I’m kind of a sucker for animal shows. Probably the best of the best are, in my opinion, the shows during shark week on the Discovery Channel. Watch if you aren’t already!

In other news, my birthday was a week ago. This is officially my last year in my 20’s and I think I’m ok with it. I know some people really start to freak out about things when 30 is on the horizon I’m just not there yet. I have actually used my birthday as a reason to get out there and do more stuff.

This week I joined 2 virtual quilting bees (I know, 2 is ambitious but I think I can do it!). Both bees are mainly for beginners so there’s a little less pressure to produce perfect and super technical blocks. I will, of course, be aiming high. The challenge of working with new patterns in collaboration with a group on the same project is really exciting to me. There is not much activity where I live that involves sewing so this is a great way for me to interact with like-minded people. Bonus is that I’ll be getting mail! You just can’t beat receiving fun packages through the mail. The bees are both on Flickr. I found them via http://www.quiltingbeeblocks.com/. There’s a handy dandy list of ongoing bees and a Flickr page where you can network with other quilters. I kinda can’t believe it took so long to find this community.

These are a few coordinating blocks I have been working on. I love the color combination and pairing polka dots and stripes creates such a cool effect. Moving forward, I’m thinking I’d like to pull these blocks together with some Kona Chocolate. More on that later.



Rainy Day

July 23, 2010

I should really be sewing. I have 3 project in progress now. This weather is perfect for sitting down in front of my sewing machine and making some progress. But I’m here instead, typing away, listening to the rain.

The only thing I’ve done today is finished a book, Shiver . I know this is meant for a younger audience but I heard it was a good read and I’m a sucker for a cool looking cover. It was good. So much so that I read it in 3 days! Now that’s something accomplished, just not a tangible something. I never feel like I’ve accomplished anything unless I can see the results of my efforts; clean bathrooms, folded laundry, finished blocks, quilted fabric. You get the idea.

I just have a hard time when it’s raining. Motivation is hard to find when it’s dreary outside. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way.

So this:

is one of the projects that’s waiting patiently for me. I completed the top last week. It’s made from a package of Moda Nouveau charm squares and Kona Snow. I used this Sew, Mama, Sew! tutorial from Oh Fransson! I ended up adding sashing to my blocks to make the quilt a little bigger and to separate the prints. It’s busy as it is but would have been so much more so if all those white lines butted into each other.

It was definitely a bit of a learning curve to get the crosses to line up correctly. I think I finally figured it out when I got through all 30 of the charm squares. As you can guess this quilt top is less than perfect. I’m ok with it though, sometimes these things are more about the process than the product for me. Next time, I want to try another one more in the style of the tutorial and vary the width and color of the crosses.

Hope you’re being more productive than me today!



July 22, 2010

So, I’ve been a lurker for years now, silently reading all your fun stories, looking at all your pretty pictures and being inspired. It’s about time that I participate fully in this community.

There were a few catalysts for finally taking action. One big one is that I’m a sewer, quilter, and crafter. There are so many exciting things happening in blogland on these subjects that I figure it could really only be beneficial to start writing. I live in an area where there’s not a lot of crafty people my age. It’s so hard to stay motivated to finish projects and try new things when I have no one to share them with. I hope my interactions here will help me increase productivity!

Another reason I am here is because I finally made my way down the Cape Cod and met Melissa and coincidentally Beth at Melissa’s shop Yummy Goods. Such a cute place and even lovelier proprietor. I’d been reading her blog for a year or so and finally decided to just bite the bullet and just visit her. There were several times on the drive down that I almost told my husband to just keep driving because I was nervous. I’m usually not the type to just introduce myself to people but Melissa and Beth made it easy to be not nervous at all. In chatting with them they strongly suggested I start blogging myself and to stop lurking. They were just so nice to me that I couldn’t help but take their advice to heart. I think I talked my husbands ear off about all this for the next 2 days.

Guess what I saw when we were heading home from that trip to the Cape…

See? Something is telling me to just give this a try.