Saturday, September 30, 2017

Hello Friends!

Things have been quiet around here because I have been working behind the scenes on something exciting!
Young Texan Mama
is becoming
By Hilary Jordan

Ever since I wrote this post about how things have been recently, I have been thinking deeply about what direction I wanted this platform to take. In doing so I found that I'm no longer passionate about Young Texan Mama like I used to be when I created it when I was 22. I still love what I create, and write, and share, but the name is wrong. ;) 

That is why I have to decided to change things up just a bit. It'l still be mostly quilting and sewing with some other stuff thrown in. But whether I am sharing something I baked, something I have written, or something I have sewn, it would all be By Hilary Jordan. Just like an author or an artist would sign their name to a project! 

For now you'll just notice the official change on my social media platforms. Since I am handling the website migration on my own, it's a slightly slower process than if I hired someone to do it.

I am really excited about this new journey, and I hope you stay on for the ride! Happy Weekend! 

Friday, September 15, 2017

National Sew a Jelly Roll Day

Today I am so excited to be joining the Fat Quarter Shop & Moda Fabrics for Project Jelly Roll: National Sew a Jelly Roll Day! To be honest, I was not sure what to expect when I signed up to be a part of the FQS blogging team, but it has proven to be loads of fun! Fat Quarter Shop is actually the very first online shop where I purchased quilting fabric way back in 2010! That project was not my best, I didn't have any idea with a 1/4" seam was at that point in timeπŸ˜‰, but it sparked a love of quilting that has not slowed down.

The pattern I made to celebrate NSAJRD is the Jelly Roll Railway quilt, a FREE pattern from Fat Quarter Shop! For my fabrics I combined a jelly roll of Just a Speck by Jen Kingwell with Moda Bella solids in grey and white. I decided to leave off the borders that the pattern calls for to give the quilt a more modern feel.


I dragged my husband out to these abandoned train tracks in our neighborhood for pictures because a the Jelly Roll Railway quilt obviously needs to be photographed by railroad tracks! One of my favorite parts of this quilt is the secondary pattern created because I chose background and accent fabrics with high contrast.


I even had a bit of fun with the binding. Since there were scraps left over from the strip piecing of the blocks, I was able to cut them into even narrower strips and sew them together for a section of the binding. I love the fun pop of color it adds to the edge of the quilt.

For my quilting I used a whopping 12 different colors of Aurifil 50 weight thread. I used so many because I matched the thread color to each of the different fabrics. It required a lot of thread changes but in the end it was totally worth it!

I recently took a workshop with Christa Watson, and so I tried a couple new to me quilting techniques from that class on this quilt! If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably saw my stories of testing out the loopy"L's" that I stitched in the grey sections. The first few were pretty wonky, but once I got the hang of it they looked much better! Plus, if you use a thread that matches your background fabric, then you'll be the only one to notice. πŸ˜‰

From Left to Right I used color numbers: #2730, #2620, #2530, #2214, #2600, #2021, #5006, #2920, #2710, #2423, #2235, and #2535.
I had so much fun making this quilt! Be sure to check out the Fat Quarter Shop for all of their other amazing Jelly Roll tutorials!

Monday, August 7, 2017

A Few Updates

Hi Everyone! So I've had this post stewing in my mind for a while now, and I have finally sat down and typed out all my thoughts. The last time I posted was back in March! Since then things have been what I would call controlled chaos, and sometimes it is actually closer to regular chaos. Here are a few life, work, and crafty updates.

My little Sam is on the verge of being 10 months old, and William starts Kindergarten in 2 weeks! I severely underestimated what becoming a mom of 2 little ones would be like. It is filled with so much joy, but at the same time complete exhaustion.

There have been several weeks where I have felt so defeated by everything that I have to do, yet I feel like I cannot do it all. I wouldn't say I've been depressed, but there have been moments where I just cannot shake the feeling of being a failure. It's like every thing that I did or had to do was never good enough. I thank my lucky stars that I have an amazing support system in my parents, siblings, and most of all my hubby because for a few weeks things seemed so bleak.

Thankfully all of this happened after quilt market, I don't think I could have handled being away from my kiddos and hubby while going through all of that.

In terms of work, things have been busy (see above section) but overall good! As always Quilt Market was a whirlwind of work, fun, and inspiration! Plus it was my first trip away from the baby so it was definitely bittersweet. I missed all the baby cuddles, but getting to see friends that I only see twice a year is always fun.

I am thankful every single day that I get to do what I do. I love the industry, and I am so blessed to be able to work from home while my little ones are still little. I stitched the above block for a fun reboot Erin and I are doing for the 2012 Aurifil Designer of the Month. You can check it out on the Aurifil Blog, plus if you sew along there is a chance for you to win a collection of Aurifloss!

I haven't done a ton of personal sewing recently (mainly because I've been choosing sleep over sewing), pretty much just the embroidery block above, some bee blocks here and there, and then this dress I made for a wedding we went to in June. I used the By Hand London Anna Dress pattern, and Rifle Paper company Rayon. The dress came together quickly, but I am a bit worried about the fit of it once I stop breastfeeding Sam. Might have to make some alterations so that I can continue wearing it. πŸ˜‰

Lastly, I have been thinking pretty seriously about re-branding. When I created Young Texan Mama 5 years ago it felt right, but now that I'm approaching turning 30 I feel like it's time for a change. Obviously turning 30 doesn't make me not a young mom, but the name just doesn't feel like a good fit anymore. I have a few options kicking around, but not quite sure yet.

Now I'm off to drink more coffee, or maybe take a nap. Happy Monday!