Thoughts about the end of the year

I can’t access my tracking spreadsheets right now so I’m doing this from memory.

I think I made fewer quilts this year than in previous years but I like the ones I made. I made five quilts in my “improv and making do” series, which I’ll be continuing in the new year.

I made a few small quilts as gifts or swaps which were well received. I sold two quilts.

As for my quilt budget, I’m thrilled with having spent only ~140$ this year on fabric and supplies.

And for the personal stuff: for Xmas I made three pairs of flannel pjs, a doll sleeping bag and three doll sleep masks. Over the course of the year add in Hallowe’en costumes, birthday cakes, work cakes, gingerbread houses, Guide badges, and mending clothes, jewellery, and shoes, it’s a lot but in a good way. I have crafted a handmade life for myself.

Happy New Year my friends! I wish you all the best for the year ahead. May your fabric never bleed and your thread never tangle. I hope you find inspiration and productivity with all you undertake. 

Thank you for being here with me this year.

Nicole Hannah

 

Sunny days and favourite colour.

Wow, what a month!

It’s been a busy and fulfilling, also crazy bonkers, few weeks.

There was the end of Brownies: All the random activities my co-leader and I kinda pulled out of our heads and off the internet since January actually translated into some badges! We were surprised, and utterly pleased with ourselves.

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We made some hat traders as year-end gifts for the girls.

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School ends tomorrow. Both my girls had great teachers this year but especially W. She wanted to make something for her teacher so I suggested a pillow. The favourite colour is pink and the favourite animal is a moose, so here you have a pink moose pillow.

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The glamour shot.

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The flat shot. All fabrics chosen by W, laid out and assembled by her. (I did the rows, border, and appliqué.)

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A close up of the appliqué because I frickin hate appliqué like this but I think I kinda rocked it.

And in my personal sewing journey, I finished my improv string quilt. I used the leftovers to make this quilt:

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The setting squares and background fabrics are both from stash. Quilt measures 53×72. Pattern is the “June Quilt Along Quilt” from Crazy Mom Quilts.

I also started my next quilt in my Sherri Lynn Woods Improv project. This one is the “floating Squares” score. I’m using long hoarded yukata cottons from Okan Arts.

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Work continues to be stupid busy mixed with corporate bs, so that’s nuts too.

Canada Day is Monday which is the real start of my summer. Here’s to a good one!

Hello! It’s been a weird week for me. A very emotionally intense start to it, then catching up on the rest of the life stuff.

I’m also at the end of a bunch of projects so have the itchy, restlessness which accompanies the finishes. I want to but don’t want to start something new as I still have other projects to finish!

But let’s see if I can even recollect my own accomplishments in recent weeks:

  • my quilts came back from the show. One sold, several did not.
  • I’m slow motion hand quilting the plus quilt.
  • Remember that bag I made myself? I though it was sooooo awesome I made one for each of my girls to use as a swim bag. Except they picked nearly identical fabrics to each other (so now we can’t tell the bags apart) and the bags are a bit too big for a kid’s swim bag. They wound up being not a fail exactly, but more a meh finish.
  • I did finish the mini for my swap but as it’s still en route I can’t share a picture. It came out great though and I *am* pleased with the finish.
  • I survived Valentine’s day, aka the “super bowl for cake decorators”
  • QuiltCon happened and I wasn’t even consumed with jealousy this time around! Hooray for personal growth!!

Tomorrow is March which is my month for the longarm (my co-owner and I alternate months if you’re new here). I’m doing a client quilt so that will be exciting to do and get paid for!

For my next piecing project I’m thinking fairly mindless, definitely scrappy, maybe with strips? Got any good pattern suggestions for me?

Ketchup

Shake and shake the ketchup bottle
 None'll come, and then a lot'll
–Richard Amour

This is how my whole week has felt.

 

I quilted a quilt for a friend last week. Then injured husband (he’ll be fine, and is nearly better), sick kid, and quilts, and work, and things. A bonkers day of not-enough-parents-or-transportation-options. I finally went to quilt a top for myself, but finished the whole thing in only three hours. So then I raced to finish another top to get that started on the longarm as well.

Truly I’m moving at a pace so fast that I haven’t even been taking pictures.

But ever seen one of these? It’s an awesome, wee ~3″ tall bottle of ketchup. I have one from my stage management days that I used to store acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

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While it has been nice getting things done, a bit of a break will also be nice. Next up is some slow hand quilting.