Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Non-Traditional WIP Wednesday

Bridge Street, Charlevoix, Round Lake, harbor, marina, yachts, sailboats, photography, Mike Barton

Today I have a work in progress to share that does not involve quilting.  I am moving to Charlevoix!!!  I got the news last week at about this time, and the time since has been spent packing and purging my stuff.  I have gotten a lot accomplished and I am excited to start settling into my new home. 

Here are some pictures of Charlevoix.  These are not my photos, and they are available for purchase at Mike Barton Photography.

Bridge Street, Charlevoix, Round Lake, harbor, marina, yachts, sailboat, photography, fine art prints, Mike Barton
Photo, Lake Michigan Beach, summer, Charlevoix, lighthouse, pier, sunsets, fine art prints, photography, Mike BartonBridge Street, round lake, photography,charlevoix, michigan, fine art prints, Mike Barton

Due to this move, some of my sewing projects have been temporarily put on hold.  However, I DO have a quilt to pick up from the quilter when I'm in Lansing at the end of this month.  It is a very exciting project and I can't wait to share it!

There is a great quilt shop in Charlevoix as well, so I'm really excited to scope that out and share it with you as well!  I hope everyone has a great week, and wish me luck!


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Making Progress!!!

This weekend has been productive for me on the sewing front.  I finished my blocks for my quilt using DS Quilts fabric.  I got the blocks laid out on Saturday, and today I sewed the top together.  I will be able to show some photos of the top soon.

Here are some pictures I took once the blocks were laid out.

It is a great lap size, and I'm excited to get this finished and crossed off the list.  I've had this fabric for nearly 2 years, so it feels good to be using my stash as well. 

While I was sewing yesterday I also had a visitor out my window:

This little lady sat with me for nearly an hour, just content to sit and look around.  I did wonder where her mate was though, it's not often that you see a female Cardinal all alone.  Anyway, I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I'll hopefully have more progress to report soon.

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Best Laid Plans...

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!  I was fortunate to have a 10 day vacation from work, and it was a much needed break at that.  Of course I had the best of intentions to get a lot of sewing done, and take lots of pictures showing my most glamorous and fabulous holiday self.  Instead I got the flu. 

Therefore, instead of showing you how "glamorous" (or disgusting) my holiday was, I decided to share my biggest quilting goal for this year.

I have been working on Kaffe Fassett's "Postcard Quilt" (from "Quilt Road") for nearly 10 years.  About 3 years ago I finally made some progress at a retreat, but it hasn't been touched since.  The reason for this is that the quilt freaks me out.  It is written as a template pattern, but I have been converting it to rotary cutting.  My original piecing is not perfect either.  However, I intend to square up what I've already done, and keep going.  My goal is to get this quilt done this year.

This is the original quilt that is published in the book, not my personal quilt.

This quilt made it onto my "Big 5" list of goals this year, so you know it's important haha!  My friend Justine has an equally impressive quilt as one of her big 5.  It's a beautiful template pattern by Edyta Sitar.  I'm sure you'll get updates on our progress throughout the year.

I did get some sewing done over break but not a ton.  I have all the blocks finished for my lap quilt using Denyse Schmidts first line for JoAnns.  It feels really good to be busting some of my stash, and see some of these beautiful fabrics used in something.  I have also been watching the #scrappytripalong, and I think it might be time to jump on that bandwagon and use some of the random fat quarters that have been sitting in my stash for far too long!

Also my Plume quilt is finally getting quilted, and I should have a pattern to share with you all soon!!!  I'm so excited.

Do you have any big quilting goals for 2013?  I'd love to hear about what you're working on!