Sunday, June 9, 2013

Seven Days of Sewing

It's been 9 days since I've sewn anything. Nine. I haven't even touched my hexagons. It's taking its toll. I'm starting to get a little jittery. But the next week, it will be different.

Every day for the next seven days, I'm challenging myself to sew something. I'm not pressuring myself to finish a project, or even complete a whole step of a project. I'm not pressuring myself to work for a certain amount of time - 5 minutes, 30 minutes, 2 hours, whatever I can squeeze in, as long as I do something. I just need to shuffle some sewing time back into my life and regain some sanity.

I won't blog every day, but I will try to post a pic each day on instagram and come back at the end of the week with an update - I'm @crookedseams on instagram, and I'll be using the hashtag, #7daysofsewing, to pull it all together. Feel free to follow/play along if you'd like!

I'm traveling home from a work conference in Buffalo (skyline shot below) most of the day today, but the fun starts tonight!

buffalo skyline from the hotel

Per usual, this guy will supervise.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


So this happened
(FYI - not my actual ultrasound. Apparently, there's no shortage of people who are more comfortable than I with posting their ultrasound pics to the internet.)

then shortly thereafter, this happened
new toy

and now there's lots of these almost done projects sitting around my sewing room

I'm just popping in to assure anyone who's still out there that I'm alive. My small corner of the internet has been silent and empty, but my small life has been full and blessedly content.

Despite my radio silence, I've spent quite a bit of time crafting away, and my new conditions and the hardcore nesting instincts that supposedly accompany it have done nothing to quell the volume of fabric and project stacks haphazardly strewn across my sewing room (exhibit A above). I have maintained some degree of normalcy in my life.

With any luck, I'll be back soon with some finished projects posts.

Monday, January 7, 2013

2012 In Review

A Sampling of the Quilts I Finished This Year

2012 mosaic 

10 Favorites from 2012

  • Favorite New Quiltin' Stitch: Hands down, the concentric circles, as seen on the Joyous Strings Quilt.
  • Favorite Crafty Book: Antique to Heirloom Jelly Roll Quilts - If you have an affinity for antique quilts, try to get your hands on a copy of this book!
  • Favorite New Recipe: Channa Masala. A close second = homemade naan to go with said channa masala. I use smitten kitchen's pita recipe and just fry up the pita dough in an iron skillet with some olive oil.
  • Favorite Book I Read This Year: The $64 Tomato - it definitely tempered my delusions of gardening grandeur into something a bit more realistic for the amount of time and energy I have to devote to such endeavours. 
  • Favorite Fabric on My Shelf: The orange and aqua colorway from Joel Dewberry's Heirloom collection. I just like to sit and stare at it sometimes. 
  • Favorite Blogland Trend: Granny Squares - I loved seeing all the different color combos for this one quilt block made out of humble 2.5" squares. See my interpretation here
  • Favorite Erma Bombeck Moment(s): My Dr. QuiltLove Mini-Series. Apparently, I had a lot to get off my chest this summer.
  • Favorite Quilt I Finished in 2012: Half-Square Triangle Bliss, despite the fact that the bleeding charm squares almost gave me a coronary (spoiler alert: a combo of OxiClean and Color Catchers saved the day). Coincidentally, this is also your favorite quilt of mine from this year - it's had more views than any other 2012 post!
  • Favorite WiP/UFO: This inverted 9-patch top, even though I haven't worked on it since 2010. 
  • Favorite Quilt by Someone Else: Urban Beads by Jenny Pedigo