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Jan 8, 2014

Back in the saddle

Jan 8, 2014
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Although I have been posting pretty regularly for the past month, I feel like I haven't been around much.  I have hardly sewn in the last 3 weeks (well, the whole dang month to be truthful) - due to all the holiday tasks, traveling and get-togethers.  I'm sure everyone takes a bit of a break from their daily life in December, and since sewing is a "daily" for me, it feels strange to be away.  But good to be back in the saddle after a much needed rest.

Here is the only thing I have to show for December.  When I posted about the late stocking I made for boy #3, I realized I hadn't sewn for my family at all over the past year.  Instead I'd solely been sewing deadline to deadline in the small nap window of my afternoons.  It made me sad.  As of course, my family is the whole reason I started quilting to begin with.


All my boys are owed a new quilt.  And since they are fight over the "special blankies" of my youngest (he has 3, but don't anyone dare touch a single one), I've decided to make quilts for them backed with the fuzziest fuzzy fleece minky.  This is probably against my best judgement....  I'm not sure minky and I are friends.



I began the first quilt trying to pull fabrics from my scraps to make a "not-too-cutesy", "not-too-manly" quilt for my 7.5 year old son.  Easier said than done.  I decided to go the hourglass route to mix up the fabrics.


I decided each block should be framed to break up the busy-ness.  But to add a little interest, I alternated framing with white and khaki.  Good for a boy, no?  

Overall, I'm still a little "meh" on this quilt.  Instagrammers assured me I was just in that phase of looking at the fabrics too long.  We'll see if it "wows" a little better once it's been quilted.  And maybe it needs some real daylight too - but it's been too cold in the midwest this week to venture outside much! 


If I needed to be hit over the head with a hammer about my kids needing some sewn love, my Christmas present from the 2 oldest boys was fabric.  Specifically, Buckeye fabric.  Which they bought because they want me to make them Buckeye pillowcases.  "See, Mom?  The lady at the store even knew exactly how much you needed for each one!"

My 4-yr. old and I sewed his pillowcase together over the holiday day break.  One more to go!


Are you refreshed to begin a new year?  As always, I have tons of ideas for the coming year, but can't decide where to start first!



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9 comments:

  1. Thank you for the gift certificate to Dragonfly fabric. It was fun to win. I got a stack of Koi fabric.

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  2. I love it that your kids bought you fabric for something for themselves. :)

    Your boys are going to love their quilts! If you want to add a pop of something, maybe you could add a triangle of red or navy in the corners of the sashing? Or add navy sashing between all of the blocks? Or would that be too big (or too big of a pain).

    Here's to a balanced sewing life! and more sewing time. :)

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  3. That's a great quilt for your little guy! I, too, love that the kids bought you the pillowcase fabric for them. It's adorable!

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  4. I rarely get to sew in December. This year was HUGE exception. I got a ton of small projects done. We are doing a remodeling project now so no sewing for a few weeks. When I know this is on the calendar I use that time to send my machine to the "spa" to be cleaned and tuned. That way I'm too busy to be missing it.

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  5. First, once you get that quilt basted and start quilting, you will lose your "mehs". I think it's great- framing the blocks was a good decision and makes them pop! Second, GO BUCKEYES!!!

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  6. I love the quilt so far. I can sort of see why you might feel that way, but it is so colorful yet so "big kid" at the same time and I think it'll be stunning put together.

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  7. I'm so with you on being out of the groove until January! I'm starting to dig sewing again... I always love a new perspective in the New Year!
    The boys quilts are looking good! So M doesn't share his 3 quilts!? Stinker!

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  8. You just have the prettiest fabrics ALL THE TIME!!!! *sighs*... So need more room for a bigger stash. Is fabric addiction a real thing?

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  9. I also have two little boys (5 and 6) who push Red Sox fabric/fleece on me, too! (we live right outside Boston). I love your 7.5 boy's quilt - that white and khaki will really grow with him - I always try to picture their quilts, now that they are past baby age, as going to college with them. (not too soon, though)

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