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
Click to visit my new site

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!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sew Cute Tuesday

Hello everyone! I hope y'all have had a wonderful Tuesday so far. Mine has been a roller-coaster, but that's pretty normal with 2 little ones under foot. πŸ˜‰ I haven't done much sewing in the past week, but I have slowly started quilting one of my UFOs. This is the color palette I'm working with, and I love that it is unintentionally rainbow-ish. And of course I'm using Aurifil 50wt thread.

Here are some of the projects shared last week: 

Anita of Domestic Felicity made the Aurifil Designer Block of the Month for March. I love the colors she used! 

CΓ©line of Accroquilt is making these super cool blocks! The 3 dimensional effect is so cool! 

And Celine of Espritpatch tested this super cute bunny pattern!

Now it is time to link up your finishes or works in progress from the previous week! You can link up directly from Instagram as well - be sure to tag #SewCuteTuesday and @youngtexanmama on IG so I can see what you're working on!


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sew Cute Tuesday - The Short Edition

Hello everyone! Just a quick post today because today is my wedding anniversary and I'm surprising hubby with a clean house. Romantic I know πŸ˜‚I can never get over how much of a mess one 5 year old can make in such a short amount of time lol!

I love everything y'all posted last week, and I cannot wait to see what you're working on this week!


    An InLinkz Link-up

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Sew Cute Tuesday - The Night Version ;)

Well if there is one thing I know, it is that I am very consistent with having Sew Cute Tuesday every now and then, rather than every Tuesday (I promise I will be more consistent)! Sorry for being so sparse recently, I've been letting sleep win over getting things done, which in the long run is a good thing πŸ˜‰

William just started playing baseball, so we've been having to adjust our routine now that we need to work around practices and games. I'm looking forward to being able to do some hand stitching at practices once things are settled and normal.

Currently, I've been working on the #MilkywaySampler by Blossom Heart Quilts. I'm using my stash of Tula Pink fabrics and I am loving it!! William has already claimed this quilt as his, and I'm ok with that since it finishes on the smaller side at about 45x45. It's a block of the month, but I've decided to work ahead on the blocks because they're so addictive to make!
At first I was really skeptical about using the lazy stripe print as the background, but I am seriously loving how crazy it looks! I am hoping to get all of the blocks done soon because I have some sewing for Quilt Market to do, and I want to be able to put away my Tula stash before that fabric arrives.

Now time to check out some of the awesome projects shared during the last Sew Cute Tuesday!

Jayne of Twiggy and Opal created this amazing mini quilt! I have been dying to try out the quilting technique that she used. πŸ’—

Teje of Neros Post made this darling Sunshine baby quilt. The combination of pink, orange, and yellow is perfect! 

Last but not least, Shauna of Shauna's World created this amazing and BIG quilt top! It's 102x102!! 

Now it is time to link up your finishes or works in progress from the previous week! You can link up directly from Instagram as well - be sure to tag #SewCuteTuesday and @youngtexanmama on IG so I can see what you're working on!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sew Cute Tuesday

Happy Valentine's Day and Sew Cute Tuesday! Like I mentioned in my Catching Up post, it has been a whirlwind past couple of weeks, and I need a huge cup of coffee or a nap! 😁 Little Sam had his 4 month well check yesterday and he's in the 80th percentile for his weight and height!

I haven't done a ton of sewing recently, but I did finally mail my blocks to the January queen for the #rockinblockbee. The queen requested flying geese with bright colors and low volume, so I dug in my stash and found these pretties! I think my favorite is the butterfly print. 

Here are some of the pretty projects shared at the last Sew Cute Tuesday:

CΓ©line of Accroquilt made this awesome Star Wars quilt! Her grandson is a lucky boy! 

Micki of 2 Dogs Studios finished this beautiful quilt made from upcycled shirts! Love that the blocks were a leader/ender project. 

Anja Quilts created this super useful First Aid zipper pouch! I really need to make one of these since William is quite clumsy and also loves band-aids for even the tiniest of boo-boos. 

Now it is time to link up your finishes or works in progress from the previous week! You can link up directly from Instagram as well - be sure to tag #SewCuteTuesday and @youngtexanmama on IG so I can see what you're working on!


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Stash

One of my final purchases before I cut myself off of fabric buying, was yardage of the Robert Kaufman Color of the Year, Kona Pink Flamingo + last year's color Highlight! I don't work with solids often, but I am a sucker for the color pink. My bedroom was painted almost this exact color when I was in high school!
Now I just need to find the perfect project to make. I love the two colors together, so I think whatever it is it'll involve both shades! Thank you Circa 15 Fabric Studio for being awesome!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Catching Up

Hello friends! I have been super MIA recently and I apologize. The past couple weeks have been so busy, and I have barely been able to keep my head above water between working, and being mommy & wifey. Wearing so many hats can be quite exhausting, especially with a 4 month old who seems to be always hungry, and a 5 year old who is scared to sleep in his own room. Needless to say mommy has been living on coffee and strategically hidden candy that the 5 year old can't find!
I'll be watching my newest Craftsy class while folding said humongous pile of laundry πŸ˜‰ *All new classes at Craftsy are currently only $20! I recently grabbed Christa Watson's new class, "The Quilter's Path: Plan It, Stitch It, Quilt It" and it is all about quilting on your domestic sewing machine. I've only made it through the beginning of the lessons, but I can already tell that I'm going to learn a ton from the class! I might finally branch out from basic meandering and straight line quilting.

I'll be back to my regularly scheduled posting starting on Sunday with #SundayStash. I'm back to no buying, but I have a couple pretties that came in on the tail end of my final purchases of the year. 

*I get a tiny kickback from any purchases made when you follow the links I have in this post :) hints the tiny wording lol

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Aurifil 2012 Designer of the Month Reboot

I love my job so much. Last week during our conference call, Erin (Aurifil's Creative Director) brought up the idea of rebooting the 2012 Aurifil Designer of the Month blocks. If your not familiar with them, they were a series of quilt blocks that featured embroidery in the centers. You  can find the patterns HERE. I immediately agreed with her, and thought it was a great idea!

Handwork and embroidery are super popular right now, and I love that I got to add another project to my WIP list 😊 On the last Thursday of each month we're re-introducing each block. I volunteered to make the first block since the turnaround time was so tight and the original designer of the January block, Roseann Kermes, was in California for Road to California. 

I adored doing a little bit of embroidery because it has been years since I have sat down and actually completed some! Head over to the Auribuzz blog for all of the details, and a picture of my completed block! 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday Stash

This year I am trying to work mainly from my stash, but I couldn't pass up a pretty amazing sale at my local quilt shop yesterday! Quilters Crossing is one of my favorite shops here in the Houston area, and they had a sale that was 25% off everything in the store.

I didn't go too crazy πŸ˜‰ The biggest purchase was 5 yards of Lizzy House white on white constellations fabric. I'm planning on using it as the sashing for my #100days100blocks quilt. The Quick Curve Ruler has been on my list for a while so 25% off was a perfect excuse to finally pick it up, along with a pattern. The Ink & Arrow FQ and Hera Marker were two last minute additions on my walk to the checkout line.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hello 2017 - Sew Cute Tuesday

Welcome to the first Sew Cute Tuesday of 2017! I hope everyone had a wonderful New Years! Ours started off pretty rough with 3 out of the 4 of us getting a nasty respiratory infection. Thankfully William was the only one that needed antibiotics, and little Sammy and I relied on the humidifier and the Nose Frieda! It seems super gross to but that sucker (pun intended πŸ˜†) was a a champ at getting all Sam's boogies out so he could breathe.

Ok enough booger talk. I am currently up to my eyeballs in economy blocks. My sister decided the week before Christmas that she wanted a guestbook quilt for her wedding that is on January 15th, at the time I was all for it.... then I got sick lol! It's funny how things happen like that. Thankfully economy blocks are a quick sew.
I am foundation paper piecing the blocks so that there is some stability for when people sign them with the fabric markers. The block with dark centers are some filler blocks to show my sister the variety that the final quilt will have. That black fabric has metallic threads woven in it, and a photograph simply doesn't show how pretty it really is!  
I wasn't sure which fabric pens to use to sign the blocks, so I did what we all do when we need quilty advice... I asked on Instagram! My friend Julia suggested using Tulip fabric markers, so I found a rainbow set of 20 of them on Amazon. They write really easily across the fabric, which is good for people who aren't used to doing it, and I like the option that there can be multiple colors.

Here are some of the pretty projects shared at the last Sew Cute Tuesday: 

Lori of Cross Quilt shared a pair of these awesome project bags she made for her mom's cross stitch projects. 

Patty from Elm Street Quilts made this awesome pillow cover for her daughter.

Finally, Anja from Anja Quilts finished her Modern HST Sampler quilt top!

Now it is time to link up your finishes or works in progress from the previous week! You can link up directly from Instagram as well - be sure to tag #SewCuteTuesday and @youngtexanmama on IG so I can see what you're working on!