Welcome to my first blog post!

I’ve wanted to own a quilt shop for ages. Maybe someday. There’s very few left here in Massachusetts. There used to be a few within a short drive from me. Now the closest one is a 45 minute drive. Not awful, but I wish there was something closer other than that big retailer. The quilt shops just carry a much higher quality of fabric. Yeah, it’s more expensive, but these are heirlooms we’re making. And they’re nicer to work with. Plus you’re supporting a small business – they really need that right now!

I got this really cute gnome fabric for 50% off yesterday from Homestead Quilts . It’s from the Henry Glass line called Timber Gnomies designed by Shelly Comiskey. Gnomes are all the rage right now! No wonder – they’re adorable! One is a panel, and the others are coordinating fabrics from the same line. I have NO IDEA what I’m going to do with them yet, but I HAD to have them!

Speaking of gnomes, I found this CUTE gnome table runner pattern (this is an affiliate link) at Annie’s catalog. It’s part applique. The best part is that I learned how to convert the PDF cutouts to SVG for my Cricut Explore Air so I don’t have to hand cut each hat, beard, nose, and mustache! YAY! I’ll get a video up on my YouTube channel as soon as I have a chance! It will be my first video to go along with my new blog! Be sure to subscribe! I’ll update this post when it’s up and ready. Looking forward to getting to know all of you!

That’s it for now. Stay warm! Stay safe! Happy New Year! Go enjoy some quilty pleasures!

Fabric! And, where have I been??

Ugh! I’ve been MIA! Actually, work has kept me busy…and tired! I’m no spring chicken anymore! I’m also a full-time special education teacher by day. It’s been a crazy school year with Covid – and between teaching online and getting ready to go back in-person (which I will take over online ANY DAY!), I just haven’t had much time to devote to my favorite hobby, let alone this blog. Anyway, I hope that I’ll find more time. April vacation is coming to a close, which means we’re in the home stretch. I think I counted 7 1/2 weeks left until summer! Oh yeah, I recently got married (April 3 – 4/3/21 – cool date, huh?)! Anyway, I digress…

I have a problem – I’m addicted to fabric! There. I said it! Isn’t admitting you have a problem the first step in fixing it? Um, sure… I don’t think this is a problem I WANT to fix! Although I do need to start using some. I’m running out of room to store it! But it’s so pretty, I just can’t help myself! I love pre-cuts, especially fat quarter bundles. How can you NOT love these beauties? I recently joined the monthly subscription club from Creative Notions. After thinking about it for quite some time and checking out the different ones out there, I settled on this one. Just personal preference. Super pretty though! What sold it for me was the gnome panel from their February box that I wanted to get anyway. So I ordered that one because they had some left, and then signed up for automatic shipments. The March box is pictured, but this isn’t everything! It also came with a mesh bag and each month they are sending one of their rulers! Plus they’re having a block contest – maybe one of these months I’ll enter! Like I don’t have enough on my plate already!

Speaking of blocks, I want to get into pattern design (again, like I DON’T have ENOUGH already!). I think I want to invest in EQ8. Maybe in the next month or two. I will definitely do a blog post when I do and try it out.

The different fabrics in the photo slideshow: Maywood Studios – Kimberbell Basics in Winter and Fall, Chambray Tonals from Connecting Threads, Opal Sky by Wilmington, Mill Creek Garden by Moda, Sunset Coast by Robert Kaufman, various Boundless Fabrics sets, Pearl Reflections from Benartex, and the blue fabrics came with my subscription box.

So, tell me – any other fabriholics out there (your secret is safe with me!)? What’s your favorite pre-cuts? Do you do any subscription boxes? What are your experiences?

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Can we talk UFOs? No, not the aliens!👽 I mean those UnFinished Objects! I am determined to finish these before I start another major project! I did finish the gnome table runner (affiliate link) that I mentioned in my last post. It’s really cute! Pic is below. Cutting out the appliquès on my Cricut made it so much easier and quicker and the pieces are all accurate! But, I digress. I have about 5 or 6 projects that I need to finish. I always get stuck on how I want to quilt the sandwiches. Anyone else suffer from this inability to make a decision?! About 8 months ago, my fiancè bought me a single needle embroidery machine for my birthday (he’s a keeper!) and I want to try using that to quilt. So my goal this week is to do some practice pieces with some scrap fabric. If that works out well, I have a Christmas table runner that’s all ready to go.

That quilt that’s on the home page? Yeah, that one needs to get quilted and bound. I love that quilt. That one has been hanging around quite a while. I just couldn’t decide how to quilt it. I’m your classic overthinker which often paralyzes me from making a decision! 🤦🏼‍♀️ I’m going to get it done this year! I was watching some of Pat Sloan’s videos (here’s her YouTube channel) and her “word of the year” is “do.” I’m going to DO it and just get these UFOs finished!

So, do you have any UFOs? Tell me in the comments. Let’s get them done!

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Happy quilting!