Back in the Saddle!

Haven’t been really in the mood to sew – in late January we had to make the awful decision to put my best buddy, Cosmo, to sleep. He had cancer.  After 12 years of him constantly being around, it’s hard to just have nothing.  It still tugs at my heart to pull into my parking space and not see his face in the window; but I know he is still watching for me and I’ll get to see him again.

And of course there is nothing like depression to totally shatter New Year’s resolutions!  I caught myself before I went completely bonkers buying fabric and most of it IS for projects….=:0  Damn Missouri Star Quilt Company and Fat Quarter Shop’s great sales!

I am participating in 2 Blocks of the Month clubs….finally got one caught up…the Sugar Block Club by Amy Gibson over at Stitchery Dickory Dock.  She is totally my shero and I’m a groupie!  If you haven’t heard of Amy check out her free Block of the Month on Craftsy.  She is pretty much the reason I’ve tried to give quilting a try again to be quite honest.

Here are my January, February and March blocks:

Sugar Block ClubMarch Sugar BlockFeb Sugar BlockJan Sugar Block

Part of the reason I always gave up on quilting is – and I fully admit it – I’m a perfectionist and it makes me NUTSO when the block is too big or too small or I see in the instructions your points will be perfect and center and mine are sooooooooo not.  I’m trying to relax and it helps to remember there aren’t any Quilting Police – at least I hope not!

Have a super day!

Late Christmas!

Don’t you just LOVE when you come home to boxes?!  I was able to do that 2 days in a row – WOOT WOO!  Now, before I get lots of comments, everything was bought prior to my goals being set so these don’t count.

This is going to be hard to type because I used to shop at this store when it was a small fabric store and the person cutting the fabric really wanted to know about the project you were working on and offered suggestions to help not to get more of your money.  But I just can’t stand shopping at Joann’s any more.  I’m less than 10 minutes from a Super Joann’s and every time I’ve walked out I’ve come home and made the love of my lives promise they wouldn’t let me step into that store again.  I’m a tactical person so I use to love going in and touching the bolts while dreaming of what I could sew but the fabric now is just so awful I don’t wanna touch it.  Except the minkie…how can you not want to rub your check on the beautiful soft fabric?  Sadly Joann’s is now just a place I go run to get a notion or thread.

BUT luckily there are some super online options that have filled in.  I know there are a ton out there but the 3 I seem to go back to time and time again are fabric.com, Missouri Star Quilt Company and Fat Quarter Shop.  Fabric.com is my go to shop for apparel fabric – they just have an awesome selection of just about everything at prices that you can’t beat.  There customer service has always been top notch – one time they sent me the wrong fabric and I called and without any hassle they sent me the right fabric and told me to just keep the wrong one!  Who does that???

I stumbled across Missouri Star Quilt Company from YouTube of all places.  Jenny does these AWESOME tutorials that have helped me while I get more into quilting.  She is a complete inspiration!  From what I can tell the whole family works and you can just tell from their tutorials, blog and pictures that they just all love the store.  This is what one of my boxes had for me:

MSQC Dec 2012 Order

Who gets personalized thank you notes on their orders any more??

 

The christmas fabric is for a secret project for my nephews and nieces.  The other charms packs will be throw into a couple of the Block of  Months I’m doing.  More on that tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

The other box was from Fat Quarter Shop that I found through Stitcherydickorydock.com. (I’m a Amy Gibson groupie!)  Going on that website is almost overwhelming because they have SOOOO many great bundles so I do it in little doses…but this is my third order from them and I am just so impressed with how the order ships that I definitely will be a long time customer.   I got some background fabric for the secret project and Snoopy fabric for my babe…who even at 43 just melts when he sees anything Charlie Brown related…

FQS Dec 2012 Order

 

Hope you have a super Saturday!  Off to sew and watch some football.

 

Happy New Year!

Welcome!  The very last day of 2012…can’t say it feels any different than the last 364 days really but it’s an exciting day in that this is my very first blog post!  Woot woo!  I’ve jumped smack dab into the 21st Century.  It’s the 21st Century right?

Honestly, I’ve thought about starting a blog for a little bit but always stopped because in reality who wants to read about me?  I don’t do anything super special except try to do the best I can every day.  Sometimes it works, lots of times it does nothing more than add more grey hair.  BUT, the turning point was that I really wanted to get back into journalling AND I had a couple of resolutions/promises/goals I wanted to achieve in 2013 and supposedly the first step to achieving them is to write them down sooooo without further ado here are those resolutions/promises/goals for 2013:

  • No new fabric will be bought UNLESS it’s to finish a project: such as backing for a quilt and/or lining for a garment.  (I know, I know, I hear the shrieks of horror…trust me mine is in there as well)!
  • No new yarn will be bought.
  • Watch/finish current Craftsy classes before buying new ones.
  • Participate in two Blocks of the Month programs.

I can blame the first two squarely on A&E continuous marathon of Hoarders!  Just kidding…kinda…but I do watch those shows and then glance over at the tubs of fabric and yarn and start to wonder if I’m becoming one!

I think the bigger part of it, when I told the love of my life my resolutions he laughed and proceed to look over at my sewing desk and tubs of yarn and fabric and nicely said “Oh, ok….”  so now I HAVE to do it just to prove him wrong!

Hope everyone has a super New’s Years Eve – stay safe and please don’t drive home if you’ve been drinking!

Cheers!