Author Archives: Steven

Being a little selfish

Quilting is my hobby. I do it for me. But at the same time, 95% of the things that I make are for other people. Now it’s time to make something for myself. I started my first quilt using batiks. Bright purples and yellow/oranges. I love the color combination and I’m so excited to be working on something for me.

Pictures to come soon.

In the meantime, here’s a shot of my new workspace since I’ve moved. It sucks that it’s the dining room table, but my roommates don’t seem to mind terribly, and I try to clean up after myself. As a matter of fact, I’m teaching one of them to quilt!

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Speaking of roommates, this is Willard:

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He likes to sit close by and make sure I’m on task. Thanks Willy.

Happy Sewing!

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Chaos Reins

Hi all!

For the past several months, chaos has reined supreme in my life. Since my last post, I’ve been to New Orleans for a week and Costa Rica for 10 days. I’ve packed, moved, and am still unpacking a month later. I’ve written three drafts of a manuscript, four drafts of a conference proposal and (a minuscule) part of a chapter in my PhD thesis. For awhile, it seemed like my life wasn’t going to get back on track and, more importantly, like my Babylock Tempo and I were never going to get to see each other. However, it is with great joy that I make the following statement:

I’m sewing again!

And now for the photographic evidence. I must say, when I get going, I can be quite prolific. Here are just a few pictures of what I’ve been working on. (For some reason, I can only get thumbnails in this post. Click on the image to view full size.)

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2013-07-27 10.04.07Pictured as a WIP, this quilt top is actually 90% done. But it’s a gift!
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I got this Garden Fence pattern from the blog over at Hyacinth Quilt Designs. This might be all you see of it for awhile. It too is a gift for someone special.

I’ve also been doing some crocheting. I’m pretty excited that I’ve picked up this craft again, even if it is only simple squares.

 
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Alright folks, time to get back to work! Hopefully you’re enjoying your summer. The weather in Boston is FANTASTIC today!

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A Quick Non-Quilting Post

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If you follow my personal Facebook page, you know that I am a huge Google Reader user. I use it for aggregating all of my blogs. Well, Google has decided to give me the figurative finger, and so it’s time to move on. In that spirit, I present to you Bloglovin’. Now, I’m not a complete convert yet, but in order to “claim” my blog on Bloglovin’, I needed to paste the code at the top of this poste to verify that this is indeed my blog. So why not plug them in the process?

Happy sewing!

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Solstice Stars

I’ve been ogling the Solstice Stars Series over at Fresh Lemon Quilts for awhile now. But as is my usual, I kept bumping other projects to the top of the list. Actually, you might recognize one of the blocks from my last post as being from this series too. The difference is that that was simply a pieced block. These two use the foundation paper piecing method.

So, without further ado, here are the blocks!

The Whirling Star:

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And the Star of Mystery:

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Happy sewing!

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From under my rock…

Hi all!

So, clearly I’ve failed a little bit in my resolutions. Actually, I’ve failed at all of them…but I’m not a resolutions person, so gotta try not to beat myself up about it. Every day is an opportunity to turn one’s life around. Why people insist on trying to do this with every new year I’ll never know.

But what have I been up to? Hiding under a rock mostly. It’s been a rough couple of months for me on a personal level, but I won’t get into that. What I will tell you about are my sewing accomplishments!

First:

Gen X Quilters Sisters' Ten BOM

I came across the Sisters’ Ten Modern BOM by gen X quilters quite by accident. I just loved everything about it: the traditional blocks with a modern twist and the modern layout with the big open negative space are the two that come readily to mind. So, I jumped right in and grabbed a couple fat quarter bundles of Tula Pink’s Salt Water in blue and green from LimaSews. I absolutely love it!

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Here are my finishes so far for this BOM.

January:
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February:
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March:

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You may notice in the pictures, sometime in February I finally got around to tacking some batting up in my sewing room to use as a design wall. So simple. So effective. Sew fabulous!

In February I took a trip to Tennessee to visit with family for a week. I got snowed out of Boston, though, so it ended up being more like 10 days. Anyway, on one of those days my aunt came out to the living room with a ‘new’ pillow. I didn’t know this about her, but she has a weird thing for pillows; always changing their covers; moving them around the house. Weird to say the least. But this particular pillow cover was absolutely hideous! Guess where it is now? In my sewing room. It’s my sizing pattern so I can make her a new one.

I got around to playing with a few new blocks today that I thought might make good pillows. The first wound up looking too patriotic/Texas for my taste. My aunt called it ‘Colonial’ and I think she’s right:
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I honestly have no idea what I was thinking with those color choices. What was I expecting, some kind of modern twist on a Fourth of July celebration? No idea. Don’t get me wrong, I like the pattern, but not in these colors.

And lastly, I love this pattern and in these colors, but my sewing skills aren’t really up to the task of making this block to actually give to someone. So many points to match up! Don’t look too closely – it’s a hot mess!!

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‘Til next time (which will hopefully be sooner than last time!),

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Resolutions

This past year has been pretty decent. Here’s why:

  1. I didn’t kill anyone (trust me, that’s a huge accomplishment!).
  2. I spent two summer weeks in Italy. Traipsing around Rome and Tuscany gives one a little bit of perspective.
  3. I tried (and failed miserably) to start a flourishing Etsy business with my BF and a friend of ours. All yarn crafts. We probably got into the swing a little too late, though, seeing as how most of our wares were winter accessories.
  4. I started quilting. I thought it might be a passing craze, but much like Hakuna Matata, turns out it ain’t.

For 2013, here’s what I hope to accomplish:

  1. Redesign and expand this blog. Having received some Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver courses as a Christmas present (Thank you!!), I foresee this to be a fun project! I think the expansion might include a bit more science-y thingamabobs too.
  2. Build up an inventory and head out to the mean streets of local craft fairs. I’m hoping my good friend over at Entropy Crafts can help show me the ropes!
  3. Organize my life. I am seriously one of the most unorganized human beings that ever existed (okay, okay, some of those people on Hoarders have me beat, but I’m not far behind!). I spend hours drooling over the organizational tips and tricks on Pinterest but have a complete inability to transfer those skills to my own life. Well, this year it’s time to learn.
  4. Complete my Oral Qualifying Exam. What is that, you ask? It’s the next hurdle to receiving my Ph.D. You don’t hear me talk about it often (although it is in the title of my blog…) but I am working toward my Ph.D. in Chemistry. Completion of this resolution will first require that I don’t drop out entirely and attempt to live off my earnings as an amateur crafter.
  5. Quit smoking. ‘Nuff said.

What are your resolutions? Any suggestions for the blog? Let me know in the comments!

Happy New Year!

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Santa’s Little…er…Big Helper

That’s what I feel like. I’ve been busy, busy, busy in my sewing cave, whipping up Christmas presents, stockings, and gift bags. For now though, I’m taking a break from cleaning up the sty that is my apartment to give you all an update on my random sewing projects.

Now, I can’t share everything as most of it is supposed to be a surprise for Christmas, but here’s a taste:

  • I finally finished the Christmas table runner for myself! Pictures to come soon. Promise.
  • Five stockings! I purchased Laurie Wisbrun’s Brr collection as my primary fabrics (they aren’t represented well in the photo below as I’d used up most of them by the time I got to the fifth stocking). The remainder were random holiday fabrics selected from my LQS.

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  • I also wrapped all of my presents with fabric bags! I found some cute holiday prints at my LQS, including some hubba-hubba-hunks from Alexander Henry’s All I want for Christmas Pin-ups. Let me tell you, I had a hard time cutting that one up. I was able to save some for myself though. Think I’ll do a wall hanging highlighting the boys. Yummy. Anyway…they weren’t the only featured fabrics on my holiday bags. Also had these, all lined up and ready for shipping today:

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(click the image for a larger photo and you can see the cute puppies!)

Well, folks, that’s all I have for today. More to come after Christmas.

Happy holidays!

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