January Quilt Nine Update 

January has been moving along and I have been sewing a little bit every week. I don’t have any finished projects to show off this month but for me my quilt nine plan was to have a slow sewing year. I have spent most of January planning and thinking about what and why I want to make things this  year.


First up is my progress on the collection quilt. I was trying to decide how I was going to plan out this amazing quilt and the answer almost fell in my lap. 



If you are on Instagram I’m sure you saw a few make light posts that included a breakdown of the colors in your Instagram feed for 2016. When you signed up to get your colors you also get a breakdown of your most frequently seen colors. As soon as I saw the breakdown I knew I needed to make a quilt. The collection quilt seemed an easy fit as I wanted to play with pattern and colors mixing.  So the planning and coloring began. Not too long after I ordered my fabric. Now it’s time to get started.

Next up is  “The epic mega hexie quilt “.  I started this quilt about 2 1/2 years ago and didn’t do much with it the past year. This project is very near and dear to my heart. It is not only a very personally important quilt it is kind of big  i.e. Larger than King size. It s a really big quilt made of very small pieces, 3/4 inch heroes to be exact. I have a plan to get the top done this year and would love to at least start the quilting this year.


I’ve been collecting and selecting fabrics for my make do quilt and my pineapple blocks are sitting by my machine ready to go. I have the fabrics picked and waiting to get going on my galaxy done quilt. The only quilts I haven’t touched or planned for are the on point quilt and the xmas quilt in my quilt nine. Over all I’m extremely happy with where I am for the first month of 2017.

I am also in a few swaps and just wrapped on up. I’m in the MQG swap, the pink swap , and the word swap. I recently finished my mini mini for the pink swap and I’m halfway done with my MQG swap mini. Still on my to do list is the mosaic for my word swap partner. Thanks for checking in and I hope you are moving along on your list of things to achieve this year too.

My plan for a mean lean 2017

I don’t know about you but my project plan for 2016 got way out of control. It seemed like everyday there was an endless supply of things I wanted. There were  too many swaps to join and too many fabrics to buy and way too many great patterns to try.  My goal for 2017 is to keep myself more accountable by sharing my plans with everyone.

2017-planning-page

 I love the process of planning and drawing out my projects.. Unfortunately I don’t always have enough time to plan a new project and actually sew or make an old project. My sketchbook from 2016 is full of a zillion different ideas.  Although I only have a few finished projects to show for all my planning. As a result I have decided to do even more planning to make 2017 more productive. By changing my planning process I will be able to get started faster while still enjoying the process.

In order to make sure I can remain productive I want to balance what I need and what I thought would be fun. While being more selective I hope to also focus on what is realistic and has a purpose. Don;t worry I wont be cutting out fun little projects, I just really want to focus on what matters the most this year.  Check  back in soon to see how things work out.

 

  Realistic, Simple , with Purpose

  


                           

Mini Polaroid Quilt Blocks


I joined a quick  fun quilt swap this fall and can’t wait to get my blocks in the mail. The idea was that we would be placed in groups of twenty and each of us would make a Polaroid block for everyone in the group. The blocks are very quick and easy to put together.  Follow along  if you like #polaroidgreetingswap.

I start all my swaps and projects by sketching them out ahead of time. For this swap I sketched out the basic shape and size for all the pieces I needed to cut then made a  graph to keep track of each swap partners likes and color preferences, then I numbered each box to make it easier to keep track of.


Then I made  a little Polaroid template to use as a viewfinder when I was looking for the snapshots for each person. This part was the most fun, since I got to shop a bit for each persons likes and find the best fit in my stash. It was nice to have a wide range of different colors and a few “surprise me” ideas mixed in too.

 

After fussy cutting my little snapshots out I only used about a fat quarter of white to cut out the strips for all the  sides of my Polaroids. I used 12 – 1″by 20″ strips and  4 – 1.5″by 20″ strips for all 20 Polaroids. I chain pieced them 5 at a time with a 1″ strip (1)  on each of the sides of the snapshots (2). Then trimmed and pressed them open with the seams away from the center of my snapshot (3). Then chain pieced them 5 at a time to the top of the snapshot (4). Then trimmed and pressed the seams away from the center of the snapshot(5).Then stitched on the final 1.5 inch strip to the bottom of the snapshot (6.)

your first little polaroid

Press your seams away from the center of your snapshots and you have your first mini polaroid. Trim them to 3″ by 3.5″ once all complete and you are all ready to ship out or turn them into something for yourself!

all ready to ship out

I’ve been trying to figure out what I am going to do with my polaroids  from my partners and have been eyeing these ideas lately, what do you think?

Love in Polaroids with do. Good Stitches

I love this quilt from http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2012/06/love-in-polaroids.html its got such a great scrappy feeling and seems so happy to me

Rainbow polaroid quilt block

and this one from http://wherejanecreates.blogspot.jp/ it’s the ultimate in happy and you could make it really fun if you combined the top quilt and the bottom quilt somehow.