Sunday, June 22, 2014

Making Time

I have been thinking a lot about time lately. It seems to pass so quickly and there is so much I want to do. It's become somewhat of a quest for me to make the best use of my time in order to accomplish everything I am intending to. 


I had seen the tutorial for a mini hexie flex pouch over at Where the Orchids Grow. I printed out the template, had all the fabric ready (Nursery Versery by Heather Ross), but I just hadn't gotten around to it. 

Then I realized I needed to make time. Well, I know I can't make time, but I can carve out places in my schedule where I can make and create and work on items that are just for me. 

I have to admit, it's been quite hectic around here lately. I started a full-time job four months ago, which takes time away from writing (i.e., dissertation), creating, and stitching. While I have been very busy, everything I do, is something I want to do. So, I have to make sure I manage my time in a way that allows me to get to everything.  

Because I wanted to make this hexie pouch, I decided to take it on the road with me. I made an oversize pouch and put all my supplies in it and away I went. I stitched during my lunch hour and afternoon breaks. Once I finished all my errands and chores after work, then I kept working on piecing hexes together. 

I finished the pouch yesterday (Saturday) and felt so much satisfaction to have followed through with something and had a darling flex frame pouch to enjoy. 

I have Amy Morinaka from Chick Chick Sewing to thank for the flex frame she sent me that I was able to use for this pouch.

Now to get to my pile of other items that are half-started... This could be fun!

Do you have projects that you have been meaning to get to, but for whatever reason you haven't yet? 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Spring Stitching Club

It's been no secret that I have been loving the Wild Olive seasonal stitching clubs created by Mollie Johansen - it's been no different with Spring Stitching Club

I have really enjoyed piecing together the hexies and working slowly but surely over 13 weeks to finish up each season's stitching club project. 

This particular stitching club took over 200 hexies to complete. At one point I thought I would never finish, but I did. I couldn't believe how many paper hexies I pulled out of the back of the quilt piece. I knew there were a lot of them, I just hadn't realized how many there were until they were lumped together in a big pile. 

I kept the color scheme for this project very light, white, and bright. I knew it would be a large quilt once I added the top and bottom panels, but it turned out way larger than I thought. The longest place I had to hang this was behind the door. The sunlight was shining through the fabric in just a way that I really enjoyed. 

The quilt is in thirds, the center portion is made up of hexies, then two fabric panels on either end. I found this soft white fabric with pale purple, yellow, pink and blue dots. 

I currently have the fabric for the quilt back in the washer. Once I have it dried and pressed, I can finish the quilt and enjoy how this Spring Stitching Club ended. 

Do you have any projects you are finishing up?