Friday, January 7, 2022

Catching Up / Beauties Pageant 157

Acornwood by Wendy Kendall

Hello and happy new year! I hope you all enjoyed some time off for the holidays. Things were rather quiet here at From Bolt to Beauty world headquarters. Because of the pandemic, we didnt get together with family, and I took almost two weeks off from my sewing machine. When your only expectations are to take care of your family, human and otherwise, and play a board game or two, the days are nice and easy.

My Gypsy Wife, in process (still!)

Re-entry into life as normalwell, as normal as it can get these daysis fully underway, though. I picked up my Gypsy Wife project, which I last blogged about in October, and have stormed away from my sewing space in frustration only once or twice as a result. Honestly, following the pattern is maddeningit requires more heavy lifting than other patterns and so many fabric decisions. I look forward to a nice and mindless project next. Perhaps my Random Hearts project in Denyse Schmidt fabrics? Yes, that would do nicely.

The growing collection of block for Random Hearts

Another project on the horizon is a baby-size version of my Pretty in Pluses pattern. I found the sweetest collection of fabric, called Acornwood by Wendy Kendall for Dashwood Studio. The recipient was born last month, but Pretty in Pluses is a fast sewI’m sure I can squeeze it in before Valentine’s Day.

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  1. Such cute fabrics! I vote for the hearts project-- better for re-entry if you don't storm away in frustration. Plus, the hearts are very cute. Have a good weekend!

  2. I'm glad you had a relaxing and nice holiday break. I'm not a huge fan of lots of tiny, fiddly piecing, so I can relate to your comments about the Gypsy Wife quilt. That said, I hope you are having more fun than frustration as you see it come together!

  3. I think the Gypsy Wife pattern is one that gets abandoned a lot. It can be quite fiddly but so very pretty when it is finished. Happy 2022!

  4. A break from sewing is always nice especially when you get to spend it with family. Such sweet projects are working on. So bright and cheerful . Have a wonderful weekend. Happy quilting.

  5. Once again, no finishes here, but I've been having great fun picking up whatever I want to work on - a couple hand-pieced and EPP patterns, but mostly having fun with improv, and original creations. I'm glad for you to have returned to a couple WIPs, and the good feelings of making progress. Enjoy!

  6. I, too, had a break at Christmas (darn cold). But we all need a break from time to time to recharge.

  7. Well, if it is so complicated you have to "storm/stomp away", maybe you deserve small easy breaks inbetween? And sure after! Glad you had a relaxed "slide into the new year". All the best for 2022. xo Melanie


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