Moda Sampler Block Shuffle 2015 Blocks 1, 2, & 3

I ran across the Moda Sampler Block Shuffle 2015 project yesterday at Bear Creek Quilting Company. The first three block patterns were released last week, and blocks 4, 5, 6 were released yesterday. I am working with two charm packs from the same fabric line, and I have never worked with quilt pieces on such a small scale. I sewed the first three blocks last night with the intention of sewing the next three tonight, and then every Monday through the rest of the project I will make the remaining blocks.

For this project, I am using the fabric Good Neighbors designed by Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts. The fabric is sold exclusively at Connecting Threads.

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Travel Jewelry Pouch

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I don’t wear much jewelry on a daily basis, but when I dress nicely (I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl most of the time), or have to travel, I like to wear nice jewelry.  The problem with that, is that I have never found a travel jewelry pouch that will hold just a few small items instead of a big, bulky jewelry case.

As I’ve been getting deeper into sewing now that my machine is out where I can get to it constantly, I am growing more and more aware of the ability to “make it if you can’t buy it”. Continue reading

Harley the Ravenclaw Quidditch Player

Harley let me know about a week ahead of time that one of the dress-up days for spirit week was Halloween, and she wanted to be a Quidditch player from Ravenclaw House.  She has taken a “sorting” quiz and that is the House she would belong to if she attended Hogwarts and lived in Harry Potter’s world.  She also sent me a pin on Pinterest that detailed how to take a normal cloak pattern and make it into a Harry Potter-esque Quidditch Robe.

Harley’s robe is made out of fleece, and the body of it was very easy to sew.  I used a robe pattern I already had in my LARP-ing costume stash.  I did not line the body of the robe; however, I did line the hood with silver lamé.  It was not the easiest fabric to sew with, but it worked. Continue reading

Breaking Out

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When I try to describe my personality, or explain to someone “who” I am, I have a really difficult time.  I am a study in contrasts and contradictions.  I make a statement about one of my traits, and with the next sentence completely contradict the first.  For example, I am very introverted and shy; however, I love being around people.  I love being involved in LARPing and taking part, but I hate being the center of attention.  I love parties and celebrations, but I am really uncomfortable in situations where the focus is on me (birthdays, for example).

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One thing that I am consistent with is not stepping out of my comfort zone.  Occasionally, I do, but I like my nice comfy little box.  It makes me happy, and leaving it is scary.  I have decided, though, at 42, that it is about damn time that I start doing more things that are outside my comfort zone, and I am going to try new things.  I did step way outside my comfort zone a few years ago when Todd asked me to try LARP-ing, and I loved it!  The worry I had with LARP-ing is that it requires a lot of improvisation, and I have a difficult time thinking on my feet in “make believe” land.  I have gotten better, but I have not been able to incorporate my own story line yet – partly because I don’t even know what it is yet.

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So, when it comes to stepping outside my comfort zone, I have been keeping a COLOSSAL secret.

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Like my family will wonder if they need to have me committed, HUGE.

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Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner!

I don’t quilt a lot, but I am finding that I enjoy it quite a bit; however, when it comes to sewing, though I still prefer making garments.

I recently started using a FREE website called Pattern Jam, and the owner, Emily, was holding a contest to create an original quilt design using a fabric line she designed for Riley Blake Designs called Chatsworth.  I have made quilts before, but I have never created one of my own design from scratch.

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I decided to try my luck at it, and designed this quilt:

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I was in utter shock, to say the least, when Emily posted the Chatsworth Design Winners, and I learned that my design had been chosen as the Runner Up!   Staci, from Vintage Fairytale Fabrics created the winning design, and she will be receiving her quilt fully made and ready to use.  Her quilt is beautiful, and definitely worth checking out. Continue reading