A big highlight for 2020 was being asked on to be an OLFA Creator. As a part of this role I was able to create a project complete with a tutorial for OLFA to publish on their blog. Since I'm on a journey to make holiday themed quilts this year I decided it was the perfect time to make a St. Patrick's Day quilt! The Irish blessing quilt was born! Head on over there to see the pattern and make your very own Irish Blessing Quilt!
Most quilting fabric is about 42" wide. When you are cutting strips, it is a managable size. When it comes to backing quilts it just isn't wide enough. Sometimes I solve this with adding extra blocks to the back or piecing the back with a bunch of other fabrics. Other times, I just really want the backing fabric to look like one continous piece so I've perfected my pattern matching. It is super easy. I promise.
Being an OLFA ambassador this year has provided so many cool opportunities. This one has been my favourite. I got to be part of OLFA and Aurifil's Slice and Stitch Challenge! How cool is that? OLFA provided a tool and Aurifil provided a specific type of thread and then I got to let my imagination run wild and create until my heart was content! And Voila!
I love my fabric stash. LOVE IT! I use to buy fabric with wild abandon. If it was cheap, it was mine. I coulnd't pass up a good deal. I soon learned that wasn't a good plan. I ended up with a ton of fabric I just didn't like. So I refined my method. I only purchased fabrics that I loved. Like I couldn't live without love. Printed fabrics with beautiful designs I buy 4 yards at a time so I can get a throw sized quilt back out of it. 4 yards is a commitment. I have to really love it. Solids, near solids and geometric prints I buy 1 yard at a time. Mostly I stick to solids and near solids and never batiks. NEVER BATIKS. No offence to those who love them, I just can't get behind them. I love having a great selection of fabrics for a few simple reasons.
Confession: When I sew I watch tv. When I’m sewing a lot I end up watching approx 6 hours of tv a day.
I’m pretty sure that’s wayyyyyy over the recommended tv watching guideline.
I love deadlines! Obscure references to some time in the future that a thing must be done by does not work for me. I need to know concrete details. If you say to me “Come over whenever you’re ready.” I will probably show up 10 mins later. That’s too obscure for me. If you tell me to come over at 10:30am I will come at 10:25, just ask my friend Maria who runs on her version of Greek time which is typically late. I’m always showing up early