it. 

A lot.


















I didn't follow a particular  "score" in Sherri Lynn Wood's book, but used many scores within this one quilt in bits, following my visual cues and instincts and threw everything together sort of  haphazardly. It was on purpose I think.
I wasn't sure it would work, but I usually don't agonize over if it works or if it doesn't. It's the process that's important, and it's ALL worth it.






It worked.

















In other news, I've released a beginner friendly quilt pattern called Flow.
It's made with one jelly roll + 2 yards background fabric.
It can be pieced in a single day and only requires sewing straight seams.
(Or make wonky seams- that could be super cool too!)






I'm reluctantly putting this quilt up for sale in my Etsy shop because I'm bursting at the seams with quilts, and I figure a de-stash will give me funds to -- buy more fabric! LOL













Quilting on my trusty Bernina:










My Good Karma quilt is in issue 36 of Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine this month, I feel really humbled/ blessed/ lucky/ whatever you call it to be included in this magazine. There are gorgeous projects in this issue, I mean look at the Ombre quilt on the cover! Amazing.



I pieced this quilt in a day, and let's not talk about it too much because all those flying geese slightly traumatized me. I am lucky enough to have Grandma 90 minutes away, so every now and then I beg politely ask her to babysit so I can get in some manic sewing time.  The kids love it, as Grammy lets them eat ice cream and swim all day long. I really love it because I can recharge my batteries and block the world out.










Another week is flying by, so I need to catch up on my Summer Sampler blocks.
This one is week 5:

You can still join in! The blocks are not difficult (so far!) and it's fun to connect with other Quilty people. Go on, what have you got to lose?







I can share my Emblem bag now too, yay! 
I took this to Glamp Stich A Lot with me and it was perfect. 
It's generously sized and quick to make. The fabric with retro tea thermoses is on Spoonflower and I used Essex linen as the accent.

Get your copy of the pattern here.


















I have more to share, but it will have to wait. It's been a weird week, lots of drama- and I just feel "strange". Could it be the moon? Anyways, I hope you make time for yourself this week and enjoy the moments of bliss as they arrive. They are  there, you just have to notice. <3 p="">


LOVE
XOXO