20 minutes a day….

In November of 2014, I was diagnosed with lupus.  A few months later at the beginning of February, I was put on a medical leave.  Since then I have been trying to find what my new normal is.  I have an afternoon of energy and then weeks where I can hardly maintain a normal life.  (By that I mean daily hygiene, cooking meals, clean laundry and dishes, taking the dog for a walk, maintaining any sort of  outside communication with friends and family, etc.).  These are all things I used to take for granted.  The current task of my Mayo Clinic doctor is trying to mix the right cocktail of drugs to push my lupus towards remission.  My progress has been slower than expected or want – isn’t that always the case?

My sewing has been very sporadic, and blogging has fallen to the wayside.  If you aren’t sewing much, there really isn’t much to report.  I had even stopped looking at new fabric to purchase because I was feeling a bit mortal.  Why buy more, when I have more than enough in my stash to last my lifetime?!?  Can you tell I needed to make a modification for my mental health?

I have decided that I am going to try to spend 20 minutes a day sewing.  I still don’t feel the best, but at least I can be doing something I enjoy.  The hope is that I will get lost in the project and spend more time sewing.  I have a few too many WIPs happening and it is starting to bother me.  Can you tell I am trying to put my focus on other things than my health?  Sewing is very good therapy for me.  It definitely lifts my mood and makes me feel that I can accomplish something.

I started the cute little pattern that was included in the Bonnie and Camille Aurifil thread pack.   There are 7 matching spools of thread and a mini charm pack of Daysail.

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A slight quilting fail…

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I have also made some progress on my Holly’s Tree Farm Jellybean Quilt.  The blocks are pinned together in pairs.  I will need to sew those together and then put the blocks in foursomes.

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I am getting tired of being sick and accepting my limitations.  I know I am getting better because I can actually think about the expectations of feeling more normal.  I think the goal of 20 minutes a day is do-able and is necessary therapy!

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2015 Finish #12 – Craftsy Irish Chain

This quilt was so not my usual style!  I really liked the Craftsy kit and couldn’t resist the purchase.  I started this quilt in February.

I chose a quilting pattern with bubbles to distract from any lines that might not be straight, give it movement, and to reflect the circles on the backing.

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I used a new fluffy batting making this even more cuddly.  The loft of the batting gives the circles a bit more dimension.

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The binding is Lotta dots in gray.

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A completed quilt done all in 2015!  Good to know that I can maintain enough focus to finish a project – almost like it was project monogamy!

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Giveaway Day Winner

The winner of My Pieced Life’s Giveaway is Lauren aka Giddy99, #142!!

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Lauren aka Giddy99 says:

I just started sewing about 2.5 years ago, and I’m addicted. My favorite designer has been Anna Maria Horner, but Alison Glass is a REALLY CLOSE second… :)

  • My favorite print of all time is Coreposis (by AMH).

Please contact me with shipping information!  Congratulations!

Thank you to everyone who participated and shared their favorite fabrics!

Gretchen

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2015 Finish #11: Modern Illusion Blocks

This quilt came quite quickly!  I started the quilt in February 2015 and was able to bring it to the long-arm appointment in March.  My husband chose the backing, Raspberry Minky!  I was all about a grey backing, but he was a fan of the minky!

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I chose a mod-century pattern for the blocks.  The name of the pattern is Mid-Century pattern by Urban Elementz.

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There was a slight glitch with my long arm quilting.  I got a bit too cocky and moved a little fast.  Here is a moment on the blog that isn’t part of the highlight reel that sheds light on the truth!  The minky, fluffy batting, and the quilt top were a bit slippery.  My batting has a fold in it.  I noticed it after 2 rows.  I was too lazy to take out the 2 rows.  It would have only been 2 half rows, but I was tired.  So, the quilt is a bit wonky.

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Lesson learned!  In hindsight, I should have taken out the 2 rows!  Julie was still quilting, and I had plenty of time!  What that did was throw the alignment off of the quilting pattern.  So I spent all this time piecing a quilt and then just called it in when it came to the quilting.  UGH!

My worrying and regret was for naught!  The good news is that when I took pictures, you can’t really tell!  You have to look for the error!  What a relief!!

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Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts’ Finish It Up Friday!  Thanks for hosting Amanda Jean!

Don’t forget to sign up for my Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway Day Fat Quarter Bundle.  All you have to do is comment telling me your favorite fabric.  Contest is open until 7 p.m. CST Sunday, May 10th.

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Giveaway Day!

Giveaway is now closed.

Today is Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway Day.  I am  joining all of the fun!  Thank you for stopping by.  Welcome to my Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway.  I’m so glad you came by to sign up for the prize and maybe check out some of my projects. img_8009 Quick Facts: 

  • I’ve only been sewing for 5 years and blogging for 2 years.  I have enjoyed almost every minute of sewing.  I love being able to take the process from cut fabric, to creating a quilt top, and finishing the process on a long-arm quilting.  Plus quilty people are so supportive!

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 I am taunting you with a sneak peek of my Friday finish!

  • I started out with the Janome DC 4030 and recently purchased a Bernina 750 QE.  2 very different machines, but I love both of them!

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  • I mostly sew quilts because I struggle thinking in 3D i.e. bags and purses.

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  • I am a pinner!   If you pin, your points will match up better and you will do a lot less ripping of seams.  The time it takes to put a pin in is much less time than ripping out seams.
  • Rule to live by:  I have a 3 rip rule.  If I have to rip 3 times, the 4th time I sew it is meant to be!
  • My favorite fabric designers are:  Tula Pink, Bonnie and Camille, Kate Spain, Sweetwater Fabrics, and Alison Glass (my new favorite).

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Check out the rest of my 2015 finishes!

To enter the giveaway:  What is your most favorite fabric ever designed? Share your comment on this blog post to win a few of my favorite sewing notions (Olfa Splash cutter and mini self-healing mat, Best Press, and glass head pins) and a fat quarter bundle of Alison Glass Sun Prints in warm. SAM_0343 Giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere!   Entries must be in by Sunday, May 10th @ 7 p.m. CST.   I will choose the winner using random.org.  Make sure that I have way to contact you! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!  I am looking forward to reading all of your favorite fabrics.  Don’t forget to go back to Sew Mama Sew to sign up for the other giveaways!  Thanks Sew Mama Sew for hosting Giveaway Day May 6, 2015.

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WIP: Holly’s Tree Farm Quilt

I love Christmas fabric!  I am such a sucker for any holiday fabric really.  Holly’s Tree Farm by Sweetwater is finally available – 0r at least the pre-cuts!  Sweetwater’s last Christmas fabric was Countdown to Christmas in 2012.  It was about time for them to produce another winning holiday line! Holly’s Tree Farm is full of stripes, cars, trees, and dots.  How can you not love it?IMG_3484 I am using a Thimble Blossoms’ pattern called Jellybean. jellybean_new This should go together quickly.  The only problem is that there is a print in the jelly roll that I am not a fan of.  It is a cream print on cream fabric.  You really can’t see it.  The print itself isn’t a problem.  It is that I will be using a creamy white for the squares and 1st border.  That particular print will throw the design off, in my opinion. IMG_3503 IMG_3504 IMG_3507 IMG_3506 I am adding another column and row to the quilt.  I have issues with quilts not big enough for a good cuddle.  That meant that I will be using the layer cake I purchased as well. IMG_3529 IMG_3530I have 80 strip blocks done!  Whoo Hoo!  Now I need to cut 160 3.25 cream blocks to put on 2 of the corners.  The next step is grouping the blocks into 4 segments.  After that there are 2 borders to add.   I will have to wait for yardage to be available.   Fat Quarter Shop says May 2015… here’s to hoping for an early May date for selling!

Have to say that this has been a simple quilt to put together!  I like to balance a more difficult quilt with something a little less complicated.  Would definitely recommend this pattern!

Linking up with Lee’s Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday!

Don’t forget to check out my giveaway from Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway Day!  There are lots of great prizes!  Links will be updated when giveaway starts!

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Sunday Stash – Massdrop’s Alison Glass

I am a fan of Massdrop!  If you haven’t checked it out, you should!  However, it is easy to get sucked in!  There have been a lot of fabric options as well as notions!

I purchased the Alison Glass Sun Print fat quarter bundle in cool and warm.  I just couldn’t resist!

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No plans for these yet, but am on the look out for a great fat quarter bundle pattern!

This fat quarter bundle couldn’t be passed up either!  I am eagerly watching the post!

Alison Glass Handcrafted:

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Other Massdrop purchases:

Schmetz Needles:                                                      Olfa Splash Rotary Cutter:

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Be careful!  Massdrop is a slippery slope… you can’t stop at just one purchase!

Linking up with Molli Sparkles’ Sunday Stash.

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