Friday, October 18, 2019

Choosing Sanity This Christmas / Beauties Pageant 53

About this time every year, I make the same resolution: Christmas prep is going to be a sane event for me. I vow to limit the number of handmade gifts I will give to family and friends. I decide to buy presents for my kids’ teachers instead of sewing something. I remember that some of my best holiday sewing happens in January, when I’m still riding the Christmas-spirit high without the pressure of a December 25th deadline.

Then sometime, usually by mid-November, all that wisdom flies out the door and I’m making 13 drawstring pouches or 27 quilted tissue holders!

But not this year. I have a three-pronged resolution for 2019. Will you help keep me accountable?

1. I am not going to touch the Christmas fabric I bought at last year’s post-holiday sales. It can wait until 2020.

Return to Winter’s Lane by Kate and Birdie

Vintage Holiday by Bonnie and Camille

Juniper Berry by Basic Grey

2. I will make a wall hanging or two (but definitely not 13!) using Sterling Sewn’s new Log Cabin Home for the Holidays pattern. I am thinking one will be for me and any others for those who deserve special recognition come Christmastime.

I got to pattern-test the new holiday-themed blocks from Sterling Sewn. They’re crazy cute!

3. I will make some lovely presents for friends, but Ill use the gift-giving opportunities called Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day to distribute them. A February or May deadline is much more doable.

This block just needs 29 friends to make a quilt top!

If you have fallen victim to the allure of holiday sewing in the past, the From Bolt to Beauty readers can keep you on track! Share your own resolutions in the comments below.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Another Retreat, Please / Beauties Pageant 52


Last weekend, I traveled to Cape Cod with my guild for our annual fall retreat. It was so darn good. I didn’t have tons of time to prep new projects, so I grabbed what I had in the works already, figuring I’d get done what I could get done.

I completed an as-yet-unrevealed project and pieced its back, I sewed two tops for baby quilts, I made good headway on a QuiltCon submission, and I finished up some bee blocks for a charity quilt. Honestly, I was so productive that I thought I might run out of things to do, and if I had gone for three nights instead of two, I think I would have!

A highlight of the weekend was when we presented Ahoy Sailor to the retreat coordinator at the inn where we stay and sew. I pieced the quilt for this project, and guild mates contributed to the quilting, binding, and labeling. The recipient was very touched. Watching people accept handmade quilts I have contributed to will never get old. : )

I have already written about the fabric pull for this project, as well as piecing it. But here she is in all of her quilted and bound glory, against the backdrop of the Cape Cod shoreline ...


Beautiful, right?

I have very few scraps from this project because I used the big chunks I had on the pieced back ...


I am often at a loss about how to quilt a project. When I was asking my guild mates to consider quilting this particular one, however, I knew the quilting design had to complement the subject matter, and I knew it could be done successfully with a walking foot, a darning foot, or a longarm. Anything that created a sense of waves across the width of the quilt would work. A longarmer volunteered to quilt this, and she chose a zigzag with a little personality. Perfect!

Do you attend quilt retreats? If so, what are your favorite parts of weekends away with quilty friends?

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Friday, October 4, 2019

No Time to Talk! / Beauties Pageant 51

Dear readers, I am writing this at 11 o’clock the night before my guild’s fall quilt retreat on Cape Cod. All my sewing stuff is in my car, ready to go, but I still have so much to do ... like pack my bag and make some food and do a dozen other un-fun, un-quilty things. There’s no time to write or take pics, so I’ll direct you to the search box on the right. Type in “retreat,” and you’ll discover what I have to say about going on retreat.

If you can’t be bothered to do that (and who am I to judge? this barely qualifies as a blog post!), check out two of my favorites ...
Now what this post needs is some pictures. Add your latest finishes to this week’s linky!

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