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Camille Roskelley, of Thimble Blossom Designs and the famous duo Bonnie & Camille for Moda, is known for bringing her bright, fresh palette to timeless fabric design, and she is the featured designer for the 2019 Quilter’s Planner. You will find Camille’s touches throughout the planner from the cover design (see below for more!) to internal coloration and theme.
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On Wednesday, Alycia shared that her Quilts of Valor group is collecting flag blocks to honor Sue, a QOV member who recently passed away. The tribute that Alycia wrote about Sue is moving, and I wanted to get up and start sewing before I finished reading the post.
Flags for Sue
While I had a few other things I needed to accomplish first, I made time yesterday afternoon and was able to quickly piece 3 blocks to send.
Flags for Sue
The blue fabric has shiny gold stars (swoon!), and I almost used up all of the red fabric I selected for the stripes.
Flags for Sue
If you are so moved, Alycia is accepting blocks until September 1st, and you can get all the details on how to contribute and where to find the flag block tutorial by visiting Alycia’s Flags for Sue post. I’ll be getting these 3 blocks in the mail to Alycia today.
I am leisurely sewing along with the Splendid Sampler II Sew Along, which started on June 14th with the Quilt Market Block. The sew-along is giving away a variety of 20 of the Splendid Sampler II blocks to download weekly and make. This week, the block design is by Susan Ache (@yardgrl60 on Instagram) and her block is called Point Taken. You can find the pattern and details about the inspiration behind block today on the The Splendid Sampler website.
Point Taken – Splendid Sampler II Block
I really love my fabric grouping so far, and I am already looking forward to sewing more blocks and seeing how they come together as a grouping.
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Also starting yesterday is the OLFA Summer Pillowcase Challenge. All pillowcases will be donated to Ronald McDonald House or Ryan’s Cases for Smiles. Pillowcases must be postmarked by August 31, 2018 for entry into drawing, and pillowcases must be submitted with ENTRY FORM (Only 1 form per shipment is needed. Note number of pillowcases in designated spot on entry form.). (9) Nine winners will be drawn at random from all entries. (1) One Grand Prize winner will be the entry with the most pillowcases submitted. Visit the OLFA Craft Blog for the full details on the OLFA Summer Pillowcase Challenge and all the prize basket details.
A few weeks ago a local friend dropped off a quilt for me to quilt. She used my Wayward Transparency pattern, and together we selected coordinating Aurifil thread colors for the different fabrics in the quilt top: 2360 (Chocolate), 2330 (Light Chestnut), and 2311 (Muslin). Which left me to ponder just how I was going to quilt it! Tish from Tish ‘n Wonderland just happened to finish quilting a mini quilt version of the Wayward Transparency design as I was pondering what I would do while I waited on the thread order, and her quilting was just the inspiration I needed!
Wayward Transparency for Client
Taking inspiration from the “ghost” motif that Tish created, I used a similar dot to dot approach within the piecing for my friend. I used a rounded edge boxy meander for the background, and a narrow piano key motif for the border.
Wayward Transparency for Client
My favorite detail in the quilting can be seen in each corner where I quilted as if the piano key borders overlap and those lines leading into the lighter triangle is what set how I quilted the lighter brown areas within the piecing as well.
Wayward Transparency for Client
The back of the quilt is the same as the background print: very light white! You can clearly see all the color changes and how the design reads from the back. Personally, I thought a lot about chocolate while I was quilting this, because that’s the name of the darkest thread color. Yummy!
I am not very fast at ruler work, which is what was required for the dot to dot motifs I selected, but I do like the way the quilting helps emphasize the motion of the design. The quilt is meant as a gift for her daughter-in-law, and I hope it gets lots of use and love!
I think it should come as no surprise that I am going to sew along with the Modern Plus Sampler Quilt Along hosted by my good friends Cheryl (Meadow Mist Designs) and Paige (Quilted Blooms). The quilt combines most of the plus blocks from their awesome book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts, into a beautiful 63″ x 78″ sampler quilt. The Quilt Along runs from now (July 2018) through April 2019 with a new set of directions revealed on the first Thursday of each month.
Well, yesterday was the first Thursday of July, so the first set of instructions was released: the fabric requirements! The pattern calls for 6 fabrics, and I wanted to use what I have in my stash.
Modern Plus Sampler Fabric Selection
The top row from left to right are my Fabrics A, B, and C: Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton in Pudding, Kona Cotton in Cerise, and Kona Cotton in Hibiscus. The bottom row from left to right are my Fabrics D, E, and F: Kona Cotton in Silver, Kona Cotton in Pink, and Kona Cotton in Pomegranate.
Modern Plus Sampler Fabric Selection
I think it is really neat that the fabrics can look differently based on how they are arranged. In the second photo, the fabrics are in order with Fabric A (Shot Cotton in Pudding) on top and Fabric E (Kona Cotton Pomegranate) on bottom.
My fabric choices were driven by the yardage I have on hand, and I can’t wait to see all the beautiful versions come together during the quilt along. Will you be joining us?
Quilt 2: Wholecloth: Playful Foxes – Waiting on a template to get started
Quilt 3: TBD – No idea for this and not sure if I will get to it
Quilt 4: TBD – Scratching this one off the list
Well, I’m not as far along on this goal as I had envisioned, but even if I only get 2 bed quilts made for us, I will be thrilled with that!
Take time for self care!
Pick one thing each month – reading, baths, walks outside, gym or yoga time, etc.
Repeat: “Time expands when I need it.”
Repeat: “It is OK to plan for and allow myself me-time.”
Hmmm, well, I have started reading more in the past few weeks. Or should I say, I read a book in the last few weeks (the first book I’ve read for pleasure in what feels like years). Generally, I have to say I have neglected this almost from Day 1.
Mail something – a note, postcard – to my nieces each month.
This is one I have done OK on, but I think I missed a month. Either way, they are on my mind basically daily and I do get to Facetime chat with them fairly regularly which makes me very happy.
Write a blog post 3 times a week.
I have averaged this goal for sure for the first half of the year, but I am not sure if it will be sustainable for the rest of the year. Due to other life constraints, I am taking on less quilting commitments right now as a result, which I am sure is obvious to my regular readers.
Be online less (this is an evolution of some big picture goal setting, see #4 below).
I spend a lot of time every day engaging with social media. I really, really appreciate your participation and interaction, and I get a lot out of the online community. But I need to cut back my screen time and realistically what that is going to mean is setting a time limit to my being online.
I would say that while I might be cutting back just a bit on some social media engagement, I have actually be online more due to other behind-the-scenes commitments. I have taken on a bigger role for the Quilter’s Planner and doing more technical editing contract work. I enjoy doing that and will have to see how these new commitments evolve.
Tangentially related: have you read the powerful article by Carrie Bloomston: One Artist’s Story: Why I Quit the Gig Economy and Got a Day Job? The hustle is real. It’s exhausting, it doesn’t really pay, and it’s not how I really want to be spending my time. I have so many thoughts on this and I will be taking some time to think them over before writing more.
Continue to focus on pattern writing.
I definitely have been doing this. For the first half of the year I was focused on finishing up contracts with magazines (which I will share as soon as I can!). The second half of the year will be focused on releasing patterns as rights revert back to me and looking forward to some new pattern ideas that I am excited to try out and share!
Goal Setting 2018
2018 Big Picture Goals
Remember my overarching life goal of seeking mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual balance.
I definitely remember this and currently feel like things are not quite where I would like them to be. I keep reminding myself that life is a journey and the balance will tip and move around. I am trying to be aware and dance with the changes, but I definitely feel like I am using more energy than I am replenishing right now so it’s time to focus on making that better.
Continue to embrace the “seek rejection” philosophy.
For those unfamiliar with the idea, reaching out and asking for something (magazine submission, for example) can seem overwhelming and hard due to the fear of rejection or being told “no”. Letting myself ask and submit with the risk of being told “no” is scary, and resiliency in rejection is something I want to continue to cultivate within myself.
I am still trying new things and have been humbled with the reception and interest in workshops and options to teach recently.
Be gentle with myself.
This is an area of constant struggle; I can be very hard on myself. I do have to say that seeing this as a reminder feels less like a shock than a few of my other goals, though!
Continue to work on big picture goals while being open and flexible to what life has in store.
Oh yes, this is huge. As I mentioned earlier, things are currently in a pretty big season of fluctuation for me and as such I know I have to say “no” or “later” to a lot of commitments that I would like to say “yes” to right now.
2018 Second Half Goals
2018 Second Half Goals
The only constant is change, right? Taking stock of where things are now, I have a few updates I’d like to make for my short term goals for the second half of 2018.
Short Term Goals
Make the Wholecloth Playful Foxes bed quilt.
Make a baby quilt for local friends.
Meet my remaining commitments for the year (Aurifil Artisan, OLFA Designer, Patreon Rewards, Technical Editing).
Release 3-4 new patterns.
Explore limited run printing options for newer patterns to take with me when I teach and have in person events.
Continue to teach and explore more teaching opportunities.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself last week with the Valley Modern Quilt Guild. One week ago (how can a week go by so fast?!), I was at their monthly meeting and had a combination lecture and trunk show about Transparency Fabric Selection Tips and Tricks.
My favorite part of the lecture is that it is already out of date. Ha! One of my tips I share is how to navigate shopping for fabric online, and one of my favorite online stores, Hawthorne Threads (apparently now Hawthorne Supply Co.), has had a website update between Monday and when I checked again on Friday. Currently their select by color option is not available on their new site, but they are definitely working to get it up and running again. It just goes to show how quickly things can change with technology!
Triangle Transparency Workshop Collage
On Saturday I had an all day Triangle Transparency workshop with the guild, and above are some of the striking combinations and versions that the members created. I was very impressed that four people were able to get to completed quilt tops, and I loved the bold exploration of prints. The quilt in the center of the collage was made by Anna from Artist Within Designs using Cherrywood fabrics. We all thought it looked like suede or leather; stunning!
I feel like I say this every time I have the opportunity to be around other quilters: quilters are my people. I really enjoyed my time with the Valley MQG and their amazing work is definitely crush worthy, so I’m linking up with Main Crush Monday with Beth from Cooking Up Quilts.
Back in December, I hosted the #2018PlanningParty, and now that the year is officially halfway over, I think it will be good for me to go back and review my goals and see where things stand for the year. I welcome you to take this opportunity to look back and reflect on your year as well, even if you did not join the original link up.
There are several giveaways up for grabs for those who link up, thanks to the following generous sponsors. The giveaways will be given to randomly selected people who linkup.
When my oldest niece was about 3 years old, she and I were playing together and one of the phrases she used a lot at the time was, “This is this and that is that.” As I was trying to come up with a name for this post, that memory popped to mind and I thought that a little bit of this and that is really what I have to share today.
Valley MQG Lecture
I was extremely honored to give a lecture for the Valley Modern Quilt Guild on Monday evening. Thankfully traffic was amazing and I was able to drive from my home to the meeting in 2 hours and it only took me 2 hours to drive home. I saw a snarl of rush hour LA traffic heading north on my drive south, so I was very grateful that traffic went so smoothly in the directions I was heading!
That being said, I still got home at basically 11pm on Monday night. By the time I unpacked and was able to relax enough to fall asleep, I definitely missed a few hours of sleep. I planned in a slow day for myself on Tuesday, and while I tried, sleeping in and taking a nap evaded me. So, note to my future self: remember to keep scheduling a down day after events for the future. And thank you, past self, for taking such good care of me. I appreciate it.
I am really looking forward to being back with the Valley MQG on Saturday for a Triangle Transparency workshop.
In other exciting workshop related news, QuiltCon registration for MQG members opened yesterday and my Sunday morning Transparency Quilt Design workshop is full. If you are on a waitlist for a workshop, definitely stay tuned. Things do change as the year progresses, and I really hope to get to see you in Nashville. If not, please have your program chair for your guild reach out and let’s see if we can arrange for me to teach in your local area!
Are you sewing along?
Angie from Gnome Angel is hosting another #100Days100Blocks challenge to piece all 100 blocks from Tula Pink’s City Sampler over 100 days this year. The event kicks off on July 7th (in your local time zone) and you can get all the details on Angie’s #100Days100Blocks2018 page.
Pattern Drop Firefly Quilt Along
Pattern Drop is about to start the Firefly Quilt Along (affiliate link). You don’t have to be a Pattern Drop Member to sew along; you can also purchase the pattern individually (affiliate link). Fireflies are such an iconic and memorable part of summer evenings from my childhood, and the pattern is really adorable.
Quilt Along Schedule
Week 1 – July 2-6: Cutting
Week 2 – July 9-13: Piecing the 1st 5 blocks
Week 3 – July 16-20: Piecing the 2nd 5 blocks
Week 4 – JulyÂ 23-27: Piecing the remaining 6 blocks
Week 5 – July 30-Aug 3: Piecing the quilt top
Week 6 – Aug 6-10: Catch up week
Week 7 – Aug 13-17: Quilting
Week 8 – Aug 20-24: Binding
Week 9 – Celebration and show and tell
Work in Progress
Wayward Transparency Quilting for a Friend
My goal for today will be to get this lovely version of Wayward Transparency loaded on my longarm and start quilting it. My friend dropped it off with me about a week and a half ago, and the color matched Aurifil order has arrived. Time to #QuiltTheLifeIntoIt!