Monday, December 8, 2014

On The Cutting Mat & Life Lately

I think I have finally gotten a hold on my work/family/sewing balance. Ever since going back to working full-time (something I haven't done since before W was born) I have been struggling to really find a good balance between everything that needs to get done. Jeff has been a lifesaver in helping out, but I still feel like there is so much to be done on a daily basis.

Love this shirt designed by my friend Felice @iamlunasol on Instagram. My 99 problems are my chores :( 
A big thing has been keeping the house clean. Before going to work, it didn't really bother me that the house wasn't clean when I wanted to sew. I had time to do it later, but now that I am working I have realized that keeping it clean makes it easier to find time to sew. I can hear my mom saying "I told you so" over and over again!

Since my sewing time has been so sporadic, I find myself jumping around from project to project. Below are a few of the things I have been working on recently.

I finished quilting my nephew's birthday quilt. We will ignore the fact that his birthday was in September, and just call it the Christmas quilt now :) All it needs is the binding hand sewn, and to be shipped off to Pennsylvania.
My munchkin helping remove the pins after I finished quilting.
I've also been busy working on my Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt. I joined the I Don't do Dishes BOM, and I am loving the fabrics she is choosing for each block. On top of that I also bought another MMBB kit from Knotted Thread that has all Cotton & Steel basics. I am super excited about both quilts.
One of my blocks from the I Don't do Dishes Moda Modern Building Blocks BOM. 

My pretty bundle of cotton & steel basics.
Among all the other things I have going on, I started a quilt for my dad's Christmas gift. I am using the Modern Buzz Saw pattern from Amy Smart's book Fabulously Fast Quilts. My dad is a part owner in a small Construction company, and he's had his fair share of run-ins with a buzz saw, so I just knew I had to make this for him :)

I am using Hammer and Nails by Peter Horjus for the main fabrics, and my background fabrics are Robert Kaufman Yarn Dyed Linen in Flax and Olive. I have loved working with the yarn dyed linen ever since I made my Texas quilt.

These fabrics are absolutely perfect for my dad, I love the pegboard print. And the tape measure print is just amazing! Now I just need to get everything done before we have Christmas with them on the 3rd. 

And just for fun, here is a goofy picture of me wearing my dad's sheet-rock stilts to put Christmas lights on their house. They are awesome and terrifying all at the same time!

I hope everyone has an amazing week! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Modern Quilting, Modern Women

1. Tell us about how you started quilting and how you found modern quilting.

Prior to falling in love with quilting, I had been sewing for 8+ and I had only dabbled in quilting here and there. I subscribed to All People Quilt, but I wasn't in love with what I was seeing. When I got pregnant with my munchkin WIlliam I knew I wanted to make him a quilt. I found a pattern in a magazine and "followed" it. My seam allowances were way too big, and the quilting was horrific but it was enough to get bit by the quilting bug.

Munchkin cuddling under his first quilt.
 It wasn't until February of 2013 right after I attended QuiltCon that I dove head first into the modern quilting world. For the first time I was able to really see what modern quilting was all about and I fell in love with the fabrics and the atmosphere of modern quilting.

For me, my love of modern quilting has always been centered around the fabrics, which is quite literally a very material way to look at it. But the bright saturated hues of today's modern fabrics speak to me in a such a way that makes me so happy. 

2. What does it mean to you to be a modern quilter and a modern woman? 

Honestly, I have never really thought about it. I crack jokes with my non-quilty friends about my old-lady hobby of quilting. But the quilting that I do is anything but old lady (not saying that old lady's don't like modern quilting)  you know what I mean. You won't ever see any civil war repro fabrics in my stash. 

Before becoming a quilter I had no idea about how wild and free the Modern quilting movement was. It is full of such amazing vibrant women who are some of the most talented people I have ever met. In terms of whether or not you can be a modern woman and a modern quilter, I feel like it is impossible to have one without the other.

3. Which quilt that you have made represents you and why?

I haven't completed many quilts, but the one that truly represents me would be my Cosmos quilt. I feel like it captures what is going on in my crazy head. It is scrappy yet organized, which is how I feel on a daily basis. Every fabric in this quilt was placed where it was for a reason, I planned out the scrappiness in my head before sewing anything together.
I love this quilt. Seriously I haven't even washed it yet because I have this irrational worry it will mess it up in some way (I know it's crazy lol). Even William knows that it's "mommy's quilt".

I think what surprises me the most is that this quilt is definitely one of my most recognized, heck it even got me into the top 16 for Sewvivor. To receive so much interest for something I have made is such a wonderful feeling. I started quilting because I wanted to make a quilt for my munchkin, and I never dreamed that it would become such an amazing passion of mine. 

4. How do you connect with other modern quilters? What does it mean to you to have this sisterhood of modern women? 

I am a proud member of the Houston Modern Quilt Guild, and I also the Chair of the Communications Committee for the guild. I absolutely love all our amazing members, and it has been a blast getting to know everyone and serving on the board.

I am always on my Instagram account (@youngtexanmama) and I try to keep up my blog and read others blogs frequently. The latter has been difficult since starting a full-time job at the beginning of September. I absolutely adore this amazing wonderful group of Modern quilters, and I am honored to be a part of the community!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Craftsy's Shop to Unlock Sale!

Craftsy's Shop to Unlock Sale!
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Don't miss Craftsy's Shop to Unlock Sale happening now! Get up to 50% off online classes for a limited time only! If you purchase a class during the flash sale, you will unlock a second set of classes on sale. For users that purchase, you will receive a subsequent email with a link "unlocking" the next set of classes. Hurry, this offer expires on November 9th, 2014 at 11:59 PM MT. Shop Craftsy's Shop to Unlock Sale now and save big.

I absolutely love my Craftsy classes, and Craftsy was actually very instrumental in my learning how to quilt. With a infant at home, I didn't have much time to actually go out and take quilting classes. So finding Craftsy was a huge benefit!

The fist class I enrolled in was the free Block of the Month Class. I learned so much from this class and loved how the finished quilt turned out. The teacher is Amy Gibson from Stitchery Dickory Dock, and she is fantastic at explaining things simply so that you can really understand how to do things! 

I also have both of Camille Rosekelly's Classes, Craftsy Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple Class and Playful Piecing Techniques, Camille Roskelley. They are both wonderful, and you get to make several of her popular patterns including Spools and the iconic Swoon!

I am hoping to pick up a few new classes during the sale! Do y'all have any classes you've been wanting to take?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Guest Posting over at Clover & Violet

Hey everyone! Just a quick hello to tell y'all that I am guest posting over at Clover & Violet today! I hope you'll swing by and check it out!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Craftsy's Stash of Possibilities Sale!

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Shop Craftsy's Stash of Possibilities Sale starting now! Take advantage of up to 70% off ALL project kits, fabric, yarn and supplies. Shop now to save before popular products sell out! Hurry, offer expires September 29, 2014 at 11:59 PM MT. ShopCraftsy's Stash of Possibilities Sale and save big!

Here are some of the items that I have my eyes on, you might notice a slight trend with my wish list: 

I could probably go on and go with this list of things. Craftsy really offers a great selection of fabrics, and sometimes you can find things that have sold out everywhere else! What goodies have you guys had your eyes on? 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

So I am a super bad blogger :( I was totally supposed to post this last Monday, but I got my weeks mixed up. But finally, here is my around the world blog hop post. 

I am very very very honored to have been nominated not once, not twice, not thrice, but four times for the Around the World Blog Hop that has be going on with my fellow quilty bloggers. Thank you so much Kelley from My Quilt Infatuation, Jennifer from Never Just Jennifer, Cheryl from Texas Quilting Gal, and Brittany from Pickles Quilting. All three of these ladies are amazingly talented, and I am honored to be their internet friend :)

1. What am I working on?
-- Currently I am frantically finishing up a quilt for my nephew's 3rd birthday. I am planning to get it finished in time to show it off at the HMQG meeting this Saturday, and then I'm dropping it in the mail to send to my sweet nephew.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
-- This one is really tough because I don't feel like I've made enough to really know what "my" work is. From what I have made I've found that I am a big fan of planned scrappy (i.e. I lay everything out in its place rather than just picking random pieces to sew together), and I like limited and monochromatic color schemes.

3. Why do I create what I do?
-- I quilt for a couple of reasons. Number one being my son. I know for a fact that if I had not had William when I did, I would not be quilting like I do. I had made a couple quilts before having him, but it was not until I found out I was pregnant that I really stared getting into quilting. I love seeing the joy on his face when I make him something new.
My second reason, is for fun. Quilting is the best therapy I think I could ever have. When I am stressed or having a bad day. I know I can go sit at my machine and completely clear my head and calm down. I'd say it is cheaper than therapy, but we all know that's not true :)

4. How does my creative process work?
-- Very scattered. I tend to have quilty ADHD, so at any one time I have about 5-6 projects in the works. I know for some that is absolutely crazy, but for me it is a lifesaver. When I hit a wall on a project or get burnt out for some reason, I can switch over to another one and refocus.

So I'm gonna change it up a bit, and not tag any one person. Instead I want to tag anyone who feels like sharing more about themselves! So go for it! And let me know if you share, so I can come check out your answers :)

I hope y'all had a great weekend!