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I didn’t realize that it had been quite so long since my last post! I spent a lot of that time just hanging out with my family and enjoying not having to travel for work but I did get some crafting done.

This was my last finish of 2011 and one of two that I made solely for donation. I noticed last year as I went through my stash that fabrics that I like when they come out (but don’t love) often ended up sitting in my stash unused. Since then I’ve tried hard to purchase only those fabrics that I really love and in doing so have saved myself money and space! I’m also trying to complete more non quilt projects. I mean how many quilts does one person need? Not to mention the fact that I have so many quilt tops already completed that still need to be turned into actual quilts!

12 feb 12 010

This was my first finish of 2012 (although all but the basting and quilting was done in 2012). I’m working hard to finish everything I’ve already started before I let myself begin any new quilts. At the rate I’m going I won’t be making any new quilt tops until 2013!!

12 feb 12 007

I let this project (and so many others) languish in the WIP pile because I didn’t have the skills or the time to quilt them the way I would have liked to. My original intention was a simple loopy loop quilt design but doing so required time and patience that I didn’t have. And because the the quilt itself ended up a bit wonky any attempt at straight line quilting would have drawn attention to the wonkyness. So I used this as an opportunity to try out a different quilting skill- free motion stippling. For a long time I was scared of dropping my feeddogs and I thought I would stitch myself into a corner and not be able to get out. But overall it wasn’t too bad. There was a bit of ripping when I first started before I got the tension and speed just right. I got myself some gardening gloves to grip the fabric and knocked it out in about a week. My stitch length isn’t totally uniform and I did cross my lines a few times but you can’t really tell. For a first attempt and on such a large quilt I think I did exceptionally well!

12 feb 12 008

Over the break I also bought a bunch of fabric to try sewing my own clothes and I picked up knitting! So far I’ve made a cowl that I gave to my mom and I’m about halfway through a pillow cover. I’m trying to make sure I sew and knit items that I will actually use. When I bought fabric I stuck to neutral colors in simple patterns or solids. I bought enough to make a skirt and two blouses. I figure if I make them and like them than I’ll branch out and the same with knitting.

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Quilting on Tree Skirt, originally uploaded by mamacjt.

Every year my stepmom asks us for a list of stocking stuffer ideas and every year I’m at a total loss. What she wants is a list of cute, cheap, and useful gifts that we would appreciate. I usually end up asking for candy for lack of better inspiration. But as I cruised the local quilting shop with my sister yesterday inspiration struck.

1. Pins- can you ever really have enough?

2. Pincushions- there are endless choices that combine functionality with art

3. Rotary Cutter Blades- This won’t make me swoon with delight but I’ll adore the giver when I’m in the middle of a project and need a new blade.

4. Sewing Machine Needles- Same as above but you could dress them up a bit by giving them in a custom needlebook.

5. Quality Shears or have theirs professionally sharpened.

6. Charm Packs, Jelly Rolls, Honeybuns (no I’m not talking about food) or a gift card for his/her favorite fabric shop.

7. Quilt pattern or template piece. I’ve been dying to try a hex quilt and keep picking up and putting down the template pieces at the fabric store. I don’t need it but I’d love to have it.

8. Quilting Gloves. I’m personally terrified of stippling or anything other than straight line quilting because I’m afraid I won’t be able to move the fabric evenly. Everyone seems to agree that quilting gloves really aid in the smooth movement of the quilt through the machine.

9. Electric Quilt 6. Not exactly cheap but it’s supposed to be incredibly powerful and cool

10. Sewing feet. My favorite is my 1/4 in guide foot. But also handy would be a clear foot or a darning foot.

Does anyone have any other ideas? Please share!

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