Sew Many Projects!

Welcome to 2022! I don’t know about you, but I have so many fantastic projects lined up for the new year and I am thrilled to get started. There are so many fun sew alongs and block of the months that will keep me busy all the way through the year. I thought it might be fun to share some of the projects I have lined up. Here we go!

Block of the Month (BOM)

A Quilting Life 2022

Sherri McConnell with A Quilting Life has a fantastic blog and each year she walks us through a new block each month. At the end of the year, she gives the finishing requirements and it is all for FREE! I love picking out the fabric I’m going to use for her BOM. She releases her free block every first Thursday of each month. This is a slower paced program, so it is perfect for the quilter who has a lot going on, but would like to participate in a fun block of the month program and learn new skills along the way.

Last year I used Lori Holt’s Flea Market fabric. This year I have quite a bit of Bonnie & Camille Sunday Stroll left from a fat quarter bundle, so I am tackling this BOM with this beautiful line. I am also switching from the 12″ version to the 6″ this time around. I think it will be fun to challenge myself with some smaller blocks and have a smaller quilt at the end.

Electric Quilt Audition of Fabrics with Block One

Riley Blake Block Challenge 2022

The Riley Blake Block Challenge is a great project that includes blocks from 16 different designers. The first month was designed by my personal favorite, Lori Holt. Other designers include Bev McCullough, Christopher Thompson and Riley Blake’s own Cindy Cloward. This program is weekly, so the pace is a bit quicker than a traditional block of the month. They release a new, FREE pattern each Tuesday. This project runs through May 17th. The block size for this challenge is 10″ so it is a nice size. The final quilt is a surprise so you’ll want to stick around to the end!

This year I have decided to take my inspiration from the sunset view from my quilt room. This particular day, I was mesmerized by all of the colors. I took that photo to my local quilt store and one of my friends helped me pick the fabrics. I went with Moda’s Basic Grey Grunge in six lovely colors. I’m excited to see how this one turns out. It will definitely be a quilt for my studio!

Sew Alongs

Flea Market

I am very excited to start working on this beautiful quilt! Lori Holt designed this beautiful 96″x96″ quilt. It starts with a medallion center. This will be the first time I’ve built a quilt from the center out, so I’m excited for this new challenge! I am using her Flea Market fabric line for this one. It follows a monthly calendar and will go through all of 2022. The first month is the center block. It is a nice size at 18 1/2″!

You will need the book to get started and your favorite fabrics. I chose her Flea Market fabric line since it goes right along with the book and I have tons of leftover from the fat quarter bundle I used to create my last quilt. The Jolly Jabber blog has all of the information on the schedule, as well. The Fat Quarter Shop will also be releasing an alternate pattern in a couple of months for those who do not want a huge quilt. I love that they think of customers and those who may not want a large quilt!

Chicken Salad Sew Along (SAL)

Chicken Salad is a beautiful 64″ x 80″ quilt that incorporates both piecing and appliqué. For those of you who are nervous about trying appliqué, don’t be! Lori Holt has fantastic tutorials available on how to make the process easy and fun! This sew along starts on February 14th and uses Lori’s latest fabric line, Cook Book. If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out. It is adorable with a vintage feel.

To get started, you will need the quilt kit and the Sew Simple Shapes. I also recommend Lori’s sew-in interface. It is the best weight for her appliqué projects. She will be releasing the patterns through her blog each month. The blocks will be 12″, so they will be a fun size to see a lot of progress quickly!

I look forward to seeing how many of you join along in these journeys in 2022! Good luck with your projects and happy quilting!

XOXO,

Leslie

Clean or Messy?

Recently when I have posted photos of my quilt studio on Instagram, I have seen comments asking me why I am so tidy. I found that so peculiar. Why wouldn’t I be tidy? Then I started thinking about it and realized not everyone works the same way that I do. So I thought perhaps it may be good to give some insight into why it is important to me to have a tidy quilting space.

Creative Thinking. I enjoy a crafting space that is clean for every start and finish. It is better for me to have a clean slate every time I start a project because it helps me be more creative and think clearer. When my space is a mess, I have too many things to look at and think about which distracts me from the creative process. Clearing out my space helps me focus on my project and find ways to make it mine.

Efficiency. An organized space also helps me work more efficiently. When my area is a mess, I’m unable to find my tools, patterns, or notions I need to complete a project quickly. My goal is to complete projects timely mostly because I find so many fun things to work on and am ready to move on to the next thing. Time spent searching for my tools to complete a project seems like wasted time to me. If it is neat and orderly, it is more efficient. That frees up time for me to move on to the next fun project!

IKEA Alex Drawers on Casters – Holds all of my notions nearby

Sense of Calm. I don’t know about you, but there is just a sense of calm that comes over me when I walk into my quilt studio each morning when the sun is shining through the windows and peeking out from behind the pink curtains. I turn on soft music, sip my coffee and sit back in my chair looking around at my clean space. It brings me such a sense of calm to start my day. The same goes for the evening. After I’ve had a long work day in my room on the weekends, I can get a lot of things flying! So, it is nice to tidy up at the end of the day so I know I can enjoy my room without having to stare at chaos.

My Quilt Studio – Christmas 2021

I do think it is entirely possible to have a functional space that is beautiful. Not all crafting spaces have to be filled with chaos and mess. Some crafters can work in that environment, but I am definitely not one of those who can. I say do you! If messy chaos helps get your creative thinking flowing, by all means mess away! But if you’re like me, tidy rooms lead to beautiful creative thinking, efficiency and a sense of calm which turns into finished projects that make room for even more!

Happy quilting!

XOXO

Weekend Reading

I don’t know about you, but I love a good audiobook while I’m sewing. It passes the time while giving me something to take in.

This weekend I downloaded the audiobook for the book club I’m in. I got to pick this month’s read and it did not disappoint! I have always enjoyed a good “who done it” and love watching true crime in my spare time. My husband thinks it’s weird that I like what he calls “murder shows”. But it isn’t about the crime for me. It’s the solving it part that I get into!

I thought this book was well done! It gave me just the right amount of suspense and really drew me into all of the characters. I really enjoyed it!

What do you like to listen to or watch while stitching? Leave your comments below!

Happy stitching! XOXO-

Leslie

Fri-yay!

Fridays are my favorite. It’s not quite the weekend yet, but you start feeling sweet freedom that is just around the corner! I love to plan my projects on Friday mornings before work while listening to some music and sipping a cup of coffee in my quilt room.

Using a planner is critical for me. My friends are perplexed at how I get so much done. Most of it is due to planning ahead of time. I have several projects that I plan at a time and work on them in my free time. If I’m not working or sleeping, I’m sewing. Over the last couple of years, I’ve invested in The Quilter’s Planner.

I hope you plan a ton of fun projects this weekend and share on Instagram! I would love to see what everyone is working on.

Happy Sewing! XOXO-