Finding Happy

It’s hard to believe so many years have past and I didn’t touch a paint brush, an art pad, etc. I feel as though I have waisted so many years wandering around in the wilderness of blah. Many lessons were learned, negative experiences had blurred my vision. Everything happens for a reason? I’m still trying to figure out what the reason is/was.

Thankfully, zentangling and zendoodling found me this past year. My creative soul has been reawakened and it feels so good! Feeling like a child with ADD in a toy store, my senses are overwhelmed, and I am running around amazed by all of the choices in front of me. Do I sketch, paint, crochet, sew/quilt, and oh my goodness….there is thread art!! All of the choices make me happy, but which makes me the happiest?

Moving on…remember Dory? Stay with me…Maybe I should paint and/or stitch Dory..haha!

Sneaking in a little sewing time weekend before last, I pieced together the top from my last blog “Improvisational Piecing.” Jacquie Gerring’s methods are so inspiring and freeing. The purple represents my husband, and the orange represents myself.

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Here is a close up of those points. I just love it when my points match up. Improv and OCD…hmmm. 

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Since piecing this quilt top, I have not had the opportunity to sew so I do the next best thing…pull out my art pads, pencils, paints, etc. Drawing faces has always been a challenge, so…that is what I decided to tackle. Like many of you, I am my own worst critic. I see flaws in everything I do. Trying to shake this inner critic, I signed up for a class by Tamara Laporte called Life Book 2016. So, when Pearl (my sewing machine) can’t come out to play, this will be my creative medium of choice.

While creating these two pieces, I was happy. Finding happy and holding onto happy is my goal. Life is too short for anything else. What is your happy?
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Improvisational Piecing

Improvisational Piecing by Ms. Jacquie Gering….how can I explain this Craftsy class and do it justice? For a newbie like myself, and maybe some of you who would like to delve into modern quilting, this class totally rocks!  Detailed and to the point, Ms. Jacquie radiates passion for modern quilting. Her teaching methods are wonderful and there’s a bonus…she has a pleasant voice and tone. There is thankfully no “vocal fry” at the end of her sentences.

After taking her class and reading her book Quilting Modern, I couldn’t wait for the weekend to come to pull my machine out.

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With little time to sew this past weekend (cause ya know, you have to prioritize), I did manage to prep some blocks. Ms. Gering’s methods on these flip-n-stitch blocks worked up really fast.

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Don’t you just love Alison Glass fabrics?! You will also notice, I love grey! 

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Fingers crossed I will have time to piece these blocks this upcoming weekend. We have a huge project going on at our house at the moment that may take some of my sewing time away. BUT…hint, hint…the result will make for more sewing time. 😁

Hanging a Mini Quilt Without Screws

No hardware needed!! This past week, I completed a mini quilt. It is now hanging beautifully on my living room wall. Yay me!! And kudos to my hubby and sons for trimming the wood piece for me.

In the top corners of the  mini quilt, I glue basted two folded squares. Yes, I am a glue basting fool! Maybe it’s just the newbie in me looking for the easiest way, but it really keeps everything so nice and neat. I also added a strip to the center for extra support. After stitching the binding on, I slipped the precut piece of wood into place. And now for the easy peasy part….Command Strips! IMG_5621

I wiped the piece of wood down with rubbing alcohol first, let it dry and stuck two command strips onto it. Next, press two more pieces on, velcro side to velcro side.IMG_5622

The only thing left to do, is peal the paper off, center on the wall desired, and stick! That is it!

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Because my hubby couldn’t fathom the thought of nail holes in our walls after he completely remodeled our living room, almost everything in our living room is hung by command strips.  Those strips save the day by keeping the walls hole free, plus, if the object is crooked, it’s easy to adjust. Fingers crossed, they are easily removed if the need arises. 😳

 

Glue Basting Crazi

Oh Elmer’s Washable School Glue, how I love you!! You make my points come out so crisp and clean!! This is now on my must have list for quilting, along with a Fineline applicator. Holy Crap! I just figured out how to add a link!! haha)

This week I worked on a mini quilt, titled Dancing Diamonds Mini Quilt. Yvonne Fuchs is the creator of the pattern I used. You can view the tutorial I followed here. Loads of fun, and quick to work up, I want to share a few things I have learned about matching up seams and points. I used Elmer’s Washable School Glue to glue all my seams together and pressed with a hot iron to set. When making the half square triangles, I put three specks of glue on the back side of the squares along the mark I made. Pressing the right sides of the fabrics together, the glue holds it in place long enough to stitch the .25″ seam on both sides. Some of you may choose to skip that step. OCD drives me to the limits at times. Using a bamboo skewer, I pop loose those little specks of glue and press the seams open. After all triangles are pressed and trimmed, I glue baste them together into rows.

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By pressing each row in opposite directions, the seams nest together beautifully. The following photo shows rows glue basted together waiting to be stitched.

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Does anyone else think trimmings are too cute to throw out?? I just know I will find a project for them. My finished mini quilt top is too cute. And to think I used to loathe the color yellow! By the way, black is not my friend. Lint is so visible, it makes lighter fabrics look dirty, not to mention I CAN’T SEE  when matching those seams! Plus, I just know it will show dust after hanging on my wall a bit. Guess that gives me more incentive to clean.  “A clean house = broken sewing machine.” ⬅️So true!  Back to the mini quilt. Here is the completed top. ⤵️

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The only time glue was not used, was when I pin basted the sandwich layers together. Quilting time!

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Ready for binding! And you guessed it, I glue basted it! From the front side, I stitched in the ditch s-l-o-w-l-y. I also cut my binding strips 2.25″ instead of 2.5.”

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The stitches on the back look a bit wonky because I did go so slow. And… I realized AFTER everything was stitched, my backside fabric was not turned correctly. I will keep telling myself, nobody will see it on the back. However, I know it will scream my name every time I look at it.

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Anywho….my play time is over for the week. Kids need to be fed, clothes need to be washed, and groceries need to be purchased. School starts back for us on Tuesday, so back under the cover my sewing machine goes. The dining room table turns into school desks for the weekdays.  Until next weekend….

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