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New Year, New Quilts

Surprisingly enough, it’s hard to blog regularly if you take a break from your sewing machine.

After the push to get Husband’s quilt done and given to him, I stepped away from my sewing machine for a bit. I reorganized my sewing room, bought fabric (of course!) and made a couple of plans for the new year. I’m taking a week off work at the end of the month – just feeling a little burnt out and need to rest! Check out the light that I got from my brother-in-law for Christmas. I love it! It’s got a dimmer switch, three different colour settings for the LED lights (warm, cool, and normal), and it moves/rotates every which way. I can see so much better when I’m working on my projects!

Here is the completed quilt in all its glory!

The first quilt I want to finish this year is my dad’s birthday quilt. I need to finish cutting that and put it together. It will be very easy because it’s a panel with 2 borders around it, but it won’t happen unless I get to it! Probably this weekend? There’s a story to this quilt – I’ll get into it when I actually start working on the quilt.

Dad’s quilt in pieces

Probably next up is a challenge from my guild. I have other things I’m supposed to be working on, but I can’t stop coming back to this! I have a great plan for it! As you can see, I already started cutting a couple of blocks … Focus M!

The cloth was sold for 10$ a bundle at the two local(ish) fabric stores with the proceeds going to the Quilts of Valour. The guild’s challenge is for everyone to make something with this bundle and donate it back to the guild to be sold in our yearly quilt show. The sale proceeds will also go to Quilts of Valour.

Guild challenge fabric (picture taken before new light was installed)

I try to shop local (or shop local online as you’ll see further on), but Fabricland had some good deals that were hard to deny. Our longarm quilt shop is 25 minutes out of town and she’s closed the shop over the holidays for some well-deserved rest, so I do drop in on Fabricland from time to time. In this case, I wanted to get some batting for Dad’s quilt as I don’t think I’ll have time to get out to the the quilt store after she opens back up and still get the quilt finished on time. I tried to only buy batting, I really did … but with store sales, plus 40% off for members, plus save the tax until the new year … I fell into temptation.

One thing that will probably become glaringly obvious as we go along is my love for Tula Pink‘s fabric. She is an incredibly talented, creative, and imaginative person. I’ve bought three full lines of her fabrics (hello niece quilts!!), made a couple of bags from some, and collected a smattering of my favourite previous runs for accent squares in future quilts. My local Fabricland happened to get 6 or 7 bolts of Tula Pink and I have been drooling over them every time I visit. Well, drool no more – or, at least, just in the privacy of my own home.

Tula Pink’s Eden … the light is not doing the colours justice here

She always has three colourways in each run. For Eden, they were dark pink, navy, and purple. Fabricland had a full run of the pink and a couple of other bolts left. I bought what they had and ordered the missing prints in the other colourway from Lucy & Mabs shop on Etsy. I have to confess that I’ve bought quite a bit from Nicole (a fellow Tula fan). I intend to do something a little different with them. I’m making baby quilts! Part of the guild membership is to make a minimum of 2 baby quilts a year. These get donated to the hospital and given to premature babies as part of the care package. I know they aren’t typical pastel baby quilts, but I’m not a typical person. If I had a baby, I would probably be gravitating to something more bold than baby-like for decorating the nursery. When my cousin’s daughter was born, the baby blanket I knit for her was robin egg blue, sea green, and royal purple. She used that blanket constantly when she first had the baby. The people having babies these days are from my generation and we like to shake it up a bit, so while the finished quilts might make a stir at the guild, I’m sure the recipients will love them.

Another of my shop-local-online go-to suppliers is Troll Brothers Quilts. Stacie has done a wonderful job at building up her shop, even with a national postal strike going on. Every time I check out her site, I’m tempted by all her goodies. Over the holidays, she had a Boxing Day sale and I could not pass up this Canadian-themed bundle for a future Canada quilt. I’m thinking of buying fabric from each province/territory to incorporate into the the quilt. We’ll see!

Finally, something I should really be working on. It’s the Block of the Month quilt by our other local quilt/fabric/fibre store, Fibre Chick. The goal is to finish the assigned block each month before the teaching session for the next one. By May, we’ll have a finished quilt top. If we don’t finish our block by the time we show up to class, we have to pay a fine to get the next block. It keeps us incentivized to actually finish what we start! I’ve been good so far this session, although there was one block that didn’t get made until 2 days before the class. Husband’s quilt was taking priority over everything by that point. The class is in two weeks, though, so I have to get on it!

I think that’s a pretty good start to the year! Let’s see what we get up to next week!

~M

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