Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Dog Chasing Its Tail

I have to say that lately I feel like a dog chasing its tail.  And like a dog chasing its tail I'm either having too much fun or slightly confused.  Usually, other than family or work, I only concentrate on one thing at a time.  However, over the past few weeks I have had several different projects pulling me in different directions.

Last week, I started participating in the 2015 New Bloggers Blog Hop.  The hop has not officially started quite yet, but I am slowly getting to know my fellow quilting enthusiasts and learning so much.  I think most of us have been broken down into groups so that we could critique each other's blogs and provide advice on what we can do to improve our posts and pages.  With the help of my fellow friends, I have successfully added labels for better searching to my posts and finally figured out how to widen my layout so that things flow better.  Sometimes, it's the simple things that makes us happy.

I have also been desperately trying to quilt the Mystery Quilt I finished piecing back in April.  I solemnly swear (to whom I'm not sure) that I will not let this poor lap quilt become a UFO.  I'm not sure my back room shelves could stand it.  But I'm showing progress.  I just need to start quilting the pink blocks.

So with this quilt practically wrapping up this meant that I had a great excuse to break my "Thou shall not purchase any new fabric this year" declaration and splurge on new fabric for Meadow Mist Designs upcoming mystery quilt.  I'm ready, how about you?

In my attempt to try to bring a love for quilting to the next generation, I have persuaded my daughter to give it a try.  In her down time this summer she is going to follow Diane at Quilt Shop Gal's Kids Camp.  The fabric for the first project came yesterday and hopefully by the end of the week she will have her first completed cuddle quilt.

The last project I'm working on requires me to call on my limited paper piecing abilities.  I'm pretty sure piecing these blocks shouldn't take as long as I am making it take, but as I get the rhythm down I think I'm starting to shave my over all time down.  One of my biggest questions with paper piecing is how do you know what sizes to cut the fabric to make sure you are covering the area you are working with.  I can't tell you how many times I have abandoned a project because I got to the end and found that after all the hard work, I didn't have enough fabric to cover the seam allowance when I folded it over.  I hate wasting fabric.  In the next few days, I hope to share the process I have come up with to help me avoid this tragic mistake.


Terri Ann @ ChildlikeFascination.com said...

I remember last year during the blog hop I became really overwhelmed in the beginning because there were so many fresh faces and things to do but after the first week it gets easier just like the 2nd and 3rd weeks of school always were :) I'm excited to see that you're introducing your daughter to your love of quilting, that cuddle quilt qill be so soft and lovely when it's done, she'll certainly love it.

Crafty Ashley B said...

Check out this link: http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2015/06/paper-piecing-tips-from-frugal-girl.html.
I think you'll find it will help you with the paper piecing! :)

Your quilting is looking great!

Anonymous said...

I know exactly how you feel. I've also joined both the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers group and the Mystery Midnight QAL amongst a few other things! I've spent so much time reading the Facebook groups and all the new blogs that I haven't had time to update my own blog!!

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